Monday, November 29, 2010

Bennie and Olive Sale!!!!! Shop local!

Please come visit us on Saturday, December 4th or Sunday, December 5th from 11am-6pm in Studio 303 of the Case Goods Warehouse in the Distillery District. As always, we have tons of great gift items to help you wrap up (or start!) your holiday shopping.

Check out our website to do some pre-sale browsing

If you can't make it to the sale, you can order from the website. Shipping is free!!

Hope to see you there!
Jen Forrest
Bennie and Olive

55 Mill Street
Building #74, Studio #303

Bennie and Olive
65 Scadding Ave, PH23
Toronto ON
M5A 4L1
Phone: 416-301-1903

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Anna Williats- Sunday Night Rise Up (Arts Related) events postings

Hi here they are for this week.

Creating the Sex We Want - Hosted by OCADSU

30 November · 6:00 - 8:00 pm
OCAD University - Location fully accessible
McCaul st Room 187, Ground Floor
Toronto, ON
Learn from skilled "sexperts" how to develop sexual consent and make great sex happen in this no-touch workshop. Together we will explore how sexual consent and good sex go hand in hand. Using arts-based approaches we will also uncover our individual styles and collective strengths around communicating about sex and sexuality. All sexual and gender identities are welcome!

Bios of presenters:
Lusty Day is a local queer anti-racist... writer and community organizer. She is also a sex worker and survivor of intimate partner violence. She leads workshops on anti-racism for white people, race/sex in intimate relationships, healthy consent, and on working in the sex industry. You can find her writings at and in her zine Whorelicious.

Roxanna Vahed has facilitated in the areas of gender based violence, peace and conflict tools for children, and anti-racism and sexuality. She has almost completed a program Expressive Arts Therapy in Toronto. Roxanna is a performer and dramaturge. Having co-founded the short lived feminist theatre collective in Montreal in early 2000, Roxanna’s commitment to theatre and its role in social change lead her to complete a MA in Drama at the U of T. In March through July 2008 Roxanna had the privilege to combine her expressive arts training with her theatre background, acting as dramaturge and artistic coach for H. Miranda on her biographical dance-narrative performance, depicting her experiences of returning to her family homeland of Guatemala in the role of a human rights witness. The piece, entitled Ni de Aqui, Ni de Aja (Neither from here, Nor from there), was performed at the Harbourfront as part of the Crossing Boundaries series. Since then Roxanna has been focusing on completing her Expressive Art therapy certification--with placements that include Sherbourne Health, Central Toronto Youth Services’ “Pride and Prejudice” program, the YWCA, and placements through out the city with bereaved children.
World AIDS Day Video Launch Party

30 November · 7:00 - 11:00 pm
Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street
AIDS ACTION NOW! is hosting a pre-World AIDS Day get together to launch our World AIDS Day advocacy video calling for the end of the Harper government's denial of the right to health for Canadians living with and affected by HIV and Hepatitis C.

The video features the music of Toronto queer rock legends Kids On TV:
The launch party is hosted by:
Lex Vaughn as the hilarious Graham and Diane
With performers:
The legendary ILL NANA
The Ladybear Extraordinaire Fay Slift
Hostess Miss Margot
Djs: Shane MacKinnon and John Caffery

This is a fundraiser for AIDS ACTION NOW! and we will be asking for 'pay what you can' donations to support our ongoing organizing work.

AIDS ACTION NOW! T-shirts, buttons and Harper=Death buttons will be available for sale

Doors open at 7:30 pm for performer sign-up and free pizza
Show starts at 8 pm
12 Alexander St, in the Cabaret
...Free Admission, or Pay What You Can
THEME: Are you there, God? It's ME! DAINTY!
Queer Cab is Buddies' all-ages, monthly open mic for queer youth (under 25 to perform; ATTENDANCE OPEN TO ALL AGES). Each month there's a different special guest host and different theme.

With 5 minutes, a bare stage, a microphone, a CD player, a video projector and a piano ... we want to see what you can do!
Come out and support young, local, up-and-coming talents of GET ON STAGE yourself at Queer Cab!

*** QUEERCAB is a wheelchair accessible event for both audience members and performers. ***
NEXT QUEER CAB join us as your HOST: DAINTY BOX begs the question Are you there, God? It's ME! DAINTY!

HOST: Dainty Smith is a Toronto based writer - actor - burlesque performer. She has been making art in Toronto for six years. She has performed at several pride stages and shared the stage with Leisha Hailey of L Word fame and Kinnie Starr. She has performed at the Gladstone Hotel and Buddies in Bad times and the Tranzac.

She is a storyteller, who believes that through the art of storytelling or truth telling and a willingness to be exposed that genuine human connections can be made. She is interested in telling stories regarding race, religion, sexuality and challenging social boundaries. She writes in first person narrative,essayist style,in this particular style of mixing sugar with medicine in this form of writing through humour and sincerity emotional doors can be opened.

She has written for Sway magazine, About magazine and Xtra! Newspaper. It is vitally important to her to show reflection and representation in the queer community. She is also one of the co-producers of the art collective Colour Me Dragg and a member of the art collective Les Blues. She is currently working on a one-woman play entitled Letters To my Elders.
COME OUT TO SUPPORT TWWAN's very own Board of Director- Wendy Babcock
Women's Struggles in Toronto: Violence Against Women

04 December · 10:00 am - 12:30

Location TBA
Revolutionary Women's Collective presents:
Women's Struggles in Toronto: Violence Against Women

As we come close to the December 6th Memorial, reflecting on the lives have been lost because of violence... We invite you to join us to listen and share amongst community organizers that work to end violence against women and children. Speakers include:

* Wendy Babcock - Sex Worker Rights Activist & Safer Stroll Project for Sex Workers

* Faith Nolan - Musician, Songwriter, Activist speaking about her experience with women in the prison system

* Anna Willats - Community Activist and member of the Shelter/Sanctuary/Status coalition that works with anti-violence organizations that provide support services to women fleeing violence that emphasize a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy" as a crucial service provision to ALL women regardless of their status

* Connie Sorio - activist & member of Migrante

***Mark the DATE!!

Stay tuned for future educationals and lead up to our solidarity in the International Women's Day March in 2011.

Organized by the Revolutionary Women's Collective (formerly known as the Migrant Women's Coordinating Body): includes individuals and members of various organizations and networks, such as: BASICS Community News Service, Canadian HART, Migrant-Ontario, Barrio Neuvo, CUPE local 4308, UFCW local 1000A, Justicia for Migrant Workers, Gabriela Organizing Committee, May First Movement Coalition)

Find us on facebook: or by searching Revolutionary Women's Collective
PASAN & Rittenhouse Dance-a-Thon & Fundraiser - Dec. 12, 6:00 p.m.

Prisoners' HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN) and Rittenhouse are having a
dance-a-thon and fundraiser.

Sunday, December 12, 2010
6:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
at Buddies and Bad Times Theatre

12 Alexander Street (Alexander & Yonge)
There will be:
Free Food from 6 - 8pm
Silent Auction 8 - 9 pm
Salsa lessons 9 - 10pm

Drag shows, Danethon and 50/50 draws from 10pm - 2am*
* Pledge forms can be downloaded on PASAN website or you can

pick them up at PASAN office - 314 Jarvis St., Ste 100

For more information contact us:

Tickets cost $20 or find people to pledge you for the dancethon for up to $20 or more
And finally, not arts related but just simply a piece of good news!!

Good night,

Working for free--- oppps I mean volunteering:0(

 We are called That's Women's Work, not that's women making no money and falling further behind... so do you see the pressure:0) I have been outspoken for years about volunteering as I have logged hundreds maybe thousands of volunteer hours which resulted in very little. I realise that there where holes- I didn't let folks know what skills I had, what skills I hoped to build, who I would like to shadow and the importance of meeting the leaders of their agencies/ businesses to network and build relationships. I'll do my best to be sure that happens for my volunteers.

It's idealistic- but who the hell cares, I'm dreaming big and (insert every other cliches that exists here) _____________.

What I want to figure out how to provide for That's Women's Work volunteers...
1) Transportation to and form
2)Child-care during volunteer times
3)Food at volunteer sessions
4)Transferable skills that actually lead to employment
5)Skill matching with the volunteer's background and qualifications
6)Networks, community and support
7)A mentoring program beyond That's Women's Work- a connection to individual contacts in city agencies and community resources.

Hhhhmm, Again nice small tasks to work out in a day or two. Also again with no money....

What I've read to date....
A Research Project for Volunteer Victoria
Researcher: Wendy Barbulak, BA, BSW
January 2003

Immigrant Women as Volunteers: Benefits for Charitable and Nonprofit Organizations
 Fay Fletcher, Blythe Campbell, Jeneane Fast
Changing Together… A Centre for Immigrant Women

Can volunteer work help me get a job in my field?": On learning, immigration and labour markets
Daniel Schugurensky, Bonnie Slade and Yang Luo
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education / University of Toronto

If volunteer management makes you happy drop me a line and we can chat over coffee!
Happy Sunday,

Friday, November 26, 2010

Call for Toronto Poets! ASAP action needed!

Reply if you would like to perform with Toronto Poets any of the nights of next week's GTA tour, which starts this Sunday night!

There are only a few spaces left!...If you plan to attend just to watch please let us know which night(s) and invite your friends by forwarding this email!

Watch our short commercial at for The 3rd Annual GTA Faith Summit At Toronto Poets’ 7 consecutive nights of Talent, Talk & Teaching, Sunday, Nov.28th-Saturday, Dec.4th from 7:30-9:30pm each night all across the GTA.

Performances on the open mic do not have to be related to faith....just your best poetry or songs!

Come meet up with other poets and poetry lovers who have registered on like you!!

Enjoy dinner while you take in the performances, the talk show, and learn how to be healthy, wealthy and wise....most nights Toronto Poets will be teaching you how to live your dreams this decade!!! (

You can also register for any of the 7 shows on our NEW Facebook fan page at

-Each night is free for all media to attend to cover this groundbreaking event open to all, and supported by multiple faith groups across the Greater Toronto Area....We will be filming for our TV show!-

Thursday, November 25, 2010


So in the past I have been worried I'm writing to myself, throwing my words and intentions to the wind, but the outpouring of people responding to our volunteer requests have been incredible! I'm so excited that I won't be alone anymore in this effort to build the gallery! And the responses, so perfect, where have all these amazing women been hiding?

Your experiences, your backgrounds, your willingness to support my effort even though you've never met me! Amazing. I asked folks to send me one page about themselves and you have sent me resumes- like you need to impress me!

It's absolutely the other way around, I'm awed and feel like I need to prove myself to you! I'm so deeply touched at your generosity to share your time in this very hectic city in your very busy lives.

Goodnight lovelies,

Junior Legue of Toronto! Tea for Teens such a great cause!

This is a great cause to help teens who are homeless or living in shelter. Teens are often overlooked but need just as much love, care and support as the wee ones. Especially at the holidays. for a direct link to the event invitation for history- also links to register if you know a teen in need

Amazing work!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mondo Bazaar at the Gladstone

Saturday, November 27 · 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: Gladstone Hotel

1214 Queen Street West

Toronto, ON

More Info

Monday, November 22, 2010

Toronto Poets

Watch the commercial and be a part of us making history!

Watch the commercial and be a part of us making history!

Visit Toronto Poets' site for GTA tour venues:

What's up at Toronto Poets?
  • Take the Dream Decade Challenge Today! From: TorontoPoets
    October 14, 2010
    91 views Loading...What is your dream for the decade? What do you want to be doing by 2020? Toronto Poets and TJ Solutions have joined forces to challenge you to dream big dreams for the decade and help you live them! Book us for a Dream Decade Challenge performance or workshop today! ... (more info)
3rd Annual GTA Faith Summit-Calling people of all faiths together! From: TorontoPoets

  • November 05, 2010
    49 views Loading...The 3rd Annual GTA Faith Summit is calling you together with people of all faiths and atheists and agnostics to answer this one two-part question: What is the solution to all of the world's problems, and how can we arrive at world peace
And the world tour!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Free, low cost and sliding scale community arts events! From Rise Up Newsletter via Anna Williats

Amazing arts based events for this week!

As always we'll post free, low cost and sliding scale events:0)
Fabric of Violence: Fabricating Change art exhibit
Opening on Thursday November 25, 2010, 7:00 to 9:00 PM (exhibition till
December 10, 2010)
At the Raging Spoon (761 Queen Street West, Toronto)

This event, hosted by THRIVE, the multicultural women's coalition against
violence and oppression, is part of the global 16 Days of Activism Against
Gender Violence campaign. The opening is on November 25 and the exhibit will
be on display until December 10.

Contact and info:
Women's Voices Rising forum
Saturday December 11, 2010, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
At Metro Hall (55 John Street, Toronto)

This forum, hosted by THRIVE, the multicultural women's coalition against
violence and oppression, is part of the global 16 Days of Activism Against
Gender Violence campaign. Open to participants who identify as women or
trans. Come for food, speakers and workshops.

Registration deadline: December 3, 2010 (November 22 if you require ASL or

Register online:
Contact and info:
GrannyBoots Presents: Q-LIT! Spoken word night!!!!
24 November at 10:00 pm
The Melody bar,in the Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St. West
Toronto, ON

Spoken word is powerful, revolutionary, challenging and sexy, dammit!
Showcasing speakers: Kim Katrin Crosby
Chase Tam
Aemilius Ramirez
Parul Provocation Pandya
With music by the amazing Ayo Leilani!!!!!!
And so many others!
REVERBERATIONS: Community, Healing & Social Activism through Music
Sakamoto Izumi invited you · Share · Public event
26 November · 7:00 - 9:00 pm
3rd Floor Student Lounge, Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
246 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON

Join Roy Hirabayashi (founder and excecutive diirector) and PJ Hirabayashi (artistic director) of San Jose Taiko, in a conversation about music, activism, and connections across boundaries. San Jose Taiko is the 3rd oldest taiko (Japanese big drum) ensemble in the US, born out of the Asian American movement of the 1960's.

More more information about San Jose Taiko:
Roy and PJ will be joined by special guest Kiy...oshi Nagata, founder and artistic director of Toronto's Nagata Shachu, as well as the stronghold of the city's taiko presence for three decades.

More information about Nagata Shachu:
This is a FREE event organizing by the Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers (RAW), supported by the Toronto Arts Council, San Jose Taiko, and the Arts and Social Work Research Initiative (ASWRI) of the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

For more information, please contact or visit
MUSKRAT Magazine Launch & Creation Tales
Saturday Nov. 27, 2010

At Walnut Studios, 83 Walnut Avenue (near Bathurst and King)
7:00pm to 10:00pm

With Special Guest Storytellers:
Come sit around the fire and listen to The Anishinabek Creation Story (inspired by Muskrat) and told by Mnijikining storyteller, Mark Douglas

Witness Creation, a Video Performance by Métis Visual Artist, Tannis Neilson
New Works showcase by:
Visual Artist Travis Shilling &
Filmmaker & Photographer Keesic Douglas

MUSKRAT is an on-line Indigenous arts, culture, and living magazine that honours the connection between humans and our traditional ecological knowledge by exhibiting original works and critical commentary. MUSKRAT embraces both rural and urban settings and uses media arts, the Internet, and wireless technology to investigate and disseminate traditional knowledges in ways that inspire their reclamation.

Sponsored by national Indigenous Sovereignty Week, November 21-27, 2010 and Defenders of the Land

Free event, child friendly, sorry not wheel chair accessible
I know how hard it is to get away from the computer and out to events, especially now that it gets dark at 4:30 and it is freakin cold, but it's important to stay connected.

Happy Sunday,

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Selling online a dead end? Really?

ART Professionals Worldwide a newsletter I find very interesting, had the following link today talking about how online arts sales aren't what they are cracked up to be.. I'm not so sure though that they also included traditional arts and crafts ex. ETSY.

Suggestions of how to move further also included:0)

Happy Saturday,

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Arts Matter - in Parkdale-High Park and Nationwide

I found this on

HomeThe Arts Matter - in Parkdale-High Park and Nationwide

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Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Secondary School
1515 Bloor Street West (at Dundas)
Toronto, ON
See map: Google Maps

Please join Gerard Kennedy, MP for an open meeting for all artists, and those interested in the arts in our community, to discuss federal arts policies. Gerard welcomes special guest Pablo Rodriguez, MP and federal Opposition Critic, Heritage.

Contact name:
Melanie Melnyk
Contact email:

A multi-generational video mentorship program posting!


A multi-generational video mentorship program

The Project provides a unique opportunity to learn video production from professional artists and editors, using state-of-the-art high-definition cameras and the latest editing technology – all in a group environment that is queer positive, collaborative and supportive. Inside Out and Charles Street Video guide participants through a series of workshops in all aspects of video production – from script development to camera operation to editing and final post-production.

Inside Out will select eight individuals, 4 under the age of 25 and 4 over the age of 55, who identify as LGBTTI2QQ to participate in the project, each making a short video (7 to 10 minutes long) to be screened at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival in May.

Eligibility Requirements:
· Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 24 years old or 55 years or older

· Applicants must have little to no experience making films or videos

· Selected participants must be able to commit to 16 hours/week over 4 months starting in January 2011. This commitment includes approximately five weekend-long intensive workshops.

Deadline for proposals: December 6, 2010

For applications and guidelines visit

For more information please contact Winnie Luk, Manager of Operations at (416) 977-6847 ext. 24

Friday, November 12, 2010

YES! Let's talk about failure and risk! Please! for Social Innovation, Experimentation and (Yes, Sometimes Even) Failure407

I try to write about failure and learning from a positive perspective being honest about my attempts and results(sometimes failures). In real-life I am terribly positive. When I write about failure folks send me emails telling me not to worry, those postings must come across negative and extreme, wonder if it's my honest processing or that we simply never openly taslk about our failures?

Happy Friday,

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Anna Williats listserv postings of events!

1. Please join Vtape at Buddies in Bad Times*

for a specially commissioned programme of video art

curated by the writer, critic and artist

RM Vaughan

"Mid-life Shelf Life"
Monday November 8, 2010, 7:00pm
Monday November 15, 2010, 7:00pm

Join us for screenings, conversations and revelations as works from the early days of video art meet their contemporary doppelgangers. Toronto artist, writer and curator RM Vaughan has assembled an intriguing and intuitive set of pairs – sometimes it is the younger self meeting the self-that-is-now of a single artist, sometimes it is an unknown spectre in a dark alley crossing the path of the present… The results are a tantalizing shiver of recognition.
Screenings will be interspersed with live flash-interviews and comments offered by the artists present and RM Vaughan himself.

*BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES is located at 12 Alexander Street, Toronto
The Programmes
MONDAY, November 8, 2010 7pm
Michael Cho Animal Appetites 1991
and Marcos Arriaga Tales of Winter 2009
Margaret Moores Marg’s Barking Dogs 1989
and Margaret Moores and Almerinda Travassos Lesvatar 2010
Mako Idemitsu Shadows Part 2 (excerpt) 1982
and Natalie Wood Medusa’s Hats 2005
Edward Lam Soul-Blind 1986
and Cameron Esler & David Bateman The Bather 2000
Glace W. Lawrence D-E-S-I-R-E 1989
and Guillermina Buzio the process of making consistent 2009
Tom Sherman Envisioner 1978
and Tom Sherman Cultures of Fear and Loathing 2007

MONDAY, November 15, 2010 7pm
Andrew James Paterson Trio 1984
and Andrew James Paterson The Enigma of S.A.P. 2008
Wendy Geller Six 1986
and Jason Ebanks & Ramon Charles Shadow Boxing 2001
Pratibha Parmar Sari Red 1988
and Farheen HaQ Endless Tether v. 2 2005
James MacSwain Amoeba Culture 1989
and Brenda Goldstein Horoscope 2007

Both programmes available on request at Vtape November 9 – December 18, 2010

Please contact Erik Martinson at Vtape to book class visits to view any Vtape Video Gallery program as well as other titles in the Vtape holdings and to have an orientation to Vtape and all the extensive research facilities available to students, curators, writers and the general public.

401 Richmond St., #452
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
416 351-1317

Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 12-4pm
For more information, contact
2. Workshop Title: ‘Writing Fiction About Our Communities’

When: November 10th, 2010
6 - 9 pm
Where: East Mississauga Community Health Centre, 2555 Dixie Road (south-east corner of Dixie and Dundas, behind the Esso Station)

Who: All LGBTTIQQ2S women and trans folks
Workshop Description:

All queer women and trans people are invited to a workshop on writing identity with acclaimed novelistFarzana Doctor.

Come out for discussions around community and identity, experiential activities and writing exercises.

Our objectives are to explore creativity without critique.

All writing abilities and aspirations are welcome to attend. Bring a pen and paper.

Art making, bus tickets and a delicious dinner are all part of the package. Come out! Bring a friend!

To RSVP: please contact Cris Renna, Women’s Health and Education Coordinator at the Peel HIV/AIDS Network

905.361.0523 x 222 or

Facilitator Bio: Farzana Doctor’s first novel, Stealing Nasreen, received critical acclaim and earned a devoted readership upon its release in 2007. Her second novel, Six Metres of Pavement, will be published by The Dundurn Group in Winter 2011. Besides novels, Doctor has written on social work and diversity-related topics, and provides private practice consulting and psychotherapy services. She lives in Toronto, where she is co-curator of the Brockton Writers Series.
3.Caribbean Studies and A Different Booklist invite you to

“COOLIE PINK AND GREEN” (an experimental film of 25 min)

With Director and Author
Professor Patricia Mohammed
Institute for Gender and Development Studies and
Campus Co-ordinator Graduate Studies and Research
University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
When: Friday November 12th, 7:00pm
Where: William Doo Auditorium
45 Willcocks Street (corner of Willcocks and Spadina)

Nov 12th – 4 pm free presentation; Dinner with musicians & speakers - 7 pm
Nov 13th – conference – 9 – 6, Dinner and play 6:30 at Friends House
Nov 14th – 9:30 – 1:30 - AGM – Hart House

All welcome! Student rates and sliding scale space available
Please inquire:; program details online:
5. Media Workshop: How to get your message in the media

13 November · 2:30 - 5:00 pm
Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West
Media Workshop - How to get your message in the media
(Creating an alternative to the pro-war narrative)

Learn how to:
* Write a letter to the editor that will get published
* Use social media effectively (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
* Write a press release/advisory
* Be clear in your messaging
* Respond to reporter's questions
Organized by:
Toronto Coalition to Stop the War
The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War is Toronto's city-wide peace coalition. Comprised of over 70 labour, student, faith and community organizations, TCSW is one of the largest member organizations of the Canadian Peace Alliance.

Dear friends
I am writing to invite you to "Not by Our Tears" a play written by Cheran and performed by Asylum Theatre Group. The event is being held to raise awareness about people suffering from disabilities due to the recent war in Sri Lanka. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to people with disabilities in Sri Lanka. Please contact me or the numbers below for tickets.

Asylum Theatre Group will present the play Not By Our Tears at the Robert Gill Theatre in Toronto on 13 November 2010 in two shows at 4:30PM and 8:00PM. Written by Toronto based poet and playwright R. Cheran, directed by Dushy Gnanapragasam, and designed by Eugine Vincent, the play was originally produced in November 2009 and had its premiere in Toronto. After spending a year touring various North American cities, the play is returning to its original venue.

Thirty years of war in Sri Lanka had an enormous impact on Tamil literature and theatre. The war came to an end in May 2009. The last phase of the war - described as a "War without Witnesses"- cost more than 40,000 Tamil civilian lives and the internment of more than 300,000 Tamils in various military-run camps in the Northern Sri Lanka. Not By Our Tears is the voice of thousands of voiceless people that were interned. While chronicling the story of internment, loss and trauma, the play skillfully articulates a poetic vision of mourning and hope.

Not by our Tears belongs to a special genre in the tradition of Tamil drama, commonly known as “verse play” (paa naadakam) or “play in poetry”. The objective of such performances is to offer a visual and oral representation of poetry. Traditionally, some of the most important plays in Tamil have been verse plays. In more recent years, this tradition of theatre merged with the practice of performing poetry orally for groups of interested listeners. The confluence of the two has given to this genre a particular resonance. A verse play is both contemporary and ancient; it combines the immediacy of oral poetry with the aesthetic distance of theatrical performance. Based on the English translation of contemporary Tamil resistance poetry by three major Tamil poets, namely, R. Cheran, V.I.S. Jayapalan and Puthuvai Ratnathurai, Not by our Tears skillfully weaves memory, history and narrative to evoke a haunting and heart-wrenching image of internment, loss, nostalgia, and resistance.

Event: R. Cheran’s verse play Not By Our Tears
Date: Saturday 13 November 2010; 4:30PM and 8:00PM
Venue:Robert Gill Theatre (inside University of Toronto’s Koffler Centre, 3rd floor)
214 College Street at St George Street (enter through St. George Street)

Tickets: $20 @ Box office: 416-978-7986
Suj: 647 836 6858
Info: Asylum Theatre Group:;
Robert Gill Theatre:;
Asylum Theatre;
7.The Molotov Rag presents "Folk The G20!"

14 November at 19:00 - 15 November at 00:00
Saving Gigi Cafe
859 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON

Dear friends,
This city and its neighbouring townships have a story to tell, one of tragedy and bravery, of oppression and dissent. The Molotov Rag, with the help of our community, is embarking on its newest issue: A People’s History of the G20 in Toronto. We are telling our own narratives, from our own experiences, and without reservation. Those who have been denied their voice, will have their chance to speak. And to help make ...this chance happen, we are inviting you to come sing and dance as we Folk The G20!: a fundraiser in support of our fifth issue.

"Folk The G20!" is an evening of song and dance; an intimate and yet high-energy folk dance party that will keep your toes tapping longer and faster than a riot squad during the G20. With performances by Rambunctious, Chris Bezant, Byron, and more exciting acts to be announced, there's sure to be something everyone can dance to. You are also invited to bring an instrument and join in for an impromptu folk jam to keep the dance party going afterward - after all, we are strongest when we work together!

You will also have a chance to purchase official merchandise and back issues of The Molotov Rag, satisfy your cruelty-free sweet tooth with delicious vegan baked goods and refreshments, and try your luck at the raffle for a chance to win prizes!

Doors are at 7:00 p.m. at Saving Gigi Café, 859 Bloor Street West. $5 at the door, and no one will be denied access for lack of funds, or shoes. This is an all-ages, unlicensed, family-friendly event.

Please note that there is a slight step at the entrance and side door, and that washroom facilities are down a flight of stairs. You are invited to contact our Events Coordinator, (Liz Lemon through our Facebook group) if you have any accessibility needs. We will do our best to accommodate you. Our collective is dedicated to making this event as inclusive and non-oppressive as possible. Anarchy means no one left behind.

The Molotov Rag is an entirely volunteer-run collective. If you would like to join our community of enthusiastic volunteers, we can always use the help, and everyone is always welcome! Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Veronica Zelina to find out how you can help at the fundraiser or future events.

This is a public event. Please feel free to forward this invite far and wide.
With love and solidarity,
The Molotov Rag Collective
8. Lee Maracle Workshop “Resisting Colonization through Art”

Part of the Art of Decolonization workshop series that explores how Indigenous peoples express the experience of colonization across artistic disciplines, how colonization is resisted through arts expression, how arts contributes to the maintenance/recovery of culture and language, the intersections of decolonization work for both racialized and indigenous communities and, how relationships within and among communities are built using artistic processes, presented by Community Arts Ontario in partnership with Jumblies Theatre and Fixt Point Studio.

Date: November 25, 2010
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: FIXT POINT Studio, 1550 Queen Street West
Cost: $20 per seminar
CAO members, Students, Seniors, Unsalaried: $10
For more information, or to Register email
Advance registration advised as space is limited.

Lee Maracle: "Resisting Colonization through Art"

Much of the explosion in modern art among Indigenous people arises from resistance to colonization and leads to cultural reclamation. This workshop explores the world’s colonial foundations and how artists seek their place in it and out of it, through their art mediums.

Lee Maracle, born in North Vancouver, B.C., is of Salish and Cree ancestry and a member of the Sto:loh Nation. She is a mother of four and grandmother of four. Maracle is the author of a number of critically acclaimed literary works including: Sojourner's and Sundogs, Ravensong, Bobbi Lee, Daughters Are Forever, Will's Garden, Bent Box, and I Am Woman. She is also the co-editor of a number of anthologies including the award-winning publication, My Home As I Remember, and co-author of Telling It: Women and Language Across Culture. Maracle is currently the distinguished visiting professor of Canadian culture at Western Washington University.

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Research again? Yup research again..

I have been deep in the books, reading about what fundraising looks like, how it works, what letters look like and the rest...
Judy from Judy's Booty has offered to help and we also got an amazing donation of a one year donation of access to the Imagine Canada Directory and lovely helpful folks who want to talk over coffee and help!
Been reading the How-to-manual from Imagine Canada 72 pages via the computer- text reader- the automated computer voice, hard to listen to but much better than just reading. It's called Natural Reader and I'm using the free demo........ I wish it had a James Earl Jones option:0)

Very soon putting out a call for volunteers.. worried that no one will come, that no one is interested... just plain old worried........folks have so little time will anyone actually volunteer? Worried.... worried.....worried


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

a protestant construction worker walks up to an irish girl with a stack of books....

Okay so it sounds sorta like the first line for a joke but.... On my way home from the library today I had a very large stack of books. One of the books fell from my pile. A construction worker came over to help me re-sort them, it was a very nice old-timey gesture. The book fundraising for non-profits lay on the ground between us.. (now a very brief re-en-actment of the occurance) Him: What are you fundraising for... Me: I tell him... Him: Then he tells me he is part of a protestant men's group that likes to give money away... Me:To a women's art organization?... Him: Hell ya... Me: Wow....... Me: Really? Him:Ya Him- Also suggested a few other area orgs to approach. Amazing day, what a great book! It helped me fund-raise and I didn't even open it! Have I become so entrenched in women's issues that I don't think to look into the larger community for assistance? hmmmm. What sort of parameters do we have to establish around groups we'll accept funding from? Do we accept money as long as there are no parameters on us? Hmmm. so much to think about would love to hear your feed back!