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in Utero Out

Went to go check out a Drawing With Knives  Summerworks presentations  in Utero Out.  A production  of shadow puppets dealing with the birthing process covering various perspectives as child givers of birth, adoptee, water and placentas.  The music was lilting and enchanting.  The visual artistry of the hand carved shadow puppets along with the music and lighting production created an atmosphere like you were actually in the womb.  If you’ve ever been born you should see this.

 

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Remaining shows:  Wednesday August 10th 8pm

Thursday August 11th 7:30 pm

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    Drake Underground

    1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1J3
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CAST OF IN UTERO OUT:
Joce Tremblay, Brescia NR, bloodbeard, Melisse Watson, Hannah Shreck, Nic Murr.

Anti-Racism Directorate with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory at Daniel Spectrum July 14th 2016

So yesterday was the first of several community consultations on racism in Ontario which was held at Daniel Spectrum.  Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto’s Mayor John Tory were in attendance to hear what the community had to say.  It was a full house with over 350 people in the room with another few hundred in the overflow rooms and outside of Daniel Spectrum.  This community consultation was brought about by the the impeccable grassroots leadership of Black Lives Matter  Toronto (blmto) forcing the issue of anti-black racism needing to be addressed.  However this consultation was not the direct meeting blmto requested of government officials and pretty much was a slight farce to look as if the government was actually caring to do something.  The evidence of this would be the consistent look on Mayor John Tory’s face throughout the over 3hr consultation.

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Throughout the evening which was only supposed to be between 7pm-9pm but lasted longer due to the overwhelming turnout and line up for questions people demanded accountability and direct action from our Government officials.  At one point Mayor John Tory was asked to apologize for not having the decency to meet with blmto members outside the 14 day encampment outside of police headquarters during the winter.  He did so begrudgingly.

At any rate this is a first step in a long journey to overhaul systemic racism and practices that permeate this country specifically but is actually a global phenomenon.

If you weren’t able to attend or livestream you can see the majority of what transpired over on my Instagram @kalmplex https://www.instagram.com/kalmplex/

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Black Lives Matter Toronto during Pride parade 2016

So it’s been almost two weeks since Pride Toronto happened and I’m just now getting around to posting up my pics of the festivities.  I marched with and documented Black Lives Matter Toronto (blmto) during the trans march and pride parade (grant writing on Saturday prevented me from documenting the dyke march).  Anyhow so yesterday I got into an argument over the internet with a black male whom I’ve known for years not like a friend friend but I’ve bought artifacts and had many discussions on blackness with this person.  The cause of the argument was him going off on social media about blm/blmto being a false flag movement funded by zionists and how they weren’t really doing anything for the black community.  I saw his post and wrote for him to shut the fuck up and to respect the grassroots movements lead by these brilliant black queer women and trans people. Mind you I wrote the stfu part in capslocks and I also called him a hotep simpleminded nigga which clearly he didn’t take to kindly.   Which apparently according to him makes me a little child, bitch and a prostitute.  Needless to say I applied the block button because arguing with fools over the internet just isn’t a good look.   At any rate  it just makes me wonder how people can actually do nothing towards the advancement of black people yet wanna argue about others who are.  Have you staged a 14 day protest in front of the police headquarters during the winter feeding and clothing the commnity as well as homeless people? Have you fostered an environment where community building  and healing could commence amongst friends, strangers and people with the mindset of eradicating Anti-Black racism? No oh ok.  Have you started a school to invest in the future of black youth by teaching them empowering history lessons as well as self love practices for their survival? Nah I didn’t think so either.  But that booth you had selling jewellry at Afrofest which was reinstated to 2 days as opposed to 1 because of blmto made you money right. Of course it did but you can’t be thankful cuz well you’re a hotep nigga who doesn’t believe in transgender rights or black queer women and trans leadership cuz your homophobic and transphobic but don’t actually think you are.  It’s all good though because while you’re bitching about false flags etc there are actually people putting in work to galvanize the community in a positive way outside of their keyboards and smartphones.

Anyhow I just wanted to share some pics of what I witnessed during Pride this year and share the beauty, strength and resilience these amazing black people have been exhibiting.  Give thanks to them for standing up for our rights.

 

more videos and pics of the parade on my instagram account https://www.instagram.com/kalmplex/

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Blacklisted: Closing Reception Wednesday May 4th @D-Beatstro

If you haven’t been already the closing party is May 4th @DBeatstro 1292 bloor st w. 5pm-8pm Toronto
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Blacklisted Artifacts by Malcolm – Emilio Yarde and Kalmplex at D-Beatstro

Blacklisted is month long run art exhibition currently happening at D-Beatstro vegan cafe located at 1292 Bloor St w. Toronto.  The artifacts are by Malcolm – Emilio Yarde and Kalmplex.  The creations are gracing D-Beatstro’s walls for the month of April.  If you’re in the area you should drop by and get enlightened, inspired and enchanted by the colours, content and feeling of the pieces.

 

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Taping of Sate for CBC

This past Monday I was blessed to witness Sate in all her greatness.  Performing at a CBC taping to be released later the audience was graced with amazing vocals and stage performance by one of Toronto’s finest.  Here’s a sneak peak through photos of what you can look forward to seeing.

 

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Rihanna and Travis Scott ANTI WORLD TOUR Toronto April 13th 2016

I’m still  in aw of last nights performance and vibe from Rihanna.  From the entrance, costume changes and backdrops of soap this show was on point.

Travis Scott opened up the set and had the crowd hyped.  He even jumped into the crowd and mashed it up with some fans.  The place was lit.

Have fun for show 2 tonight if you’re heading down there.

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tyler the creator and wu-tang at riotfest

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Flow 93.5 Birthday Bash at Echo Beach with Keita Juma, Choclair, Fat Joe, Maestro Fresh Wes, En Vogue & Salt N Pepa

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Yaardcore at The Crawford in Toronto August 2015