March 21-28: WaterDocs Film Festival
The Water Docs Film Festival grows by leaps and bounds at the Art Gallery of Ontario each March. The Festival 2014 includes The Water Journey Forum, and a Symposium exploring how documentary storytelling can spur real action. The Water Docs Young Filmmakers Competition will also be introduced this year.
Each screening event will be a themed learning experience featuring high-impact films, audience discussion with filmmaker(s), and connections to real action programs attendees can join on the spot.
March 28-April 6: Toronto Storytelling Festival
The Toronto Storytelling Festival is one ofNorth America's biggest urban storytelling celebrations. In 2014, the festival features Richard Wagamese, Hollis "Chalkdust"Liverpool, Anita Best, Ron Evans, Tololwa Mollel, Hugh Lupton, and many other fine storytellers. There is also a special stage showcasing tellers fromRegentPark. The first weekend of the festival takes place in venues all aroundToronto, including seven branches of Toronto Public Library, Japan Foundation,BataShoeMuseum, and the Gladstone Hotel. The second weekend of the festival takes place at Daniels Spectrum, in the heart ofRegentPark. Kids come free to all storytelling programs. The festival is a feast of spoken words and imagination.
To May 11: From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru
The fascinating life of Ichimaru (1906-1997), one of the most famous geishas of the 20th century, is told through this collection of her magnificent kimonos and other personal effects. In the 1930s, Ichimaru left geishahood to pursue an illustrious career as a recording artist, but even as a diva, she continued to perform in full geisha regalia. Combining her experience as a geisha with an extraordinary talent as a vocalist and musician, she would become a unique figure in the social history of modernJapan.