Upcoming Events

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March

2024

On-line
Bridge Club



The Bridge Club meets every Monday.  This is a fun relaxing way to learn to play Bridge or to sharpen your skills.  

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March

2023

On-line & In-Person
GBCRA Book Club

The GBCRA book club meets the last Friday of each month.  A book list will be released soon

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February

2024

On-line
Loire Valley

We are pleased to announce our latest online travel package that takes you on a wondrous journey through the French countryside. Join Mariana Armburu on her five-day train trip through the Loire Valley, where you will be able to experience the hidden treasures of the region's chateaux, learn about the best wine France has to offer, and explore the charming villages that make the French countryside a fairy tale destination.

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March

2024

In Person
Three Sisters - Reimagined 

Join us on March 13 for a matinee performance at Soulpepper Theatre for a reimagining and premiere of Anton Chekov's classic "Three Sisters" an exploration of colonialism & a fight for emancipation through the lens of a family and love. A year has passed since their father died but three sisters – Lolo, Nne Chukwu and Udo – still grapple with his loss. What’s more, they’re stuck in a small village in Owerri, Nigeria and are longing to return to the cosmopolitan city of their birth, Lagos. What they don’t know is that the Biafran Civil War is about to erupt and change their lives and their country. Optional Lunch, 

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April

2024

In Person
Curious Minds  

On Monday April 15th from 1:00 - 3:00 PM please join us for an unforgettable afternoon lecture led by renowned producer Michael Rubinoff, the mastermind behind the Canadian Music Theatre Project and the global sensation, Come From Away. Delve into the world of Broadway as we celebrate the remarkable talents of Averil Headley and Hugh Jackman, two icons who have graced both the Toronto and Broadway stages with their unparalleled performances. Be prepared to be mesmerized by clips showcasing their incredible talent, while gaining valuable insights into the artistry of these legends from none other than Michael Rubinoff himself.  Please note that we will be purchasing tickets on April 2nd, so don't delay!
Join us at noon for a "pay your own" lunch 

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May

2024

In Person
Twelfth Night

Stratford Festival

 Our first trip to Stratford is scheduled for May 14th, where we will see the mesmerizing production of Twelfth Night. For your convenience, bus transportation will be arranged departing from the Intercontinental Hotel on Front Street at 10AM  Following the performance, we will return to The Intercontinental by 7:00 PM. Make sure not to miss this incredible experience! 

Tickets must be purchased by March 22, 2024

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June

2024

In Person
AGO Exhibit Tour & Lunch

GBCRA will be visiting the Art Gallery of Ontario on June 18th for an exhibition exploring the ways that French artist James Tissot depicted modern women during the late 19th century. The exhibition features two of the AGO's most popular Tissot paintings, accompanied by over 40 works on paper. Through these works, we can witness the contrast of the period, where the rapid pace of modernity, is juxtaposed with the restricted pace of women's daily lives, which involved among other things waiting to find a husband. Optional guided tour of the gallery and optional "pay your own lunch".

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August

2024

In Person
Tall Ships Cruise

In the Planning Stages

The George Brown Retirees' Association  announces our upcoming summer activity aboard Toronto's 1930's 3 masted schooner. Join us for a delightful lunch at the Harbourfront Centre overlooking Lake Ontario before embarking on a 2-hour cruise on the vintage vessel. Experience the beauty of Toronto's islands and skyline while connecting with former colleagues. This unique opportunity blends social engagement and learning in a picturesque setting. We look forward to welcoming you aboard for a memorable afternoon on the high seas.

Check back soon for details

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October

2024

In Person
Les Cage Aux Folles

Stratford Festival

 Join us for our second trip to the  Stratford Festival on Tuesday, October 1st. This is a unique opportunity for you to reconnect with former colleagues, and immerse yourself in the internationally acclaimed performance of Le Cage Aux Folles. As a valued member of GBCRA, we have secured 15 prime A seats at a special rate of 113.00 (tax included) just for you and your guests. Additionally, you can look forward to an optional pre-performance "meet and greet" session where you can mingle with fellow attendees and get a sneak peek into the play. To ensure you don't miss out on this exceptional experience, we urge you to reserve your seats early. Simply secure your spot at no cost, $30.00 due at the end of June, and full payment not due until August 16th.
For added convenience, round trip bus fare from Toronto to Stratford can also be arranged for 38.55 (tax included,) making your day stress-free and seamless. 

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October

2024

In Person
Daily Bread Food Bank

Planning Stages

GBCRA returns  for our third volunteer shift at the Daily Bread Food Bank. As we approach Thanksgiving, a time of reflection and gratitude, we are reminded of the importance of giving back to our community, especially to those facing food insecurity. We invite all retired George Brown College employees to join us for a 3-hour volunteer shift at the Daily Bread Food Bank. Your participation will not only make a difference in the lives of those in need but also exemplify our shared values of compassion and community support. After the volunteer shift, we will come together for a post-event social gathering at a local pub. It will be a wonderful opportunity to connect, share stories, and enjoy a burger and brew in good company. Let's make this Thanksgiving season even more meaningful by coming together to give back. Your presence and support are truly valued.  

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November

2024

In Person & Online
Arts and Auction on the Avenue

Planning Stages

The month of November, is dedicated to raising funds for our two student scholarship funds. One of the highlights of this month is our  annual auction, which will span several weeks. The auction will kick off online and culminate in a live event at the historic  Helliconian Club in Yorkville. This grand finale will feature a live music concert, an art show, and of course, the auction. At the George Brown Retirees' Association, we are shifting our focus towards gathering exhilarating experiences rather than material goods for this auction. This event promises to be a memorable afternoon filled with entertainment, artistry, and the opportunity to support a noble cause. We invite all retired employees of George Brown College who are passionate about supporting students through scholarships to join us at the Helliconian Club for this special occasion. 

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November

2024

On-line
The Philosophy and Psychology of Courage
Planning Stages 

In honour of Remembrance Day, we invite you to join us for a lecture on the profound themes of honour and valor. This enlightening session will delve into the historical significance of honour by exploring remarkable acts of courage and determination both on and off the battlefield. It will reflect on the selfless acts of individuals who have uplifted the lives of others by prioritizing service over personal desires.  learners.

We encourage you to join us and be part of this enlightening journey that celebrates the essence of honour and valor in shaping our lives and society. Let's come together to learn, connect, and make a difference.  

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December

2024

On-line
GBCRA Annual General Meeting

Planning Stages

You are  invited to attend our 9th Annual General Meeting.  The meeting will commence with a business session led by the Board of Directors, offering insights into the Association's operations over the past year. This is your chance to be updated on our progress and contribute your thoughts.  Remember, should you wish to address any additional items, kindly submit them at least 7 days in advance for consideration. Following the business segment, we have an exciting online presentation lined up for your enjoyment. It's an opportunity to learn, connect, and share in the camaraderie of our fellow retirees. Your active participation is vital in shaping the future of our Association.  Let's make this meeting a success together! Looking forward to seeing you there! 

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December

2024

On-line
Redemption on the Silver Screen 

Planning Stages

Join us for an engaging discussion on the captivating theme of redemption in movies! From the classic tales of "Gran Torino" to the heartwarming stories of "Good Will Hunting" and "The Shawshank Redemption," we will delve into how these films explore the essence of redemption and its relevance in our lives. As former employees of George Brown College, you are invited to reconnect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for cinema and meaningful discussions. Our association offers a unique platform for retired individuals to come together, engage in social activities, and support students through scholarship fundraising initiatives. Let's explore how the redeeming spirit portrayed in movies resonates with our own experiences and beliefs.