Sheroes

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Sheroes was a monthly limited-run art party series that brought together on and offline works that playfully and performatively explore the iconography and cultures of fandom surrounding the "League of Legendary Ladies": Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Erykah Badu, Etta James, Marianne Faithfull, Dolly Parton, Grace Jones, Dusty Springfield & Nina Simone.


Sheroes is presented by salonnière reeraw (Rea McNamara). Based in Toronto, the series curates specially commissioned performances, sounds, installations & visuals.


All Sheroes events are brainstormed and archived online at fuckyeahsheroes.tumblr.com, uniting digital communities with real-time audiences in an ongoing exploration into fan culture and collaborative content creation.


Virtual Season — our culminating presentation of new and past Sheroes on/offline works & performances — is currently gearing into its first international reunion tour. We will be announcing soon tour dates. (If you would like to book a Sheroes event, please contact us.)


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I like the relationship to fandom that you talk about, but I think one thing that is pretty interesting about Sheroes is that often you have artists with very little relationship with a celebrity’s image or work contributing. It’s sort of posing as the actions of fans, but really it’s something else, or maybe it’s positioned as fandom.

Next part of a series of posts focusing on the Sheroes event series is up on Triangulation Blog!

Click for “an email dialogue between (founder) Rea McNamara,  (curator and participating artist) Lorna Mills and (participating artist) Andrew Benson.”

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Introducing A V. Special Sheroes Stan Edition: “Sheroica Esoterica”

Today is Sheroes #12: Nina Simone, and in honour of the High Priestess, we are going out w/a v. special, full-out Sheroes Stan edition.

Typically, we mark this occasion with our usual Sheroes Stan Q&A. (Chris A. Cummings, AKA Mantler, AKA Marker Starling, gave a super cerebral interview that you will DIG when we post later today.)

But! We are v. lucky to introduce to the fold author Nadine Cohodas for a special Sheroica Esoterica" micro interview.

Nadine is the author of several books about race, politics and music. Among her books are: And the Band Played DixieStrom Thurmond & The Politics of Southern ChangeSpinning Blues Into Gold: The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess RecordsQueen: The Life and Music of Dinah Washington. Her most recent book, Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone, recently came out on paperback with UNC Press.

Throughout the day — as we post GIFs from our Batshit Genius GIF Posse show! — we’ll be posting an exclusive excerpt from Princess Noire, as well as “Sheroica Esoterica" footnotes from Nadine.

You can follow this micro interview throughout the day via our “Sheroica Esoterica" tag. 

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Sheroes’ pre-internet-isms go further. McNamara calls herself Sheroes’ “salonnière,” bringing to mind modernist figures like Gertrude Stein and Natalie Barney and the avant-garde movements they helped propagate. Sheroes’ latest project, Virtual Season , takes the concept full circle. An all-day, all-night outdoor and indoor extravaganza, co-presented by Whippersnapper Gallery, Virtual Season marks the end of Sheroes’ first run. Here, all of the Sheroes—Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Erykah Badu, Etta James, Marianne Faithfull, Dolly Parton, Grace Jones, Dusty Springfield and Nina Simone—converge. The women are conjured by McNamara and various performers in a kind of séance of the dead and absent, recalling pagan and Christian festivals from Ancient Egypt and Greece to present-day Africa and Latin America. The worship is charged and cultish: snobbish, one might say. But it is also radically interpretive and fan-positive. Sheroes wants to liberate, and represents the liberation of, those who really get it.

Toronto writer/critic David Balzer essay “Is She a Snob?” has been posted for online publication w/the renowned Triangulation Blog

It will be part of a series of posts focusing on the Sheroes event series, which will include “an email dialogue between (founder) Rea McNamara,  (curator and participating artist) Lorna Mills and (participating artist) Andrew Benson. Also we will have several individually interviews from different participating artists involved in SHEROES!!”

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Ask A Sheroes Stan: Jeanette Lynes Finally Answers Super Important Dusty Springfield Q’s

There months ago, we were proud to launch our Sheroes Stan residency, a program that connects aca-fan knowledge and wisdom to the vastly growing motley crew of international and local artists that are regularly involved with Sheroes each month.

Related: [sheroes stanAsk A Sheroes Stan: Paul Petro Finally Answers Super Important Grace Jones Q’s

For Sheroes #11: Dusty Springfield, we were so glad to invite the award-winning author Jeanette Lynes.

Jeanette coordinates the MFA writing program at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the author of five collections of poetry, including It’s Hard Being Queen: The Dusty Springfield Poems, aaaand has had a novel shortlisted for the prestigious Giller Prize. (But we’ll confess that we first found out about her through the equally prestigious Dusty Springfield fansite.)

Click below for the full interview, in which Lynes illuminates on why la Dust’s a relevant Pride icon, her life as a “camp elegy” & more. (If you’re in Toronto tonight, you can catch Jeanette read at Sheroes #11 and ask her any Q’s we didn’t get answered!)

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Sheroes #11: Dusty Springfield (Pride Edition) http://www.facebook.com/events/249654491809764/permalink/249724425136104/

Sheroes #11: Dusty Springfield (Pride Edition)

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Grace celebrates the monarchy for some reason. http://www.facebook.com/groups/250136678372508/permalink/401415929911248/

Grace celebrates the monarchy for some reason.

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Ask A Sheroes Stan: Paul Petro Finally Answers Super Important Grace Jones Q’s

Here’s a piece of vinyl I picked up the year it came out (1978) and it’s still spinning strong!”

Two months ago, we were proud to launch our Sheroes Stan residency, a program that connects aca-fan knowledge and wisdom to the vastly growing motley crew of international and local artists that are regularly involved with Sheroes each month.

Related: [sheroes stan] Ask A Sheroes Stan: Brad Horvath Finally Answers Super Important Dolly Parton Q’s

For Sheroes #10: Grace Jones, we were so glad to invite local art dealer (and rare Grace Jones vinyl collector) Paul Petro.

Paul runs in Toronto Paul Petro Contemporary Art, a local gallery that has shown super awesome Canadian artists like Robert Flack, Sheroes spirit animal Will Munro, Andrew Harwood & GB Jones. We got the first hint of his Sheroic fannishness when he posted on our Facebook group Dolly’s pink vinyl. (And then came the Grace blue vinyl, and we just knew it was meant to be.)

Click below for the full interview, in which Petro illuminates on the story behind that blue vinyl, talks about that time Grace Jones performed out of her head at the AGO & schools us on the importance of our headliner, Lillian Allen. (And if you’re in Toronto tonight, you can meet Paul at Sheroes #10 and ask him any Q’s we didn’t get answered!)

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Meet Sheroes Stan #2: Paul Petro

Meet our second “Sheroes Stan”, Paul Petro

Related: [sheroes stan] Ask A Sheroes Stan: Brad Horvath Finally Answers Super Important Dolly Parton Q’s

Last month, we were proud to launch our Sheroes Stan residency, a program that connects aca-fan knowledge and wisdom to the vastly growing ragtag crew of international and local artists that are regularly involved with Sheroes each month.

Starting next week, this genuine #1 Grace Fan !!!11 be answering any Grace Jones questions you might have in the lead up to Sheroes #10: Grace Jones.

Consider him a far more resourceful Yahoo Answers humanoid at your disposal for anything-related to our so-called Queen of the Gay Discos.

Got any burning q’s? Ask ‘em here. (Or simply join our Facebook group for Paul’s Grace-ness.)

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