Singing River: day 1

SATURDAY JULY 4, 2015

See map below for detailed locations. Information hubs at Todmorden Mills and Riverdale East Park.

ALL DAY — Urbanvessel Art Installations
River Rising (Gerrard Street Bridge foundation)
An earthen mural created with community members features river creatures from diverse cultures: Chinese water dragons, Ojibwe serpent people and Kaliya, the ten-headed serpent from Hindu mythology. Artists Sean Frey & Sonja Rainey.

Singing River (Pottery Road & Lower Don Trail)
Montréal artist Roadsworth‘s pavement stencil installation references the intertwining pathways of the river valley, incorporating imagery of native fish species along with commissioned text by emerging playwrights from Native Earth Performing Arts — Cathy Elliott, Jessica Lea Fleming, Jeremy Proulx & Cheyenne Scott.

10:00AM – 6:00PM — Urbanvessel Audio Installations
Inner Rivers (trail underpass north of Riverdale Bridge)
Ultrasound recordings transport the listener along the body’s inner rivers. Composer Juliet Palmer, sound artist Chris Willes & Sunnybrook scientist Dr. Peter Burns.

Undercurrent (low pedestrian bridge north of Riverdale Bridge)
Transducers applied to the bridge transform it into a vibrating loudspeaker, singing the river’s Anishinaabemowin name to the most constricted and polluted section of the waterway. Original song for the Wonscotonach River composed by Marie Gaudet and performed by the First Nations School girls singing group. Artistic direction Juliet Palmer; technical realization Chris Willes; additional voices Regent Park School of Music.

Evergreen Nature Walks
Todmorden Mills Heritage Walk
Our river valleys are the hidden treasures of Toronto! Join us on a Lower Don Nature Walk to explore the surrounding ecology and heritage of the parks and river valleys surrounding the Evergreen Brick Works. Walks will start at Todmorden Mills and end at Riverdale Park. Each walk is approximately 3.7 km and lasts about 1.5 hrs.

11:00AM – 1:30PM — Reading the Don – Poetry Walk at Riverdale Park
Join poets Sue Chenette, Maureen Scott Harris, Maureen Hynes, Nicholas Power and Dilys Leman for a walk along the Lower Don, reading its history — what the river has become and what lies in store for it. The walk also includes poetry by Anita Lahey. Helen Mills and John Wilson from Lost River Walks (Toronto Green Community) provide colour commentary about the Don River. 

Walks leave at 11:00am, 11:30 am, 12pm and 12:30pm, starting at St. Matthew’s Lawn Bowling Club (Broadview Ave. and Langley) and ending on the Lower Don Trail at Riverdale Bridge. The walk lasts about one hour and includes rough ground and stairs. Washrooms are available in the park. 

2:00PM – 6:00PM — Music, dance, storytelling, art-making
Urbanvessel, in collaboration with Regent Park School of Music, Aanmitaagzi and Native Earth, presents an afternoon of site-specific performances. Choreography by Julia Aplin, Penny Couchie & Nova Bhattacharya. Improvised music by The Element Choir and TorQ Percussion with guest soloists Jani Lauzon, Maryem Tollar, Subhiksha Rangarajan and Aki Takahashi. Lyrics by Cathy Elliott, Jessica Lea Fleming, Jeremy Proulx & Cheyenne Scott. Original songs by Juliet Palmer with lyricists Anna Chatterton and Nicholas Power. Storytellers Diana Tso, Cathy Elliott and Sharada Eswar. Hands-on art-making includes clay seed creatures, movement, song and found sound experiments with Jason Doell and Germaine Liu.

Youth media crews from Regent Park Focus will be on-site documenting the day’s events.