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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Meet our fourth and final “Sheroes Stan”, Chris A. Cummings (the artist that will very soon be formerly known as Mantler).
Related: [sheroes stan] Ask A Sheroes Stan: Jeanette Lynes Finally Answers Super Important Dusty Springfield Q’s
Earlier this year, 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 this week, our Wurlitzer electric piano playing, internationally recognized dude — he just toured Russia and is one of the headliners for our all-day music and arts festival, Virtual Season! —  will be answering any Nina Simone questions you might have in the lead up to Sheroes #12: Nina Simone. (In fact, he’s a pretty awesome artist in his own right!)
Consider him a far more resourceful Yahoo Answers humanoid at your disposal for anything-related to our High Priestess.
Got any burning q’s? Ask ‘em here. (Or simply join our Facebook group for Chris’s Nina-ness.) http://www.facebook.com/events/413838448668483/permalink/414508835268111/

Meet our fourth and final “Sheroes Stan”, Chris A. Cummings (the artist that will very soon be formerly known as Mantler).

Related: [sheroes stanAsk A Sheroes Stan: Jeanette Lynes Finally Answers Super Important Dusty Springfield Q’s

Earlier this year, 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 this week, our Wurlitzer electric piano playing, internationally recognized dude — he just toured Russia and is one of the headliners for our all-day music and arts festival, Virtual Season! —  will be answering any Nina Simone questions you might have in the lead up to Sheroes #12: Nina Simone. (In fact, he’s a pretty awesome artist in his own right!)

Consider him a far more resourceful Yahoo Answers humanoid at your disposal for anything-related to our High Priestess.

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

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Poet Jeanette Lynes with reeraw at Sheroes #11: Dusty Springfield.
Related: [sheroes stan] Ask A Sheroes Stan: Jeanette Lynes Finally Answers Super Important Dusty Springfield Q’s

Poet Jeanette Lynes with reeraw at Sheroes #11: Dusty Springfield.

Related: [sheroes stan] Ask A Sheroes Stan: Jeanette Lynes Finally Answers Super Important Dusty Springfield Q’s

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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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"She’ll rewrite history it’s that/kind of country, declare/a Dust Rush/from this/day forward." http://www.facebook.com/groups/250136678372508/permalink/406167632769411/

"She’ll rewrite history it’s that/kind of country, declare/a Dust Rush/from this/day forward."

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The “tragic lesbian” storyline is one that I find particularly tedious. Another example of a simplistic reading is the often-repeated line that Dusty was “influenced by black music.” Of course she was, but it begs the question, well, what does that mean, “black” music? What about Dusty’s relationship to “white” music then? I wanted to dig beneath the surface of notions like these because I really think they affect the way we hear the music.

The title of Annie Randall’s book I mentioned last week is:
Dusty: Queen of the Postmods. It’s an academic book but don’t hold
that against it.

(Source: dustyspringfield.org.uk)

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She’s channeling Peggy Lee, I think :) though of course the song is different. Channeling in style of performance, a real Diva on the rise

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Meet our third “Sheroes Stan”, Jeanette Lynes. 
Related: [sheroes stan] Ask A Sheroes Stan: Paul Petro Finally Answers Super Important Grace Jones Q’s
Earlier this year, 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 Dustologist will be answering any Dusty Springfield questions you might have in the lead up to Sheroes #11: Dusty Springfield. (In fact, she’s even written an amazing collection of poetry inspired by Dusty!)
Consider her a far more resourceful Yahoo Answers humanoid at your disposal for anything-related to our Queen of the Postmods.
Got any burning q’s? Ask ‘em here. (Or simply join our Facebook group for Jeanette’s Dust-ness.) http://www.facebook.com/groups/250136678372508/permalink/401665029886338/

Meet our third “Sheroes Stan”, Jeanette Lynes

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

Earlier this year, 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 Dustologist will be answering any Dusty Springfield questions you might have in the lead up to Sheroes #11: Dusty Springfield. (In fact, she’s even written an amazing collection of poetry inspired by Dusty!)

Consider her a far more resourceful Yahoo Answers humanoid at your disposal for anything-related to our Queen of the Postmods.

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

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The Producer’s Poem…she had an obscure avant-garde genius as her goal.―Tom Dowd
If he had hairhe’d tear it out.Hour nine, she recordsthe same syllable again,again, again. She makes her artone syllable at a time and ithurts to watch. He can’t hear a hairof difference between sounds, it’s one tickof the clock against another.
Copyright © Jeanette Lynes, 2008
http://www.freehand-books.com/books/dusty_springfield

The Producer’s Poem
…she had an obscure avant-garde genius as her goal.
Tom Dowd

If he had hair
he’d tear it out.
Hour nine, she records
the same syllable again,
again, again. She makes her art
one syllable at a time and it
hurts to watch. He can’t hear a hair
of difference between sounds, it’s one tick
of the clock against another.

Copyright © Jeanette Lynes, 2008

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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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