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The New Embassy

The New Embassy event banner. The New Embassy text on a red background with white swirls to the left. The logo has an eye with flames above it.

The Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) is thrilled to present The New Embassy: a five-part digital series spotlighting a new wave of CanLit influencers.

The events will stream for free between February and April, 2022. Events will be curated by Yousef Kadoura, Canisia Lubrin, Jen Sookfong Lee, Kai Cheng Thom and Syrus Marcus Ware; and feature spoken word, poetry, fiction and non-fiction, theatrical readings, music and dance performed by a roster of influential artists, including Sze-Yang Ade-Lam, Britta B., Courage Bacchus, Aedan Corey, Rodney Diverlus, Beau Dixon, Jaz Fairy J, Aisha Sasha John, Kama La Mackerel, Joy Lapps, Janice Jo Lee, Kim Ninkuru, Dainty Smith, Zoey Roy and others.

The New Embassy is a celebration of Canadian voices in the 21st century, presented in the spontaneous and innovative spirit of Toronto’s iconic Bohemian Embassy: the iconic 1960s coffee house that helped cultivate the careers of many storytelling legends, such as Margaret Atwood, bpNichol, Gordon Lightfoot, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Lorne Michaels, Michael Ondaatje and Al Purdy. The Bohemian Embassy is considered to be the foremother of the Harbourfront Reading Series, which has grown into the Toronto International Festival of Authors we know today.

Prompted by the renowned Ai WeiWei quote “Everything is Art, Everything is Politics”, The New Embassy will bring forward diverse perspectives and lived experiences through artistic works that explore the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and identity.

The New Embassy project was piloted in October 2021 as part of TIFA’s flagship Festival, with special performances by Jennifer Alicia Murrin, Seán Kinsella and Denise McLeod. You can watch their performances here.


Each event will be available to view for 72 hours after the indicated start time. All times are in ET.

The New Embassy event banner. The New Embassy text on a red background with white swirls to the left. The logo has an eye with flames above it.

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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