Author of the Tundra classic, On Stage, Please and former Prima Ballerina with the National Ballet of Canada, Veronica Tennant C.C, unveiled an art installation at the Hospital for Sick Children yesterday evening. Donated by artist Rita Briansky, the permanent installation is part of a special gallery in the Hospital’s Sears Cancer Clinic.
Briansky’s fourteen etchings from On Stage, Please will accompany a glass mosaic titled “Pomp and Be Bop, Revisited”, a re-design of an original piece designed by the late Gundar Robez.
The new Clinic, which opened in January 2010, features colourful décor, including original works of art by clinic patients and fun activities to keep children of all ages entertained.
Originally published in 1977, On Stage, Please was written while Veronica Tennant was principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada. Over thirty years later, this entrancing story of a young girl’s first steps in the world of dance remains a favourite among young dancers in Canada and abroad.
Check out the window display at Pages Books & Magazines, located at 256 Queen Street West, Toronto, M5V 1Z8. Photos courtesy of Pages Books & Magazine.
This is going to be a busy weekend for Toronto!
From 10:00-1:00pm on Saturday May 23, Pages Books will be hosting “Look Again Day” for TINARS for Tots at the Gladstone Hotel. Doors open at 9:30am, so get there early for a good seat! Marla Stewart Konrad will be presenting Getting There and Mom and Me.
Then, as part of Lit City and Doors Open Toronto, two of our authors will be reading at Canada’s National Ballet School. On Sunday May 24, at 11:00am, we have Linda Maybarduk (former Soloist with The National Ballet of Canada) reading James the Dancing Dog. Right after at 11:30am, Cary Fagan will be reading Beyond the Dance (co-authored with The National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancer, Chan Hon Goh). At 12:30pm Veronica Tennant reads from On Stage Please.
Another event hosted by Pages Books is the TINARS Literary Arcade this weekend! This will also be part of Doors Open Toronto on May 24 from 12:00 to 4:00pm at the Gladstone Hotel. Joanne Schwartz and Laura Beingessner of Our Corner Grocery Store fame will be in attendance!