The historical prejudiced notion of “women’s inferiority” has had devastating effects on women and limited the life and career choices they could make. It is disheartening to see that even in current times, women across the globe still struggle to gain equal footing and recognition with men across numerous fields, including the arts.
Times are indeed changing and this week Gen’s Delights is happy to showcase various films, shows and events where women are now seizing their moment, leading a project, encouraging and empowering each other to grow, change their destiny, be daring and excel at new skills to ultimately shine!
Film Biographies have the power to inspire and give meaning to our existence. Two films currently running in theaters, Colette and The Wife, depict brilliant female writers whose literary ideas were hidden from the world when they worked as ghostwriters for their husbands – mediocre writers, who gratuitously took full glory and credit for their wives’ award winning works.
In director Wash Westmoreland ’s early 20th century biopic drama, Keira Knightley stars as the feisty, French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.
Colette (Knightley) is a naïve country girl who get whisked away into a scandalous whirlwind marriage to worldly writer and libertine entrepreneur Willy (Dominic West).
When Willy’s funds start running low, she agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. The newfound success of her “Claudine” novel series and the subsequent discovery of her husband’s infidelities propels her to fight social constraints, explore different aspects of her sexuality and demand creative recognition of her works.
The film offers an in-depth look at the lengths Colette must go to break free from the restraints set by Parisian society and the iron clad control held by her husband as well as show how far women’s rights and LGBTQ acceptance have advanced over the past century.
Glenn Close delivers a strong on-screen performance as JOAN the publicly docile wife of the ‘soon to be awarded the Noble Prize’ literary writer JOE CASTLEMAN (Jonathan Pryce), who after forty years of a compliant marriage based on secrets , compromises and betrayals… is not going to take it anymore.
This gripping tale delivers a story that investigates the dreams, hopes and ambitions of youth. Joan is a talented, but self-effacing heroine. Intimidated by another female writer that tells her that although her work is brilliant, it will never receive the recognition it deserves, Joan accepts to ghostwrite for her husband and support his literary career. With the passing years, she adopts the role of doting wife and mother, however her resentment over her husband’s accolades from her writing, have silently built up until it reaches a dramatic boiling point from which there is no return.
Exhibition by artist Kristine Girard at Gallery Corno
Saguenéenne Kristine Girard, hailing from Chicoutimi, inherited some of the material left by the celebrated, Montreal painter Joanne Corneau, is now living a dream while her new collection of paintings currently hangs on display at the Corno Gallery in the Old Port of Montreal. This is the first exhibition held since the passing of Mrs Corneau in 2016.
“From my first meeting with Kristine Girard, I recognized in her the passion and energy of Joanne. […] I immediately thought of her when I received the canvas and painting of my sister. We were happy to offer them to her “,
Explains Line Corneau
Over the next two weeks, visitors can admire the over a dozen beautiful, large scale bright floral paintings that were executed by the artist this past summer with the supplies left by the late Mrs Corno.
Gallery Corno: 51 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal, QC H2Y 1Y6
For more details on the gallery please visit: https://cornostudio.com/
Fashion Preview 2018 // Spring Summer Collection
Founded in 2014 by fashion lover and entrepreneur Emanuela Lolli, Fashion Preview is the bi-annual, glamorous, three day fashion event that showcases local Montreal Designers while providing an intimate venue for professionals in the design and fashion realm to network.
This year’s 10th edition will be held from the 9th to the 10th of October in Edifice Wilder – Espace Danse and will welcomed models, fashion designers, photographers, buyers and avid fans alike to come and marvel at the Spring / Summer 2019 collections presented by the over thirty Montreal designers of ready-to-wear clothes and pop-up fashion accessories who will present their collections in an urban setting.
Day 1 Tuesday 9th
CMV X 50
Day 2 – Wednesday 10th
École supérieure de mode de l’ESG UQAM
Les Poupounes de Luxe
Le Valet Cireur
Day 3 – Thursday 11th
LaSalle College | Montreal
MARKANTOINE & Fumile // PE19 // Fashion Preview
Fashion Preview 10th edition:
Édifice Wilder – Atrium & Espace Rouge
1435, rue de Bleury, Montréal
For more info and tickets please visit : Here
The Azrieli Music Prizes Gala Concert at Maison Symphonique.
Next Monday, October 15th, get ready to enjoy a fantastic musical evening with a grand concert under the baton of Maestro Yoav Talmi who will conducts the McGill Chamber Orchestra.
The concert will celebrate new Jewish music by unveiling two world premiere works by the winners of the 2018 Azrieli Music Prizes: Israeli-born composer Avner Dorman and Ottawa-based composer Kelly-Marie Murphy.
The Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) support the creation, performance and celebration of new Jewish Music. They are also the largest international music composition competition in Canada. Every two years, two deserving composers each receive a significant prize package including a $50,000 cash award and a commercial recording release of their music, all supported by a significant promotions campaign.
The evening will be complemented by wonderful performances by soloists Sharon Azrieli (soprano), Canada’s preeminent harp player Erica Goodman, renowned soloist Rachel Mercer (cello) and acclaimed Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John.
The Azrieli Music Prizes Gala Concert
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Maison Symphonique de Montréal
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Flavors and Spice – Cooking class with Suhaila Niazi –
Meet Suhaila Niazi, creative director, fashion designer, retail therapist, event designer and now a specialized chef!
This self-made entrepreneur is the head of Al Shakour design: a made-to-measure label dedicated to designing unique pieces for those who appreciate the finer things.
Inspired by her travels to Asia, Suhaila has teamed up with Atelier de Cuisine Imparat to offer a night of exotic cuisine in her October 18 hands-on cooking class that will allow you to learn cooking basics and discover your inner chef.
Expect a night full of laughs and a heart full of happiness as you learn how to add some spice in your cooking.
On the menu:
- Tomato Spicy Chicken
- The Art of Lentils
October 18 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
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