“Threshold of Magic: The Death and Life of Tom Thomson” brings to life in brilliant colour and verse the artistic genius of this Canadian icon. “Barry Brodie has accomplished something quite astonishing…he has created a compelling meditation on the creative process,” says Bob Steele of CBC Afternoon Drive about the show. Angie Littlefield, author of The Thomsons of Durham and Tom Thomson’s Fine Kettle of Friends also praises Brodie as a fellow Thomson scholar, stating: “Barry’s [work] brings together meticulous research, technical wizardry, an impressive set, and great acting…an artist finding himself never gets old, and with this play, we are indeed on the threshold of magic.”
The play begins at the moment of Tom Thomson’s accidental death while canoeing in his beloved Canoe Lake. Invited by a benevolent spirit-guardian, Ralph Waldo Emerson, to explore his life and art, Tom recalls the relationships and inspirations that contributed to his amazing artistic legacy. The play examines the intersection of art, human relationships and nature. The audience is allowed an intimate look into the character who drew from a deep appreciation and love of nature, technical excellence, and a desire to express the infinite through his art. Drawn from historical documents as well as conversations with members of the Thompson family, this work brings to life this Canadian legend.
Tuesday, July 11th at 8 p.m. $35 general admission; $25 students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. Further information call 519-977-4525.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, mail it to The Literature Section, Toronto Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, M5R 2E3. Finalists will be interviewed on May 30th.
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.
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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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.