Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Community Event: An Evening of Classical Guitar, Flute, and Violin from Japan

On Wednesday, October 27th, the Japan Foundation presents an evening of classical guitar, flute, and violin featuring:

大萩康司  Yasuji Ohagi (guitar): Graduate of Conservatoire de Musique, Paris
瀬尾和紀   Kazunori Seo (flute): Studied and currently resides in Paris, France
鍵冨弦太郎 Gentaro Kagitomi (violin): First prize winner of the National Students Competition at the age of 15

The most sought-after Japanese performers bring their excellence in music making to Toronto in this unique ensemble of guitar, flute and violin. The program reflects the poetic hearts of the musicians as global travellers, encompassing works from Europe, Latin America, and Japan.

This concert is part of a cross-Canada tour organized by The Japan Foundation.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
Glenn Gould Studio
250 Front Street West, CBC Broadcast Centre
Admission: $30; students and seniors $20; reserved seating

Tickets available: In person at the box offices of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall Please note that the tickets are not sold at Glenn Gould Studio)
Online www.roythomsonhall.com
Inquiry: 416.966.1600 x229 www.jftor.org

Presented by the Japan Foundation, in co-operation with the Consulate General of Japan in Toronto.

Community Event: Sayonara Hashima at the Japan Foundation


The Japan Foundation Toronto, along with the Goethe Institut, Toronto and OCAD University present a screening of Sayonara Hashima, along with a discussion with artists Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani on Friday, October 1st.

Sayonara Hashima takes as its subject Hashima, an island off the coast of Japan with a fascinating history. Entirely manmade, the concrete island served as a coal-mining operation that, at its peak of operation, housed some 5000 inhabitants, at that time the most densely populated place on earth.

Abandoned in 1974, when its mineral resources had been exhausted, the island has since taken on a ghostly, mythic status in the national imagination, aided by its appearance in a Battle Royale II, a recent Japanese adventure/science fiction film. Nina Fischer & Maroan El Sani explore the changing roles of the island throughout its history, capturing the accounts not only of former inhabitants but also the current impressions of high school students of a place they know only indirectly through representations. As with many of Fischer & El Sani’s previous projects, Sayonara Hashima asks how memory operates, how a site wears its history, both physically and metaphorically.

Date: Friday, October 1
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)
Location: The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Address: 131 Bloor St. W., 2nd floor of the Colonnade Building
Admission: Free
Reservation required: www.jftor.org/whatson/rsvp.php or (416) 966-1600 x102