Queer of Colour Story Mapping & Travel Through Performance

Marvellous Grounds presents


Sunday, July 17th, 2016
Time: 2pm-4:30pm
Location: 519 Community Center
ASL interpretation available. Wheelchair accessible.
There will be snacks. Tokens are available for those who need it.
This space prioritizes QTBIPOC. Performance is open to all.

Join us for an afternoon of fun community mapping activity and performance presented to you by Marvellous Grounds members Río Rodríguez and Alvis Choi a.k.a. Alvis Parsley.

Crashing after Pride? Marvellous Grounds has you covered… ♥

Marvellous Grounds is a QTBIPOC (queer and trans Black, Indigenous and people of colour) archive. We explore how QTBIPOC create communities, make space and foster connections within Toronto/Three Fires Territories and beyond. This collection brings together art, writing and research that is in the service of community building.

We invite community members to join us on July 17th to celebrate our work as well as to share your stories through participating in a collaborative mapping activity of QTBIPOC histories. Río Rodríguez will share about mapping QTBIPOC histories in Toronto, followed by a story mapping activity. Alvis Choi a.k.a. Alvis Parsley will present a performance that invites audience on a journey of time and space travel (probably in the least sci-fi way!). This performance, as part of Alvis’ Masters major research at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, will be followed by a talkback session.

Performance & talkback: 3:30-4:30pm
Please arrive before 3:15pm for the performance. No late admission.

Río Rodriguez is a Toronto-based latinx queer educator working in queer, trans and POC communities, and researching QTBIPOC community organizing histories. Río is a Masters of Environmental Studies candidate at York University, and is assembling a portfolio that examines alternative community mapping and histories of Toronto’s Church and Wellesley district. The project focuses on key moments in the Village’s history that highlight the simultaneous displacement and erasure of queer and trans bodies of colour from public space.

Alvis Choi a.k.a. Alvis Parsley is a Toronto-based artist, performer, writer and researcher born and raised in Hong Kong. Alvis has presented at SummerWorks Festival, Mayworks Festival, Rhubarb Festival, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics – Encuentro, Performance Studies international (PSi) – Fluid States North, National Queer Arts Festival (Bay Area), Gladstone Hotel, Whippersnapper Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Alvis is named in the 2014 list of BLOUIN ARTINFO Canada’s 30 Under 30. http://alvischoi.wordpress.com/