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