COVID-19 has shaken Jamii to its core values by greatly limiting social connection. But it is of greater importance that we stay home and practice physical distancing to protect lives.
At Jamii, we believe it is our social responsibility to care for our community during such extraordinary times.
With the intent of encouraging people to stay home, practice physical distancing and contribute to better mental health for our community members, Jamii is offering a free live performance to your doorstep.
An intra-provincial project that connects people in Wolfe Island, Wawa, Michipicoten First Nation, Pikangikum First Nation and The Esplanade neighbourhood in Toronto.
The Wind Carries
This project invites people from each community to create the portrait of a fellow community member through creative writing, visual arts, and photography.
"The Stories The Wind Carries" takes place in both 2019 and 2020.
This project is supported by Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada,Ontario Arts Council- Conseil des arts de l'Ontario, and Toronto Arts Council.
On Oct 20th, Jamii won the First Prize for Best Cheering Section of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
St Lawrence Cheering Section
Jamii also organized the Family Fun Run, an annual 1km-run that starts from Berkeley St and The Esplanade, and takes participants all the way to Berczy Park. About 60 people of all ages participated.
Sun, Oct 20th
Family Fun Run
A self-reflective workshop that celebrated our inner beauty and natural qualities, led by Empathy Facilitator Georgia Reynolds
I am me.
I am beauty.
Throughout August, a group of 11 young women were engaged in a workshop exploring inner values and a deeper understanding of self. With this confidence in their abilities, participants created a one-year vision board as a template for goal setting.
Jamii and the St. Lawrence Library co-presented a fabulous event for children of all ages!
A very special story time with drag queens Atmos Fierce and Lucinda Miu; Face painting with our local artist Linda Epp; live music with amazing Aline Morales; stilt walking by Blake; and last but not least, craft!
Sat, Aug 10th
On June 27th, about 60 people get their portrait done while enjoying a private (yet public) performance!
This event featured inspiring artists Andrew Patterson, Alicia Herbert, Alison Garwood-Jones, Djennie Laguerre, Iman Abdul Razzak, Indrit Kasapi, Jim Adams, and Valérie Descheneaux.
Supported by Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts and in partnership with CORPUS and Théâtre Français de Toronto.
A docu-film co-created by more than 150 Esplanadians.
2019At Heart, Citizens of The Esplanade
AWARDS: Best Editing, short documentary film category - Five Continents International Film Festival (Venezuela) - 2019 Best Cinematography, short documentary film category - Five Continents International Film Festival (Venezuela) - 2019 Award of Merit - IndieFest Film Awards (USA)
2019 OFFICIAL SELECTION:
Alternative Film Festival (Canada)
Docs Without Borders Film Festival (USA)
Five Continents International Film Festival (Venezuela)
IndieFEST Film Awards (USA)
Diversity Feedback Film Festivals (Canada)
Meridian Hall is inviting the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood community to a screening of "At Heart" on March 13th - 12noon.
Address: Meridian Hall (former Sony Centre) - O'Keefe Lounge (Yonge St. entrance).
Friday, March 13th
Doors open at 11:30am. Bring your lunch.
In 2020, Jamii is launching Laini, a women in leaderhsip initiative.
Jamii's Women In Leaderhip Initiative
LAINI will help participants to:
- Develop their leadership skills;
- Discover their talents and gifts;
- Ignite their self-drive;
- Connect to matching mentors.
While the city celebrated the annual Toronto Nuit Blanche event, Jamii invited audiences to participate in a sensory experience inspired by our award-winning documentary “At Heart”.
I am me.
I am heart.
25 Esplanadians took the audience on a unique and interactive journey through David Crombie Park in our own version of Nuit Blanche. The hour-long shows lasted till midnight with a screening of "At Heart" at the end of each show. More than 100 community members participated in this unforgettable experience between the rehearsal and event night.
"I am me. I am heart" was co-directed by Ayelen Liberona and Isorine Marc and featured 25 Esplanadians.
Sat, Oct 5th
A one-of-a-kind event which explored the meaning of "home" through discussions, a photo exhibition, Indigenous drumming and spoken word performances.
I am me.
I am home.
On August 24th, "I am me. I am home. " featured a cast of amazing artists:
OPENING CEREMONY by Leonard Bernard. PHOTO EXHIBITION by Gillian Mapp. DRUMMING by Swift Current Singers. PANEL CONVERSATION with Sara Luey & Dynasti Williams. and moderated by Joel Zola. SPOKEN WORD by Ilham Suleman, Jennifer Alicia, Karizma, Maysam Abu-khreibeh. Host: Britta b.
More than 100 people attended the event.
in July, 17 youth were invited to visit our local theatres.
Tour of our local theatres
In partnership with Soulpepper, Sony Centre, CanStage, Young People's Theatre and Canadian Opera Company.
A week of engagement in The Esplanade neighbourhood
Indigenous Day Celebration
In June 2019, with the support of Canadian Heritage, we invited one artist from each of the three Ontario communities Jamii is partnering with: Brian Outinen (Wawa/Michipicoten First Nation), Terri-Lynn Brennan (Wolfe Island) and Lucy Strang (Pikangikum First Nation). Artists spent a week on The Esplanade and directly engaged with 300 locals of all ages through partnerships with the St Lawrence library, local schools, seniors groups, the St Lawrence Neighbourhood Association, the St Lawrence daycare, and Young People Theatre.
Basketball Court Mural
In 2014, Jamii spearheaded a mural painting on Crombie park basketball court wall after the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment paid to resurface the court, which had been destroyed during a police chase in 2013.
The mural, produced by Jamii, was created by 16 local youths under artistic guidance of Shalak Attack, Julian Periquet and Bruno Smoky. Curated by Isorine Marc.
Vibrant ideas — and vibrant paint — can go a long way toward strengthening and
healing a community.
>> 9th season
>> 88 Artists
>> 48 Workshops
>> 400+ Participants
>> 1500+ Audience members
>> 22 Events
We are grateful for a year of growth, enriching partnerships, exciting projects in our community, and throughout
the Province. A year during which one of our dreams came true: the creation of a mobile theatre for our community, the Kisanii Hub.
This award recognizes work that celebrates our city's rich heritage and diverse stories of its people and places.
Winner of the 2019 Public History Award - Heritage Toronto
What an honour this is for our Esplanade community, especially the 157 people who took part in creating this film which shines a light on our neighbourhood, and invites people to reflect on the values that drive community development.
A big thank you to the amazing Ayelen Liberona and Joseph Johnson Camí who directed the film and Jamii's producer, Isorine Marc!
"At Heart" was produced by support from Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada and Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario.
Jamii and St. Lawrence Library marked this year's Culture Days by celebrating mighty women characters in children books and stories.
I am me.
I am mighty.
This event was a showcase of mighty women who inspire us to be who we are and highlighted the beauty of cultural diversity in our community. Story times were led by Sharon McMilland, Parent Resources EarlyON CFC and St. Lawrence Library. Participants enjoyed live music by Aline Morales and Arlene Paculan, crafted with May Massijeh, had a drawing workshop with Connie Wang and took their live portraits home by Alison Garwood.
Sat, Sept 28th
St. Lawrence Library
Jamii and Soulpepper are bringing Waleed Abdulhamid to our park for one-of-a-kind choir experience!
Choir in the park
Amazing multi-instrumentalist Waleed Abdulhamid, known for his striking vocals, innovative bass technique,
and his speed and precision on percussion, invited Esplanadians of
all ages and all artistic backgrounds to be part of our choir for three sessions in August. More than 60 people participated in this project.
Aug 14, 21 & 28, 2019
On July 24th, more than 100 people joined us in the park to meet dancer Neena Jarayajan.
Performances and discussion were hosted by award-winning dance artist Nova Bhattacharya. Discover Dance is a monthly event at the Sony Center that features some of Toronto’s incredible dance artists - this time, in our local park!
I am me (Girl, I got you)
By 10 talented young women
This exhibit invites viewers to push beyond the confines of society’s image of women. Created by 10 young women under the artistic leadership of Brianna Roye and Isorine Marc, this exhibit is displayed in Crombie Park in May 2019 as part of CONTACT, Photography Festival.