CFAC Multicultural Canada Day Digital Celebration 2020
The Community Folk Art Council presented this year a Digital Celebration for our Multicultural Canada Day, streamed live to viewers worldwide through Facebook and Youtube. Although the Multicultural Canada Day Celebration at Yonge and Dundas Square has been a beloved annual celebration, this year, due to the COVID pandemic and resulting social distancing measures, we moved this popular celebration to the virtual realm, with a concert featuring our different CFAC member groups on July 1 (Canada Day), in three sections on two showings (Afternoon and Evening), featuring a total 7 hours of video showcase! We are happy to report that we had a successful online celebration, with viewers tuning in from not only across Toronto and Canada, but also around the world, with places as far as Peru, Germany, India and Hong Kong!
This year’s celebration featured performances by Nimkii Osamawick, Tamar Ilana and Ventanas, Ballet Folklorico Puro Mexico, Ensemble Topaz, Ori Shalva & Company, Hawaiian Pacific Magic Dance Ensemble, Dilan Dance Company, Mi Young Kim Dance Company, Tabriz Azerbaijani Music and Dance Ensemble, Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe of Canada, Ot Izvora, Uyghur Canadian Learning Centre, Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, Habeeba’s Egyptian Dance Ensemble, Tonatiuh Mexican Folklore Group, Ensemble Makedonka, Sassoun Dance Ensemble, Heritage Singers, Kodaly Ensemble, Asi es mi Tierra Peru, Radość-Joy Vocal Dance Group, Dhol Canada, Academy of Serbian Folk Dancing Association, Toronto Swedish Folk Dancers, Rancho Folclorico Amigos do Miho de Toronto, Toronto Morris Men, and guest ensemble Manigance Compagnie de Danse (Quebec).
These wonderful performances continue to remain online, and the videos of this digital Canada Day Celebration can be watched on the Community Folk Art Council of Toronto Facebook page or Youtube Channel!
CFAC Multicultural Canada Day Digital Celebration Part 1
CFAC Multicultural Canada Day Digital Celebration Part 2
CFAC Multicultural Canada Day Digital Celebration Part 3
CFAC Groups at CIOFF® 50th Anniversary Folklore at a Distance Marathon (Online)
CIOFF®, the International Council of Folk Festival Organizers, founded by Henri Coursaget of France in 1970, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. In celebration of this milestone anniversary, CIOFF® hosted a virtual Folklore Marathon on August 8, 2020. The Community Folk Art Council of Toronto (CFAC) was delighted to be part of this virtual event which featured 8 hours of FREE international folk dance workshops from across North America as well as from the other CIOFF® sectors around the world!
CFAC was represented at this virtual folklore workshop marathon by three Toronto/ GTA groups: Dilan Dance Company, which presented a mini lecture and display of Kurdish traditional regional clothing as well as a demonstration-workshop on Kurdish traditional “Bablekan” dance; Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe of Canada, who presented a performance, presentation and instructional workshop on the world famous Tinikling dance of the Philippines; and The Toronto Morris Men, who presented an informative performance and instructional workshop on English Morris dancing with live music! The CFAC presentations were watched by thousands of viewers from all around the world, including viewers from England, France, Germany, Turkey, the Philipines, India, United States, Canada and beyond! The CFAC workshops continue to remain online, and we welcome you to watch them at: https://www.facebook.com/christian.hidalgomazzei/videos/10159787172563943/
Upcoming: CFAC Virtual International Folk Dance and Music Festival
Our next event will be the CFAC International Folk Dance and Music Festival in Fall 2020, an exciting two days of performances and even seminars! Following the success of our CFAC Multicultural Canada Day Digital Celebration, this event is being planned as our second CFAC activity for 2020. The CFAC Board is hard at work planning and we will have more details for you soon about this exciting festival!