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May 2016
Free

Symbolic Violence and Liberal Settler-Colonialism

Friday, May 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Glen Coulthard is Yellowknives Dene and an assistant professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition, winner of the 2016 Caribbean Philosophical Association's Frantz Fanon Award for Most Outstanding Book.

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$25

Run for Palestine (RFP) Launch Party

Saturday, May 21, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Run for Palestine (RFP) invites you to join our 1st Annual Launch Party! Come out and meet the RFP team and see what drives our passion and success. Enjoy a lively night of Middle Eastern music, food, drinks and door prizes. Learn about the 2016 humanitarian projects supporting Palestinians children, students and families, and how you can get involved. All proceeds go directly to funding Run for Palestine projects.

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$5

Reel Activism: in solidarity with Grassy Narrows

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A workshop featuring Stuart Schussler from No One Is Illegal's campaign to support the June 2nd River Run rally places Grassy Narrows’ struggle within the context of the indigenous resistance to colonization, and discussing what role all Canadians can play in solidarity with this struggle. June 2nd is a call on Premier Kathleen Wynne to clean up the mercury that the Ontario government allowed to be dumped into their water in the 1960's.

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$5

Film: The Occupation of the American Mind

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States. Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and its repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Followed by conversation.

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Free

The BJP and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy in India

Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Extreme Right and the Indian Working Classes. Since the election of the BJP in May 2014, there has been an unprecedented onslaught on workers' rights along with a well-planned assault on democratic institutions, academic-cultural centres, intellectuals, left, progressive & secular groups, religious minorities, women and marginalized sections across India. A panel discussion with Abhinav Sinha, PhD student, Delhi University and others. Sponsored by Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), Socialist Project and York Centre for Asian Research.

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$10

A Play: “Tennis in Nablus” by Ismail Khalidi

Friday, May 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A staged play reading of Palestine 1936-39. A 2010 play by Palestinian-American playwright, Ismail Khalidi, which explores a relatively-unknown chapter of Palestinian history, shedding light on the revolt of the late 1930’s and showing how these events helped to shape the 70+ years that have followed. He ambitiously analyzes not only the conflicts between the Palestinians, British, and Zionists, but the conflicts within each of those groups as well. Even someone with no interest in the history of Palestine would find this play quite entertaining. This is great theatre.

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Free

LooseLeaf Magazine Volume #2 Launch // Hui, A Communal Art Exhibition

Saturday, May 28, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come join the launch Volume 2 of LooseLeaf and the first art exhibition, Hui (funded by Art Starts, Platform A)! LooseLeaf second issue features 13 different emerging and established artists in poetry, prose, and visual arts. Hui is an interactive exhibition that will allow viewers to work communally to make meaning with the artist sand the artwork.

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$5

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XL

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Open Stage of Poetry and Music. Doors open: 6:15 pm ; Sign-up for the open mic: 6:30 pm; Start: 7 pm The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto. At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen – we actively invite it. Each month, Shab-e She’r brings voices from a broad range of poetic styles, ethnicities, nationalities, religions. Featured poets: Cassandra Myers and Robert Priest. Host: Bänoo Zan.

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June 2016
$20

Segah: An Evening of Persian Classical Music

Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

سه گاه: شبی با موسیقی دستگاهی ایران Ensemble and solo pieces and improvisations from the the traditional repertoire of Iranian music: Pedram Khavarzamini - tonbak, Amin Reyhani - santour, Kousha Nakhaei - kamancheh and Araz Salek - tar with special guests. Hear lyrical and intricate arrangements of less heard pieces from three different eras of Iranian music (works from asatid Davami, Bahari, and Meshkatian) as well as originals and solo improvisations searching and exploring hāl (sense of presence and musical elation).

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Canadian Arab Cultural Day

Sunday, June 5, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Presented by the Arab Canadian Cultural Association - a gathering of Arab-language artists, authors, poets and muscians from across the Arab world now living in Toronto.

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$5

Film: Not Who We Are

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The film portrays the lives of five women refugees, from different socio-educational backgrounds who became displaced due to the brutal war in Syria. War and displacement acutely affect women in particular. They lose their homes, loved ones and possessions and often find themselves in unfriendly environments. Bereft of social support networks, they are vulnerable to discrimination, violence, and abuse. Screening following by Q&A with Siham Abo Sitta, one of the women in the film, who arrived in Canada with 2 young daughters in December 2015 as part of refugee sponsorship program.

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Free

BLOODLINES – Readings by daughters and fathers

Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In celebration of Italian Heritage Month. In this special event to celebrate both Italian Heritage month and Father’s Day, three Italian-Canadian women writers mix blood and ink to explore their complex relationships with fathers--the life-affirming gifts and oppressive self-defeating demands, the weight of family honour, of growing up as daughters within Italian immigrant culture. Featuring: George Elliott Clarke (Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate) with Rocco de Giacomo, Sonia Di Placido, Terri Favro, Corrado Paina, Gianna Patriarca and Giovanna Riccio (emcee).

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$5

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLI

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Open Stage of Poetry and Music. Doors open: 6:15 pm ; Sign-up for the open mic: 6:30 pm; Start: 7 pm The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto. At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen – we actively invite it. Each month, Shab-e She’r brings voices from a broad range of poetic styles, ethnicities, nationalities, religions. Featured poets: Soraya Peerbaye & Michael Fraser. Host: Bänoo Zan.

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$5

Once Upon a Time in a Place called Palestine…

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

An Evening of Palestinian Folktales - Long, long time ago, long before the occupation, near the mountains and the sea, there was a land called Palestine. This far away land was filled with lions, Jinn’s, and colourful people. It was a land filled with stories and wonder.
Folktales have historically been used as a tool for common folk to reflect on the world and mark down their history. Folktales and folk-art are a way to understand the common people of Palestine and how they shaped their culture. Sarah Abušarar will use Palestinian folktales in order to explore Palestinian culture and its current political situation. She will touch upon themes such as the environmental impact of the occupation, censorship of stories, and how stories travel.

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$15 - $20

KALIK Fundraiser & Launch Party

Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Launch Kalik with us! An evening of live performances by queer and trans artists, poets, and musicians, a silent auction and raffle, and tons of artwork for sale. Kalik is an interdisciplinary arts organization & spaceship, arriving at artistic creations as ways to vision future worlds that center the lives and stories of those currently living on the fringe and in the margins. Meet the creators behind Kalik and Dear Armen, and a rad community of artists. Let’s celebrate together and vision into queertabulous creative and diasporic futures.

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