Guess who the Koffler Centre of the Arts is bringing to town to perform a concert? Randy Bachman, formerly of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, performs a Koffler Gala concert with alt-country stars the Sadies and singer-songwriter Melanie Fiona in an evening hosted by Toronto author Michael Wex.
The Koffler Gala takes place at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. on Thursday May 2. Reception at 6:30 p.m., kosher dinner 7 p.m., performance 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the fund-raising gala begin at $100 (junior patron under 30) and $500 (patron) and climb steeply up to $25,000. www.kofflerarts.org
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Short Holocaust Film: Yahrzeit is a short film by Eva Ziemsen that commemorates Rosa Schensowsky-Samuk, the filmmaker’s grandmother and a Holocaust survivor. A visit to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin is interwoven with Rosa’s account of her experiences during the Holocaust and her one moment of happiness in her life. The film premières at the Women in Film & Television Short Film Showcase. Deluxe Postproduction Studios, 424 Adelaide Street E., April 4. Please visit www.cinevafilms.com/yahrzeit for further information.
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Calling All Playwrights: There’s still plenty of time for ambitious playwrights to polish and perfect that first draft– so get busy. Submission deadline for the 2013 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition is July 2. The prize is a well-publicized professional play reading. For further information and submission guidelines, visit www.mnjcc.org/CJPC or 416-924-6211, ext. 606.
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Names in the News: Project Art is a fundraising initiative started by four young Torontonians, Ben Cowley, Matthew Cohen, Emma Tushinski and Zac Cooper after Tushinski’s recent battle and victory over acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The four founders of Project Art attended Hebrew day school in Toronto (Anne and Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, Bialik) and are avidly engaged with Ve’ahavta, Beth Tzedec, the Village Shul and other local organizations.
Working with the Sunnybrook Foundation, Project Art is hosting an art-focused charity fundraising evening in which local artists showcase and sell their art. Funds raised through sponsorships, private donations, ticket and art sales will be used to develop an art program for therapeutic healing at the Odette Cancer Centre.
“Our mission is to inspire, drive and encourage change through art,” the founders explain on their website. Their event will also feature live music, performances, entertainment and refreshments. Burroughes Building, 639 Queen St. W., May 9, 7:30 p.m. www.project-art.org
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Synagogue Architecture: Dynamic ROM curator Corey Keeble delivers a multi-part visual history of synagogue architecture of the United States and Canada, from the Touro Synagogue of Newport, R.I., to the most recent progressive examples. Presented by Active Seniors & Boomers. Miles Nadal JCC, Thursdays April 4 and 11, 1:30 p.m. $4 includes light refreshments. 416-924-6211, ext. 155.
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Arts in Brief
• Golden Molten Stream, A Celebration of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry and Song is a book launch for Mystical Vertigo, a book of Hebrew poetry translated by Aubrey L. Glazer, with performances by Jaffa Road, Aaron Bensoussan and Ernie Tollar. The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. March 28, 7:30 for 8 p.m. $10.
• Play in the MNJCC Klezmer Ensemble as led by Eric Stein of Beyond the Pale. Sessions are ongoing at the Miles Nadal JCC, Tuesday evenings, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Pro-rated registration available. email@example.com
• Miles Nadal JCC’s Daytime Choir invites you to join (no audition necessary). The choir sings each Tuesday, 1 to 2:30 p.m. $5 drop-in. Also at the MNJCC, the Women’s Chorus is for all women who love to sing (no audition necessary). Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For both choirs please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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At the Galleries: Nurture: Stories of New Midlife Mothers is an exhibit of photography by Shana Sureck and Tracy Cianflone, curated by Cyma Shapiro. At the Miles Nadal JCC Gallery until April 21.