Toronto SpecFic Colloquium Celebrates the Wonderfully Strange
Speculative fiction, or “SpecFic”—a term that encompasses many imaginative genres of art, such as science fiction, fantasy, magic realism, and horror—is often marginalized from the larger creative writing community in genre. While literary realism tends to be perceived as “serious,” SpecFic is often dismissed as juvenile, escapist, or simply not as substantial as other kinds of writing.
The quality of the writing produced by Canadian creators of SpecFic, however, has consistently flown in the face of such misconceptions—and alongside Toronto’s traditional literary community, a rich and diverse creative ecosystem of speculative fiction writers and publishers has flourished. It is this community and the work that has come out of it that will be celebrated on March 1, 2014, at the fourth annual Toronto SpecFic Colloquium.
Sarah Anne Johnson: “Wonderlust”
Artist Sarah Anne Johnson delves into life’s most intimate moments in “Wonderlust.” Using photography and visual arts, she explores the emotional attachment, romance, and self-consciousness that come with sex.
Roller Derby Double Header: Chicks, Betties, Gores, and Dolls!
What’s the best way to start off a new month? Spending time with a bunch of lovely ladies in spandex and booty shorts, naturally. Though the girls of Toronto Roller Derby have some sweetheart names, you wouldn’t want to get on their bad sides. You’ll see why, during the double header bout between four of our city’s toughest flat track teams. The Smoke City Betties open things up against Chicks Ahoy!, and then the Death Track Dolls take on the Gore Gore Roller Girls.
Here’s something to give a hoot about—the High Park Nature Centre’s Owl Prowl. Bring the family out for a lesson and slideshow about the screech and hoot owls living in our midst. Then, take to the outdoors to explore their natural habitat, and try to coax some of these nocturnal creatures out using owl calls. Participants are asked to bring their own flashlights.
It’s Prohibition time, when Toronto’s Kensington Market was more of a trouble-filled ghetto than hipster hotspot. Michael Ross Albert’s Tough Jews follows the exploits of a family of Jewish bootleggers who, while struggling to survive, unwittingly get themselves deep into the crime world.
You can be taken out of a war, but can you truly remove the war from within you? This question is posed in Kawa Ada’s The Wanderers, a Buddies in Bad Times production about a father and son who flee a battle-worn Afghanistan. Though they start a new life in Canada, the horrors from their homeland refuse to be left behind.