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Toronto Fringe Festival – Grade 8

With humour and heart, Lara takes us back to 1980. Her thirteenth crazy-beautiful-awkward year that tested her mettle and taught her to face her fears, singing the songs that provided the soundtrack to her Grade 8 experience.
The music for this coming of age “storied concert” is a mix-tape soundtrack from 1980-81 with songs by The Police, Billy Squier, Blondie, the B52s, Diana Ross, Pink Floyd, Donna Summer, Tom Petty, John Lennon and Queen.

“MacMillan has such an expressive face and oozes charisma”- Capital Critics Circle, Ottawa

 

For tickets visit https://fringetoronto.com/festivals/fringe/event/grade-8. This performance runs from July 7th to July 13th.

 

Artist & Curator Talk (Program in French)- José Luis Torres: Question d’adaptation

Artist & Curator Talk- José Luis Torres: Question d’adaptation (Program in French)

Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 2 PM | FREE
In conjunction with his solo exhibition at the Koffler Gallery, José Luis Torres will discuss his artistic practice and the ways in which his work engages notions of displacement, adaptation and identity construction, in a conversation with curator Mona Filip.

José Luis Torres was born in Argentina and has been living and working in Québec since 2003. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts, a Master’s Degree in Sculpture and a degree in Architecture. His work has been showcased in many solo and group exhibitions, as well as public interventions in both Canada and abroad, including Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Québec), Human Cities/Places to be (Brussels, Belgium), Museum London (London, ON), The Works Art & Design Festival (Edmonton – Alberta), Manif d’art the Québec City Biennial (Québec), UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, (Colorado Springs, USA), Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture (Edmonton, Alberta), X-Border Art Biennial (Rovaniemi, Finland) and CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (Cambridge, ON), among many others. Torres has also participated in various artist residencies in Canada, Argentina, the United States, Mexico and Europe. More details.

Image: José Luis Torres, Mutations, 2015.

Nuit Rose 2018 Opening Night

NUIT ROSE is back for its fifth festival with the theme UNBOUND. This year, NUIT ROSE returns to Artscape Youngplace with a major group exhibition of painting, drawing, photography, video and sculpture. Musical and DJ performances will activate our FREE opening night. Come for the art and stay for the party.

Opening Night: Wednesday, June 13th, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Exhibition: June 13th – June 23rd

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String of Pearls

String of Pearls – A Performance
Written by Michele Lowe
Performed by Rebecca Amzallag, Alison Brooks, Jeanette Cairns, and Hannah Gallant.
Directed by Alison Brooks
Presented by Labour of Love

Directorial debut from Canadian actor Alison Brooks brings us the first Canadian theatrical performance of Michele Lowe’s award winning play, String of Pearls.

A pearl necklace passes from one character to the next, the audience is taken on an intimate journey that spans several decades and generations from the 1960s to the present day. Alongside the pearls, the audience is an essential element within the storytelling as the bearer of treasured revelations and confessions through an affectionate break of the fourth wall. Four exemplary and talented actresses, in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 70’s, play the 27 women that tell the story of the pearl necklace. Each character requests the audience to be their confidants
through rich monologues, simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious. They share their histories of lost love, betrayal, lust, birth, and death; sexuality, racism, dementia, and immigration.

String of Pearls is everything Indie Theatre promises with the caveat that it is told from the female perspective by an all female cast. At times uncomfortable but always truthful, it pushes boundaries by highlighting society’s opinions of women in different roles, from various economic backgrounds and from a variety of cultural identities. Both timeless and timely, this production is an action based response to the #metoo movement, but ultimately offers an insight into individuals and why they make the choices they do.

 

June 7-10 and 14-16 @ 8pm, Studio 106