The Ryerson Image Centre celebrates its first anniversary with the opening of a provocative exhibit centered around the culture of resistance in contemporary indigenous art. Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art. explores the role of Aboriginal artist as activist, and features works from Sonny Assu, Vernon Ah Kee, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Dana Claxton, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Alan Michelson, Theo Sims, Skawennati, and Jackson 2bears. The showcase will be open to the public until December 15.
For Lauryn Kronick and Jacqie Lucas, their upcoming benefit concert, A Luta Continua, isn’t just a way to raise money for LGBT safe-house programs in Uganda—it’s also a way for Toronto’s queer community to show solidarity with one half a world away. The proceeds will benefit Gender Equality and Health Organization Uganda, a group that provides safe houses for gay Ugandans who have been driven out of their communities.
LGBT people in Uganda face extreme discrimination. Homosexuality is punishable by life in jail, and violence is a constant threat.
“GEHO provides a place for about 180 LGBT Ugandans who’ve been kicked out of their homes and communities for their sexual orientation,” says Kronick. “Lately, they’ve been getting requests for more and more help. They run three safe houses, and they’re going to be holding pride celebrations later on this month.”
FeverGraph Theatre Company wants you to get mad (and perhaps go mad) over their new stage production. Look Back in Anger focuses on four people, and the anger that cripples each of them. Rather being a study of hot tempers, the play examines our common desire to feel something deeper than what reality delivers, our sense of futility, and the anger that ensues. Directed by Anita La Selva, the piece was co-conceived by its performers: Eli Ham, Adriano Sobretodo Jr., Tosha Doiron, and Zoë Sweet.
Spend your Wednesday night in one of our city’s best live rooms, with one of the most talented singer-songwriters you’ve probably never heard of. A dapper young gentleman, Rehan Dalal oozes charm and sensuality, channelling Stevie Wonder with his upbeat funk, soul, and pop music. Come early to check out Liz Longley, Jesse Gold, and Ken Yates, who will be celebrating the release of his new album.
Transgender author and experimental country-electronic artist Rae Spoon has a big voice and a story to tell. Spoon’s new album—and soundtrack to a documentary of the same name—My Prairie Home explores the idea of home, and what happens when that place becomes somewhere you can no longer go. The album will be debuted in back-to-back shows at the Gladstone, with Laurie Torres on drums.