By Moboluwajidide Joseph
For a massive choral production involving eleven choirs and over 200 different performers, what Maada'ookii Songlines does really well is logistical coordination. In telling an important story of Toronto’s multiculturalism, and the need for Indigenous knowledge in creating harmony amongst diverse peoples, it is also successful. What it fails at, if you can even consider this failing, is making the audience feel much. This is not due to any technical oversight: the set is gorgeously constructed, the setting of Toronto’s waterfront is an excellent choice and the singing is quite good.
By Rumi Amoo
The month of Pride is a time to celebrate who you are and strive to appreciate the differences that come with living in such a diverse and intricate society. There are many events that occur throughout the month of June, but the LGBTQ+ community is present year round. To celebrate, check out these THREE LGBTQ+ friendly podcasts.
By Tonte Spiff
This year marks the 1st annual Alternative Pride Toronto Festival which is an independent, non-corporate, artist-led music and arts festival celebrating queer artists and spaces. It takes place over a span of 4 days (June 20 – June 24), presenting unique and diverse events including warehouse take-overs, outdoor urban activations, wild gallery parties, and grimey underground after-hours – all while raising money for some important Toronto queer charities.
By Danny Sheahan and Moboluwajidide Joseph
Obeah Opera – A hypnotizingly rhythmic a capella presented at Luminato ‘19
Sitting in the Fleck Dance Theatre and surveying the set and stage, it is hard not to feel a frisson of excitement before Obeah Opera starts. Once it does however, the audience is lost to the brilliant new world the actors present to us. One in which Caribbean spirituality helps enslaved and abused women cope with their new realities of being torn away from home, and shipped off to sate the demand of the New World.
By Moboluwajidide Joseph
When speaking with Ayo Leilani and SunSun, our conversation was filled with laughter as I tried to piece together their experiences as two queer women of colour living in Toronto, with careers as professional music artists. The duo, with Mas Aya who is their drummer, comprise Above Top Secret: a Toronto based music group whose distinct sound can be described as an eclectic mix of hip-hop, dub, electro and soul.
By Randy Reid
VIBE105 has joined in on Raptormania during the 2019 NBA Finals with a creative twist on Ka’wine & Dine [#kawineanddine]!