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!

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

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.

Luminous

Saturday, November 26, 11 am – 4 pm: “Gifts from the Muses” Show and Sale

The Heliconian Club will be holding its third annual Fine Art and Gift Show and Sale, “Gifts from the Muses,” on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 11 am – 4 pm. The show features affordable art works including paintings, photographs and mixed media, as well as unique handmade arts and crafts, music CDs, books, and jewellery – perfect for gift giving or just for yourself! All items are handmade by members of the Heliconian Club. Live musical performances and literary readings will add to the holiday ambiance.

Gifts from the Muses art, gift and craft show and sale

Tuesday, November 8, 6 pm: Sisters of Calliope: The Literature Section Salon

You and your friends are cordially invited to a culinary and oral feast: an autumnal dinner prepared by the Kitchen Witch plus tales told by firelight. Readings by new and seasoned Members of the Toronto Heliconian Club. An oral cornucopia of poetry, memoir, essay, short story and excerpts from two novels will be presented.

M.C.: Marcia Walker, Jessie London Writer-in-Residence.

Please join us at the club on Tuesday, November 8th, 6 p.m. for 6:30. The cost is $30. Please reserve through Emma Walker at the office by Thursday, November 3rd.
Literature Salon November 8

Saturday, May 7, 1 – 4 pm: “Elemental Light” photography reception

Shenfeld Salta 1A reminder to mark your calendars for Saturday, May 7 from 1 – 4 pm for the opening reception for ELEMENTAL LIGHT, a photography exhibit featuring eight Heliconian artists, and poetry, dance, and music. The reception takes place at Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue in the heart of Yorkville.

Poets, dancers and musicians respond to the spirit of selected photographs, enhancing the artistic impact of the images, a delightful form of synergy called ‘ekphrasis’. Performances take place at 2 pm and 2:40 pm on May 7.

 

Blue-gray clouds bear down upon the mountains
causing them to tremble and slip, cascading into
rolling hills, sliding down to the shore where
a ribbon of water separates the land.

On this side a riot of color blooms
from within the earth, innards
spewn in orange yellow blue-
green forms of dimpled light.

The river shimmers with
dreams of transformation
yearning to be solid,
facetted, fixed

But nothing here is fixed, all is fluid,
even this solid earth of changing colors
and shapes dancing with light, wind,
kaleidoscopic cloud formations.

Poem: “Salta, Argentina” by Amanda Hale, in response to
Image: “Salta 1″ by Joanne Shenfeld

May 28 & 29: Doors Open at Heliconian Hall

Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from 10 am to 5 pm
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue in the heart of Yorkville

The Heliconian Club will be participating in this year’s Doors Open event. Last year, we were delighted that close to 600 visitors dropped by on the Saturday. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Visit the Doors Open website at http://bit.ly/1rxaV6q to find out more about historic Heliconian Hall.

ELEMENTAL 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 will offer short performances and presentations, some of which will engage directly with the photographs on the walls. Last performance is at 4 pm.

Please encourage your friends and contacts to drop by.

About Doors Open Toronto:

Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits in nearly 700 unique locations across the city. It is Canada’s largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world.

The 17th annual Doors Open Toronto is scheduled for May 28-29, 2016 and will offer residents and visitors an opportunity to take a peek behind the doors of more than 100 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

#DOT16

Elemental Light Photography Show

 

Literature Section Chooses New Writer-in-Residence

Karen Shenfeld, poet and filmmaker, has been appointed Heliconian writer-in-residence for the 2014-15 season.

Karen has published four books of poetry and is an accomplished reader.  She also has considerable experience in editing and has written many feature articles for major Canadian publications, including but not limited to, The Idler, Saturday Night, Toronto Life, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star.

Karen is also the maker of several documentary films and is currently writing a screenplay for Canadian director Bruce McDonald.

Members of the Literature Section look forward to collaborating with Karen and with other Sections and are confident that she will make a valuable contribution to the section and to the entire Heliconian Club.

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