#browntown ~ march 2018

get out of your house to help me get out of mine. let's hit up all these events (or stay home and rest if you need it) and drink water and meet each other and have fun and I CAN'T WATCH ANYMORE NETFLIX HELP. 


TQIFF 2 Spirit/Indigiqueer/Trans Video Workshop for Beginners // workshop submission
deadline: march 2, 2018

The Toronto Queer Film Festival, in collaboration with Trinity Square Video and imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, announces a call for participants in our first 2 Spirit/Indigiqueer/Trans Workshop for Beginners. Get training and production resources to produce a short video in four afternoon sessions every other Saturday over two months this spring. The workshop will take place on Saturday April 14, April 28, May 12, and May 26 from 11am – 6pm in downtown Toronto. 2 Spirit/Indigiqueer video artists Fallon Simard and Thirza Cuthand will provide hands on training in script development, video production, sound recording and post, and video editing. This series is ideal for the beginner who has a simple idea in mind and needs access to equipment and skills. Workshop sessions, including a hot lunch, will take place at Trinity Square Video. In addition, TSV is offering a free one year membership to all participants, which will provide access to production equipment and editing facilities.

To apply, please submit a short one page proposal for a five minute video, detailing your idea for a short film under five minutes in length and what you hope to learn from this workshop, to indigiqueer@torontoqueerfilmfest.com. The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm EST on Friday, March 2. This workshop series is designed specifically for the 2 Spirit and Indigiqueer community.

Toronto Poetry Slam // a poetry slam // $7
march 3, 2018 ~ doors: 7pm, show: 8pm
drake hotel underground, 1150 queen St. W.

Toronto Poetry Slam is a twice-monthly spoken word competition, where the judges vote on each poem presented. This ain't your grandma's poetry! TPS is all about ideas, with one in particular: people sharing poetry for everyone to enjoy. You'll hear pure honesty poured onto the stage, wrapped in an entertaining performance style you won't see anywhere else. Best of all, anyone can slam! Just show up to sign up for 730pm sharp. Judges from the audience score each poem between 0 and 10, basing their scores on both content n' performance. 12 poets are in the first round, then it's whittled down to 6, and the a final 3 poets battle it out in the final round. Winners get $80 and a bye into the semis. Poets can also get points towards making the Toronto Poetry Slam Team

QueerCab // an queer open mic // free
march 7, 2018 ~ 8:30pm to 11pm
buddies in bad times theatre, 12 alexander st

Hosted by LeeLee Davis and the talented youth of the Queer Youth Arts Program. Limited performance slots available! Email Leelee@buddiesinbadtimes.com to sign up. Let us know any tech requirements - as long as you don't need to hang from the rafters we can usually accommodate your performance! There will also be a limited number of 'sign up on the spot' spots available.

QueerCab is our monthly youth open mic. Anyone can attend and support, but the stage is reserved for queer and trans identified folks to perform. At Buddies we know that there is a great divide of privilege and access operating in our community and our world. Our commitment is to honour the diversity of the community as a whole, creating space that is safer for Indigenous, 2-spirited folks, Trans Women of Color, People of Color, and GLBTQI, and any whose voices are often left behind and marginalized. The event is pay-what-you-can, and all proceeds raised will be donated to a rotating organization.

Queering the Intersections // an evening of performances, exhibitions & speakers // free
march 8, 2018 ~ 6pm to 9pm
the 519, 519 church st

The Myseum of Toronto, Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives (CLGA), The 519, Latino Group HOLA, Latinos Positivos Toronto, El Convento Rico, and Comeocasa are proud to sponsor QUEERING THE INTERSECTIONS a launch party for the exhibits "Jeanne B '93: A Gendertroublemaker Arrives" and "Escondidos No More!" as part of the Myseum Intersections Festival. Speakers include: Samuel Lopez, Shadmith Manzo, Trish Salah, Claudia Medina, Ricardo Rodriguez, and Sidney Cunningham. Guest Performance by Carolina Fabrega Arias. Food and drinks will be provided. There will also be a cash bar. Accessibility Note: The event launch will be on the 1st floor which is accessible via ramp. The Escondidos No More exhibit will partially be along the stairwell. ASL Interpretation will be provided.

"Jeanne B '93: A Gendertroublemaker Arrives"
Gender oppression, sex work, and animal welfare intersect in surprising and affecting ways in Jeanne B ‘93, an exhibition focused on transsexual artist/activist Mirha-Soleil Ross.

"Escondidos No More!"
Traces the history of the coming out of the Latinx or Latinoas LGBTQ community in Toronto. The exhibit features photos, posters and other cultural artifacts that represent the events, activities, organizations and people who spearheaded these movements.

SKETCH Open Studio // an evening of art // free
march 9, 2018 ~ 5:30pm to 8:30pm
artscape younglace, 180 shaw st

We celebrate the end of our Winter Season with our first Open Studio event for 2018! Featuring performances, music, exhibitions, food and more! Join us Friday, March 9 from 5:30-8:30PM.

Spring Show Case at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre // a showcase // free
march 9, 2018 ~ 7pm to 9pm
centre for indigenous theatre, 180 shaw st

Please join us for this presentation of student work from the second term of study. This will be an evening of both traditional and contemporary singing and dancing as well as solo and ensemble performance work.

Performances by:
Candy Blair, Theresa Cutknife, Kiley May, Pesch Nepoose, Eve Saint, Samuel Twinn & Jesse Wabegijig

The following Faculty have worked diligently to support the creation of this presentation:
Herbie Barnes, Cliff Cardinal, Joe Di Mambro, Casey Hudecki, Cat Montgomery, Alejandro Ronceria, Ed Roy & Imelda Villalon.

Walk with Me // a documentary film // $11.50
march 9 to 15, 2018 ~ various times
hot docs ted rogers cinema, 506 bloor st w
Travel the globe and visit some of the most gorgeous regions in the world in this ambitious exploration of our human fascination with mountains. An epic adventure scored by the renowned Australian Chamber Orchestra and narrated by Willem Dafoe, Mountain is a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience from director Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa). What compels us to conquer landscapes and to reach unfathomable heights? Mountains capture our imaginations and evoke awe like nothing else in nature. For anyone that has dreamed of scaling a mountain or has had the chance to do so, this documentary will awaken the adventurer in you and leave you inspired.

Silk Bath // a staged reading // $5
march 10 & 11, 2018 // 2pm
tarragon theatre, 30 bridgman ave

Silk Bath 2.0 is a ruthless exploration of what it means to be a Chinese Canadian after the citizenship paperwork is signed. A critical and audience favourite of the 2017 Next Stage Festival and 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival, Silk Bath 2.0 is a reconstructed script from its previous iterations, with new twists! 

Dark Crop // festival submission
deadline: march 12, 2018 ~ midnight

Submissions are now open for OPIA Theatre Collective's nocturnal performance event, Dark Crop 2018. OPIA Theatre Collective is once again excited to announce that we are now accepting submissions for this year's festival. Nestled in the greenbelt farming community of Belmont, ON is five acres of open farm land - our stage. We invite you to join us for Ontario’s second annual all-night theatre festival, beginning at 5pm on August 4th, and concluding with the sunrise on August 5, 2018. Pitch a tent an experience art under the stars. Dark Crop 2018 will feature artists from across Canada, local food trucks, an artisan tent, craft beer and wine from local breweries, poetry, Canadian music, and devised and site-specific theatre. With 100% of the box office returning to the artists, this is an event not to be missed. APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM FEBRUARY 12-MARCH 12 2018. Apply by visiting www.opiatheatrecollective.ca/dark-crop

Wanderings // an evening of readings // free
march 13, 2018 ~ 7pm to 9pm
the theatre centre, 1115 queen st w

An evening of readings from up-and-coming authors of all ages. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and more! Hosted by Debra Zina Black & the Condo Project. Featuring readings by: Jasmine D'Costa, Dawn Promislow, Sang Kim, Gavin Barrett, and Mayank Bhatt. 

Read your work at WANDERINGS!
You’re invited to share something you’re working on, something you love or something you want to hear in front of an audience. Sign up for a 10 minute slot by emailing bohemians@theatrecentre.org by March 5, 2018.

Keep on Keeping On // A Performance-Based Workshop Exploration of Maintaining Creative Energy // PWYC ($10 to $35)
march 13, 2018 ~ 1pm to 3pm
chalmers performance space at the canadian music centre, 20 joseph st

Tap into the sources of your creative energy through this active, performance-based workshop led by one of Canada’s leading drama educators, Kathleen Gould Lundy. Exchange insights with your fellow artists to combat the creative fatigue and social isolation that plagues artistic work. Explore how your personal and professional stories, and the places you come from, can preserve and nurture your imagination and creativity.This workshop is open to all artists. No theatre or acting experience required. Facilitated by Kathleen Gould Lundy. 

Blackness in White Institutions // an evening of speakers // free
march 14, 2018 ~ 6pm to 10pm
university of toronto faculty of medicine, 7226 - 1 king's college circle

It comes as no surprise that numerous dominant institutions within our society were founded on and perpetuate anti-black racism. From the police, to the university administration, to the media, these institutions have historically harmed the black community and continue to do so to this day. Despite this, there have always been strong black folks who not only have been able to navigate these spaces, but to thrive in them and create change to support their community. 

In the final event of XAO and the first of our Black History Month Programming (this event was post-ponted), join us as we highlight several black individuals who have navigated and thrived in these institutions. Sit with our special guests as we discuss their experiences working in these institutions, reconciling working for an institution that can harm your community, and ways in which one can use their positions in the system to support their own communities. Look for updates on our special guests!

SHADE // a comedy show // $15
march 15, 2018 ~ 7pm to midnight
rivoli, 332 queen st w

SHADE is a comedy show that represents and celebrates comedians of colour, comedians from the LGBTQ+ community, and comedians who identify as women!

Woke Tea meets BYOF // open hang out // free
march 24, 2018 ~ 4pm to 10pm
46 barton ave

Hey Woke Tea Babes!  For our next monthly event we're going to be hanging out with our feminist friends from BYOF (Bring Your Own Feminism) at their headquarters. This is another ad hoc feminist group operating in Toronto who get together to exchange ideas and offer support to one another. Sound familiar? We recently met up with their founder Robin Taylor and she's invited us to come to their first event of 2018. Get excited for some collaborative mind mapping and making new feminist friends. Can't wait to see you there! 

Please note that at this time BYOF is a women/non-binary group. Beautiful men we will catch you on the flip-side in April! We promise.


thanks to my pals for putting these rad events on my radar. brown town is a curation of sweet arts and culture events, workshops, and panels happening in toronto. published monthly, this collection features art and events created, produced, performed, and managed by people of colour, queer people, women, and people with intersectional identities. do you know of cool events that belongs on brown town? e-mail sabahtude@gmail.com.