World Premiere Ukraine: Our Home is presented by Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival in association with Canadian Association of Crimean Tatars and Lighthouse Immersive.
This series of immersive exhibits will feature the art of the Indigenous People of Crimea and Ukrainian-Canadian artists whose works were inspired by the beauty of Ukraine. The audiences will see unique artworks never before seen in North America.
Ukraine: Our Home will showcase 2 immersive exhibits, Immersive Art of Oseredok and Stories of Crimea both curated by Taisiia Poda. The exhibit series will premiere during Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival at 1 Yonge Street, on September 16th and 17th. Tickets are available at lighthouseimmersive.com on PWYC (Pay What You Can) basis. A portion of the proceeds from Ukraine: Our Home will be donated towards local humanitarian initiatives throughout Ukraine.
The first story, Immersive Art of Oseredok, highlights the rich collection of Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Center featuring works of celebrated artists; Christina Senkiw, Leo Mol, Myron Levytsky, William Kurelek, Peter Shostak and others. In 1944 in Winnipeg, Oseredok was established, becoming Canada’s treasury of unique Ukrainian Canadian art . The center has become a refuge for Ukrainian artists who have been immigrating to Canada since the 19th century, in an attempt to escape the Tsarist regime of Russia.
The second story of the exhibit, Stories of Crimea, will highlight the struggle and love of Crimean Tatars for their land through the art of Rustem Eminov, Yuri Khimich, and Zubeir Kadri-Zade accompanied by an original score by Usein Bekirov. Also in 1944, the totalitarian Soviet regime, in an effort to destroy the indigenous culture and identity on the peninsula, began the deportation of the indigenous people of Crimea into Uzbekistan.
The exhibit series Ukraine: Our Home is made possible by the initiative of Kostyuk Productions, RockNLight Multimedia, First Theatrical Charitable Foundation and Oseredok Cultural and Educational Center with the support of the Ukrainian Institute, Embassy of Ukraine in Canada, Consulate General of Ukraine in Toronto, and The Shevchenko Foundation.
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Jazz connoisseurs and curious explorers alike will revel in musical excellence as this trio of musicians, each legendary in their own right, join forces for a multidimensional explosion of sound.
The 2022 NEA Jazz Master Billy Hart, a performer and educator whose name is on the front pages of jazz history, performed as a member of the Herbie Hancock Sextet, also playing with Stan Getz and McCoy Tyner. The prolific jazz guitarist and composer Yotam Silberstein’s signature sound is rich in bebop and blues, as well as folklore from South America, North Africa and the Middle East. Omer Avital, an acclaimed Israeli-American bassist, composer and bandleader, is a contemporary jazz master, and a recipient of the ASCAP Vanguard Award.