Posts Tagged ‘Polish Consulate in Toronto’

After months of planning and collaborating, we’re excited to finally tell you about an exhibition we have put together along with the Polish Consulate in Toronto and the Film Museum in Łódź.

On September 1st, 2011 the cinematic world of Krzysztof Kieślowski (director of such masterpieces as Oscar nominated the Three Colours Trilogy, Decalogue and The Double Life of Véronique) is coming to Toronto.

Marking the 70th anniversary of his birth and the 15th anniversary of his death, the Film Museum in Łódź along with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto and YouNxt proudly present the North American premiere of Kieślowski in Posters: The Films of Krzysztof Kieślowski in World Film Posters.

The collection consists of film posters from countries such as: Spain, Italy, Israel, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Poland. Its travelled the world and in September will debut in Canada during the Toronto International Film Festival.

On loan from the Film Museum in Łódź for a limited engagement in the epicenter of Toronto’s film festival action, the exhibition will be on display at the Steam Whistle Gallery from September 1-10 and subsequently at the Metro Hall Rotunda from September 12-17. Admission is free.

Anyone with an appreciation for stunning classic and retro movie posters is invited to view the exhibition and attend the opening reception on Wednesday, August 31 from 7pm – 11pm at Steam Whistle Gallery.

Complete details are available on our EVENTS PAGE

Hope to see you all at the OPENING RECEPTION!!!


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Ontario Minister of Revenue Sophia Aggelonitis and Ontario PC Finance Critic Norm Miller with members of YouNxt and the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce.

Recently YouNxt along with the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Garden Reception in the beautiful garden of the Polish Consulate in Toronto. The location overlooks the city skyline from across Lake Ontario and is really one of the most magnificent Consular spots in the country. If you’ve never visited the Consulate, we highly recommend it.

Toronto skyline as seen from the garden of the Polish Consulate

With Chopin’s music providing the soundtrack nearly one hundred business leaders, entrepreneurs and young professionals mixed and mingled to make some fruitful connections.

We were also very fortunate to be joined by some very distinguished guests and speakers including Ontario Minister of Revenue, the Honourable Sophia Aggelonitis, Ontario PC Finance Critic Norm Miller, Senior Trade Commissioner of the Republic of Poland Wlodzimierz Leszczynski, the President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto Christian Frayssignes and “Canada’s Sales Coach” Tom Stoyan.

On hand was also Vice-Consul Wojciech Dziegiel to pass along greetings from our host the Consul General Marek Ciesielczuk.

Minister Sophia Aggelonitis

Ontario PC Finance Critic Norm Miller

Vice-Consul Wojciech Dziegiel

"Canada's Sales Coach" Tom Stoyan

Director of YouNxt Filip Terlecki

The aim of the Garden Reception is to provide business leaders and young professionals with the opportunity to meet and hear from Government Officials and to network with leaders and entrepreneurs from various industries. The event always attracts a diverse professional crowd including those breaking ground in social media, business and arts & culture.

Many thanks to Peter Calak from the Gravity Bureau for snapping the great photos. And, most importantly, thanks to you for delighting us with your presence.

The Gravity Bureau Inc. crew

Greetings from Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty

Greeting from Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak

If you didn’t have an opportunity to attend but would like to next year, please drop us an email at younxt@gmail.com in order to find out how you can be part of the event.

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The President of the Polish Promotional Emblem Foundation Mr. Krzysztof Przybyl with YouNxt at Toronto's Distillery District

This past weekend YouNxt hosted the President of the Polish Promotional Emblem Foundation Mr. Krzysztof Przybyl who travelled to Toronto to discuss details of an exciting new initiative.

For two decades the foundation has been at the forefront of recognizing the best in Polish products and services by recognizing them with the “Poland Now” (Teraz Polska) emblem.  

"Poland Now" (Teraz Polska) Awards Gala

The "Poland Now" (Teraz Polska) Emblem

YouNxt along with the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce and the Polish Consulate are collaborating with the Polish Promotional Emblem Foundation and hosting  the “Wybitny Polak” (Outstanding Pole) contest in Canada.

Mr. Krzysztof Przybyl with members of YouNxt, the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce and the Polish Consulate in Toronto

The contest recognizes the achievements of the most outstanding Pole in Poland and abroad. The contest takes place under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland.  

Past winners of the contest have been Wojciech Kilar and Dr. Hilary Koprowski.  

Wojciech Kilar is a world renowned pianist and composer who has worked on films such as: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (directed by Francis Ford Coppola), The Pianist (directed by Roman Polanski) and most recently, We Own the Night (starring Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall and Eva Mendes).

Dr. Hilary Koprowski is a Polish virologist and immunologist and the inventor of the world’s first effective live polio vaccine.

Stay tuned for more information about the contest.

Mr. Krzysztof Przybyl discusses the Polish Promotional Emblem Foundation with Polish TV Host Wojciech Sniegowski

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Yesterday afternoon the Polish Consulate in Toronto hosted a glamorous Gala Concert to commemorate Polish Independence Day and Canada’s Remembrance Day (both of which occur on November 11th)

The concert, which took place downtown, Toronto in the Churchill Salon of the Delta Chelsea Hotel was performed by the Toronto Sinfonietta Orchestra and conducted by Music Director Matthew Jaskiewicz.

Over 300 special guests watched as featured performers Clarinetist Kornel Wolak, Violinist Ewa Sas and Pianist Jacqueline Mokrzewski dazzled the audience with their breathtaking musical talents.

YouNxt was delighted to be involved as Filip Terlecki (YouNxt Director) acted as Master of Ceremonies.

Following the concert guests were treated to a wonderful reception. Below are some of the photos with more on our Facebook page.

Clarinetist Kornel Wolak, Music Director Matthew Jaskiewicz and the Toronto Sinfonietta Orchestra in rehearsal

Pianist Jacqueline Mokrzewski performs works by Fryderyk Chopin

Maestro Matthew Jaskiewicz and the Toronto Sinfonietta receive a standing ovation

Violinist Ewa Sas with Guest

Pianist Jacqueline Mokrzewski

Clarinetist Kornel Wolak with actresses Maria Nowotarska (left) and Agata Pilitowska

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It’s been a hectic few weeks and we have the photos to prove it!

Over the last while members of YouNxt have taken part in a number of networking and cultural events all over the city. We’ll be rolling out the photos on our blog and Facebook page so keep an eye out.

In the meantime here are some photos from an event which took part last night. Members of YouNxt were invited to a special networking reception at the Polish Consulate in Toronto on the occasion of the official visit to Canada of Poland’s Northern Chamber of Commerce to promote business and trade relations between Poland and Canada.

As always there was great food, great wine and lots of productive conversation.

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Art Square Galley and Café

In the mood for art, coffee and crêpes?

On Thursday, September 30th between 7pm and 10pm drop by the Art Square Gallery for the Opening reception of ArtPolonica TWO: “IN – LINE – OUT” 

This is the second annual exhibit presented by PolishedARTS and the Polish Consulate in Toronto dedicated to building Canadian awareness of contemporary Polish artists. This year, ART POLONICA TWO celebrates drawing as an art form.

Created by: Polish Artist Henryk Czesnik

The exhibit brings together eleven exceptional established as well as emerging artists from Poland and Canada who have used drawing to explore the world around them. They have done this in ways that capture everyday life in both abstract and self-expressive fashions.

Participating artists from Poland include: Anna Bem-Borucka, Henryk Czesnik, Kazimierz Kalkowski, Maria Targonska, Ewa Juszkiewicz and from Canada: Lilian Lampert, Janusz Bartul, Maya Foltyn, Adam Kolodziej, Wiktor Zajkowski-Gad and Veronika Szkudlarek.

"The women were in the back of the truck" by Veronika Szkudlarek

ArtPolonica I at the Art Square Gallery

ArtPolonica I at the Art Square Gallery

The exhibition starts today and runs until October 10th. The gallery is open from 10am to 11pm.

The Art Square Gallery (334 Dundas St West, Toronto) is located directly across from the AGO. And aside from its great art work it features a café where you can try their famous profiteroles  (four cream-filled pastry puffs covered in rich organic chocolate sauce), decadent truffles (made using 100% dark chocolate as a base and featuring saffron, citrus zests, tea, and vodka) rich coffee and mouth-watering crêpes.

Definitely a great place to check out and comes highly recommended!

For more on the café check out this great write-up on BlogTO.

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Honourable Peter Van Loan (centre) with members of YouNxt, the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce and the Polish-Canadian Community

Aside from organizing some pretty cool social and cultural events that provide invaluable networking opportunities and a chance to experience Polish culture, YouNxt aims to give young professionals an unprecedented chance at meeting political leaders and the business elite.

The aim is to help young adults grow in their personal lives and professional careers by giving them a chance to learn from the best and brightest. 

Additionally, YouNxt gives young professionals a great opportunity to play an active part in improving this country by having them provide their input to the people who call the shots.

Recently, YouNxt and the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce along with the Polish Consulate in Toronto organized a meeting with Canada’s Minister of International Trade, the Honourable Peter Van Loan.

Mr. Van Loan was on hand to provide insight into the ongoing free trade negotiations between Canada and the European Union which according to a Canada/EU study would benefit Canada by $12 billion by 2014.

For young entrepreneurs looking to make their mark in the near future, this agreement, once finalized, could potentially present some fantastic opportunities.

So whether you’re an up and coming business guru, fashion designer, hot shot lawyer or the next Mark Zuckerberg – pay attention and get involved.

Consul General Marek Ciesielczuk with the Honourable Peter Van Loan

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