The new season of Beach United Church’s Jazz and Reflection concerts kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 3 with Jane Bunnett and friends.
Bunnett is a soprano saxophonist and flautist. Her dozen-plus albums have earned her three Juno awards and acclaim around the world. She was named to the Order of Canada a decade ago.
Bunnett has travelled often to Cuba, and has recorded with musicians from there on numerous occasions, with much of her recorded output inspired by the music of that island nation.
Beach Jazz and Reflection runs from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. just north of Queen Street East. Children are welcome to attend. There is no charge, but a freewill offering will be collected.
The chorale is inviting anyone who loves to sing or has always wanted to sing to join in for a “no-pressure, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the rehearsal process.”
The choir will run through the process of rehearsing choral music, some vocal exercises, and then sing a few songs. The community concert choir operates a yearly concert series and is based in the Beach.
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People From the Sky is a celebration of native cultures around the world. The storytelling and music event, part of the Community Event Series at Dawes Crossing, will take place at Dawes Crossing, Dawes Road at Victoria Park Avenue, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Storytellers include Yusuke Tanaka, Rania El Mugammar, Unblind, Brian Walsh, and Aaron Bell. Music will be provided by Kaminari.
The launch event and open mic, 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, will feature First Nations artists Lena Recollet and Jennifer Alicia, musician Matti Palonen, League of Canadian Poets member Jeevan Bhagwat, historian and author Barbara Myrvold, and The Urban Geographer Daniel Rotsztain.
From 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke will host an evening of poetry readings. Poets include Raven, Wahkwari’tahóntsi, Claire Caldwell, Shirley Camia, Sheila Bello, Scarborough Seniors Write artists Helen Koski and Darcy Miller, and Scarborough Poet Laureate John E. Rutherford.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, from 12:30 to 4 p.m., a workshop and tea will take place. Poetry workshops for adults and children will be available. Actors from Live History and costumes from the Scarborough Museum will bring the past to life, and Maureen Jennings, author of the novels that inspired television’s Murdoch Mysteries, will speak.
On now until Oct. 11, a visual art exhibition of work related to poetry will be on display. All events are free for all ages, but pre-registration is required.
Bohemians in Brooklyn: Beaches Reads 2015 with Tom Allen and Friends will take place through October and November.
Anyone interested in taking part should pick up a copy of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, and read it before mid-October, when a series of book discussions will take place in East End libraries.
Book discussions, led by CBC’s Allen or local musician Michelle Mayers, will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the Gerrard/Ashdale branch, 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the Beaches branch, 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Main Street branch, and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the Taylor Memorial branch at Kingston Road and Warden Avenue.
A cabaret concert about the New York City home where McCullers, W.H. Auden, Benjamin Britten, and Gypsy Rose Lee lived together will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8 at Kingston Road United Church.