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Bodies in Resistance (Bi Arts Festival)

Saturday September 21st // 7:00pm – 8:30pm  // PWYC (Suggested $10.00)

**~PWYC~** AT THE DOOR, free to $10.

At Bodies in Resistance we are centering the creative work and voices of bi+, pansexual, fluid and 2Spirit artists with lived experiences at the intersections of sickness, disability, race, gender, gender identity, colonialism, violence, sexuality, desire, visibility, and class. Fallon Simard, Sandra Alland, Charlie Petch & Akio Maroon will begin the evening by sharing their work with the audience, followed by a conversation moderated by Margeaux Feldman.

ASL interpretation will be provided at this event.

FALLON SIMARD is an Anishinaabe artist and filmmaker from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty #3 Territory. Their work examines state violence perpetrated on to Indigenous bodies within a context of colonialism. Their work looks at intersections of land, extraction, mental health, and violence. https://reterritorialization.wixsite.com/simardproductions

SANDRA ALLAND (they/she) is a Glasgow-based writer, filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist. Sandra has published three books of poetry, and Proper Tales Press has just launched their second chapbook of short fiction, Anything Not Measurable Is Not Real. Recent stories and essays appear in Deaf Poets Society, The Bi-ble: New Testimonials (Monstrous Regiment), We Were Always Here: A Queer Words Anthology (404 Ink), and Protest!: Stories of Resistance (Comma Press). San co-edited Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches), and has an essay upcoming in HA&L’s Canadian Disability Poetics issue. They curate Scotland’s disabled-led queer and trans arts project, Cachín Cachán Cachunga!
www.blissfultimes.ca, @san_alland

CHARLIE C PETCH is an award winning playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. Petch is touring their spoken word theatre piece, “Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum’s Rush” which got “Best of 2017” from Electric City Magazine for the radio play accompanying album “Odes & Acts”. They have published books with WordPress and LyricalMyrical and poems with Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, Matrix and Oratorealis journals. Petch is the creative director of “Hot Damn It’s A Queer Slam” a multi-city touring poetry slam series.

AKIO MAROON is a dedicated Single Mother, an Educator, and an International Human Rights Advocate who identifies as a queer, gender-fluid Black person. Akio has spent just over 11 years employed in the field of Occupation Health & Safety and 14 years in Human Rights Advocacy. As a passionate Community Organizer who has been a powerful and consistent voice on the topics of Consent Culture, Black Liberation, Equality, Workers & Sex Professionals Rights and Violence Against Women. For three years Akio sat (until the Ford administration) on Ontario’s Permanent Roundtable on Violence Against Women providing innovative policy advice to the government on ongoing and emerging gender-based violence issues and assisting in the implementation of the It’s Never Ok Action Plan. Akio Maroon is a Executive Board member at Pride Toronto and Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, the founding Director of the Toronto Childcare Collective (TCC) an organization that supports the participation of parents, in racial socioeconomic and justice work, and the founding Director of Grind Toronto – Toronto’s only sex positive movement for Black, Indigenous folks and People of Colour that celebrates safer sex and promotes consent culture.

MARGEAUX FELDMAN is a writer and educator living in Toronto, where she’s completing her PhD in English Literature and Sexual Diversity Studies at U of T. Margeaux has certificates in Community-Engaged Learning and Conflict Resolution, which she’s used to create and facilitate workshops on community-based approaches to conflict transformation, queer and trans-inclusivity, and collaging as a form of self-care for those living with trauma. A chronically ill, queer femme, and published writer, Margeaux’s created spaces for fellow sick babes to share their stories. She’s the curator of “Unruly Bodies: A Night of Storytelling” and one of the founding members of “Sick Theories: A Conference on Sickness and Sexuality.”

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Buddies is fully accessible to audience members, and our cabaret stage is also accessible to performers. Seating is flexible and this workshop will be set up in rows, with flexibility to arrange so that wheelchairs or mobility devices can be accommodated at the front. The entrance from the street is accessed by ramp for all patrons. Washrooms are located on the lower level, which can be reached by attendant-operated elevator. Some stalls are equipped with bars and provide extra space, though patrons with larger mobility devices may find it a tight fit.** NB the washrooms are being renovated this summer and we will update this information when the building reopens.

Washroom facilities are not designated by gender and all patrons are free to use the washroom of their choosing.

Please join us in creating a scent-free environment for this and all Bi Arts Festival events. Check out Peggy Munson on being fragrance-free (https://goo.gl/Fi8uHy) & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha on how to achieve this and why it matters (https://goo.gl/a8515A).

ASL interpretation is provided at this event.