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Wednesday Watching #2 - photo by KarenLam6.JPG
7 pm
Live performances, films and documentaries


March 2024

March 6, 13, 20, 2024

Leads: Tamar Ilana & Judith Cohen

March 6

Led by Tamar Ilana and Judith Cohen

Documentary: The Key From Spain

Embark on a captivating journey with us at Wednesday Watching series! This week, we invite you to immerse yourself in the 40-minute documentary, "The Key from Spain," showcasing the remarkable story of Flory Jagoda, a legendary Sephardic singer hailing from Bosnia. Join us for an evening filled with inspiration and cultural richness.

Following the documentary, we are delighted to have Tamar Ilana and Judith Cohen lead an engaging conversation, delving into the profound themes explored in the film. Get ready to be part of a beautiful dialogue as we reflect on the extraordinary life and musical legacy of Flory Jagoda.

March 13

Led by Tamar Ilana and Matt Selick

Documentary: “Flamenco” by Carlos Saura

Join us for our Wednesday Watching and discover “Flamenco” - a documentary that includes performances from some of the best flamenco singers, dancer and guitarists. With the masterful cinematography of the Oscar-winning director of photography Vittorio Storaro, director Carlos Saura brings with this film the "Light of Flamenco to the World".

As part of the program, we will have discussions and performances led by Tamar Ilana and Matt Selick, which promise a memorable evening.

March 20

Led by Judith Cohen and Demetrios Petsalakis

Film “Latcho Drom” by Tony Gatlif

For our third night of Wednesday Watching under the artistic lead of Tamar Ilana, join us to watch “Latcho Drom” ("safe journey"), which is a 1993 French film directed and written by Tony Gatlif. The movie is about the Romani people's journey from north-west India to Spain, consisting primarily of music. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.

Discussions and complementing performances will be offered by Judith Cohen and Demetrios Petsalakis.

Photos by Karen Lam and Iris Unlu

Tamar Ilana is a Jewish-Indigenous multilingual singer and flamenco dancer. Tamar's music and fierce talent reflect her life growing up in multicultural Toronto; accompanying her ethnomusicologist mother, on village fieldwork expeditions and on stage as a child; and living in Ibiza, Barcelona, Paris and Seville. Tamar is a renowned flamenco dancer and multilingual singer, and in 2011 she founded her flamenco/global roots project, Ventanas. Together they have released three albums, been nominated for four Canadian Folk Music Awards including Best Traditional Singer, and toured Canada, US and Colombia. They are currently working on their 4th album and will be embarking on their first European tour in October 2023. Tamar has collaborated with such renowned artists as Jesse Cook, Measha Brueggergosman, Anna Colóm (Rosalía), Manu Soto, Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies), Suba Sankaran, Meesha Shafi, and Margaret Atwood. Tamar has also been featured in award-winning international musicals in New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, the UK and Germany. Tamar Ilana is the Executive and Artistic Director of FabCollab, a performing arts organization based in Toronto, Canada. Tamar was one of the first Toronto-based artists to pivot to live-streaming during the COVID-19 pandemic, successfully making the transition to online as a presenter and performer. In August 2020 she co-founded FabCollab in order to continue this work, and, with FabCollab, has since created numerous programmes and presented over 200 IBPOC womxn and minority artists at iconic Toronto sold out venues, live streaming to audiences of 40,000+ in partnership with the National Arts Centre, Lula Lounge, Koerner Hall, Small World Music and the Aga Khan Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Photo by Cassandra Popescu

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