Thursday, May 12, 2022

Toronto Biennial of Art Programming series continues: May 12-18. Catch the fun Story telling!


Upcoming Programming: May 12–18

Fri, May 13

Weekly Storytelling Sessions*
72 Perth Ave | 11am–12pm, 2–3pm, and 6:30–7:30pm
Small Arms Inspection Building | 11am–12pm, 2–3pm, and 4–5pm
Arsenal Contemporary Art Toronto | 11am-12pm

Following the Afronautic Trail
Participant: Camille Turner
Fri, May 13 + Sat, May 14 | 12–2pm
Art Museum at the University of Toronto, 15 King's College Circle.
To join the waitlist, email

In Following the Afronautic Trail, artist Camille Turner invites participants on a two-day, multisensory exploration and interrogation of sites and monuments within the vicinity of the University of Toronto’s downtown campus. A part of the durational narratives explored within Turner’s body of work, including her 2022 Biennial works Nave and the Black Historical Navigational Toolkit co-authored with Yaniya Lee, this program brings often forgotten histories to the forefront—specifically, the evidence of Canada’s colonial linkages between the transatlantic trade of enslaved Africans and its ongoing legacies. This two-part program will take place May 13 and 14, 2022 from 12–2pm each day.

Co-presented with the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. This program is supported by the Toronto Arts Council and TBA’s Women Leading Initiative.

ASL Interpreted Storytelling at 72 Perth
Storyteller: Jeffrey Canton
Fri, May 13 | 6–7pm 
Registration is recommended

Join us at 72 Perth Avenue in Toronto for a special Storytelling session led by Jeffrey Canton and accompanied by an American Sign Language English interpreter.

Presented in partnership with Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Service (TSLIS).

Sat, May 14

Weekly Storytelling Sessions*
72 Perth Ave | 11am–12pm and 4–5pm
Small Arms Inspection Building | 11am–12pm and 4–5pm
Arsenal Contemporary Art Toronto | 11am-12pm and 2–3pm

Sun, May 15

A Conversation About Being in Place
Participant: Toronto Landscape Observatory
Sun, May 15 | 2–4pm
72 Perth Ave
In Person Talk – 
Registration is required.

In this talk, researcher and media producer, Jennifer Wemigwans and Grandmother Jacque Lavallée introduce Wendigo – The Dirty Talker, an Augmented Reality teaching. For Grandmother Lavallée, being Anishnaabe is to be kind and to always carry sacred tobacco: it is these two things that keep us connected to everything. Through the Wendigo, Grandmother Lavallée asks participants to look back to the north of this land and remember the ice.

Part of a weekly programming series in partnership between Toronto Landscape Observatory and the Toronto Biennial of Art.

Yaliyat Cocahq
Participant: Ivanie Aubin-Malo
Sun, May 15 | 2–3:30pm
Small Arms Inspection Building
In Person Workshop – 
Registration is required.

Quebecoise and Wolastoq (Maliseet) artist Ivanie Aubin-Malo presents a dance workshop drawn from her experiences in powwow circles and in connecting with other wolastoqiyik communities. Together with Aubin-Malo, participants will take part in a warm-up routine incorporating techniques from powwow dance, followed by various movement exercises inspired by Wolastoqey language and cultural elements. This workshop promotes the revitalisation of Wolastoqey culture and offers participants the opportunity to learn about the richness and vitality of Indigenous cultures while on the territory that gave birth to them.

Co-presented by the Toronto Biennial of Art and Oakville Galleries.

Post-Capitalist Architecture-TV: Ravine Screenings
Participants: Joar Nango and Ken Are Bongo
Sun, May 15 | 8:30pm
72 Perth Ave
Outdoor Film Screening

On Sunday, May 15, the Biennial will host an outdoor screening of 3 episodes of Post-Capitalist Architecture-TV in the outdoor courtyard of 72 Perth Ave, beginning just before dusk. Toronto’s ravine system is both location and subject for Joar Nango and Ken Are Bongo’s new artwork jointly commissioned and presented by AGYU, Evergreen, and TBA.

Note: We suggest program attendants bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on outside. If inclement weather occurs, the screening will take place inside 72 Perth.

Presented in collaboration with the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) and Evergreen Brick Works (Evergreen).

Weekly Storytelling Sessions*
72 Perth Ave | 11am–12pm and 4–5pm
Small Arms Inspection Building | 11am–12pm and 4–5pm
5 Lower Jarvis | 11am–12pm and 2–3pm

Coming Up: 

The sky held me (rainfall on hands hair lips)
Participants: Tanya Lukin Linklater with dancers Ivanie Aubin-Malo and Ceinwen Gobert, and composer/musician Laura Ortman
Wed, May 18 – Sun, May 22 | 10am–4pm
Colborne Lodge
In Person Performances

The sky held me (rainfall on hands hair lips) is a series of springtime site-specific performance investigations taking place at High Park over the course of five days. Building upon the interdisciplinary practice of artist Tanya Lukin Linklater and her work in the Biennial, Held in the air I never fell (spring lightning sweetgrass song), these process-based open rehearsals bring Linklater together with invited dancers Ivanie Aubin-Malo and Ceinwen Gobert, and composer/musician Laura Ortman to generate resonant embodied inquiries.

*Note: Storytelling sessions are free and available on a drop-in basis. Groups can book a session in advance by emailing


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