Saturday, October 21, 1 – 4 pm – “Nature Revered/Nature Rebelling” Reception: Art and Music

Canada is blessed with wilderness rich in varied landscapes and populated with a diversity of plants and animals that share our land. Tragically the air, trees and water, and many species are in grave danger. Animals and birds are losing their habitats through agri-farming and climate change. Pollution and irresponsible mining are damaging forests and waterways. Through original artwork and music, the Heliconian Club is dedicating the month of October to draw attention to climate change and endangered species.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 21, from 1 – 4 pm for a group art show by Heliconian Club members. As an added treat, enjoy new music celebrating the environment: Endangered Species: The Blue Racer Snake, the Right whale and the Northern Leopard Frog, composed by Kye Marshall and performed by the harp duo, Duo Novis, (Kristan Toszko and Emily Belvedere ). There will also be short talks, “The Birds and the Bees”, about our ecological crisis by Drs. Bridget Stutchbury and Sheila Colla (York University). Musical performance and talks begin at 2 pm. Admission is free.

Enjoy more of our musical offerings at a concert on Friday, October 27 at 7:30 pm: “Preserving the Environment, Celebrating Canada”, a concert of original compositions. Further information and tickets at



Saturday, September 9, 1 – 4 pm: “Encounter” New Members’ Show Reception

Don’t miss our annual new members’ show – “Encounter” – where thirteen of our newest Heliconian Art Section members present their work. Visual delights include paintings, photographs, prints and drawings. The opening reception takes place at 35 Hazelton Avenue in the heart of Yorkville on Saturday, September 9, from 1 – 4 pm. The show runs until October 4. Free admission. To view the exhibit outside of reception hours, contact the office at 416-922-3618.

Tuesday, June 13, 6 pm: Get to know our Artists-in-Residence!

We are pleased to present, for the first time together, our three Artists-in-Residence at the Heliconian Club this past season, representing Visual Art, Literature and Dance.  They are collaborating on an inspiring event being presented on Tuesday, June 13 at 6 pm at the Club.

Anja Karisik will show a short video of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia and describe this area’s influence on her work on display in her solo art show, “A Lasting Presence”, which runs throughout June.

Marcia Walker will read a segment from her novel in progress,  speak about her experience in Banff, and discuss the purpose and experience of residency, as well as how projects transform over time.

Anja Karisik and Marcia Walker

Dancer and choreographer Ashley Ann Burton will give a solo performance followed by a Q&A, and conduct a participation seated event drawn from her immersion in the work of American modern dance pioneer, Isadora Duncan.

Ode to Isadora

Light refreshments will be served at the start of the evening. Donations appreciated.

Please come to celebrate our talented Artists-in-Residence!

Anja Karisik
Marcia Walker
Ode to Isadora, choreographer: Ashley Ann Burton, performed by York Dance Ensemble, photo by Craig Chambers

Saturday, June 3, 1 – 4 pm: “A Lasting Presence” Art Show Reception

Mark your calendars for June 3 from 1 – 4 pm for the opening reception for Anja Karisik’s solo show. Entitled “A Lasting Presence”, Anja’s pastels will be showcased. Admission is free.

“Beauty and proportion, a sense of stillness and lasting presence can be found in the most ordinary things. Whether painting vegetables, florals, or seashells, I look for the innate character of nature’s roots, structures, and relics. I breathe intimacy with the past without being overtly symbolic. My paintings are studies of balance, rhythm, and light. They are honest and quiet; a far cry from the passions and uncertainties of daily life. Still they are a part of life, or they point to how life could be: simple and undistracted.”

Memory Vessel

Anja Karisik was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina, in 1987 and moved with her parents to Canada in 1996. She graduated from the University of Toronto, Hons. Fine Art History, cultivating her artistic spirit alongside her artist father, Ciba Karisik.

The show runs from June 1 – 28. To view by appointment or for more information, contact the General Manager at 416-922-3618.

Image: “Memory Vessel”, 24 x 26″, pastel on paper

Saturday, May 6, 1 – 4 pm: “Luminous” Photo Art Show Reception

Photography Comes Alive with Music, Poetry, Dance

Ekphrasis – responses of other arts (dance, poetry, music) to visual art (photography).

Join us on Saturday, May 6 for the opening reception of “Luminous”, a photo art show.

Seven photographic artists join together with professionals in the fields of dance, poetry and music to present an afternoon of visual art with Ekphrasis performances in response to the photographs.

Photographic artists are Linda Briskin, Sheila Craig, Simone Creed, Kye Marshall, Mary Perdue, Jana Skarecky, and Patricia Stamp.

Performers responding to the visual works are dancers Meiko Ando, Ashley Burton, and Aviva Fleising, musicians Kye Marshall and Jana Skarecky, and writers Josie DiSciascio-Andrews, Bianca Lakoseljac, and Carla Wilson. There will be two different performances beginning at 2 pm and 2:50 pm on Saturday, May 6.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

The photographs will be exhibited from May 4 – 31. To view by appointment or for more information, contact the General Manager at 416-922-3618.


Call for Visual Artist in Residence 2017-2018

The Visual Art Section of the Heliconian Club is seeking an Artist-in-Residence for the upcoming season, 2017 – 2018. The Artist-in-Residence will have complimentary membership in the Club and in addition be able to attend Life Drawing sessions, free-of-charge, every Monday in the Club’s heritage building in the heart of Yorkville in downtown Toronto. The Artist-in-Residence will be able to show her work in Heliconian Hall in a solo show in June 2018 (no charge for exhibition space but 20% commission applies to sales made during the show).

We seek an emerging female artist. Applicants will submit five images (digital files) of original work, with an artistic statement describing their work (one page maximum) and a CV. Candidates will prepare a brief biography and a letter of intent concerning the creation of new work during the coming year (one page maximum). A short list of applicants will be invited for interviews to make the final selection.

Heliconian Art Section members look forward to observing progress midway through the year (February) as well as at the formal show in June. It is expected that the candidate will share her artistic vision with members by means of a tutorial, demonstration or workshop. Interactions with members from other sections are encouraged and will arise with access to Club concerts, workshops and events, as full membership privileges are included for the season. If the candidate chooses to become a Club member in the following year, the one-time initiation fee will be waived.

Deadline for email applications is Monday May 1, 2017 to be sent to the Heliconian Club office:; an announcement of the newly appointed Artist-in-Residence will be made by May 30.