The militantly unapologetic and radically queer, survivor-centric TRIGGER Festival is provoking Toronto audiences for a third year this June 16th, 17th and 18th with an incredible schedule of local, provincial, national and international professional artists.
TRIGGER hosts three incredible nights of film, theatre, performance, installation, music and discussion at The Steelworkers Hall and Raging Spoon reclaiming the notion of queer survival through art as activism and activism as art.hosts three incredible nights of film, theatre, performance, installation, music and discussion at The Steelworkers Hall and Raging Spoon reclaiming the notion of queer survival through art as activism and activism as art.
Thursday, June 16th opens TRIGGER with a film festival evening highlighting the inspirational new San Francisco films 50faggots by Randall Jenson and 4Play by Kyle Henry, the Australian short doc Every Ho I Know Says So and Vivek Shraya’s Seeking Single White Male featured at this year’s Inside Out.
On Friday, June 17th TRIGGER opens the evening with Bait, a one woman play chronicling the 2010 Jamaican military incursion events written and performed by dub poet D-lishus, seen at Mayworks, Ladyfest, TRIGGER 2010. Toronto based dance crew Ill Nana and Mr. Rubber Toronto Mikiki perform alongside BC award winning artist Jody Franklin who founded MungBeing Magazine and The Misfit Library Literary Journal and has been featured on CBC Radio for his evocative art. African American Chicago based storyteller Ni’Ja Whitson who founded And What?! American hip hop group well known for her African Diaspora work with Columbia College, About Face Theatre and queer institution Andrew Harwood co-founder of TAAFI are showcased amongst an entire line up of powerful artists in the interactive performance extravaganza.
The final closing party takes place at Raging Spoon on Saturday June 18th after a full day of workshops celebrating queer survival with Toronto Vogue troupe Kiki House of Pink Lady, Toronto/Montreal’s Yamantaka Sonic Titan band who recently premiered their no wave opera at Toronto Underground Cinema, soul tech trio LAL recently featured in Mayworks, NOW Magazine, World Performing Arts Festival in Pakistan and Dainty Smith Xtra! Writer, actor and professional burlesque performer.