Posts by Jennifer Marston

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    Toronto Event at York University: Queering Urban Justice

    January 13th, 2014     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    For the past few months I have been lucky enough to work with a bunch of folks to bring together this amazing panel. If you have any time off and live/work near York University, please join us for an afternoon of Queering Urban Justice with Che Gossett, Rio Rodriguez and Syrus Marcus Ware on Tuesday 21 January, 2.30-4pm, York University , Faculty of Environmental Studies, Building HNES (Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies) Room 140. To … READ MORE

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    TIFF Next Wave Film Festival Competition

    January 2nd, 2014     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    The Toronto International Film Festival Battle of the Scores showcase has just released its competition info, check it out below: TIFF is now accepting entries for the Battle of the Scores competition (BotS). High-energy, high-profile and unique, BotS showcases youth music and film talent by challenging high-school bands to create and perform original scores for short films. The competition is live, and a winner is determined by audience votes and a panel of esteemed judges from … READ MORE

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    Retired Supreme Court justice wrong to endorse Quebec values charter

    September 30th, 2013     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    This past weekend Amna Qureshi, a recent law school graduate, had her open letter to Supreme Court Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dube published in the Toronto Star. In the letter, Qureshi teases out many of the problems, contradictions, and discriminations within the Parti Quebecois’ proposed Charter of Values. Thanks to our friends over at Outubrst! for putting us in touch with Qureshi. The following is an open letter from recent law school graduate Amna Qureshi to retired Supreme … READ MORE

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    Bump And Jump With Shameless Magazine! Dance Party Featuring DJ Betti Forde & DJ Zehra

    September 29th, 2013     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    This Wednesday, October 2nd, join us for a fundraiser for Shameless Magazine! Betti Forde (a staple in Toronto’s queer dance scene) will be playing electro/hip hop/disco and opener DJ Zehra will be playing soca/rnb/90s tunes. This is a 19+ event, Pay What You Can (suggested donation $5) at The Gladstone Hotel’s Melody Bar which is an accessible venue. Betti Forde has opened for Diplo, Chromeo, Felix da Housecat, Cyndi Lauper and Frankie Knuckles to name but … READ MORE

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    Illuminate: Celebration of Muslim Women Art

    August 26th, 2013     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    Hosted by Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project, Speak Sudan, and the Truth and Dare Project, on Thursday, September 19, 2013 head down to the YWCA Elm Centre (87 Elm Street, Toronto, ON) for a night of celebrating Muslim Women Art. Space is wheelchair accessible This is a FREE event. Showcasing poetry, spoken word, dance by Muslim women including: Faduma Gere Fowzia Duale Virtue Hawa Abdullah Kanwal Rahim Miriam Farooqi Raazia Rafeek & Sidrah Khatoon Rua El-kasheef Shehzeen Shehnaz Timaj Garadag AND MORE! Funded by: ArtReach Toronto, Canadian Women’s … READ MORE

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    The Contemporary Urgencies of Audre Lorde’s Legacy

    March 3rd, 2013     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    This coming Thursday will launch a two-week long celebration of poet and activist Audre Lorde. There are free events happening across Toronto and at both York University and The University of Toronto. Check out the list of events below. Community Arts Practice, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University in association with Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto Invite you to THE CONTEMPORARY URGENCIES OF AUDRE LORDE’S LEGACY, MARCH 7-21, 2013 1) Medicines for Survival: Indigenous Knowledge and … READ MORE

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    Launch of the Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project Comic Book

    December 2nd, 2012     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    Launch of the Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project Comic Book Presented in partnership with the AGO Youth Council Join us in celebrating the launch of Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project on Dec 4th. It is comic book written by young South Asian women in Toronto about resiliency in the face of violence. The event will include theatre, music, visual art and dance performances by South Asian women as well as a hands on illustration/comic creation class. Date: … READ MORE

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    Homebound: Poetry Workshop Series for Young Muslim Women with Shadi Eskandani

    October 5th, 2012     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    Outburst! Young Muslim Women Safety Project Presents: Join us to create, dream and write! Homebound is a six session workshop series that will focus on the writing of poetry as a form of artistic expression, craft and healing. In our biweekly gatherings we will use our pens and voices to explore the theme of “Home” with the intent of publishing work(s). We strive to make this is a safer space for everyone to use their creative … READ MORE

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    Zines! DIY! Revolution! Activity book! - Shameless Magazine at Nuit Blanche

    September 28th, 2012     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    If you’re in Toronto for Nuit Blanche the night-to-morning art festival, make sure to drop by the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. W.) at 9 p.m. for the 12 Hr. Zine Machine! Shameless Editorial Director Sheila, and Arts Editor Ronak are working alongside two super rad teens Kaya and Sahlla (the mastermind behind the Fight Like A Girl zine) to craft together a zine activity book on DIY interactive guides to revolution. We have one hour … READ MORE

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    Happy May Day!

    May 1st, 2012     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    Happy May Day everyone! May Day is International Worker’s Day and this year The Public Studio (run by fabulous Shameless editorial director Sheila Sampath) has released a creative commons poster with a theme of worker’s being the beating hearts of our cities. Here’s more from The Public Studio: “Working people are the beating heart of our economies; they produce everything that we need and use, and are the driving force that keeps us strong. May Day, or … READ MORE

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    Call for volunteers: Documenting and creating South Asian history in Canada

    December 14th, 2011     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS - DOCUMENTING AND CREATING SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY IN CANADA: WHEN: Thursday, December 15, 6-8pm WHERE: 2401 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 212 (South-West Corner of Kennedy and Eglinton, Kennedy Station) WHAT TO BRING: ideas and enthusiasm! RSVP to: CASSA is currently recruiting a team of volunteers to help out in our ‘Brown Canada’ project dedicated to documenting and exploring South Asian histories in Canada. This overall project will run for two years and aims to connect with diverse individuals and groups of … READ MORE

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    Free film festival screenings: Spotlight on Muslim and Arab Women’s Stories

    November 2nd, 2011     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    In April I made a short film for a class project exploring my love for moustaches and the pressure I feel to remove my natural facial hair. It was quite possibly one of the most empowering things I have ever done: to pick up a camera, create a narrative, edit film and have my own self-told-story shown on a TV screen. When a professor at Ryerson (where I go to school) got wind of the film … READ MORE

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    Toronto event today: Making Noise Media Launch!

    October 24th, 2011     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    Hey Shameless readers! Check out this great event happening today in Toronto: Let’s Speak Up, Let’s Make Noise! For the last year and a half the Urban Alliance on Race Relation’s Making Noise GV CAMP has been working with organizations across the city to hold conversations with young racialized women and LGBTQ youth about gender-based violence, community accountability, media literacy and creation. Making Noise! is proud to present the stories, photos, poetry, plays, videos, podcasts, and articles … READ MORE

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    Event: Pride and poetry Iranian queer poetry

    July 8th, 2011     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    Head to Toronto’s 519 Church Street Community Centre this Saturday, July 9th at 7 p.m. for a night of contemporary Iranian queer poetry hosted by the Iranian Queer Organization. Poems will be translated in English. For more info on the Iranian Queer Organization please visit its website: IRQO was founded the summer of 2006 with the aim of familiarizing the Iranian society with sexual diversity issues and working toward the decriminalization of homosexuality. Other goals include serving … READ MORE

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    New documentary explores the issue of shadeism

    November 15th, 2010     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    In the opening of the documentary Shadeism, director and writer Nayani Thiyagarajah stands on a beach looking intently at the sun. As the sun rises, her voiceover says, “the sight of the sun is not always a good thing - at least not in my family. Though we may come from a small island that sees sunshine almost daily, the sun doesn’t receive a lot of love from us.” In this short 20-minute documentary, Thiyagarajah, a … READ MORE