In its 40th year of festivities, Memphis in May International Festival will be celebrating this milestone by featuring our bordering northern neighbor, Canada. To honor Canada, MIM will be featuring two live performances at the Orpheum and the Orpheum’s Halloran Centre, art exhibits, films, Canadian cuisine, and more. MIM is especially excited for the two highly-praised live performances for the International Salute, “Traces” and “When It Rains.”
We feel very fortunate to have secured both of these shows for our International Salute. Each show has received significant international praise, and are among the highest quality cultural offerings that we have presented in the festival’s 40-year history.
“Traces” seemingly features a mix of everything, from traditional dance, acrobatics, skateboarding and even a little basketball. The show has won multiple awards in its ten-year history, including an Off Broadway Alliance award in 2012, and has been performed over two thousand times, in thirty countries and two hundred cities. “Traces” takes place in a make-shift shelter, with an unknown catastrophe waiting outside, engaging the audience in a thrilling journey of human spirit. Purchase tickets here.
A fix of pure urban adrenaline. Mad, pulse-raising, magic. – New York Times
“When It Rains” is an unusual storyline placed during unfortunate occurrences. The tale is darkly moving and alternates between being funny and heart-breaking, keeping the audience on their toes in every scene. This award-winning piece from internationally acclaimed writer/director Anthony Black is performed by one of Canada’s most heralded touring companies. Purchase tickets here.
FOUR STARS – Critic’s Pick – The Times, London
Art Exhibits (May 1-31):
- Capture Canada – Unique photography exhibit connecting artists in Montreal with Memphis. Tvesco Building, downtown
- Central Library – “Lace Up” entertaining exhibit celebrating Canada’s love of ice skating. On loan from the Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa
- Jewish Community Center – “Stories Told 100 Years” Exhibit showcasing the contributions of the Jewish community through the interesting history of the Jewish Public Library in Montreal
- Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island – “Cultures on Cloth” exhibit – collection of native textiles and prints from Baker Lake in the artic region of Canada
- National Civil Rights Museum – “Passage to Freedom: Secrets of the Underground Railroad” a traveling exhibit from the Welland Museum, Ontario tells a fascinating story in three parts
- National Ornamental Metal Museum – Works in metal and wood from artist Corrinne Hunt, of Vancouver. The raven, eagle, and orca are playfully depicted in sculptural works and engraved jewelry so that past and present are fused together creating uniquely Canadian works
Film (May 4, 11, 18, and 25)
- Cinema of Canada – selected Canadian films will be screened each Wednesday evening in May at Studio on the Square, in conjunction with the Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa and Indie Memphis
Performances (dates vary)
- Beale Street Music Festival – Featured Canadians Neil Young, Jack Semple, Barenaked Ladies, Coleman Hell. Tom Lee Park, (April 29 – May 1)
- Cultural/Theater Performance, Orpheum – Award winning “Traces” show from the prestigious Les 7 doigts de la Main production company. Tickets $15-25. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 901.525.3000. (May 5)
- Cultural/Theater Performance, Halloran Centre – Selected critically acclaimed cutting edge play “When it Rains” from 2b Theatre Company in Halifax. Tickets $19.Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 901.525.3000. (May 7 & 8)
Cuisine (dates vary)
- Cuisine of Canada, Famed Chef Guillaume Cantin of Montreal presents a multi-course dining experience at Chez Philippe, Peabody Hotel (May 7)
- Saskatchewan Smokers – Canadian Team with Pitmaster Rob Reinhardt, award winning BBQ chef and instructor from Prairie Smoke & Spice World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (May 12-14)
Miscellaneous (dates vary)
- AIA Luncheon Speaker Series – Selected leading architect Bruce Kuwabare, KPMB Toronto. Recipient of the RAIC Gold Medal. University Club. (May 3)
- Guest Lecture – “St. Urbain Legends: A photo-story history of Jewish Montreal” presented by Eddie Paul, Head of Bibliographic and Information Services, Jewish Public Library of Montreal. Jewish Community Center. May 3, 2016.
- International Gala: A Toast to Canada – Canadian International Gala, an evening of live entertainment, dinner and dance, Peabody Hotel (May 6)