Verdi’s Aïda in a Community Opera Production

Last weekend we had the pleasure of getting tickets to the production of Aïda put on by the Opera by Request opera company in Toronto. Andrea Naccarato, one of our friends, sang the role of high priestess, so we had to attend (and what a pleasure it was)! Aïda is perhaps one of the grandest operas to be staged and, set in ancient Egypt, how could I not be excited?

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Copts in Toronto: A Visit to the local Coptic Museum

Just over two weeks ago, my friend, Carla, and I partook in a tour of the collection of the Coptic Museum associated with St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in the northeastern part of Toronto. If you take Highway 404 north and take the Steele exit, then go east, you will quickly come across a massive building on the north side of the road, which is the newly built cathedral of the church. It is impressive and the building was aligned with the east-to-west axis, as if it was to be an ancient Egyptian temple. Nevertheless, the collection is housed in the older building of the church, which is located only a few blocks to the south.

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GIS, Google Earth, and Spatial Humanities at DH@Guelph 2016

This May I had the chance to attend Digital Humanities workshop held at the University of Guelph. A full week of seminars on various topics presented me with my first foray into the world of digital humanities. Out of the list of seminars on offer, I opted for Spatial Humanities: Exploring Opportunities in Humanities, which was to give me an introduction into mapping and the use of technology in creating interactive, rich, and informative maps.

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The Art of Tattoing: the ROM’s Latest Exhibit

** This blog post contains images with nudity.**

On Victoria Day, Hannah and I made use of our memberships and paid a brief visit to the ROM to visit their new exhibit: Tattoos. Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art. The last exhibit we checked out was the Pompeii blockbuster in summer 2015, so we were quite intrigued by the alluring subject matter.

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Ramesses II and Vancouver’s Heb-Sed: Remembering Expo ’86

When a pharaoh neared 30 years of rule, it was commonly expected that he would prove his right and ability to rule through a series of trials. In an example from Saqqara dating to ca. 2,800 BC, Djoser is shown in striding fashion within his burial complex. The King here is celebrating his 30 years of rule: the famous heb-sed celebration. Nearly 5,000 years later, ancient Egypt is still very much present in the thoughts of the modern world.

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