Two youngsters will begin your journey through Switching Queens: Back Alley Galaxies’s sound scapes of words, sounds, music and poetry. You will meet some fictionalised and real humans in a sharing of Indigenous practices and transmutation between so-called human and animal species, entities and spirits. While you explore the wonderful land on which the neighbourhood of Parkdale stands, the Collective will interrogate the challenges, some stemming from colonialism, capitalism, gentrification, the area and its inhabitants have faced. Members of the Switch Collective have deep roots in Parkdale and all possess a great sense of wonder. Astronomy, nature, animals, the great spectrum of human souls that dwell in this part of Toronto. Treat yourself by allowing the Switch Collective to share their vision of Parkdale with you.
Switching Queens was created by
The Switch Collective
Photo by Kara Manso
The Switch Collective is Indigenous, Black, Mixed, and People of Colour artists and community organizers who are deeply committed to weaving together our artistic practice and our activism, and collaborating with other performers who are aligned with these goals.
Switch is a collective of interdisciplinary Queer, Trans, and Two Spirit artists and community organizers working with a range of mediums, including soundscaping, song, drumming, dance, theatre, poetry, shadow puppetry, live installation, audience engagement, and portable projections.
The Switch Collective pushes boundaries by blending mediums & technologies, bringing them into unexpected public spaces.
A shadow puppet leads into a back alley for a dance party.
A procession leads into a parking lot for a grieving ritual.
Any building can be a projection screen.
Any sidewalk can be a stage
The Switch Collective (Anna Malla, danjelani ellis, Jody Chan, Naty Tremblay, Sedina Fiati) with guest collaborator Leon Tsai
Anna Malla - Direction, design, editing
Kaija Siirala - Sound Design & Mixing
Kiley May - excerpt from “Ghost Walker”
Brescia Nember-Reid - Song “Someday you’re gonna die”
Andrea Thompson - Interview
b solomon - poem “This Tree”
Suzette Clarke - Interview
Interviews and collaborative creative dreaming about Parkdale futures
Parkdale Women’s Leadership Group & Parkdale People’s Economy - Miru Yogarajah, Anthony Riley, Mercedes Sharpe, Nadia Rajaram, Ko Hosoya, Stephanie Francis, Ida Smith, Sha Ally, Beryl-Ann Mark, Bernadette Rilloraza, Lobsang Doflrar
In partnership with:
PARC - Parkdale Activity and Recreation Centre
RAW - Raging Asian Womxn Taiko Drummers
SKETCH Working Arts
Parkdale Women’s Leadership Group
Parkdale People’s Economy
Masaryk Cowan Community Centre
With support from:
Canada Council for the Arts
Previous incarnations of the project have been supported by:
Canada Council for the Arts
Toronto Arts Council
Ontario Arts Council