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.
Print and bookmaker Victoria Cowan shares her award-winning presentation, “Creativity and Aging.” She explains how we gain creative insights with the passage of time that can be channelled into amazing artistic initiatives. A graduate of Concordia University and the Ontario College of Art & Design, Victoria Cowan is a widely-travelled, award-winning artist and gifted instructor. Perception, cognition and memory are her particular areas of interest.
The Monday Night Art Jams at Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. in Yorkville are open to all, so bring your friends! Doors open at 6:30 pm, and each Jam runs from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Tickets are $20 (non-members) and $15 (members). Series passes are also available.
Authors will be giving a self-publishing workshop at the Toronto Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Avenue) on Saturday October 24 from 10 am to 12 noon. The cost is $20, cash only, at the door. You’ll learn the latest about e-publishing and print publishing options and what you need to do to self-publish. Books produced through a variety of self-publishing service providers will be on display (and for sale). Chat with authors about their experiences with some of those providers.
Allison Cecilia Arends
Join Heliconian member, soprano Allison Cecilia Arends, mezzo-soprano Kathleen Promane, and pianist Maika’i Nash for an evening of the most beautiful opera arias and duets.
The ladies will be accessorised by French artist and haute couturière Catherine Sequalino-Poititer, owner of Toronto’s own CSP Arts Embroidery.
Reception to follow, along with a presentation outlining our Mini Mozarts Music Camp initiative, a camp for underprivileged children in one of Jamaica’s most destitute neighbourhoods.
October 23 at 7:30pm Heliconian Hall 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto Tickets: $25 at the door, $20 if pre-ordered by calling 647-833-5400 or emailing allison[at]allisonarends[dot]com
Back to the Club year and back to art! Don’t miss the new members’ show – “The Medium is the Muse” – featuring 7 creative Club women working in painting, drawing, photography and jewellery: Maura Cowan, Karin Domnick, Angela Huntington, Jan McCartney, Susan Power, Isobel Ralston, and Joanne Shenfeld. The opening reception is on September 12 from 1-4 pm.
photo credit: Aria Evans
The Dance Section of the Heliconian Club is once again seeking a Dance Artist in Residence for the upcoming season, from September 2015 to August 2016. The Dancer-in-Residence will have regular access to rehearsal space, subject to availability, in the Club’s large, unobstructed and well-lit heritage building in the heart of Yorkville in downtown Toronto. For more extensive use of the space, there is a nominal hourly fee.
Sarah Hopkin photo by Aria Evans
We seek an emerging female dancer/choreographer; applicants will submit two video pieces (through YouTube) of original choreography, with an artistic statement describing their work (one page maximum). Candidates will prepare a brief biography and a letter of intent concerning the creation of new work during the coming year (one page maximum), and submit a letter of recommendation which includes contact details of the referee.
photo credit: Aria Evans
Heliconian Club members look forward to observing a dance rehearsal-in-progress midway through the year as well as an informal production in June. Collaboration with Club members from other sections is encouraged and opportunities will arise with access to Club concerts, workshops and events, as full membership privileges are included for the season. If the candidate chooses to become a member in the following year, the one-time initiation fee will be waived.
Deadline for email applications is Tuesday 21 July 2015 to the Heliconian Club office: firstname.lastname@example.org, with an August announcement of the newly appointed Dance Artist in Residence.
The Heliconian Club will be participating in Doors Open Toronto. Free event. All are welcome.
Sentient Light, a photography exhibit featuring eight women photographers will be on display. On the hour, starting at 11 am, musicians, poets, artists,
dancers and writers, all members of the Heliconian Club, will offer short performances and presentations, some of which will engage directly with
the photographs on the walls. Last performance will be at 4 pm. Click here to see out our page on Doors Open Toronto’s website:
Please join us for the opening reception of this year’s photography show. Performances by two poets, two dancers and one musician (all Heliconian members ) will engage with the spirit of selected photographs, and thereby enhance the artistic impact of the images, a delightful form of synergy. This interaction of art disciplines is called ‘ekphrasis’. Performances will take place at 2 pm and 2:40 pm.