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High Park Rocks

Winter is descending. Time to think about getting back on the ice — at the High Park Club. It’s an institution in the High Park neighbourhood, one of the oldest curling clubs in the city. It celebrated its centennial back in 2011. Check out this video, created by students at Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic High School (just click on the image). Then visit the club at 100 Indian Rd.  

What we do at Back Lane

  • Teach students to make “CityShorts” — documentaries with a focus on local neighbourhoods.
  • Offer in-school photography programs for kids. Grade 5-6 students at Kensington Community School recently completed a Project Kids & Cameras course.  Their work will be on show in January at Ideal Coffee in Kensington market.
  • Hold  filmmaking and photo classes for kids at our studio. Check out our winter programs. 
  • Hold  free workshops for seniors interested in telling their stories on video. We thank the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors Program for funding these programs. New sessions start in January at our studio. Want to learn more? Go to our programs page. Call or email us!

Photo Camps for PD Day

Something fun to do for Friday, Jan. 19 and Friday, Feb. 16! 

Suraya, 11

Our photography instructor, Diana Nazareth is offering special one-day digital camera workshops for kids 9-13 at our Roncesvalles studio. We supply the cameras and the kids get to print out their favourite photos.  The workshops run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read more about the program on our Kids and Cameras page.     

A Testimonial: Here’s what Kensington Community School teacher Brenda Dalglish had to say about the Kids and Camera workshop provided by Diana and filmmaker Jordan McTavish last fall: “The photography program with Diana and Jordan was, without a doubt, the best activity my junior students have participated in.”

Our Next Fundraising Screening:  

An Afternoon with Elizabeth Smart (1913-1986) 

Sunday, Jan. 21, 4 p.m. at the Revue Cinema

Elizabeth Smart

When filmmaker Maya Gallus read Canadian author Elizabeth Smart’s slim prose poem By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, she decided she had to make a documentary about Smart, her life and art.  An engaging speaker, Maya will introduce her film and take part in a discussion as part of our Extraordinary Women series at the Revue Cinema, Sunday, Jan. 21, 4 p.m.  Smart’s story is certainly unusual. She was born into a wealthy, conservative Ottawa family in 1913, escaped to a bohemian lifestyle and embarked on a tumultuous 18-year affair with British poet George Barker.   By Grand Central Station is a raw, impassioned chronicle of their love, described by writer Angela Carter as “Madame Bovary blasted by lightning.” First published in 1945, it gradually gained recognition as a masterpiece of poetic prose and was reissued in the late 1960s.  

Buy tickets in advance for only $13 on Eventbrite.   $15 general; $13 Revue members, seniors.

To read more about Smart and her work, go to our Extraordinary Women section. 

Our studio is located at 9 Neepawa Ave. in the heart of Roncesvalles Village. Contact us at info@backlanestudios.ca or call 647-313-1654.