Practical support for Sadaf Foroughi

Shahr-e-Farang rescue

Countdown: 09 days left.

Write your cheque, payable to “Sadaf Foroughi” and add in the subject line “shahr-e farang ransom contribution” 

Deliver or mail to Queen Gallery ; 373 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, M5A1T2 

or make an E-transfer trough your online banking by emailing to


Friends of Sadaf Foroughi c/o Queen Gallery

373 Queen Street East Toronto, Ontario M5A 1T2

August 17, 2014

Dear Arts and Activist Community,

You may be aware of the frustrating case of Canada Customs’ impounding of a Canada Council-funded artwork created by Sadaf Foroughi. For the backgrounder, please refer to these articles by

Now Magazine:


CBC Radio: being-destroyed-by-canadian-customs/

On the left is Sadaf’s rendering of the machine, called a shahr-e-farang. The artist is appropriating a traditional Persian peep show device, of French origin. Mozafaredin Shah famously imported the first shahr-e-farang to Iran, from the 1900 Paris World Fair. He also had an abiding interest in cinema, which he introduced to Iran. One such early shahr-e-farang is shown on the right. Note their allusion to architectural monuments. Read More »

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One Thousand and One Nights

August 12- August 30, 2014
Tuesday – Wednesday – Friday 11:30 am–6:30 pm
Thursday 1:30-8:30 pm
Saturday 3:30-6:30 pm
Sunday & Monday by appointment only

Opening reception:
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 6:30-9:00 pm

Queen Gallery, 373 Queen Street East, Toronto M5A 1T2

Cost: Free




Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Queen Gallery along with artists and collectors and friends of Queen Gallery.
Solo exhibition of beautiful artworks by Maryam Hafizirad.
Witness the Birth of Rumi Café as one of the highlights of the event along with live music by talented Iranian musicians Sara Ahmadieh and Nima Ahmadieh and Siavash Sadr Mahdavi (Rhythm & Vibes).

 Maryam Hafizirad Says:
Every great achievement began in the mind of those who dared to dream and to believe that it was possible. I have been outstandingly lucky to find and nurture my talent with the help of my parents who have always believed in me and encouraged me to achieve my best. Their sacrifices and support have helped me to see myself as a fully capable person, “a whole being” who strongly believes that everyone is able to go beyond any limitations by perseverance and handwork.
In Iran, my home country, there are numerous obstacles for people with disabilities. Those hinders motivated me to use/apply rather dull and dark colors in my works.

feel the RHYTHM feel the VIBES
Rhythm and Vibes was formed by two talented Persian musicians in Toronto. Nima (guitar, back vocal, composer) and his sister Sara (vocals, harmonica, piano, lyrics) started to play some of their favorite songs together. After a while Siavash, Nima’s childhood friend, joined them to add the element of RHYTHM to the band. Later they began to write their original songs and to create a unique style.
The sounds of these three talented musicians creates a VIBE that only you can discover for yourself.
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Queen Gallery Poetry Night

Queen Gallery Poetry Night is an open–stage night of music and poetry on the last Tuesday of every month (with some exceptions, check the event dates).

Bring your poetry, music and friends and share your art with us at the wonderful Queen Gallery.

The event is free, but we will pass the hat and would be happy to receive your generous donations.

Any style of poetry and music in any language is welcome.

If you write or perform in a language other than English, you might offer translations or an explanation in English.

Our host for these series of poetry nights is Darlene Collison.

For future events please click here: EVENTS

For any questions or suggestions you can contact :

Darlene Collison in Facebook

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Rumi Café

Coming Soon!