Events, Concerts & Live performances
In partnership with Ontario Culture Days
Caring Connections: From my heart to yours
FREE workshops & live musical/dance performances
Friday Sept 24 to Sunday Sept 26, 2021
David Crombie Park - Esplanade & George St

 

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS:

Visual artist Saira Ansari guided participants in the creation of a collective fabric collage to be created and gifted to the Pikangikum community. This is part of a continued community sharing process between residents of the Esplanade, and those in Pikangikum First Nation in Northern Ontario.

 

LIVE MUSIC

Creative workshops were accompanied by live music with amazing artists: Lauren Barnett, Veronica Lee, Tangi Lion, Jerusa Leao, Katy Moonbean and Beny Esguerra

LIVE DANCE PERFORMANCE

Jamii was delighted to present “Two x 30”, a contemporary dance/live art performance directed by Michael Caldwell.  Two x 30 explores the inextricable link between our collective and unconscious patterns of movement and our environment.

Director: Michael Caldwell 

Sound Designer and Composer: Robbie Grunwald

Creative Collaborators and Performers: Pulga Muchochoma, Roberto Soria, Heidi Strauss

Production and Stage Managers: Helin Gungoren, A.J. Morra

Supported by ShowLoveTo, City of Toronto, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts.

WORKSHOP LEAD ARTIST Saira Ansari:

Saira Ansari received a Distinction in Art in her GCE O’Levels from Cambridge University, UK, she also studied Bachelor’s level Fine Arts, and was a Visualizer and Creative Director in Advertising and Director Editorial in Educational Publishing (and illustrated several children’s books). In Toronto, Saira has worked extensively in the non-profit sector with a focus on Diversity and Inclusion . She has designed trainings, workshops and sessions for board, staff and volunteer teams, started two diverse community women’s groups and led several cultural events.

An event in partnership with Ontario Culture Days. Supported by Canada Council for the Arts, and the Government of Ontario.

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Photos by Jae Yang

Jamii and Théâtre Français de Toronto co-presented
"La Bulle" by CORPUS
Aug 31 to Sept 5, 2021
Berkeley Castle Courtyard

700 spectators

A visually stunning and poetic solo performance from the minds of David Danzon and Carolin Lindner.

 La Bulle featured a one-of-a-kind bubble tent and its sole inhabitant: Pierrot, the iconic dreamer. Confined together, they live in transparent symbiosis. In this theatrical setting, there is nowhere to hide -- an absurd situation, fully exploited with humour by a lucid and lunar Pierrot.

Photos by Isorine Marc - Berkeley Castle, The Esplanade, Toronto, ON

CREDITS FOR LA BULLE: 

Conceived, directed and designed by David Danzon & Carolin Lindner (CORPUS)

Co-presented with Théâtre français de Toronto and Jamii

Performed by David Danzon

Costume Design by Françoise Autran 

ABOUT CORPUS: 

Co-founded in 1997 by Sylvie Bouchard and artistic director David Danzon, CORPUS is known for its precise and surrealist humour that combines movement with theatrical imagery. CORPUS’ unique and engaging performances are presented in both traditional and unusual locations for large and diverse audiences.

A huge thank you to the production team:

For CORPUS: Janin Goldman, Paulina Speltz, Jeff Souzy, Deanna Gene. 

For Théâtre français de Toronto: Karine Ricard, Ghislain Caron, Manuel Verreydt, Sandra-Emily Veilleux, Hadrien Volle. 

For Jamii: Isorine Marc, Jasmin Linton, DeeAnn Sagar, Cynthia Ruso, Tereka Smith, Ammar Salem, Iris Unlu.

For Berkeley Castle: Linda Leistner and Melody Arnold.

A series of performances presented with the support of Canada Council for the Arts, and the Government of Ontario.

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"Becoming Garden"
Honouring Indigenous knowledge through story, song and ritual.
July 15-16-17, 2021

Jamii, in partnership with Canadian Stage, presented "Becoming Garden" - Woven by Ayelen Liberona & Becoming Praxis.

Cultivating Gratitude. Composting Grief. Harvesting Joy.

 

An intimate sonic sensory experience that honoured Indigenous ways of knowing in an outdoor garden filled with songs, stories and joyful art-making. Guided by Indigenous teachings that elevated senses, excited imagination and invited people to re-story their relations.

Supported by Canadian Heritage and Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada, and Government of Ontario.

CREDITS:

Weaver: Ayelen Liberona

Sonic Guides (in order of appearance): Anishinaabe Kwe Vivian Recollet - Natasha Myers - Carolynne Crawley - Joce TwoCrows

"Laini" Youth: Trinity-Ursula Nzau, Ruthmarie Williams, Zhenmei Wong-Ward, Daniella Gakumba, Huda Mourad, Ruby Fowler, Francesca Ssempiira, Emma Pio, Aela Kuria and Mila Liberona-Cami

Firekeeper: Josh Recollet

Sound design: Ian Newton

Wendat Healing Song: Joce TwoCrows

Circle Song: Trinity-Ursula Nzau, Ruthmarie Williams, Zhenmei Wong-Ward, Daniella Gakumba, Huda Mourad, Fifi Mourad, Ruby Fowler, Francesca Ssempiira, Emma Pio, Aela Kuria and Mila Liberona-Cami

Circle Song Creation: Rosina Kazi, Nicholas Murray & "Laini" Youth

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Isorine Marc & Ayelen Liberona

Program Manager: Jasmin Linton

Production Manager: Ariane Burtin

Stage Manager: Amye Sagar

Recording Engineer: Nicholas Murray

Production Assistant: Cynthia Ruso

Headphone Equipment: Airmoves Wireless Audio

BECOMING PRAXIS:

Artistic Director & Producer: Ayelen Liberona

Artistic Director: Joseph Johnson-Camí

Company Manager: Ariane Burtin

JAMII:

Executive & Programming Director: Isorine Marc

Program Manager: Jasmin Linton

Philanthropy Manager: DeeAnn Sagar

Community-Arts Coordinator: Cynthia Ruso

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Celebrating Community
A musical ride through the St Lawrence neighbourhood
July 1st, 2021

On July 1st 2021, Jamii joined forces with the St Lawrence Neighbourhood Association (SLNA) to present "CELEBRATING COMMUNITY", a musical ride through our three local parks: David Crombie Park, Berczy Park and St James Park.

With this event, our intent was to recognize and honour the Indigenous people of this country and the diversity, culture and life experiences of people in our neighbourhood.

While Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone sang about love and honoured Mother Nature, she also spoke about the suffering of her people through the continued discovery of the (unmarked) graves of Indigenous children - horrors committed at the residential schools through a century and a half of abuse. We were honoured to offer Aqua a platform to speak and sing.

 

Leen لين, along with John Pierre Abou Chacra (together known as Kazdoura) sang in Arabic and shared with us some of their journey from Syria.

Sergio Xocolate along with Suzanne Roberts Smith (Xocô Music), spoke about Indigenous Peoples in the world, especially those from Sergio's home country in Brazil.

It was the first time for Jamii to work with Suba Sankaran & Dylan Bell (together known as Free Play Duo) .

Our friend Heidi Chan played traditional Japanese music along with Aki Takahashi (together are called Ten ten Canada) - what an honour!

Stunning photos by Delphy Photography

In partnership with BMO Financial Group, Friends of Berczy Park, and Friends of St James Park Toronto.

Supported by Canadian Heritage and Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada.

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1-on-1 dance performances in the park
David Crombie Park
June 4, 5, 6 2021

In 2014 & 2015, Jamii had invited Danse Carpe Diem and their moving performance “ÉCOUTE POUR VOIR” to the neighbourhood. We are excited to bring them back to The Esplanade for a series of 1-on-1 dance pop-ups!

 

ÉCOUTE POUR VOIR is made up of various solos dispersed throughout the space and danced simultaneously. Dancers and spectators wear headphones connected to an iPod and share in a choreography for the duration of a piece of music. United for a moment and bound up together in movement, dancers and spectators engage in singular encounters and each solo becomes a close dialogue, an interaction that is at once unique and momentous.

David Crombie Park:

Friday June 4th, Saturday June 5th & Sunday June 6th

CREDITS:

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Artistic Direction: Emmanuel Jouthe

A show created by Emmanuel Jouthe/Danse Carpe Diem

Performances produced and presented by Jamii

Choreography: Emmanuel Jouthe in collaboration with performers 

Performers: Elise Bergeon, Andrea Nann, Syreeta Hector, Kaitlin Torrance, Swahdi Ranganee and Irma Villafuerte

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts

In partnership with Canadian Stage

Facebook LIVE concert feat. Red Rhythm & Blues
March 29th, 2021

Jamii was thrilled to present a Facebook LIVE livestream of Red Rhythm & Blues, March 29th 2021, filmed in Crombie Park. Red Rhythm & Blues is a beautiful coming together of two-spirit Anishnaabe~Métis singer, songwriter, composer, artist and activist Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone, and talented queer artist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and activist Valentina Morelli. Together they craft soothing medicine music to heal the soul and free the spirit. Rooted in Indigenous storytelling, swelling harmonies expressed through the ‘time old’ overcoming of the blues, these two are a creative collaboration of magic.

More about Red Rhythm & Bluesfacebook.com/redrhythmandblues

This performance was proudly presented in partnership with Canadian Stage, and supported by Canadian Heritage and Government of Ontario.