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.

Community Arts Ontario
354-401 Richmond St. West, Toronto ON M5V 3A8 416 598 1128 or toll free 1 800 806 2302
Visit for CAO membership information
Jumblies Theatre
416 203 8248,,
416 587 4346,,
1550 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

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