Currents

Elder Duke Redbird, "Wigwam Chi-Chemung," 2019. Photo: Elijah Nichols

Currents is a platform for artist-led programming that invites visitors to engage directly with the creative and critical processes at work in the exhibition. This stream consists of talks, performances, symphonies, star-gazing, and ceremonies that trace ideas circulating within and beyond the Biennial’s main sites and connect with other exhibition locations. Be it through acts of restitution, revolutionary wearables, ways of knowing with the water, or the ethics of making, Currents asks participants to reconsider what it means to be in and out of relation in the context of artworks featured in this year’s Exhibition.

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18oct6:15 pm6:45 pmFeaturedAntarctica: Live Performance6:15 pm - 6:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Friday) 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 5-5:30pm and 6:15-6:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

18oct7:00 pmFeaturedPerformance and Talk by CA Conrad at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

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(Friday) 7:00 pm

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259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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CA Conrad will discuss their new (Soma)tic Poetry Ritual “Resurrect Extinct Vibration” and read from the resulting poems.

Conrad’s performance is a part of the Biennial’s Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building host weekly performances and readings. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: CA Conrad, film still from The Book of Conrad (Delinquent Films). Courtesy CA Conrad

19oct11:00 am1:00 pmFeaturedJumblies Theatre & Arts Workshops11:00 am - 1:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Family Friendly,Workshops

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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On Saturdays throughout the Biennial, a team of artists from Jumblies Theatre & Arts facilitate public art-making workshops for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. After viewing the installation, By These Presents: “Purchasing” Toronto at Small Arms Inspection Building, participants are invited to write, draw, or embroider their responses on felted quilt pieces. Both Iroquois and Anishinaabe beading styles are shared, alongside open discussion of the installation’s content. Following the workshops the pieces generated will be combined in a giant quilt that addresses the Dish with One Spoon regional treaty and presented at the Biennial’s 2021 edition.

Image Caption: Jumblies Theatre & Arts, “Talking Treaties, 2018.” Courtesy Jumblies Theatre and Liam Coo.

Organizer

Jumblies Theatre & Arts

19oct2:00 pmFeaturedPerformance and Talk by CA Conrad at Small Arms2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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CA Conrad will discuss their new (Soma)tic Poetry Ritual “Resurrect Extinct Vibration” and read from the resulting poems.

Conrad’s performance is a part of the Biennial’s Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building host weekly performances and readings. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: CAConrad, film still from The Book of Conrad (Delinquent Films). Courtesy the artist.

20oct2:00 pm2:30 pmFeaturedAntarctica: Live Performance2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

20oct3:15 pm3:45 pmFeaturedAntarctica: Live Performance3:15 pm - 3:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

23oct6:00 pm8:00 pmFeaturedListening Session with Allison Cameron, Raven Chacon, and John Oswald6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8Stream:CurrentsType:Talks,Workshops

Time

(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

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A collaboration with Delf Maria Hohmann, Allison Cameron, Raven Chacon, John Oswald, and Marc Sabat culminated in a special edition of Harbour Symphony as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art Opening Week, activating boats docked along Toronto’s shoreline in a celebratory launch. For this evening, Chacon, Cameron and Oswald reflect on this and previous editions of the symphony, inviting audience members to collectively listen to Harbour Symphony recordings and consider the possibilities of working with sound, composition and experimental instrumentation.

Location details: This event will take place at the Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre.

Harbour Symphony was co-presented by Harbourfront Centre and the Toronto Biennial of Art.

Image: Delf Maria Hohmann and Raven Chacon, with Allison Cameron, John Oswald, and Marc Sabat, Harbour Symphony, 2019. Co-presented by Harbourfront Centre and Toronto Biennial of Art. Photo: Yuula Benevolski.

Organizer

Allison Cameron

04oct5:00 pm5:30 pmAntarctica: Live Performance5:00 pm - 5:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 5-5:30pm and 6:15-6:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

04oct6:15 pm6:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance6:15 pm - 6:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Friday) 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 5-5:30pm and 6:15-6:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

04oct7:00 pm9:00 pmPerformance by Marshall Trammell at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Friday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Marshall Trammell will perform Warrior Ethos, two visual compositions (graphic notation): one for drum set, and the other for drum set, bull roarers and face jugs. The first composition was created for Trammell by San Francisco Bay Area-based composer and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa for his “Indexical Moment/um” installation series held at Southern Exposure at the beginning of his current tour in April 2019. The second is derived from a 10-month residency at Off Lomas in Albuquerque, NM. There he formed In Defense of Memory “Burn the Temples/Break Up the Bells,” a community engagement, Insurgent Learning Workshop (ILW) referencing methodologies deployed by a collective of Pueblo Indians for the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building host weekly performances and readings. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Agatha Urbaniak (UK). Courtesy Marshall Trammell.

05oct11:00 am1:00 pmJumblies Theatre & Arts Workshops11:00 am - 1:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Family Friendly,Workshops

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Event Details

On Saturdays throughout the Biennial, a team of artists from Jumblies Theatre & Arts facilitate public art-making workshops for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. After viewing the installation, By These Presents: “Purchasing” Toronto at Small Arms Inspection Building, participants are invited to write, draw, or embroider their responses on felted quilt pieces. Both Iroquois and Anishinaabe beading styles are shared, alongside open discussion of the installation’s content. Following the workshops the pieces generated will be combined in a giant quilt that addresses the Dish with One Spoon regional treaty and presented at the Biennial’s 2021 edition.

Image Caption: Jumblies Theatre & Arts, “Talking Treaties, 2018.” Courtesy Jumblies Theatre and Liam Coo.

Organizer

Jumblies Theatre & Arts

05oct1:00 pm5:00 pmThe Bank, the Mine, the Colony, the Crime1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Financial District, TorontoStream:CurrentsType:Talks,Walks

Time

(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

Financial District, Toronto

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Meeting point: RBC Plaza at 200 Bay St, 12:45pm.

WalkingLab and RiVAL’s curated project brings together various artists and the public for a walking tour through Toronto’s Financial District, built on Haudenosaunee and Mississauga lands and home to many ghosts, notably those dispossessed by the global extractive industries headquartered in the city’s infamous Bay Street area. New Mineral Collective contributes with a sound walk around the headquarters of a mining company.

New Mineral Collective provides audio therapy, guiding listeners through a stratification of Toronto’s Financial District and looking at Canada’s entanglement with the realm of the extractive industry and its symbiotic relationship between geology, nationhood, and power.

Image Credit: “New Mineral Collective,” film still from Future Prospects, 2019. Image courtesy of New Mineral Collective (Tanya Busse & Emilija Škarnulytė).

Organizer

New Mineral Collective

05oct2:00 pm4:00 pmWorkshop by Marshall Trammell at Small Arms2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Following his performance of Warrior Ethos on October 4th at 259 Lake Shore, Marshall Trammell will conduct an Insurgent Learning Workshop (ILW) as community engagement, an open rehearsal re-designating the array of Underground Railroad quilt block codes as an artist-driven reimagining of navigating the global economy rendered as a collective, music conduction system practicum and performance.

Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building host weekly performances and readings. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Agatha Urbaniak (UK). Courtesy Marshall Trammell.

05oct2:00 pm5:00 pmOpen Studio with Elder Duke Redbird2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9Stream:CurrentsType:Family Friendly,Open Studios

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

Ontario Place

955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

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During this Open Studio, Elder Duke Redbird engages visitors in questions around “Our Environment,” focusing on Indigenous perspectives on stemming destruction based on age old practices together with reverence and respect for Mother Earth. Set around Wigwam Chi-Chemung—a 40-foot pontoon houseboat docked at the Ontario Place Marina—the Open Studio session is part of an evolving art installation and Indigenous interpretive learning centre created in partnership with Indigenous intellectual, poet, painter, broadcaster, filmmaker and orator Elder Duke Redbird. Over the summer and fall, visitors have an opportunity to spend time, learn from, and celebrate the Indigenous peoples who historically thrived, sustained and populated the extensive shoreline of Lake Ontario.

Location Notes: This event will take place at the Ontario Place South Marina.

For further information on the process and program around Wigwam Chi-Chemung, please visit: wigwamchichemung.com

Image Credit: “Wigwam Chi-Chemung at Ontario Place.” Photo by Elijah Nichols. Image courtesy of Myseum.

Organizer

Elder Duke Redbird

05oct(oct 5)7:00 pm06(oct 6)7:00 amToronto Biennial of Art at Nuit Blanche Toronto7:00 pm - 7:00 am (6) Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8Stream:CurrentsType:Screenings

Time

5 (Saturday) 7:00 pm - 6 (Sunday) 7:00 am

Location

Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

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The Toronto Biennial of Art and Harbourfront Centre will present Arin Rungjang’s Ravisara as part of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019. On view at Harbourfront Centre’s Artport Gallery and vitrines the night of October 5, this multi-channel video installation explores stories and strategies of postcolonial resistance among Thai female immigrants in Germany. Ravisara is commissioned by the Biennial and co-presented with Harbourfront Centre.

Lou Sheppard’s audio work Dawn Chorus/Evensong will be also featured at this year’s Nuit Blanche. Installed at Toronto Sculpture Garden, Sheppard’s audio work interrupts the denaturalized landscape with music created through the transportation of spectrograms of birdsong on the shores of Lake Ontario. Played outdoors at the Garden over multiple speakers, the composition harmonizes with the streetcars, cathedral bells, cards, bird, and other melodies of Toronto’s urban soundscape.

Hajra Waheed’s exhibition as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art, Hold Everything Dear, will be on display at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery during Nuit Blanche 2019. Presentations of works by Vincent Meessen, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Rashid Johnson are also on view as part of The Power Plant’s Up All Night project. Waheed’s works take a single visual form—the spiral—as a poetic starting point to reflect on the processes of upheaval in human experience. For Waheed, the spiral visualizes ascent and descent, growth and decay, evoking both vital forms in nature as well as notions of flux inherent in forced displacement and political turmoil. Hold Everything Dear is presented by The Power Plant and on view September 21– January 9.

Organizer

Arin Rungjang

06oct2:00 pm2:30 pmAntarctica: Live Performance2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

06oct3:15 pm3:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance3:15 pm - 3:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

06oct3:30 pm5:00 pmThe Collaborative Body3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Talks

Time

(Sunday) 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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“Since 1983, we have worked in relation to each other: we collaborate as artists, as administrators, as organizers, and as teachers; and we work in relation to others – in artist run centres, festivals, publications, and public institutions – in the spirit of collectivity where we share experience and knowledge and accept the same from others while ideas, statements, and direct acts are developed together and put into action where they evolve over time, never static.

Each of the three parts of “…before I wake,” the work on display at Toronto Biennial of Art, is a contemplation on collaboration itself. We see the bodies of the artists in “We’re getting younger all the time” using the digital devices to mimic the quest for eternal youth; in “Practicing Death” the artists are displayed in a type of suspended sleep; and finally “Entranced” finds the artists under hypnosis, each walking through a door where the collaboration will cease to be.”

In the walkabout, the artists engage in questions of representation of collaboration and “the collective”— suggesting how collaboration itself contradicts or at least undermines the idea of the individual artist-as-creative-genius — and discuss the ways that artists have confronted death in their work, from Brueghel to Caravaggio to Warhol to Rebecca Belmore.

Image credit: Lisa Steele + Kim Tomczak, Practicing Death, 2003.

Organizer

Lisa Steele & Kim Tomczak

11oct5:00 pm5:30 pmAntarctica: Live Performance5:00 pm - 5:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 5-5:30pm and 6:15-6:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

11oct7:00 pmPerformance by AKU-MATU7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Friday) 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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What would a polar bear say if he could rap? Why are bowhead whales so sexy? Join Iñupiaq artist AKU-MATU as she brings you to the Arctic through humour, rap, costumes and unique characters.

AKU-MATU’s performance is a part of the Biennial’s Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building host weekly performances and readings. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: AKU-MATU, photo by Christy Chow. Courtesy the artist.

12oct11:00 am1:00 pmJumblies Theatre & Arts Workshops11:00 am - 1:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Family Friendly,Workshops

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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Event Details

On Saturdays throughout the Biennial, a team of artists from Jumblies Theatre & Arts facilitate public art-making workshops for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. After viewing the installation, By These Presents: “Purchasing” Toronto at Small Arms Inspection Building, participants are invited to write, draw, or embroider their responses on felted quilt pieces. Both Iroquois and Anishinaabe beading styles are shared, alongside open discussion of the installation’s content. Following the workshops the pieces generated will be combined in a giant quilt that addresses the Dish with One Spoon regional treaty and presented at the Biennial’s 2021 edition.

Image Caption: Jumblies Theatre & Arts, Talking Treaties, 2018. Courtesy Jumblies Theatre and Liam Coo.

Organizer

Jumblies Theatre & Arts

12oct2:00 pm5:00 pmEvent CancelledOpen Studio with Elder Duke Redbird2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9Stream:CurrentsType:Family Friendly,Open Studios

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

Ontario Place

955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

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Event Details

Please note: Due to weather conditions, this event has been cancelled.

During the last Open Studio of the Wigwam Chi-Chemung fall program, Elder Duke Redbird asks “how are we in relation?” and reflects on the many conversations, collaborations, and connections formed during the project. Set around Wigwam Chi-Chemung—a 40-foot pontoon houseboat docked at the Ontario Place Marina—the Open Studio session is part of an evolving art installation and Indigenous interpretive learning centre created in partnership with Indigenous intellectual, poet, painter, broadcaster, filmmaker and orator Elder Duke Redbird. Over the summer and fall, visitors have an opportunity to spend time, learn from, and celebrate the Indigenous peoples who historically thrived, sustained and populated the extensive shoreline of Lake Ontario.

Location Notes: This event will take place at the Ontario Place South Marina.

For further information on the process and program around Wigwam Chi-Chemung, please visit: wigwamchichemung.com

Image Credit: “Wigwam Chi-Chemung” at Ontario Place. Photo by Elijah Nichols. Image courtesy of Myseum.

Organizer

Elder Duke Redbird

12oct2:00 pmTalk by Karyn Recollet2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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In When Future Falls are Imminent: The moves and returns of scoop choreography of the fall, Karyn Recollet explores the meanings and experiences of choreographies of the fall embodying a set of relationships to land-ing and falling as ways of being in relation with lands, and each other. This talk thinks alongside Afrofuturist and Indigenous futurist activators to consider “falls” as a way of land-ing into each other in expansive and fully relational ways.

Recollet’s talk is a part of the Biennial’s Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building host weekly performances and readings. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Adrian Blackwell, Isonomia in Toronto? (creek), 2019, Canvas, poplar shavings, diameter: 457.2 cm; length: 9144 cm. Commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art. On view at Small Arms Inspection Building as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art (2019). Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid. Courtesy Toronto Biennial of Art.

13oct2:00 pm2:30 pmAntarctica: Live Performance2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

13oct3:15 pm3:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance3:15 pm - 3:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

24oct4:00 pm6:00 pmFuture, Fire, Fiction4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Family Friendly,Workshops

Time

(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Future, Fire, Fiction—storytelling workshop for imagining future technologies through design justice and Indigenous philosophy

Design practitioner and community organizer Una Lee and artist and composer Suzanne Kite (Kite), tell stories about the past, present, and future, and invite participants to do the same, asking: Which technologies will we need in the future? Which technologies do we want in the future? How can we design these technologies in a good way—a way that is just and equitable? Through collaborative exchange, participants are invited to improvise and reimagine material sustainability and reciprocity.

Image Credit: Kite, “Listener,” 2018. Performance documentation. Photo by vog.photo. Courtesy of the artist.

Organizer

Kite

25oct6:00 pm7:00 pmArtist Talk with Lisa Reihana and Julie Nagam6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4Stream:CurrentsType:Talks

Time

(Friday) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

Art Gallery of Ontario

317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4

Event Details

In conversation with curator Julie Nagam, artist Lisa Reihana speaks to her installation, In Pursuit of Venus, on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario and its sister project, House of Death, featured at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.

Image Credit: “in Pursuit of Venus [infected],” 2015–17, Ultra HD video, 7.1 sound, 64 min, Campbelltown Art Centre, Sydney Australia

Organizer

Dr. Julie Nagam

25oct6:15 pm6:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance6:15 pm - 6:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Friday) 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 5-5:30pm and 6:15-6:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place each week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

25oct7:00 pmPerformance by Laura Ortman7:00 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Friday) 7:00 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

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Apache violinist Laura Ortman presents her performance: ROCKS. From the rosined-out beast of her tough stained violin emerges deranged crumpled wings twirling in starlight and oil slickness and shininess; bearing heavy use of amplification and effects, she also incorporates over-rosining to add smoke, dust, wind and slow-motion grittiness in her scored / improvised compositions for amplified violin, Apache violin, whistles, tree branches, slides, megaphone, guitar picks, bells and tuning fork.

Ortman’s performance is a part of the Biennial’s Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building host weekly performances and readings. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Laura Ortman. Courtesy the artist.

26oct11:00 am1:00 pmJumblies Theatre & Arts Workshops11:00 am - 1:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Family Friendly,Workshops

Time

(Saturday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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On Saturdays throughout the Biennial, a team of artists from Jumblies Theatre & Arts facilitate public art-making workshops for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. After viewing the installation, By These Presents: “Purchasing” Toronto at Small Arms Inspection Building, participants are invited to write, draw, or embroider their responses on felted quilt pieces. Both Iroquois and Anishinaabe beading styles are shared, alongside open discussion of the installation’s content. Following the workshops the pieces generated will be combined in a giant quilt that addresses the Dish with One Spoon regional treaty and presented at the Biennial’s 2021 edition.

Image Caption: Jumblies Theatre & Arts, “Talking Treaties, 2018.” Courtesy Jumblies Theatre and Liam Coo.

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Jumblies Theatre & Arts

26oct2:00 pmTalk by Lou Sheppard2:00 pm Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9Stream:CurrentsType:Performances,Talks

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm

Location

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9

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In Lou Sheppard’s program, Wintersong – Atlantic Flyway, participants will learn to sing simple melodies based on the songs of birds that are migrating south from the Toronto area. Using rounds and harmonies we will create a choral soundscape- sounding the songs that will be missing over the winter, sending the birds on their way and calling them back in the spring. All are welcome regardless of prior choral or singing experience. Prior to the workshop Sheppard will give a brief talk about their work.

Sheppard’s program is a part of the Biennial’s Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building host weekly performances and readings. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.

Image: Lou Sheppard, Silent Spring: Sackville/Siknikt, 2019, graphic score for a community choral performance. Courtesy the artist.

27oct2:00 pm2:30 pmAntarctica: Live Performance2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

27oct3:15 pm3:45 pmAntarctica: Live Performance3:15 pm - 3:45 pm 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7Stream:CurrentsType:Performances

Time

(Sunday) 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Location

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

259 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 3T7

Event Details

Performance Times: 2-2:30pm and 3:15-3:45pm

Live theatrical performances take place every week as part of Antarctica, an installation that draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism where the next generation of racialized activists offers insights into a future radically altered by climate change.

Image Credit: Syrus Marcus Ware, “Antarctica,” 2019, mixed-media installation. Courtesy the artist.

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