What’s On at the Koffler: May 2012

What's On at the Koffler
Show Off
Adi Nes
Koffler Gala 2012
Toronto Jewish Book Festival
Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards
In the Community



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Koffler Centre of the Arts’ Membership Program.


Benefits include discounts

on classes and programs, invitations to special members-only receptions and events, and more. PLUS get a MIX Card – with fabulous discounts across the GTA.


An exhibition featuring the artists who teach at the Koffler



April 27 to June 15, 2012
2nd floor, Prosserman JCC, 4588 Bathurst St.

Show Off features a wide range of work created by the Koffler faculty – comprised of some of Toronto’s most accomplished and promising artists.

Most works are for sale. Proceeds go to the artist.

A percentage from each sale also helps support arts education at the Koffler Centre of the Arts.



Tuesday, May 15

12:30 – 1:30 PM



Light refreshments will be served.



Develop a looser, freer approach to painting the figure – learn to abstract the human form and develop more satisfying compositions. Instructor: Brian Smith


Saturday & Sunday

9:30 AM – 4 PM

May 19 & 20
$180 + HST

Sumi-e Painting 


Oriental brushstroke painting originated in China and later spread to Japan, where it became known as sumi-e. Learn the brushstrokes associated with this form and embark on a journey of exploration. Instructor: Roslyn Levin.





1 – 3:30 PM 
May 1 – June 19
$224 + HST


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CIBC Wood Gundy 


Media Partner:

National Post 2011 

Koffler Gallery Supporters:


 Toronto Arts Council


Ontario Arts Council


Canada Council for the Arts


Koffler Centre of the Arts is an agency of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

  UJA Federation 2011

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May 3 to June 2, 2012 | FREE
Koffler Gallery Off-Site at Olga Korper Gallery, 17 Morrow Ave. 
OPENING RECEPTION | Thursday, May 3, 6 – 9 PM | FREE


The first Canadian survey of the stunning, bold and often controversial work of the internationally acclaimed Israeli photographer. Referencing art history and photojournalism, Adi Nes‘ meticulously crafted interpretations of Biblical, mythological and literary subjects propose a critical view of the present while seeking to uncover a universal humanism.


ARTIST TALK | Monday, May 7, 7 PM | FREE
Eaton Theatre (Room 204), Rogers Communication Centre, 80 Gould St. 
Adi Nes speaks about his artistic perspective on contemporary Israeli society and the politics of identity, introducing his newest body of work, The Village, which will be premiering in New York and Paris in 2012. 


Adi Nes is a Featured Exhibition in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.


More Info 


Koffler Centre of the Arts and Luminato present Tel Aviv’s
BATSHEVA DANCE COMPANY in the North American Premiere of SADEH21 choreographed by Batsheva’s legendary artistic director, OHAD NAHARIN.


MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen’s Park

Join us for the Opening Night of SADEH21 and become a NEW ART INSIDER. Only tickets purchased through the Koffler Centre of the Arts will benefit the organization and are eligible for tax receipts.

More info and tickets 


June 4 – 7, 2012
The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library

780 Yonge Street (just north of Bloor)


After 34 succesful years, Toronto’s much loved Jewish Book Fair is reborn as the Toronto Jewish Book Festival.

Featuring author talks, readings, panels, exclusive book launches, musical events, films and slideshows, student programs, hundreds of books for sale and more. The Festival culminates in the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards

on June 7 at 8 PM.


Over 35 international and Canadian authors are featured, including:

  • Opening Night with rising literary star Shalom Auslander
  • ‘Feminism in Canada and Israel’ with author and social activist Michele Landsberg
  • Albert Einstein, science and Judaism with author Steven Gimbel
  • and much, much more!

More Info   

Jewish Book Awards


Thursday, June 7, 2012 | 8 PM | FREE
The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street (just borth of Bloor)


The 24th annual awards celebrating excellence in Canadian writing on Jewish themes and subjects. Books in a variety of genres will be recognized at the awards ceremony on Thursday, June 7 at 8 PM. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

2012 winners just announced!


More Info    



Toronto Jewish Film Festival

May 3 – 13 | Various venues

The Toronto Jewish Film Festival returns for its 20th year! Full schedule now online. Full details.   



Echo Sculpture Studio, 3rd Annual Exhibition

May 5 – 6, 6 – 9 PM | Vernissage May 3, 6 – 9 PM | 3906 Chesswood Dr.

An exhibition featuring small sculptures and other works, dedicated in memory of Eva Schindelheim. Full details. 



Jewish Heritage Month Celebration
May 7, 7 – 9 PM | Beth Torah Synagogue, 47 Glenbrook Ave.  

Join MPP Mike Colle and the Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins and commemorate the inaugural Jewish Heritage Month in Ontario with a celebration of Jewish life and culture. With presentations from Susan Jackson, Executive Director of Women’s Philanthropy at the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Dara Solomon, Director of the Ontario Jewish Archives, and former CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Bernie Farber. The evening will conclude with a reception featuring live music. Full details.

RSVP by May 4 to mcolle.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org | 416.781.2395  


Lost In Yonkers

May 12 – June 10 | St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E.

Harold Green Jewish Theatre presents Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play, starring Marion Ross from TV’s Happy Days. Full details


Special offer for Koffler subscribers: Quote “YONKERS” and get 15% off all single seats!



4th Annual Art Show

May 17 – 20 | J.E.H./Thoreau Macdonald House, 121 Centre St., Thornhill
Celebrating Jerusalem Day, the Israeli Artists Group of Toronto presents the 4th Annual Art Show featuring 23 artists, door prizes, art sale, and more. Opening Night: Thursday, May 17, 6:30 – 9 PM. Free. Full details


Enjoy a Friday & Saturday National Post home delivery subscription for only $7.99/month.

Subscribe today and Koffler Centre for the Arts will receive $10 – sign up for a full year, and they will receive $20!

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