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Storytelling Night: Stories That Connect Us

April 3, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Stories That Connect Us
Co-presented by Onsite Gallery, OCAD University and Stories of Ours
Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Join us for a special collaborative event presented by Stories of Ours and Onsite Gallery: Stories That Connect Us! An evening of stories, poetry, and art shared by people of different ages, backgrounds and identities in the beautiful Onsite Gallery at 199 Richmond St. West!
DOORS @ 6:00pm, STORIES @ 6:30pm

Stories of Ours is a project that aims to deepen community, invite solidarity and challenge dominant narratives through intentional acts of storytelling and art. Read more:

Onsite Gallery is OCAD University’s flagship public, professional gallery. Their Winter exhibition, How to Breathe Forever, explores the importance and interconnectedness of air, animals, coral, humans, insects, land, plants and water. The exhibition invites you to consider an expanded personhood that attentively collaborates and exchanges with living things.

Featured storyteller: Flora Weistche (exhibiting artist)

My Grandmother’s Garden, or Nuuhkum Unihtaauchihchikin in Cree, is a brightly coloured, beaded Caribou hide that took Flora three years to create. The idea came to her in a dream, “I dreamt of my grandmother Helen sitting across the table from me, the Caribou hide laid out on the table. When I looked at it, I could see the three main flowers in detail.” After watching the woodland Caribou herds dwindling in number, her father made a decision to stop harvesting them and brought home his last in 1979, the year Weistche was born. Thirty-nine years later, her father and mother gave the hide to her. Although she had not beaded in years, she had the dream and began. With help from family and friends, she finished the intricate floral beadwork three years later when she was 39 years old. In stretching the hide on an Eastern White Cedar bent wood frame, she laced it 39 times. The foliage, florals and insects rise from the back of a Turtle, telling Flora’s version of the Indigenous Creation Story. The work is dedicated to all women who have made a positive impact on her life as well as Cree women and Indigenous women across Canada.
— excerpt from essay by Lisa Deanne Smith, Curator, Onsite Gallery

**More storytellers to be announced!**

This is a free/by donation event taking place in Onsite Gallery at 199 Richmond St. West. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

This event takes place in a physically accessible space with zero tolerance for discrimination or disrespect. Unfortunately we will not have ASL interpretation available but please get in touch with any accessibility requests and we will do our best to accommodate – erinkangster [at] gmail [dot] com


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In gratitude to the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, and the many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples who call this land home, the past and current stewards of this colonized land on which we work and live.


Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond Street West
Ground Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5V 0H4


April 3, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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