Invitation to Participate in Ring of Fire – August 9, 2015, Toronto Ontario

Ring of Fire taking place August 9, 2015, Toronto.

An invitation to participate from Emelie Chhangur, Assistant Director/Curator of the Art Gallery at York University:

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Sorry for the mass email but I wanted to reach out to each and everyone of you because I would love for you to participate in the Ring of Fire.

As many of you know, for the past two years I have been working with internationally renowned, Trinidadian artist Marlon Griffith to create Ring of Fire, a 300-person street procession that takes place SUNDAY AUGUST 9, 2015 at 12 pm – 2 pm down University Avenue from Queen’s Park to City Hall. Over these two years, we have been working with over 100 collaborators across the GTA, including Picasso Pro, Equal Grounds, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Capoeira practitioners and young spoken word poets from Jane-Finch, Malvern, and Regent Park. Through partnerships with a host of organizations such as the School of the Arts Media & Performance at YorkU, Sketch, Art Starts, Success Beyond Limits and the Malvern Spot we have produce 300 custom-designed and hand-made costumes, created innovative choreography, which is a mix between integrated dance, Pow-Wow and Capoeira, devised music and created new spoken word poetry, which will be featured on megaphone during the procession. We have got road closures and filled lots and lots of paperwork! Things are getting intense here but we are very proud of the project and think it is going to be a good intervention into the Parapan American games, a context we specifically chose as the “stage-set” for this procession. And, it is going to be beautiful.

There are 100 spots for public participation. I hope you will be one of those 100 individuals.

Please email procession(at)theAGYUisOutThere(dot)org to participate.

Participation does not require a lot from you – just your solidarity, your spirit, and your energy. You show up the day of the procession, put on a mask and we roll!

Attached are two press releases with more information on the project and details of the actual event. Also included is the official call. The PDFs are accessible documents. Feel free to circulate widely.

And here is our new website which shows a bit about the aesthetic, the philosophy behind the project, as well as the process of its making.

I do hope you will take to the streets with us on August 9,

with warm wishes,