An evening of new performance works that celebrate the unrelenting strength and beauty of queer womyn and trans* folks.The team that revived the Buddies' iconic Strange Sisters cabaret is back in 2014. This year we explore the magical, the mystical and the powerful. Queer womyn & trans* folks as Brujas and witches, as 2-Spirit folks, as transformative fluid beings that create multi-dimensional universes in our relationships, our imaginations and our lived realities. We bring glitter to the classroom, turn hallways into runways, and use our bedrooms as laboratories. We are shapeshifters, and faeries with creativity in our blood.We welcome multi-disciplinary expressions of queer women & trans* folks finding magik in the mundane.Last year's event was packed to the rafters and sold out well in advance -- to learn more about the artists showcased in 2013 head to http://insatiablesisters.tumblr.com/
And head to Buddies In Bad Times for the application http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/call-for-submissions-insatiable-sisters/
Here is a video taken by students as I delivered the first SpelHouse Pride Week Keynote, "On Coming Home"
See the prezi for the talk here: http://prezi.com/4bkhhtlgbxrw/on-coming-home/
There was so much incredible energy and coordination that made this all possible.
Was so honoured to be a part of this year's jury with Gein Wong and present awards to some incredible films.
Here we are presenting the Inside Out Film Awards, just had to show the luscious rainbow curtains. Congrats Waack Revolt, A Dance Film directed by Sonia Hong, 100 Crushes by Elisha Lim, Tom at the Farm directed by Xavier Dolan and Tru Love!
Today Elisha Lim's 100 Crushes launched. I love their work, I think it is so brave and does an incredible job of archiving the stories of so many folks of colour in our communities.
Elisha describes it as
"100 Crushes is my first bona fide graphic novel! You can check out its slick Koyama Press site, and buy it for $18 at a local bookstore, or even less from Amazon. It’s an anthology of all of my queer zines and travels from 2008 to 2013, with my old favourites, like 100 Butches and Sweetest Taboo, and some new ones."
And squeezed right beside author, musician and artist Vivek Shreya, I get to make a cameo!
Go check out the book and the mini movies it has spawned here!
So excited to see the beautiful spread in Xtra featuring some of the amazing Buddies Team this year including my curatorial partner Gein Wong, Mel Hague & Tawiah Ben-Eben M'Carthy . I'm proud to count myself as an associate artist around this bunch.
Ryan Kerr calls last years Strange Sisters a 'landmark reinvention of what Wong calls a "super cabaret performance experience." Insatiable Sisters is a collection of performances grouped around a similar theme - this year it's witches',"... brujas, shamans, healers, mutants, magik makers...
Applications are up now! http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/call-for-submissions-insatiable-sisters/
Was so honoured to be a part of Elixher's iconic issue for all the reasons that Janet described in her article,
"The only reason I chose to be publicly vulnerable in this space is because it’s a space created by and for queer and trans women of color. It’s a space of our own and I knew the level of care that would be taken to ensure we got the right image, that the theme of the issue was empowering, that the other storytellers were just as bold and unapologetic about baring themselves."
On Thursday April 24 at3pm ET/12pm PT, the five of us discussed what it meant to bare our truths and our bodies — unapologetically — in the final installment of Janet's LIVE conversation series via Google Hangout. The youtube video is below.
So honoured to be recognized in this way and to have the support of the Dyke March & all the other amazing femmes on this list to acknowledge. As Masti Khor said, "And, I’m also wary of who gets recognized, how, why and who gets left behind. I’m thinking about how my work as a performer/ facilitator/community worker is highly visible and how I’m actually applauded for a lot of the masculine aspects of my personality and my ability to produce shit. How do we acknowledge people’s work without reproducing femmephobic, capitalist, sexist and ableist understandings of “accomplishment”?
Femmespirators who have also been recognized, can we use this opportunity to lift all of us femininely gendered people up? Whether our work is loud and takes on traditionally applauded “leadership” roles, or if your work is watching netflix, raising babies, crafting, trying not to die, helping others to thrive or prayer? Because fuck, anyone who can survive the patriarchy deserves to be honoured."
So I am looking for other femmes to recognize, the ones I have already submitted are:
Elisa Carlass Hatton
OmiSoore H. Dryden
There are other folks who I would want to acknowledge, but I am don't know how folks identify or if they would like that, let me know if there is anyone who would like to be recognized.
So honoured to be included in a list of such great magnitude. Wonderful feminists I know and love and one to learn about and respect.
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It is so meaningful to be recognized in these ways, so many people go into making us possible and so many to be recognized. Najma Enitan. Kylie Brooks. Alena Peters. Eddie Ndopu. Jezebel Delilah. Amanda Parris. Jamilah Malikah. Toni Myers. Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene. Kirsten Aza. Adrienne Maree Brown. Afi Browne. are some of the many politicized Black folks I learn from as often as I encounter them and there are so many more. I am so grateful for your collective wisdom.
Check out this article written by ANJALI BALAKRISHNA in the Yale Daily News reflecting on some ideas I shared during this weekend's workshop at IvyQ held at Princeton University.
"I spent three days at the IvyQ conference at Princeton University, where queer students from across the Ivy League and other schools gathered to mingle with each other and discuss LGBTQ issues within the context of a unified community. At one of the workshops I attended, queer activist Kim Crosby interrogated the famous Golden Rule, which says to “do unto others as you want done onto you.” But as Crosby pointed out, every person comes from a different set of experiences and expectations, and it is not fair to assume that a person you are interacting with wants the same thing as you do. Instead, she said, live with the rule “do unto others as they want done unto them.” And in order to figure out what people want, you must give them space to understand themselves, and then ask."
See the rest of the article here
A night of epic proportions!
8 performance artists
2 visual artists
2 active listeners
2 ASL Interpreters
1 Space Activator
Take a look at our collection of fierce promo shots from some of our amazing artists.
On October 22nd, I led a group of first year business students through a workshop on Anti-Oppression & Equity workshop. You can check out the prezi here and check out a few pictures from the event taken by Zahra Siddiqui below.
Check back soon for video footage from the workshop.
We had 22 youth entrepreneurs who had the opportunity to display their business ideas and network. We had a live artist to capture the theme of the evening in a beautiful painting. We had 4 dynamic guest speakers Kim Katrin Crosby, Mark Beckles of RBC, Darren Anthony and Philanthropist Chief Emmanuel Mbulu who all brought their passion and inspirational stories of their journey and of what lies ahead for the community. Emcees Paul Chapman and Jay Martin were fantastic and kept the evening flowing smoothly. There was great live music, which included a Soul Train line which was a highlight for the dancing portion of the evening.
In the words of Anita Stellinga our Vice President of Community Investment to our staff about the gala “Well done, the momentum and passion for this work grows and it continues to serve as a reminder as to why this work is important.” Which is why we will continue to need all of you and your support to Give Volunteer and Act to help us create the vision for a healthy, integrated and vibrant Peel Region.
Please see the link to this year’s gala photos.
Gala 2013 Pictures
I look forward to continuing to work with all of you in ensuring that we advance our mission “To improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action”
In honour of National COming Out Day, Heterosexuals For Same Sex Equality invited a ton of folks Queer, Straight, Trans... to participate in this video and photoshoot and strip down to our skivvies.
I was nervous in accepting to do this video, because I didn't want to continue to impose the 'coming out' narrative without clarity But HSSE and Derek Forgie were so into adding more to the message to change that. That was why it was important for me to add that piece at the end of the video where we explain that straight allyship is about addressing homophobia and not about 'outing' people. No one has to come out at all and only on the terms that feel safe and/or hot. This video was about folks expressing that if 'coming out' is something you wanna do, we are here for you.
Check the whole alblum here: www.StraightNotNarrow.ca
And watch the video!
Update: October 1st
Pictures are up from the event that you can check out here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmunac/sets/72157636087709843/
UNA-Canada is pleased to invite you to The Multimedia & Multiculturalism (M&M) Knowledge to Action Forum. The M&M Knowledge to Action Forum will bring together M&M’s national network and intern alumni, launch the M&M Toolkit and showcase a photographic exhibit that illustrates M&M over the last 3yrs.
When: Official Reception: Thursday September 12th (5-7pm)
Where: Delta Toronto East, Heritage Room (Scarborough)
2035 Kennedy Rd, Scarborough, ON M1T 3G2
Kim Crosby (The People Project)
Farrah Khan (AQSAzine, Pomegranate Tree Group, Outburst)
Che Khotari (Manifesto)
Ron Waksman (global)
Aeon Attire and Breakdancers
Music by Dj Soulchild
We kindly request that you RSVP by September 1st, using this online form:
Please see the poster below for full details (be sure to scroll down).
Link to online invitation: http://t.co/39fbj71KlR
Multimedia & Multiculturalism (M&M) is an innovative diversity action programme providing opportunities to talented ethno cultural youth through work internships with media. M&M builds a sense of belonging through inclusive media and media literacy in Canada. UNA-Canada has worked with mainstream and community media outlets, ethno-cultural communities, academic institutions and cultural groups to implement M&M workshops, public roundtables, school and community activities, intergenerational action groups and media capacity building. M&M also built employability for youth through dynamic internship placements with media partners in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.
Check out the article written by Cassandra London on the young artist biography workshop facilitated at the Regent Park Community Centre.
“Celebrate yourself. No one will know you’re awesome unless you tell them.”
That’s what award-winning multidisciplinary artist and educator, Kim Katrin Crosby, said to more than 30 young artists in a free workshop series at the Daniels Spectrum cultural centre.
Click the image below to explore the prezi developed for this workshop.
On Aug. 15th I was invited to a panel with Sunny Drake and Ross Manson of Volcano Theatre on the connection of Art to Politics. Click on the 2013 Participants to learn more about the program.
“Kim came to speak to our S.L.I.P group this summer, joining us for our Arts and Politics session. Our group of 12 emerging artist absolutely loved hearing from her. They thought she was thoughtful, energetic, passionate and smart. They were inspired by her words, actions and ideas. They felt that meeting Kim and hearing about her experience was not only eye opening but also thought provoking. If you are a young artist looking to hear from someone on the relationship between arts and Politics…hear from Kim!”
- Jordi Mand, S.L.I.P Program Director
Here are some of the photos of my first public workshop on Power & Privilege In Yoga held on Friday July 12th at Kula Annex.
It was a difficult and important dialogue and I was grateful for the support of Jamilah Malika, Brown Girls Yoga Teacher & General Manager of Kula, christi-an, Tuku, as well as kalmplex seen and Mée Rose who both genereously documented.
Take a look at some of Aimee's photos below and then you can check out the prezi.