Inside Out 2017 Local Heroes Party
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street (at Yonge Street)
Thursday, June 1 | 9:30PM — 1:00AM | #InsideOut17
The infamous Local Heroes Party is back in full force! Following a screening of our Local Heroes Shorts program, join us and multitalented performer VIVEK SHRAYA who is also screening her film in the Local Heroes film program earlier in the evening. Performing alongside is the brilliant Casey Nicole Mecija. On the decks are internationally celebrated SADZIKY (Souk Sessions), who will be spinning her unique Arab-induced sounds and DJ Sigourney Beaver (Steers & Queers, Bent Beauty, Hey QT).
Cover: $10 General Public / $8 Members
Entry is free with your Local Heroes ticket
— Single Tickets and Ticket Packages for the 2017 Toronto LGBT Film Festival are now on sale: oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/tiff3/EN/account/home
— About Inside Out:
Inside Out presents the annual Toronto LGBT Film Festival, with financial support from Presenting Sponsor, RBC Royal Bank and Premier Sponsor, CTV. It is the largest event of its kind in Canada, bringing the LGBTQ community together with unforgettable cinematic experiences. For 11 days, the Festival draws crowds of more than 32,500 to screenings, artist talks, panel discussions and parties that showcase more than 175 films from Canada and around the world.
In addition, Inside Out is committed to challenging attitudes and changing lives year-round through the exhibition, production and promotion of LGBT film with initiatives that include the Ottawa LGBT Film Festival, development programs featuring the newly launched New Visions Project and the Short to Feature Award, as well as the More Play Screening Series.
Inside Out celebrates more than a quarter century of showcasing the best in Canadian and international cinema with the 2017 Toronto LGBT Film Festival that runs from May 25 to June 4, 2017.
About Vivek Shraya:
Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based artist whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books. Her first book of poetry, even this page is white, is longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads and was listed as one of the Best Books of 2016 by The Walrus. Her debut novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books, and her first children’s picture book, The Boy & the Bindi, was featured on the National Post Bestseller List. Vivek has read and performed internationally at shows, festivals and post-secondary institutions, including sharing the stage with Tegan & Sara. She is one half of the music duo Too Attached. Vivek was a 2016 Pride Toronto Grand Marshal, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, and a 2015 recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction.
About Casey Mecija:
Casey Mecija is an accomplished multi-disciplinary artist, primarily working in the fields of music and film. She played in Ohbijou, the Canadian orchestral pop band, and recently released her first solo album, entitled Psychic Materials (2016). Casey is also an award winning film maker whose work has screened internationally. She is completing a PhD at The University of Toronto, where she researches art, media and cultural studies as they relate to queer diaspora.
SADZIKY is a DJ, producer, visual artist and event promoter gaining attention in the alternative underground electronic music scene. As a one-woman formation, she is steadily building up a
growing following with her high-energy, Arab influenced techno sets and productions. Born to a Belgian mother and Tunisian father, she combines elements from the different cultures
she grew up with, resulting in rebellious Arab-induced futuristic techno. “I always think of music and other art forms as a translation of yourself. Music breaks boundaries and allows identity to become complex and interesting,” SADZIKY said in an interview recently. In Europe, SADZIKY already received recognition by winning a competition in 2015 by Belgium’s
biggest alternative radio station (Studio Brussel) and getting to play on Tomorrowland, Europe’s biggest electronic music festival, which is known as Tomorrowworld in North Amercia. She has also been invited multiple times to play at Belgian clubs and festivals like The Wood, Brussel Brost and more. In April 2016, she launched her own concept called Souk Sessions where she brings different
elements of her style and taste to life, showing her mixed roots as a clubber in Europe and a girlwith an Arab, Muslim upbringing. Initially a small event, Souk Sessions has been on a steady growth as a nightlife concept. Dziri has very quickly found herself an artist, DJ, producer, visual artist, as well as promoter with a growing audience. In September 2016, SADZIKY released her first EP called ‘Al Bidayah — The Beginning’, as a starting point for many more productions to come. She also frequently releases mixtapes where her signature sound shows: head banging, hip shaking techno with Middle Eastern instrumentals and vocals. In September 2016, she threw a first European Souk Sessions in Brussels, which was seen as one of the most interesting parties at the moment. A true global citizen, SADZIKY currently resides in Toronto, with frequent stopovers in European cities such as Brussels, Amsterdam and Berlin. Determined to put out her sound and pave her own way, SADZIKY is bound to become an interesting character within the electronic music scene.
About Sigourney Beaver:
Lauren Hortie is a DJ, artist and educator. She's known for her cult queer parties Hey QT, Bent Beauty and Steers & Queers.