Event Category: Opening


An image from the exhibition Thaumaturgy

Through the art and science of ‘wonder-working’, Thaumaturgy generates an immersive and participatory call to action to fight for the future of our planet’s well being. Animated through the respective artforms of four Indigenous Disabled artists, the four elements of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water meet at a juncture to story ceremony and sacred space for feeling and healing. Tobacco, Sage, Cedar and Sweetgrass work to resist the formalities of a gallery, giving way to living tableaus that tie together the four elemental installations. In paying homage to the land and the place we call home, we come back to our base teachings of love, respect for the ‘wonders’ of our environment, and the ability each of us has to reshape our future with our own hands.

Thaumaturgy is curated by Jaene F. Castrillon, in partnership with Charles Street Video.

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Beyond Survival Toronto Book Launch

Cover of "Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement" with pink, yellow and cyan branches and leaves on a blue background

Another Story Bookshop proudly presents the Toronto launch for Beyond Survival Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement.

With editors Ejeris Dixon & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and contributors Kai Cheng Thom, Chanelle Gallant, Monica Forrester, Audrey Huntley and Elene Lam. MC’d by Syrus Marcus Ware.

Co-sponsored by the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto and AK Press. With thanks to the Canada Council through The Writers’ Union of Canada.

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Opening Night: The Movement

Illustration of a person wearing red, with two antlers above their head, and "Growing Room Literary & Arts Festival" in white letters against a deep pink background

Every movement needs artists and its artists need each other. Join us for a dazzling opening night, where we gather to witness three towering legends of the Vancouver music scene come together to honour each other’s rhythms, words, and radical work. Featuring Tonye Aganaba, Missy D, and Chelsea D.E. Johnson performing their own music, covering each other’s work and sharing the secrets of what moves them into loving action. We’ll close the night off with a set by DJ Denise. Hosted by Jillian Christmas and jaye simpson.

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Image: Technical Support / Soutien technique by Yvette Cenerini

CRIPTYCH showcases a year of intensive project development from members of the DATA program, a collaboration between Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba and Video Pool Media Arts. This exhibition confronts outdated modes of therapy, unearths skeletons in the mental health care system, explores inner worlds of digitally-mediated self-examination and negotiates boundaries between vulnerable states of dependence, dis/ability and agency. The artists in CRIPTYCH take extraordinary lengths to share their experiences through these profoundly personal artworks.

The Diversity through Access to Technology + Art program (DATA) provides mentorship, education and career development opportunities to artists with disabilities who are interested in incorporating technology into their arts practice.

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Image: Image: Technical Support / Soutien technique by Yvette Cenerini

Being Scene 2020

"Workman Arts Presents Being Scene: 19th Annual Juried Exhibition" against a detail of "aftermath" by Shannon Taylor Jones, 2019

Workman Arts presents BEING SCENE, a sweeping exhibition encompassing more than 100 artworks by 66 artists. These artists give shape to compelling ideas and narratives, covering a wide range of conceptual and material approaches from diverse experiences.

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Being Scene 2020 is free to attend, and runs March 7-26 at Toronto Media Arts Centre (TMAC). The exhibition also includes a series of events during the run that provide opportunities for discussion, reflection and exploration.

Each event will have an active listener on site. We do our best to accommodate any interpretation, transportation assistance, navigation assistance, financial assistance or any other accessibility needs by request. If you require any accessibility supports in order to attend any of these events, please get in touch with Justina Zatzman at justina_zatzman@workmanarts.com or 416-583-4339, ext 9.

Image: Shannon Taylor Jones, aftermath, 2019 (detail)

A Big Heritage with A Glorious Past

Still from Sunlight Vandalism (2019) by Marina Xenofontos with the caption "I closed all the windows and now everything is one room."

A Big Heritage with A Glorious Past
Curated by ma ma (Magdalyn Asimakis and Heather Rigg)

“A Big Heritage with A Glorious Past” presents the work of Eleana Antonaki and Marina Xenofontos in an inconclusive dialogue around the migratory experience. In their practices, both artists explore transnational feminist perspectives, honing in on the adversities of migration and strategies of settling and creating homes while in exile.

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Love My Dysfunctions

Promo image for "Love My Dysfunctions" with red lettering on a black background, and a red line drawing of a chair with clothes draped over it

LOVE MY DYSFUNCTIONS by Rebecca Sweets is an immersive installation which explores her mad, neurodivergent + disabled identity through the lens of executive dysfunction, a dominant symptom of ADHD. The exhibition is concerned with social constructs of dysfunction, within the context of “higher education” that normalizes neurotypicality by reinforcing systemic ableist, sanist, and capitalist modes of existence.

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Shannon Finnegan: Lone Proponent of Wall-to-Wall Carpet / They Forgot That We Were Seeds (CLOSED)

Katherine Takpannie, Niriqatigiit (detail), 2019 (digital photograph) Shannon Finnegan, Do you want us here or not [Drawing 5], 2017, (digitized drawing)

Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) will host a party to celebrate the opening of its two new winter exhibitions. During the event, the gallery will launch a new catalogue featuring the work of former Ottawa artist Dennis Tourbin and sell prints by Robert Houle to benefit Minwaashin Lodge.

Shannon Finnegan: Lone Proponent of Wall-to-Wall Carpet
Curated by Heather Anderson and Fiona Wright

The Brooklyn-based artist and activist Shannon Finnegan makes cheeky work about disability culture and access. Her furniture, murals and drawings call out ableism in art galleries and other public places, and imagine a world committed to ongoing, responsive and collective care.

They Forgot That We Were Seeds
Curated by Kosisochukwu Nnebe

Featuring artists KC Adams, Deanna Bowen, Roxana Farrell, Bushra Junaid, Amy Malbeuf, Meryl McMaster, Cheyenne Sundance and Katherine Takpannie.

This ambitious group exhibition brings together black and Indigenous women artists around the subject of food. Their compelling works about the production, trade and consumption of such goods as cod and sugar firmly embed Canada in the global history of colonialism.

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Image: L: Katherine Takpannie, Niriqatigiit (detail), 2019, digital photograph. R: Shannon Finnegan, Do you want us here or not [Drawing 5], 2017, digitized drawing.

Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements (by appointment only)

Promo image for "Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements" - close up photo of red tulle fabric draped over railroad tracks

Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements is a visual art exhibit inspired by the Chinese Five Elemental forces, seized by the urgent tensions between Queer Chinese diasporic identities. A collection of multichannel installations, visual and sculptural activations provoke a cosmic encounter of our living past and present as we ‘race’ towards a healing future. These elemental activations attempt to collapse the linear temporality to dislodge an emotional, spiritual, cosmological, and metaphysical enunciation of our Queer ‘Chineseness’. Rather than focus on the trauma that queer people of colour face, this project is fundamentally an invitation to an exuberant celebration of queerness that is unabashedly Chinese.

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Spoons by Gloria C Swain. Horizontal medium and light grey rectangles on a black canvas

HIDDEN: Gloria C Swain, Peter Owusu-Ansah, Tamyka Bullen, Kyisha Williams

About the Exhibition
‘Hidden’ explores intergenerational trauma [hauntology], isolation and lived experiences of Black artists with hidden disabilities. What is hidden is kept concealed, and what is concealed is done to hide our uniqueness. As we navigate through unwelcome spaces that create exclusion and anxiety, we recognize how ableism, according to Dustin P. Gibson’s definition, is an “anti-black system that assigns value based on our ability to produce profit, excel and behave, and enforces a false idea of normalcy.” But we find each other in spite of invisibility, concealment and what is hidden. We strengthen each other by centering our communities from the peripheries, celebrating our shared spaces, ideas and experiences with other like-minded individuals.

Through our intersectional approach to disability arts, we reject single narratives of disability. Our collective understanding of disability is one that is political and relational. As we begin to uncover what is hidden, we move towards a rich and vibrant diversity of movements that work to confront our own cultural priorities.

Even though our practices are different, each artist adds to the exhibition in unique ways that results into a powerful show. We are stronger together than separately.

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