Cultural events

Language & culture are intertwined and go together, hand in handand as such, we believe that meaningful exchanges extend beyond the scope of language training.

That’s why we organize cultural awareness events on a regular basis: to enable newcomers to share Canadian cultural experiences alongside our volunteers. These field trips and activities have ranged from indigenous eco-tours, to regional landmarks, theatre performances, and museum tours at both the Aga Khan and the ROM.


NMC-CESI is proud to be hosting Mosab Al Nomeiry’s first poetry reading and book signing event here in Canada.

SATURDAY 29th of February 2020
2:00 – 4:30PM

The Cat’s Eye Student Pub & Lounge
150 Charles Street W,
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1K9

Mosab is an established Syrian writer, poet and journalist. He serves as editor and writer for the Al-Jumhuriya platform, an award winning Arabic news outlet, and writes for other Arabic newspapers such as Al-Quds Al Arabi. Mosab is also a published poet with a first collection of poetry out in 2017 and the second on its way. He moved last summer to Toronto as a newcomer.

During this special event, Mosab will be reading from his Arabic poetry volume “The star is clearer in the countryside” (Arabic title: النجم أوضح في القُرى), and signing copies of the book.

A limited number of books will be available for purchase at the event. All sales proceeds will be donated to the Molham Volunteering Team, a group dedicated to providing support to Syrian refugees.

Please note: the event will be in both Arabic and English and lunch will be provided 🙂

For more info, visit the event page on Facebook:



And in the spirit of exchange, we also organize cultural events to introduce the community at UofT to Arab customs and traditions. From the beloved dabké dance to Syrian food, our newcomers have been always proud & happy to showcase their culture to our Canadian volunteers.  


You can read more about some of these events in the press coverage and see some of our best pictures here on this page!


Humber River Indigenous tour

On Saturday September 30th, 2018 we had a unique learning and spiritual experience on the Humber River Indigenous tour (Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tour). Many thanks (Chi Miigwetch) to Alan Colley, the founder of TAET, for the amazing tour and delicious smoked salmon. Also a special thank to Bonnie McElhinny, New College Principal, for organizing this tour for our group and sponsoring it!