Event Category: Festival

Dancing Without Excuses or Limits!

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Double program with Shara Weaver (Ottawa) and Lazylegz (Montréal).

On our stages and screens, in the city as in the countryside, professional dance is reinventing itself. More and more artists who practice the ritual of dance are giving it a new social significance. Some invite young people from diverse abilities and backgrounds to be part of dance companies, to present works that transcend their physical state, and help redefine expectations.

Discover, through the three films of this double-program, how Ottawa choreographer Shara Weaver and her company Propeller Dance, LazyLegz of Montreal and the French Virginie Combet breathe new life into dance.

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A film by Propeller Dance (Ottawa)

Circuit explores societal and individual transformation, a journey through lands past and present. It is a call to get out of our heads and back to the heart of why we exist. Circuit is Propeller Dance’s premiere dance film, the result of a soulful collaboration with DRUMHAND.

Le pays où tout est à prendre au sérieux
A film by Virginie Combet

This film is the result of a year-long choreographic and cinematographic work with adolescents hospitalized in two psychiatric departments in France, Paris and Marseille. It is co-written and interpreted by them.

“Pas d’excuses, pas de limites” with Lazylegz (Montréal)
A film by Christian Lalumière

Lazylegz, a professional b-boy, has a condition that makes it almost impossible to use his legs. Pas d’excuses, pas de limites tells his incredible journey and his commitment to young people through his Project RAD, which trains urban-dance teachers how to work with children with physical and intellectual challenges. This film is in French only.

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Pegasus Inspirational Film Festival 2019

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Pegasus Inspirational Film Festival is back and bigger than ever – join us for the third ever PIFF! This year we will be premiering films from:

  • Addus
  • The Centre For Dreams
  • Harmony Place
  • Larche – Sol Express
  • Montage Support Services
  • Pegasus Community Project
  • Purple Carrots Drama Studios

Meet the stars of the films, have your picture taken on the red carpet and maybe pick up some exclusive PIFF merch. Refreshments will be available to purchase from The Coffee Shed and we will have live music performed by Scarboro Music.

PIFF is the Toronto Film festival you don’t want to miss out on!

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Commissioned Films Premieres + Talk Back

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F-O-R-M’s Commissioning Fund is an exciting program offered by the festival for youth and emerging artists. This year, we are delighted to have commissioned five new movement films from artists across Canada between the ages of 22-30. Each artist received $2000, a membership and equipment credit to Cineworks in Vancouver and Charles St. Video in Toronto. Artists also had access to mentors Nancy Lee, Sammy Chien and Sophia Wolfe to support their process’ along the way. These resources all went towards the creation of brand new movement films which will be premiered during this screening!

Please join us after the screening for a talk back with the artists facilitated by Jen Sungshine.

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Tamar Tabori | Toronto

Routines, patterns, and cycles are a part of human behaviour. By breaking a habit and practicing the opposite, we are challenging what is normal. We are constantly evolving and moulding ourselves to new contexts and environments this is how we, as humans, find ordinary. We carry forth what we know into our unknowns, creating adaptations and new norms. We move around and travel to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel a number of things on the quest to satisfy our never-ending curiosities. Our intrigue is followed by the need to understand. We experience shock and amazement that, once they subside, are followed by a desire to render the mysterious familiar. More often than not, this mystery quickly becomes normal, and has always been normal to those who knew it before. Questioning the typical is a way of inquiring about the strange. The more you sit and think about it, the more the normal becomes bizarre. If “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” then one man’s ordinary is another man’s extraordinary.

Carolina Bergonzoni, All Bodies Dance Project | Vancouver

Ho.Me is a short dance film that explores the themes of belonging, comfort, and discomfort in relation to the notion of inhabiting the body. The piece is comprised of three portraits of individuals who live in very different bodies linked together through a loose narrative. Shot in the intimate settings of each dancers’ home, the three performers move through solo material derived from the questions: Where do I come from? What stories do I carry? What is inside me? Through the movement of each character, we learn about their distinct qualities and quirks. The audience will be invited into the intimacy of the dancer’s homes: a kitchen, a living room, a couch, a clock… What stories do these places carry? How does the body relate to them? Gradually, the dancers come together in a shared environment that is impersonal and removed from their private spaces. How do our own personal stories merge to become an ensemble? Ho.Me revels in the beauty of difference, and the universality of the body.

Trace, Tread
Jenna Mazur | Vancouver

An otherwise typical day in the studio is shifted when a dancer’s notes animate into geometric objects. The magic that exists in the mundanities of the everyday is made physical as the dancer stirs the room with her energy and ideas. Memories of movement hang in the air until the momentum of ideas are exhausted.

Jordan Campbell and Tyler Sloane | Toronto

We love to party. We love sequins. We love fashion, dance and music. Why?
We present to you a glamorous romp through Toronto alterna-queer nightlife, one sequin at a time. The looks, the mess, the drama.
Follow Quinn on his search for a day off. RUN!

soft teeth
Zahra Shahab | Vancouver

soft teeth is an experimental video about mutant creatures that undergo several processes of metamorphosis. It is a playful illustration of metaphysical queer identity in its indefinability and perpetual state of emergence. The creatures morph and merge, birthing new versions of themselves while finding synthesis with their physical landscape. Their soft bodies become a terrain of potential, with body parts growing, shrinking, relocating, and being replaced with images from other worlds. An emphasis on the fantastical allows room for the entities to not rely on a stable future or a concrete narrative, but instead exist in a continually amorphous, unpredictable state.

Canadian Heritage Author Stage

Jenna Butler standing outside in a red coat in a snowy northern landscape with open water, ice floes and mountains

Participate in author readings, discussions, and activities, and shop in a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. There’s plenty to see and do at southern Alberta’s biggest literary event!

More information and schedule on The Word On The Street Lethbridge website

11:15 AM: Karen Anderson and Matilde Sanchez-Turri – Food Artisans of Alberta
From the coulees of the badlands to the combines of the wheatlands, discover Alberta’s diverse terroir, and be captivated by the distinct tastes of this majestic province. Food Artisans of Alberta is a robust travel companion for local food lovers and visitors alike.

12:00 PM: Jenna Butler – Magnetic North
Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard takes the reader from the endangered Canadian boreal forest to the environmentally threatened Svalbard archipelago off the coast of Norway, connecting continents and tracing the impacts of climate change on northern lands. With a feminist gaze, Jenna Butler questions explorer narratives and the mythic draw of the polar North.

1:00 PM: Audrey Whitson – The Death of Annie the Water Witcher by Lightning
Three years into the second millennium, Majestic, Alberta is a farm town dealing with weakened crop prices, international borders closing to Canadian beef, and a severe drought. Older farmers worry about their way of life changing while young people concoct ways to escape: drugs, partying, moving away. Even the church is on the brink of closing. When local woman Annie Gallagher is struck by lightning while divining water for a well, stories of the town’s past, including that of Annie and the grandmother who taught her water witching, slowly emerge as everyone gathers for her funeral.

2:00 PM: Susan Forest – Bursts of Fire
Bursts of Fire begins an epic political fantasy of revenge, addictions, and redemption. In an empire where magic has become suspect, love and loyalty–for one’s lover, one’s family, one’s country–are tested. If Heaven desires the very earth be burned, what place can those below hope for, when the flames come for them?

3:00 PM: Antoine Mountain – From Bear Rock Mountain
In this poetic, poignant memoir, Dene artist and social activist Antoine Mountain paints an unforgettable picture of his journey from residential school to art school—and his path to healing. As a celebrated artist and social activist today, Mountain shares this moving, personal story of healing and the reclamation of his Dene identity.

4:00 PM: Christian Guay-Poliquin – The Weight of Snow
A badly injured man. A nationwide power failure. A village buried in snow. A desperate struggle for survival. These are the ingredients of The Weight of Snow, Christian Guay-Poliquin’s riveting new novel. After surviving a major accident, the book’s protagonist is entrusted to Matthias, a taciturn old man who agrees to heal his wounds in exchange for supplies and a chance of escape. The two men become prisoners of the elements and of their own rough confrontation as the centimetres of snow accumulate relentlessly.

Lethbridge Herald Author Stage

Black and white photo of Waubgeshig Rice

Participate in author readings, discussions, and activities, and shop in a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. There’s plenty to see and do at southern Alberta’s biggest literary event!

More information and schedule on The Word On The Street Lethbridge website

11:15 AM: Jim Brown – The Golden Boy of Crime
Jim Brown, filmmaker and CBC Radio host, tells the incredible true story of “Red” Ryan, a larger-than-life criminal whose fame and legend were much encouraged by the media—he was the “Kardashian” of the time—and whose story endures.

12:00 PM: Lorimer Shenher – This One Looks Like A Boy
In this candid and thoughtful memoir, Shenher shares the story of his gender journey, from childhood gender dysphoria to teenage sexual experimentation to early-adult denial of his identity—and finally the acceptance that he is trans, culminating in gender reassignment surgery in his fifties.

1:00 PM: Karlynn Johnston – The Prairie Table
Featuring more than 100 recipes–from salads to vegetable dishes; home-baked breakfasts to easy main meals; crowd-pleasing appetizers to portable desserts; a chapter dedicated to the Ukrainian heritage of the prairies, and much more!–The Prairie Table is filled with Karlynn’s approachable and tasty dishes.

2:00 PM: Lee Maracle and Tania Carter – Hope Matters
Hope Matters, written by multiple award-winner Lee Maracle, in collaboration with her daughters Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter, focuses on the journey of Indigenous people from colonial beginnings to reconciliation. Written collaboratively by all three women, the poems in Hope Matters blend their voices together into a shared song of hope and reconciliation.

3:00 PM: Waubgeshig Rice – Moon of the Crusted Snow
With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.

4:00 PM: Anne Emery – Though the Heavens Fall
As 1995 dawns in the North of Ireland, Belfast is a city of army patrols, bombed-out buildings, and “peace walls” segregating one community from the other. But the IRA has called a ceasefire. So, it’s as good a time as any for Monty Collins and Father Brennan Burke to visit the city: Monty to do a short gig in a law firm, and Brennan to reconnect with family. And it’s a good time for Brennan’s cousin Ronan to lay down arms and campaign for election in a future peacetime government. But the past is never past in Belfast, and it rises up to haunt them all.

Sound of Metal

A shirtless drummer playing the drums under a spotlight against a black background

Riz Ahmed is a noise metal drummer. Shirtless and full of coiled intensity, he hammers out ferocious sets with his girlfriend and bandmate (Olivia Cooke). But with each show, a persistent ringing in his ears worsens until sound drops out altogether. For a deaf musician and his partner who’ve built their precarious existence doing what they know and love, what happens now? If he can’t recover his hearing, who will he become?

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