Sunday September 22nd // 3:00pm – 4:30pm // PWYC (Suggested $10.00)
BI ARTS FESTIVAL ~ MEN’S SHOWCASE
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 3:00PM TO 4:30PM
BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE, 12 ALEXANDER ST.
~PWYC~ at the door (suggested $1O)
This first-of-a-kind event celebrates the diverse voices of bisexual, pansexual and 2spirit men, through poetry, film, song, and more. With Clif Knight, Fallon Simard, Mugabi Byenkya, GK Williams, Hanlon McGregor, Felix Deak and other artists TBA.
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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 will not be offered at this event.
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CLIF KNIGHT (he/him) is a young up and coming comedian based in Toronto, Canada. Born in Georgetown, Guyana Clif made his way to Toronto in 2011 where he studied business at Humber College before getting into comedy. Since then he’s been a prominent face in standup, improv and musical comedy appearing on The Nubian Show with Kenny Robinson, Prove You’re A Comic Competition at Absolute Comedy, Tinder Tales and SHADE. Clif is part of the QAPD Queer and Present Danger Collective that helps bring more inclusion and safe spaces particularly for LGBT2+ performers.He has featured in the NXNE Music Festival as a musical comedian in ‘GoodKnight’, performed at Yuk Yuks, Absolute Comedy as well as The Comedy Nest and performed his well received one man show ‘CLIF KNIGHT SUCKS!’ at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.His particular brand of standup is storytelling with a bit of a Caribbean twist and will leave audiences rolling with laughter wanting more!
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
MUGABI BYENKYA is a writer, poet and occasional rapper. He was born in Nigeria, to Ugandan parents and is currently based between Kampala and Toronto. Mugabi was longlisted for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award in 2015. His essays and poetry have been published in The Good Men Project, Amethyst Magazine, African Writer, Arts and Africa and The Kalahari Review, among others. He has been interviewed on Voice of America, NTV Uganda, Africa In Dialogue and Brittle Paper, among other media outlets. Mugabi’s writing is used to teach international high school English reading comprehension. His debut experimental epistolary speculative novel, ‘Dear Philomena,’ was published in 2017 and he recently concluded a 42 city, 4 country North America/East Africa tour in support of this. In 2018, Mugabi was named one of 56 writers who has contributed to his native Uganda’s literary heritage in the 56 years since independence by Writivism. Dear Philomena, was named a Ugandan bestseller in the same year. Mugabi wants to be Jaden Smith when he grows up.
GK WILLIAMS is a dancer, poet and stripper. He first declared his bisexuality with the first issue of CRUSH, Kat Pruss’s zine for the Bi Arts Festival. GK trains in contemporary dance and performs at drag venues in both the Village and the West End. Singing with the soundtrack while dancing, GK brings his own style and perspective to every performance. His music selection ranges from Rock to Tin Pan Alley classics. GK is also a Go Go dancer for Bath and Bodyworks Productions.
HANLON McGREGOR is a pansexual and transgender dad who writes, directs, produces, and performs for stage and screen. In 2012 Hanlon began writing and performing monologues inspired by his personal exploration of gender—in mid-life, with small kids; this resulted in the creation of the play Unexpectedly Trans with co-writer and director Mihaly Szabados. From Unexpectedly Trans also came the short film Holding Hands with the Awkward (World Premiere at Bi Arts Festival 2018, Official Selection at the Toronto Short film Festival 2019). Because of grants from Ontario Arts Council and Community One Foundation, the world and characters in these pieces have continued to evolve and live in new works, including Bubble Trans Pride (Rhubarb Festival 2019) which was co-written by Syrus Marcus Ware, guided by mentor Diane Flacks and Hamlet Moment (the short film). Hanlon and Mihaly created a music video for Rich Aucoin’s song The Change which was released in June, and they are currently collaborating with Syrus Marcus Ware on a new web series which will feature trans characters, trans creators, trans writers, and trans actors; the working title for this series is Trans Generations. Find Hanlon on insta @hanlonspoint and FaceBook @HanlonsPointProductions
FELIX DEAK does not remember life without music. He says ~ I could say that cello was my first language. I started studying the Suzuki method from age 2 and a half. The bass viol entered my life only in 2007. I can’t imagine if I ever had to make a one or the other kind of decision. I wish I had more time in my day to just chill and listen to all the different kinds of music that moves me. I would say the roots of the popular music that shaped me as a youth are Ska, Punk, Reggae, and Hip Hop. Nothing like a good beat. In 2019, my group, I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble, will be celebrating its 20th year of presenting concerts in Toronto. Additionally, I am beyond honoured to be a part of the internationally toured Les Voix Humaines Consort, based in Montreal. Playing with award-winning Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra has also been a regular event over the last 10 years.