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WEEKLY ROUND UP: FEBRUARY 19

February 19th, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

Illustration: Erin McPhee

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards were held this Monday and all you need to know about it is Kendrick Lamar.

Rae Spoon launched a new video this week for their song “Written Across the Sky” and it’s as swoony and awesome as you’d imagine.

In describing the song Spoon says:

“Written Across The Sky” is about my own desire for legal recognition of my agender identity––right now, for example, I am still required to have my assigned sex on my identification. It is about my hunger for rights for trans people, especially those most vulnerable to systemic oppression, including sex workers, indigenous peoples and undocumented folks.

Other singles from their upcoming album Armour include “I Hear Them Calling” and “Stolen Song”.

Though this past weekend was Valentine’s Day it was also the annual Women’s Memorial March for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. In Toronto there was a Strawberry Ceremony held to remember those lost.

Portrait of a Serial Monogomist, an indie film shot and set in Toronto, held its Canadian theatrical debut on Saturday. The film is described as being “written by queer people, directed by queer people and starring queer people in our own city” and it exists as a beautiful love letter both to the queer community and to the GTA.

Vivek Shraya (1) released a new single, the proceeds of which will go to Supporting Our Youth’s Trans_Fusion Crew Program, (2) announced she is using female pronouns (She & Her) and, (3) was just generally amazing this week (as always).

Happy Birthday Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde!

Toronto’s annual winter art installation in the Beaches launched this week. Winter Stations transform lifeguard stations into temporary art installations that, this year, encourage you to sit in a steam canoe and climb into the belly of a bear.

Antonin Scalia, Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States (and its most outspoken conservative) has died.

Shameless launched a new episode of Shameless Talks, a mini podcast for our Alternative Beauty issue! Check it out here and pick up the issue here!

Tags: activist report, art, body politics, gender, indigenous, media savvy, news flash, queer, recommended reading, trans, youth

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