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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Detail of En Masse’s installation at Sheroes: Virtual Season.

Live in Toronto? En Masse's amazing black and white mural for Sheroes: Virtual Season still stands. Just head over to the backlot of El Gordo Fine Foods to see.

(For more amazing documentation of En Masse’s Virtual Season work, click here.) 

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July 29 at 2:00pm until July 30 at 1:00amLet’s do this herstory right.DAY / 2-9PM / 214 Augusta (backlot of El Gordo Foods) NIGHT / 9PM-1AM / 58 Cecil Street (Cecil Street Community Center)Co-presented by Sheroes (http://fuckyeahsheroes.tumblr.com/) and Whippersnapper Gallery (http://www.whippersnapper.ca/)▬ THE BILL ▬DAY | All Ages | FREE»» PERFORMANCES ««[#MúsicaGlamurosaDramática] LIDO PIMIENTA[#DubPoetry] LILLIAN ALLEN[#GypsyPunk] LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA[#Folk] THE WEATHER STATION[#LadyKillerOutkasts] BIZZARH[#SoulFolk] ADA DAHLI[#PerformanceArt] BASIL ALZERI[#SoundPoetry] ZOË ALEXIS-ABRAMS[#PositiveVibrations] DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE»» SOUNDS ««[#Chunes] DJ NOLOVES[#Chunes] DJ EL MACHETERO»» INSTALLATIONS ««[#SheroesRings] BARBIE’S BASEMENT JEWELLERY[#VirtualSeasonMas] BRIANNA MCCARTHY[#NailArtBar] SMACK OF THE HAND[#LeagueOfLegendaryLadiesEffigies] KIRSTEN MCCREA»» VISUALS ««[#LivePainting] EN MASSENIGHT | 19+ | $8 (http://www.ticketpicket.com/virtualseason) / $10 (IRL)»» PERFORMANCES ««[#EternalHopeInTheFaceOfEverydayDespair] MARKER STARLING (the artist formerly known as MANTLER)[#ApocalypticallyGay] KIDS ON TV[#MusicMakingMagicalMushroom] LAL[#Vogue] HOUSE OF MONROE»» SOUNDS ««[#Chunes] DJ COZMIC CAT»» INSTALLATIONS ««[#OutdoorShrine] ULYSSES CASTELLANOS[#IndoorShrine] RUSIKO [#SheroesRings] BARBIE’S BASEMENT JEWELLERY[#NailArtBar] SMACK OF THE HAND[#LeagueOfLegendaryLadiesEffigies] KIRSTEN MCCREA»» VISUALS ««[#GIFs] ADAM HARMS / BLINKING GIRLS (EMILIE GERVAIS & SARAH WEIS) / GABY CEPEDA / ROLLIN LEONARD[#ReunionTour] LORNA MILLS curates the greatest hits from Sheroes’ past group GIF shows[#VJ] INFINITY DOSEVirtual Season is an all-day & night art and music festival in the vein of the Ancient Greek theatre festivals or the Latin American Saint Days. Featuring a stellar line-up of local bands and international artists, a frenetic assemblage of performance art, music, GIF and GIF-based video art, DIY projects and various activities will reinterpret and remix the mythic woman-power that pervades digital and actual cultures.Virtual Season is the gala closing event of Sheroes’ 2011/2012 programming series, which brings together on and offline works that playfully and performatively explore the iconography and fan culture surrounding the “League of Legendary Ladies”. The Toronto event will be co-presented with Artist-Run Centre Whippersnapper, which supports the work of new generation Canadian visual, new media and performance artists.▬ TL;DR? ▬»» DO EXPECT ««#HelpfulHenryTheHousewifesDelight #DoYouFeelForMeTheWayIFeelForYou? #NamMyohoRengeKyo #PillowFace #ImaginePeace #Baduizm #CigaretteBurnTattoos #BrokenEnglish #Dollywood #QueenNanny #PandaEyes #Genius»» DON’T EXPECT ««#Woodstock #MaryJ #Ike #SeanPenn #14YearOldBeatleFans #GroupThink #BeysusChrist #MickJagger #Wrinkles #Shade #WhiteSoul #Labels

RSVP!

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tonyhalmos:

July 29 at 2:00pm until July 30 at 1:00am
Let’s do this herstory right.

DAY / 2-9PM / 214 Augusta (backlot of El Gordo Foods) 
NIGHT / 9PM-1AM / 58 Cecil Street (Cecil Street Community Center)

Co-presented by Sheroes (http://fuckyeahsheroes.tumblr.com/) and Whippersnapper Gallery (http://www.whippersnapper.ca/)

▬ THE BILL ▬

DAY | All Ages | FREE

»» PERFORMANCES ««
[#MúsicaGlamurosaDramática] LIDO PIMIENTA
[#DubPoetry] LILLIAN ALLEN
[#GypsyPunk] LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA
[#Folk] THE WEATHER STATION
[#LadyKillerOutkasts] BIZZARH
[#SoulFolk] ADA DAHLI
[#PerformanceArt] BASIL ALZERI
[#SoundPoetry] ZOË ALEXIS-ABRAMS
[#PositiveVibrations] DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE

»» SOUNDS ««
[#Chunes] DJ NOLOVES
[#Chunes] DJ EL MACHETERO

»» INSTALLATIONS ««
[#SheroesRings] BARBIE’S BASEMENT JEWELLERY
[#VirtualSeasonMas] BRIANNA MCCARTHY
[#NailArtBar] SMACK OF THE HAND
[#LeagueOfLegendaryLadiesEffigies] KIRSTEN MCCREA

»» VISUALS ««
[#LivePainting] EN MASSE

NIGHT | 19+ | $8 (http://www.ticketpicket.com/virtualseason) / $10 (IRL)

»» PERFORMANCES ««
[#EternalHopeInTheFaceOfEverydayDespair] MARKER STARLING (the artist formerly known as MANTLER)
[#ApocalypticallyGay] KIDS ON TV
[#MusicMakingMagicalMushroom] LAL
[#Vogue] HOUSE OF MONROE

»» SOUNDS ««
[#Chunes] DJ COZMIC CAT

»» INSTALLATIONS ««
[#OutdoorShrine] ULYSSES CASTELLANOS
[#IndoorShrine] RUSIKO 
[#SheroesRings] BARBIE’S BASEMENT JEWELLERY
[#NailArtBar] SMACK OF THE HAND
[#LeagueOfLegendaryLadiesEffigies] KIRSTEN MCCREA

»» VISUALS ««
[#GIFs] ADAM HARMS / BLINKING GIRLS (EMILIE GERVAIS & SARAH WEIS) / GABY CEPEDA / ROLLIN LEONARD
[#ReunionTour] LORNA MILLS curates the greatest hits from Sheroes’ past group GIF shows
[#VJ] INFINITY DOSE

Virtual Season is an all-day & night art and music festival in the vein of the Ancient Greek theatre festivals or the Latin American Saint Days. Featuring a stellar line-up of local bands and international artists, a frenetic assemblage of performance art, music, GIF and GIF-based video art, DIY projects and various activities will reinterpret and remix the mythic woman-power that pervades digital and actual cultures.

Virtual Season is the gala closing event of Sheroes’ 2011/2012 programming series, which brings together on and offline works that playfully and performatively explore the iconography and fan culture surrounding the “League of Legendary Ladies”. The Toronto event will be co-presented with Artist-Run Centre Whippersnapper, which supports the work of new generation Canadian visual, new media and performance artists.

▬ TL;DR? ▬

»» DO EXPECT ««
#HelpfulHenryTheHousewifesDelight #DoYouFeelForMeTheWayIFeelForYou? #NamMyohoRengeKyo #PillowFace #ImaginePeace #Baduizm #CigaretteBurnTattoos #BrokenEnglish #Dollywood #QueenNanny #PandaEyes #Genius

»» DON’T EXPECT ««
#Woodstock #MaryJ #Ike #SeanPenn #14YearOldBeatleFans #GroupThink #BeysusChrist #MickJagger #Wrinkles #Shade #WhiteSoul #Labels

RSVP!

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The League of Legendary Ladies unites for their so-called first reunion tour, “Virtual Season”

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THE ACCLAIMED AND MUCH-LOVED MONTHLY PARTY SHEROES BECOMES ALL-DAY, ALL-NIGHT IDOLATROUS FESTIVAL WITH VIRTUAL SEASON

Herstory finally done right. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012, 2PM-1AM in Toronto’s Kensington Market during P.S. Kensington

Co-presented by
SHEROES + Whippersnapper

RSVP TO THE FB EVENT / TIX FOR OUR NIGHT PROGRAMME ARE NOW AVAIL TO BUY ONLINE

SHEROES DAY
2-9 PM / 214 Augusta (backlot of El Gordo Foods) / All Ages / Free

[#MúsicaGlamurosaDramáticaLIDO PIMIENTA

[#DubPoetryLILLIAN ALLEN

[#GypsyPunkTHE LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA

SHEROES NIGHT
9PM-1AM / 58 Cecil Street (Cecil Street Community Centre) / 19+ / $8 (ONLINE) / $10 (IRL at Rotate This & Soundscapes starting Wednesday, July 18)

[#EternalHopeInTheFaceOfEverydayDespair] MARKER STARLING (the artist formerly known as MANTLER)

[#ApocalypticallyGayKIDS ON TV

[#MusicMakingMagicalMushroomLAL

AND MORE! Click here for our full day & night music & performance lineup.

Virtual Season is an all-day & night art and music festival in the vein of the Ancient Greek theatre festivals or the Latin American Saint Days. Featuring a stellar line-up of local bands and international artists, a frenetic assemblage of performance art, music, GIF and GIF-based video art, DIY projects and various activities will reinterpret and remix the mythic celebrity worship that pervades digital and actual cultures.

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OH HAI THURRR SHEROES: VIRTUAL SEASON TUMBLR!!!!11

If you’re keen to keep up with the end of Sheroes, you’ll be excited know that this month will not only culminate with our closing event, Sheroes #12: Nina Simone (Thursday, July 26), but also our massive gala closing all-day and night art & music festival that we’re co-presenting with local Artist-Run Centre Whippersnapper (Sunday, July 29).

We’ll be regularly updating the site, spotlighting musical acts, performersartists & even delving into the mythic woman power chorus herstory of the League of Legendary Ladies.

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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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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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The Queen of the Postmods’ three wigs

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD LATEST INDUCTEE TO THE LEAGUE OF LEGENDARY LADIES

DUST’S SECRET WHITE HEAT TORONTO PRIDE HISTORY TO BE CELEBRATED AT SHEROES #11: DUSTY SPRINGFIELD

Thursday, June 28, 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 Parton. Grace JonesAnd now, Dusty Springfield.

Sheroes will be presenting their latest event, Sheroes #11: Dusty Springfield, on Thursday, June 28th at The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West).

Related: [Sheroes StanMeet Our Dusty Stan: Jeanette Lynes

The second last installment of the monthly, limited-run art party series — which brings together on and offline works that playfully and performatively explore the iconography and fan culture surrounding the League of Legendary Ladies — will be a very special Pride Toronto variety show extravaganza celebrating Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien’s secret White Heat Toronto history. (Think Dusty/Carol.)

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3 Important Virtual Season Updates: Kids On TV! DJ Cozmic Cat! Call For Proposals!

Kids On TV

Virtual Season

DJ Cozmic Cat

As we gear up for Virtual Season, the art & music festival we’ll be co-presenting on July 29th with Toronto Artist-Run Centre Whippersnapper, we’ll be posting updates & oh-so-necessary announcements in the midst of our regular Sheroic programming. (You can keep up with these updates via our “Virtual Season” tag.)

Hence forth, 3 important Virtual Season updates.

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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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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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DIY ingenue U.S. Girls performs Marianne Faithfull’s “Sister Morphine”.

Filmed Thursday, March 22, 2012 at The Beaver in Toronto for Sheroes #8, a pagan rites tribute to the Grande Dame. Shot by Safia Siad. Directed by Tony Halmos.

Also featured in the video is live footage of the projected digital animations from The Global GIF Aristocracy (von Sacher-Masoch Line) Group GIF Show curated by Lorna Mills.

(Source: vimeo.com)

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