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Culture, Arts & Ideas Thursdays

Socialize over refreshments: 1:00 pm
Lecture, cultural program or workshop: 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Drop-In: $5.00 (Includes refreshments)

Socialize over refreshments in a café-style setting before enjoying a stimulating lecture, cultural program or workshop – we offer something for everyone!

For more information about our Active 55+ programs, please contact Lisa Roy at (416) 924-6211 x155 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Power of Political Cartoons

a cartoon of a man having a tooth pulledThursday, September 28, 2017
Doors open: 1:00 pm, Program 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Ralph Wintrob
Who doesn't love a political cartoon that satirizes what's behind the headlines. But what does it take to create these editorial illustrations? Learn about Canadian cartoonists Josh Silburt, Gary Clement and how their drawings have influenced public perceptions.

Read more: The Power of Political Cartoons

Honouring the Past, Imagining the Future: The Legacy of Honest Ed

ed mirvish reclines on sacks of potatoesThursday, October 26, 2017

Doors open: 1:00 pm, Program 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Bill Gladstone
Toronto treasure "Honest Ed" Mirvish was a shrewd businessman and theatrical impresario who gave birth to the Entertainment District and transformed the Annex. As the curtain falls on his retail emporium, learn how his legacy is being preserved and transformed.

Read more: Honouring the Past, Imagining the Future: The Legacy of Honest Ed

Hello Gorgeous! The Film Career of Barbra Streisand

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Doors open: 1:00 pm, Program 1:30 - 3:00 pm

With film critic Shlomo Schwartzberg
From the moment she burst on the Hollywood scene in Funny Girl almost 50 years ago, there has been no one quite like Barbra Streisand. A winner of two Oscars, Barbra was the first woman in Hollywood history to write, produce, direct and star in a major studio film. Learn about this iconic actress and director and enjoy clips from some of her most memorable movies.

Read more: Hello Gorgeous! The Film Career of Barbra Streisand 

Tu B’Shvat Seder

Thursday, February 1, 2018
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Celebrate the "New Year of the Trees in Israel" with a participatory community seder. Enjoy Hebrew songs, secular readings, ceremonial foods and a special musical performance by students from the Paul Penna DJDS. Fee: $8

Comes Love: A Valentine’s Day Concert

Piano keys with heart shaped glitter and a rose on topThursday, February 15, 2018
Doors open at 1:00 pm. Concert 1:30 - 3:00 pm, Post show reception 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Featuring The Adi Braun Trio at the Al Green Theatre
Celebrate the romance of Valentine’s Day with one of Canada’s leading jazz vocalists and enjoy a live performance of vintage torch songs, timeless standards and classic love songs. Jazz chanteuse Adi Braun draws us in with her smooth and sultry vocals and her ability to use a song to tell a story. Adi is joined by Tom King on piano and Pat Collins on bass.

Read more: Comes Love: A Valentine’s Day Concert

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