2023 starts under the sign of art and culture

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Movies and concerts occupy the center of this week’s cultural programming. A preview for Toronto, Contact ontarois returns with a 42nd edition and a concert by one of Canada’s greatest pianists. In short, 2023 starts off on the right foot.


Pianist Jean-Michel Blais performing at Koerner Hall

As part of the 10th edition of the 21C festival, which brings together great Canadian artists such as the Kronos Quartet and the singer Tanya Tagaq, it is the turn of Québec pianist Jean-Michel Blais to take his place on the Toronto stage.

Post-classical Montreal pianist Jean-Michel Blais, whose compositions earned him two Polaris Music Prize nominations and a Top 10 Album of the Year from the magazine. Hour, will be accompanied by a full orchestra next Friday. Drawing inspiration from Maurice Ravel in the more contemporary style of composer Chilly Gonzales, Jean-Michel will present the music from his new album aubadeshis most recent work marking his transition from pianist to composer.

The pianist Jean-Michel Blais. Image credit: Will Arcand.

Jean-Michel Blais on stage on Friday, January 20 at 8:00 p.m. Buy your tickets here to reserve your seats.


An intimate look at the feminism of the 70s

What could be better than watching a movie and then learning more about the person behind the work. This is what the Alliance française de Toronto has in store for you with the documentary Delphine and Carole, rebels. This is the story of two women, the actress Delphine Seyrig and the artist Carole Roussopoulos, finding themselves at the heart of the feminist movement of the 1970s. Callisto Mcnulty will be present with the programmer and critic Bruno Boez after the screening to encourage a discussion related to the issues raised in the film.

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watching the documentary Delphine and Carole, rebels Monday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alliance française in Toronto. Free entrance.

Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom in preview

The epic adventures of the famous French duo continue on the big screen in this new adaptation directed by Guillaume Canet. Packed with action and an up-and-coming cast, don’t miss this first look at one of the greatest comic book franchises.

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Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom Friday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cinéma Royal. Buy your tickets here to reserve your seats.


42nd edition of Contact ontarois back in person

Organized since 2001 by Réseau Ontario, Contact ontarois is undoubtedly one of the most important events for the arts of the Francophonie of Ontario. True to its 100% Franco-Ontarian mandate, this 42me edition authentically celebrates the beauty of the arts of the province. This year, a good lineup of artists and much more awaits you impatiently.

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Ontario Contact from January 18 to 21 in Ottawa. Visit the Réseau Ontario website for the full programme.

The CréActivité Club returns to the Vanier Museopark

A new year means that some community programs return to their regular hours. In this case, Le Club CréActivité returns every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am to encourage the creativity and imagination of the little ones.

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The CréActivité Club of the Vanier Museopark Museum returns every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am. Free access.

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