2 Upcoming Shows!
There is a deeper and more reflective post to come, it is brewing. There has been so much movement these last seasons that I am looking forward to updating y'all on, but for now...
I am SO excited to be performing in not one but TWO disability arts shows in the next month!
I get to share the stage with some pretty phenomenal folks including E.T. Russian, Loree Erickson, and Rosina Kazi of LAL. I had the pleasure of working with the Performace Disability Arts (PDA) Collective last year at the 2014 Mayworks Festival for Crip Your World: An Intergalactic 2QT/POC Sick and Disabled Extravaganza and first discovered Ellery's brilliant genius almost 5 years ago when I saw my first Sins Invalid show in San Francisco.
It feels like such a gift to be able to share space with such wonderful creators, and to be able to share some of my (new!) work with audiences. Grateful to get to transition through the seasons by offering some of what I've been up to lately. Please find the info below.
SHOW NO. 1
Friday, October 23rd 2015
The Artist's Newsstand
22 Chester Avenue (Chester Subway Station)
Extra! Extra! *Be* all about it!
Disabilty Arts Showcase: Crip Magic and Revolutionary Love!
Join the Performance. Disability. Art (PDA) Collective in celebrating sick and disabled queer brilliance and revolutionary love. This evening of performance and video will feature: Tamyka Bullen, Melannie G Campbell, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Syrus Marcus Ware and more!
We are thrilled to be part of The Artist Newsstand! We are very excited about bringing art and activism together to celebrate....and call for the need for accessible transit options in Toronto!
We will be meeting at Broadview subway station at 6:45 for a procession to Chester Subway. Broadview is an accessible station. We will head east on Danforth to Chester subway (about 3.5 blocks). The TTC is -on a stop by stop basis- creating accessible subway stations. Wheelchair and scooter users and folks who have pain and mobility challenges often have to hopscotch across Toronto to try and use the few accessible stations available. Chester Subway is one of the many inaccessible stations waiting transformation.
As a result, we want to meet in solidarity at Broadview station, one stop away and fully accessible, and walk/roll together to the Newsstand. We want to arrive together to the performance, fully of love, solidarity and resistance.
Planning how we will get to where were going is a part of our experiences of art and performance in Toronto- yet it is often invisiblized. No longer! We welcome everyone to join us in this experience.
Bring art, posters, flyers about disabled resistance and resilience. We will walk/roll at an accessible pace, on the sidewalk, and have cars/ vans available for folks who cannot walk three and a half blocks.
You can also just meet us at Chester Station at 7:00!
Once we reach The Artist Newsstand we will share some video, performance and ASL poetry. Participate in an evening of crip public love with lots of PDA: Performance! Disability! Art!
Please join us for the procession (see above), or meet us directly at the station.
Nearest accessible station:
Broadview (3 blocks west of Chester avenue). Pape is also accessible, about 4 blocks east of Chester. The doors to the station have no push buttons but we can have volunteers on doors to make sure that they are propped open or someone can be there to open them.
If you are planning to take ttc directly to Chester, there are about 30 stairs from the platform to street level. There are escalators that go in an upwards direction, also.
Once you arrive at Chester station, the newsstand performances will be on level ground, street level.
There are no public washrooms at the station-FYI.
The performances will have sound, and we are in the process of confirming ASL interpretation.
There will be some video work, all captioned.
This project is made possible by support from the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.
SHOW NO. 2
Saturday, November 7th 2015
Unit 2 - 163 Sterling Road
$5-10 (no one turned away)
an evening of comics, poetry, and conversation by and with mel g campbell and ET Russian.
In a queer collusion between comics, cripness and creativity these two artists will offer an intimate showcase of their work and invite the audience to engage and exchange in a conversation about community and collective care, race, disability justice and the medical industrial complex through the portals of poetry, textiles and graphic art.
Seattle cartoonist and author ET Russian will give a visual reading of comics, poems, and essay excerpts from the Ring of Fire Anthology and recent works. Toronto poet mel g campbell will present poetry, comics/zines, and share some of their fiber art creations and practice.
- ramp at entrance; barrier free space; (small) accessible bathroom
- scent free event
- Nearest accessible subway station is Dundas West (can walk from
stn or take 168 Symington Bus 2 stops to Symington & Bloor. OR
take 505/506 east or westbound streetcar to Sterling Road.
*streetcars on this route have steps.
- Google Map Directions from Dundas West Station
- ASL to be confirmed (readings will be projected)
- please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or further access needs
[Image description: a B&W illustrated banner featuring 2 smiling folks. On the left mel g campbell; on the right E.T. Russian. the text written between the 2 faces reads “TEXT(ILES) an evening of comics, poetry and fabric works Nov 7th @7pm]