— This year debuts a new Festival Hub Space located in Toronto's PATH—
TORONTO, March 11, 2020 /CNW/ - Today, Myseum of Toronto announces the program for Myseum Intersections, its fifth annual festival of art and culture taking place across Toronto from April 2-30. Myseum Intersections explores intersectional perspectives of Toronto through collaborative exhibits, events, and experiences. Throughout the month-long program, 12 projects will explore non-traditional perspectives of Toronto—the lost or hidden stories that Torontonians might not know about, but should.
Myseum is a museum without walls, and thus for the past four years its flagship program, Myseum Intersections, has shared Toronto's untold stories in locations all over the city. This year it will continue to span multiple locations across the city, but with the added element of a festival hub space and art gallery. The Intersections Gallery, presented in partnership with QuadReal Property Group, is located in Toronto's bustling PATH at 18 Wellington St. W, part of the Commerce Court complex. This retail storefront transformed into an art gallery, will feature four exhibits throughout the month, and host key free programming, like the festival launch party.
"The past four years the festival has explored different themes within the concept of Intersectionality. This year, we wanted to focus on Intersectionality itself—no secondary theme—and really take a deep dive into this topic," said Jeremy Diamond, CEO of Myseum. "Our new Intersections Gallery in the downtown core will make it even easier for Torontonians to find us and connect with these untold stories—stop by and see what it has to offer, and learn more about what other projects are happening across the city."
The eclectic group of exhibits and events will showcase a variety of artistic mediums, from photography and comic art, to multimedia and multisensorial, to live performance and walking tours. Each project examines the past, present and/or future of topics, such as mental health, women's rights, and immigration, and their impact on all Torontonians.
The official lineup of Myseum Intersections projects can be found online here, and includes:
Images of resistance: An Archive of Action: An exhibit and event in commemoration of the 2008/2009 Tamil protests. The project will be housed at Fort York, under the Gardiner Expressway where the protests notably culminated in a blockade in May 2009. It aims to document and share the stories of the protest members through 600+ images collected as a wider community engagement project, A Million Words: An Exhibit of the Histories on Tamil Canadians. From Tamil Civic Action Network, Neethan Shan, and Hiba Abdallah.
Women in Hip Hop: An Ear Appeal Project: Historic accounts, interactive galleries, live performances, and a panel discussion addressing the past, present, and progressive future of the Female MC. This project will explore the intersecting experiences of race, sexuality, ability, and gender through the mediums of sound, music, and complimentary artistic expressions. From Exmiranda, the Ear Appeal Artist Collectives, and R.I.S.E. Edutainment.
Activisions: Trans Histories and Activision, 1970s-2010s: ActiVisions is an exhibition, public program, and walking tour. A trans-identified guest curator has researched the trans collections held at The ArQuives (formerly the CLGA), exploring the intersectional history of GTA trans people from the 1970s-2010s. From The ArQuives: Canada's LGBTQ2+ Archives, University of Toronto.
Derailed: The History of Black Railway Porters in Toronto: A theatrical experience, taking place at the Toronto Railway Museum (partially in the train cars) sharing the history of the Black Railway Porters and their significant contribution to the labour movement and immigration laws. From Myseum of Toronto, Cecil Foster, Meghan Swaby, and the Toronto Railway Museum.
The festival will kick off on April 2, with a launch party at 7:00 pm, taking place at the Intersections Gallery at 18 Wellington St W. The event is open to the public and will feature DJs Fresh Moses and Lovebonez and dramatic and musical performances, along with the chance to mingle with all of the festival's participants to learn more about their various projects.
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About Myseum of Toronto Myseum of Toronto is a non-profit organization established in 2015. Through engaging programs and experiences, we convene, curate, and share the stories of Toronto. Instead of asking people to come to one location to explore art, culture, and history, Myseum delivers programming to all corners of the city. Our focus on co-creation and collaboration allows all Torontonians to partake in curating the city's social and historical narratives.