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International Women’s Day in Toronto

February 24th, 2006     by Nicole Cohen     Comments

This just in from Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha:

Sick of the same-old same-old for IWD? Brownstargirl Productions and Toronto Womens Bookstore are bringing Mango Tribe to Toronto for International Womens Day 2006!

On International Womens Day, women and trans people have historically come together to celebrate more than nine decades of struggle for freedom, justice and peace. Browngirlworld 5 will feature performances by the exciting pan-Asian womens spoken word collective, Mango Tribe, in their first ever Toronto appearance, and Torontos own all-womens Taiko drumming group, Raging Asian Women.

Mango Tribe is an acclaimed 22-member pan-Asian/Pacific Islander womens spoken word, hiphop and theatre group. On Saturday March 4, 2006, theyll be performing in their first Toronto appearance as part of an expanded version of Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinhas Browngirlworld women of color spoken word shows.

In 2003, Toronto-based spoken word artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha saw a gap in spoken word venues that were both queer/trans-friendly and welcoming to artists of color. Her Browngirlworld spoken word shows drew increasing crowds and media attention over the past two years. In 2006, Piepzna-Samarasinha and Toronto Womens Bookstore have joined forces to take the Browngirlworld shows to the next level, producing two large-scale queer of color spoken word events a year.

Founded in 2000 by artistic directors Anida Yoeu Esguerra and Emily Chang of I Was Born With Two Tongues, Mango Tribe is an Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA) womens performance collective that voices the vibrant and multifaceted stories of APIA women. Fusing elements of poetry, hip-hop, theater, dance, video, and music, Mango Tribe uses performance to educate about violence in the lives of women of colour and to celebrate our fierce lives of struggle and resistance. Raging Asian Women, Torontos all-female taiko drumming group, will wake you up with their pounding beats.

The details:

Time: Saturday, March 4, 2006, doors 7:30 PM, show 8:00 PM Location: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto. Price: $8-$20. Advance tickets are available at Toronto Womens Bookstore. Fully wheelchair accessible and all-ages space; free childcare available.

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