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 info@heliconianclub.org 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).

Concert Series: “Tangos & Tapas” on Sept 27

The 2013-2014 concert series (click here for PDF brochure) features chamber performers, diverse programs, and collaborations with artists, actors and guest performers. Works of art that will be showing in the hall at our concerts are also featured in the brochure.

Tangos & Tapas
Friday, September 27, 2013 at 8pm

“Apple Orchard” by Bronwyn Fitz-James

A fiesta of Hispanic music, dance, food and wine, this wonderful program opens our 2013-2014 concert series. This concert features musical duo flutist Jaye Marsh and guitarist Lawrence Barley; pianists Joan Zarry and Ruth Kazdan; soprano Barbara Fris with guitarist Drew Henderson; and the Arriaga String Quartet with violinists Velma Ko and Edna Wolteger, violist Lea Kirstein, and cellist Kye Marshall.

We are also excited to present guest poet Beatriz Hausner, who will give a bilingual reading of a work by the poet Frederic Garcia Lorca.

Listen and watch the melancholy and excitement of the sounds and rhythms of Hispanic culture. Music by Ginastera, Albeniz, Piazzola, Turina, Bizet and much more. Bring your castanets and join the fun!

April 20, 2013: The Nature of Things

Join us for an afternoon of fine art in our historic venue in Yorkville. Toronto Heliconian Club is hosting a group show of painters on the theme of Nature, in a variety of mediums. The Toronto Heliconian Club has a 104 year history of supporting arts and culture in Toronto. If you have never been inside this cultural and historically-designated venue, here is your chance!

Reception on Saturday Apr 20 2013, 1-4pm.

Application for 2013-2014 Writer-In-Residence now opened!

This past year, we have been lucky to have Susan Viets as our writer-in-residence. With the success of this past year’s residency, we are looking for another writer to join us over the next club year!

The Literature Section seeks to appoint a writer-in-residence for a one year period from September 2013 until August 2014. 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 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, will do. As well, applicants should explain why they are interested in the position, of what benefit the post would be to them and how they, in turn, can benefit the Toronto Heliconian Club and its members. Deadline for applications is May 1, 2013.

For more information, please download the official announcement here.

Ensemble Polaris recording “Definitely NOT the Nutcracker”

ENSEMBLE POLARIS, featuring fellow Heliconian Alison Melville and Margaret Gay in their midst, was founded to create a distinctively Canadian voice for the music of the north – Scandinavia, Canada, the Baltics and, most recently, Russia. With musicians from richly diverse traditions and backgrounds, they have a colourful, unusual instrumentation that ranges from cello and bass clarinet to nyckelharpa, bazouki and the musical saw. they play category-defying arrangements of northern traditional music, as well as original tunes by Polaris members and other Canadian and international musician/composers.

Two years ago they wanted to create an antidote to the festive season’s musical clichés, and got the idea to arrange Tchaikovsky’s quintessential ballet music for their unusual instrumentation. Definitely Not the Nutcracker was born and premiered at our own Heliconian Hall!

As a natural extension to their ‘northern’ rep, they added some Russian folk tunes to the mix; these are also a perfect complement to Tchaikovsky, who loved and made arrangements of his country’s folk music. The show in 2011 was a huge hit, so they expanded the rep and played for an even bigger, enthusiastic crowd in a larger venue last December.

Show them your support here. Campaign ends May 11, 2013.

April 4, 2013: Diana McIntosh in McIntosh the Stein Way and more

Diana McIntosh, photo by Mary Perdue.

On Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 8 pm, musician/theatrical performer/composer Diana McIntosh will give a one-night-only performance of her provocative one-woman theatrical concert featuring her original work McIntosh the Stein Way. It offers a glimpse into the playful and profound mind of Gertrude Stein, as seen, felt and enjoyed by McIntosh. Also included in the program are her comical work Doubletalk, and her entertaining piece All-Too-Consuming, about a sensual meal in a restaurant where McIntosh ‘plays’ the dishes.

Described on Bravo television as a ‘national treasure,’ Winnipeg-based Diana McIntosh leads an active career as an innovative and witty composer and performer who has appeared widely across Canada and the USA and in the UK, France, Portugal and Kenya. Together with Ann Southam, she founded western Canada’s first contemporary music concert series, Music Inter Alia, and was its Artistic Director for fourteen years.

This concert will take place at the historic Heliconian Hall, home of the Toronto Heliconian Club of which Diana McIntosh is an out-of-town member.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear and experience one of Canada’s leading female composer/performers, in a witty and thoroughly original program of her own creation!

Admission $20 (students/seniors/members $15). Tickets will be available at the door. Show at 8pm.