Ladyfest at Beaver Hall: September 14th to 27th

Ladyfest Toronto is a multidisciplinary celebration of feminism and the arts, which showcases the experiences and talents of women and trans male artists.

Ladyfest events take place at various venues across the city, September 14th-21st, 2008. Exhibitions run until September 27th.

The following Ladyfest events will be taking place at Beaver Hall Gallery:

Young Ladyfest
3:00 p.m. / PWYC
Beaver Hall Gallery

A showcase of youth performers and artists featuring:

QUEER YOUTH DIGITAL VIDEO PROJECT: a group of queer youth selected by the Inside and Out Film and Video Festival and Charles Street Video who are lead through workshops of film development, editing, and post-production. Their final project will be featured at Young Ladyfest.

ART GALLERY OF YORK UNIVERSITY'S ARCHITECTURE OF THE IMAGINATION: a program of new video works by twenty-six grade eight students from Brookview Middle School.

Supplement Film Night
7:00 p.m. / $5.00
Beaver Hall Gallery

Ladyfest is pleased to offer a series of short films of varied dialogue including artists Sarah Boothroyd - Down and Derby, Andrea Bennett and Kaitlin Schwann - Change Now/Now What?, Audrey Huntley - A Warrior Woman's Journey, Sarah Claudon - F to M, Caroline Koebel - hole or space.

A Night of Words and Dance
7:00 p.m. / $5.00
Beaver Hall Gallery

Featuring Farzana Doctor reading from her recently released novel, Stealing Nasreen, Jennifer LoveGrove reading from her novel-in-progress, Watch How We Walk, U of T's LGBT Dance Crew, and the talented crew of spoken-word artists taking on his- and her-stories of gendered and racialized oppressions.

Ooh-La-La Visual Art Exhibit
Beaver Hall Gallery
Featuring artists: Paige Gratland, F Square, Christy Kunitzky, Lyndsey Cope, Liz Knox, Tamiko Winter, Jennifer Linton, Anita Agrawal, Diann Chea

Ladyfest Toronto is pleased to introduce Ooh-La-La, a show of works by Lady-identified artists. Ooh-La-La is an art show of mutual support. The Ladyfest art committee believes that an artist showing their work in the context of a feminist festival is still, in 2008, a brave gesture. We have chosen works that reflect a valuable contribution to various conversations in the visual arts and are showcased based on the originality and advancement of dialogues, regardless of the "feminist-ness" of the artist or work. We think that this is a welcome change for artists and our festival, and an invaluable lesson to us in the tendencies of external politics to shortchange the richness of group shows.

Artists offer sculpture, drawing, photography, and even performance in a exhibition that will reassure you that "sisters are doing it for themselves." Or, at least, they are discussing issues from Edward Gorey, to 60s girl groups, racially-specific femininities, the evidence of human interference in a space and, of course, sexuality and motherhood.

Asian Arts Freedom School
7:00 p.m. / $5.00–$10.00 (sliding scale)
Beaver Hall Gallery

Activist rappers, spoken-word artists, musicians, writers and beatboxers.

For a full schedule of events, venues, and further information, please visit the Ladyfest Toronto Web site at

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