Event Category: Opening

The Song and The Sorrow

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Legendary Canadian songwriter, Gene MacLellan is best known for his hits from the 1970s, including “Snowbird,” “Put Your Hand in the Hand” and “The Call.” Juno-award-winning musician, MacLellan gained national attention as one of the most brilliant songwriters in the Canadian music industry but he was never comfortable with being in the spotlight. After struggling with depression, MacLellan took his own life in 1995.

The songwriter’s daughter and musician Catherine MacLellan was only 14 when her father committed suicide. Years after his death, Catherine revisits her father’s past trying to understand his life-long battle with depression. The Song and the Sorrow captures Catherine’s personal struggle to reconcile her family’s tragedy and break the silence surrounding mental illness.

Accompanied by live performances from Catherine MacLellan and Workman Arts’ Bruised Years Choir. Q&A with the director following the screening.

42 minutes. Toronto premiere.

More information and tickets

Flourishing: Somehow We Stay Attuned

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Peter Owusu-Ansah, Sarah Ferguson, and Salima Punjani

FLOURISHING: SOMEHOW WE STAY ATTUNED is the first of four exhibitions that make up the series, FLOURISHING. Featuring the work of seven artists from across Canada, this exhibition series addresses the complexities of what it means to flourish, and how flourishing exists in harmony with, and in juxtaposition to, suffering.

SOMEHOW WE STAY ATTUNED is more inquiry than proclamation. The three featured artists do not present simple answers but rather, transform the gallery into a forum unfolding debate – within themselves, with each other, and with the audience.

Ferguson’s work explores the Trans experience; how Trans individuals embody themselves and their environments. Owusu-Ansah’s work as a Deaf artist seeks to deepen audiences’ perception of visual art, and understanding of how Deaf folks navigate a hearing world. Punjani’s work asks audiences to interact with their bodies and their surroundings in new contextual ways. Each artist uses their work as a springboard for us to challenge our understandings of bodies, both our own and those of others.

More information on the Tangled Art + Disability website

September 7, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Community Session with Peter Owusu-Ansah:
September 15, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Artist Talk with Sarah Ferguson, Peter Owusu-Ansah and Salima Punjani:
September 22, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Second Saturday Social:
October 13, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Present Tense: IAL Exhibition Opening

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Inclusive Arts London’s Bridging Forward: Accessibility Arts Festival is bringing exciting works from local, provincial, and national artists to London over June and July 2018. This exhibition features emerging to established contemporary visual and media artists from Southwestern Ontario and beyond, including: Elaine Stewart, Aislinn Thomas, Hailey Doxtater, Jenelle Rouse, Vero Leduc, Sarah L and Judith Purdy. All events are open to the public and presented in accessible locations.

Present Tense: IAL Exhibition Opening with works by:
Elaine Stewart
Aislinn Thomas
Hailey Doxtater
Jenelle Rouse
Vero Leduc
Sarah L
Judith Purdy

For more information: Inclusive Arts London Exhibition Opening on Facebook

The Milky Pop Kid & Keep the Change

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Opening night! The night begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Toronto Reference Library in the Appel Salons at 7:00 PM, with honoured guests, artists, filmmakers, and activists in attendance. RAFFTO is delighted to welcome juror and friend of the festival Angelo Murreda to host the evening. Following the screening we will be joined by special guests from the feature film.

The Milky Pop Kid:
An actor and disability consultant is asked to help a former child star prepare for his triumphant comeback in a likely award-bait role.

Keep the Change:
David is an upper-class charmer struggling to hide his high-functioning autism. Forced by his parents to attend Connections, a support group for people on the autism spectrum, David falls in love with Sarah, a sheltered young woman who challenges his identity as “normal.”

Winner, Best U.S. Narrative Feature and Best New Director, 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Tickets: The Milky Pop Kid & Keep the Change

For more information about the films: The Milky Pop Kid & Keep the Change

VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices in Accessibility, Art and Communication

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VibraFusionLab (VFL) began in 2014 in London, Ontario, growing out of an artist residency and collaboration between media artist David Bobier and the Inclusive Media and Design Centre at Ryerson University. The vision, to provide access to emerging inclusive or adaptive technology and design to artists of all disciplines and abilities, will be illustrated in the upcoming retrospective: VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices in Accessibility, Art and Communication. Vtape is proud to host this immersive exhibition, which will feature educational ephemera in the Commons Research Centre, and works by seven artists involved in the residency program: Marla Hlady; Gordon Monahan; Lindsay Fisher; Alison O’Daniel; Ellen Moffat; Lynx Sainte-Marie; and David Bobier. The seven artists in the exhibition self-identify as either abled or disabled and all have been affiliated with VibraFusionLab over the past 3-4 years.

The works specialize in the exploration of “vibrotactility” in technology, investigating it as a creative medium, with a capacity to combine visual, audio and tactile elements into a highly emotional and sensorial art practice. Viewers can expect wearable devices, and new approaches to art-making that champion the senses beyond vision and hearing, to build new methods of communication and language.

An online catalogue has been published at www.vflvibrations.com with essays by Eliza Chandler, Evan Hibbard and David Bobier.

Deaf, what?

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Deaf, what? is an exciting multimedia exhibit developed by Toronto-based artist Sage Willow in collaboration with photographer Alice Lo that highlights the experiences and contributions of activists, change makers and everyday people who identify within the Deaf spectrum – as having some degree of deafness. Filling Tangled Art Gallery with 50 portraits of individuals from across the country and interviews documenting their travels, these artists want to draw attention to the multitude of Deaf folk whose legacies continue to be ignored.

“The history of Canada’s treatment towards Deaf people includes acts of audism spanning more than a couple of centuries. It’s time for more visibility, awareness, and recognition. We are inviting you to explore our lives through our intersectional experiences in “Deaf, what?” – Sage Willow

As part of this project’s development, award-winning Canadian photographer Zun Lee will be serving as advisor.

For more information: http://tangledarts.org/gallery/space-shapes-place/deaf-what/

Salt of the Earth Opening Artist Talk

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Please join us for an intimate artist talk with Bishara Elmi, whose new installation – Salt of the Earth – is the next exhibition to open at Tangled! If you are interested in attending this opening event, please RSVP using our Eventbrite page, linked here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/salt-of-the-earth-opening-artist-talk-tickets-38854530948

This talk will be held within the gallery and due to limited capacity and access, we are requesting that all interested in attending RSVP.

Exhibition dates: October 26 – November 25, 2017
Opening Artist Talk: October 26, 6:00-8:00 pm
Media Preview: October 26, 3:00-5:00 pm
Second Saturday Social: November 11, 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: Tangled Art Gallery S-122, 401 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON

Dirt is the central material that multidisciplinary artist Bishara Elmi works with in Salt of the Earth; signifying how this element is loaded with multiple meanings and legacies that span across continents to the artist’s homeland in Somalia. This new installation is comprised of crafted domestic objects made from earth that enact a “home” space. These dirt sculptures which Elmi labours over in the making of the work could fall apart at any moment within the installation, and the sense of stability that comes with home could cease to exist.

About The Artist:
Bishara Elmi is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, educator, and public speaker working in visual forms and with numerous materials and creative processes, currently residing in Toronto by way of Mogadishu. Elmi also works individually and within collectives centering BIPOC youth, women and femmes voices and stories and has created many spaces for these types of storytelling and skill sharing to take place.

Tangled Art Gallery is Canada’s first fully accessible disability arts gallery dedicated to advancing accessible programming and curatorial practices. Tangled Art Gallery is proud to be barrier-free, cost-free, and open to the public. All events include ASL Interpretation, Attendant Care, and trained sighted guides. Service animals are welcome. We ask that you help us make our events scent free.

The Transformative Experience of Falling in by sab meynert

The Transformative Experience of Falling in

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: Over the course of 3 years sab’s sketchbook was an intimate exhalation of diaristic navigation, and it is through the vulnerability allowed in a closed-circuit space like a sketchbook, where one can truly be contained and mapped out for all nuances. Approximately 30 drawings chosen from various sketchbooks, document the process of becoming and unbecoming as it relates the instability of mental health when moving through various stages in life. When the viewer encounters these maps of space created to communicate vulnerability, resilience and movement beyond, they are invited to occupy and reinterpret it as needed. This is an intimate display to create an empathetic connection with the intention of healing, to provide visual space of refuge and restitution, away from a place of pain, something new altogether rather than a reaction alone. In showcasing the process of navigation one is also able to see themselves, to allow the process to change oneself rather than whether the aspirational goal is ever met.

The show will feature sculptural work that acts as private anchor points, and two new works that were drawn as a result of this inner work, that have not yet been publicized anywhere, as a tone to set for the unfolding that happens once the process has reached a pressure point in trajectory.

All events associated with this exhibit will be barrier-free and will have ASL interpretation. We request that you help us make this event scent-free. This is a FREE event.

The artist thanks the Ontario Arts Council for generously supporting this work.

DIRECTIONS: Tangled Vitrines are located outside studio 30 on the basement level of the 401 Richmond Building. The accessible subway stations are at Union Station and Spadina Station. 401 Richmond can also be accessed by Streetcar by taking the 510 Spadina streetcar from Spadina subway station or the 510 Richmond Street stop going north from Union Station, which is intermittently accessible.

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Tangled Art Gallery (TAG) is dedicated to exhibiting disability art and showcasing the highest standard of accessible curatorial practice.

Storywave Collective Presents: Who We Are

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Ciel Sainte-Marie
Wy Joung Kou
Amber Willams-King
Jordyn Taylor
Lynx Sainte-Marie
Pete Owusu
Adam Roy Cohoon


Ciel Sainte-Marie
Ciel Sainte-Marie is an elusive catdeer who likes to bite, romance, and talk about symbols & personal myth. She is a Black, Caribbean, mixie queer spoonie who is slowly venturing out of the wilds of liminal spaces. Faerie is dead. Long live Faerie.
Instagram: @cielsaintemarie

Wy Joung Kou
Wy Joung Kou is an emerging queer multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. Their practice includes work in performance, writing, visual art, community-based art, and disability art. As a chronically ill youth involved in intergenerational artist and activism platforms Kou has spoken on panels and delivered keynotes about disability Justice and youth activism at various conferences, these subjects being intrinsically linked to their identity as an artist and the work they produce. They have been self-employed as a queer community barber and hair artist for the past 3 years, have been a self-taught jewelry maker since their early teens and have worked as an assistant artist on various public art projects with Red Dress Productions since 2015, learning ceramic and glass mosaic work in the context of participatory community art. Kou has exhibited visual/tactile installation art pieces in group shows such as Project Creative Users’ CRIP INTERIORS in winter 2015 and in the second edition of the show which was featured in Nuit Blanche Toronto 2015 programming. They were recently awarded the Ontario Art Council’s Access and Career Development Grant to pursue a year long internship with Red Dress Productions as they take part in the production and mounting of Drift Seeds, a community-engaged performance piece set to be performed in June 2017.

Amber Willams-King
I am a Black, queer self-taught artist working in photography, collage, printmaking, and illustration. I see mixed media as a way of acknowledging the multiplicity and fluidity of being and I use materials that speak best to the narrative at hand. This practice seeks to challenge notions of a monolithic Black experience; exploring sexuality, gender, race, representation and intersections of identity. I use found images to investigate colonial histories, legacies of resistance in response to varied oppressions, and the reality of our current socio-political landscapes to excavate new possibilities and future imaginings.

Jordyn Taylor
Jordyn Taylor studied drawing and painting at the Academy of Art Canada. As a queer disabled woman, she uses her work to explore themes of body integrity and challenge societal notions of disability and autonomy. In winter 2015 Jordyn participated in agroup exhibition entitled Crip Interiors put on by the art collective Project Creative Users, of which Jordyn is a founding member. Later that year the collective got together again to create a zine called Atrophy, exploring the theme of cripping rape culture.
Beginning in 2005 Jordyn has been displaying her work in group shows across Toronto, most recently at the Mod Club as a participating artist in RAW: Verve. These days Jordyn’s drawing and paintings can often be seen at Super Wander Gallery as she works to put together her first solo show.

Lynx Sainte-Marie
lynxsaintemarie.com .
Lynx Sainte-Marie is a disabled/chronically ill, non-binary/genderfluid, Afro+Goth Poet of the Jamaican diaspora with ancestral roots indigenous to Africa and the British Isles, living on stolen Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat land (Greater Toronto Area). A writer, multimedium artist, activist, educator, agitator and community builder, Lynx’s work and art is informed by Black feminism(s), collective community love and social, disability and healing justice movements. http://lynxsaintemarie.com/

Peter Owusu-Ansah.
I am a Deaf person. I am not even thinking that I am a visual artist, but I love making images. Seeing is how I get my joy. When I looked at the joy of the visual art world, I felt pain because I did not see a Deaf role model. Even though Deaf people are there, their names do not show up. It is my challenge to do something about it by exploring my true joy of visual image. It is my hope that there will be a place in history for my work. It is my hope to inspire the spirit of Deaf visual artist to rise and be great as any great artist in the world. We are a part of the world and I do believe that we deserve to be role model to not just Deaf people but to anyone else too.

Adam Roy Cohoon
Adam has operated as an independent Artist and Disability Advocate since 2003, where his work has included blogging, photography, filmmaking, and public speaking. He has presented his film work at the Opening of the Toronto Free Gallery, Camera Bar, and the University of Toronto Disability Art Show. He first gained wide recognition with the Disability and Media community through his selection to the National Film Board Momentum Program. work has appeared on the blog “Enables Me” and my work has also appeared on “CBC Toronto”. I have also had my work appear in the “Metro” newspaper and “Toronto Star Online”. To his credit, and unique development process, Adam had developed a manner in which he himself, through recent technological advances, leading to the GoPro camera affixed to his powered wheelchair, and accessible computer and laptop, he independently developed a manner of producing films. Mounting the GoPro on a wheelchair has allowed me to take video and photos from first person perspective, using a custom camera mount

This exhibition features audio description for all works and will also have multiple tactile pieces. All events associated with this exhibit will be barrier-free and will have ASL interpretation. We request that you help us make this event scent-free. This is a FREE event.

Tangled Art Gallery is located in studio 122 on the main floor of the 401 Richmond Building. The accessible subway stations are at Union Station and Spadina Station. 401 Richmond can also be accessed by Streetcar by taking the 510 Spadina streetcar from Spadina subway station or the 510 Richmond Street stop going north from Union Station, which is intermittently accessible.