STYLL curated by Alyssa FearonThe Filibuster, 2018
Photo: Red Works Photography
Mahlikah Awe:ri - Scarborough, Canada
David Delisca - Scarborough/Canada, Port-au-Prince/Haiti
Timothy Yanick Hunter - Scarborough, Canada
Judi Lopez - Toronto, Canada
Diana Reyes - Toronto, Canada
Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone - North Bay, Canada
This year’s municipal election takes place shortly after the Nuit Blanche event. In the weeks leading up to the election, the Scarborough Civic Centre will become a hotbed of activity as politicians and policymakers debate issues affecting the community.
This project draws inspiration from a filibuster: a political procedure where legislators speak at length so as to delay or prevent a decision being made on a given proposal. Working with a series of artists with roots in Scarborough, who identify as Black, Indigenous and people of colour, The Filibuster will offer viewers a chance to witness Scarborough’s creatives present their version of obstructing “business as usual.”
Through live-performances of poetry, drumming, contemporary dance, singing and performance art, The Filibuster, flips the script on who holds space and power in this government building.
Scarborough has its very own filibusting celebrity: In 1995, Scarborough North politician Alvin Curling famously conducted an 18-hour filibuster after refusing to cast his vote toward an "omnibus" bill. Curling's filibuster was a success and it influenced several calls to action for more accountability from the provincial government.
7 - 9 pm: Mahlikah Awe:ri, Scarborough, Canada (poet)
9 - 11 pm: David Delisca, Scarborough, Canada and Port-au-Prince, Haiti (spoken word artist)
11 pm - 12:45 am: Timothy Yanick Hunter, Scarborough, Canada (multi-disciplinary artist)
1 - 3 am: Diana "Fly Lady Di" Reyes, Toronto, Canada (multi-disciplinary artist and dancer)
3 - 5 am: Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone, North Bay, Canada (singer)
5 - 7 am: Judi Lopez, Toronto, Canada (dancer)
Mahlikah Awe:ri is a Haudenosaunee Mohawk/Mi'kmaw poet, musician, hip-hop MC, arts educator and performance artist.
David Delisca is a spoken-word artist, poet, actor and comedian.
Diana "Fly Lady Di" Reyes is a multidisciplinary artist and dancer.
Timothy Yanick Hunter is a multidisciplinary artist interested in visual arts as language.
Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone is an Anishinaabekwe singer, songwriter, storyteller, artist and activist.
Judi Lopez is founder of KeepRockinYou, an artist-based collective aiming to empower young women.
With assistance from TD Bank Group
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Scarborough Civic Centre (Rotunda)
150 Borough Drive
Suitable for all ages
This project is indoors.