Beach(fire) Blanket Bingo Biennale (Gathering)
BUSH Gallery (Peter Morin and Tania Willard), with guest artist Lisa Myers
Program: Co-Relations. October 19, 6:00‒10:00pm
Location: Ward’s Island Beach, Toronto Island
Presented in partnership with imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
The public is invited to gather around a beach fire to engage in the methodologies of exchange embedded in gifting. This participatory work examines the circulation of materials within and outside of the art system and Indigenous communities.
Ayumi Goto: single use salmon plogging (Performance)
Program: Co-Relations. October 20, 9:00 am‒3:30 pm
Start/end location: Bay Street & Queen Street West
Co-commissioned with and curated by FADO Performance Art Centre
Ayumi Goto runs the Toronto Waterfront Marathon as the half-human/half-salmon geisha gyrl in a performance addressing labor, responsibility, and the impact of environmental disaster. The performance is dedicated to the late Josephine Mandamin, Anishinaabe grandmother Water Walker—who circumnavigated the Great Lakes to raise awareness about water pollution, and to David S. Buckel—lawyer, environmental activist and runner, who self-immolated to protest humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels.
Sinaaqpagiaqtuut/The Long-Cut (Procession) – Embassy of Imagination
Program: Currents. September 21, 6:30–8:00 pm
Co-commissioned and presented in partnership with The Bentway, produced by PA System
Presented in conjunction with Embassy of Imagination + PA System’s installation at 259 Lake Shore Boulevard East
, Sinaaqpagiaqtuut/The Long-Cut is a procession that began in Kinngait (Cape Dorset, Nunavut) this summer and continues in Toronto. The procession features work by Kinngait youth from the Peter Pitseolak High School made in collaboration with the Oasis Skateboard Factory School in Toronto. Members of the public are invited to follow the procession along the way.
Harbour Symphony (Performance) – Delf Maria Hohmann and Raven Chacon with Allison Cameron
Program: Currents. September 21, 7:00‒7:30 pm
Location: Harbourfront Centre and Toronto Harbour
Presented in partnership with Harbourfront Centre
Composers Delf Maria Hohmann and Raven Chacon with Allison Cameron bring the Harbour Symphony to Toronto. It originated in 1983 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, transforming boats berthed near the city’s shoreline into an orchestra on the water. Featuring music written for boat horns, Toronto’s rendition includes newly commissioned compositions as well as scores from the project’s musical archive.
In Conversation: Hajra Waheed, Nabila Abdel Nabi and Jayne Wilkinson (Conversation)
Program: Currents. September 21, 1:30‒3:00pm
Presented in partnership with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and Canadian Art
On the occasion of Hajra Waheed’s solo exhibition Hold Everything Dear at The Power Plant, her installation at the Biennial, and Canadian Art’s Fall 2019 issue launch, the artist will discuss the evolution of her multidisciplinary practice with The Power Plant’s guest curator Nabila Abdel Nabi and Canadian Art Editor-in-Chief Jayne Wilkinson.
Program: Storytelling. October 16 and November 6, 6:00‒8:00 pm
Location: Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)
Presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of York University
Rapper and spoken-word poet Borelson will present a performance in response to works by artists Jae Jarrell and Caecilia Tripp, presented at AGYU, a Biennial site. Borelson will connect his ongoing work around Afrofuturism with these artists’ critical reimaginings.
Life of a Craphead: Doored (Performance)
Program: Toronto Biennial of Art Residency. September 28, 2019
Location: Ireland Park Foundation
Presented In partnership with Ireland Park Foundation and Trinity Square Video
For its inaugural residency, the Biennial presents the collective Life of a Craphead whose work spans performance art, film, and curation. Doored is a curated art and performance show that ran from 2012 to 2017, featuring works by over 120 artists. For TBA 2019, Life of a Craphead will present a special edition of Doored.