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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The High Priestess’s Batshit Genius

NINA SIMONE FINAL INDUCTEE TO THE LEAGUE OF LEGENDARY LADIES

MADAME SIMONE’S REINCARNATED AFROCENTRIC EGYPTIAN QUEENDOM TO BE CELEBRATED AT SHEROES #12: NINA SIMONE

Thursday, July 26, 2012. 10:30PM.

The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West)
Contact: Rea McNamara <totallyeffyeahsheroes [at] gmail [dot] com>

Joni MitchellChaka KhanTina TurnerMadonnaYoko OnoErykah BaduEtta JamesMarianne FaithfullDolly PartonGrace Jones. Dusty Springfield. And finally, Miss Nina Simone.

Sheroes will be presenting their FINAL event, Sheroes #12: Nina Simone, on Thursday, July 26th at The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West).

Related: [Sheroes Stan] Meet Our Nina Stan: Chris A. Cummings (AKA Mantler)

The last installment of the monthly, limited-run art party series — which brought together for over a year on and offline works that playfully and performatively explore the iconography and fan culture surrounding the League of Legendary Ladies — will put one last bit of sugar in your bowl with the batshit genius of Madame Simone. (So you better bring those five bottles of champagne, OK? We’re going to need it.)

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The Cross-Dressings of Gendah Bendah

GRACE JONES LATEST INDUCTEE TO THE LEAGUE OF LEGENDARY LADIES

JUNO AWARD-WINNING DUB POET LILLIAN ALLEN & PREMIER VOGUEING HOUSE OF CANADA HOUSE OF MONROE CO-HEADLINE SHEROES #10: GRACE JONES

Thursday, May 24, 2012. 11PM.

The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West)
Contact: Rea McNamara <totallyeffyeahsheroes [at] gmail [dot] com
 
 
Above: A digital animation by Rodell Warner (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) that was commissioned for Sheroes #10.

Joni MitchellChaka KhanTina TurnerMadonnaYoko OnoErykah Badu. Etta James. Marianne Faithfull. Dolly Parton. And now, Grace Jones. 



Sheroes will be presenting their latest event, Sheroes #10: Grace Jones, on Thursday, May 24th at The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West).

Related: [Sheroes Stan] Meet Our Grace Stan: Paul Petro

The monthly, limited-run art party series — which brings together on and offline works that playfully and peformatively explore the iconography and fan culture surrounding the League of Legendary Ladies — will be co-headlined by legendary dub poet Lillian Allen and premier vogueing house of CanadaHouse of Monroe

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Sheroes #7: Etta James Press Release

Sheroes #7: Etta James

Thursday, February 23, 2012. 10PM.
The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West)
Contact: Rea McNamara <totallyeffyeahsheroes [at] gmail [dot] com>

(L) A screen grab of a digital animation by A. Bill Miller that was commissioned for Sheroes #7: Etta James. (R) Sheroes #7 headliner, Lido Pimienta. Photo courtesy of Mickey Nielsen.


The Grid: “The Sheroes raison d’être, and the reason it succeeds, is that it’s cerebral while remaining fiercely emotional.”

Sheroes is a monthly art event series bringing together on and offline works that playfully and performatively explore the iconography and cultures of fandom surrounding an ever-expanding League of Legendary Ladies. Sheroes is committed to doing herstory right — reinterpreting and remixing the mythic woman-power that pervades digital and actual cultures, realizing new works from ephemeral and archival artifacts.

For Sheroes #7: Etta James, organizer Rea McNamara has commissioned an impressive lineup of local and international artists and performers. The up-from-the-ghetto roots of Etta James inspires original musical performances, digital animations, and interactive installations. Everything comes together in an immersive party atmosphere celebrating the “Matriarch”.

Performances by Colombian darling Lido Pimienta (recently featured in The Music Gallery’s New Music series), emcee extraordinaire Silk Degrees (AKA Tony Halmos), Sheroes salonnière reeraw and resident DJ NoLoves.

Digital Animations by The Global Junkie Elite, an animated GIF group show curated by Lorna Mills featuring the works of A. Bill Miller, Absis Minas, Andrew Benson, Anthony AntonellisDaniel Rehn, Emilie Gervais, Francoise GammaGaby Cepeda, Giselle Zatonyl, Grace McEvoy, Haruko Hirukawa, Helen Adamidou, Isaac Hicks, Jennifer Chan, Juan Manuel Morales, Lorna Mills, Oz Melo, Rea McNamara, Rollin Leonard, Sally McKay, Steph Parrott, Tony Halmos & Yoshi Sodeoka.

Interactive Art Installations by Rusiko and Smack of the Hand (AKA Brittany Bennington)

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.

Visit the Sheroes Archives for information on past events, as well our upcoming events.

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Sheroes #6: Erykah Badu Press Release

Sheroes #6: Erykah Badu

Thursday, January 26, 2012. 9PM.
The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West)
Contact: Rea McNamara <totallyeffyeahsheroes [at] gmail [dot] com>
 
 
Screen grab of a digitally animated portrait of performer BizZarh by Rollin Leonard that was commissioned for Sheroes #6: Erykah Badu.

The Grid: “Dare you you to find a tolerable party series like this somewhere else.”

A living, breathing monthly collaborative performance series.

Joni Mitchell. Chaka Khan. Tina Turner. Madonna. Yoko Ono. Erykah Badu. Sheroes is a monthly art event series bringing together on and offline works that playfully and performatively explore the iconography and cultures of fandom surrounding an ever-expanding League of Legendary Ladies. Sheroes is committed to doing herstory right — reinterpreting and remixing the mythic woman-power that pervades digital and actual cultures, realizing new works from ephemeral and archival artifacts.

For Sheroes #6: Erykah Badu, organizer and co-curator Rea McNamara has commissioned an impressive lineup of local and international artists and performers. The afro-futurism and post-soul sensibility of Erykah Badu inspires original musical performances, digital animations, and interactive installations. Everything comes together in an immersive party atmosphere celebrating the “Analog Girl in a Digital World”.

Performances by “Lady Killer Outkasts” BizZarh (88 Days Of Fortune), chanteuse Natalia Ivanovski, poet Safia Siad, Sheroes salonnière reeraw and resident DJ NoLoves.

Digital Animations by The Global GIF Authority - Erykah Badu Chapter, a GIF group show co-curated by Lorna Mills featuring the works of Helen Adamidou, Anthony Antonellis, Jennifer Chan, Joseph Chiocchi, Emilie Gervais, Tony Halmos, Jeanette Hayes, Isaac Hicks, Rollin Leonard, Sally McKay, Rea McNamara, Grace McEvoy, Lorna Mills, Steph Parrott, Daniel Rehn, Yoshi Sodeoka and Giselle Zatonyl.

Interactive Art Installations by Rusiko and Jessica Del Sole

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.

Visit the Sheroes Archives for information on past events, as well our upcoming events.
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