Mixed hand drumming

40th Anniversary of Esther Myers Yoga Studio

The Studio is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019 with a series of fundraising events the proceeds of which will be donated to the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, our neighbour at 16 Spadina Road.

Check this page and Community Fundraising on our website for events in upcoming months including attending a theatrical performance at Canadian Stage on May 8,  a musical event featuring Turkwaz at the Studio on June 8, a day of workshops with lunch included on June 9and a Community Meal and Silent Auction and a Evening of Reading and Storytelling on September 21.

The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto offers a wide range of programmes and events including indigenous language classes, beading workshops, children’s arts and crafts, weekly big drum socials, martial arts, youth and cultural programming, and the Toronto Native Community History Programme. It has been a social, recreational, spiritual and cultural hub for Aboriginal people living and working in Toronto since 1962.

yoga class with eagle pose

EMYS 40th Anniversary Raffle

The Studio is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019 with a series of fundraising events beginning with a raffle.

Please participate in a raffle beginning March 4 and continuing until March 29.

  • First prize is a $400 coupon
  • Second prizes $100 coupons
  • Third prizes $40 coupons.
    All prizes are redeemable for Studio classes, workshops, intensives or a retreat.
EMYS attends a theatrical performance to celebrate 40 years

EMYS attends a theatrical performance to celebrate 40 years

The Studio has a limited number of tickets available for a Canadian Stage performance of 887 by Robert Lepage on Wednesday, May 8, 8:00pm at the Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St. E.

Tickets are $80 or $65, with a percentage going to NCCT. Request your tickets now! Payment by cash, cheque or etransfer.

“At once mesmerizing and deeply moving, Robert Lepage’s spectacular 887 is one of this country’s greatest solo stage works, created and performed by one of our greatest storytellers. From his childhood in 1960s Quebec City, Lepage charts the social and political moments that shaped both our country and his identity. An unforgettable theatrical experience told with cinematic flair and stunning design, 887 is a must-see Canadian masterpiece.”

Turkwaz group

A musical evening with Turkwaz to celebrate the 40th anniversary of EMYS

Saturday, June 8, 7:00pm

Jayne Brown, Maryem Tollar, Sophia Grigoriadis, and Brenna MacCrimmon are the four women of Turkwaz. They have been called, “Toronto’s finest world music artists” and are bringing their rousing voices and rhythms to the Studio for this live performance. 

 They play exotic instruments beautifully, but their primary focus is singing, full-on, a beautiful presentation of the cultural material they sing. The instruments they play are used for lively and clear accompaniment, and their voices will fill the Studio with gorgeous sound. 

“Turkwaz are a revelation – whether they are making you dance or making you long for loves lost, the music is of the highest calibre, played deftly and with spirit and joy. Though the songs are in languages I don’t speak, the artistry of the band members is such that the sense of the lyrics come through. What a performance!” Candace Shaw, Shelter Valley Festival

happy drummers

A day of workshops to celebrate EMYS’ 40th year

Sunday, June 9, 11:00am-5:15pm, at Esther Myers Yoga Studio
3 workshops with lunch, $120, 2 workshops with lunch $95, 1 workshop with lunch $60

Join us to celebrate EMYS’ 40 years with a day of joyous musical yoga.  Enjoy energizing and uplifting practices with a light vegetarian lunch included. All profits support The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, our neighbour at 16 Spadina Road (https://ncct.on.ca).

Sing It!, with Shirley Roll
11:00am – 12:30pm
Hone your listening skills, your spontaneity and your creativity in supportive and joyous vocal community! No vocal training necessary.

Syrian vegetarian lunch, provided by Beroea Kitchen (www.beroeakitchen.com)
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Drumming for Fun and Good Health, with Rufus Glassco
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Join us and play, with your voice, with body beats, with boomwhackers, drums, and ethereal tone chimes. No experience is required, and if you don’t already have a favourite drum you want to bring, there’ll be one waiting for you here.

Yoga and Dance, with Julia Juhas
3:45pm – 5:15pm
As we dance, we are essentially doing yoga and as we practise yoga, we are dancing! Integrating the principles of dance and yoga, we’ll explore how we can move our bodies through space and dance with yoga.

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