Event Category: Reading

A Timed Speed Read of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Trial Transcript with Additional Notes

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In 1911, 146 people were killed in a fire at the factory of the Triangle Waist Company in New York. The highly contentious trial that followed spurred the public to demand workplace safety reforms and became a touchstone for radical and progressive political movements. At the time, people swore that the victims and the fire would never be forgotten.

Three actors – from another country and century – are tasked with reading from the massive trial transcript as quickly as possible. Despite the speed, they must communicate the key points and central conflicts, while giving insight into the 1911 events and their resonance with the world of today. Can they beat their best time? Can they surprise us? Can they help us remember?

Presented by Surplus Production Unit.

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Remembering the Winnipeg General

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DaPoPo Theatre presents a staged reading of a new play by Thomas McKechnie.
“So what do we do in divided, fearful times? What do we do with the howling, hopeless, yellow tinged guts in our frail little bodies?”

Winnipeg, 1919. Massive unemployment and inflation. In the wake of the Russian Revolution, workers, many of them newcomers to Canada, unite and effectively shut down the city. Thousands of women act as strikers and strike-breakers. The Citizens’ Committee, representing the city’s ruling class, along with the police, respond with force.

Toronto-based theatre artist Thomas McKechnie, known to Halifax audiences from A Wake For Lost Time and 4 1⁄2 (ig)noble truths, asks us to remember Canada’s landmark strike and consider the price of state-sanctioned violence and systemic oppression.

Halifax actors Madeleine Tench and Kristi Anderson lend voices to the over 40 characters in a staged reading of this rousing new play directed by GaRRy Williams and Keelin Jack.

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Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival

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Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival is Room magazine’s annual literary festival, a celebration of diverse Canadian writers and artists which takes place every March on the traditional, unceded, and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples (Vancouver, British Columbia).

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Funny Feminists
Red Gate Revue Stage, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Punch up at the patriarchy with an afternoon of witty poetry and prose featuring some of the most incisive and hilarious writers in the country—Ivan Coyote, Molly Cross-Blanchard, Jo Dworkshack, Eden Robinson, Hana Shafi, and Lindsay Wong. Hosted by Jocelyn Tennant.
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The Vast Inscape: Writing About Mental Health
Native Education College, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

To write is to reflect and ruminate, to follow the twists of one’s inscape and mine its vulnerabilities—this can be healing, but it can also intensify the wounds. Four writers—Meghan Bell, Amanda Leduc, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, and Lindsay Wong—discuss the complexities and challenges of writing about mental health: how it can be both a source of inspiration and one of the greatest barriers to a writer’s “productivity” (ugh), how the ways we talk about “mindfulness” and “self-care” in popular culture can do more harm than good, and how to write responsibly about mental health in a culture that stigmatizes, marginalizes, and gaslights people who are struggling to stay “sane”—if there can be such a thing—in our mad and maddening world. Moderated by Lydia Kwa.
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Body & Soul
Native Education College, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Join us for the launch of Body & Soul, with featured readings by contributors Sharon Bala, Betsy Warland, Meharoona Ghani, and Amanda Leduc. Edited by Susan Scott, the anthology invites women from marginalized or misunderstood communities to speak to faith, practice, religion and ceremony, to confess our sublimely unconventional modes of spiritual yearning. It’s about asking those who have been so often excluded from conversations about spirituality, to step up, to lead, dare to ask those questions and break that silence. Hosted by Susan Scott.
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World Poetry Day: Poetry in Many Languages

Presented by Winnipeg’s Poet Laureate Di Brandt and the Winnipeg Arts Council. An evening of traditional poems, representing poetry in many languages from around the world. Featuring poetry, music, and refreshments.

Last March, Winnipeg’s Poet Laureate Di Brandt, conceived of and hosted World Poetry Day: Poetry in Many Languages. The event featured seventeen Winnipeg citizens reading their favourite poem in the language of their heritage. There were readings in English, French, Ojibwe, Cree, Ukrainian, Mandarin, Icelandic, Filipino, Spanish, German, ASL, Swahili, Nigerian and other languages. The evening was a great success and we look forward to another wonderful event this evening.

Please come out to support Winnipeg’s innovative poetic celebration of the rich multicultural traditions and languages flourishing in our city. Bring your friends and families – this is a community friendly event!

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Inaudibility World (Staged Reading)

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Staged reading.

Will you be my friend? It’s such a simple question. A work in progress play will explore the areas of dating relationships, deaf and hearing people. “Are YOU really listening?” It’s not how we listen. It’s not how we see. A rare diagnosis, forced her to give up one of her goals in life. From Hollywood to Toronto, the magical place of the movieland to today’s world.

Performer: Catherine Joell MacKinnon

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Staged reading. Nathan Jesper has flown in for his big talk and is desperately late. Upon arriving, he launches into his speech but things are soon found to not be what they seem. Part storytelling, part comedy, part tragedy, “Deafy” is a play with captions.

Performer: Chris Dodd.

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BAFF Jr. Children’s Event

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A free reading by CEO Tova Sherman of reachAbility’s very own original book, the Fountain of Harmony. The Fountain of Harmony is an official selection of the Nova Scotia Department of Education, and is a story celebrating inclusion, diversity, and finding out where you belong.

The first 25 families to attend will receive a free copy of the book to read along with and take home. All ages are welcome and snacks will be provided!

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The Word on the Street Lethbridge

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Lethbridge Herald Author Stage
Live captioning and ASL interpretation

11:15 AM: Giselle Courteau – The Duchess Bakeshop Cookbook
12:00 PM: Pauline Dakin – Run, Hide, Repeat
1:00 PM: Joy Fielding – The Bad Daughter
2:00 PM: Angie Abdou – Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom
3:00 PM: Amber Dawn – Sodom Road Exit
4:00 PM: Martin Parnell – The Secret Marathon

Canadian Heritage Author Stage
Live captioning

11:15 AM: Virginia Pésémapéo Bourdeleau – Winter Child
12:00 PM: Fartumo Kusow – Tale of A Boon’s Wife
1:00 PM: Norma Dunning – Annie Muktuk and Other Stories
2:00 PM: Iona Whishaw – A Sorrowful Sanctuary
3:00 PM: Ali Bryan – The Figgs
4:00 PM: David Martin – Tar Swan

Brilliant Imperfection book launch

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In partnership with Ryerson University School of Disability Studies and Tangled Art + Disability, Creative Users is celebrating the launch of disability scholar, activist, and poet Eli Clare’s new book, Brilliant Imperfections: Grappling with Cure. Eli Clare will be in attendance reading from his new book as well, there will be copies of Brilliant Imperfection available for purchase.

In Brilliant Imperfection Eli Clare uses memoir, history, and critical analysis to explore cure—the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Cure serves many purposes. It saves lives, manipulates lives, and prioritizes some lives over others. It provides comfort, makes profits, justifies violence, and promises resolution to body-mind loss. Clare grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we have with our body-minds. The stories he tells range widely, stretching from disability stereotypes to weight loss surgery, gender transition to skin lightening creams. At each turn, Clare weaves race, disability, sexuality, class, and gender together, insisting on the non-negotiable value of body-mind difference. Into this mix, he adds environmental politics, thinking about ecosystem loss and restoration as a way of delving more deeply into cure. Ultimately Brilliant Imperfection reveals cure to be an ideology grounded in the twin notions of normal and natural, slippery and powerful, necessary and damaging all at the same time.

Copies of the book Brilliant Imperfection will be available for sale. (https://eliclare.com/books/brilliant-imperfection)

Accessibility: There will be ASL interpreters present. This event will also be live-streamed (link to event TBA). We ask that you help us make this space scent-free. For more information and/or requests regarding accessibility, please contact Sean at sean@tangledarts.org.

Image credit: Painting of Eli Clare by Riva Lehrer