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,

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