Being Japanese Canadian: reflections on a broken world
Opening Program and Concert & Exhibition Preview
Join Grammy-nominated Japanese Canadian flutist Ron Korb and celebrated Japanese Canadian author & playwright Terry Watada for an evening of spoken word and musical performance to mark the opening of the exhibition Being Japanese Canadian: reflections on a broken world. This special evening of performance will be followed by an exclusive sneak peak of the exhibition and an elegant Japanese cuisine cocktail reception.
Grammy nominated and multi-award-winning Japanese Canadian flautist Ron Korb is famous for playing a wide variety indigenous woodwinds from around the world. His critically acclaimed music has been released in twenty countries on various record labels. The albums are on many top favourite lists and legendary singers in Asia have made cover versions of his music. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, Canada, The USA, Central America, Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore and Japan. Ron’s compositions evoke imagery of the diverse cultural traditions and experiences of his travels.
Ron has performed for Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Takamado of Japan, Princess Bopha Devi of Cambodia, and was featured on the World Youth Day recording for Pope John Paul and the Dalai Lama’s World Festival of Sacred Music in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He has also shared stages with Peter Gabriel, Jane Siberry, Tia Carrere, Liona Boyd, The Yardbirds, Olivia Newton John and Cesaria Evora.
Terry Watada is a poet, novelist, short story writer, historian, playwright, columnist, essayist and music composer. To date, he has authored two published novels, a short-story collection, four poetry collections, two manga, two histories on the Buddhist Church in Canada, and two children’s biographies.
For his efforts, Terry was awarded the William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award from the City of Toronto and a Citation of Citizenship from the Government of Canada. Recently, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the National Association of Japanese Canadian’s National Merit Award. His dedication to the development of human rights in Canada was recognized with the Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Award.
Program includes post-event reception with 1 host drink.
Date & Time
- Thursday, January 31, 2019, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Reception to follow
Royal Ontario Museum
Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery
Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Performance: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Reception to follow performance.