This is an evening which features a series of reflections and personal histories that offer unique insights on the meaning of compassion.
MARCH 4, 2022
OPEN DOORS : 7 PM
SHOW STARTS : 8 PM
COCKTAIL PARTY : 11 PM - MIDNIGHT
Our approach is to uplift communities of all sizes, shapes and forms. Intimate portraits which write histories, and chronicle tales of adversity, pride, and pleasure. Each one of these works and artists is a touching ode to the power of community. March 4th is a joyous, yet contemplative salute to the human connections which bind us together, community, the greatest hope of all.
Visual Artist: Quang Hai Nguyen, (in these eyes lie an endless ocean) [ongoing exhibition]
Conference by Duke Edward Eatmon [15 min]
The Swimming Club, 10 min, directed by Ceci Golding and Nick Finnegan
Summer of Soul, 1h58 minutes, directed by QuestLove
Performance by Aliah Guerra [15 min]
Cocktail party - Live DJ set by Webbed Feet
in these eyes lie an endless ocean
by Quang Hai NguyenREIHAN EBRAHIMI
A series of photographs printed on fabric which untangle past linear narratives to break the boundaries of one’s cultural identity and hopes to gather a dispersed intergenerational community within a safe space.
Aliah Guerra is a 25 year old Canadian Trinidadian jazz artist, electric guitarist, singer/songwriter and producer. In 2018 she independently released her debut soul/jazz album “Sounds of a Seed”. Her sound has been compared to the likes of Erykah Badu in the realms of Neo Soul, R&B & Jazz.
conference by Duke Edward Eatmon
Duke Eatmon is an award-winning radio and television host and broadcaster with the CBC. Over 30 years, in broadcasting, Eatmon has been a multi-media personality and has taught music history at McGill University and John Abbott College. Eatmon won the award for Best Anglophone radio Personality of the year in 2017 at the first annual Dynasties Gala Awards, which honours Black excellence in Quebec.
short film : The Swimming Club
by Ceci Golding and Nick Finnegan
In this short documentary we meet a group of trans activists who have taken matters into their own hands and set up a safe space swimming club. It is a film about the healing effects of community and the relief that comes after taking the bravest plunge of all – to just be yourself. It is also an ode to universal joys of swimming.
feature film :
Summer of Soul
by QUEST LOVE
In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “QuestLove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more. It won an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2022.