Koffler Centre of the Arts

Koffler Centre of the Arts

Koffler.Digital Audio Programs is a stream that encompasses all of our downloadable audio content. Including artful audio walks, intriguing radio plays, thought-provoking podcasts, artist interviews and more! Koffler.Digital is a platform for 100% free, original digital arts experiences digital arts available 24/7 on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop, that uses the vigorous application of art, thought, and imagination on digital medias to explore the ideas that are shaping Toronto. We work to provide a nourishing alternative to the daily click-bait diet (hey, we like Buzzfeed, too). We work with Toronto’s emerging artists, thinkers, and leaders to provide you with the best content, for free, year-round. We prioritize an uncluttered, crisp aesthetic that highlights the content, and let’s you explore without distraction.


April 6, 2020 23 mins

The past isn't even past – and the present is tense with conflicting desires and untold stories. What brings clarity to this setting is Shani Mootoo's limpid prose, clean and bracing. Polar Vortex is an honest, but also moving, exploration of true intimacy. – author Amitiva Kumar

In Giller Prize-nominated writer and visual artist Shani Mootoo’s highly-anticipated new novel Polar Vortex, couple Priya and Alexandra move to a picture...

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The Koffler’s Books & Ideas series presents the launch of curator Catherine Clement’s book, Chinatown Through a Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow.

In conversation with author and Associate Professor at York University, Lily Cho.

Chinatown Through a Wide Lens showcases the once-hidden photographs of Vancouver’s first and most prolific Chinese photographer, Yucho Chow. He operated a commercial studio in the heart of Van...

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March 10, 2020 53 mins

The launch of award-winning fiction writer Joseph Kertes’ Last Impressions, a deeply moving yet comic novel that revels in the energy of its extraordinary characters. At the centre is Zoltan Beck, an aging Jewish-Canadian patriarch who has done his best to hide the trauma of his refugee past from his beloved children. Set in both mid-20th century Hungary and contemporary Toronto, Last Impressions is a story of lost love and newfoun...

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February 10, 2020 59 mins

Dubbed “the rising star of literary Houston” (Literary Hub), Bryan Washington is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Recipient, the recipient of an Ernest J. Gaines Award, and the recipient of an O. Henry Award. His stories and essays have appeared in The New YorkerThe New York TimesBuzzFeedVultureThe Paris ReviewTin HouseOne StoryGQ, among others.

Lot, Washington’s critically-acclaimed first collection of linked s...

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February 4, 2020 10 mins

In this first episode of Thresholds, Maria Bangash shares how she made it through her first yea...

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February 4, 2020 11 mins

In the fifth and final episode of Thresholds, Lexin Zhang performs a poetic narrative, which is followed by a personal reflection and interpretation by Logan Wong.

Thresholds is a new Koffler.Digital podcast hosted and produced by Maya Bedward in collaboration with members of Holland Bloorview’s Youth Advisory Council. Presented in 5 parts, each episode of Thresholds explores the experiences of these ...

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February 4, 2020 5 mins

In the fourth episode of Thresholds, Bianca Salvo narrates the story of how Conductive Education Therapy took her to Budapest, where she learned to walk independently in spite of the diagnosis she was given at birth, and brought her back to Torontoand a public speaking careermany years later.

Thresholds is a new Koffler.Digital podcast hosted and produced by Maya Bedward in collaboration with members...

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February 4, 2020 5 mins

In the third episode of Thresholds, Samantha Alfaro relays the challenges of Toronto’s public transit system for a person with a disability.

Thresholds is a new Koffler.Digital podcast hosted and produced by Maya Bedward in collaboration with members of Holland Bloorview’s Youth Advisory Council. Presented in 5 parts, each episode of Thresholds explores the experiences of these youth with disabilities, as they transition into the a...

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February 4, 2020 14 mins

In the second episode of Thresholds, Mika Hjorngaard and Tai Young share snapshots of their everyday livesdating, going to the fair, drinkingand discuss the ways in which perceptions of disability are often more difficult to navigate than physical barriers.

Thresholds is a new Koffler.Digital podcast hosted and produced by Maya Bedward in collaboration with members of Holland Bloorview’s Youth Adviso...

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January 31, 2020 80 mins

Erika DeFreitas, Gunilla Josephson, Heather Nicol, Shellie Zhang, Gord Peteran, Iris Häussler, Carmela Laganse, with Curator Mona Filip and Art Director Nicolas Fleming

A conversation with seven artists featured in the Koffler Gallery’s fall 2019 exhibition, Undomesticated. Each offer insights into their artistic practice, and how their featured works relate to the theme of domesticity. The artists are joined by curator Mona Filip ...

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January 31, 2020 66 mins

Presented in association with Karen Tam's solo exhibition at the Koffler Gallery, the chrysanthemum has opened twelve times, Tam is joined by Toronto-based artist Shellie Zhang for a gallery conversation to discuss the exhibition, Tam's work, and their shared interests as artists.



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November 26, 2019 92 mins

The Koffler is thrilled to present the Toronto launch of Abby Stein’s Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman. Abby will be joined in conversation by Rev. Jeff Rock, Senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, Toronto’s LGBTQ2+ Church.

Trans activist Abby Stein was raised in a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, isolated in a culture that lives according to the laws and practices...

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November 7, 2019 65 mins

The Koffler’s Books & Ideas Series is proud to present the Toronto launch of a powerful debut collection of poetry by Francine Cunningham in conversation with Jennifer Brant, co-editor of Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada.

Francine Cunningham is constantly reminded that she doesn’t fit the desired expectations of the world as a white-passing, city-raised Indigenou...

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October 8, 2019 75 mins

Jenny Heijun Wills was born in Korea and adopted as an infant into a white family in small-town Canada. In her late twenties, she reconnected with her first family and returned to Seoul. In her breathtaking new memoir, Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related, Wills traces her heartrending journey of reunion with her Korean mother, father, siblings, and extended family. Delving into gender, class, racial and ethnic complexities, the b...

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Complex Weaves: Middle Eastern Stories of Identity and Politics through Textiles

Since the earliest periods of Islamic history, textiles have functioned as markers of cultural and regional identity as well as political allegiance and conflict. In modern times, artists and craftspeople across the Middle East and Central Asia and in diaspora communities have con...

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Since meeting at art school two decades ago, Japanese/British painter Christian Hidaka and French sculptor Raphaël Zarka have sustained an ongoing dialogue around common interests in the connected histories of scientific, philosophic and artistic invention that drive various traditions of understanding and representing reality. In this conversation at the Koffler Gallery, the artists will discuss the ideas and visual vocabularies t...

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The Koffler Centre of the Arts is thrilled to present American journalist, film critic and podcast host Wesley Morris, in conversation with Canadian broadcaster and writer Amanda Parris.

Wesley Morris is critic-at-large at the The New York Times and a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, where he writes about film, television, theatre and media, often with a focus on social justice, race, politics, and black and queer repre...

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April 11, 2019 68 mins

The Koffler Centre of the Arts’ 2019 Books & Ideas Series continues with award-winning author and journalist Amitava Kumar, in conversation with award-winning novelist and visual artist, Shani Mootoo.

Award-winning writer and journalist Amitava Kumar is the author of several books of non-fiction, poetry, and his most recent novel, Immigrant, Montana — one of President Obama’s favourite books of 2018. Immigrant, Montana was also sel...

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The Koffler Centre of the Arts is thrilled to present writers Joshua Whitehead and Arielle Twist together in conversation.

Joshua Whitehead is a Two-Spirit, Ojibwe-nêhiyaw otâcimow from Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks 2017), shortlisted for the Inaugural Indigenous Voices Award in Poetry and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, and Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp 2018), s...

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June 11, 2018 86 mins

Panel Discussion: Objects of Affection | June 3, 2018

While interviewing museum conservators and historians for her recent project, The Gold Room, artist Esther Shalev-Gerz observed that the framework of their profession seemed to bind them to a strict adherence to factual information when asked to interpret objects from the collection. Imaginative and speculative forms of interpretation are still often disregarded in traditional m...

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