The New Embassy: Beautiful Journeys

Kai Cheng Thom, Sze-Yang Ade-Lam, Janice Jo Lee, Kim Ninkuru and Kama La Mackerel

The New Embassy: Beautiful Journeys

Kai Cheng Thom, Sze-Yang Ade-Lam, Janice Jo Lee, Kim Ninkuru and Kama La Mackerel

7:00pm

Friday, March 18, 2022

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.

         Canada Council for the Arts logo

Performance
Virtual

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.

         Canada Council for the Arts logo

Performance
Virtual

Featured Authors

Kai Cheng Thom is an author, performer, queer healer and mediator based in Toronto/tkaronto. She is the author of 5 award-winning books in multiple genres, as well as the writer of the Ask Kai: Advice for the Apocalypse advice column for Xtra Magazine. Kai Cheng has been featured in Teen Vogue, the New York Times and Emma Watson's feminist book club.

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Sze-Yang Ade-Lam is a queer asian nonbinary dancer, choreographer, martial artist, actor, advocate and community developer. Sze-Yang shares stories for love, liberation, representation and empowerment, as an independent artist, and as part of ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company. Since 2011, Sze-Yang has created more accessible affirming dance education and performance opportunities for QT2SBIPOC’s and their adjacent communities, advocated for change in the arts, and is the force behind the Dora Mavor Moore Awards shift to gender neutral categories. Lookout for Sze-Yang in Age of Samurai on Netflix, Peggy Baker’s Her Body As Words, and their work in New Monuments on CBC Gem. IG: @seeyinandyang.

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Janice Jo Lee, aka Sing Hey, is a contemporary folk artist of Korean settler ancestry. She is a soul-folk singer-songwriter, spoken word poet, clown, playwright and educator. She is a hard femme queer radical known for being disarmingly hilarious and fearlessly honest. Her work explores gender justice, antiracism, friendship, burnout, community, ancestry and the Earth. Lee is trained in spoken word, clown and physical theatre, whose specialty is creating a warm energy and glow with audiences. “Lee has a mischievous twinkle in her eye and a marvellous spontaneity”– Glenn Sumi, Now Toronto.

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Kim Ninkuru is a multimedia artist born in Bujumbura, Burundi. In Canada since 2009, she has been living and working in Montreal and Toronto. Using video and sound performance, storytelling and installation work, she creates pieces that explore and express rage, love, desire, beauty, or pain in relation to her own body, mind and soul. Although her art is very personal, she is committed to speaking out about the liberation of Black women and femmes everywhere. Her work heavily questions our preconceived notions, and is grounded in the firm belief that Blackness is past, present and future at any given moment.

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Kama La Mackerel is an award-winning Mauritian-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist, educator, writer, curator and literary translator. Kama’s work is grounded in the exploration of justice, love, healing, decoloniality, hybridity, cosmopolitanism, ancestral healing and self- and collective-empowerment. They are the author ZOM-FAM (Metonymy Press) which was named a CBC Best Poetry Book, a Globe and Mail Best Debut, and was a finalist for the QWF Concordia University First Book Award and the Writers' Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize. In 2021, Kama was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Joseph S. Stauffer Prize for emerging and mid-career artists in Visual Arts. Find out more at lamackerel.net

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7:00pm

Friday, March 18, 2022

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