Jian Ghomeshi. Bill Cosby. Rehtaeh Parsons. Emma Sulkowicz. Steubenville. Boko Haram. Ray Rice. Elliott Rodger. Canada's 1200+ missing Aboriginal woman. The 2012 Delhi gang rape. The 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. The estimated 460,000 sexual assaults that take place in Canada each year.
Each story is devastating; together, they testify to nothing short of an epidemic.
Please join journalist Rachel Giese, Amanda Dale (Executive Director of The Schlifer Clinic), and Karen BK Chan (Sex and Emotional Literacy Educator) in conversation with Nicola Spunt at The Gladstone Hotel on Tuesday, December 9, at 7:30pm. The panel will explore the rampancy of sexual violence and the conditions that permit it to thrive, and focus on concrete strategies for actualizing change in our communities.
After School is very pleased to also feature Attiya Khan who will talk to us about her courageous and inspiring documentary film project, A Better Man.
Join us for a conversation with recently appointed Film Commissioner and Director of Entertainment Industries for the City of Toronto, Zaib Shaikh, Louis Calabro (Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television), and Sandra Cunningham (Strada Films). They will take us inside the city’s strategic vision for expanding Toronto’s international reputation as a mecca for film as well as TV, music, digital media, and festivals, discuss the impact for our city’s cultural and economic bottom lines, and weigh in on how the City can optimize conditions for those who work in and support arts and culture in Toronto.
Jason Logan wants you to picture a better city. His campaign, Toronto Needs a Creative Director, is an open call to Toronto's citizens and the 2014 mayoral candidates to establish an Office for Creative Direction for the City of Toronto (CDTO). The objective of CDTO is to mobilize the design, arts, culture, environmental, and technology communities to enhance civic engagement and realize a brighter and more cohesive Toronto.
In partnership with The Grid and Hazlitt, After School presents Nicola Spunt in conversation with Creative Director Jason Logan, Gabriella Gómez-Mont (Creative Officer for Mexico City), Shauna Levy (Design Exchange), Alexander Josephson (PARTISANS ), Zahra Ebrahim (archiTEXT). Music by Jeremy Laing and Don Kerr. Drink experiments by BevLab. Food by Nathan Isberg of The Atlantic.
Is the Internet an open-ended platform or an insidiously crafted maze of predetermined options? A vehicle for creativity and connection, or crass capitalism? Democratic engagement or corporate co-optation? In its current configurations, does digital culture make us smarter, better citizens, or duller, consumerist drones?
Astra Taylor takes on these very questions in her new book, The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. After School and Hazlitt are extremely pleased to present the lauded cultural critic in conversation with Nicola Spunt at AGO First Thursdays on March 6 at 7:30pm in the Reuben Wells Leonard Gallery.
Taylor is a writer, documentary filmmaker, and activist. Her films include Zizek!, a feature documentary about the world’s most outrageous philosopher, and Examined Life, a series of excursions with contemporary thinkers. Taylor’s writing has appeared in The Nation, the London Review of Books, n+1, The Baffler magazine, and other publications, and she is the editor of Examined Life and co-editor of Occupy! Scenes from Occupied America.
Toronto can be a cold city, full of bad dates and weary daters sick of dating. But it doesn’t have to be grueling. Join us as five prospective couples take to the stage and show us how it’s done—live, on-stage speed dating, with expert post-date commentary and tips. Matchmaker included. Eavesdropping unnecessary. Check out the action at the next installment of Long Winter.
Better yet, why not be a part of the action? If you’re looking for love, or even just a friend to go bowling with, you could be among our five couples. Just fill out our NotOkCupid questionnaire. If you’ve got the goods, our professional matchmaker will fix you up. The first drink is on us. We guarantee no awkward silences.
Join us for a no-holds-barred conversation with artists Shary Boyle, Vanessa Dunn, Petra Collins, and Aminah Sheikh about their practices and politics, what feminism means for art today, and why feminism still really matters, period.
Moderator: Nicola Spunt
Shary Boyle is a Canadian artist who works across media—sculpture, painting, drawing, and performance. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design, won the Hnatyshyn Award and the Gershon Iskowitz Prize, and was shortlisted twice for the Sobey Art Award. She has performed and exhibited internationally, and has had works presented at the Centre Pompidou, the Hammer Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Boyle represented Canada at the 2013 Venice Biennale.
Vanessa Dunn is a Toronto-based actor, writer, and performer. She is the lead singer of the feminist art rock band, VAG HALEN.
Petra Collins is a Toronto-born artist, photographer, and writer. She is the founder and curator of The Ardorous, an online art collective showcasing works of emerging female artists, and works with publications such as Rookie, Purple,Oyster, and Vice.
Aminah Sheikh is a graduate of the University of London and York University whose research focused on faith-based organizations, women, and socio-economic development in the Middle East and South Asia. She also participates in artistic projects that showcase the faith, fashion, identities, and politics of Muslim women.
“Emily Southwood considered herself to be sexually liberal—until her fiancé landed a job filming porn for a network reality TV show and her whole world changed overnight. Once confident in her relationship, she suddenly felt jealous, insecure, and obsessively comparative to the porn stars her fiancé was around everyday. She was forced to confront feelings she didn't even know she had: about the treatment of women in the porn industry, the hush-hush attitude toward women watching pornography, and the unrealistic expectations about sex that are often propagated by porn. Prude is a humorous memoir that explores why there is so little communication about porn in relationships.”
Southwood writes for websites such as Betty Confidential and The Huffington Post, and can be found blogging at imarriedapornographer.com. Her writing has been featured in Canadian newspapers and magazines, including The Globe and Mail, Elle Canada, and the Montreal Mirror.
Award-winning science writer and esteemed meditation instructor, Jeff Warren drew on eight years of research for a forthcoming book to discuss the knowledge gap between what is reported in the scientific literature on meditation and what actually happens to real people. The talk also explored why meditation should not only matter to us personally, but also for our scientific understanding of mind and world.
Warren has published articles in The New York Times, The Walrus, Reader’s Digest, andPsychology Tomorrow, among others. He is also the author of The Head Trip: Adventures on the Wheel of Consciousness (Random House, 2007), an acclaimed travel guide through sleeping, dreaming and waking consciousness.
"Nostalgia, Excess & Modernity: Why The Great Gatsby Still Matters" (8:30-9:30)
Join Nicola Spunt for a discussion about what makes Gatsby modern; the mediating effects of nostalgia, narration, and alcohol in the novel; and whether Jonathan Franzen is correct in saying that Gatsby tell "the central fable of America."
West Egg Party: All Things ‘20s (9:45-close)
Music on Vinyl by Brendan Canning
Cocktails by Milk Glass
Handcrafted Headpieces by LaKrause
Burlesque Performances by Sasha
“For the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population lives in cities. Mayors are leading national governments and international organizations in measures to overcome climate change and build resilient cities in a way that directly addresses the needs of the urban poor. By having the right strategies, we can ensure that we not only solve the world’s environmental problems, but we build a society that works for all.” -- Former Toronto Mayor, David Miller
David Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010 and Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group from 2008 to 2010. During his mayoral tenure, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength, and social integration. He is a major advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies. In addition to being a vociferous champion for generating a new generation of jobs through sustainability, Miller advises companies – and governments – on practical measures to make this happen. A lawyer and Harvard-educated economist, Miller is currently the President and CEO of the WWF Canada.
Dorion Sagan is an award-winning American science writer, essayist, and theorist who has published several books, articles, and essays on evolution, culture, and the history and philosophy of science, among them: Origins of Sex: Three Billion Years of Genetic Recombination; Death and Sex; Acquiring Genomes: A Theory of the Origins of Species; and Into the Cool: Energy Flow, Thermodynamics, and Life.
A steamy V-Day edition of After School at Long Winter Vol. 4. Come hear Michael Cobb and Arianne Shaffer debate the virtues and pitfalls of intimacy, singleness, commitment, online dating, loneliness, cybersex, one-night stands, marriage, and everything in between.
Michael Cobb is a Professor of English at the University of Toronto; he also teaches in the university's Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. His most recent book, Single: An Argument for the Uncoupled, was published by NYU Press in 2012.
Arianne Shaffer is a Toronto-based storyteller, communications and strategy consultant, and curator of the online archive, "Love Letters to a Friend."
If you're interested in art and aesthetics, politics and geopolitics, capitalism and commodification, and the role of artists as makers and doers, then join us for what promises to be an invigorating discussion that will take us all over the map. Literally.
Elle Flanders is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. She holds both an MA in Critical Theory and an MFA from Rutgers University. Flanders’ work has been screened and exhibited internationally at the Museum of Modern Art; Berlin International Film Festival; The Toronto International Film Festival, the MOCCA and the Incheon Biennial. She is a founding member of Public Studio with her collaborator, Tamira Sawatzky. Her most recent work includes: Road Shots, a series of large-format laser-cut photographs exhibited at O’Born Contemporary in Toronto; Road Movie, a six screen installation on the segregated roads of Palestine that premiered at TIFF (2011) and the Berlinale (2012); Kino Pravda 3G, a series of video installations addressing current public dissent and protests across the globe; What Isn’t There, a 15-year ongoing photo installation project that documents Palestinian villages that no longer exist; and the award-winning feature documentary Zero Degrees of Separation. Flanders is a PhD candidate in the Visual Arts Studio Program at York University where she also teaches.
Tamira Sawatzky is an architect and artist working in Toronto. She worked for the award-winning firm MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects from 1998-2010. In 2010, she founded Public Studio Architecture and Public Studio with her collaborator Elle Flanders. In addition to an ongoing architectural practice, her most recent art work includes: Kino Pravda 3G, a series of video installations addressing current public dissent and protests across the globe; Road Shots, a series of large-format laser-cut photographs exhibited at O’Born Contemporary in Toronto; Road Movie, a six screen installation on the segregated roads of Palestine; What Isn’t There, a 15-year ongoing photo installation project that documents Palestinian villages that no longer exist; and Road Shots, a series of still photographs with etched screens. Her work has been exhibited at the MOCCA, the AGYU, Flux Factory, and international festivals.
Please join us for the launch of After School and an interview with Dr. Mark Kingwell on the topic of "Why Arts and Humanities in the 21st Century?"
Kingwell is a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto who specializes in social and political theory, art, architecture, and design. He is the author of numerous books, among them: A Civil Tongue: Justice, Dialogue, and the Politics of Pluralism, which won the Spitz Prize for political theory in 1997; In Pursuit of Happiness: Better Living from Plato to Prozac (2000); The World We Want: Restoring Citizenship in a Fractured Age (2001); Practical Judgments: Essays in Culture, Politics, and Interpretation (2002); Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and the City (2008); and a new collection of essays that came out last month called Unruly Voices: Essays on Democracy, Civility, and the Human Imagination (2012). He regularly contributes to Harper’s and The Globe and Mail, and has been published in the The New York Times and The NYT Magazine, Adbusters, The Walrus, and Toronto Life. Kingwell also appears regularly on TV and radio, and was in the documentary The Corporation.