2021 Member Holiday Virtual Gathering

2021 Member Holiday Virtual Gathering

GENRE: MUSICAL, PERFORMANCE ART, VISUAL ART

TOPIC: COMMUNITY, EDUCATION, MUSIC

TYPE: PERFORMANCE, WORKSHOP

Put Thursday, December 16 in your calendar –The Workman Arts staff would love to invite all members to our year-end Holiday Gathering on Thursday, Dec 16th at 6-8PM to celebrate the year 2021 and welcome a new year filled with infinite possibilities and opportunities. 

The night will consist of hands-on zine-making activity, some musical performances, a possible carolling sing-along, and the night will end with a raffle, click the RSVP button to register and receive the link to join. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Creative Zine-making Workshop
Wanna make a zine?
Join Raymond Helkio for this 30-minute workshop where we’ll each create our own zine. You don’t need any special skills – or even an idea for your zine (but if you have one that’s great!) just show up and we’ll have a great time making something as a group!

Materials: Sheet of paper (any size as long as it’s a rectangular shape), scissors, black marker or pen/pencil.

 

This event is FREE and everyone is welcome. We hope you can join us to enjoy this showcase from home – wherever that may be!

*Please come in your best holiday sweater

  • December 16, 2021 6-8 PM

FREE

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6 NOVEMBER 2021 - ONGOING

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TRUE

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  • October 29 - 30; November 1 - 2; November 4 -5 - 8 PM

CAMH Auditorium, 1025 Queen Street W
Toronto, Ontario

Rosa Laborde / 2021 / English / Canada

On the anniversary of their mother’s death, three sisters are hurtled back in time when their estranged father shows up with a note stating he has Alzheimer’s. Roy hasn’t seen his daughters Anita, Cece and Marie, in years and it’s a visit that is not entirely welcome. But the present Roy is quite unlike the father they remember. This Roy is affable, sensitive, funny, emotional and loving – in total contrast to the unpredictable, often drunk and abusive father of their memories. As they open to the possibility of having him in their lives they are continuously jarred by the sudden trips into the past they are forced into due to his neurological condition. Marie’s husband, Franco, a former professional musician and all-around dilettante, expounds particle theory while playing Mozart and posits the possibility that restructuring their fractured memories could alter the future from that point forward. What follows is a rapid-fire ride through past and present that illuminates the unreliable nature of memory and how the stories we hang onto define us until the moment we let them go. Inspired by King Lear, memory loss in an aging father, the cost of speaking one’s truth, the devastation addiction can wreak on a family, Ikebana flower arranging, piano prodigies and the multiverse theory known as Daughter Universes, the play explores the possibility that rewriting our memories can alter the past and ergo change the future. It is a playful, poignant and piercing look into the nature of memory.

 

Keywords: Addiction | Alcoholism | Depression | Family | Trauma
There will be a 15 minute Q&A with the cast following each performance.
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68: CLAUDE WITTMANN ARTIST ACTIVATION

68: CLAUDE WITTMANN ARTIST ACTIVATION

TOPIC: ACTIVISM

TYPE: ARTIST TALK, PERFORMANCE

68 is artist claude wittmann‘s contribution to the To Speak Without Speaking exhibition. This live action by the artist will include an online discussion (via Zoom) of a series of requests to the City of Toronto shaped from claude’s own housing crisis and research through a survey of Toronto-based artists.

The event will take place on March 25, at 2 PM EST and will be live broadcasted via Zoom, YouTube, Facebook, and claude’s artist page on the Being Scene 2021 website.

The event will be led by claude and one or two participants in the survey. It will focus on demands from the community who completed the survey and will invite a larger public to witness and participate.

Accessibility:  If you have any accessibility requests or questions, please contact Justina Zatzman at justina_zatzman@workmanarts.com. ASL interpretation is available by request; if you require ASL interpretation, please let Justina know by March 18.

  • THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2 PM EST
FREE

Only one registration required per device/household.

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BEING SCENE 2021 CLOSING - THE BRUISERS AT BEING SCENE: THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL

BEING SCENE 2021 CLOSING - THE BRUISERS AT BEING SCENE: THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL

TYPE: PERFORMANCE

The Bruisers as art critics? Workman Arts’ popular Bruised Years Choir offer their unique take on one dozen pieces of fine art from the 20th Anniversary Being Scene exhibition. Through music, of course, dahlings.  A one-time musical event featuring the self-described “Bad News Bears” of choirs and ten artists currently showing as part of Being Scene.

Workman Arts’ BRUISED YEARS CHOIR was launched in 2015 as a 6-week course and has since grown to become a season-long initiative with more than 25 engaged Members. The Choir is led by Dora Award-winning music/theatre artist Jim LeFrancois (Director, Piano) and musician Rob Joy (Guitar) and is composed of Workman Arts Members. The Choir has a vast repertoire of innovative, re-arranged popular songs, many of which explore themes of madness and hope.

The Bruised Years Choir has performed at many events and venues, such as The Invictus Games, 5th Annual Patrick Conner Awards (Theatre Centre), CAMH’s Phase Three Ground-Breaking Ceremony, the Luminato Festival, the Royal Ontario Museum, and at the opening meeting for Toronto City Council’s 2018-19 session. The Choir can be booked for concerts, benefits and events.

If you have any accessibility requests or questions, please contact Justina Zatzman at justina_zatzman@workmanarts.com. ASL interpretation is available by request; if you require ASL interpretation, please let Justina know.

  • Sunday, March 28 7-8 PM
FREE

Only one registration required per device/household.

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Too Close For Comfort - Creating an Environment of Care in the Theatre

Too Close For Comfort - Creating an Environment of Care in the Theatre

THIS MASTER CLASS IS PART OF THE RE:BUILDING RESILIENCE EXHIBITION.

GENRE: THEATRE

Theatre artists make and see theatre to challenge and be challenged, to share and listen, to ask and be asked questions that might not be asked elsewhere. We sometimes tell stories that might be difficult for others to hear. We can hit a nerve, touch a deep wound, or flick a switch that triggers old memories, reactions or feelings. 

So how do we take care of our audiences when we offer sensitive material? How do we take care of the performers who reach deep into their souls and put them on stage, show after show? How do we ensure everyone else on our team is ok? And whose responsibility is it?

Playwright, actor, producer and instructor Lorene Stanwick shares some strategies and ideas to navigate these sometimes-murky waters using Broken Branches, her play that explores the issue of sibling abuse, as a guide.

LORENE
STANWICK
  • Sat, Oct 17, 12:00pm
Accessibility

ASL Interpreted, Open Captions, Active Listener

An Active Listener will be available Sat, Oct 17 from 12-2pm to support this program.
Your active listener for this program is Amanda.
You can connect with Amanda by phone (talk or text) at (647) 696-0893 or by email at amanda.virtualdesk@gmail.com.

The Bridge

The Bridge

THIS PROJECT IS PART OF THE RE:BUILDING RESILIENCE EXHIBITION.

White logo of a bridge on a dark blue galaxy background.

Writer/Performer: Pesch Nepoose / Dramaturge/Director: Ed Roy / Producer/Stage Manager/Media Outreach: Jesse Wabegijig

GENRE: THEATRE

The Bridge is a one-woman play that will be staged in front of a live audience. One night, a young indigenous woman is confessing her struggles as she sits on a bridge overlooking a ravine. Her memories come back to life in the evening wind. Kara comes face to face with her addiction, depression and loss of identity.

Pesch Nepoose is a Cree multidisciplinary artist from Edmonton, Alberta, currently residing in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated her fourth and final year at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in May, 2019. Pesch has many skills and experience as an actor, writer, dancer, singer and stage manager. As a full time actor, she has been a part of many projects including the film By These Presents with Ange Loft, also acting in the short film Hunger which premiered at the ImagineNative Film Festival 2019. Pesch enjoys working with Clay and Paper Theatre, Jumblies Theatre, the Encounters collective and many others.  While attending C.I.T. she formed a collective with her two classmates and created the play S.O.S. Saving Our Sovereignty, which was part of the Paprika Festival and Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival. Pesch was in the Paprika Festival again as a solo artist writing her one woman show currently titled The Bridge. She plans to continue the play with Nightwood Theater’s Write from the Hip program.

CONTENT WARNINGS

Adult Language, Suicide

Please Note: There is one virtual ticket available for the entire Re:Building Resilience Exhibition. Whether you’d like to see one project or all of them, you only need to book one ticket to access everything. The exhibition runs October 15-25, and all ticket purchasers will be sent a link to view the virtual content. Any ticket bought prior to October 15 will receive a follow up email on the 15th with the link.

ACCESSIBILITY

Self-Care Kits are available for free curbside pickup to ticket holders. Kits can be picked up from 651 Dufferin Street between the hours of 12PM-9PM, October 15-25. If pickup is not an accessible option for you, contact justina_zatzman@workmanarts.com for accommodation.

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Queen Latifah Give Me Strength

Queen Latifah Give Me Strength

THIS PROJECT IS PART OF THE RE:BUILDING RESILIENCE EXHIBITION.

A simplified icon depicting a person in a hospital gown hooked up to an IV drip placed within a photograph of a hospital hallway.

Creator: Rochelle R

GENRE: THEATRE

Queen Latifah Give Me Strength centers around a woman’s struggle with her identity and her expectations of being disregarded and ignored by the medical industry. Queen Latifah Give Me Strength depicts the frustration, isolation and raving madness that comes with being a Black woman who must rely on medical professionals to stay alive. After an anxiety-filled evening watching the classic 90s film, Set It Off, featuring Queen Latifah, the main character is faced with her strange connection to the celebrity. In a search for answers about her health, she turns to the icon she had once forsaken. Previous version partially developed during Emerging Creators Unit 2020 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Rochelle R (She/They) is a Canadian-Caribbean multidisciplinary theatre artist, writer, producer and advocate for Black, Queer, Mentally Ill/Disabled communities. Rochelle is passionate about promoting and developing opportunities for Black Artists and encouraging difficult conversations about intersectionality. Rochelle holds a BA in English and Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph and continues to pursue additional training within the GTA and Peel regions. Select companies and programs include b current (Playwriting) bcHUB, Buddies in Bad Times (Play Creation) Emerging Creator’s Unit, Nightwood’s Young Innovator’s Program (Arts Administration/Producing), PIECE OF MINE Arts, dance immersion’s Legacy Leaders Program and more.

CONTENT WARNING

Mature Language, Violence, Loud Sound 

Please Note: There is one virtual ticket available for the entire Re:Building Resilience Exhibition. Whether you’d like to see one project or all of them, you only need to book one ticket to access everything. The exhibition runs October 15-25, and all purchasers will be sent a link to view the virtual content. Any ticket bought prior to October 15 will receive a follow up email on the 15th with the link.

ACCESSIBILITY

Self-Care Kits are available for free curbside pickup to ticket holders. Kits can be picked up from 651 Dufferin Street between the hours of 12PM-9PM, October 15-25. If pickup is not an accessible option for you, contact justina_zatzman@workmanarts.com for accommodation.

Rochelle Richardson will be participating in the virtual panel discussion Resistant Bodies: The Intersections of Self and Health on October 21, at 1 PM. Click here for more information.

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Re:Building Resilience Exhibition

Re:Building Resilience Exhibition

Promotional image for the festival incorporating artworks and event posters by participating artists. Imagery includes clay fish, from “Multitude of Fish” by Jenny Chen, multicolored blocks from “Alpha Support” by Justin Mence, a mobile titled “Cry Baby Mobile”, by Kassandra Walters, wallpaper-style design from “Post-Part” by Longernin Collective, and a pattern from “Ectoplasms” by Megan Moore.

Re:Building Resilience features 25 installations that examine all facets of mental health issues. This will be our last festival at 651 Dufferin Street before moving to a brand new facility at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. What better way to say “good-bye” than to animate all 11,000 square feet with performance art, installations, theatre, dance, film and media art?

Tickets and Viewing Options

Tickets for virtual viewing are pay what you wish. Virtual viewing is available throughout the festival. With your ticket, you will have access to a virtual tour that includes a virtual swag bag with extra features from the 25 projects on offer. All ticket holders will also be invited to receive physical RWM swag bags available for free curbside pickup during festival hours.

Please Note: There is one virtual ticket available for the entire Re:Building Resilience Exhibition. Whether you’d like to see one project or all of them, you only need to book one ticket to access everything. The exhibition runs October 15-25, and all purchasers will be sent a link to view the virtual content. Any ticket bought prior to October 15 will receive a follow up email on the 15th with the link.

ACCESSIBILITY

Self-Care Kits are available for free curbside pickup to ticket holders. Kits can be picked up from 651 Dufferin Street between the hours of 12PM-9PM, October 15-25. If pickup is not an accessible option for you, contact justina_zatzman@workmanarts.com for accommodation.

PROJECTS INCLUDED IN RE:BUILDING RESILIENCE

Blurry repeating abstract patterns with thick elongated orange streaks on a yellow background.
Grey K P Muldoon: Mad Carpets - Hotel Carpet Dance Projections
A line drawing of a two-storey house on the top half of the page and a bee with its wings spread on the bottom half of the page.
Saba Akhtar: The Anatomy of a Home
An abstract image of a blue and yellow rectangular block resting precariously upon a brown rectangular block.
Justin Mencel: Alpha Support
An abstract painting of a monstrous figure; its arms are spread and its head appears to be exploding.
Mitchell Clark Meller: Scarecrow
A pixel drawing of lungs, colored in pink and light purple, and outlined in red against a brown background.
Kara Stone: Medication Meditation
A cropped photo of a person in a lacy top with the word “threadbare” embroidered across the chest. Chunky blue-green yarn streams out of their mouth and fills the foreground of the image.
Alexandra Caprara & Raechel Kula: ThreadBare
A multiple-exposure photograph of a crouched nude figure on a black background.
Wieslawa Nowicka: Into the dark of my skin
A backlit circular paper cut image with a series of imaginative scenes involving a sea voyage.
Kristine White: Mad Fairy Tales
A photograph depicting a wire wastebasket in the corner of a room, overflowing with crumpled tissues covered in a smooth, hard yellowish or grayish substance.
Kassandra Walters: untitled (`{`not`}` always like this)
Two still frames from the video “Instruction to the Ball Measure” with the following captions: “The ball measure is designed to assess the intolerance of uncertainty “ and “A ball is a particle”.
Ivetta Sunyoung Kang: Intolerance of Uncertainty
A photo collage depicting a nude person jumping into a water vortex with their arms spread, viewed from above.
Sophie Dow: Mountain Duets
A photograph of a bottom half of a mannikin with a roll of silver duct tape on top of it against a concrete block wall. A piece of pink duct tape on the wall overlaps a piece of silver duct tape, with the two pieces forming an X shape.
Van Lisa: Due to Renovations
A collage-style photographic poster featuring prescription medication in containers, loose pills, notes, and Polaroid photos, overlaid with the text spelling “Prose in Therapy."
Quarter Kid Productions: Prose in Therapy
A photograph of many small hand-sculpted red clay fish laid out on a rocky river bank.
Jenny Chen: Multitude of Fish
Headshot of a person facing the camera with vividly colored stretchy paper strips wrapped around their head.
Laura Shintani: Neuroelastic
Abstract image of blurry, fluid, white shapes on a dark background.
Megan Moore: Ectoplasms
goat(h)owl theatre: Jo, Don't Go There
Post Part
Longernin Collective: Post-Part
A simplified icon depicting a person in a hospital gown hooked up to an IV drip placed within a photograph of a hospital hallway.
Rochelle R: Queen Latifah Give Me Strength
A photographic still life image with an ink bottle, books, a round analog clock with Roman numerals, large transparent bottles containing handwritten messages on yellowed paper, and a quill pen spelling out “Mad Poetry Apothecary” on a piece of paper.
Hanan Hazime: Mad Poetry Apothecary
An event poster featuring a cutting mat, scissors, a ruler, an exacto knife, and a cut up sheet of paper with words “The Collage party”.
Paul Butler: The Collage Party
A photo collage depicting a person, positioned on their back, hanging off the bed in a darkened room. One of their hands points to flaming words “the Apocalypse in Your Bedroom” above them.
James Knott: Apocalypse In Your Bedroom
Photograph of a person mid-somersault on a theatrical stage.
Mike 'Piecez' Prosserman: BREATHE: a dance production on Hip Hop + Mental Health
White logo of a bridge on a dark blue galaxy background.
Pesch Nepoose: The Bridge

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

Members of the Bruised Years Choir pose for a photo

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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