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 and a weekly Sketch Group.  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.

Saturday, November 26, 11 am – 4 pm: “Gifts from the Muses” Show and Sale

The Heliconian Club will be holding its third annual Fine Art and Gift Show and Sale, “Gifts from the Muses,” on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 11 am – 4 pm. The show features affordable art works including paintings, photographs and mixed media, as well as unique handmade arts and crafts, music CDs, books, and jewellery – perfect for gift giving or just for yourself! All items are handmade by members of the Heliconian Club. Live musical performances and literary readings will add to the holiday ambiance.

Gifts from the Muses art, gift and craft show and sale

Tuesday, November 8, 6 pm: Sisters of Calliope: The Literature Section Salon

You and your friends are cordially invited to a culinary and oral feast: an autumnal dinner prepared by the Kitchen Witch plus tales told by firelight. Readings by new and seasoned Members of the Toronto Heliconian Club. An oral cornucopia of poetry, memoir, essay, short story and excerpts from two novels will be presented.

M.C.: Marcia Walker, Jessie London Writer-in-Residence.

Please join us at the club on Tuesday, November 8th, 6 p.m. for 6:30. The cost is $30. Please reserve through Emma Walker at the office by Thursday, November 3rd.
Literature Salon November 8

Saturday, November 5, 1 – 4 pm: “Transitions” Art Show reception

Please mark your calendars for the opening reception of our November group art show, “Transitions.”

The exhibit celebrates journeys and transitions of all kinds: the change in seasons, personal growth and change, as well as conceptual transitions.

Twelve Heliconian artists are participating: Brenda Bisiker, Linda Briskin, Maura Cowan, Simone Creed, Peggy Dean, Angela De Francesco, Ann Lind, Kye Marshall, Jan McCartney, Marjut Nousiainen, Susan Power and Patricia Stamp.

The show runs from Thursday, Nov. 3 to 23, with the opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 1 – 4 pm.

Transitions art show

Friday, October 14, 7:30 pm: Concert #1 – “Folk Meets Classic”

The Toronto Heliconian Club

presents

Folk Meets Classic

 Friday, October 14, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00)

Dunluc Castle North IrelandOur first concert of the season celebrates the beauty and timelessness of folk melodies, which have provided inspiration for classical composers for centuries. Our exploration takes us from England to France, Norway, Romania, Spain and Canada, in repertoire for voice, piano, violin and cello, as well as traditional instruments such as the hurdy-gurdy and the seljefløyte. Featuring Alison Melville, Kye Marshall, Suzanne Yeo, Janet Catherine Dea, Paula Arciniega, Evelina Soulis, Jin Lee Youn, Jane Blackstone, Louise Morley, Dorothy de Val, Allison Arends, and guests Andrea Haddad and Sandra Spencer. Join us for conversation and snacks afterwards.

TICKETS

Tickets are $25 general admission,
Children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult
available online at Folk Meets Classic – Tickets or for purchase at the door.

Woman with hurdy gurdyLOCATION

Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto

Parking
There is green P parking available on Yorkville Avenue and Cumberland Street, as well as limited street parking right on Hazelton Avenue.

By TTC
Take the Cumberland exit at the Bay subway station. Walk north along the pedestrian walkway to Yorkville Avenue. Cross the pedestrian crossing at Yorkville Ave. and continue on Hazelton Avenue, where you will see Heliconian Hall on your right hand side just after Scollard Street.

Sunday, October 23, 1 – 5 pm: “Reverie” Jazz Concert and “Three Visions” Art Reception

TWO FOR ONE BENEFIT EVENT

JAZZ CONCERT AND ART SHOW RECEPTION

Visual Arts and Music collaborate on Sunday, October 23 to present a jazz concert, “Reverie”, featuring our own acclaimed Kye Marshall on cello and Juno award winner Don Thompson on piano from 1 – 3 pm followed by the “Three Visions” art show reception and refreshments from 3 – 5 pm.

“Reverie” is a musical benefit for the Heliconian Hall Foundation to provide enhanced accessibility to this heritage building (one of the few remaining in Yorkville). Admission is $20.

“Three Visions” art show features painting and photography by Peggy Dean, Mary Perdue and Kye Marshall. The opening reception takes place from 3 – 5 pm right after the concert. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. The show runs from October 7 – November 2.

Optional additional donations by cheque made out to the Heliconian Foundation receive a tax receipt.

Profits from art sales will be donated to the cause.

Buy tickets for Reverie

Reverie Jazz Concert
Three Visions Art Show

Saturday, September 10, 1 – 4 pm: “Spectrum” – New Members’ Show reception

Don’t miss the new members’ show – “Spectrum” – where five of our newest Heliconian Art Section members present their work. Please welcome participating artists: Anja Karisik (this year’s Artist in Residence), Ruthia Pak Regis, Brenda Segall, Nelli Tkachenko and Alison Melville. Visual delights include paintings, pastels, prints and artistic craftwork. The opening reception takes place at 35 Hazelton Avenue in the heart of Yorkville on Saturday, September 10, from 1 – 4 pm. The show runs until October 5. Free admission.

Spectrum New Members Show

Saturday, June 4, 1 – 4 pm: “Manipulated Contemplations” Ruthia Pak Regis reception

Painting No. 1Please join us at the opening reception for our visual-artist-in-residence Ruthis Pak Regis whose solo show of new paintings takes place in June. The show opens on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 1 – 4 pm at Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue in Yorkville.

Born and raised in Toronto, Ruthia has always been creating. She attended York University graduating with a BFA, specializing in painting and drawing, and has since been painting and exhibiting work in Toronto.

Her recent works focus on abstracted landscapes composed with an interest in the sensations of colours, shapes, lines as found in nature. The interactions of these visual elements, she believes, mimic the internal workings of a person.

Painting No. 6“Manipulated Contemplations” is a visual exercise in working towards a clear sense of raw beauty unadulterated by sentimentality. She uses photo references as a focus in her contemplations, allowing her affections and satisfactions to attach to certain aspects of the image. During this process she examines her intentions with the image. This then develops into a dialogue between those intentions and the medium, playing out in the application and subtraction of colour. As the “conversation” ends with the medium, the painting becomes complete.

The show runs until June 30.

Images: Painting No. 1 and Painting No. 6, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 36″
More at Ruthia’s website: http://www.ruthiapakregis.com/about.html

Saturday, May 7, 1 – 4 pm: “Elemental Light” photography reception

Shenfeld Salta 1A reminder to mark your calendars for Saturday, May 7 from 1 – 4 pm for the opening reception for ELEMENTAL LIGHT, a photography exhibit featuring eight Heliconian artists, and poetry, dance, and music. The reception takes place at Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue in the heart of Yorkville.

Poets, dancers and musicians respond to the spirit of selected photographs, enhancing the artistic impact of the images, a delightful form of synergy called ‘ekphrasis’. Performances take place at 2 pm and 2:40 pm on May 7.

 

Blue-gray clouds bear down upon the mountains
causing them to tremble and slip, cascading into
rolling hills, sliding down to the shore where
a ribbon of water separates the land.

On this side a riot of color blooms
from within the earth, innards
spewn in orange yellow blue-
green forms of dimpled light.

The river shimmers with
dreams of transformation
yearning to be solid,
facetted, fixed

But nothing here is fixed, all is fluid,
even this solid earth of changing colors
and shapes dancing with light, wind,
kaleidoscopic cloud formations.

Poem: “Salta, Argentina” by Amanda Hale, in response to
Image: “Salta 1″ by Joanne Shenfeld