This is the Point special events

This is the Point – Special Events


A number of exciting special events have been programmed during the run of This is the Point to open up the discussion around accessibility, social justice, creativity, and positive approaches towards sexuality: in partnership with Tangled Arts + Disability, Gloria Swain will conduct a series of workshops—Own Your Sexy—exploring positive and creative views towards sexuality, mental health, and self-representation; we are also thrilled to be hosting MICE Magazine’s launch of their second issue along with a symposium around transformative justice in the arts; and, as a final celebration, we are throwing an all-accessible dance party with artist and activist DJ Syrus Marcus Ware featuring three surprise pop-up performances throughout the night!

We hope you can join us for one (or all) of the events that we have planned for you! Read on for all the details.

Own Your Sexy: Workshop Series (November 9 & 15–16 & 19)
Mice Magazine: Issue Launch (November 12)
Always On Point: all-accessible dance party (November 19)


Gloria Swain healing spaceOwn Your Sexy: Workshop Series with Tangled Artist-in-Residence Gloria Swain
Workshop Dates: November 9 & 15–16, 2016 from 2–6pm
Open Studio: November 19, 2016 from 3–5:30pm
Location: Upper Gallery (2nd floor)
The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen Street West
Admission: Free, Drop-in event
We will be offering tansit tokens and snacks.
We request that you help us make this event scent-free.

Join Tangled’s artist in residence, Gloria Swain, in creating works that represent the best of your sensual side with the “Own Your Sexy” workshop series. Swain will lead participants to explore a wide range of materials including clay, acrylics, textiles, and more to express what it is that makes you feel unique, confident, and most of all, sexy. This series of accessible workshops is happening in tandem with This is the Point—a new work from Ahuri Theatre developed in Residency at The Theatre Centre. Created by Tony Diamanti, Liz MacDougall, Karin Randoja, Christina Serra, and Dan Watson, the work explores issues around love, sex, and disability.

Attendant care will be present on all workshop dates. ASL interpretation will be available on November 15, 16, and 19. If you are interested in bringing a group to a workshop or have any other questions, please contact us at boxoffice@theatrecentre.org

This event is FREE and open to the public. The Theatre Centre is an accessible facility, with barrier-free washrooms and an accessibility lift to facilitate movement between floors. If you are planning a trip to The Theatre Centre and have any questions about accessibility or would like to make any special arrangements, please contact the box office at 416.538.0988 or by email.

About Gloria C. Swain
Gloria Swain is a multidisciplinary artist (painting, photography, poetry, installations) whose work stimulates an understanding of homelessness and mental illness. She holds a Certificate in Community Arts Practice and is a recipient of the York University Robert J. Tiffin Student Leadership Award and the Canadian International Black Women’s 100 Black Women to Watch. She is currently a Masters candidate at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies and the 2016 artist in residence at Tangled Art + Disability. Using art to explore mental health and (intergenerational) trauma, her art is an opportunity to share her own stories of mental health and to create dialogue to remove the stigma.

Her exhibition, Mad Room, is showing through December 3, 2016 at Tangled Art Gallery in the iconic 401 Richmond building. This work addresses stigmas surrounding mental health, and she hopes to open conversation and promote effective coping strategies, and self-care, through art. To see more of Swain’s work, visit her website.

About Tangled Art Gallery
Tangled Art Gallery (TAG) is a unique new exhibition space dedicated to showcasing disability arts and advancing accessible curatorial practices in Toronto’s iconic arts building – 401 Richmond. TAG offers programming throughout the year and is proud to be barrier-free, cost-free, and open to the public. Audiences can expect to engage with art that reshapes understandings of disability, encounter disability artists who invigorate the art world, and interact with inclusive technologies that reimagine how we experience art.

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Mice MagazineMICE Magazine issue launch & symposium: Transformative Justice in the Arts
November 12, 2016 10:30am–6pm
Location: Upper Gallery (2nd floor)
The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen Street West
Admission: Free, RSVP here

MICE Magazine Guest Editor Radiodress developed the theme of Healing Justice for MICE Magazine’s Issue 2. The questions they raised became the starting point for the MICE Symposium on Transformative Justice in the Arts.

MICE Magazine is proud to present writer, poet, educator and social justice activist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha as the keynote speaker. The symposium will feature screenings and panels dedicated to broader conversations about healing justice and media arts, as well as proposals for arts practices that differently engage the goals of transformative justice. The event will be free and fully accessible. There will be childcare, ASL interpretation, food and transportation reimbursements.

If you have allergies or will be in need of childcare during the symposium, please email info@micemagazine.ca before Friday, November 4th.

To RSVP please visit the eventbrite page here.
For more info and updates join the Facebook event here.

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Always On PointAlways on Point: All-Accessible Dance Party
with DJ Syrus Marcus Ware & Pop-up Performers

November 19, 2016 at 10pm
Location: Mainspace Theatre and Upper Gallery
The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen Street West
Admission: Free

Join us for an all-accessible dance party presented alongside This is the Point. Featuring DJ Syrus Marcus Ware, pop-up performances, and projections!

This event is FREE and open to the public. The Theatre Centre is an accessible facility, with barrier-free washrooms and an accessibility lift to facilitate movement between floors. If you are planning a trip to The Theatre Centre and have any questions about accessibility or would like to make any special arrangements, please contact the box office at 416.538.0988 or by email.

About Syrus Marcus Ware
Syrus Marcus Ware is a visual artist, curator, community activist, researcher, youth-advocate and educator. He is the recipient of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, and the current Artist In Residence at the Daniel Spectrum. He is a facilitator/designer at The Banff Centre and was the program coordinator for The Art Gallery of Ontario Youth Program for the past 13 years. Additionally, Ware contributes to Marvellous Grounds – an SSHRC and ERA-funded, forerunning collection of art, activism and academic writings by queers of colour in Toronto. It is a book and web-based project and is co-edited/curated by Jin Haritaworn, Alvis Choi, Ghaida Moussa, Rio Rodriguez and Ware at York University. You can read more about Ware’s work here.

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