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    • 26 May 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Online

    A journalist in Washington, DC, Liz has turned lemons into lemonade after her husband walked out on her a decade ago. She likes her life—she’s the editor of My Turn, a daily column in which readers write about their lives, has a few romantic nibbles—some better than others—a good relationship with her teen-aged son, and has come to terms with the shock and heartbreak of her divorce. 

                Or so she thinks. One day at work, she receives a submission for the column she can’t ignore, because it’s written by her ex-husband’s current wife—AKA the other woman. It is the beginning of an unexpected correspondence between the two women—but only Liz knows the truth about their connection. Could it be she still cares? How far will she take this unusual relationship? And what happens if the truth comes out?


    This Lecture is part of the 2021-22 Literary Lecture Series, a popular series has been described as a cross between a traditional book club and a university course without exams. Registration for this event is  restricted to registration for the Thursday Subscription Series (available here), or the full subscriptions series (available here). Please note that late purchasers of the series will be provided all videos released before the date of purchase. 

    • 2 Jun 2022
    • 7:30 PM
    • Heliconian Hall
    • 13
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    The Club welcomes special guest Sarah Milroy, Chief Curator at The McMichael Gallery and Member of the Order of Canada, to speak about the life and work of Canadian artist Claire Wilks.

    Doors open 6:45 for 7:30 presentation. Refreshments served, cash bar **** 

    Digital video of the Salon will be available online a week later. Click HERE to register.

    Claire Wilks (AKA Weissman Wilks, 1933-2017) was a Canadian artist who “was able to convey the human emotional experience from love and compassion to loneliness and pain. She was also known for portraying the eroticism of the human body – male and female.”  - the Canadian Jewish News.

    Her works impose themselves on the eye of the beholder through the force of her autonomous line…” - Il Gazzettino di Venetzia.

    Visitors to the Salon will be the first to see the Salon Exhibition, THE GENIUS OF CLAIRE WILKS, which runs June 2 to June 29, 2022.

    This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see works by Claire Wilks, on loan from the collection of Claire’s partner, author Barry Callaghan. The exhibition is curated by Christian Bernard Singer, Curator, Eco-artist and educator, and author of the comprehensive exhibition catalogue.

    The exhibit will also be open free to the public from 1 to 4 pm on the following days: Tuesday June 7, 21, 28; Wednesday June 29; Thursday June 16, 23; Friday June 10; Saturday June 11, 18, 25.

    **** subject to change as a result of public health requirements AND additional internal policies as a result of the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

    • 5 Jun 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Heliconia Hall
    • 34
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    Book Launch in Heliconian Hall for MUSINGS: AN ANTHOLOGY

    Come celebrate with us! We’re hosting a public book launch of MUSINGS: AN ANTHOLOGY on Sunday, June 5 from 2 to 4 pm. There will be readings, a slide show and music. The anthology is a collaboration of more than 35 contributors featuring poetry, short stories, essays, paintings, photographic art, and mixed-media. The event is free to attend but registration is required due to room capacity limits. Refreshments will be served; cash bar. ****

    **** subject to change as a result of public health requirements AND additional internal policies as a result of the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

    • 7 Jun 2022
    • 29 Jun 2022
    • 10 sessions
    • Heliconian Hall


    The Salon exhibition will be a rare opportunity to see twenty-five works by Claire Wilks on loan from the private collections of author Barry Callaghan, Katarina French, Peter Budd, Jennifer Bratty, Margaret Keatings, Sandra and Ken Freed, and Jean and Alan Burke. The exhibit includes brush drawings in tousche, works in conté crayon and monoprints.

    ABOUT THE CURATOR: Christian Bernard Singer, Canadian artist, curator and educator, was born in Paris and raised in New York City. Curator of over 50 exhibitions, including three major retrospectives, Singer has always sought to champion artists who push boundaries, materially and conceptually.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST: Claire Wilks (AKA Weissman Wilks, 1933-2017) “was able to convey the human emotional experience from love and compassion to loneliness and pain. She was also known for portraying the eroticism of the human body – male and female.” ~ the Canadian Jewish News.

    “Her works impose themselves on the eye of the beholder through the force of her autonomous line…” ~ Il Gazzettino di Venetzia.

    “My continued use of the woman as figure has no political or moral connotations: the female form has been and is my line, the line lives in the brain of my finger, and I do not know who that woman is from monoprint to monoprint until the line has defined itself, has found its form. In other words, I believe an aesthetic quest, more intuitive than reasoned, precedes all moral, philosophical, or political implications in any drawing, which is why I would never pretend to have anything to say in a philosophical, moral or political way: I don’t have the vocabulary; my vocabulary is my line seeking a form that will say all that needs to be said, if you can read it…” ~ Claire Wilks

    The hall will be open to the public from 1 to 4 pm on:

    •     Tuesday June 7, 21, 28;
    •     Wednesday June 29;
    •     Thursday June 16, 23;
    •     Friday June 10;
    •     Saturday June 11, 18, 25

    Admission is free. Viewing at other times than the listed dates is by appointment only.

    Image: Claire Wilks, The Thinking Heart: The Etty Drawings (Series) "Jews in the Desert",  on loan from Sandra and Ken Freed, Omaha

    • 7 Jun 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Heliconian Hall
    • 70
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    Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her.
                Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: What does it mean to love? 

    Professor Suanne Kelman will deliver a lecture on Klara and the Sun.

    Current on-line subscribers can purchase individual tickets for $15 or all 5 for $60.

    General admission is $25 or all 5 for $100. 

    To purchase all five- click here.

    HST and capital improvement fee are included. 

    Masks are required.

    Doors open at 7:00 pm. The Lecture begins at 7:30 pm

    No refreshments will be served.

    • 9 Jun 2022
    • 7:30 PM
    • Online
    Register


    The Club welcomes special guest Sarah Milroy, Chief Curator at The McMichael Gallery and Member of the Order of Canada, to speak about the life and work of Canadian artist Claire Wilks on June 2, 2022.  This link is for the digital video of the Salon will be available online a week later and available for 8 days.  For information on the live event, please click HERE.

    Claire Wilks (AKA Weissman Wilks, 1933-2017) was a Canadian artist who “was able to convey the human emotional experience from love and compassion to loneliness and pain. She was also known for portraying the eroticism of the human body – male and female.”  - the Canadian Jewish News.

    Her works impose themselves on the eye of the beholder through the force of her autonomous line…” - Il Gazzettino di Venetzia.

    This event is linked to our Salon Exhibition, THE GENIUS OF CLAIRE WILKS, which runs June 2 to June 29, 2022.

    This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see works by Claire Wilks, on loan from the collection of Claire’s partner, author Barry Callaghan. The exhibition is curated by Christian Bernard Singer, Curator, Eco-artist and educator, and author of the comprehensive exhibition catalogue.

    The exhibit will also be open free to the public from 1 to 4 pm on the following days: Tuesday June 7, 21, 28; Wednesday June 29; Thursday June 16, 23; Friday June 10; Saturday June 11, 18, 25.

    • 14 Jun 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Online

    Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her.
                Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: What does it mean to love? 

    Professor Suanne Kelman will deliver a lecture on Klara and the Sun.

    This Lecture is part of the 2021-22 Literary Lecture Series, a popular series has been described as a cross between a traditional book club and a university course without exams. Registration for this event is  restricted to registration for the Tuesday Subscription Series (available here), or the full subscriptions series (available here). Please note that late purchasers of the series will be provided all videos released before the date of purchase. 

    • 16 Jun 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Heliconian Hall
    • 67
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    When Julia Zarankin saw her first red-winged blackbird at the age of thirty-five, she didn’t expect that it would change her life. Recently divorced and auditioning hobbies during a stressful career transition, she stumbled on birdwatching, initially out of curiosity for the strange breed of humans who wear multi-pocketed vests, carry spotting scopes and discuss the finer points of optics with disturbing fervour.

                What she never could have predicted was that she would become one of them. Not only would she come to identify proudly as a birder, but birding would ultimately lead her to find love, uncover a new language and lay down her roots.

    Current on-line subscribers can purchase individual tickets for $15 or all 5 for $60.

    General admission is $25 or all 5 for $100. 

    To purchase all five- click here.

    HST and capital improvement fee are included. 

    Masks are required.

    Doors open at 7:00 pm. The Lecture begins at 7:30 pm

    No refreshments will be served.

    • 23 Jun 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Online
    • 91

    When Julia Zarankin saw her first red-winged blackbird at the age of thirty-five, she didn’t expect that it would change her life. Recently divorced and auditioning hobbies during a stressful career transition, she stumbled on birdwatching, initially out of curiosity for the strange breed of humans who wear multi-pocketed vests, carry spotting scopes and discuss the finer points of optics with disturbing fervour.

                What she never could have predicted was that she would become one of them. Not only would she come to identify proudly as a birder, but birding would ultimately lead her to find love, uncover a new language and lay down her roots.

    This Lecture is part of the 2021-22 Literary Lecture Series, a popular series has been described as a cross between a traditional book club and a university course without exams. Registration for this event is  restricted to registration for the Thursday Subscription Series (available here), or the full subscriptions series (available here). Please note that late purchasers of the series will be provided all videos released before the date of purchase. 

Past events

19 May 2022 Live Recording of Literary Lecture Series- Katherine Ashenburg: Her Turn
16 May 2022 Life Drawing Session May 16, 2022
10 May 2022 Humanities Salon: "I have a house in Occitanie....."
10 May 2022 Online Launch of Literary Lecture Series- Drew Hayden Taylor: Chasing Painted Horses
9 May 2022 Life Drawing Session May 9, 2022
7 May 2022 JANET READ- High Arctic Light: recent paintings and works on duralar - OPENING RECEPTION
3 May 2022 Live Recording of Literary Lecture Series- Drew Hayden Taylor: Chasing Painted Horses
2 May 2022 Life Drawing Session May 2, 2022
30 Apr 2022 Mary Rezza Memorial Recital
28 Apr 2022 Online Launch of Literary Lecture Series- Rosemary Sullivan: The Betrayal of Anne Frank
25 Apr 2022 Life Drawing Session April 25, 2022
22 Apr 2022 The Living Earth Concert
21 Apr 2022 Live Recording of Literary Lecture Series- Rosemary Sullivan: The Betrayal of Anne Frank
19 Apr 2022 Dance Salon: Choreographing Bharatanatyam in the Here and Now
12 Apr 2022 Literary Lecture Series- Mary Lawson: A Town Called Solace
11 Apr 2022 Life Drawing Session April 11, 2022
4 Apr 2022 Life Drawing Session April 4, 2022
2 Apr 2022 The Living Earth- Reception
31 Mar 2022 Literary Lecture Series- James Raffan: Ice Walker: A Polar Bear's Journey through the Fragile Arctic
28 Mar 2022 Life Drawing Session Mar. 28, 2022
21 Mar 2022 Life Drawing Session Mar. 21, 2022
18 Mar 2022 Virtual Book Launch of MUSINGS, the Heliconian Club’s Anthology
15 Mar 2022 Literary Lecture Series- Lorna Crozier: Through the Garden: A Love Story, (with cats)
14 Mar 2022 Life Drawing Session Mar. 14, 2022
7 Mar 2022 Life Drawing Session Mar. 7, 2022
4 Mar 2022 Gershwin & Friends
28 Feb 2022 Life Drawing Session Feb. 28, 2022
24 Feb 2022 Literary Lecture Series- Annabel Lyon: Consent
21 Feb 2022 Life Drawing Session Feb. 21, 2022
15 Feb 2022 Literary Lecture Series- Francesca Ekwuyasi: Butter Honey Pig Bread
14 Feb 2022 Life Drawing Session Feb. 14, 2022
10 Feb 2022 Music Salon with Maria Soulis
7 Feb 2022 Life Drawing Session Feb. 7, 2022
27 Jan 2022 Literary Lecture Series- Amanda Jetté Knox: Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family.
11 Jan 2022 Literary Lecture Series- Carol Bruneau: Brighten the Corner Where You Are
13 Dec 2021 Life Drawing Session Dec 13, 2021
6 Dec 2021 Life Drawing Session Dec 6, 2021
30 Nov 2021 Drama Salon with Robin Whiffen from Against the Grain Theatre
29 Nov 2021 Life Drawing Session Nov 29, 2021
27 Nov 2021 Let’s Do Blue!- Reception
25 Nov 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Cherie Jones: How The One- Armed Sister Sweeps Her House
22 Nov 2021 Life Drawing Session Nov 22, 2021
19 Nov 2021 Here, There and Everywhere
15 Nov 2021 Life Drawing Session Nov 15, 2021
9 Nov 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Maria Reva: Good Citizens Need Not Fear
8 Nov 2021 Life Drawing Session Nov 9, 2021
1 Nov 2021 Life Drawing Session Nov 1, 2021
28 Oct 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Russell Banks: Foregone
25 Oct 2021 Life Drawing Session Oct 25, 2021
22 Oct 2021 Hel's Belles: Meet Our Composers
18 Oct 2021 Life Drawing Session Oct 18, 2021
17 Oct 2021 Online Reception- Luminous
12 Oct 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Jennifer Robson: Our Darkest Night
2 Oct 2021 Luminous- Reception
23 Sep 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Janie Chang: The Library Of Legends
14 Sep 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Michael Christie: Greenwood
11 Sep 2021 Encounter- Reception
15 Aug 2021 In The Company of Trees- Reception
10 Jun 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Olga Tokarczuk: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead with Suanne Kelman.
8 Jun 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Helen Humphreys: Rabbit Foot Bill
29 May 2021 Reception for High Arctic Light: Wilding and cultivation
25 May 2021 Humanities Salon: The Gift of L’Arche with Beth Porter
13 May 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Linden MacIntyre: The Wake
11 May 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Jessica McDiarmid: Highway of Tears
2 May 2021 Reception- Self Portrait Show
25 Apr 2021 Mary Rezza Memorial Recital
23 Apr 2021 Alone Together: Concert with Art, Poetry and Dance
15 Apr 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Emma Donoghue: Pull of the Stars
13 Apr 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Ben Lerner: The Topeka School with Sandra Martin
30 Mar 2021 Dance Salon with Amy Bowring from Dance Collection Danse
29 Mar 2021 Reception- Secret Garden (video of event)
23 Mar 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Karma Brown: Recipe For a Perfect Wife
20 Mar 2021 Reception- Secret Garden
5 Mar 2021 Celebrating Beethoven
4 Mar 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Carla Gunn: Amphibian
25 Feb 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Derek Mascarenhas: Coconut Dreams
16 Feb 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Gil Adamson: The Ridgerunner
11 Feb 2021 Music Salon with Alison Melville
9 Feb 2021 Music Salon with Alison Melville
28 Jan 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Jesse Thistle: From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless and Finding My Way
26 Jan 2021 Literary Lecture Series- Mike Barnes: Be With: Letters to a Caregiver
26 Nov 2020 Literary Lecture Series- Cary Fagan: The Student
20 Nov 2020 Dance the Night Away
17 Nov 2020 Literary Lecture Series- Anthony de Sa: Children of the Moon
22 Oct 2020 Literary Lecture Series- Joan Thomas: Five Wives
18 Oct 2020 Luminous 2020 Small Group Reception (2)-RSVP required
6 Oct 2020 Literary Lecture Series- Steven Price: Lampedusa
4 Oct 2020 Luminous 2020 Online Reception
3 Oct 2020 Luminous 2020 Small Group Reception-RSVP required
24 Sep 2020 Literary Lecture Series- MG Vassanji: A Delhi Obsession
22 Sep 2020 Literary Lecture Series- K.D. Miller: Late Breaking
8 Aug 2020 Liminal Spaces Zoom Reception
1 Aug 2020 Liminal Spaces Zoom Reception

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