En Vivo y En Directo is a performance in the form of a live news variety show hosted by Camilo Godoy. Guests include New York-based artist Pamela Sneed, Toronto-based academic Andil Gosine, and musicians Maryem Tollar and Ernie Tollar. Together they will engage with topics ranging from current and historical events. The show can be viewed online and live to witness the production of television and the construction of meaning and history. Camilo Godoy thanks The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency for curatorial consultancy.

Godoy’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: Adrian Blackwell, Isonomia in Toronto? (harbour), 2019, ash harvested in Toronto, 914.4 x 914.4 x 274.3 cm. Commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art. On view at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art (2019). Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid. Courtesy Toronto Biennial of Art.

Performance Program: Isonomia in Toronto

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

September 27


Andil Gosine (PhD, MPhil, BES) is Professor of Environmental Arts and Justice at York University. His research, writing, and artistic practices explore imbrications of ecology, desire, and power. His recent book Nature’s Wild: Love, Sex and Law in the Caribbean (Duke University Press, 2021) is accompanied by a traveling exhibition of his artworks and collaborations, and he is curator of Wendy Nanan at the Art Museum of the Americas (2020-21), everything slackens in a wreck- at the Ford Foundation Gallery (2022), and Unfinished Work at the Leslie Lohman Museum (2024).

Camilo Godoy (born in Bogotá, Colombia; lives in New York City, NY, USA) is a graduate of The New School with a BFA from Parsons School of Design, 2012; and a BA from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, 2013. Godoy was a 2018 Artist-in-Residence, Leslie-Lohman Museum; 2018 Artist-in-Residence, coleção moraes-barbosa; 2017 Artist-in-Residence, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP); among others. He has presented his work in New York at the Brooklyn Museum, CUE, Danspace Project; Mousonturm, Frankfurt; among others.

Ernie Tollar is an internationally renowned musician/composer who has been brilliantly contributing to the Toronto Jazz and World Music scene since 1980. He has performed in major jazz and folk festivals in Europe, India, Egypt, U.S.A., and across Canada. He can be heard with several Toronto groups including Al Qahwa (Traditional Arabic Music and Original compositions); Near East Trio (Indian/Arabic/Jazz); Moneka Arabic Jazz (North African/Arabic/Jazz).

Maryem Tollar (born in Cairo, Egypt; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) is a renowned Egyptian-Canadian vocalist, known for her world music performances. Her voice has been heard on the theme of CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie and A.R. Rahman’s Bollywood hit, Mayya Mayya. She is a featured soloist in Cris Derksen’s large scale work for Luminato 2019 “MAADA’OOKII Songlines” with 11 diverse choirs and an Indigenous musical ensemble. Tollar is the featured vocalist in Tafelmusik’s production of multi-media performances of “Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee Houses” and the narrator and vocalist in “Safe Haven”. She performed Christos Hatzis’ piece “Syn-Phonia – Migration Patterns” with The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Inuit throat singer Tiffany Ayalik; and his multi-media piece “Constantinople” with The Gryphon Trio and Patricia O’Callaghan. She performed with storyteller, Dawne McFarlane, adding music and sounds for performances at the Toronto Storytelling Festival, The Scottish International Storytelling Festival and at Silence Guelph. Maryem performs with several Toronto musical groups including Al Qahwa (Traditional Arabic Music and Original compositions) and Turkwaz (vocal music from Turkey, Greece, The Middle East and The Balkans).

Pamela Sneed (born in Boston, MA, USA; lives in New York City, NY, USA) is a  poet, writer, performer and visual artist. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery, KONG and Other Works and a chaplet, Gift by Belladonna. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time Out, Bomb, VIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. She has appeared in Art Forum, The Huffington Post and Hyperallergic. She has performed at the Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Poetry Project, NYU and Pratt Universities, Smack Mellon Gallery, MCA, The High Line, Performa, Danspace, The Bessies, Performance Space, Joes Pub, The Public Theater, SMFA at Tufts, BRIC and was an artist- in- residence at Pratt University, Denniston Hill and Poet-Linc, Lincoln Center Education. Her short story book Sweet Dreams was published by Belladonna in April 2018. She has received a performance commission from Denniston Hill in 2020 and will publish a poetry and prose manuscript with City Lights in Fall 2020.