Women supporting, championing and providing inspiration in the arts

The Toronto Heliconian Club, a non-profit organization, is the oldest association of its kind in Canada, founded in 1909 to give women in the arts and letters an opportunity to meet socially and intellectually. Members range from women who have earned great distinction to those in the early stages of their careers.

In addition the Club offers many activities for members and the public, including a Concert Series, a weekly Sketch Group and monthly Art Jams.  Heliconian Hall serves as an art gallery with Exhibits by Club members changing monthly. The Club also hosts a popular Literary Lecture Series featuring Canadian writers talking about their latest work.

Part of rural Toronto when it was built in 1875, Heliconian Hall–designated a National Historic Site in 2011–is situated among leading art galleries in today’s Yorkville. Original elements of the Carpenter’s Gothic board-and-batten church and its rose window have been restored to their former glory. The air-conditioned hall with vaulted ceiling provides stellar acoustics, making the club ideal for musical and dramatic presentations. For information on renting and availability, contact the General Manager.

Application for 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence

The Literature Section of the Toronto Heliconian club seeks to appoint a writer- in-residence for a one-year period for the 2015-2016 season. Desirable applicants are women at the beginning or mid-point of a career in writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama), editing, or journalism. A woman interested in applying for the post of non-paying writer-in-residence should submit a resume of her work experience with a complete list of published works (where and when) as well as some examples of her writing. Short excerpts of longer works, not to exceed 2000 words, are acceptable.

As well, an applicant should explain why she is interested in the position, of what benefit the post would be to her and how she, in turn, could benefit the Toronto Heliconian Club and its members. A writer-in-residence is expected to attend several events over the year, and to present her work to an audience at one or more readings and/or workshops. She may have the opportunity to work on a project or workshop with other writers, musicians, and artists from the Club. Details of the residency will be discussed on an individual basis upon acceptance.

The Toronto Heliconian Club is the oldest association of its kind in Canada. Founded in 1909 to give women in the arts and letters an opportunity to meet socially and intellectually, the Club holds to its original purpose while responding to the changes of contemporary life. Founded by professional women in music, writing, painting, and drama who later were joined by those in dance, sculpture, architecture, and other professions related to the humanities, the members range in age and experience from women who have earned great distinction to those in the early stages of their careers.

The Club is currently composed of six sections: music, art, literature, dance, drama, and humanities. The latter section is composed of women who, while not professional practitioners of the above categories, have a keen interest in and knowledge of the arts. Each section meets monthly. The Club holds events on a regular basis. Several times a year members are invited to speak about their lives and careers. As well guests are invited to talk about their work. Members pay for lunch or dinner when they attend an event. Regular art exhibits, music concerts, and literary events are held and trips are occasionally arranged.

Although there is no remuneration for the position, the writer-in-residence will become a member for the current year and should she wish to become a permanent member, no initiation fee would be charged but the annual fee would be payable. The current fee is $325.

Letters of application should be sent to The Literature Section, Toronto Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, M5R 2E3 or by email to info@heliconianclub.org. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2015.

March 28, 1 to 4 pm: VIEWPOINT OF THREE, The Art of Angela Huntington, Ann Bald-Bloom and Marjut Nousiainen

Toronto Heliconian Club is pleased to host the art of three talented artists in this show which runs from March 5 until April 1. Viewings by appointment by calling 416-922-3618. There will also be a reception open to the public on Saturday March 28 from 1 pm – 4 pm. The artists will be present and light refreshments will be served. Location is 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto. For more information, please contact Ann Bald-Bloom at annbbloom@rogers.com or call Toronto Heliconian Club at 416-922-3618.

Monday, March 2, 6:30 for 7 pm: Art Jam Inspiration and Techniques in Multimedia Art by Simone Creed

Simone Creed is an example of an extremely creative artist who uses several types of media in her art, including photographs, paint and encaustic wax.  In her presentation, Simone will describe the thought process behind her inspirations, and will lead us through the processes in her work by showing examples of art at various stages of preparation. All welcome, members $10, non-members $15.

December 1, 7 – 9 pm: Monday Evening Art Jam “Creating Art using Novel Media”

Please join us for a visual art presentation/demonstration by renown artist and Golden Colours representative Joan Holben. Joan will be demonstrating the use of various new acrylic media in creating exciting and innovative art projects. In addition, there will be a gift for all attendees. Bring your friends, but come early because space is limited. $10 for members, $15 for non-members, includes refreshments.

November 21, 2014, 7:30pm: “Autumn Leaves” Heliconian Concert Series

Please  join us on Friday, Nov 21, at 7:30 pm for the Heliconian Music Concert Series’ second concert of the 2014-2015 season.

We will hear music to warm the soul as the days get shorter and the air gets chillier. Janet Catherine Dea, soprano, and Maria Soulis, mezzo soprano, join their voices in solos and duets with collaborative pianist, Brahm Goldhamer in an evening of Classical, Broadway and Jazz.

The first half of the programme is bookended with Mendelssohn’s charming Op 63 duets. Julian Knight joins Maria and Brahm for Johannes Brahms’ moving Op. 91 for viola, mezzo and piano and the singers then each take solo turns with autumnal songs by Tosti, Fauré and Richard Strauss to create an introspective and evocative atmosphere.

Symbolizing the brilliant colours of autumn, new Music Section member, Suzanne Yeo delights with Liszt’s sparkling “Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto, S. 434.” before we are transported with Jazz standards from “Autumn in New York” to Paris with “Les Feuilles Mortes” (Autumn Leaves).

Ending with a sizzle we find ourselves in sunny Spain with Saint-Saëns’ duet “El Desdichado” General admission $25; member/senior/student $20.

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