Annual performance of the Sassoun Dance Ensemble.





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Sassoun Dance Ensemble – Սասուն Պարախումբ of Toronto Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church the first Canadian Armenian dance group to perform in Armenia, Artsakh, New York, Argentina, Uruguay & Australia; to perform at Dundas Square & CNE; and to perform with Raisa Mkrtchyan, Inga & Anush, Silva Hakobyan & Ruben Sasuntsi, presents to you, “The World Through Dance”.

Artistic Director & Choreographer: Sevag Avakian.
Assistant Director & Costume Coordinator: Sareen Avakian

This year’s performance has a multicultural theme, embracing the nature of this great country we live in. Experience the cultures of 10 countries through acting, poetry, live singing & music incorporated with our dances, presented soley by our multitalented dancers.

For tickets please contact:
HTAC Office:416-431-3001 /
Sossy: 416-826-3332 /
or message Sevag Avakian

One lucky person will win a trip for two to Cuba. Purchase raffle tickets every Sunday from HTAC for only $5 each! Draw date: June 11 at 7pm

Intangible Cultural Heritage in Ontario


This Victoria Day Weekend, 2016, our CFAC Research Officer, Catherine Limbertie is attending a conference in Quebec City to present her recent paper  on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Ontario.

Last fall, the Ontario government launched Culture Talks to start a conversation with Ontarians about the value of culture in their lives and communities to help us develop Ontario’s first Culture Strategy.

The next stage of consultation by providing feedback on the key parts of the draft Culture Strategy. The draft sets out a vision for culture and identifies three overarching goals to strengthen culture in communities, fuel the creative economy and promote cultural engagement and inclusion. These goals are supported by strategies and actions to guide Ontario’s support for culture so that it continues to grow and flourish in the years to come.  

The next step will be to review the feedback we receive. We will then finalize the strategy and release it in June.

We would also like to let you know about two additional documents we have posted on

·         A Summary of What We Heard from Ontarians, an overview of the first stage of consultations held from September 2015 to December 2015, in which we capture the key themes and ideas that emerged during the engagement process.

·         An Environmental Scan of the Culture Sector, a background document that describes key challenges, opportunities and trends affecting the culture sector in Ontario and emerging best practices in Canada and other areas of the world.

We look forward to receiving your feedback and continuing the conversation.

Upcoming Folklore Canada/CIOFF Conference in Montreal

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The 30th Folklore Canada International Annual Conference will take place in Montreal from April 15 to 17, 2016.

Please find attached a detailed program for the Conference and the registration form

The theme is “Intangible Cultural Heritage Identity, Diversity & Cultural Mediation. How Associations, folklore Groups & Festivals are contributing to the preservation, transmission and dissemination of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

A second important element of the Conference will be to build a future for and with the youth. The experiences conducted in the world by the CIOFF YOUTH FORUM show that it is possible to prepare young people to develop leadership through learning of meeting rules, use of social networks, project realization, participation to various projects with folk groups as well as with the provincial association and finally, participation to Canadian and international activities.

It is therefore important Folk groups & Festivals to select 1 or 2 young people to participate in the Canadian Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage in order to develop the new concept of Youth Forum.

We appreciate your actions for the preservation and transmission of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Your participation to the conference will be an asset for exchange and a contribution for the promotion and dissemination of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Canada. Hope you could be with us to develop the network in Canada and keep the traditional richness of your community.

Guy Landry

General Director

Happy 2016!

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Only 1 year until we celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation!



Canada 150: Join the Celebration!

In 2017 Canada will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This is your celebration! How will you join Canadians taking part from coast to coast to coast? The Canada 150 adventure awaits you

175th anniversary of the Election of Baldwin and Lafontaine – Leaders for Responsible Government

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In 1841, Sir Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin, as well as Joseph Howe in Nova Scotia, worked to establish a responsible government, the system that we have today. Lafontaine, a champion of democracy and French-language rights, became the first leader of a responsible government.

175th anniversary of Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s birth

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

The first French-Canadian Prime Minister after Confederation, Sir Wilfrid Laurier (born November 20, 1841) encouraged immigration to the West of Canada. Laurier was Prime Minister during a period of major industrialization and oversaw the inclusion of Alberta and Saskatchewan into Confederation. In 1910, he led the creation of the Royal Canadian Navy.

150th anniversary of the Fenian Raids

Fenian Raid Volunteers.

The raids of 1866 furthered the cause of Confederation by encouraging a united defence. The defence of the extensive Canadian border against Irish-American raiders was victorious and showed the devotion of Canadians to their nation. A number of Canadian Forces regiments can trace their heritage back to this time period.

Centennial of women’s suffrage

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The first provinces to grant women the right to vote in 1916 were Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. This was an early step in the path to equality and women’s rights.

Centennial of the Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel (First World War)

Canadian Soldiers Back from the Trenches during the Battle of the Somme in November 1916.

While this historic offensive decimated the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, it also prepared Canadians for their success at Vimy Ridge. The battalion was subsequently recognized for its unwavering bravery in the face of trying conditions.

Learn more about commemorating the centennial of the First World War.

75th anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong

Canadian contingent in Hong Kong in 1941.

The battle of Hong Kong was 17 and a half days of intense fighting. When Allied forces were overrun on Christmas Day, December 25, 1941, those who had survived the battle found themselves in what would become four years of captivity in prisoner-of-war and Japanese work camps.

Learn more about commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Second World War.

Towards Confederation

The Fathers of Confederation first dreamed of a united Canada, prosperous, proud, strong and free…

Great Canadian North

Join us this year as we celebrate the Great Canadian North.

World War Commemorations

Learn more about the Commemorations of what contributed to the Canada we know today.

Here’s our upcoming calendar of events happening in 2016

tshirtlogosmallWednesday, July 1st, 2016 :

Our 9th Annual Multicultural Canada Day Celebrations at Yonge Dundas Square.

Other Events of interest:

Other Out-of-Province Events in 2016

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Celebrate life and culture with world-class entertainment, delicious authentic food and beautiful cultural displays at Folklorama, the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world (as determined by the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts). Explore one of the most vibrant arts and culture scenes found in the heart of the continent during the first two weeks of August. Join friends and family and experience the world’s cultures in Winnipeg in August 2016. More info

Drummondville, Quebec

World Cultures (formerly World Folklore Festival) is a festival to discover the different facets of world traditions every summer at the beginning of July to Woodyatt Park Drummondville, a town in the region of Centre-du-Québec . The event was founded in 1982, after members of the Mackinaw folk ensemble had participated in a similar festival in Dijon, France. The 34th edition of the festival will take place in July 2016. More info

Folklore Canada Youth Conference planning meeting Monday Aug. 17

l_2AD8B177-FFEF-516E-BFF117B38B985452 In order to start planning this Role of Youth in ICH conference, we would like to cordially invite ALL CFAC GROUP LEADERS and DIRECTORS to  a pre-meeting with Director of Folklore Canada, Mr. Guy Landry in Toronto on MONDAY AUGUST 17, @ 7PM at the “ Courtyard Marriott Hotel” 75 Yonge Street, Toronto M4Y 1X7 ( corner of Alexander and Yonge Street) to discuss, and start planning for the conference on Sept 18.



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Montreal August 4, 2015

Dear Member,

Since 1989, the year Folklore Canada International (FCI) was created, the situation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has developed significantly in Canada and around the world. In 2003, the Convention for the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was Accepted More than 120 countries have signed the Convention and taken action to ensure the safeguarding of their intangible cultural heritage.


FCI brings together more than 150 associations, groups, artists and festivals interested in preserving, transmitting and disseminating of the intangible cultural Heritage at the Canadian and International level. In Canada, FCI is the national section of the international organization “International Council of Organisations of Folklore Festivals and Traditional Arts” (CIOFF).


 CIOFF Youth Forum

More than 10 years ago, CIOFF created the CIOFF Youth Forum and has asked each national section to create a national Youth Forum. To this day, more than 10 Youth Forums were recognized throughout their national sections and representatives from these Youth Forums meet annually during the CIOFF World Congress.


Folklore Canada International (FCI) and Youth

The groups making on the dissemination of intangible cultural heritage include many young members of 15 to 30 years of age who participate in the conservation, transmission and dissemination of dances, songs, music, costumes and traditions specific to their native culture.


At the last Canadian Conference, it was recommended to organize a Youth Conference in Toronto in partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. We believe that such an event would encourage exchanges on the role of youth and foster the implementation of Intangible Cultural Heritage regrouping. FCI is preparing the National Conference on the Youth commitment for the safeguarding, transmission and dissemination on Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Conference will be in Toronto from September 18-20.


We need your cooperation to make a success of this conference and to share your knowledge in the Canadian network of Intangible Cultural Heritage. I will be in Toronto August 17 and will like to meet you to exchange on Folklore Canada International and develop your cooperation for the youth Conference. Could I meet you at 7 PM at the restaurant of Courtyard Marriott Downtown, 475 Yonge St. Toronto. Please find enclosed a draft Agenda for August 17.


If you need more information please contact me at 514-524-8552 or Wendy at 416-986-531. Thank you for your help in making a success of this National Conference on the role of Youth in Intangible Cultural Heritage. Mes amitiés,

General Director,

Guy Landry 

 Draft Agenda


Meeting FCI with Toronto groups & Members

Courtyard Marriott Downtown

DRAFT AGENDA 2015 August 17 at 7 PM


1.    Welcome

2.    Presentation of participants

3.    Agenda

4.    Meeting Secretary

5.    Short presentation of CIOFF & FCI

6.     FCI Activities

7.    • Youth in CIOFF, Canada, Provinces, City, Festivals & Groups

8.    • Importance of Youth for Preservation, transmission & dissemination of Intangible Cultural Heritage

9.    • Conference on role of Youth for Intangible Cultural Heritage

10.• Role of mentor

11.• Formula of the Conference Youth with Mentor

12.• Lobbying to Canadian Commission of UNESCO & politicians


What we are looking for

13.Recruitment of participants

14.Lodging of youth coming from outside of Toronto

15.Transportation for activities in Toronto

16.Recommendation of youths or mentors to be speakers on their experience

17.Youth groups to perform

18. Miscellaneous

19. Thanks