3 THINGS | OCTOBER
Monday October 24, 2016
A new series I’m starting about what I’m up to and what’s top of mind for me right now.
1. Moonlight – Go and see this with your friends. It’s an important movie. It debuted at TIFF earlier in September but I didn’t get a chance to see it then. So I’m very much looking forward to it coming back to Toronto on October 28 for a short run at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Director Barry Jenkins, whose breakout film Medicine for Melancholy is also worth a watch, adapted the screenplay for Moonlight from Tarell Alvin NcCraney‘s stage play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. The play itself grapples with sexual identity, class issues in the U.S., poverty, mental health and addiction. Jenkins’ storytelling is visually gripping and unapologetically frank.
2. GroupMuse – It’s been described as.. “uber, but for millenials who want orchestras in their living room.” Except that’s not really accurate. It’s more like meetup.com x soundcloud x Western art music. Other living room concert platforms have sprung up in recent years. Sofar (an acronym for Sounds from a Room) has been doing a great job connecting networks of contemporary artists and music lovers across the world with curated living room concerts. They’re active in 279 countries at the moment, including Canada. GroupMuse is exciting to me because it’s like Sofar, but the focus is connecting Western art music-makers with folks who are looking for a different kind of interaction with classical music. It strips away the pretense that you have to be an expert to appreciate, and it makes planning an event between host and performer sociable. However, they’re only active in a few cities in the US at the moment. I’ll be watching them. In the meantime, if you’re in Toronto like me, there’s a group called Pocket Concerts that does something similar, but as more of a service-for-hire.
3. Factory Theatre goes “beyond the Great White North” – Buy a pass and come see an entire season of Canadian Theatre by artists of colour with me. I loved working with Factory last season, and this season I’m buying a subscription to support the artists and all the people who work at this company. Factory produces 100% Canadian content, and choosing to program an entire season consisting of stories from non-Eurocentric perspectives sends a strong message about what kind of country we are. A place defined beyond borders, where perspectives different from our own add value to our shared experiences. Where my voice as a part Asian, part Scottish immigrant artist can be included, and not an exception. Kudos Factory!