Tag: Arts

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    There is an Ocean in My Soul: On the Current State of Trans and Genderqueer Punk

    August 31st, 2015     by Laura Friesen     Comments

    Chances are you’re familiar with Against Me! or Laura Jane Grace. The punk band and their frontwoman have been around for a while and have been gaining exposure in queer and trans communities due to Grace’s activism and status as a role model. But Against Me! are far from the only punk band talking about transgender and genderqueer topics and inspiring listeners to listen to their gender nonconformist hearts. Inspired by my love for their album Transgender Dysphoria Blues and attending a recent Against Me! gig, I went searching for more voices and found angry, political rock music that tells individual stories of gender rejection as unique as the people playing it. READ MORE

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    Denise’s Test, Part 2: More Positive Media Depictions of People of Size

    August 24th, 2015     by Denise Reich     Comments

    As I continue to search for positive depictions of people of size on stage and screen, I’ve come up with several more examples. As a reminder, to pass Denise’s Test the character of size must be treated like any other person on the show. They might be villains or heroes and they might be loved or loathed by the audience, but they’re not there in the context of a stereotype or joke. They’re not a) a stock “villainous glutton” or a related trope; b) they’re not the token “funny fat guy” who exists only for comic relief, and c) their existence is neither defined nor dominated by obsession or contentious relationships with food. Part 2 continues to focus on people of size that appear as main or supporting characters. READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round Up: June 4

    June 4th, 2015     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Should “women’s spaces” include non-binary people?

    December 23rd, 2014     by RJ Vandrish     Comments

    Now that winter is starting to settle in, I’m trying to cope by thinking of warmer times. As I bask in memories of this past summer, I think mostly of my warm and sunny week in Halifax, performing in the Queer Acts Theatre Festival. During the festival’s conference portion, we discussed the state of queer theatre in Canada, the trend of the one-person show and about the experiences of queer women in theatre. The latter section … READ MORE

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    Art Show Review: Anatomy of a Protest

    November 28th, 2014     by deb singh     Comments

    Art Show Review: Anatomy of a Protest Wendy Coburn Justina M. Barnicke Gallery University of Toronto I recently visited the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House, University of Toronto (7 Hart House Circle) and caught a wicked moment in time/art show/herstorical perspective on a very recent and important protest in Toronto history. The art exhibit, Anatomy of a Protest by Wendy Coburn, stars the recent and gone-global protest, the first Slut Walk ever (held in Toronto in … READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round Up: October 22

    October 22nd, 2014     by Jessie Hale     Comments

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    Mid-Week Round Up: September 24

    September 24th, 2014     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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  • Youth Voices

    Art Work Part 2: The Realities of Becoming an Artist

    June 12th, 2014     by Skittlez Gunn     Comments

    Skittlez Gunn’s second of 3 posts on becoming a professional artist as a young woman. This week Skittlez talks about what happens after you have decided to pursue art as a career! READ MORE

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    Art Work Part 1: You Can Become Who You Want To Be

    June 5th, 2014     by Skittlez Gunn     Comments

    Skittlez Gunn’s first of 3 posts on becoming a professional artist as a young woman. Skittlez shares her journey of pursuing art as a career, debunks myths about becoming an artist and post-secondary education, and encourages other young women and trans youth to overcome their fears and follow their art! READ MORE

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    From zines to online community: Masala Militia’s one-year anniversary

    May 23rd, 2014     by Nish Israni     Comments

    Masala Militia is a year-old Toronto-based, feminist-oriented online magazine, zine, and movement focusing on a variety of topics affecting self-identified brown girls and women of the brown diaspora. READ MORE

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    Monthly Music Musings: Amanda X

    May 13th, 2014     by Becky Martyn     Comments

    Amanda X are a three piece based out of Philly comprised of Cat Park, Tiff Yoon, and Kat Bean who play dreamy, quivery guitar driven music. READ MORE

  • Youth Voices

    Maker Monday: Animal Ears!

    April 14th, 2014     by Maya Peters     Comments

    We made amazing animal ear headbands, tails, and even part of a Glaceon (from Pokemon) costume! READ MORE

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    Changing the runway: Project Diversity fashion show challenges Eurocentric modeling norms

    April 11th, 2014     by Shannon Clarke     Comments

    “Disrupt the norm” is an apt tagline for Project Diversity that, in many ways, bares no resemblance to the typical fashion show. For one thing, it’s Rajanayagam’s fourth-year thesis, a culmination of eight months’ work by the 22-year-old fashion communication student at Ryerson University. Unlike most runways, Rajanayagam’s included multiple ethnicities, sizes, genders, styles, ages and abilities. READ MORE

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    In Bloom Festival Looking for Youth Artists

    January 21st, 2014     by Kate-Christine Miller     Comments

    Run by youth for youth, the Gallery provides a space for youth to express themselves. It serves to build community awareness and acceptance of youth and youth issues and to foster, recognize and showcase the incredible strengths, talents and diversity amongst Toronto’s youth community. 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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    Almost But Not Quite Touching: an interview with the co-creators

    December 4th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Almost But Not Quite Touching is the debut play of the Tough Toots Theatre Folks, performed in October of this year in Toronto. A completely re-written and re-imagined version of a previous play of the same name and entirely written, directed and performed by women and trans* folks, Almost But Not Quite Touching was described by its creators as follows: “Be prepared to laugh, to learn, and to cry. Enter the minds of real people … READ MORE

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    Review - TIFF’s The Hard Way: The Films of Bette Davis

    November 14th, 2013     by Anne Thériault     Comments

    Have you ever heard of the Bechdel test? Named after the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the test examines gender bias in film by asking one basic question: does this film feature at least two [named] women talking to each other about something other than a man? It sounds simple enough, and you would think that most movies would pass this test with flying colours, but, in fact, the opposite is true. The truth is that … READ MORE

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    Unfinished Business Release New Video!

    October 6th, 2013     by Sheila Sampath     Comments

    Friends of Shameless (and also, Canada’s youngest punk band?), Unfinished Business, have just released their first music video for their hit song, EPIC FAIL (a huge hit when they played our Labour Issue launch party last year!). Check it out below, and visit their Facebook page for upcoming shows! … READ MORE

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    Call for proposals: The HTMlles - Feminist festival of media arts + digital culture

    October 1st, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    The HTMlles - Feminist festival of media arts + digital culture 11th edition, November 2014, in Montreal Deadline: November 17, 2013 Taking place in Montreal, The HTMlles is an international biennial festival that brings together artists, scholars and activists who are passionate about critical engagement with new technologies from a feminist perspective. Based on a specific theme, each edition addresses urgent socio-political questions by pushing the boundaries of artistic and feminist practices. The HTMlles is produced by Studio XX, … READ MORE

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    Culture Days = Feminist Art Collage Party

    September 10th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Where: Hosted by Walnut Contemporary, 201 Niagara Street (entrance along the side) ** please note this is not an accessible venue ** What: An interactive art gathering inspired by feminism Who: Organized by the FAC Committee with a performance by Helene Vosters When: Sunday September 29th, 1:00pm Feminist Art Conference (FAC) Does Culture Days with a Feminist Collage Art Party FAC is very excited to be included among more than 7,000 free activities that are registered to take … READ MORE

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