Event Category: Performance


A close-up of artist, Cindy Baker, laying on her stomach on a small circular mattress on the floor of a glass-walled gallery.

Please join Tangled as we present our final exhibition of 2017, between December 7 – 16. Home: Body is a series of live performances featuring Jessica Leung [Vancouver, BC], Jenelle Rouse [London, ON], and Cindy Baker [Edmonton/Lethbridge AB], who are shaping space and place through the body in distinctive ways.

There are several different performances with the artists, beginning with the opening on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Each event has its own link to RSVP. Due to the size of the gallery and access requirements, all interested in attending need to register. If you have any questions, please call or email Kristina: 647-725-5046 or kristina@tangledarts.org.

Thursday, December 7 Opening event: 6pm – 8pm
Featured for this opening to Home : Body, Deaf emerging artist Jessica Leung will present a selection from their poetry. To RSVP for this event – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/home-body-opening-reception-tickets-40154371807

Friday, December 8 Performance: 7pm – 9pm
Emerging artist Jessica Leung and dance artist Jenelle Rouse perform new selections from poetry and original dance work reflecting their experiences as Deaf people of colour. Themes of intersectionality and navigating a hearing-centric society inform the individual performances. To RSVP for this performance – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/home-body-december-8-performance-tickets-40154532287

Saturday, December 9 Live Described Performance: 7pm – 9pm
This is the second night that Jessica and Jenelle will present their individual performances. Live Description and ASL interpretation will be integrated. To RSVP for this Live Described performance – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/home-body-december-9-live-described-performance-tickets-40154603500

Tangled partners with FADO Performance Art Centre to present Performance Artist Cindy Baker

Thursday, December 14 & Friday, December 15 Performances: 1 – 4pm
Cindy Baker will present a new iteration of her noted “Crash Pad” within the confines of the gallery space. Crash Pad centralizes the artist’s “failing,” disabled, or otherwise socially taboo body. No RSVP is needed to attend these afternoon performances.

Saturday, December 16 Live Described Performance: 7 – 9pm
For this evening performance of Cindy Baker’s “Crash Pad” Live Description will be integrated. Dialog with the artist follows.
To RSVP for this performance – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/home-body-december-16-performance-tickets-40154764983

at The Commons on the 4th floor of 401 Richmond Street West Building —

Saturday, December 16 Performance: Academy: 2 – 4pm
For this unique public engagement. Cindy Baker will offer an “academy” that invites all who attend an opportunity to participate.
This engagement is hosted by FADO Performance Arts. To RSVP – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/december-16-public-engagement-fado-performance-academy-with-cindy-baker-tickets-40154691764

Tangled Art Gallery is barrier-free and service animals are welcome. ASL interpretation and attendant care will be provided. We ask for everyone to support a scent-free environment. The closest accessible subway station is Union Station, the closest accessible streetcar stops are the 510 Spadina Queen Street stop southbound and, Richmond Street stop going northbound.

[Image Description: A photograph that is of a close-up of the artist, Cindy Baker, laying on her stomach on a small circular mattress on the floor of a glass-walled gallery. Her face is pointed towards the camera, eyes closed and she is embracing a blue and white mattress cover. ]

Take d Milk, Nah?

The words Take d Milk written across a pink paint stroke.

“This is the story of how I once birthed a cow…kinda…”

Jivesh is “Canadian.” And “Indian.” And “Hindu.” And “West Indian.” “Trinidadian” too. Or maybe he’s just colonized. In Take d Milk, Nah? Parasram blends personal storytelling and ritual to walk an audience through the Hin-do’s and Hin-don’ts at the intersections of these cultures. The show is a refreshingly candid and delightfully funny look at race, religion and nationalism(s): What divides us – and what we’re willing to accept in the desire to belong. Oh, and there’s a cow.

Co-Produced by Pandemic Theatre and b current performing arts with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille.

Written and Performed by: Jivesh Parasram
Directed by: Tom Arthur Davis
Dramaturgy by: Graham Isador

The Drawer Boy

The words The Drawer Boy written across a pink paint stroke

Miles, an aspiring actor from Toronto, has relocated to rural Ontario. The actor’s theatre company is there to research country life with the hopes of developing a play. During an extended visit with two farmers Miles discovers the challenges of manual labor and inadvertently stumbles upon a secret that has been held for decades. Taking on Michael Healey’s iconic script is director Nina Lee Aquino. The Drawer Boy is a show about the stories we tell ourselves and how they shape the world around us.


Produced by Theatre Passe Muraille.

Written by: Michael Healey
Directed by: Nina Lee Aquino

Acha Bacha

The words Acha Bacha written across a pink paint stroke

For years Zaya has balanced his relationships with his religion and his queer identity. But as secrets from the past reveal themselves, and crisis strikes his family, he is torn between loyalties, culture, and time. Written by Bilal Baig, and directed by Brendan Healy, Acha Bacha boldly explores the intersections between queerness, gender identity and Islamic culture in the Pakistani diaspora. It is a show about the way we love, the way we are loved, and how sometimes love is not enough.


Co-Produced by Theatre Passe Muraille and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Written by: Bilal Baig
Directed by: Brendan Healy

Acha Bacha is being produced in partnership with Buddies in Bad Times as part of a new initiative between our two companies to share resources and introduce our audiences to the work being done on other stages in Toronto. This show is paired with Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools, a new play by Evalyn Parry and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory mapping the connections between the Canadian North and South, which will premiere on Buddies stage in October 2017.

The Tale of a Town – Canada

The words Tale of a Town-Canada written across a pink paint stroke.

Follow the storymobile (a.k.a. recording studio on wheels) on its journey to every province and territory in Canada gathering the almost lost tales of our beloved main streets. Created by Charles Ketchabaw and Lisa Marie DiLiberto, The Tale of a Town – Canada features some of the thousands of voices recorded on their three year trek across the country. This multimedia performance is presented alongside personal anecdotes from this epic family adventure peppered with humour, nostalgia and moments of madness. The Tale of a Town – Canada has been developed in collaboration with artists from across the country. This show features the Jumblies Ground Floor Choir, a live band, and surprise appearances from notables in the community.


Produced by FIXT POINT with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille.

Created, Directed, and Performed by: Lisa Marie DiLiberto and Charles Ketchabaw


The word cake spelled across a pink paint stroke.

“A man earns. However little, however nefariously, he earns.”

Oba is holding on to the last threads of his old life and is determined to maintain what he can by any means necessary. Cake is a story about the things we use, how we are used, and what happens when we are all used up. Written by Governor General’s Award nominee DM St. Bernard the play is a stark and poetic musing on the nature of survival. Cake is a part of the 54ology: St. Bernard’s commitment to create one performance work drawn from each country in Africa. The show is written in reference to Niger’s uranium mining.

Post National

A woman of color facing the camera.

“There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada. There are shared values — openness, respect, compassion, willingness to work hard, to be there for each other, to search for equality and justice. Those qualities are what make us the first post-national state.” —Justin Trudeau

Inspired by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comment that Canada is “the first post-national state,” Post National is a innovative exploration of Canadian identity in an increasingly populist world. A two part show, it is devised by the fourth year students under the guidance and mentorship of director Ross Manson, writer/dramaturg Deborah Pearson and choreographer Kate Alton — three artists from Volcano, Toronto’s world renown boundary pushing theatre company.

One act is an autobiographical piece performed by the fourth year actors and the other is a message-in-a-bottle from York Theatre students to another group of students, who could be anywhere in the world. This act will be performed by 12 unsuspecting performers who have had no rehearsal. They will respond to questions and instructions live in front of the audience.

Performance Schedule:

7:30 p.m. on November 19-24
1:00 p.m. on November 22 & 24
2 p.m. on November 25

November 22 7:30 pm is an ASL interpreted performance.

November 23 7:30 pm is a relaxed performance.

Box Office Information: Tickets are available online or over the phone 416-736-5888

Previews: $7.00 November 19 & 20

ASL Interpreted Performance: $5.00
Wednesday November 22 7:30pm

Relaxed Performance: $5.00
Thursday November 23 7:30pm

All Other Performances:

Tickets: $20.00
Student/Senior $12.00
Groups of 10 or more : $10.00
(Group price applies when all group tickets are purchased at once for a single performance. Not available online, please phone or visit the box office)
Sold-out Show Advisory: Cash only Rush Seats are usually available at the door for sold out shows. If the show is sold out, please check back as seats may become available. There is NO GUARANTEE that seats will come available and the timing of seats coming available varies. We recommend booking early & coming early!

Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools

Two faces side by side facing camera

A concert and a conversation, Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools is the meeting place of two people, and the North and South of our country. Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and queer theatre-maker Evalyn Parry met on an Arctic expedition from Iqaluit to Greenland. Now sharing a stage, these two powerful storytellers map new territory together in a work that gives voice and body to the histories, culture, and climate we’ve inherited, and asks how we reckon with these sharp tools.

Don’t miss Eggrolls with Andy:
Eggrolls with Andy is a before show chat where TPM Artistic Director Andy McKim talks about the larger of themes of a play with a community expert. On November 1st Eggrolls with Andy will be happening at 7:15 before the 8pm performance of Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools. Andy from TPM & Mel from Buddies will be speaking with Katherine Minich, who is Faculty at the McMaster Indigenous Studies Program.

*Eggrolls will be happening at 12 ALEXANDER STREET.


Co-produced by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille.

directed by ERIN BRUBACHER
live video by ELYSHA POIRIER
lighting design by REBECCA PICHERACK
set design by KAITLIN HICKEY
stage manager CHRISTINA CICKO
sound design ALEDA DEROCHE

Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools is being produced in partnership with Buddies in Bad Times as part of a new initiative between our two companies to share resources and introduce our audiences to the work being done on other stages in Toronto. This show is paired with Acha Bacha, a new play by Bilal Baig about the intersection of queerness, gender identity, and Islam, which will premiere on Theatre Passe Muraille’s stage in January 2018.

Seasons by the L’Arche Toronto Sol Express ensemble

An illustration of a calm lake with figures lining the horizon with a man hovering over the lake under a sheer fabric and another man sitting on his shoulder with an umbrella. The word Seasons is printed across the bottom in script lettering.

SEASONS, an inter-arts collaboration, weaves the external and internal cycles we confront in our lives, flavoured with humour, loss and new beginnings. The L’Arche Toronto Sol Express ensemble, together with four local artists and a musician, create a landscape of seasons over time.

The play will be presented at the Al Green Theatre at the Miles Nadal Jewish Cultural Centre, 750 Spadina Avenue (at Bloor). The play is one hour in length.

At two of our performances, on July 11th at 1:00 pm & July 13th at 7:30 pm, we will have live, open audio description. This is an exploration for us, and so we will be open to any feedback about how you experienced the audio description.
We will have a Touch Tour table in the lobby of the JCC one hour before the performance. At the table, we will have various items that we will be using for the performance, like a chiffon cloth, a mask, paper leaves, etc. 

Sol Express is rooted in the mission of L’Arche, which celebrates diversity and provides a welcoming space for people of many different backgrounds and abilities. From the start of Sol Express in 2007, we have been working with professional artists who train and collaborate with us, to create several original works that have been performed to smaller audiences. These works have been developed with the objective of making art in an inclusive way. 

This year, with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the welcoming spirit of the Toronto Fringe Festival organizers, we will celebrate our 10th Anniversary in the heart of the city among many artists. 

If you are interested in attending these two performances, you can click on the link below and it will take you straight to the Sol Express Page on the FRINGE website, where you can purchase tickets. You can also get tickets BY PHONE at 416 -955–1062, or IN PERSON at the Fringe Box Office at the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, 707 Dundas Street West. The box office will be open July 5th to 16th from noon until 9:00 pm. You can also purchase tickets at the door, one hour before the show starts.

Sol Express, L’Arche Toronto
Tel: 416-406-2869 ext. 25
186 Floyd Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4J 2J1 

Cripping the Arts: A Disability Arts Cabaret

Cripping the Stage promo poster

****UPDATE – 10 tech released tickets are now available. Please call the Harbourfront centre at 416 973 4000 option 1 or visit their website. ****

Presented by the British Council Canada, Tangled Art + Disability, Invisible Flash and Harbourfront Centre, Cripping the Stage is a disability arts cabaret featuring cutting-edge disabled artists from Canada and the United Kingdom. The show will take place in the Brigantine Room at Harbourfront Centre on the evening of April 30, 2016.

Co-hosted by Alex Bulmer (Invisible Flash, Winston Churchill Fellow) and Mat Fraser (American Horror Story), this event puts disabled performers centre stage to celebrate Cripping the Arts Symposium presented by Tangled Art + Disability, a symposium exploring disability arts, access, aesthetics, and justice. The three-day event seeks to advance Deaf and Disability Arts in Canada, and enliven the vibrancy of Canadian culture.

Cripping the Stage will showcase music, performance and stand-up comedy by Alex Bulmer (CA/GB), Liz Carr (GB), Laurence Clark (GB), Mat Fraser (GB), masti khor (CA), The Mighty Rhino (CA), jes sachse (CA), Lynx Sainte-Marie (CA) and Syrus Marcus Ware (CA).

Save the date: April 30, 2016 from 8-11pm!

We are proud to present an entirely accessible event for all audiences.

We offer ASL interpretation, full live audio-description, and attendant care for the entire Relaxed performance event. Additionally, guide dogs are welcome and there will be accessible seating. We request that you assist us in making this a scent-free space. If you would like more information regarding the accessibility features at this venue, please contact the Harbourfront box office at 416-973-4000 option 1.


Cripping the Stage welcomes its audience to a relaxed environment. Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. We offer a relaxed attitude toward noise or movement throughout the performance.


Address: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Cripping the Stage will be held at the Brigantine Room inside the main building at Harbourfront Centre.

The wheelchair accessible main lobby entrance to the main building is located about 50 feet from Queens Quay West street, past Harbourfront Centre Shop.

The accessible 510 Spadina Streetcar Southbound from the Spadina Station and get off at Queens Quay W at Harbourfront Centre.

The accessible 510 Spadina Streetcar Northbound from Union Station and get off at Queens Quay W at Harbourfront Centre.

Once you arrive in the main lobby, an ATM machine can be found to your left. The box office for the Brigantine room is a few steps away.

For more information, visit our website: http://bit.ly/1UOVnpb
Présenté par le British Council Canada, Tangled Art + Disability, Invisible Flash et Harbourfont Centre, Cripping the Stage est une soirée-cabaret qui aura lieu dans la salle Brigantine du Harbourfront Centre le 30 avril 2016. Cet événement sera la soirée de clôture de Cripping the Arts Symposium presented by Tangled Art + Disability, dont l’objectif est de faire progresser les pratiques d’artistes sourds ou handicapés.