Clandestina is an art party hosted by Toronto Women’s Bookstore and curated by Zorras. It features queer women artists, with an added focus on people who also identify as disabled, migrant, Latina and/or POC.
The evening will feature poetry, music, video and burlesque – sometimes all at the same time! Show starts at 8:30pm, party goes late. Featuring Melannie Gayle, Sarah Pinder, Dainty Smith, Zorras and DJ pocaSangre!
PWYC (suggested $5). All money goes to the artists.
Toronto Women’s Bookstore is wheelchair accessible, but we regret that there are no wheelchair accessible bathrooms. The bathroom is gender neutral.
MELANNIE GAYLE is a queer disabled writer and quilter of Jamaican ancestry. She lives in Toronto where she studies American Sign Language at George Brown College. Melannie finds inspiration in other writers from the Caribbean such as Jamaica Kincaid and audre lorde, and is currently working on projects that centre around the concept of “back home” and belonging. Her most recent quilt was greatly influenced by those of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Melannie’s passion is to keep finding ways to face and defeat oppression whether through words, action or art. She lives with her dog, two cats and a wall of books.
SARAH PINDER lives in Toronto. Her first collection, Cutting Room, is forthcoming with Coach House Books in Fall 2012. Her writing has been shortlisted for the Expozine Small Press Awards and included in the anthology She’s Shameless, and journals like Room, Canadian Woman Studies and invisible city. A zine-maker of over a decade, you can find her work in Montreal’s Distroboto art vending machines, as well as a mailbox near you.
DAINTY SMITH is a Toronto based writer–actor-burlesque performer. She has been making art in Toronto for nine years. She has performed on several Pride stages alongside Leisha Hailey of L word fame and Kinnie Starr, at the Gladstone Hotel, Buddies in Bad times and the Tranzac. She is interested in telling stories regarding race, religion, sexuality and challenging social boundaries.
Dainty writes in first person narrative, essayist style, in this particular style of mixing sweetness with medicine. In this form of writing, through humour and sincerity, emotional doors can be opened. Dainty has written a collection of poems and short stories entitled Underneath My Skin, She has also written for Sway magazine, About magazine and Xtra! newspaper. She is one of the co-producers of the art collective, Colour Me Dragg. Dainty has starred in two films: How To Stop A Revolution and Red Lips (cages for black girls).
DJ POCASANGRE, aka Susy A. Pocasangre, is the former co-host of long running CKLN show “Ventena al Barrio” (diasporic latin and brazilian) and alternative
news producer. Likes: watermelon, a good cup of fair-trade java and
insurgent border-less beats infused with color, rhythm and mucho sabor!
ZORRAS make poetry-music-video-weirdness fusion. With megaphones. Scottish-Canadian poet, Sandra Alland, and Venezuelan musician, Y. Josephine, formed Zorras in Edinburgh in 2007. They quickly became known for their unique bilingual mixture of text, sound poetry, percussion, singing, guitar, megaphones and projected images. Zorras inject passion and humour into both personal experiences and cutting observations of our troubling times. The result is strangely alluring musical stories.
Zorras have performed throughout the UK, including at Edinburgh International Book Festival, The Arches, Bar Wotever and Soho Theatre. They have also played widely in Europe, most recently in Berlin, Amsterdam and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Zorras toured Ontario and Montreal last year, and are pleased to be back on Turtle Island. When not on tour, Zorras collaborate with B)other LGBTI Disabled and Deaf arts collective, and curate Scotland’s internationally renown queer and trans cabaret, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! http://www.blissfultimes.ca/zorras.htm