Luminato: Maada’ookii Songlines performance by the Bruised Years Choir

Luminato: Maada’ookii Songlines performance by the Bruised Years Choir

Luminato: Maada’ookii Songlines

GENRE: MUSICAL

TYPE: PERFORMANCE

Stand by the water and close your eyes; listen. Is there a drum-like pulse in the sound of the city? A single voice raising its melody to the stars? Or a noisy fury blaring out a cacophony of frustrations and dreams?

Maada’ookii Songlines, at the 2019 Luminato Festival, is a massive choral event with 200 singers from 11 diverse choirs, 4 soloists, and an Indigenous ensemble braiding their songs, styles, voices and cultures, set against Toronto’s breathtaking waterfront.

Maada’ookii is an Ojibway word, with several slightly different meanings. It is a genderless word. He/she distributes something; he/she gifts something; he/she shares something with others. Songlines in cross-Indigenous tradition are songs that help to find the way.

Maada’ookii Songlines features 200 voices from 11 diverse choirs, 4 soloists and a fusion Indigenous musical ensemble in a new massive choral experience composed by Luminato veteran, Juno Award-nominated cris derksen. As the sun descends and this free outdoor massive choral event begins, the city will be enveloped in sound coming from the land, water and from above. A soundtrack for the city, the performance comes with a powerful history and a promise:

as long as the sun shines
as long as the waters flow downhill
and as long as the grass is green.

Maada’ookii Songlines is a reminder that whatever our backgrounds may be, we all come from the stars.

Workman Arts is thrilled to announce that the Bruised Years Choirs is one of the choirs included in Maada’ookii Songlines.

  • June 23, 2019, sunset

FREE

Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside

235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, Ontario

ACCESSIBILITY

This event is held outdoors. For further accessibility information, please contact Cathy Gordon at accessibility@luminato.com or 416 368 3100 x235.

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Bruised Years Choir Greatest Hits Volume One

Bruised Years Choir Greatest Hits Volume One

GENRE: MUSICAL

TYPE: PERFORMANCE

The Bruised Years Choir has been working hard this year – starting off with singing the national anthem at the first Toronto City Council meeting of the new session in the fall, a record number of performances around the city, and the upcoming Maada’ookii Songlines performance on June 23, their second year in a row performing as part of the Luminato Festival! We’re grateful to the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund for their support in making this the Choir’s most successful season to date. To celebrate, join us on Thursday, June 27 from 7-8 PM to finish off their season and hear all their greatest hits. This FREE event is sure to lift your spirits.

“[T]he most heartfelt choir performance I have ever heard. Their lived experiences shine through their voices as they sing…”
-Samantha Summers, Musings

About the Bruised Years Choir
Established in January 2016, Workman Arts’ Bruised Years Choir is a year-round opportunity for artists living with mental health and/or addiction issues. The Choir is led by award-winning artist and producer Jim LeFrancois and musical collaborator Rob Joy. The Choir meets every Monday, to work round-the-piano on contemporary selections which lend themselves to group vocal arrangements. The Choir has a vast repertoire of innovative, re-arranged popular songs, many of which explore themes of madness and hope.

What began as a 6-week course with seven participants has since grown to become a season-long initiative which engages more than fifty members over the course of the year. The Bruisers have been invited to perform at events such as the Inaugural Meeting of the new Toronto City Council, Out the Window for the 2018 Luminato Festival, Royal Ontario Museum, Invictus Games, Lodge on Queen Fundraiser, Hot Docs, Patrick Conner Awards, CAMH’s Phase Three Ground-Breaking Ceremony and more. The Choir is currently preparing for its upcoming appearance in the Luminato Festival’s Maadaookii Songlines in June.

Image: Bruised Years Choir, photo by Julie Riemersma

  • June 27, 2019, 7-8 PM

FREE

Workman Arts

651 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario

ACCESSIBILITY

We regret that 651 Dufferin is not a barrier-free location. There are steps from the street to the front door and interior steps up to the Theatre or down to the Lower Hall.

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