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Outdoors at Harbourfront Centre’s North Orchard, June 4 at 1–6pm ET 

Listen in as people impacted by incarceration share true stories about their experiences. An audio installation created in collaboration by 5 community contributors, Emma Zabloski, Jeni Luther, and Trophy.

This installation is part of the free, outdoor events at MOTIVE. It is open to the general public.

Presented by Trophy, in partnership with Provocation Ideas Festival.

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Not satisfied with being some of the best in the crime writing business, crime-writing pals Mark Billingham (Guitar/vocals), Chris Brookmyre (Guitar/Vocals), Doug Johnstone (Drums/Vocals), Stuart Neville (Guitar/Vocals), Val McDermid (Vocals) and Luca Veste (Bass) form the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers. Murdering songs for fun for all who will listen, the band has rocked crowds at book and music festivals all around the world since 2016, covering classics from The Rolling Stones to Britney Spears. Don’t miss their Canadian debut.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: June 4 at 7:30pm ET
Where: Concert Stage at Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 90 minutes
Ticket price: $23.50 – Regular; $12.50 – Youth; or Get the All-Access Pass

Supported by Scottish Books International.

Scottish Books International

Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers in Concert

Inspired by Toronto’s renowned, historic Bohemian Embassy, meet a new generation of artists inspiring Canada’s ever-evolving literary scene at The New Embassy: a digital mini-series of spoken word, poetry, prose, theatrical readings, music and dance.

Curated by Lebanese Canadian actor, writer and producer Yousef Kadoura, this final event in The New Embassy series reflects on the idea of collective solitude: finding community in the shared experiences, challenges and environments in which disabled and Mad artists live and create.

Presented as part of the CoMotion Festival, join musician and artist Tallan M.D., Montreal-based actor and playwright Silvae Mercedes, visual and performance artist Max Ferguson and playwright Jessica Watkin for this inspiring, multidisciplinary event. ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided.

This event will take place virtually. This event will be available to watch from Thursday, July 7 to Wednesday, July 13 as part of a special release to celebrate Canadian artists.

Curated by Yousef Kadoura
Produced by Toronto International Festival of Authors
Co-Presented with CoMotion Festival
The New Embassy event series is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts through the Digital NOW program.

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Yousef Kadoura's The New Embassy event banner features headshots of the participants with a red and white background and The New Embassy logo.

Inspired by Toronto’s renowned, historic Bohemian Embassy, meet a new generation of artists inspiring Canada’s ever-evolving literary scene at The New Embassy: a digital mini-series of spoken word, poetry, prose, theatrical readings, music and dance.

Consider Disabled, Deaf and Mad futures through a riveting set of performances by Black artists. Curated by Syrus Marcus Ware, this New Embassy event explores the effects of the pandemic and white supremacy with performances by spoken word artist Britta B., actor and Deaf Olympian Courage Bacchus, and dance/movement artists Jaz Fairy J and Rodney Diverlus. This event will be presented with ASL interpretation and visual captions. This event is presented as part of the CoMotion Festival.

CW // This event contains strong language and images of a sexual nature. Discretion is advised.

Prior to the event, audiences are invited to hear more from curator Syrus Marcus Ware in a special re-release of Climate for All: Disability Rights and the Environment on April 21, which was originally broadcast as part of the 42nd Toronto International Festival of Authors in October 2021.

This event will take place virtually. This event will be available to watch from Thursday, July 7 to Wednesday, July 13 as part of a special release to celebrate Canadian artists.

Curated by Syrus Marcus Ware
Produced by Toronto International Festival of Authors
Co-Presented with CoMotion Festival
The New Embassy event series is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts through the Digital NOW program.

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Syrus Marcus Ware's The New Embassy event banner features headshots of the participants with a red and white background and The New Embassy logo.

Inspired by Toronto’s renowned, historic Bohemian Embassy, meet a new generation of artists inspiring Canada’s ever-evolving literary scene at The New Embassy: a digital mini-series of spoken word, poetry, prose, theatrical readings, music and dance.

Curated by author Canisia Lubrin, The New Embassy’s opening event features a lively and provocative programme of music, theatre and poetry. Experience the rhythms of Joy Lapps, leader of the Afro and Latin-Caribbean Jazz ensemble The Joy Lapps Project; a gripping monologue about the Springhill mining disaster of 1958, by Beau Dixon, presented as a selection from his one-man show Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story; as well as an appearance from Griffin Poetry Prize-shortlisted poet Aisha Sasha John. This event is presented as part of Kuumba, which is supported by TD Ready Commitment and the Government of Canada.

This event will take place virtually. This event will be available to watch from Thursday, July 7 to Wednesday, July 13 as part of a special release to celebrate Canadian artists.

This event has undergone a participant change. Please be advised that Erica Violet Lee, originally scheduled for this event, can no longer appear. The event will proceed, with apologies for any inconvenience caused by this change.

Curated by Canisia Lubrin 
Produced by Toronto International Festival of Authors 
Co-Presented with Kuumba 
Supported by TD Ready Commitment and the Government of Canada.
The New Embassy event series is funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts through the Digital NOW program.

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Canisia Lubrin's The New Embassy event banner features headshots of the participants with a red and white background and The New Embassy logo.

Inspired by Toronto’s renowned, historic Bohemian Embassy, meet a new generation of artists inspiring Canada’s ever-evolving literary scene at The New Embassy: a digital mini-series of spoken word, poetry, prose, theatrical readings, music and dance.

Curated by Jen Sookfong Lee, author and co-host of the literary podcast Can’t Lit, this collection of powerful readings offers up deeply open, vulnerable stories that challenge social boundaries. Hear Toronto-based actor, burlesque performer and playwright Dainty Smith read her short story “Prayer and Paradise”; Two Spirit writer and artist Aedan Corey read from their highly anticipated upcoming collection of poetry; and Nehithaw-Dené Métis poet Zoey Roy give an exciting spoken word performance.

This event will take place virtually. This event will be available to watch from Thursday, July 7 to Wednesday, July 13 as part of a special release to celebrate Canadian artists.

Curated by Jen Sookfong Lee
Produced by Toronto International Festival of Authors
The New Embassy event series is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts through the Digital NOW program.

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Jen Sookfong Lee's The New Embassy event banner features headshots of the participants with a red and white background and The New Embassy logo.

Inspired by Toronto’s renowned, historic Bohemian Embassy, meet a new generation of artists inspiring Canada’s ever-evolving literary scene at The New Embassy: a digital mini-series of spoken word, poetry, prose, theatrical readings, music and dance.

Award-winning author, performer and queer healer Kai Cheng Thom brings ritual-performance, spoken word and movement together for a transformative mosaic of introspective art. Dancer and choreographer Sze-Yang Ade-Lam will join soul-folk singer-songwriter Janice Jo Lee for a special performance, followed by a poem reading and dance by Ade-Lam. Multimedia artist Kim Ninkuru will present a spoken word piece exploring rage, love, desire, beauty and pain in relation to her own body, mind and soul. Award-winning Mauritian-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist Kama La Mackerel will give a ritual-performance adaptation of their poem “My Body Is the Ocean”, exploring the relationship between the “island-body” and the ancestral memory of the ocean.

This event will take place virtually. This event will be available to watch from Thursday, July 7 to Wednesday, July 13 as part of a special release to celebrate Canadian artists.

This event was produced in adherence to regional public health guidelines to create a safe workplace for artists and collaborators. The site safety protocol included—but was not limited to—vaccination screenings, frequent sanitization of the workspace, and physical distancing with the exception of artists working in a recognized bubble to allow for close proximity.

Curated by Kai Cheng Thom
Produced by Toronto International Festival of Authors
The New Embassy event series is funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts through the Digital NOW program.

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Kai Cheng Thom's The New Embassy event banner features headshots of the participants with a red and white background and The New Embassy logo.

Three rising star Canadian artists, Kelisha Daley, Shahaddah Jack and Martin Gomes, speak poetry to power in this raw and inspiring spoken word presentation, hosted live by Desiree Mckenzie. Performers are mentees of the JAYU iAM Programme: a youth-led arts and social justice mentorship for equity-seeking youth in Canada aged 12–26. Desiree Mckenzie is an award-winning performer and arts educator, who in 2019, earned the title of Canadian Festival of Spoken Word National Champion. Presented in partnership with JAYU and Kuumba: Toronto’s largest Black Futures Month celebration (supported by TD Ready Commitment and the Government of Canada).

Speaking Poetry from the Ashes
February 5, 2021 at 1:40pm ET
Virtual Event

This event will be presented as part of the Bergen International Literary Festival, a five-day festival that celebrates international and Norwegian fiction and non-fiction beginning on February 9, 2022. It will be showcased during Literature Live Around the World, a collaboration project composed of 11 festivals and literature centres from every continent, who have joined forces to provide the second edition of this unique literary programme. Mona B Riise and Britta B. will lead the marathon multinational venture from Bergen on Saturday, February 5, 2022. Speaking Poetry from the Ashes is a 30-minute feature presentation of this broadcast that starts at 1:40pm (ET). It can be viewed for free right here on FestivalofAuthors.ca.

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Join Canadian award-winning poets and activists Kelisha Daley, Martin Gomes, Khiem Hoang, Shahaddah Jack and Zara Rahman for an empowering presentation of the power of performance. In conversation with Desiree Mckenzie, they’ll share the tools you’ll need to create your own poetry and writing, and the necessary techniques to reflect the challenges and change you’d like to inspire in the world around you.

All presenters are mentees of the iAM Programme: a youth-led arts and social justice mentorship for equity-seeking youth in Canada aged 12–26. Desiree Mckenzie is an award-winning performer and arts educator, who in 2019, earned the title of Canadian Festival of Spoken Word National Champion.

Recommended for ages 11 and up.

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This event is presented in partnership with the Reading is Magic Festival.

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Tune in for an intimate poetry performance from Scarlett Cortez, an educator and multidisciplinary artist from Oklahoma. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the winner of the 2020 Toronto Poetry Slam!

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