Ian Kamau at The Famous Spiegeltent @ David Pecaut Square, Toronto [24 June]

Ian Kamau at The Famous Spiegeltent

18:00 - 19:00

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David Pecaut Square
55 John Street, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3G2
Saturday, June 24, 2017
The Famous Spiegeltent at David Pecaut Square

Presented by Luminato Festival in partnership with The Theatre Centre

Toronto-based writer, poet, and hip hop artist Ian Kamau is a participant in The Theatre Centre’s Residency Program and will be performing with his collaborator and our neighbour Njo Kong Kie at The Famous Spiegeltent to launch The Residents Project, Luminato’s on-going partnership with The Theatre Centre.

Through the reading of poetry and stories to music and images collected and created by Nabil Shash, Ian’s current process at The Theatre Centre for his project Loss, explores the story of his paternal grandmother Nora Elutha Rogers, and confronts his own struggle with depression as a catalyst to learn more about his family’s struggle with mental illness.

**A note from Ian**
I'll be presenting some unfinished work at Luminato… please post & share with a few people who may be interested
Luminato: June 24, 6pm-7pm (sharp)
Cost: $20

If you're interested in more:
I know I’ve been scarce. Been in school full time for 2.5yrs (doing my convocation for my masters in Environmental Studies tomorrow at York Unversity, and currently enrolled in OCAD’s Strategic Foresight and Innovation masters program). Meanwhile, I’ve also been working on some creative projects including a music project produced entirely by Joe Sproxx which should be released soon and supporting my father (Roger McTair) in publishing a book of thirteen short stories called ‘My Trouble with Books’ (project management & graphic design). I’ll keep everyone posted on those projects.

This message, however, is an invitation for what I'm calling a live arts / multi arts reading at Luminato (June 24, David Pecaut Square). Not specifically a music performance although there will be music involved, it will focus on the writing that I’ve been doing in collaboration with pianist Njo Kong Kie and image maker Nabil Shash. I’ve been developing a project as a writer in The Theatre Centre's residency program called ‘Loss,’ stories of family and psychological wellbeing. The piece is unfinished but I’ve decided to take the opportunity to present an early iteration of it at Luminato Festival so I can get some feedback and figure out how to move it forward with it… also so I can get out of my head (where I spend a great deal of time)… I’d love to see you there.

Luminato: June 24, 6pm-7pm (sharp)
Cost: $20

A short story I wrote called 'Wilton St.' (the first chapter of a book called 'Downtown' I've been writing) will be in an anthology being launched on June 22 at the International Festival of Authors
International Festival of Authors & BookThug Launch:
Cost: Free
**End Note**

We hope to see you in the tent! And if you're around earlier in the day, check out this panel discussion and announcement about our new partnership with Luminato:

What is the role of the independent artist in today’s cultural landscape?

Saturday 24 June
4:30 – 5:30pm
The Famous Spiegeltent
David Pecaut Square

Independent artists, unencumbered by institutional structures, play a vital role in the arts ecology. They are the research and development wing of the sector; they push boundaries, develop new techniques and speak hard truths; without them we don’t move forward, we don’t evolve or stay relevant.

There is a vitality in the independent sector that is fueled by creative drive and a determined focus to succeed, to get the work done, to be bold. Independence allows artists more freedom to challenge, to disrupt or to provoke, but does it make risk easier? Can the fact that independent artists usually work project-to-project without institutional support and thus no safety net be reconciled with “the right to fail", a concept essential in a risk taking arts environment as valued by a healthy society? Without a vibrant independent sector, the future health of the arts across all its layers would be in jeopardy, so what can we do to support this work? How can we ensure that independent artists thrive and still have the capacity to fully explore their ideas?

Please join us for this discussion that will explore these questions and more, and for the announcement of The 2018 Residents Project: a partnership initiative between Luminato and The Theatre Centre

Sarah Garton Stanley Associate Artistic Director, English Theatre, National Arts Centre;
Franco Boni Artistic Director, The Theatre Centre;
Ravi Jain Artistic Director, Why Not Theatre;
Moderated by:
Naomi Campbell, Associate Artistic Director, Luminato

Immediately following the discussion, please stay to see current Theatre Centre resident Ian Kamau, writer, poet and hip-hop artist perform in The Famous Spiegeltent at 6pm.
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