October 31, 2014, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm: Sharing Dance Research with the Community

Join us for a day of exciting and stimulating talks by eight dance researchers presenting their current research on such varied subjects as tap dance, zumba, dancesport, fad dance, surveillance technology, writing about dance, curating, and developing audiences. Lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by the Toronto Heliconian Club and the Graduate Program in Dance at York University, the day provides an opportunity to hear about the latest dance research, and to interact with members of the dance community.

Tickets ($20) must be purchased in advance by Tuesday, October 28 so that food can be ordered. Tickets include both entrance to the event for the full day and lunch. To purchase click here.

November 1, 2014, 7 pm: Performance in the Round, An Evening of Celebration by Women about Women

Celebrating the talent of the women of the Toronto Heliconian Club, this performance will feature superb music, dance, authors’ readings, and visual art. The evening is a benefit concert in aid of Nazareth House, a non-denominational transition home for women and babies at risk in Toronto.

The evening will begin with light refreshments as we welcome our guests. Margaret Weiers will provide an informative history of the Club, sure to captivate anyone new to the Club. Among the Heliconian members performing are musicians Janet Catherine Dea, Ruth Kazdan, Elizabeth Macmillan, Barbara Hart, Dora Krizmanic and Velma Ko; and writers Ellen Michelson, Susan Viets and Mary Willan Mason. Jasmine D’Costa, Angela Blumberg, and Kye Marshall will offer us their interdisciplinary work Ekphrasis. Our visual artists will be represented by the art show By Women about Women.

This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the rich and diverse talents of our members and to learn about the life-changing work that Nazareth House does in the community. Tickets are $25, of which half will go to Nazareth House and half will go to the Club.

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Application for 2014-2015 Writer-In-Residence deadline extended!

WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE APPLICATIONS INVITED 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 info@heliconianclub.org.  The deadline for applications is June 7, 2014. April 2014

June 8, 2014, 2-4 pm: Jazz for Social Change

Jazz for Social Change is a benefit concert with acclaimed jazz cellist Kye Marshall and Juno Award winning pianist Don Thompson. All proceeds go to the Match International Women’s Fund -a wonderful NGO that gives financial support directly to women activists worldwide.

To buy tickets or make a donation go to  http://matchinternational.org/ .

All donations will be ‘matched’ by an anonymous donor.


May 15, 2014, 7:00 pm: DNA- Do Not Assume

Please join Heliconian members Linda Briskin and Kye Marshall for the opening reception of DNA: Do Not Assume.  Part of the Contact 2014 Photography Festival, Kye and Linda will be exhibiting with a group of 15  photographers at Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen St W (near Brock) 416-536-6778. Exhibition runs from May 14-25, Wed-Sun 1-6 pm.

Photograph is a clip from Dance in Three Movements (i) by Linda Briskin.

WEBSITE:  http://dna1313.wordpress.com/

EMAIL: lbriskin@yorku.ca

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.


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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.