May 24, 2014, 7:00 p.m.: Performance in the Round

Enjoy an  evening of lively entertainment by members of the Toronto Heliconian Club. Listen to music by some of Canada’s leading women composers and musicians; hear readings by our published writers; and watch an interdisciplinary performance piece.

Heliconian Hall, designated as a national historic site, in the heart of Yorkville, is a rare example of the carpenter gothic style. This performance offers a special opportunity to see the building’s interior, renowned for its intimacy, beautiful rose window and wonderful acoustics. Come early for a tour of the facility at 7:00 pm, view art work by our artists, engage in conversation with members and enjoy some light and tasty refreshments, with cash bar, before the performance begins at 7:30 pm.

May 1 – 22, 2014: “Encounters with Light” a photography show with a difference.

Seven photographic artists will join together with professional dancers, poets, and musicians to present an afternoon of visual art and performances in response to the photographs presented. The photographic artists whose works are being presented are: Linda Briskin, Simone Creed, Sue Ennis, Kye Marshall, Mary Perdue, Jana Skarecky, and Patricia Stamp. Performances by Jasmine D’Costa, Kye Marshall, Angela Blumberg, and Yui Ugai.

RECEPTION/OPENING:  May 3, 2014   1:00pm -4:30 pm. Performances begin at 2pm and 3:15 pm.


Application for 2014-2015 Writer-In-Residence now opened!


The Literature Section of the Toronto Heliconian Club seeks to appoint a writer- in- residence for a one year period for the 2014- 2015 season. Desirable applicants are women at the beginning or mid-point of a career in writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry), 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 and with 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. The Club was 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 in the above categories, have a keen interest in and knowledge of the arts. Each section meets monthly. As well, the Club holds events on a regular basis. Several times a year club members are invited to speak about their lives and careers. Guests are invited to talk about their work on a regular basis.  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.

Should the appointee wish to stay on as a regular member, the Club initiation fee of $75 would be waived but the regular annual membership fee, currently $300, would be payable.

Letters of application should be sent  to The Literature Section, Toronto Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, M5R 2E3 or by email to  The deadline for applications is May 10, 2014.

April 2014


April 11, 2014, 8:00 pm: “Spring At Last,” Heliconian Concert Series

After a too long Canadian winter, we celebrate the joys of springtime with a diverse program of chamber music featuring performances by fellow heliconians and guest artists, with special appearances by members of the Heliconian Choir and Orchestra.

Enjoy works including Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite for four hands plus quintets and trios by Schumann and Mendelssohn, accompanied by readings of works by Canadian poet Gwendolyn MacEwan. Feast on an evening of popular and classical music, delightfully paired with literary and visual arts, as we welcome the arrival of this long-awaited season.


Click here for Online Tickets.

April 10 – 30, 2014: “HAVANA REALITY” Photography Exhibition by Mary Perdue


“Award-winning photographer shows 30 vibrant images of life in old Havana: a city thriving with colour and activity, but beneath the colourful exterior the city is literally crumbling away.”

The dramatic photographs (16×20 and larger) are uniquely presented: printed on fine art paper, mounted on wood panels and painted with acrylic.

RECEPTION/OPENING Saturday April 12, 1-4 pm


October 13, 2013: Exploring Identity by Tatjana Hutinec

Tatjana Hutinec’s solo art show “Exploring Identity” is a collection of symbolist paintings, headpieces and masks exploring aspects and roles of identity, searching for signs and clues through a journey from the Garden of Eden, Amazon jungle, the bronze-age civilization of Vucedol, through Einstein’s Delusion of Separateness, Freudian psychology, Deepak Chopra’s philosophy and David Foster Wallace’s novels.

The gala opening is Wednesday, October 23 from 3 to 10 p.m. Other viewings by appointment until November 7.

Please contact Heliconian Club by phone at 416 922-3618 or email for more information.

Concert Series: “Two Men, Two Worlds, Two Centuries” on Oct 25

Two Men, Two Worlds, Two Centuries
Friday, October 25, 2013 at 8pm

“How’s the water?” by Tatjana Hutinec

To celebrate the 200th birthdays of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, we feature both musical titans in a commemorative concert that honours their musical legacies.

Hear soprano Barbara Fris sing Wagner’s Mathilde Wesendonk Lieder, Susan Tsagkaris as Brünnhilde sing “Hai Jo To Ho!” from Die Walküre, baritone Stuart Graham perform Wotan’s Abschied, “Leb’wohl”, and Joan Zarry perform Franz Liszt’s piano transcription of Liebestod.

Feast on Verdi arias and duets with sopranos Leigh-Ann Allen and Deanna Hendriks, and tenor Derek Kwan. Embrace Verdi’s grandeur and verismo with Nataliya Lepeshkina performing a piano rendition of “Aïda’s Triumphal March”, and a special sing-along of “Va, pensiero” (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco).