The artist-run centre SAW reopened its completely renovated and expanded facility within Arts Court on July 19, 2019, with a lively three-part celebration featuring the opening of its inaugural exhibition, Sex Life: Homoeroticism in Drawing, a free outdoor concert with performances by LAL from Toronto, Perdu from Gatineau and many others, and the launch of Transformer, SAW’s new monthly queer dance party. This special evening of celebration was presented free-of-charge and is open to all.
My role for this event was music curator, talent booker, concert promoter and producer
Photo: Ming Wu
Starting in August 2019, I was contracted by SAW to work as coordinator for the new Nordic Lab, a research and production space for artists from circumpolar nations. Working with SAW’s team, I helped coordinate the activities of visiting artists Elle Márjá Eira and Mathew Nuqingaq.
I assisted SAW’s curator in coordinating Sami artist, composer and director Elle Márjá’s two-week residency at AXENEO7 and joik performance as part of PERF performing arts festival. I also assisted in coordinating workshops for professional artists and Inuit youth led by Iqaluit-based metal artist Mathew Nuqingaq, and helped produce the official after party for ÀBADAKONE, the quinquennial Indigenous contemporary art exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, in Club SAW.
Since these projects, I have stayed on with SAW as a part-time programmer and administrator.