2019 community announcements

* Greek Language and Cultural Program, 14 July-4 August 2019, Macedonia, Greece
  deadline to apply: 15 April 2019
* Third Symposium by the Hellenic Canadian Academic Assocation of Ontario, Sat 6 April 2019
* Greek play theatre performance "Pentanostimi", Sat-Sun 6-7 April 2019
* Historical walk through Toronto's Greektown, Sat-Sun 23-24 Mar 2019
* Greek Independence Day celebrations, 23-25 March 2019
* Effective Teacher Training Certificate Course for Greek, deadline 25 March 2019
* Conference ``Research on Greece'', Fri 22 Mar 2019, York U

* Greek-Canadian students to visit and explore Greece, deadline 18 March 2019
  a two-week program sponsored by HHF
* Hellas News uploads its news in youtube
* Free Greek dance lessons by Thessalonikeans Society, register 11 Dec 2019, start 8 Jan 2019
* Freedom Besieged, film on the Greek crisis screening, 17 Jan 2019
* Kipseli Theatre presents "Scorching Memories" (Purines Mnhmes), 2-3 Feb 2019
* Association of Hellenic Language Teachers of Ontario dinner, Sat 9 Feb 2019
* History of Greek Music, performance at St. Catharines, Sat 16 Feb 2019
* 21st Annual Hellenic Doctors and Lawyers' Gala, Sat 23 Feb 2019
* ``The Favourite'', film by director Yorgos Lanthimos, playing in Toronto and other cities

* Greek Language and Cultural Program, 14 July-4 August 2019, Macedonia, Greece deadline to apply: 15 April 2019 The Voio Language and Cultural Program - Summer 2019 ~ Discovering the beauty of North-Western Greece ~ Beginning this summer, the Voio Language and Cultural Program will take place in co-operation with the Voio Municipality in Tsotili, Macedonia, Greece. The program includes daily Greek language study, cultural dance instruction, local cooking/baking demonstrations and excursions to the traditional picturesque villages and towns as well as to the monasteries and historic landmarks of Voio. In addition, there will be day trips to the world renowned archeological sites of Vergina and Pella, as well as to the cities of Edessa, Florina, Grevena, Kastoria, Kozani, Naoussa, Siatista, Thessaloniki and Veria. In this way, participants will visit a large part of the Greek province of Macedonia famous for its majestic mountains, calm and rough waters, lakes, waterfalls, nature trails and graphic landscape. Plus, there will also be a weekend excursion to the idyllic Ionian coast. The Voio Language and Cultural journey begins in Greece's second largest City of Thessaloniki and runs for 3 full weeks from July 14 until August 4, 2019. The program is currently open to people 18 years of age and older and is aimed for people of Greek descent a well as non-Greeks who would like to study the Greek language as well as discover the sites, landmarks, archeological sites and traditions of the North-Western area of Greece. The program cost for this unique summer opportunity includes all Greek language and cultural classes and presentations, bus excursions, historical sites/museum tours, hotel accommodations, breakfast and lunch daily. For all of the above, the cost is $1,000.00 in USD/person. For more information: Contact: A. Tagidou at 905.615.8062 or Email at: voiosummer@gmail.com
* Third Symposium by the Hellenic Canadian Academic Assoc. of Ont., Sat 6 April 2019 The Hellenic Canadian Academic Assocation of Ontario (HCAAO) cordially invites you to our 3rd Annual Symposium, which will take place on Date/time: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 10 AM - 6:30 PM Venue: Robert Gill Theatre, University of Toronto 214 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 2Z9 (entrance from St. George St., Koffler Student Services Centre) Speakers: Keynote: Christos Hatzis Literature: Smaro Kamboureli Music: Demetrios Petsalakis Theatre: Myrto Koumarianos Visual Arts: Roula Partheniou Film: Dimitris Latsis Film showing: "1968" by Tassos Boulmetis Initial release: January 25, 2018 Director: Tassos Boulmetis Screenplay: Tassos Boulmetis Music composed by: Evanthia Reboutsika Theme: Taking on the event of the first international athletic title by a Greek team, the film explores some historical, political and social events of the 60s in Greece and in the globe. Registration and info: https://hcaaosymposium.com This year's academic symposium will host a series of lectures in the fields of arts, literature and culture by prominent Greek and Greek Canadian academics and artists. We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker is Professor Christos Chatzis of the Department of Music, University of Toronto. The program will include the showing of the film "1968" directed by Tassos Boulmetis, followed by a panel discussion and wine and cheese reception. For further details on the program and how to register, please visit: https://hcaaosymposium.com.
* Greek play theatre performance "Pentanostimi", Sat-Sun 6-7 April 2019 The theatre company "Epi Skinis" will be performing Title of play:“Pentanostimi” Author: Lena Divani Date/time: Saturday 6 April 2019, 7:00 p.m. Sunday 7 April 2019, 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.  Venue: Papermill Theater, 67 Pottery Rd.  See map: https://maps.google.com/?q=67+Pottery+Road&entry=gmail&source=g Pentanostimi is a Greek contemporary play written by Lena Divani. In ``Pentanostimi'', we will see a contemporary Cinderella demanding her happy end by utilizing her strongest weapons. She will look to her intelligence, sensitivity, and heaven-sent cooking talent to overcome all the obstacles her evil sisters throw in front of her. Tickets: $30 Reservations: 647-979-1708 or online: brownpapertickets.com (event name "Pentanostimi").
* Effective Teacher Training Certificate Course for Greek, deadline 25 March 2019 To all Hellenic language teachers, instructors and providers: I am pleased to share that the Hellenic Heritage Foundation will be offering the Effective Teacher Training Certificate Course PART 1 this Winter/Spring in collaboration with the Faculty of Education at York University. The course will be available in person (face-to-face) and online for those instructors who are located outside of the Greater Toronto area for the benefit of all Greek language instructors in Communities across Canada. The Registration Deadline is March 25th, 2019 and space will be limited to the first 25 registrants, so please be sure to register as early as you can! The course will run on Tuesdays from March 26th to May 21st, 2019 and will cover a number of effective teaching techniques and strategies designed to increase student involvement and engagement in the classroom. To Register, please follow the 3 simple steps which can be found in the course outlines attached. We are also pleased to share that all tuition fees will be covered by the Hellenic Heritage Foundation. Teachers who successfully complete the course will also receive FREE teaching material! A $50 deposit will be required at registration, however the full amount will be reimbursed to all successful candidates along with a Certificate of Completion from York University. Note: The Hellenic Heritage Foundation will also be offering an Effective Teacher Training Certificate Course PART 2, free of charge, to all instructors who have successfully completed Part 1 in the Fall of 2019 as well. This course will cover more advanced techniques and strategies instructors will be able to carry forward to their classrooms. Thank you all for your interest in this course and for your energy and efforts in preserving, promoting and advancing Hellenic language, culture and education in Canada. Best regards, George Keroglidis Managing Director Hellenic Heritage Foundation http://www.hhf.ca
* Conference ``Research on Greece'', Fri 22 Mar 2019, York U Date/time: Friday 22 March 2019, 10AM - 4:30 PM Venue: Kaneff Tower, Room 519, York University, 4700 Keele st, Toronto, M3J 1P3 The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History, York University invites you to the second Research on Greece student conference. The main objective of the conference is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas between upper level undergraduate and graduate students. This year we host papers from students in History, Anthropology and Political Science from York University and the University of Toronto, as well one paper by a Stavros Niarchos Foundation Exchange student visiting from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The event is open to the academic community, media and the general public, and is hosted by The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History, the Department of History and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University. RSVP: agekas@yorku.ca
* Greek-Canadian students to visit and explore Greece, deadline 18 March 2019 a two-week program sponsored by HHF Summary: A two-week (6-23 June 2019) program for Greek-Canadian University and College students to visit and explore Greece, with all but $1000 expenses paid byy HHF. Deadline to apply: Monday 18 March 2019 Application: https://www.nationalhellenicsociety.org/application.html Info: http://hhf.ca/2019-heritage-greece-program-initiative/ The Hellenic Heritage Foundation http://hhf.ca/ (HHF) is pleased to share that it will be sponsoring up to five students across Canada to take part in a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore their Hellenic heritage and reconnect with their culture through an amazing opportunity called Heritage Greece, taking place this summer from June 6th to June 23rd, 2019. The Heritage Greece Program https://www.acg.edu/admissions/study-abroad/heritage-greece/ (HG) is an unforgettable two-week cultural and educational study abroad trip designed for exceptional Greek North American College and University students who share their experience with a peer group of accomplished students from the American College of Greece (ACG), which is located on a beautiful 65-acre campus in the suburb of Agia Paraskevi in Athens, Greece. The goal of the Program is to reconnect the participants with their heritage, roots, language, history, and traditions. Students learn language skills within the context of modern Greece and travel to important archaeological locations and museums. The Heritage Greece Program was originally developed by the National Hellenic Society https://www.nationalhellenicsociety.org/program-overview.html (NHS) as part of its mission to celebrate and preserve Greek heritage in the United States. The Program is hosted by American College of Greece https://www.acg.edu/about-acg/ (ACG). For the first time ever, Greek-Canadian students will be eligible to take part and will be sponsored by the Hellenic Heritage Foundation. Student participants will meet in Washington, DC, for orientation on June 6, 2019, and will depart for Greece as a group alongside an ACG staff member on June 7, 2019. Participants bear $1,000 of the airfare expense to Greece, and are responsible for transportation to and from Washington, DC. All other related costs including tuition, accommodations, local transportation and borne by the HHF. Upon conclusion of the course, participants will depart from Greece to Washington, DC, on Sunday June 23, 2019. Once back home, participants remain engaged as part of the Heritage Greece Alumni Network, where they will continue to have access to further career advancing opportunities and mentorship as Heritage Greece Alumni. To be eligible, students will need to: * Be currently enrolled in an Undergraduate or Graduate postsecondary program * Be Canadians of Greek descent * Be 18-26 years of age * Have GPA of 3.0 or higher (B average or higher in Canada) Preference will be given to students who have never or have seldom been to Greece in the past. The Application deadline is March 18, 2019. To submit your application to the 2019 Heritage Greece Program, go to https://www.nationalhellenicsociety.org/application.html To be considered for admission to the HHF - NHS Heritage Greece Program, you will need to complete the online application form provided above before the deadline, provide a letter of recommendation, provide a copy of your official or student issued transcript, and complete the Insurance Waiver Form. Should you require more info or additional details, please VIEW THE VIDEO MESSAGE https://youtu.be/J3I-DpDJWv0 or contact: info@hhf.ca . Best regards and best of luck. We look forward to your application. The Hellenic Heritage Foundation
* Historical walk through Toronto's Greektown, Sat-Sun 23-24 Mar 2019 The Hellenic Heritage Foundation invites you to the "The Danforth: A Historical Walk Through Toronto's Greektown". The walks will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at 10:30am and Sunday March 24th at 10:30am and 2:30pm. Greektown on the Danforth is the heart of the Hellenic Community in Toronto. Aside from the Greek eateries, businesses, parades and festivals, there's a deeper story to be told about how the immigrant experience unfolded on these streets. This historical walk will visit many key locations, telling the story of why so many Greek immigrants settled on the Danforth in the postwar years and how the community - and the Danforth itself - evolved. Come learn about the major events that have taken place in Greektown over the years. The tour crosses Greektown on the Danforth, beginning on the south side of Pape Subway Station and ending at the Bloor Street Viaduct at Broadview. The Sunday morning session at 10:30am will be hosted in Greek. You can sign up now via the link below. The tours are free! Bring your friends and family to the walks. We look forward to seeing you there! REGISTER HERE! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-danforth-a-historical-walk-through-torontos-greektown-tickets-58690766663?aff=ebdssbdestsearch&fbclid=IwAR1KZWEwTDJ5kk33ArE0yvh0h6DmkMyFF0LEwszuYDE4BYOwipOWrvA4-Ac Hellenic Heritage Foundation 44 Upjohn Road, Toronto, ON M3B 2W1 T 416.447.7107 | F 416.447.7108 | www.hhf.ca PRESERVING OUR PAST, SUPPORTING OUR FUTURE.
* Greek Independence Day celebrations, 23-25 March 2019 The Greek Community of Toronto organizes celebrations for the Greek Independence Day 25 March 1821. These include + The Greek Independence Day parade Date/time: Sunday 24 March 2019, 1-3 PM Place: Danforth Ave from Donlands to Chester + Raising of Greek Flag Date/time: Monday 25 March 2019, 10 AM Venue: Toronto City Hall + Raising of Greek Flag Date/time: Monday 25 March 2019, 12 noon Venue: Queen's Park, Toronto and + The Greek Independence Day Dance and Gala Date/time: Saturday 23 March 2019, 7:30 PM Venue: Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall 60 McDowell Gate, Markham, Ontario Tickets: $100 (adults), $40 (children under 12) Reservations: 416 425-2485
* Hellas News uploads its news in youtube Hellas news uploads various Greek-Canadian community news at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV4ICJ2X_Pg
* 21st Annual Hellenic Doctors and Lawyers' Gala, Sat 23 Feb 2019 The Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’Association (HCLA) and the Hippocrates Hellenic Canadian Medical Association (HHCMA) organize the 21st Annual Hellenic Professionals' Gala Date/time: Saturday 23 February 2019, 6 PM (reception), 7:30 PM (dinner) Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom in downtown Toronto 181 Wellington St. W., Toronto Tickets: https://www.hellenicprofessionalsgala.com Price starts at $150 and goes up with sponsorships Info: hcla.information@gmail.com Black tie welcome. All profits go towards student scholarships. The HCLA, the HHCMA and the Asclepius Dental Society (ADS) awarded 8 scholarships each of $2000-3000 last year, and also supported the Apollo Project of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation, which focuses on Hellenic Studies programs at Universities and Greek School Education.
* History of Greek Music, performance at St. Catharines, Sat 16 Feb 2019 The Greek Community of Niagara and the Hellenic Heritage and Culture Committee proudly present a live performance Title: History of Greek Music Date/time: Saturday 16 February 2019, 6 PM Venue: Greek Community of Niagara, 585 Niagara St., St. Catharines Info: 905-685-3028, office@greekcommunityofniagara.com http://lmho.mj.am/img/lmho/b/lj10z/o3kkk.png Tickets: $30 adults, $15 youth 8-17, includes appetizers and wine for each table
* Association of Hellenic Language Teachers of Ontario dinner, Sat 9 Feb 2019 The Association of Hellenic Language Teachers of Ontario invites you to the annual dinner-dance Date/time: Saturday 9 February 2019, 7 PM Venue: Crystal Fountain Event Venue 60 McDowell Gate, Markham, Ontario L6G1B5 Tickets: $65 (adults), $30 (children), includes dinner and 2 bottles of wine per table For tickets: Rozana Taousanopoulou (416) 432-7150, Maria Jenikakh (416) 254-1068 The event is dedicated to the International Day for Hellenic Language (9 February) and its promoters. The event includes dedication to Hellenic Language Teachers in Ontario, presentation of the dance group Melissakia, music, dance and songs, cutting of vasilopita, lucky draws.
* Kipseli Theatre presents "Scorching Memories" (Purines Mnhmes), 2-3 Feb 2019 Ekfrassi Performing and Expressive Arts presents Kipseli Theatre Arts in a musical theatre “ΠΥΡΙΝΕΣ ΜΝΗΜΕΣ” Title: Scorching Memories (Purines Mnhmes) 1922-1940 Written & Directed: Nancy Athan-mylonas Musical Director: Athina Malli English Excerpts: Lydia Soldevila-Tombros Date/time: Saturday 2 February 2019, 7:30 PM and Sunday 3 February 2019, 3 PM and 7:30 PM Venue: Armenian Hamazkayin Theatre, 50 Hallcrown Place, North York (Victoria Park and 401) Tickets: 416 920 1011 Info: ekfrassi.productions@gmail.com More info: https://www.greekevents.ca/details.php?eventid=766 Ticket: $30.00 A bilingual Musical with 72 cast members! A cast of 72 members take the stage with live music; our singers, actors and dancers pay tribute to the 1922 refugees of Smyrna and the remarkable legacy they brought with them that would influence Greek culture forevermore a new genre of music; SMIRNEIKA AND THE REBETIKA. This production is also dedicated to the women of Smyrna, who survived the atrocities of 1922, overcame their losses and never lost their spirit. Widows or bereaved sisters, daughters and mothers that buried their loss in the struggle to save and nurture hundreds of orphans as their own. We honour the power that is contained within the heart of each and every one as they brought life and laughter where it would have else been done.
* Freedom Besieged, film on the Greek crisis screening, 17 Jan 2019 The Hellenic Initiative Canada is proud to host the premiere of "Freedom Besieged". All earnings of the screening of this film will be sent to supported charities in Greece. Freedom Besieged is a feature length documentary film concerning the current economic and political climate of Greece amidst what has been described as "one of the greatest economic collapses in human history". The film uniquely documents the lives of young Greeks and community leaders searching for hope and identity amidst the doom-and-gloom messaging of what is known by many, simply, as "The Crisis". Title: Freedom Besieged Director: Panayioti Yannitsos Stars: Noam Chomsky, Jordan Peterson, Michael Dukakis Date/time: Thursday 17 January 2019, 6:30 PM (movie), 8 PM (discussion) Venue: Isabel Bader Theater, at U of Toronto 93 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7 Toronto, ONTARIO Info: https://ca.thehellenicinitiative.org/freedom-besieged/ Tickets: https://ca.thehellenicinitiative.org/freedom-besieged-tickets/ https://greekevents.ca/details.php?eventid=751 After the screening of the film there will be a panel discussion moderated by Professor Spyridon Kotsovilis of University of Toronto. The panel participants are the following: - Panos Yiannitsos, the Director; - Mr. John Karkalatos, basketball coach featured in the documentary; - Mr. Robert Peck, former Ambassador of Canada to Greece and Honorary Director of THI-C; - Mr. Vasileios Tsianos, representative of the New Leaders section of THI-C; and - Ms. Katerina Sokou, visiting Scholar, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW and Washington DC Correspondent, Kathimerini Greek Daily and SKAI TV. The Hellenic Initiative (THI) was founded in 2012 by members of the global Greek and philhellene communities who were moved to respond to the worsening economic crisis and help with Greece’s short-term needs and long term recovery. THI Canada's mission is to mobilize the generosity of Canadians to help the most vulnerable men, women, and children in Greece brought low by the economic crisis. All funds raised in Canada are used to support the programs selected by THI Canada that provide food, shelter, and medical aid in Greece. Every application for support is vetted to ensure compliance with effective and immediate impact, accountability and reporting, and financial transparency. For information about The Hellenic Initiative (THI) activities see ca.thehellenicinitiative.org
* Free Greek dance lessons by Thessalonikeans Society, register 11 Dec 2019, start 8 Jan 2019 The Thessalonikeans Society of Toronto is offering traditional Greek dance lessons to interested people. Date/time: Tuesday 8 January 2018, 19:00, and every Tuesday Venue: Panmacedonian Cultural Centre, 406 Danforth Ave, 2nd floor The teacher will be experienced Greek dancer. For more information E-mail adultgreekdancegroup@gmail.com Info: https://thessalonikisocietytoronto.org/
* ``The Favourite'', film by director Yorgos Lanthimos, playing in Toronto and other cities The latest film by Yorgos Lanthimos is still playing in Toronto and other cities. Title: The favourite Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos Written by: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara Cast: Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman Duration: 1h59m Genre: Biography, history Year: 2018 Countries: Ireland, United Kingdom, USA Venue: Cineplex Varsity & VIP 55 Bloor St. W. (Manulife Centre), Toronto M4W 1A5 For info https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/movies/the-favourite-2018 For showtimes https://www.cinemaclock.com/movies/the-favourite-2018/showtimes