Month: January 2014

d’bi.young anitafrika speaks at GREENPEACE CANADA TOP TEN EVENT!!!

Top 10 stories of courage you should hear before you die!

Blogpost by Ryna Olonan – January 29, 2014 at 13:38Add comment

Top 10 Event
On September 19th, 2013, 28 activists and 2 freelance journalists – including Canadians Paul Ruzycki and Alexandre Paul – were illegally detained by Russian forces on board the Arctic Sunrise.  And after months languishing in a Russian prison, for a crime that they did not commit, the Arctic 30 were finally granted amnesty on December 18th, 2013.

In the midst of this story, what has stood out most to me is the indomitable courage of these 30 women and men.  They started a conversation all over the world on why oil exploration in the pristine Arctic is simply not worth the risk.  And now that they are finally home safe with their loved ones, they continue to keep the conversation going.   We need to create a global sanctuary around the North Pole, and ban offshore drilling and destructive industry in the Arctic.  Following their leadership, it is now our turn to be courageous…

Inspired by the Arctic 30, Greenpeace Canada is partnering with Stuart Knight Productions to host an event where ten celebrated Canadians will take the stage for ten minutes each to share ten courageous stories that everyone on the planet should hear before they die.

WHEN: Thursday, February 13th, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
WHERE: Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
HOWClick here to get your complimentary ticket *Get your tickets fast as this event is subject to capacity!

PRuzycki Special guest speaker Paul Ruzycki – of the Arctic 30 – will be joining us to tell his story.
JullyBlack Jully Black: Juno award-winning singer, songwriter & performer.
Sally Armstrong Sally Armstrong: Human rights activist, filmmaker & award-winning author.
JohnGreyson
John Greyson
: Award-winning filmmaker, video artist, writer & activist. (Recently detained in Egypt with Dr. Tarek Loubani)
Podemski Jennifer Podemski: Award-winning, Gemini nominated actress & producer.
Dbi Young d’bi.young anitafrika: Award-winning dubpoet, star of Da Kink in My Hair, actress & writer
Jeff Harris Jeff Harris: Toronto photographer who has become known around the world for his unique 14-year self-portrait project
Mark Breslin Mark Breslin: Internationally renowned Comedian, Actor, Writer, Author, Producer and Founder of Yuk Yuk’s

d’bi. young anitafrika hosts grand night gala fundraiser in support of the stephen lewis foundation

 Picture: Anusree Roy, Actor

January 28 – February 16, 2014

Free Outgoing

Written by Anupama Chandrasekhar
Directed by Kelly Thornton

Tickets for the GRAND NIGHT FUNDRAISER on Jan 31 are $75 each or $60 each for 4 or more.

JANUARY 31:  GRAND NIGHT

 A Gala Fundraiser in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation

Hosted by Dora Award Winner d’bi young

6:30 pm  Reception

Silent Auction of Toronto Island Experiences and More!

8:00 pm  Performance of Free Outgoing 

9:30 pm  Talkback with the playwright and cast

Dessert and Door Prizes !

Tickets $75 , Group Discounts for 4 or more, $60 each

Please call 416.504.9971

The full cost of your ticket will be donated to 

the Stephen Lewis Foundation!

arts activism and aids academy with d’bi.young anitafrika…

arts activism and aids academy

30 years ago when I was 6 years old, my mother anita stewart, a theatre and education major enrolled at the jamaica school of drama, wrote her graduating thesis entitled ‘dubbin theatre: dubpoetey as a theatre form.’ in her paper she theorized dubpoetry by interviewing the pioneers (herself included). her idea was that through dub, jamaican people (descended from enslaved african peoples) could liberate ourselves from colonial and internal oppressions. it is this very essay that I re-discovered 10 years ago that is the foundation of ‘the sorplusi method’ a self-actualization and art creation methodology. fast forward 30 years later and I am about to walk into a room comprised of a cross-generational group of continental and diasporic african frontline workers, artists and arts-educators, using the sorplusi methodology as the framework of the stephen lewis foundation’s inaugural international arts academy. full circle…mom’s birthday is this week. HAPPY EARTHSTRONG MOM. without u there is no me…thankyou and ase as u continue to bring and r/evolution to the world…p.s the dedication at the front of the eassay mom wrote said ‘to trudy-ann (one of my given names by my mother) who needs to understand.’ mom I am slowly deepening my innerstanding :) – d’bi.young anitafrika

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…art(is)t shaman sessions featured guest notisha massaquoi in groundings with d’bi.young anitafrika

notisha massaquoi

Notisha Massaquoi is currently the Executive Director of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre – The only Community Health Centre in North America for Racialized Women. She is also a lecturer for the Faculty of Social Work at Ryerson University. Her research and publications address access to health care for racialized communities in Canada and anti-oppression service delivery. She is the winner of the IRN-Africa Audre Lorde award for excellence in queer writing and she is the co-editor of the anthology Theorizing Empowerment: Canadian Perspectives on Black Feminist Thought .

the art(is)t shaman project collective

presents

the art(is)t shaman sessions: sacred gatherings at the crossroads of the personal, political, and spiritual in womyn’s heART and lives

hosted by d’bi.young anitafrika, using the principles of the sorplusi methodology: self-knowledge, orality, rhythm, political content and context, language, urgency, sacredness and integrity, the art(is)t shaman sessions seek to investigate and negotiate the ways in which artists engage in rights of passages, culturally and spiritually self-initiate, and create ritual processes in their art-making through (w)holistic practices. featuring local and international artists, the series explores the spiritual role of artists within the community, the role of the storyteller as healer to the community and the process of self-actualization of individual and collective.

including a featured guest in conversation with d’bi., performances and collective knowledge creation, the series connects the personal with the political, the universal with the collective, through its focus on collective healing, while negotiating triumph and trauma among black womben and wimmin of color artists.

scheduled guests include notisha massaquoi – executive director of womens’ health in women’s hands, raven dauda – actor, singer/songwriter, arts educator, ngozi paul – co artistic director of bcurrent, actor, producer, motion – poet, playwright, mc.

the nine months ritual culminates in sacred groundings, the art and (w)holistic health component of the piece of mine festival.

the asp collective comprises of d’bi.young anitafrika, hawa mire, rania el mugammar, natasha adiyana morris and chiedza pasipanodya.

d’bi. in groundings with notisha massaquoi, executive director of womens health in womens hands health centre…

the art(is)t shaman project  collective

presents

the art(is)t shaman sessions: sacred gatherings at the crossroads of the personal, political, and spiritual in womyn’s heART and lives

hosted by d’bi.young anitafrika, using the principles of the sorplusi methodology: self-knowledge, orality, rhythm, political content and context, language, urgency, sacredness and integritythe art(is)t shaman sessions seek to investigate and negotiate the ways in which artists engage in rights of passages, culturally and spiritually self-initiate, and create ritual processes in their art-making through (w)holistic practices. featuring local and international artists, the series explores the spiritual role of artists within the community, the role of the storyteller as healer to the community and the process of self-actualization of individual and collective.

including a featured guest in conversation with d’bi., performances and collective knowledge creation, the series connects the personal with the political, the universal with the collective, through its focus on collective healing, while negotiating triumph and trauma among black womben and wimmin of color artists.

scheduled guests include notisha massaquoi - executive director of womens’ health in women’s hands, raven dauda - actor, singer/songwriter, arts educator, ngozi paul - co artistic director of bcurrent, actor, producer, motion - poet, playwright, mc.

the nine months ritual culminates in sacred groundings, the art and (w)holistic health component of the piece of mine festival.

the asp collective comprises of d’bi.young anitafrika, hawa mire, rania el mugammar, natasha adiyana morris and chiedza pasipanodya.

offical art(is)t shaman launch flyer