ARTS CORNER: Jesse Peters, and other cultural indulgences coming this fall
It has been quite some time since I spent a Thanksgiving holiday in my home town of Thorold, Ontario.
I have just returned from a whirlwind 10 days which took us to London and Toronto as well. In between the family dinners, coffees with friends, shopping and revisiting some of the favourite haunts, I once again experienced the brilliance of an Ontario autumn with its vibrant coloured foliage prominently displayed.
While the summer months are my preference, there is something special about the fall.
I do like this time of year for the change in season and its colours, the change in wardrobe and the change in our habits and preferences.
The fall is also a great time to visit cultural facilities as new productions or exhibitions typically open at this time of year.
The new Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) opened in Toronto recently at Ryerson University.
This impressive new gallery space is dedicated to the exhibition, study, research and teaching of photography, including new media, installation art and film.
Its inaugural exhibition and collection relate to the Black Star Collection, an anonymous gift of approximately 292,000 photojournalistic prints received in 2005. (Check them out at http://www.ryerson.ca/ric/) It is a place I know I will return.
The visit to the RIC was part of my research and preplanning for the trip. I think this is typical of most of us, when we travel we naturally want to include points of special interest, we visit museums and galleries, and we explore certain neighbourhoods and try specialty foods or specific restaurants as part of these experiences. The trips wouldn’t be the same without them.
When we return back home however, we sometimes forget that some of these same experiences are relatively close by.
Burnaby has many to offer in its cultural facilities, theatres, shopping and cuisine. Case in point is the Shadbolt Centre’s new 2012/13 Theatre Season with 23 productions of music, dance and theatre. Upcoming October performances include the Burnaby Lyric Opera on Oct. 21 and the music of Jesse Peters, the first of the Lounge Series on Oct. 27.
I encourage you to give them a try. Check out shadboltcentre.com for further information and tickets.
• Geraldine Parent is the arts services manager at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.