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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BROKEN BRANCHES

BROKEN BRANCHES

Broken Branches, written by Lorene Stanwick, directed by Philip McKee

CreateTruth Productions in Association with Workman Arts / Written by Lorene Stanwick / Directed by Philip McKee

GENRE: THEATRE

TOPIC: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, FAMILY

TYPE: PERFORMANCE

“A powerful, bold and beautiful piece."

– Judith Thompson, two-time winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama and celebrated Canadian Playwright

Siblings.

They are our friends, our role models and rivals. They define who we are, perhaps more than our parents. We grow up together. They get inside our heads.

What happens when we can’t get them out …?

Rachel runs away with her daughter, arriving unexpectedly at her childhood home. Jade spends more nights in the college art studio than she does in her own bedroom. The sudden reappearance of Josh’s mother forces him to take a hard look at his life. Now, all three of them must confront the truth about their childhood, as its impact on their adult lives is revealed.

Told with honesty – and humour – Broken Branches reveals secrets, lies, family dynamics … and the resilience to survive. Produced by CreateTruth Productions in Association with Workman Arts, the award-winning multi-disciplinary arts and mental health organization, Broken Branches starts a long-overdue conversation, shedding light on an important yet silent issue: sibling abuse.

By making the invisible visible, their stories will forever change the way we see sibling relationships.

Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Workman Arts, Native Earth Performing Arts
  • September 19 - 29, 2019
ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchair Accessible Venue

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LAUGHTER VS. THE UNIVERSE

LAUGHTER VS. THE UNIVERSE

Jackie Pirico
  • Saturday, October 19, 7:00 PM
Comedy Bar

945 Bloor Street West
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

Comedy Bar is a basement venue with a staircase to the entrance.
Washrooms are located on the main floor of the venue.
Performers use microphones & ASL interpretation will be provided.
Strobe lighting may be used.

GENRE: COMEDY

Host: Christophe Davidson / Opener: Tamara Shevon / Headliner: Jackie Pirico

For our closing night event, Comedy Bar and Rendezvous With Madness are thrilled to team up for a one night only special comedy showcase designed to remind us that sometimes laughter is the best medicine.

Join us for a very special celebration of some of Canada’s very finest stand ups! Featuring a star studded line up including guest appearances from Christophe Davidson and Tamara Shevon, plus headliner Jackie Pirico.

Named by Exclaim! Magazine as a quickly rising force in comedy and an “adept comic scene stealer” by The Hollywood Reporter, Jackie Pirico delights audiences with her oddball material and disarming style. With two Just For Laughs television tapings under her belt and a feature film (Sundowners, 2017), Jackie can also be seen on Viceland TV and as a member of the prestigious Toronto comedy collective Laugh Sabbath.

CO-PRESENTER
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Intangible Adorations: Experience the Icon

Intangible Adorations: Experience the Icon

  • Saturday, October 12, 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, October 16, 8:00 PM
  • Friday, October 18, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 19, 2:00 PM (with Q&A)
Workman Arts Chapel

651 Dufferin St
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

The Workman Arts Chapel has stairs up from the street into the building and into the theatre and stairs down to the washrooms.

Slow pulsing light used in this performance.

Forever Epic Films / Created by Lisa Anita Wegner and Scott White / 60 min

Intangible Adorations is an immersive theatrical experience that explores the impact of celebrity worship on the mental health of the famous, and on those who become infatuated with celebrity. Audience members will gather in the Hall of Celebrity, have the opportunity to learn the best way to approach someone famous, and then experience an iconic piece of performance art in the Red Chapel enacted by a celebrity whose identity is concealed by a morph suit. Will they reveal their identity, or will they choose to remain anonymous? That will be up to the individual who represents the ICON each night. Who in the audience will have the courage to participate in a celebrity panel where they’ll get a taste of what it feels like to be famous?

Creators: Lisa Anita Wegner and Scott White
Lighting Design and Effects: Carl Elster
Original Music: Pink Moth
Co-producers: Haus of Dada, Workman Arts, KC Cooper and Meek
Performers: KC Cooper, Emily Gillespie, Amy Loucareas, Meek, Jane Smythe and Lisa Anita Wegner

The creators would like to acknowledge the OAC for Exhibition Assistance for Intangible Adorations: The Icon Experience.

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Celebrity and Anonymity: An Artist Talk and Q&A

A discussion of Intangible Adorations with creator and performer Lisa Anita Wegner and collaborator Scott White on Saturday, October 19 after the 2:00 pm show, moderated by Lisa McKeown. The discussion will touch on the nature of modern celebrity culture, celebrity worship syndrome and the origins of this version of Intangible Adorations. The panel will also discuss the significance of Lisa’s journey with mental and physical health, the relevance of finding anonymous expression, and how this piece fits into Lisa’s larger universe of therapeutic performance and film work.

PANELISTS

Lisa
McKeown
Moderator
Lisa
Wegner
Creator & Performer
COMMUNITY PARTNER
SUPPORTED BY
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In This House

11, 12, 15, 17, 20 OCTOBER 2019

Tale of The Sea

20 OCTOBER 2019

In This House

In This House

  • Friday, October 11, 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 12, 2:00 PM (with Q&A)
  • Tuesday, October 15, 8:00 PM (with Q&A)
  • Thursday, October 17, 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, October 20, 4:00 PM
Workman Arts Theatre

651 Dufferin St
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

Workman Arts Theatre has stairs up from the street into the building and into the theatre and stairs down to the washrooms.

Written and Directed by Grace Thompson / Talk Like You Theatre / 60 min / Toronto Premiere

GENRE: THEATRE

Charlie is looking for happy, Remi is a struggling musician and bartender who has clinical depression, Jinx is a burlesque performer and PHD candidate who works at The Orange Balloon, and Minka, no one knows what Minka does. In This House is a play about four young adults living together in Toronto. It is a look into the epidemic of loneliness and depression among the Millennial generation and the daily struggle to make something of yourself in this city. In This House is a play about a generation, a city and an exact time in our lives. This is a play about how we save each other.

Written and Directed by Grace Thompson
Performed by: Astrid Atherly, Jonathan Sconza, Rosie Callaghan and Ciana Henderson
Stage Manager: Erin Maxfield
Set and Lighting Design: Lisa Van Oorschot
Sound Design: Shannon Farrell

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Millennial Mental Health: a two-part conversation 

How are young people today talking about suicide? How are Millennials navigating their experiences with mental health and addictions? Join the cast of In this House after the shows on October 12 and October 15 as they discuss the production themes and their experiences navigating between being emerging artists, living on their own for the first time and managing their mental health. This two-part conversation will explore the unique difficulties for young people in Canada, and the communities of support being created as a response.

PANELISTS

Erum
Khan
Moderator (Oct 12)
Grace
Thompson
Playwrite & Director
Astrid
Atherly
Performer
Jonathan
Sconza
Performer
Rosie
Callaghan
Performer
Ciana
Henderson
Performer & Moderator (Oct 15)
COMMUNITY PARTNER
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PSYCHOSIS

PSYCHOSIS

  • Friday, October 11, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 12, 6:30 PM with post-show Q&A
  • Thursday October 17, 9:00 PM
  • Friday, October 18, 8:30 PM
  • Sunday, October 20, 2:00 PM
Workman Arts Theatre

651 Dufferin St
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

Workman Arts Theatre has stairs up from the street into the building and into the theatre and stairs down to the washrooms.

ASL and live captioning provided for the October 12 post-show discussion.

Choreographed by Ronald Taylor / Ronald Taylor Dance / 60 min

GENRE: DANCE

PSYCHOSIS is inspired by the investigation of Ronald’s mental health episode in Canada and pulls into the present to explore an awareness of adversity, reconciliation and resilience. By connecting relationships between disability, environment and the human spirit, PSYCHOSIS seeks to explore the trauma and ongoing challenges of mental health, while dealing with bouts of darkness, depression and the human psyche.

Choreographer: Ronald Taylor
Performers: Michael Mortley, Kelly La Juenesse, Anthony ‘Prime’ Guerra and Emilie Jabouin

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PSYCHOSIS Process

After the show on October 12, join the cast members to discuss the intricacies of creating and performing Ronald Taylor’s PSYCHOSIS. Through an inter-sectional lens, performers and audience members will have the chance to further reflect together on the performance and the insight that it provides.

PANELISTS

Kevin A.
Ormsby
Moderator
Michael
Mortley
Performer
Kelly
La Juenesse
Performer
Anthony 'Prime'
Guerra
Performer
Emilie
Jabouin
Performer
COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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The Life and Death of Fred Herko

The Life and Death of Fred Herko

  • Thursday, October 10, 8:00 PM
  • Friday, October 11, 8:00 PM
  • Saturday October 12, 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 15, 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 16, 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 17, 8:00 PM
  • Friday, October 18, 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 19, 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, October 20, 8:00 PM
Dead End Studios

7 Fraser Ave #13
Toronto, Ontario

ACCESSIBILITY

This is an interactive/moving performance. Once in the venue, audience members with accessibility needs and limited mobility will have the opportunity to sit. We encourage those with mobility issues to contact us in advance to organize access to the venue and ensure they have seating for the performance.

This performance utilizes strobe lighting and a fog machine.

Directed by Claire Burns / Written by Natalie Liconti / 60 min / Toronto Premiere

GENRE: THEATRE

In 1964, at the age of 28, a queer dancer named Fred Herko jetéd out the window of his ex-lover’s apartment – naked, and high on speed. The Life and Death of Fred Herko is an interdisciplinary, site-specific performance that sheds light on a footnoted figure in queer history and examines the collateral damage of art.

Through striking sound design, movement and text the piece reimagines the dancer’s infamous last moments and seeks to find utopian potential in his tragic story.

The research and development of this piece has been generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Suggested Dress Code: Party Glam

Director: Claire Burns
Writer: Natalie Liconti
Sound Design: Devon Bate
Lighting Design: Darah Miah
Production Management: Taylor Young
Set and Installation Design: James Knott
Stage Management: Kit Simmons
Irma Villafuerte: Choreographer
Performers: Oliver Price, Daniel Carter, Andrew Cheng and Sochi Fried
Special Thanks to Brian Quirt

COMMUNITY PARTNER
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Chaos

15 OCTOBER 2019

Foxy

11 OCTOBER 2019