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Read our Newsletter "Consul...ting" - October 2015

  • Celebrations for the 205th Anniversary of Mexican  Independence.
  • Mexico plays a major part in the TIFF.
  • Mexican presence at the Hot & Spicy Festival.
  • Presentation of the film El Evangelio de las Maravillas and "In conversation with: Arturo Ripstein and Paz Alicia Garciadiego at Glendon  College.
  • Consulate General Briefs: Desierto, by Mexican filmmaker Jonás Cuarón, wins prize at the TIFF; Guillermo del Toro on Gothic Master Class @ TIFF; "Internationalization Expo" Academic Show at the  University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.
  • Opening of Carlos Amorales' Black Cloud Exhibition at The Power Plant .

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Opening of Carlos Amorales’ Black Cloud Exhibition

The contemporary art work Black Cloud by Mexican artist Carlos Amorales opened on September 25 at the Power Plant, as the main display for this contemporary art gallery’s fall season. On the first day, 5,400 people from the Canadian and Mexican cultural communities visited the exhibition.

The President of the Power Plant’s Board of Directors, John Matheson, and Power Plant Director Gaëtane Verna, highlighted the work of the Mexican artist, made up of 30,000 life-size cuttings of black paper representing ten types of butterflies, which were stuck individually onto the walls and ceilings of the gallery.  According to the artist himself, the work is a three-dimensional composition representing beauty and terror, calm and calamity, the potential for harm, destruction and the irreversible fatality of death.

The work will be exhibited from September 25, 2015 to January 3, 2016. http://www.thepowerplant.org/Exhibitions/2015/Fall-2015/Black-Cloud.aspx


Presentation of the film El Evangelio de las Maravillas and “In conversation with: Arturo Ripstein and Paz Alicia Garciadiego”

On the initiative of the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto and in collaboration with York University’s Glendon College, two academic and cultural events were held on September 17, 2015: “Presentation of the film El Evangelio de las Maravillas” and “In conversation with Arturo Ripstein and Paz Alicia Garcíadiego”, taking advantage of the presence of the Mexican directors at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).



Mexico plays a major part in the TIFF

Mexico played a major part in the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this year, which took place September 10-20, with the screening of 11 Mexican productions or co-productions and the presence of four filmmakers, two producers, two directors and a scriptwriter, including Arturo Ripstein, Julio Hernández Cordón and Paz Alicia Garciadiego.

The 40th edition of the festival took place in various locations and cultural centres around Toronto. This year, the TIFF showed 300 films in two weeks, including the following Mexican films: Arturo Ripstein's Bleak Street (La Calle de la Amargura); Julio Hernández Cordon’s Te Prometo Anarquía (Contemporary World Cinema programme).

The film Desierto by Mexican director Jonás Cuarón took the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) prize in the Special Presentations category.

The FIPRESCI jury was made up of its president Engin Ertan (Turkey), Pierre Pageau (Canada), Francisco Ferreira (Portugal), Kerstin Gezelius (Sweden) and Alissa Simon (USA).


Celebrations for the 205th. Anniversary of Mexican Independence

The Consulate General participated in various activities in Toronto to commemorate the 205th anniversary of the beginning of the struggle for Mexican independence.

- Celebration in Yonge-Dundas Square: The Independence Day Organizing Committee held an outdoor celebration on September 15 in Yonge-Dundas Square.

- Flag-Raising Ceremony at the Parliament of Ontario: The Mexican flag was raised in the gardens of Ontario's Legislative Assembly, in a ceremony attended by Premier Kathleen Wynne, among other members of provincial parliament (MPPs).

Mexican independence celebration: For the third year running, the community of the Davenport District celebrated a "Fiesta Mexicana", on Saturday, September 12 in Earlscourt Park, located in the city's northwest.

- Community celebrations in Winnipeg, Manitoba: The Mexican organization Mex Y Can Association of Manitoba Inc. held an event to commemorate Mexican independence on September 19.


Mexican presence at the Hot & Spicy Festival

Mexican chef María del Carmen Sáenz performed exceptionally well in the Iron Chef Competition, as part of the Hot & Spicy Food Festival held September 4-7 at the Harbourfront Cultural Centre.

For the tenth straight year a Mexican chef has been featured in this important contest; this year it was Chef Sáenz, with the assistance of the Toronto-based Mexican sous-chef Paola Solorzano (head chef at Santo Pecado Mexican Catering), who represented our country, going up against the chef Kai Zyganiuk of Canada's First Nations.


“MexFest” Cultural, Tourism and Culinary Festival

The second edition of the “MexFest” festival, organized by the Mexican Canadian Cultural Council (CCMC) with the support of the Consulate General of Mexico and members of the Mexican community in Toronto, was held Sunday, August 23 in Yonge-Dundas Square, one of the busiest public spaces in the city.




Mexico Promotes a Strong and Competitive North America

Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade visited Toronto on August 22 to attend the North American Forum, which was created to develop a shared vision and understanding of the region between the leaders of Mexico, United States and Canada.




Mexico Pavilion at the Incentive Works Show

The 2015 edition of the Incentive Works tourism fair was held August 18-19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in this city.  As it has for more than 20 years now, the fair featured a Mexico Pavilion, which was opened Tuesday, August 18 by Consul General Mauricio Toussaint and the Director for Canada of Mexico's Tourism Board (CPTM), Rodrigo Esponda.







Performance by Sak Tzevul as part of the Planet IndigenUS Festival 

As part of the Planet IndigenUS festival – the largest contemporary indigenous festival in the world – the Chiapas group Sak Tzevul performed on August 8 and 9, playing original songs in Tzotzil and Spanish and explaining aspects of the traditional culture of the Mayan people with post-modern influences of rock and classical music.



Proyecta 10 000 in Ontario and Manitoba

On July 31, the Consulate General offered a welcome and farewell event for the Mexican recipients of the "Proyecta 10 000” scholarship program. The event brought together 58 members of the Canadian and Mexican educational communities

Mexican Participation at the 2015 Ritmo y Color Festival

Mexico played a major role in the 10th Ritmo y Color Festival, one of Toronto's biggest Latino festivals, which took place at the Harbourfront Centre July 17-19, and included family activities, contemporary dance performances and high-profile musicians playing in a range of genres that displayed the cultural vitality of different local and international communities of Latin America.

Toronto Global Forum: Pan American Edition

The organization International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) presented the Toronto Global Forum: Pan American Edition, with the topic “Creating Opportunities in a Connected World” from July 8 to 10.

The Global Forum featured the presence of political and financial leaders from all over the world, who discussed the uncertainty of the current climate while also expressing their optimism about the future.  The featured speakers included: David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario; John Tory, Mayor of Toronto; Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec; Lisa Raitt, Canada's Minister of Transport; Ed Fast, Canada's Minister of International Trade; Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board of Canada; Shimon Peres, former president and prime minister of Israel; John D. Negroponte, Former US Secretary of State; Luis Almagro Lemes, Secretary General of the OAS; Germán Vargas Lleras, Vice President of Colombia; Alexander Mora, Costa Rica's Minister of Foreign Trade; Andrés Rozental, Eminent Ambassador of Mexico; and the CEOs of various transnational corporations.


Culinary Event at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

A culinary event was held in the context of the traditional dress and textile exhibition “¡Viva México!, Clothing and Culture” at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, featuring the Mexican chefs Arturo Fernández from the restaurant Raíz in the State of Mexico and Jonatán Gómez Luna from the restaurant Le Chique on the Mayan Riviera.  Gómez Luna was the winner of the Iron Chef Competition that formed part of the Hot & Spicy Festival at the Harbourfront Cultural Centre in July 2012.






Successful Mexican Music program at Toronto 2015 Pan American Games

As part of the cultural program of contemporary artistic expression for the Toronto Pan American and 2015 Parapan American Games, “PANAMANIA”, Lila Downs performed at Nathan Philips Square (the city's central square), in the first of a series of concerts offered by seven Mexican acts, including Café Tacuba (July 22) and Torreblanca (July 18), as well as Mexican artists living in Canada such as Amanda Martínez, Quique Escamilla and The Mariachi Ghost, who were among the 1,300 artists who offered free concerts at PANAMANIA.




Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray with Traditional Mexican Costume from the Textile Museum of Canada

The Textile Museum of Canada (TMC) in Toronto is exhibiting 50 photographs showing the attire, personality and history of Frida Kahlo, taken by Nickolas Muray during a trip he made to Mexico in May 1931.

The photographic exhibition will be open to the public from June 10 to September 7, 2015. Also on display will be a collection of 30 Mexican textiles owned by the museum, including blouses, huipiles, bags and rebozos from the 19th and 20th centuries.

This is the first time that this exhibition has been presented in Canada. The TMC is one of this country's biggest textile museums, and will also be participating very actively in the cultural events organized independently by different cultural institutions on the occasion of the 2015 Pan American Games, with Mexico as a central theme of its participation.


The Tercerunquinto Collective's "Mine" Exhibition at The Power Plant Art Gallery

Mexico's Tercerunquinto Collective is presenting an exhibition of contemporary art titled "Mine", to be held at The Power Plant Art Gallery from June 20 to September 7, 2015.

Two members of the Tercerunquinto Collective, Gabriel Cazares Salas and Rolando Flores Tovar, will be here in Toronto for the set-up and opening of this exhibition.

The project developed by the Collective reveals the connection between architecture, sculpture and urban development, while questioning the limits between public space and private space by examining the socially established barriers that define those limits.


¡VIVA MÉXICO! Clothing and Culture Exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum

The  traditional costume and textile exhibition “¡Viva México! Clothing and Culture” at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto is open to the public from May 9,2015 to May 23,2016.

The exhibition, featuring 150 textile pieces –including costumes and dresses, rebozos, huipiles, ponchos and religious ornaments– made in Mexico since the 18th century.

This collection is equal in importance to similar collections at the Franz Mayer museum in Mexico and the Victoria and Albert and British Museums in London.

More information: www.rom.on.ca


Aeroméxico begins operating flights between Mexico and Toronto

Aeroméxico and Mexico's Tourism Board (CPTM, for its initials in Spanish) in Toronto held a press conference on May 5 to formally announce the airline's introduction of flight operations on the Toronto - Mexico City route.  The first flight left Mexico City on May 4 at 1:01 a.m. and arrived in Toronto at 6:36 a.m.

The media conference was led by the Chief Revenue Officer of Aeroméxico, Anko van der Werff; Vice President, Aviation Services for the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, Craig Bradbrook; Toronto Convention & Visitors Association Executive Vice President Andrew Weir; and the Consul General of Mexico in Toronto, Mauricio Toussaint.

The Consul General meets Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Ontario's Lieutenant Governor, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, met with Amb. Mauricio Toussaint, Consul General of Mexico and Dean of the Consular Corps of Toronto, on April 24, 2015.






FIFA Women's Soccer World Cup 2015 launch event

On the invitation of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the Consul General attended the launch event for the FIFA Women's Soccer World Cup, to be held in Canada from June 6 to July 5, 2015, at which the trophy was exhibited.

The Mexican team is in Group F, and will compete in the first round with the selections from Colombia, England and France.



Mexico Pavilion at the SIAL Canada Food Show

The SIAL Canada Salon International de l’Alimentation was held at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto from April 28 to 30.  Ten Mexican companies participated in the Mexico pavilion, set up by ProMéxico.

The pavilion was opened by the Consul General, Amb. Mauricio Toussaint, in the presence of César Bueno, ProMéxico's representative in Toronto and Beatriz Marroquín, ProMéxico's Assistant Director for International Events for North America, as well as the show's directors, exhibitors and the public.





Mexico takes part in the Hot Docs Documentary Festival

The Mexican documentary Retratos de una Búsqueda, directed by Alicia Calderón, will be presented at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, which will take place April 23 to May 3 in Toronto.

The documentary will be screened Saturday, April 25 at 9:45 p.m.(Scotiabank Theatre); Monday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m. (TIFF Bell Light Box) and Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. www.hotdocs.ca



Successful Mexican participation at the 15th. edition of the AluCine Festival

Mexico was well represented at the 15th edition of the aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival, which took place from April 2 to April 5 at Jackman Hall and Beaver Hall in Toronto.







Mexico participates in the 2015 PDAC Mining Convention and Trade Show

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) mining convention and trade show was held in Toronto from March 1 to March 4. PDAC is a global meeting point for mining service developers, producers and explorers.





“Las Mañanitas: A Baroque High Mass in New Spain" Concert

The Tallis Choir presented the concert “Las Mañanitas: A Baroque High Mass in New Spain” at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Toronto on Saturday, February 28, to an audience of around 300.

The concert recreated the festivities that took place on December 12, 1650 at the Cathedral of Puebla in honour of the Virgin of Guadalupe .




26th. Meeting of Ambassadors and Consuls - January 2015

Seniors Mexican diplomats from around the world met at the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City on January 7 to 9, 2015.

The objective of the 26th Meeting of Ambassadors and Consuls was to discuss priorities, progress and challenges in the area of foreign policy. Taking part in the meeting were Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade, four undersecretaries from the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs  (for North America, Latin America, Foreign Affairs and Multilateral Affairs & Human Rights), secretaries of state, heads of federal government departments and decentralized agencies and state governors.


November. Day of the Dead Celebration at the Harbourfront Centre

On November 8 and 9, the Harbourfront Centre hosted their annual  Day of the Dead celebration in collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto. Hundreds of people came to participate in the festival, which included altars to the dead, music, folkloric dance, films, children’s workshops and stalls selling food and handicrafts.

Don’t miss Verónica Valerio’s Canadian debut. She will be performing a special Day of the Dead repertoire based on folklore and tradition. Her original compositions are influenced by Mexican traditions and contemporary genres, perfect for this day of celebration.

For more information: www.harbourfrontcentre.com


September. Big celebration for the 204th Anniversary of Mexican Independence

On September 13, as has happened every year for the past two decades, the festivities for the 204th Anniversary of Mexican Independence were held in Nathan Phillips Square, the site of Toronto’s City Hall, with an attendance of around 2,500 people.

The event was coordinated by the Comité Organizador de las Fiestas Patrias (Independence Day Organizing Committee) and the Consulate General of Mexico.




September. Mexico’s successful participation in the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

The 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was held September 4-14 and included the screening of four films with Mexican participation. The first was Los años de Fierro (“The Years of Fierro”), directed and produced by the Mexicans Santiago Esteinou and Alejandro Durán, respectively. The other three were co-productions: Dólares de Arena (“Sand Dollars”) by Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán (Mexico/Dominican Republic/Argentina); Jauja by Lisandro Alonso (Mexico/Denmark/USA/Argentina) and Night Noon by Shambhavi Kaul (Mexico/USA).

August. Hot & Spicy Festival

On August 16-17, Mexico will be an important participant at the Hot & Spicy Food Festival at the Harbourfront Centre, where for the ninth year in a row, a Mexican chef will compete in the international Iron Chef contest.




August. MexFest 2014

MexFest 2014 will begin on August 7 in Toronto. The ten-day festival, organized by the Mexican Canadian Cultural Council (MCCC), celebrates diverse expressions of Mexican culture through a variety of events.

August. Celebraton of the 204th Anniversary of Mexican Independence

The Consul General of Mexico in Toronto Mauricio Toussaint will give the traditional “Cry of Independence” at the commemorative ceremony for the festival celebrating the 204th anniversary of Mexico’s independence. The Consul was invited by the Organizing Committee of the Fiestas Patrias (Patriotic Holidays) to participate in the ceremony.

In keeping with tradition, the festival will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 12 to 8 pm in Nathan Philips Square, in front of Toronto’s City Hall.


July. Sanatorium exhibition opens

On june 27 the Power Plant gallery in Toronto opened its summer season with three important exhibitions, including the installation "Sanatorium" by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes.

Reyes installation is a clinic offering short therapy sessions to cure the various ills associated with urban life. Just as with a real clinic, visitors speak with a receptionist who determines what type of therapy would meet their needs.


July. Mexico participates in Canada Day at Harbourfront Centre

Mexico took part in events celebreting Canada Day and the 40th. anniversary of the Harbourfront Cultural Centre from June 27 to July1.

Thanks to the collaboration of the Consulate General of Mexico, the Mexico Tourism Board and the Harbourfront Centre, the mexican clown dance company Triciclo Rojo performed their show The Washbasin Poet (Poeta de Lavabo) to a large and enthusiastic audience.


June 2014. Toronto celebrates 40 anniversary of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program

At an emotional ceremony in Toronto on June 11, Mexican workers, local farmers, and officials from the Canadian government and the Consulate General of Mexico celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Mexico-Canada Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) in Ontario.  Other attendees included SAWP representatives from the Caribbean, academics, members of the Mexican community interested in the program, and members of the media.


The Institute for Mexicans Abroad and famous Mexican painter and sculptor Fernando Andriacci welcome your participation to the annual This is my Mexico Drawing Contest. This year we invite you to create a drawing about "Children's Rights", in celebration with the 25th Anniversary of the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child.

February 19 2014, Canada-Mexico Joint Statement

At the invitation of President Enrique Peña Nieto, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made his first Official Visit to Mexico on February 17 - 18, 2014. The visit occurred in the context of the 70th anniversary of Canada-Mexico diplomatic relations, the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the 10th anniversary of the Canada-Mexico Partnership.

January 28 2014, MiConsulmex, the consular services app for Mexicans, is now available in Canada

Undersecretary for North America Sergio Alcocer and Mexican Ambassador to Canada Francisco Suarez Davila presented in Ottawa the version for Canada of MiConsulmex, the consular services smartphone app of the Government of Mexico. The announcement took place as part of the celebrations for the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relationship between Mexico and Canada.

January 20 2014, Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade makes a working visit to Washington

Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade met on January 17 in Washington, D.C. with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird.

November 15 2013,Day of the Dead Celebration at the Harbourfront Centre

On November 9 and 10, the Harbourfront Centre hosted their annual  Day of the Dead celebration in collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto. Hundreds of people came to participate in the festival, which included altars to the dead, music, folkloric dance, films, children’s workshops and stalls selling food and handicrafts.

September 11 2013,Celebration of the 203rd anniversary of Mexican Independence

The Consulate General and the Organizing Committee of the Fiestas Patrias (Patriotic Holidays) will hold the Independence day festival on Saturday September 14, from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m., in Nathan Philips Square (Toronto City Hall). At 6pm the Consul General of Mexico in Toronto, Mauricio Toussaint will give the traditional Cry of Independence at the ceremony commemorating the 203rd anniversary of Mexican Independence.

September 04 2013,Mexican Films at the Toronto International Film Festival

The Mexican Films at the Toronto International Film Festival are: Club Sandwich,The Mayor, Paradise and The Amazing Catfish. The Mexican directors will attend the festival.

August 28 2013,Mexico at the Hot & Spicy Festival

Mexico will have a significant presence at this year's Hot & Spicy Festival and international Iron Chef competition, taking place at the Harbourfront Centre from August 30 to September 2. Thanks to support from the Consulate General, one of the four participants in the 10th annual Iron Chef competition will be Mexican chef Betty Vázquez, from Nayarit, who will go head to head with chefs from Canada, the United States and Ecuador.

August 26, 2013,Consul General Toussaint inaugurates a new Mexican restaurant in Toronto

On July 23, Consul General Mauricio Toussaint inaugurated the Distillery District's El Catrin restaurant.El Catrin is the first Mexican restaurant to open in the Distillery District, a unique area filled with galleries and gourmet restaurants located in east Toronto, near the lakeshore.Mexican chef Olivier Le Calvez brings his 24 years of experience preparing authentic Mexican cuisine as well as incorporating elements of French, Asian and fusion cuisine to El Catrin.

August 23, 2013,Mexico at the Ritmo y Color Festival

The Mexican electronic group 3BALLMTY gave a stellar show on July 6 at the Harbourfront Centre's Ritmo y Color Festival.Their performance on the outdoor WestJet stage drew an audience of over 3,000 people, surpassing the organizers' expectations. The crowd was mainly made up of young people from around the world who are fans of tribal music.

July 03, 2013,The New Ambassador of Mexico Presents his Letters of Credentials

The Ambassador of Mexico to Canada, Francisco Suárez Dávila, presented the Governor General of Canada David Johnston with credentials accrediting him as the Mexican Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Canada.
The ceremony was held at Rideau Hall, the Governor General´s official residence in Ottawa.

June 05, 2013,Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative visits SAWP work sites

The Director General for North America from Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ana Luisa Fájer Flores, visited Dutchmaster Nurseries LTD, accompanied by Consul General Mauricio Toussaint; Tadeo Berjón Molinares, who is responsible for Protection and for the Canada-Mexico Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) at the Consulate General; and Ramiro Navarro Maldonado from the SAWP office.

May 02, 2013, Jordi Mariscal's "Cinnamon" triumphs at TIFF Kids 2013

Mexican filmmaker Jordi Mariscal's "Cinnamon" (Canela), which is part of the Consulate's Cultural Promotion Program, won the Young People's Jury Award for 8-10 year olds at the prestigious 2013 TIFF Kids International Film Festival.



July 15, Scholarships for Foreign Students in 2013. The Directorate General of Educational and The Directorate General of Educational and Cultural Cooperation of the Foreign Ministry (SRE) has announced that it has opened the Call for Applications for scholarships from the government of Mexico for foreign students for 2013.

January 23, 16th Children Drawing Contest “This is my Mexico”. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, by means of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, invites all children around the world between 7 and 11 years old, to participate in the 16th Children Drawing Contest “This is my Mexico”.


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