Topics By Occasions

 

14 February - St. Valentine's Day
Literature Love Stories for Young Hearts (Paul Dias)

8 March - International Woman's Day
MUSIC Women Composers (Joseph Sharons)

It’s a men’s world – certainly when it comes to creating music. Yet, through history we encounter talented females who dared challenge this belief and create music. In this presentation we will meet not just “wife of…” or “sister of…” but great artists in their own right.

MUSIC Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul (Daniel Aonso)

The 10 years old gospel-singer from Detroit who became one of the best-selling musical artists of all time with career spanning over 60 years, 18 Grammy awards and hits like “Respect”, “A Natural Woman” and “I Knew You Were Waiting”. The fiery voice of an artist, a civil rights activist and humanitarian icon who “helped define the American experience” (Barack Obama).

HISTORY Queen Victoria (Dr. Gordon Bannerman)

After Elizabeth II, Queen Victoria is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. As Queen from 1837 to 1901, her reign was marked by great political, social, and economic change. Victoria was made “Empress of India”, reflective of Britain’s imperial power and prestige. In this talk, Dr. Gordon Bannerman explores Victoria’s personal and political life and legacy.

17 March - St. Patrick's Day
MUSIC Popular Music of Ireland (Daniel Aonso)

See Ireland’s contribution to popular music through some amazing artists including Van Morrison, Enya, and Delia Murphy.

17 May - Victoria Day
HISTORY Queen Victoria (Dr. Gordon Bannerman)

After Elizabeth II, Queen Victoria is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. As Queen from 1837 to 1901, her reign was marked by great political, social, and economic change. Victoria was made “Empress of India”, reflective of Britain’s imperial power and prestige. In this talk, Dr. Gordon Bannerman explores Victoria’s personal and political life and legacy.

6 June - D Day
HISTORY The Invasion to Normandy (Paul Dias)

The Invasion to Normandy, codenamed “Operation Neptune”, was rife with uncertainty and could have easily spelled doom for the allies and victory for the Nazis. Join Paul as he examines this battle: The planning, the decisions, the bravery and sacrifices of one of the most pivotal turning points of history.

1 July - Canada Day
HISTORY O Canada! The Land, the Moments, the people (Paul Dias)

From a remote settlement to a nation: Come celebrate Canada and discover the events that shaped our nation and the people who have made it shine.

ART The Group of Seven: The Mystery, Majesty and Maic of Canada’s Landscape (Paul Dias)

At the turn of the 20th Century, a bold group of artists set out to capture the wild and natural landscapes of Canada as never before. Explore the paintings that changed the world of art and shaped a nation in the process.

MUSIC Icons of Canadian popular music (Daniel Aonso)

Explore how popular music has been shaped by Canada. Hear the sounds of Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and many more great Canadian musicians.

14 July - Bastille Day

HISTORY The French Revolution: Don’t Lose Your Head (Paul Dias)

Discover how the richest, most powerful country in Europe disintegrated almost overnight. Discover how the noble ideas of Liberty, Equality and Brotherhood fed the every-hungry guillotine. Discover the French Revolution.

HISTORY Napoleon: Tyrant, Dictator, Genius (Paul Dias)

From the ashes and chaos of revolution, From Italy to Egypt to Spain to Russia, follow one of Europe’s greatest generals as he blazed a trail across the pages of history. Join us as we trace Napoleon’s path – from victory to defeat to legend.

MUSIC Sous Le Ciel de Paris – The Great French Channsonieres (Daniel Aonso)

The romantic sounds of the French chanson with Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel, Édith Piaf, and more.

31 October - Halloween
LITERATURE Bram Stoker’s Classic Novel “Dracula” (Paul Dias)

Prince Dracula, a creature of the night, armed with immense supernatural powers and rapacious blood lust is menacing the very heart of Victorian London. A spine-tingling Gothic tale of evil, corruption, lust and the redemptive power of love that lasts from beyond the grave…

11 November - Remembrance Day
MUSIC Highway of Heroes (Daniel Aonso)

The various shades of popular war songs – From the patriotic tone of Johnny Cash, through the mourning of Pete Seeger, to the pacifism of Simon and Garfunkel.

MUSIC In the Music Halls of World War One (Daniel Aonso)

With WWI came a change in the music halls of Europe. No longer just a form of entertainment, this dominating style of music evolved to reflect society’s concerns with songs such as “When the Boys Come Home” and “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier”.

MUSIC Benjamin Britten – A War requiem (Joseph Sharon)

Lt. Wilfred Owen was a soldier and a poet who lived the horrors of WWI. His apocalyptic poems are set to music in this beautiful outcry against the inhumanity of war.

HISTORY The Evolution of Memory: 100 Years of Remembrance Day (Dr. Gordon Bannerman)

With the mass casualties of the two World Wars of the twentieth century, the consequences of ‘total war’ affected large sections of the population in the combatant countries. The loss of so many people prompted moves to officially recognize and commemorate The Fallen. Remembrance is now a vital part of our mental landscape and plays a role in teaching the present and future generations of the nature of sacrifice and loss, as well as the horrors of war.

25 December - Christmas
PHILOSOPHY Redemption on the Silver Screen (Dr. Christopher DiCarlo)

Nowhere more creatively is the theme of redemption played out than in the movies. We shall look at this theme In Gran Torino, Good Will Hunting, the Pianist, the Shawshank Redemption and others and consider whether something akin to a redeeming spirit dwells within each of us.

MUSIC G.F.Handel: Messiah, an Oratorio (Joseph Sharon)

Although by far the best known work by Handel, Messiah is his most untypical oratorio – rather Than a drama with characters and plot it is a narration of the birth, passion, resurrection and second coming of Christ – a work with theological, philosophical and even political agenda.

MUSIC The Legend of “White Christmas” (Daniel Aonso)

Irving Berlin’s classic is the most covered Christmas song of all times. Traditional pop, early rock and roll, blues and jazz – Bing Crosby’s “original” version, compared that of Michael Buble, Elvis, Oscar Peterson and more!

MUSIC A winter Wonderland of Yuletide Favorites (Daniel Aonso)

It’s the holiday season! The classic sounds of Bing Crosby, the jazz of Vince Guaraldi, and the flair of Elvis Presley!