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The J Presents

The J Presents!

Join us for an illuminating lecture series at the J. The J Presents is a brand-new program sparking curiosity and deep discussion among members of the J for a community of lifelong learning. The J Presents lecture series will introduce members to fresh perspectives on media, entertainment and more with outstanding speakers.

Each J Presents Session includes an hour-long lecture from one of our esteemed guest speakers, and opportunity for a question-and-answer period with the lecturer, and the chance to socialize and meet new friends.
*Light refreshments will be served


About the Lectures

Mike Daley: Sept 15, 22 & 29 from 10:30 AM to 12 PM
In this series of three lecture-concerts, renowned musicologist, music historian and musician Dr. Mike Daley presents the life and music of Three Great Jewish Songwriters: Irving Berlin, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Illustrating each talk with rare images and live renditions of classic songs like "Always," "Blowin' In The Wind" and "Hallelujah," Mike entertains while he tells the fascinating life stories of these great artists.


Adam Nayman: October 6, 13 & 20 from 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Adam Nayman presents Toronto on Film. In these lectures, critic Adam Nayman documents the evolving cinematic history of Toronto from the 1950s until the present, including key moments in documentary, horror and art-house filmmaking and the emergence of the city as "Hollywood North." The lectures include clips from a number of landmark movies, including GOIN DOWN THE ROAD, VIDEODROME, TAKE THIS WALTZ and TURNING RED.


Jack Newman: October 27, Nov 3 & 10 from 10:30 AM to 12 PM
In this series Jack Newman will introduce us to Jewish Comedians and Canadian Comedy. Jewish Comedians: surveying the early American comedians, that began as immigrants to New York at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Comedians who learned their craft in Vaudeville the Catskill Resorts and The Yiddish Theater of Second Avenue. Comedians such as the Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, George Burns, Mel Brooks, Sid Caesar and more, who went on to create early television and some who went out west to build Hollywood, Burns and Allen, Danny Kaye, Larry Gelbart and so on.
Canadian Comedy began on stage and on radio with travelling humourists such as The Dumbells. Early radio trained Wayne and Shuster who went on to fame with literate humour and over 80 appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. Television developed world class comedians, influenced by French and English literary traditions. CODCO of Newfoundland. Rick Mercer. Second City Television, The Royal Canadian Air Farce. The Revived Kids in the Hall. And a flurry of Canadian trained ex-patriots, Michael Myers, Jim Carrey, Norm MacDonald and Lorne Michaels creator of Saturday Night Live.


David Sax: November 24 from 10:30 AM to 12 PM
In this lecture launching his new book THE FUTURE IS ANALOG: How to Create a More Human World David Sax explores how we can return to the heart of technology to create a more human future where digital progress serves us first and foremost. As David argues in this insightful book, the digital world, and experience of the isolation during the pandemic opened our eyes to the fact that experiences do not need to be purely digital. This lecture will suggest that the path to a healthy future lies not with convenience, but with community, not with technology, but with humanity.


About the Speakers

Dr Mike Daley is a freelance popular music history lecturer around Toronto. He holds a PH.D. in musicology and has published widely on a variety of music subjects. Mike’s well-received lectures on the Beatles, Elvis, jazz, folk music and much more have gained him a strong following in the GTA. Mike is a guitarist and singer and has toured Canada, the United Statas and England and has recorded extensively in a variety of musical styles. He is currently writing a history of live music in the Yorkville Coffee House District of Toronto in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Adam Nayman is a film critic, lecturer and author based in Toronto; he writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Ringer and Cinema Scope and teaches at U of T. He has written several books on cinema, including studies of the Coen brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson and David Fincher.

Jack Newman has been an actor and writer in Toronto for 45 years, having worked with many noted actors and directors; Tom Cruise, Bette Midler, Jeff Daniels, Sidney Lumet, Roger Donaldson, and Agnieska Holland. He has received awards for his work in commercials, such as; the Clio and the Bessy, for Leon's, and Kelloggs. He has also received performance awards for Finding Harold , and Village of Idiots. Jack has been on ACTRA's governing council for over a decade, and an on-set ACTRA representative for 25 years. He has also lectured in comedy and professional development subjects at ACTRA, the MNJCC, and the newly named Toronto Metropolitan University.

David Sax is a writer, reporter, and speaker who specializes in business and culture. His book The Revenge of Analog was a #1 Washington Post bestseller, was selected as one of Michiko Kakutani's Top Ten books of 2016 for the New York Times, and has been translated into six languages. He is also the author of three other books: Save the Deli, which won a James Beard award, The Soul of an Entrepreneur, and The Tastemakers. He lives in Toronto.


Follow this link to Register for this Lecture Series.

Questions? Please contact Andrea at andrea@srcentre.ca

Program Type: Education, Social,
Age range: 19-64, 65+
Classes: Ongoing

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