Starting this Fall, we’re getting into the swim with Singing River!
Singing River is a restorative ritual performance which invites residents to ponder the watery pathways we take for granted. A communal offering to the rivers of Toronto, Singing River awakens and empowers the river as well as our own fighting spirit. Incorporating a series of public workshops and performances, Singing River weaves together movement, percussion, story-telling, song and image, taking inspiration from diverse cultural practices honouring water.
Thanks to a research and development grant from the Ontario Arts Council, Urbanvessel will start work on this new interdisciplinary collaboration in the fall. Joining the artistic team are:
Juliet Palmer — composer & artistic director
Anna Chatterton — writer
Julia Aplin — dancer & choreographer
Sean Frey —images and environment
Sharada Eswar — storyteller & singer
Nova Bhattacharya — choreographer & dancer
Christine Duncan – vocal soloist & conductor
The Element Choir — improvising community choir
Adam Campbell – percussionist
Leah Houston—Watermelon Smash, 2011
Sultan Syed, Watermelon Smash, 2011
Urbanvessel is delighted to partner with MABELLEarts on ROAD MAP, a dynamic new collaboration involving Mabelle residents of all ages and backgrounds. Our stellar line-up of artists includes: singers Christine Duncan and Maryem Hassan Tollar, sound artist and all-round techno wizard Rob Cruickshank, percussionist Germaine Liu, MABELLEarts’ chief mischief-maker Leah Houston and Urbanvessel’s own Juliet Palmer. As the summer unfolds, we’ll be working with community members at Mabelle to create a sonic map of the neighbourhood incorporating songs, sound installation and improvisation. First up: Watermelon Smash on June 28th. Meet us in the park and prepare to get messy! (But first a little drumming on those watermelons…)
April 25, 2013
Musicworks Magazine’s new website features Urbanvessel
Read Jonathan Bunce’s feature article The collective audacity of Urbanvessel at Musicworks’ gorgeous new website. And while you’re there, keep digging, reading and listening. Treasures to be found!
August 26, 2012
Fire on the Water at Toronto’s Sunnyside
Urbanvessel’s Artistic Director Juliet Palmer joined longtime collaborator Christie Pearson and TheWaves Collective at Fire on the Water, an all-day performance event at Toronto’s iconic Sunnyside Pavilion. >> PHOTOS
June 8-9, 2012
Voice-Box: The Explicit Boxer in Performance
Keren Zaiontz, post-doctoral fellow at the University of London, followed the development of Voice-Box from our earliest sessions in the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club right up to the premiere at Harbourfront’s World Stage. Keren’s research formed the basis of her paper, The Explicit Boxer in Performance, presented at the Perceptual Tensions, Sensory Resonance International Conference on Contemporary Opera this June in Toronto.
Stitch in TXTilecity
Urbanvessel’s work Stitch is featured in the Textile Museum of Canada’s new online resource, TXTilecity, an interactive map of Toronto’s textile history.
Listen to interviews with Artistic Director Juliet Palmer about the creative inspiration for Stitch at 12 Ossington Avenue & 96 Spadina Avenue.
Listen to excerpts of Stitch as part of Threaded Streets, a four-part online video performance by Anna Chatterton for Txtile City, set in Toronto’s garment district.
Imagining Toronto by Amy Lavender Harris wins the Award of Merit, the highest honour given to a book at the 2011 Heritage Toronto Award. Urbanvessel‘s award-winning a cappella opera Stitch is quoted by Harris in this ambitious work of Toronto literary criticism. Imagining Toronto was also shortlisted for the 2010 Gabrielle Roy Prize in Canadian literary criticism. Definitely worth checking out! Amy’s blog makes for fascinating reading too.