TorGuqin Events for May 2012

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, and TorGuqin is happy to announce a series of public events in celebration of Chinese and Asian heritage for the appreciation of its fine cultural arts. Be sure to follow us and our exciting programming all around Toronto and the GTA!

All events are Free of admission.

1. (TorGuqin internal) Reception yaji for Liu Fang, Pipa Soloist

Toronto musicians welcome Montreal Pipa virtuoso Liu Fang to the city, where she will be performing in the George Ignatieff Theatre at UofT St. George Campus on Saturday, May 19th. As a friend of Chinese music, Liu has long appreciated the profound sounds of the qin, and we are eagerly looking forward a friendly evening to in sharing music and stories.

Date: Sunday, May 20, 2012
Location: Esther Zhang’s home/study
RSVP: Closed event

2. History of Chinese Clothing Seminar @ Agincourt Public Library

Why do ancient Chinese dress look so different with the modern ones? How do the Chinese use their clothing to represent the world? Are they always made of big silk sleeves?

Come learn about Hanfu, the REAL Chinese traditional clothing, at a special Asian Heritage Month seminar at Agincourt Public Library, presented by Juni Yeung of the Toronto Guqin Society! From its history to its different design types, you will also learn basics on how to make some of its most representative styles!

Date: Friday, May 25, 2012
Time: 11:30AM – 12 Noon (Please be on time)
Location: Agincourt Public Library, 15 Bonis Ave., Toronto, ON (Near Birchmount/Sheppard)
RSVP: Feel free to drop by!

** Addendum: Be sure to also check out Esther Zhang and the Toronto Ya-Yue Centre’s performances from 12-1PM as well! **

3. Guqin, Qin Song, and Kunqu Performance @ Carassauga 2012 China Pavilion

Carassauga Festival is the annual largest showcase of cultures which make up the diversity in the city of Mississauga. Experience 3 days and nights of exquisite cuisine, dance, and ethnic arts and crafts.

Toronto Guqin Society and the newly-formed Toronto Ya-Yue Art Center will be showcasing a 2-hour panel on various musical forms, taking everyone on an unforgettable cruise of the Chinese scene, from the ceremonial music of Imperial Courts and Confucius Temples, to the qin music in the gardens of literati scholars, to the pavilions of opera theatres and folk music in tea-houses!

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2012
Time: 10:00 PM to 11:30PM
Location: Franck McKechnie Community Centre, 310 Bristol Road East (Between Hurontario St. and Kennedy Rd.)
(Carassauga Shuttle Buses stop at this pavilion)
RSVP: Feel free to drop by, be on time!
Cost: Our show is free to the public. Costs may apply for shuttle buses, food etc.

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