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, 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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Can we just gloat about the fact that THREE past/present/future Sheroes/Virtual Season performers are involved with this?

(Yes, we’re talking about our Sheroes #12: Nina Simone co-headliner TENDERNESS, Sheroes #7: Etta James headliner/Virtual Season co-headliner LIDO PIMIENTA & Sheroes #8: Marianne Faithfull co-headliner U.S. GIRLS.

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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.


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Headliner U.S. Girls at Sheroes #8. Photo: Tony Halmos.

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Sheroes presents remix tribute to “Grande Dame”

Marianne Faithfull latest inductee to the “League of Legendary Ladies”

Sheroes will be presenting their latest event, Sheroes #8: Marianne Faithfull, on Thursday, March 22 at The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West).

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 co-headlined by U.S. Girls and Ulysses Castellanos.

For Sheroes #8: Marianne Faithfull, organizer Rea McNamara has commissioned an impressive lineup of local and international artists and performers. Inspired by the Grande Dame’s various personas — the convent-educated waif in lace, the Soho junkie aristocrat, the husky-voiced survivor — these performances, digital animations and interactive installations will reinterpret and remix for one night only our current muse.

Sheroes #8: Marianne Faithfull
Thursday, March 22, 2012. 10PM.
The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West)
Contact: Rea McNamara <totallyeffyeahsheroes (a) gmail (dot) com>

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• Performances

U.S. Girls

Headliners include a 23rd Century Blues-inspired performance by Chicago/Toronto DIY ingenue U.S. Girls (the alluring “Eno of the 2250s” music/persona of Megan Remy, who recently released her third full length “U.S. Girls on Kraak” on Belgian label Kraak), Sprechgesang live PA by Toronto performance artist Ulysses Castellanos, a Hazelton Clinic Duet with Adventure Studies (a returning Sheroes music project by artist Derek Aubichon) & Sheroes salonnière reeraw, emcee extraordinaire Silk Degrees and resident DJ NoLoves.

• Projections

A screen grab of a specially-commissioned animated GIF from Italian new media artist Chiara Passa for Sheroes #8.

Digital Animations by The Global GIF Aristocracy (von Sacher-Masoch Line), a GIF group show projected on the walls of The Beaver. Curated by Lorna Mills, the show will feature the works of A. Bill MillerAbsis MinasAndrew BensonAnthony AntonellisChiara PassaDaniel RehnEmilie GervaisEmilio GomarizEva Papamargariti,Francoise GammaGaby CepedaGeorges JacoteyGiselle ZatonylGrace McEvoyHaruko HirukawaHelen AdamidouJuan Manuel MoralesLorna MillsManuel FernándezOz MeloRea McNamaraRollin LeonardSally McKayTony Halmos Yoshi Sodeoka.

• Interactive Installation

Smack of the Hand

Our popular “nail art bar” by Smack of the Hand (AKA Brittany Bennington) returns, with free Grande Dame-inspired manis.

• What is Sheroes?

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.

Our next inductee into the “League of Legendary Ladies” will be Dolly Parton on Thursday, April 22 at The Beaver. For further information regarding our upcoming events, click here.

All Sheroes events are brainstormed and archived online at, uniting digital communities with real-time audiences in an ongoing exploration into cultures of fandom and collaborative content creation.

Visit the Sheroes Archives for the catalogue of our past events.

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U.S. Girls on Kraak

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