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See You Again Arts Festival
September 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
One event on Sat September 25th 2021 at 11:00 am
One event on Sun September 26th 2021 at 1:00 pm
This is an in-person event!
The See You Again Arts Festival is an arts festival taking place over the last weekend of September at the Oculus Pavilion in South Humber Bay Park. Put on by the Oculus Common, the festival hopes to re-connect people through art, community, and the park. By holding these events under the shelter of the Oculus Pavilion, a structure designed to capture the optimistic modernist energy of Toronto’s public spaces, the festival encourages new ways of seeing the space through art and people.
A Haunted Night!
Friday September 24th 2021 – 8 pm – 10:30pm
A feature film screening and two Canadian shorts will explore horror and ghost stories.
Feature screening: Ugetsu by Kenji Mizoguchi
With this exquisite ghost story, director Kenji Mizoguichi created a touchstone of his art, his long takes and sweeping camera guiding the viewer through a delirious narrative about two villagers whose pursuit of fame and fortune leads them far astray from their loyal wives. Moving between the terrestrial and the otherworldly, Ugetsu reveals essential truths about the ravages of war, the plight of women, and the pride of men.
Light Work Movement Workshop
Saturday September 25th 2021 – 11 am – 12pm
Taking inspiration from the Oculus Pavilion’s unique definition of sound, light, and space, this site-specific creative movement workshop, led by performance artist Claudia Edwards, is guided by sensory perception and is open to movers of all levels and experience. Part meditation, part experimental dance, part listening score, participants will tune into to patterns, rhythms and energetic forms found both within and beyond our bodies, to generate improvised movement, perception, and play.
Fun and Flow Dance Workshop
Saturday September 25th 2021: Group 1-2 pm, Group B 3-4 pm
Fun and Flow is a family friendly workshop that invites participants to scrunch their faces, wiggle their arms, and circle their hips (occasionally all at once). With the intention to unfurl isolated bodies and bring joy to movement, Kaela Ryan will hold public movement workshops based on silliness. This workshop explores moving bodies through laughter, non-competition, and letting go.
Please Sign-up for either Group A or B, Registration information TBD
Watch Your Head
Screenings and readings, Saturday September 25th 2021 – 7-8:30 pm
The Watch Your Head anthology presents 7 artists and 5 writers whose works bring our attention to the interconnectivity of the climate crisis and urban ecology. Wind, water, trees, animals were once major and essential parts of our life, but now they are replaced by concrete, plastic and Capitalism. Convenience took over caring for nature; efficiency replaced the respect for the life cycle; financial gains ran over our consciousness. Curated by June Pak and Sanchari Sur.
Witch Prophet Performance
Saturday September 25th 2021 – 10 -10:45 pm (Doors at 9:30 pm)
Witch Prophet is a queer, Ethiopian/Eritrean, singer-songwriter, and the Co-CEO of Heart Lake Records. She provides her fans with a soundscape of vocal layers, loops, raps, and harmonies on a bed of hip-hop, jazz, and soul-inspired beats. Think Erykah Badu meets Lauryn Hill meets Portishead. She finds depth and connection in creating music as a portal for self-growth and discovery, as she navigates and better understands her cultural and queer identity.
The Oculus Pavilion: A Psychogeographic Walk led by Shawn Micallef
Sunday September 25th 2021 – 1-2 pm
The pandemic has revealed gaps in our social and physical infrastructure, created by decades of disinvestment and neglect. The Oculus Pavilion was built at a time of growth and considerable public investment in Toronto: a public washroom for the space age. Its rejuvenation is an occasion to talk about what’s missing in Toronto’s public realm and how it has changed while on a psychogeographic walk and talk led by writer Shawn Micallef, beginning at the Oculus and continuing through the immediate surroundings. We’ll be walking outside for an hour so feel free to bring water and whatever sun shading devices/lotions one might want if it’s sunny. Parts of this walk will be off road, on uneven dirt trails and grass, and up inclines.
Tree Sessions with Whitney French
Sunday September 25th 2021 – 3-6 pm
Tree sessions is an outdoor workshop series that invites aspiring and seasoned writers alike to seek inspiration under a tree for an afternoon. Lovingly facilitated by Whitney French, this creative writing workshop embraces the changing seasons and allows writers to shift their observation to the flux in the natural world.
Please bring: Notebooks, water bottles, good shoes, the project they want to explore, an open mind.
Made in Isolation – Pandemic Animations
Sunday September 25th 2021 – 8 pm – 10pm
Toronto Animated Image Society is proud to partner with the See You Again Arts Festival in bringing together a selection of animated artworks made during the pandemic. This program presents themes of disorientation, the pleasure and complexities of being alone, moments of togetherness, and the pervasive shift to online platforms for social interaction, community, or personal exploration. Curated by Katie Micak.
Please note: Toronto Arts Foundation is committed to the health and safety of our artists, audiences and residents of Toronto. Although we hope we can be in the park together this summer, at this time Oculus Common awaits final confirmation from the City of Toronto. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this event is subject to change, including postponement and/or cancellation, in accordance with provincial and municipal public health guidelines. For the most up-to-date information, please monitor our website for day-of changes to all events. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.