Experience moments of discovery.

    The Arts and Culture Department of the Miles Nadal JCC offers the highest quality of affordable adult arts programming in a prime downtown location that is fully accessible. Our weekly daytime programs include lectures, concerts, literary events and cultural programs that feature some of the best guest speakers and performers Toronto has to offer, all in an intimate and welcoming setting.

    We invite you to find something that speaks to you and connects you with our community.

    To register for any Monday afternoon lecture series, please call our Information Desk at 416-924-6211 x0.
    For more information about any of these programs, please contact Lisa Roy at 416-924-6211 x155 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The Room of the Signatura decorated by Raphael's frescosMondays, October 15, 22, 29, 2018
    1:00 - 2:30 pm

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    Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael - the triumvirate of High Renaissance art – are considered to be three of the greatest artists in history. Keenly aware of each other’s works, ideas and reputations, they were intense rivals. But, together they defined a new, dynamic, and psychologically incisive approach to art.

    With Italian Renaissance Culture Professor Kenneth Bartlett.

    A scene from the opera Don PasqualeMondays, November 5 - December 3, 2018
    1:30 - 3:30 pm

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    Comedy is a challenge. It is much more difficult to pull off successfully than tragedy – both for a composer and for a performer. It covers a wide-ranging spectrum … from subtle irony or droll parody to full-scale “laugh out loud” guffaws. Individual tastes – what they think is funny - vary considerably … and this is magnified on macro-social and national scales. We will explore the contrasting styles of Italian, French, Viennese, English and Russian conceptions of comic and light operas.

    With Iain Scott, one of Canada’s foremost opera educators.

    November 5               Italian comedies         
    November 12             French Opéra Bouffes
    November 19             
    English Savoy operas
    November 26
                Russian comic operas
    December 3               Viennese operettas

    Mondays: 1:30-3:30pm
    5 week series: $90; Drop-in: $22 (+HST/CIF)

     

    Mondays, January 14 - February 11, 2019
    1:30-3:30 pm

    In this course, we will examine the roots, evolution and present status of the classic Hollywood musical, considering questions of aesthetics, social commentary, race and ethnicity, and changing musical forms. Films studied will include The Jazz Singer, Singin’ in the Rain, Cabaret and La La Land, influential directors such as Busby Berkeley and Vincente Minnelli, and major stars including Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bill Robinson, Judy Garland and Gene Kelly.

    With film critic Adam Nayman.

    Series: $50; Drop-in: $12
    $6 drop-in
    for Toronto Jewish Film Society subscribers with valid (TJFS) ID

    Mondays, March 18 - April 15, 2019
    1:30 - 3:30 pm

    Canada, a relatively small country in terms of population, has consistently “punched above its weight” when producing truly world-class opera singers. We excel in other operatic disciplines as well: our stage directors, designers and conductors are in global demand. Our greatest claim to fame is for our development of operatic tenors, but we have proudly created outstanding stars in all the other vocal categories as well. In this course we will celebrate some of Canada’s finest and greatest singers – performing in some of their most celebrated roles. This course will reinforce your pride in being Canadian!

    With Iain Scott, one of Canada’s foremost opera educators.


    March 18                    Tenors
    March 25                    Baritones
    April 1                       
    Mezzos
    April 8
                            Sopranos
    April 15                      Teresa Stratas

    5 week series: $90; Drop-in: $22 (+HST/CIF)

    Socialize over refreshments: 1:00 pm
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm

    Fee: $5 (includes refreshments)

    Experience moments of discovery. Our weekly afternoon programs include lectures, concerts, meet the author events, and some of the best guest speakers and performers that Toronto has to offer. We invite you to find something that speaks to you and connects you with our community. 

    For more information about our Thursday drop-ins, please contact Lisa Roy at (416) 924-6211 x155 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Tickets will be available for in-person sales on the morning of each Thursday program, on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    Folk group Peter Paul and MaryThursday, September 27, 2018
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm   

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    A concert with folk singing duo Sue & Dwight and Henry Lees.
    Iconic 1960s folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary created anthems of social change, and their harmony-laden recordings ushered them to the top of the charts. Prominent in the civil rights and anti-war movements, their repertoire included such top 10 hits as If I Had a Hammer, Blowin’ in the Wind, Leaving on a Jet Plane and Puff the Magic Dragon

    Fee: $5 (includes refreshments)

    Tickets will be available for in-person sales on the morning of each Thursday program, on a first-come, first-served basis. A percentage of tickets are available for advance online registration for weekly Thursday afternoon programs.

    Steve Paikin against a purple blue background Thursday, October 4, 2018
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30-3:00 pm   

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    Marked by turmoil, tragedy and triumph, 1968 was a year of seismic social and political change. From the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, to the protests that shook the streets of Paris, Prague and Mexico City, to the escalation of the war in Vietnam… 50 years later, what is the enduring impact, and which lessons are we still learning?

    Guest Speaker: Steve Paikin, the host of TVO’s “The Agenda”

    Fee: $5 (includes refreshments)

    Tickets will be available for in-person sales on the morning of each Thursday program, on a first-come, first-served basis. A percentage of tickets are available for advance online registration for weekly Thursday afternoon programs. 

    black and white photo of George Gershwin Thursday, October 11, 2018
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30-3:00 pm   

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    Composer George Gershwin, and his brother, the great lyricist, Ira, became one of the finest and most influential songwriting teams in the history of the American Musical Theatre. Collaborating on more than two dozen of Broadway and Hollywood’s most innovative scores, they elevated musical theatre and popular songwriting to unprecedented levels of sophistication and beauty. 

    With pianist/musicologist Jordan Klapman.

    Fee: $5 (includes refreshments)

    Tickets will be available for in-person sales on the morning of each Thursday program, on a first-come, first-served basis. A percentage of tickets are available for advance online registration for weekly Thursday afternoon programs. 

    the first Jewish mayor of Toronto Nathan PhillipsThursday, October 18, 2018
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30-3:00 pm   

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    Did you know that there have been 4 Jewish mayors in Toronto’s history? With our municipal election just around the corner, this timely historical lecture provides a look back at these influential and sometimes controversial politicians, the barriers that they broke, the challenges they faced, and the legacies that they left our city.

    Guest Speaker: Bill Gladstone

    Fee: $5 (includes refreshments)

    Tickets will be available for in-person sales on the morning of each Thursday program, on a first-come, first-served basis. A percentage of tickets are available for advance online registration for weekly Thursday afternoon programs.

    Thursday, November 1, 2018
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30-3:00 pm   

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    Featuring author Peter Usher
    Nearly 10,000 Canadians died serving in Britain’s Bomber Command campaign against Germany during the Second World War, and Jewish airman Joey Jacobson was one of them. This new publication – at once biography, social and military history – intimately brings Canada’s war-time experience to life, as told through Joey’s own letters and diaries, as well as those of his family and friends.

    Fee: $5 (includes refreshments)

    Tickets will be available for in-person sales on the morning of each Thursday program, on a first-come, first-served basis. A percentage of tickets are available for advance online registration for weekly Thursday afternoon programs.

    The Annex Lane sign in the neighbourhood the AnnexThursday, November 15, 2018
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30-3:00 pm   

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    The Annex began as a subdivision outside of Toronto's boundaries. The neighbourhood has fought to preserve its character, and its varied architecture now accommodates families, single professionals, and students from the nearby University of Toronto. In this illustrated historical lecture, we will explore The Annex story through its streets and buildings.

    With architectural historian Marta O'Brien

    Fee: $5 (includes refreshments)

    Tickets will be available for in-person sales on the morning of each Thursday program, on a first-come, first-served basis. A percentage of tickets are available for advance online registration for weekly Thursday afternoon programs. 

    black and white shot of the BeatlesThursday, December 6, 2018
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30-3:00 pm

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    The Beatles’ arrival in New York on February 7, 1964 opened North America’s doors to a wealth of British musical talent and officially launched what became known as The British Invasion – a musical phenomenon unseen before or since. John Rowlands, who toured with the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the Dave Clark Five, shares his personal stories and private collection of photographs he captured of these legendary bands.

    With celebrated rock & roll photographer John Rowlands

    Fee: $5 (includes refreshments)

    Tickets will be available for in-person sales on the morning of each Thursday program, on a first-come, first-served basis. A percentage of tickets are available for advance online registration for weekly Thursday afternoon programs.

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    Contact & Info

    750 Spadina Ave. (at Bloor), Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J2

    Phone: 416.924.6211
    Fax: 416.924.0422
    Email: info@mnjcc.org

    Charitable registration:
    140344243 RR0001

    Wheelchair Accessible

    The MNjcc is committed to accessibility. Please let us know in advance if you have any accommodation needs:

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