Celebrating Syria’s Rich History in Toronto

2017 is already in full swing. Down south a new President has been sworn in and here in Toronto we are still waiting for the deep freeze. The semester has also resumed and this time around I am TAing for a new course on Egyptian myth and mythology, which will be enlightening. I had previously TAed a course on Egyptian religion, so this course’s focus will take me deeper into the realm between science and faith – at least from an Egyptian perspective.

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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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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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