Monday, January 24, 2011

Weekly Arts Related Postings From Anna Williats Rise-Up Newsletter

High rent, traffic, poverty, crowds the list goes all about all Toronto's shortcomings-these activities remind me why I live here!

Michelle :0)
Bent – An Evening of Queer Expressions.
A monthly event that showcases community members who discuss their knowledge and expertise on various chosen topics that change each month. A moderated panel discussion is followed by an open format Q&A with the audience, creating an educational and interactive experience.

This month we present Bent Community, discussing topics that are of importance and concern to LGBT individuals. These w...ill range from health and wellness, accommodations, aging, entertainment, networking, employment, and more.


Church Wellesley BIA - David Wootton

Xtra - Matt Mills

Queer Parenting - Chris Veldhoven

Queer Ontario -Nick Mulé

Pride Toronto - Evan Dean

Moderator: Andrew Vail, writer, The Middle Edge,
Future Topics – Theatre, Astrology, Body, Travel, Fashion, Design, Cuisine, Art, Youth Culture, Elder Visions

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**Please note our new location and time below**

The Details: Tuesday January 25th- O'Grady's Upstairs Lounge, 518 Church Street, 416 323 2822 – 7pm to 9pm – PWYC (Suggested $5) – All Welcome -

TX Productions (Events - Happenings - Music - Art - Culture)

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Facebook - TX Productions

Twitter - TX_Productions


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On the life, work, art & thought of revolutionary prisoner Kevin 'Rashid' Johnson - Minister of Defense, New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter.


Beit Zatoun - 612 Markham St.

Bathurst / Bloor, Toronto

7pm - Speakers and discussion

9pm - After party with hip-hop show


w/ DJ'ing from Revolutionary Love

$20: book, panel, hip-hop show, party

$5: panel, hip-hop show, party

Drinks will be served after 9:30

KEVIN 'RASHID' JOHNSON - From a gangster to prison house lawyer torevolutionary artist, theorist, and leader in the New Afrikan Black Panther Party - Prison Chapter (NABPP-PC) for the past five years Kevin 'Rashid' Johnson has been advocating for and rebuilding the United Panther Movement in the spirit of the original Black Panther Party, which was an internationalist, anti-imperialist, and communist organization. The NABPP sees its role as organizing the black proletarian masses and urban poor, alongside other oppressed nationalities and proletarians in Amerika. The Prison Chapter sees its role as creating the nucleus of the United Panther Movement, and turning Amerika's concentration camps into schools of liberation.

Dr. Chris Harris (a.k.a. Wasun) Discussing the history of the Black Panther Party and communist politics in the black working class in U.S. and Canada.

Sara Falconer - Introducing Kevin 'Rashid' Johnson and the dire situation he's facing at Red Onion State Supermax Prison, Virginia.

STEVE DA SILVA - Introducing Defying the Tomb, the thought of Kevin 'Rashid' Johnson and the ideology of the NABPP.
DR. CHRIS HARRIS, A.K.A. WASUN is a long-time community organizer, a former member of the Black Action Defense Committee, a leading revolutionary rapper in Toronto, and has just attained his PhD from OISE on the topic of the history of communist politics in the African-Canadian working class.

Sara Falconer is a Toronto-based journalist and social media specialist. She is part of the collective that produces the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar ( As a member of the Toronto Anarchist Black Cross, she helps produce, an online and print zine of writings and analysis by and for political prisoners and their supporters.n editor of 4Struggle Mag, Certain Days Political Prisoners Calendar... Karen Emily has been working with Rashid for years.

STEVE DA SILVA is the Education Officer of and a people's journalist with BASICS Community News Service as well as radio show host with the program Radio Basics at CHRY 105.5 FM. Steve has been following, working with and popularizing Rising Sun Press and the NABPP since discovering the work of Rashid two years ago.

Organizers: BASICS Community News Service, Anarchist Black Cross - Toronto


The Centre for Indigenous Theatre is pleased to announce our annual Storyweaving Presentation January 28 and 29, 2011 at Factory Studio Theatre.Outta the Woods, a collaborative creation between our senior students, is the gripping tale of a group of crash survivors who have one last chance at redemption before it’s too late.

We are pleased to welcome back Muriel Miguel as the creative director for our Storyweaving Presentation. The annual Storyweaving Production is an opportunity for our senior students to develop and perform an original ensemble work under the direction of a seasoned professional.

Renowned actor, director, writer and choreographer, Muriel Miguel (Spiderwoman Theater, New York) is a pioneer in the development of an Indigenous performance methodology. She guides the students through this collaborative and creative process to help shape and lift their stories to the stage. Muriel works as an instructor of Indigenous Performance at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and is the Program Director for the Summer Program in Lethbridge, AB.

The production is supported by a group of extremely skilled professional who have numerous theatre and dance credits to their names as well as being instructors at the Centre.Choreography is by Penny Couchie; Set and Lighting Design is by Andy Moro, with Costume Design by Leida Englar. Production Management is by Deborah Ratelle.

Come out and join us January 28 and 29, 2011 at the Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street (at Adelaide). Show starts at 8:00pm, and admission is $10 or by donation.

The Centre for Indigenous Theatre embraces the spirit, energy and inspiration derived from the culture, values and traditions of Indigenous people. From these roots we seek to build on contemporary Indigenous performance culture through training and professional development opportunities for emerging and established Native theatre artists.

For more information please contact:

Brian Norton,

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Centre for Indigenous Theatre

Phone: 416-506-9436

Fax: 416-506-9430


P.S. Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook.

The Centre for Indigenous Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of the following:

Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training, Baagwating Community Association of the Mississaugas of Scugog First Nation, and BMO Financial Group


Grassroots Facilitation workshop (Tools for Change workshop)
Date: Saturday, January 29

Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Grassroots activism involves many public speaking events. While most audience attention is focused on the speakers at these events, effective presentations and rallies are only complete with an attentive and confident MC. This person holds the event together by making guests and speakers feel welcome, providing clear introduction to the issues, coordinating discussion, and ensuring that events are inspiring! Learn how to MC any event, from beginning to enthusiastic end.

A major part of movement building is lots of meetings. Meetings can be inspiring, hellish, or somewhere in between. The quality of a meeting depends a lot on good facilitation. Facilitators aren’t supposed to run the show, and they do more than keep track of who wants to speak. Come learn and share strategies for fostering good communication, equity, active listening and effective decision making for meetings of all shapes and sizes.

101: For people with some or no facilitation experience.
201: For experienced facilitators looking to improve.

TOOLS for CHANGE is a series of skills-sharing and skills-building workshops designed to help you gain the tools for doing research, education, and action for social and ecological justice. This series is collaboratively organized by the Ontario Public Interest Research Group ( and Earthroots (

*To register for workshops, please write to

Most workshops take place in downtown Toronto. Transportation subsidies

are available for workshop participants. All venues are wheelchair accessible.


Art Activism
Commie Pinkos Go Viral!!

You-Tube Video and Poster Contest
The Year of our Ford is upon us. And it's not gonna be pretty.
Rob Ford swept to power on his populist “working man” appeal, despite the
fact that he is a millionaire and is gearing up to slash the very services
we depend on most. Less than two weeks in, he's already preparing to blow
$15 million a year on new cops that even the police chief doesn't want and
costing us millions and millions of dollars by scrapping Transit City for
his asinine subway expansion wet dream...

Here's a chance to help inform, inspire, and energize the growing
opposition to Ford's agenda.

Stick it to Ford!
Win Fabulous Prizes!
Submit an entry to OCAP's “Commie Pinkos” You-tube video and poster

The themes:
•Cut the cops and fund services
•Ford's no friend of the working class
Points to be awarded for creativity, factual accuracy, and wit and
please... spare us the fat jokes!

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2011

Read on for important contest details:
Video Category: Upload your video to You-Tube and email us the link,
at with the subject heading:
“video submission”.
Your video must be no more than 3 minutes in length.

Poster Category: Email your poster submission to: with the subject heading: “poster submission”
as a jpg, tiff, or pdf file at no more than 300 dpi.

Leah Lakshmi at the AGO
02 February · 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON

Come to a night of performance and art about disability activism, anti-colonialism and the many ties that connect these movements.
Featuring Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.

About Leah:
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled Sri Lankan writer, teacher and cultural worker. The author of Consensual Genocide, her work has been widely anthologized. She co-founded Mangos With Chili, the national queer and trans people of color performance tour, is a lead artist with Sins Invalid and teaches with June Jordan's Poetry for the People. In 2010, she was named one of the Feminist Press' 40 Feminists Under 40 and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her life's work is at the intersection of community accountability, disability justice, queer and trans people of color artistic community and teaching for liberation.

ASL Interpretation provided.
Wheelchair accessible.

Frankly Speaking- I Marcus Garvey Gala Fundraiser
04 February · 7:00 - 11:00 pm
164 Evans Street (south of the Gardiner @ Islington)
Etobicoke, ON

Frankly Speaking- An evening of Caribbean comedy and the oral traditions. Headlining the evening are comedians Marc Trinidad, Jean Paul, Rhoma Spencer, Blakka Ellis and Jean Hodgkinson. Come celebrate Black History month in an evening of laughter and soul food while raising fun(ds) for the play I Marcus Garvey by Edgar Nkosi White and Directed by Rhoma Spencer.

Admission $50 (includes show and dinner) Tickets online at or call 416-750-1764 Ext 1 for reservations.

This is the first in a series of free writing workshops to be offered by the 2011 Writer in Residence at the Toronto Public Library. Space is limited and going fast.
If you would like to register please see information below:

Character Building & Creating Conflict:

Discover the key elements in writing successful literary fiction. This intensive workshop is intended for writers with a project in progress. A basic understanding of plot, dialogue, character development, point of view, and tense will help you get the most out of the workshop. This class will focus on building effective characters in your fiction and on developing your understanding of dramatic tension (conflict) through lecture style instruction. Come prepared to take notes and ask questions! Call Languages, Literature and Fine Arts Dept. to REGISTER: 416-395-5639.

Thursday February 24, 2011, 6:30-8:30 PM at North York Central Library.

Writer in Residence: Elizabeth Ruth

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