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May 2016

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XL

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Open Stage of Poetry and Music. Doors open: 6:15 pm ; Sign-up for the open mic: 6:30 pm; Start: 7 pm The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto. At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen – we actively invite it. Each month, Shab-e She’r brings voices from a broad range of poetic styles, ethnicities, nationalities, religions. Featured poets: Cassandra Myers and Robert Priest. Host: Bänoo Zan.

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June 2016

Segah: An Evening of Persian Classical Music

June 4 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

سه گاه: شبی با موسیقی دستگاهی ایران Ensemble and solo pieces and improvisations from the the traditional repertoire of Iranian music: Pedram Khavarzamini - tonbak, Amin Reyhani - santour, Kousha Nakhaei - kamancheh and Araz Salek - tar with special guests. Hear lyrical and intricate arrangements of less heard pieces from three different eras of Iranian music (works from asatid Davami, Bahari, and Meshkatian) as well as originals and solo improvisations searching and exploring hāl (sense of presence and musical elation).

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Canadian Arab Cultural Day

June 5 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Presented by the Arab Canadian Cultural Association - a gathering of Arab-language artists, authors, poets and muscians from across the Arab world now living in Toronto.

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BLOODLINES – Readings by daughters and fathers

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In celebration of Italian Heritage Month. Featuring: George Elliott Clarke (Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate) with
Rocco de Giacomo, Sonia Di Placido, Terri Favro, Corrado Paina, Gianna Patriarca and Giovanna Riccio (emcee).

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Once Upon a Time in a Place called Palestine…

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

An Evening of Palestinian Folktales - Long, long time ago, long before the occupation, near the mountains and the sea, there was a land called Palestine. This far away land was filled with lions, Jinn’s, and colourful people. It was a land filled with stories and wonder.
Folktales have historically been used as a tool for common folk to reflect on the world and mark down their history. Folktales and folk-art are a way to understand the common people of Palestine and how they shaped their culture. Sarah Abušarar will use Palestinian folktales in order to explore Palestinian culture and its current political situation. She will touch upon themes such as the environmental impact of the occupation, censorship of stories, and how stories travel.

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