Call for Writer in Residence 2017-2018

The Literature Section of the Heliconian Club seeks to appoint a writer-in-residence for a one-year period for the 2017-2018 season. Eligible candidates are female authors of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama as well as professional editors and journalists.

The successful candidate will have complimentary membership in the Club for the year and should she wish to join the following year, the one-time initiation fee would be waived. The non-paying position provides an opportunity for a writer to connect with members of the Literature Section on a regular basis and to interact occasionally with members in the Music, Drama, Dance, Art and Humanities sections.

The 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. The position lasts from September 2017 to September 2018.

An application package should include a letter of intent, a résumé, a list of published works and a writing sample. Short excerpts of longer works should not exceed 2000 words. In the letter of intent the 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 Heliconian Club.

The deadline for applying is Friday, April 28th, 2017 to be sent to the Heliconian Club office: info@heliconianclub.org. Alternatively, mail it to The Literature Section, Toronto Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, M5R 2E3. Finalists will be interviewed on May 30th.

Sunday, April 2 at 3pm: Fundraising Concert, “Jean Edwards and Friends in Concert”

 

Jean Edwards will present a fund raising concert for the Heliconian Hall Foundation in honour of her late husband Stan Edwards who helped establish the foundation. The gala takes place on Sunday, April 2 at 3 pm in the Heliconian Hall, celebrating life, music, laughter and love! Among Jean’s friends appearing will be Maria Soulis, Meredith Hall, Penelope Cookson, Peggy Mahon. Pianists Nataliya Lepeshkina and Brahm Goldhamer will also show their talents.

The Heliconian Hall Foundation:
In 1990 the Heliconian Hall Foundation was established as a charitable organization to accept funds to restore and improve the historic hall. Heliconian Club members and friends have been generous donors to the fund over the past 27 years.

To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE

 

Tuesday April 4, 2017 at 6 pm: Humanities Salon, “John Lyle’s Toronto”

John M. Lyle was an influential Canadian architect in the early 20th century. His granddaughter, Lorna Harris, will give a talk about his work focusing on his Toronto designs, including Union Station and the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and his leadership in architecture and urban planning in the city. She will also talk about his role as a passionate Cultural Nationalist.

The evening will include an opportunity to enjoy a curated historical display of Lyle’s work including family materials, archival photos and blueprints, documents and books. Lorna has been presenting at Doors Open events at John Lyle buildings across Eastern Canada since 2010.  You can hear more about Lyle’s work and life in Lorna’s audio talk at Portrait Sonore at the following links:  http://portraitsonore.org/en/interviews , http://portraitsonore.org/en/playlists/toronto

The event is Tuesday, April 4 at 6:00 pm with refreshments and a cash bar, cost is $25. The talk starts at 7:00 pm.  Tickets available by CLICKING HERE.

2016-2017 Jessie London Writer-in-Residence position

The Literature Section of the Toronto Heliconian Club seeks to appoint a writer for the 2016-2017 Jessie London Writer-in-Residence position. Eligible candidate are female authors of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama as well as professional editors and journalists.

The non-paying position provides an opportunity for a beginning or mid-career writer to connect with established writers and to interact with members in the Music, Drama, Dance, Art and Humanities sections. The successful applicant will have Heliconian Club membership for the year and should she wish to join the following year, the initiation fee would be waived,

Please include with your application package, a letter of application, a resume, a completed list of published works and examples of writing. Short excerpts of longer works should not exceed 2000 words. Your application packages 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, 2016.

Please note: 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 Heliconian Club. 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. Details of the residency will be discussed on an individual basis upon acceptance.

Saturday, Nov. 28, 11 am to 4 pm: GIFTS FROM THE MUSES, Art, gift and craft sale

Join us for our second annual art and gist sale. This holiday sale of hand-made items by Club members will be held on Saturday, Nov. 28, 11 to 4 pm. There will be hourly entertainment starting at 12 noon. A variety of things made by members will be displayed on tables or hung on the wall; for example, CDs, books, paintings, weavings, jams, etc. We will have one complete wall of small art works, all priced at $100. Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 2 at 7 pm: ART JAM “Creativity and Aging” by Victoria Cowan

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.

October 24, 2015, 10 am to noon: Self-Publishing Workshop

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.

Saturday, May 23, 10 am to 5 pm: DOORS OPEN

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: