We’re HUGE fans of the Myseum Intersections festival. The annual fest (now in its third year) explores different perspectives of Toronto through collaborative exhibitions, events, workshops and tours. This year’s theme of Arrivals & Departures explores Toronto’s communities, cultures and characters, highlighting how different perspectives converge to create multiple visions of our city’s past, present and future.
If time allows, you should check out as much of this festival as humanly possible. Here’s where we’ll be for sure:
CONVENIENCE: Treating the mom-and-pop shop as a point of departure, CONVENIENCE is an exhibition that questions the notions of efficiency, passivity and proximity stereotypically associated with Asian immigrant life. From Belinda Kwan and Tak Pham.
- From the Drum to the DJ and Beyond: This workshop is an exploration of drumming traditions that have found a home in Toronto. Participants will learn about the influence these beats have on turntablism and beat-making, now and into the future.
- Where Are You From? Where Are You Going?: A group of intergenerational Black and Indigenous artists will use their artwork to take up public space. From Museums of Mississauga, BAND Gallery and Cultural Centre, OCAD University, Peel Aboriginal Network.
- Focus on our Elders: Through photography and interviews, this project documents Toronto’s diverse community of elder citizens. Utilizing Arrivals and Departures as a metaphor for life-changing events, it explores the paths leading to their arrival in Toronto, the milestones that shaped their lives, their unique insights, and the opportunities and challenges associated with aging.
- Jeanne B ’93: A Gendertroublemaker Arrives: Gender oppression, sex work and animal welfare intersect in surprising and affecting ways in this exhibition focused on transsexual artist/activist Mirha-Soleil Ross. From CLGA, DIY LOVE, The 519.
- A Place for Wholesome Amusement: An installation exploring how Toronto’s Jewish and Chinese communities fostered their cultural identities in the same theatre at 285 Spadina Avenue. From FENSTER, Ontario Jewish Archives (OJA).
Life in Flight: Through photography, video, installation and performance, a group of Latin American artists unfold the passing of time by sharing their stories as immigrants who never seem to land. From Latin American Canadian Art Projects (LACAP), Conversalon, Sur Gallery.