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Virtual Asian Heritage Month Festival 2021


presented by
The Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc. in partnership with Toronto Public Library


Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Declaration of May as Asian Heritage Month by the Senate of Canada
A Motion proposed by The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada

Senate signing of Asian Heritage Month Declaration
The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy signing Asian Heritage Month Declaration

Asian Heritage Month Declaration
Senate of Canada | Declaration of Asian Heritage Month, May 21, 2002. Click here to enlarge image. The Motion was passed in December 2001.


2021 GREETINGS FROM HIS WORSHIP JOHN TORY, MAYOR, CITY OF TORONTO

A Welcome Message from Mr. Justin Poy, Honourary Patron, Asian Heritage Month-Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture
Mr. Justin PoyMr. Poy at the Asian Heritage Month Reception held by the Minister of Canadian Heritage in Ottawa, 2019

2019 Canadian Heritage | Celebrate Canada's Asian Heritage - Asian Heritage Month

2021 to 2022

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Sunday May 2, 2021 | 2 PM EDT
Opening Ceremony | Asian Heritage Month Festival 2021
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Declaration of May as Asian Heritage Month by the Senate of Canada
Welcome and Opening Remarks: The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth
His Worship John Tory, Mayor, City of Toronto
Mr. Justin Poy, Honourary Patron, Asian Heritage Month-CFACI
Reading of the Senate of Canada Asian Heritage Month Declaration: The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, former Senator who tabled the Motion in the Senate of Canada, and Founding Patron, Asian Heritage Month-CFACI
Presenters: Chinese Canadian Legend Award Winners
Dr. Neville Poy O.C., O.St.J., B.Sc., M.D., C.M., M.Sc., FRCS(C), FACS, Mr. Justin Poy, Mr. Stephen Siu, with music by Professor Chan Ka Nin and Alice Ping Yee Ho

FREE ADMISSION: Please register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/opening-ceremony-asian-heritage-month-festival-2021-tickets-151278651519
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85675327095?pwd=ZmQ2aWhOSndjVHhOMXdGdVpLNVFGZz09
Meeting ID: 856 7532 7095
Passcode: 388257
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Officiating Party


Welcome and Opening Remarks: The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth
His Worship John Tory, Mayor, City of Toronto
Mr. Justin Poy, Honourary Patron, Asian Heritage Month-CFACI
Reading of the Senate of Canada Asian Heritage Month Declaration: The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, former Senator who tabled the Motion in the Senate of Canada, and Founding Patron, Asian Heritage Month-CFACI

Launch of Asian Heritage Month 2021 and Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Senate of Canada’s Declaration of May as Asian Heritage Month, a Motion tabled by The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada
Video Slideshow: “Happiness Resonates Through Photography” by Dr. Neville Poy, O.C., O.St.J., B.Sc., M.D., C.M., M.Sc., FRCS(C), FACS
with music by Professor Chan Ka Nin and Alice Ping Yee Ho
Dr. Poy will showcase his new video made for Asian Heritage Month 2021 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Senate of Canada’s Declaration of May as Asian Heritage Month. This video comprises of photos taken by Dr. Poy with inspirational quotes.
Music by Professor Chan Ka Nin followed by Music by Alice Ping Yee Ho, excerpt from piano concerto Elysian Fields.

Justin Poy: Asian Heritage Month Lecture
“Asians in Modern Media: How do we get to “primetime” and remain there?”

Summary: Silent film actor Sessue Hayakawa is largely regarded as the first Asian American actor. By 1918 he was able to found his own film studio and worked hard to overcome the offensive stereotypes of Asians in film. But by the 1980’s these stereotypes still hadn’t budged much as seen in the 1984 hit "Sixteen Candles" and the exchange student Long Duk Dong. Surely a worldly Director such as John Hughes would know better? Fast forward to 2000 and the Oscar-winning hit "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” rises to the big screen and global audiences love it! But alas— it’s still not “mainstream”. How do we get Asians to be depicted in film, the way Asians occupy our everyday life? We are doctors, accountants, mothers, fathers. We are a part of society— except when it’s in the movies and popular culture. How do we place first and occupy our rightful space as demonstrated by “Crazy Rich Asians”. And NOT lose our spot?

About Justin Poy: Justin Poy is the Founder and Creative Director of The Justin Poy Agency (JPA), an award-winning advertising agency that specializes in multicultural advertising. In 2020, JPA became the exclusive ad agency for iQIYI North America in Canada (iq.com). iQIYI (NASDAQ: IQ) is one of the world’s largest media streaming companies with hit shows such as “The Rap of China” and “Youth With You 3”. Justin is the Honorary Patron of Asian Heritage Month (CFACI) and the recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. He has been awarded the Chinese Canadian Legend Award and is recognized as Alumni of Distinction by both Ryerson University and The Toronto French School. He has received the prestigious Arbor Award from the University of Toronto. Mr. Poy eagerly supports education and sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Faculty of Science at York University and supports Canadian media as the Founder of The Justin Poy Agency Award at Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media.

Stephen Siu: "Ode to Cheongsam -- the Beauty of Asian Canadian Heritage”
Cheongsam became a world sensation through the 1960 British-American romantic drama film "The World of Suzie Wong". The dress has been seen in North American films and some award-winning productions such as "In the Mood of Love" and "Lust, Caution". Stephen Siu, as an organizer of the upcoming "Transformative Chic -- the Everlasting Cheongsam Exhibition" in Toronto and Vancouver, will trace the evolution of the Cheongsam (also known as Qipao), the eternal elegant Chinese dress dating back to the Manchu-ruled China in the 17th Century, to its re-invention over decades from ethnic clothing to contemporary art and its current transformative styles. He will talk about how this Chinese dress has been used to showcase the beauty and values behind Asian cultures, and facilitate cross-cultural understanding and acceptance.
About Stephen Siu: With his strong cultural background, Stephen Siu has given talks at the Asian Heritage Month over all these years, discussing topics from "Chinese Philosophy in Photography" to "Fusion of Cultures in Chinese Architecture". As Chair of the Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto, he usually uses professionally-taken photographs to illustrate his presentations. He has served as advisor to several non-profit groups including the Ontario Cross-Cultural Music Society and the Canada-Hong Kong Library. He was presented with the Chinese Canadian Legend Award in 2009, the Arbor Award in 2010, the Canadian Senate 150 medal and the House of Commons "Canada 150" medal in recent years.

Co-Organizers: Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.; Toronto Public Library; York Centre for Asian Research, York University; Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto; York University; Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto; Chinese Canadian Photography Society of Toronto; WE Artists' Group; Social Services Network; Cambridge Food and Wine Society; Fête Chinoise
Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Asian Canadian Artists in Digital Age is funded by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund

 

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Sunday May 16, 2021 | 2 PM

From Realism to Artistic Impression: A Virtual Group Photo Exhibition by Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto Members for 2021 AHM Festival
Opening Remarks: Mr. Justin Poy, Honorary Patron, Asian Heritage Month-CFACI

FREE ADMISSION: Please register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/from-realism-to-artistic-impression-a-virtual-ccpst-group-photo-exhibition-tickets-153567172547
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86919986892?pwd=MnhlRHFMSjV5L2ExUVBkSzk4WEN6QT09
Meeting ID: 869 1998 6892
Passcode: 553617
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Presented by:
Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto, established in 1976, is a non profit organization with 130 current members. Our mission is to explore the art of photography as our expression to support multiculturalism. Our members participate in professional activities and events to make their contributions to society.

About this Group Exhibition:
The group exhibition showcases 54 members’ photos selected from various club competitions in the past 10 years. The virtual group exhibition is divided into 4 parts. Part 1-3, present photographic realism (wild life and street photography) and artistic impression (special artistic effect photography and night scene photography). Part 4 entitled Kensington Market , playing seamlessly as an engaging video, in fact, were photos contributed by a group of photographers. Digitally edited to infuse passion, rhythm and music into the still photos to transform Toronto’s old landmark location for immigrants into a lively colourful community for all in the 21st century.
The virtual presentation also includes photographers briefly sharing their creative vision and key techniques used in the award-winning photos. There will be two Q&A for the audience to participate.
©2021 belongs to individual artists


Co-Organizers: Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto; Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.; Toronto Public Library; York Centre for Asian Research, York University; Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto; York University; Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto; Chinese Canadian Photography Society of Toronto; WE Artists' Group; Social Services Network; Cambridge Food and Wine Society; Fête Chinoise
Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Asian Canadian Artists in Digital Age is funded by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund

 



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Monday May 17, 2021 | 7 PM

Asian Heritage Month Events at Toronto Public Library: "Asian Canadian Resilience and Entrepreneurship"
Moderator Jasmine Chen with panelists: Writer/Director/Musician Romeo Candido, Choreographer/OAYSIS Studios Founder Ming-Bo Lam, and Artistic Leader/Theatre Artist Miriam Fernandes OPENING REMARKS: Mr. Justin Poy, Honorary Patron, Asian Heritage Month-CFACI

FREE ADMISSION: Please register here
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In this lively one hour event, a panel of celebrated cultural leaders and award winning artists come together to discuss how they've navigated and succeeded in the world of performing arts. Moderator Jasmine Chen will be asking Writer/Director/Musician Romeo Candido, Choreographer/OAYSIS Studios Founder Ming-Bo Lam, and Artistic Leader/Theatre Artist Miriam Fernandes about their journeys in building their own platforms and amplifying the voices of their communities. They will share their insights and experiences in how resilience has enabled them to adapt, particularly during the pandemic, which has threatened the survival of the performing arts industry.

Panelists: Ming-Bo Lam is known, first and foremost, for her love of dance and ability to share that passion with all whom she encounters. Her choreography is rooted in her classical foundations and guided by strong internal dialogue and emotional undertones. Lam graduated with an Honours BFA in Theatre Performance Dance, from Ryerson University, as Valedictorian. Since graduating, she has crossed the line between classical dance genres and the commercial industry, choreographing for theatre productions (SeXT: Sex Education by Theatre; Mixie and the Halfbreeds, produced by fu-GEN Theatre Company) and independent dance projects and commissions. Select performance credits include the Much Music Video Awards, the Toronto Raptors’ Dance Pak, The Umbrella Academy, Sogand, PSY, and the NBA All Star Weekend 2016. Currently, Lam works as a freelance dancer, choreographer, adjudicator, and educator. She is also the co-founder of OAYSIS Studios: holistic movement lifestyle, offering online classes in dance, yoga, fitness, and mindful movement.

Miriam Fernandes is a Toronto-based artist who has worked as an actor, director, and theatre-maker around the world. She is the co-Artistic Director of Why Not Theatre. Acting credits include Jungle Book (WYRD/Kidoons), Animal Farm (Soulpepper Theatre), Prince Hamlet (Why Not Theatre), Dinner with the Gods (Wolf and Wallflower, Sydney AU), The Snow Queen and A Sunday Affair (Theatre New Brunswick), The Living (Summerworks Performance Festival), and Soliciting Temptation (Tarragon Theatre). She has trained with the SITI Company, and is a graduate of Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Directing and creation credits include Nesen, (MiniMidiMaxi Festival, Norway) The First Time I Saw the Sea (YVA Company, Norway). She is currently in development for a few new pieces that she is co-creating including an adaptation of the Mahabharata, Three Pigs, and a new play called Partition. Miriam is the recipient of the JBC Watkins Award and was nominated for the inaugural Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize.

Romeo Candido is a dynamic multi-disciplinary Filipino Canadian award winning story teller with experience in narrative and factual storytelling for film, television, advertising, theatre and digital platforms. His horror film ANG PAMANA : THE INHERITANCE played in theatres across the Philippines and won Best Feature at the Winnipeg International Film Festival. His award winning transmedia project PRISON DANCER: THE MUSICAL, based on the Dancing Inmates of Cebu, is the recipient of the National Creation Fund and is being developed as a stage musical with the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. Romeo is the winner of the Bell Media / WGC diverse screenwriter program and was invited to be a story coordinator for season two of KIM’S CONVENIENCE. Romeo made his Netflix debut as a writer for both seasons of the sci fi thriller ANOTHER LIFE. He made his comedy television directing debut as the series director of the CSA nominated comedy SECOND JEN. His musical comedy drama TOPLINE is currently in pre-production and slated to shoot in the spring with Shaftesbury for CBC. A proud member of the Filipino Canadian community, Romeo has been instrumental in bringing to light the Filipino experience either as the Senior Producer of CBC Arts or his over twenty years of mentoring, collaborating, and documenting his community.

Jasmine Chen is a second-generation Chinese immigrant artist based in T’karonto (Dish with One Spoon Territory) and the unceded Coast Salish Territories (colonially known as Vancouver). Her work has engaged with communities across Turtle Island, including The Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Arts Club, Prairie Theatre Exchange, fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, 4th Line Theatre, Cahoots Theatre, and Canadian Stage. At the core of her work is her dedication to community building, storytelling, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her interest in multilingual creation, audience interactivity, social justice, and diasporic narratives often drive her artistic practice. Jasmine is a performer, director, arts educator, producer, writer, and creator. She is a recipient of the Gina Wilkinson Award, Stratford Festival Jean Gascon Award, the Toronto Harold Award, and is a Dora Award nominee. Her work has been featured in CBC Arts, NOW Magazine, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Intermission Magazine, and Fete Chinoise Magazine. Jasmine is the Artistic and Community Producer at Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC.

Co-Organizers: Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.; Toronto Public Library; York Centre for Asian Research, York University; Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto; York University; Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto; Chinese Canadian Photography Society of Toronto; WE Artists' Group; Social Services Network; Cambridge Food and Wine Society; Fête Chinoise
Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Asian Canadian Artists in Digital Age is funded by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund

 



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Tuesday May 18, 2021| 9:30 AM
Tuesday May 18, 2021 | 9:30 AM
Asian Heritage Month Education Roundtable at Toronto Catholic District School Board
To be held on Toronto Catholic District School Board Zoom Platform
FREE ADMISSION: Registrations for Schools only
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OPENING REMARKS: Mr. Justin Poy, Honorary Patron, Asian Heritage Month-CFACI
i) “Arts and Artificial Intelligence in TCDSB” led by Vicki McRae and Jodelyn Huang
We will feature the “Arts and Artificial Intelligence” project funded by Canadian Heritage CSMARI Project Grant. This is a project collaborating with TCDSB, TDSB, York University and IBM, spanning right across the pandemic, and miraculously became very useful as schools went virtual. It is raising awareness through identifying the cultural messages behind colours using a custom-made IBM visual colour recognition app (doing Asian Canadian, Indigenous and Black communities), and asking students to paint with this newly acquired cultural awareness.
ii) "Asian Canadian Resilience and Entrepreneurship"
A panel of celebrated cultural leaders and award winning artists come together to discuss how they've navigated and succeeded in the world of performing arts. Moderator Miquelon Rodriguez will be asking Writer/Director/Musician Romeo Candido, Choreographer/OAYSIS Studios Founder Ming-Bo Lam, and Artistic Leader/Theatre Artist Miriam Fernandes about their journeys in building their own platforms and amplifying the voices of their communities. They will share their insights and experiences in how resilience has enabled them to adapt, particularly during the pandemic, which has threatened the survival of the performing arts industry.

Miriam Fernandes is a Toronto-based artist who has worked as an actor, director, and theatre-maker around the world. She is the co-Artistic Director of Why Not Theatre. Acting credits include Jungle Book (WYRD/Kidoons), Animal Farm (Soulpepper Theatre), Prince Hamlet (Why Not Theatre), Dinner with the Gods (Wolf and Wallflower, Sydney AU), The Snow Queen and A Sunday Affair (Theatre New Brunswick), The Living (Summerworks Performance Festival), and Soliciting Temptation (Tarragon Theatre). She has trained with the SITI Company, and is a graduate of Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Directing and creation credits include Nesen, (MiniMidiMaxi Festival, Norway) The First Time I Saw the Sea (YVA Company, Norway). She is currently in development for a few new pieces that she is co-creating including an adaptation of the Mahabharata, Three Pigs, and a new play called Partition. Miriam is the recipient of the JBC Watkins Award and was nominated for the inaugural Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize.

Romeo Candido is a dynamic multi-disciplinary Filipino Canadian award winning story teller with experience in narrative and factual storytelling for film, television, advertising, theatre and digital platforms. His horror film ANG PAMANA : THE INHERITANCE played in theatres across the Philippines and won Best Feature at the Winnipeg International Film Festival. His award winning transmedia project PRISON DANCER: THE MUSICAL, based on the Dancing Inmates of Cebu, is the recipient of the National Creation Fund and is being developed as a stage musical with the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. Romeo is the winner of the Bell Media / WGC diverse screenwriter program and was invited to be a story coordinator for season two of KIM’S CONVENIENCE. Romeo made his Netflix debut as a writer for both seasons of the sci fi thriller ANOTHER LIFE. He made his comedy television directing debut as the series director of the CSA nominated comedy SECOND JEN. His musical comedy drama TOPLINE is currently in pre-production and slated to shoot in the spring with Shaftesbury for CBC. A proud member of the Filipino Canadian community, Romeo has been instrumental in bringing to light the Filipino experience either as the Senior Producer of CBC Arts or his over twenty years of mentoring, collaborating, and documenting his community.

Ming-Bo Lamis known, first and foremost, for her love of dance and ability to share that passion with all whom she encounters. Her choreography is rooted in her classical foundations and guided by strong internal dialogue and emotional undertones. Lam graduated with an Honours BFA in Theatre Performance Dance, from Ryerson University, as Valedictorian. Since graduating, she has crossed the line between classical dance genres and the commercial industry, choreographing for theatre productions (SeXT: Sex Education by Theatre; Mixie and the Halfbreeds, produced by fu-GEN Theatre Company) and independent dance projects and commissions. Select performance credits include the Much Music Video Awards, the Toronto Raptors’ Dance Pak, The Umbrella Academy, Sogand, PSY, and the NBA All Star Weekend 2016. Currently, Lam works as a freelance dancer, choreographer, adjudicator, and educator. She is also the co-founder of OAYSIS Studios: holistic movement lifestyle, offering online classes in dance, yoga, fitness, and mindful movement.

Miquelon Rodriguez is a sound designer, editor, and mixer; music composer; digital content creator; actor; and an emerging arts leader based in Toronto. He was the Apprentice Artistic Director at Factory Theatre from 2017- 2019, under the mentorship of Nina Lee Aquino, and co-curated Pan-Asian works over two seasons at Soulpepper Theatre Company. He is currently an Artistic Leadership Resident with the National Theatre School of Canada and has worked as a sound designer/composer with a multitude of artists and companies in different provinces across Turtle Island.

Co-Organizers: Toronto Catholic District School Board; Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.; Toronto Public Library; York Centre for Asian Research, York University; Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto; York University; Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto; Chinese Canadian Photography Society of Toronto; WE Artists' Group; Social Services Network; Cambridge Food and Wine Society; Fête Chinoise
Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Asian Canadian Artists in Digital Age is funded by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund

 

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Sunday May 23, 2021 | 2 PM EDT
Asian Heritage Month Virtual Concert
Artistic Directors: Professor Chan Ka Nin, Alice Ping Yee Ho


FREE ADMISSION: Please register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/virtual-annual-asian-heritage-month-concert-tickets-152283033653
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88676411783?pwd=WDVIb3RLbmhWMDBYMzRCTHNKTEdOQT09
Meeting ID: 886 7641 1783
Passcode: 876869

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OPENING REMARKS: Mr. Justin Poy, Honorary Patron, Asian Heritage Month-CFACI

Asian Heritage Month Revitalization Concert
This year, Asian Heritage Month Concert will return with a virtual concert on May 23, Sunday, at 2 pm. Asian artists from Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, and Philippine will showcase their artistry in an unprecedented 90 minutes of presentation. Many thanks to the many diverse and talented performers, many of whom are participating for the first time with us: such as percussionist Bobby Ho, soprano Stephanie Nakagawa, violinist Sharon Lee, tenor Shirshendu Mukherjee, mezzo soprano Renee Michaela Fajardo, band leader John Lee, as well as Chinese instrumentalists Amely Zhou and Wendy Zhou. Our ensembles include the Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Chinese Orchestra, who will feature Liuqin virtuoso Felix Yeung with a concerto by Xijin. This year we have introduced a special segment called Pandemic Reflections in which artists share with our audience their personal experience during this global epidemic. Contribution by Photographer Tam Kam Chiu, poet Lien Chao, and painter Irene Hung will add an extra finesse to this concert's musical palette. Hope the spirit of this concert imbues us with new life and vitality.

Chan Ka Nin, Alice Ping Yee Ho
Co-Artistic Directors


Program
Co-Artistic Directors: Chan Ka Nin, Alice Ping Yee Ho
* Poetry by Lien Chao photographies by Tam Kam Chiu ; and paintings by Irene Hung
I. Flying on a Drum (⿎上⻜舞), a paigu solo
Bobby Ho, 何松聲 , Percussion

Pandemic Reflection 1*

II. Charm of Manchu
Liuqin Concerto, IV movement: Dance of Fire by Xijin Liu
Felix Yeung, liuqin
Toronto Chinese Orchestra, Chih-Sheng Chen, conductor

Pandemic Reflection 2*

III. Japanese Folk Songs
Furusato
I Need You Guillaume
Narayama
Stephanie Nakagawa , Soprano

Pandemic Reflection 3*

IV. Bluebird, a Korean Folk Song
Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra
Sharon Lee , violin
and others
Piazzolla Spring

Pandemic Reflection 4*

V. Rising Warrior
Amely Zhou 周嘉麗 (⼆胡) Erhu
Wendy Zhou 周晚濛 (琵琶) Pipa
Ken Yang 杨晓赓 (鋼琴) Piano/Keyboard
Jaimie Chan 陳祖慧 (⼤提琴)Cello
Perry Ho 何柏蔚 (⼩提琴) Violin
William Tran 陳家俊 (架⼦⿎) Drum Set
Lipeng Wu 吴⽴鹏 (笛⼦) Dizi

Pandemic Reflection 5*

VI. Khamaj Thumri—Music from India
Shirshendu Mukherjee , tenor
Ravi Naimpally, tabla
VII.Korean Ensemble
John Lee, Director
and others

Pandemic Reflection 6*

VIII. ‘Noli me Tangere’, an opera by Felipe Padilla de Leon
‘Dandansoy’, a Visayan folk song arr. by Lucrecia Kasilag
Renee Michaela Fajardo , mezzo-soprano

Pandemic Reflection 7*

IX. Flying Dragon, Leaping Tiger (⿓騰⻁躍), a drum concerto by Minxiong Li.
Bobby Ho, 何松聲, Percussion, the Inner Truth Taiko Dojo, Apex Drumming Team, TCO Percussion Team and the Toronto Chinese Orchestra. Conductor: Matthew Poon

Co-Organizers: Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.; Toronto Public Library; York Centre for Asian Research, York University; Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto; York University; Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto; Chinese Canadian Photography Society of Toronto; WE Artists' Group; Social Services Network; Cambridge Food and Wine Society; Fête Chinoise
Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Asian Canadian Artists in Digital Age is funded by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund

 



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Wednesday May 26, 2021 | 7 PM
Asian Heritage Month Events at Toronto Public Library: "Once Upon a Time in Chinatown"
Presenter: Professor Chef Leo Chan

FREE ADMISSION: Please register at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/tplleochan/register
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OPENING REMARKS: Mr. Justin Poy, Honorary Patron, Asian Heritage Month-CFACI

Toronto not only has some of the most diverse cultures and food in the world, its Chinese community itself is one of the most diverse outside of China, representing many dialects and regions of Mainland China , each with their own distinct approach to cuisine. In this special Asian Heritage Month presentation, celebrated Chef and Professor, Leo Chan, will tell the story of how Chinese food in Toronto became so complex and varied. Starting with Sing Tom's Cafe (founded: 1901), Toronto's first Chinese eatery at the intersection of Bay and Queen to the change in tastes and fashion in favour of smaller diners and Chop Suey houses with limited seating. Finally to the “First Golden Era” when the opening of Nanking in 1947 and Lichee Garden in 1948 changed the profile of Chinese restaurants and was the turning point in the history of Chinese dining. They were the first two of the 'Big Four' upscale restaurants. The other two were Sai Woo opened in 1953 and Kwong Chow in 1959. This period revolutionized Chinese cuisine in Canada.
Dedicated to the thousands of ordinary men and women working in the food industry in Toronto, Professor Chan walks us through the history of Chinese influence on key parts of Canada’s largest city when regional cuisines of China became more readily accessible, available and mainstream.
About this event’s guest: Leo Chan

Co-Organizers: Toronto Public Library; Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.; Toronto Public Library; York Centre for Asian Research, York University; Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto; York University; Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto; Chinese Canadian Photography Society of Toronto; WE Artists' Group; Social Services Network; Cambridge Food and Wine Society; Fête Chinoise
Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Asian Canadian Artists in Digital Age is funded by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund

 



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Saturday May 29, 2021 | 2 PM
Asian Heritage Month Film Festival held in collaboration with Reelworld Film Festival
Feature film: The Greatest Country in the World, directed by Ky Nam Le Duc
followed by a Q & A with the director, Ky Nam Le Duc, moderated by Pahull Bains, Marketing and Outreach Manager, Reelworld Film Festival

FREE ADMISSION: Please register here

ACCESS VIRTUAL EVENT AT https://__________
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Programme Notes by Marina Hanna:

This is an immigrant story for our time. In the depths of winter, in a not-so-distant future, a far-right government is elected and a province closes its borders; the safety and livelihood of refugees and non-status immigrants are left hanging in the balance. A Haitian woman working as a housekeeper leaves her young son, Junior, with her thirty-something-year-old employer before disappearing without a trace. Now, with help from his former father-in-law, a former Vietnamese refugee, this de facto family unit attempts to solve the mystery of where Junior’s mother fled.

The harsh winter landscape echoes the struggle of the trio who are trying to ensure that Junior will not be left behind. The film’s title suggests a duality: love versus nationalism. For Junior, both are true to his experience: the struggle to stay in the place he knows as home and the threat of being deported from it.

Director: Ky Nam Le Duc
A second-generation immigrant, Montreal-based director Ky Nam Le Duc makes films about people who exist between places.

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Sunday May 30, 2021 | 2 PM
Energy of Stillness: A Multimedia Virtual Presentation of Taiji Brushwork, Painting, Video, Poetry, and Meditation
Artists:
Henry Ho: Award-winning visual artist, Taiji calligrapher, videographer, and digital editor
Lien Chao: Award-winning author, writer, bilingual poet, and inter-art artist
Ashley Bruce Poy: Meditative artist, performer and emerging poet

FREE ADMISSION: Please register here
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82886506485?pwd=ZHFFWHB6TzFodVNHc21qREo0bHowZz09
Meeting ID: 828 8650 6485
Passcode: 814618
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Co-Organizers: Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.; Toronto Public Library; York Centre for Asian Research, York University; Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto; York University; Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto; Chinese Canadian Photography Society of Toronto; WE Artists' Group; Social Services Network; Cambridge Food and Wine Society; Fête Chinoise
Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Asian Canadian Artists in Digital Age is funded by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund

 

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May 2021
Asian Canadian Art Workshops at School Boards
Led by Dr. Lien Chao and Irene Hung
FREE ADMISSION: For Schools Only

Co-Organizers: Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.; Toronto Public Library; York Centre for Asian Research, York University; Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto; York University; Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto; Chinese Canadian Photography Society of Toronto; WE Artists' Group; Social Services Network; Cambridge Food and Wine Society; Fête Chinoise
Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Asian Canadian Artists in Digital Age is funded by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund

 



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Ongoing
Title of Presentation: "Positive Thinking" video with seniors
Activities in collaboration with Social Services Network


FREE ADMISSION on Social Services Network Virtual Platform


The video was integrated into Social Services Network’s relaxation and mindfulness activities, including virtual programs that was supporting up to 70 seniors daily.

Co-Organizers: Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.; Toronto Public Library; York Centre for Asian Research, York University; Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto; York University; Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto; Chinese Canadian Photography Society of Toronto; WE Artists' Group; Social Services Network; Cambridge Food and Wine Society; Fête Chinoise
Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Asian Canadian Artists in Digital Age is funded by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund

 



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List of Supporters of Asian Heritage Month


Main Partner: Toronto Public Library

Canada 150 Activities showcasing the works from the school workshops are sponsored by Canadian Heritage Canada 150 Fund and York University Canada 150 Fund

Canadian Heritage Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program
Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund

Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
Cambridge Food and Wine Society
Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture
Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, University of Toronto
Chi Ping Dance Group
Chinese Canadian Photographic Association of Toronto
Chinese Collective Arts Association
City of Toronto
Fête Chinoise
Justin Poy Agency
Moon Pointer Production Inc.
Reel Asian Film Festival
ReelWorld Film Festival
Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library
Toronto Arts Council Toronto Catholic District School Board
Toronto District School Board
Toronto Public Library
WE Artists Association
York Centre for Asian Research, York University
York Centre for Education and Community, York University
York Region District School Board

 

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