Documentary Film

Bi-weekly;  Week One;  Tuesday;  2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Two Terms; Online via Zoom

Documentary films are a powerful medium that can be used to inform, educate, observe, persuade, expose, improve, and challenge ideas. In this workshop, participants will watch documentary films available on various streaming services including Netflix, Kanopy (free with a library card), CBC Gem and YouTube and then we will discuss the films at each meeting.

The categories for the films may include science, nature, history, biographies, music, sports, crime, socio-political issues, and technology. Each member will select a film of their choice and will introduce the film and start the discussion. Members will view the films on their own before each meeting. Two films will be selected for each two-hour session. Different aspects of the films may be examined including new or interesting ideas or information, themes, the director, the cast, and production values.

Join us as we engage in lively discussions of thought-provoking documentary films.

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Travel Adventures

Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Tuesday;  2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
One Term – Fall; Online via Zoom  

Join us in exploring new adventures and sharing the exhilaration of discovery! If you could take your next trip today, where would you go? What entices you about this destination? Alternatively, tell us about a memorable travel experience from the past. For the past three years in this workshop, we have explored a world of destinations, from the well-known to the obscure and remote. Group members select a destination and highlight their choice of history, historical attractions, culture, scenery, or any aspect of interest to them. Recommendations for tour groups, flights, solo travel, dining and accommodation can be introduced if there is an interest. Group members will research their destination and prepare a 20 – 25 minute presentation, which will be followed by an interesting and lively discussion.

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Tale of Two Cities – Montreal and Toronto

Bi-weekly;  Week One;  Tuesday;  9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Two Terms; Online via Zoom

We are continuing the Tales of two Cities joint ALLTO-MCLL workshop with our Montreal colleagues. At each session of our bi-weekly Zoom workshop, Toronto and Montreal participants take turns in presenting vignettes of life in our two cities. Previously, we looked at happenings and people in both cities from the time of the Ice Ages until Prohibition. Then we investigated the events, developments and personalities of both cities (in parallel) from 1867 until the present.

Next year we propose to explore the past, present and future of Culture, Art, Socio-economics, Thought Leaders, Entertainment, Sports, Neighbourhoods, Tourism, International Relations, Biculturalism and Bilingualism, Rural vs Urban development, Hidden Pearls, Attitudes to the two World Wars, Politics (if you dare), Future Prognostications. We are exploring having a guest joint session with other Lifelong learning groups across Canada.

We look forward to exchanging ideas, thoughts, attitudes with our Lifelong Learning colleagues in la Belle Province.

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Short Stories: The Long and the SHORT of It

Bi-weekly;  Week One;  Monday;  12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Two Terms; Online via Zoom 

“A short story is a love affair; a novel is a marriage”. Short stories are one of the oldest types of literature and are a growing and important aspect of contemporary literature. We will learn about significant and influential contemporary short story writers, read and discuss short stories, compare them to one another, discuss how they are written, and how they reflect today’s society.

Each participant will present a short story from a selected book of short stories (“The Best Short Stories, The O.Henry Prize Winners, 2023” and Canadian short stories, to be determined). Everyone is expected to read the story being presented so we can engage in a lively and thoughtful discussion.

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The Originals: From Monks to “Mad Men” – The People Who Have Shaped Our World

Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Tuesday;  12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Two Terms; Online via Zoom **NEW**  

In this workshop, we’ll examine the lives, loves, struggles and accomplishments of famous, infamous and lesser-known people who have shaped our world. These people may include activists, actors, athletes, entrepreneurs, inventors, pioneers, mathematicians, scientists, writers, humanitarians, monks, monarchs, politicians, filmmakers, spies, singers, songwriters and visual artists.

During each two-hour meeting, we will explore the lives of two people, one during each hour. Each member will be asked to create a 20-25 minute presentation on the person of their choice. Presenters may also recommend articles, books and / or films to share with our workshop participants.

Join us as we engage in discussions of the lives of some extraordinary people, both well-known and lesser-known who may not figure as prominently in our history books.

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Charles Pachter: “How I Learned to Survive and Thrive as a Contemporary Canadian Artist” on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 (Spring Talk #1)

One of Canada’s leading contemporary artists, Charles Pachter is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian, lecturer and author. An Officer of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Order of Ontario and of Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, he has been recognized with honorary doctorates from Brock University, OCADU, the University of Toronto and Lakehead University.

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