Calling all lovers of literature, spoken word, visual arts, music and food. Hear Here, Toronto’s roaming creative salon, premieres tomorrow, Thursday November 20, at a pop up downtown location. The inaugural event: Toronto: An Artistic Exploration, hosted by Anna Sapershteyn, promises a dynamic evening of reading, music, and cuisine and features a keynote address from Michelle Nolden. Featured literary artists include BookThug’s own Julie Joosten, author of Light Light, as well as Barry Callaghan, George Elliott Clarke, Lillian Allen, Claudio Gaugio, Richard Scarsbrook, Alisha Sevigny, and Angela Misri. Musical performances by Jason Nett, Lynn Kuo, Yvetter Coleman, and DJ Lumberjockey. Visual art from Dante Guthrie, Sara Mozafari, Emily Moriarty, Kamilla Nikolaev, JP Spanbauer, Bryan Belanger, and Gillian Foster. Culinary arts will be performed by Sang Kim, owner of the wildly popular Wind Up Bird Cafe.
Tickets to attend the premiere event are $30 and they are going fast. No tickets will be sold at the door. Purchase your ticket here.
Founding Director Alfonso Licato says that what makes Hear Here so unique is that it is a roaming salon: each event will be held in a different downtown Toronto location.The precise location will not be released until shortly before the event. To build mystery around this, the Be Here page on the official Hear Here website will be updated regularly. As the event draws ever closer, the map of Toronto will gradually zero in on the location. After each event, the map will return to show Toronto in full and then repeat the process for the next event.
Licato describes Hear Here as “a not-for-profit arts and culture organization that offers a context wherein emerging artists share centre stage with some of the country’s more established talent. We aim to a greater sense of artistic community and collaboration, and to help realize Toronto’s ever-present creative potential.”
For more information visit http://www.hear-here.org/