THE BALCONY PROJECT
presented in collaboration with RISE
We were thrilled to present a new project commissioned by Art Spin and created in collaboration with RISE Edutainment called The Balcony Project. This piece, an immersive and site-specific musical performance, had artists performing an original work they wrote collaboratively from a series of apartment balconies to an audience gathered below in a courtyard. Conceived of before the pandemic, The Balcony Project was a timely exploration around ideas of community, isolation vs togetherness, love, freedom, gentrification, and densification. While artists may be separated across space, they interflow through sound and rhythm. Special thanks to DJ General Eclectic for warming up the crowd before the performance, and to DJ North for sound engineering and technical support.
Creative Director: lighthaüs
Artists: Adrian Hogan, Lex Leosis, Mosaxx, Rudy Ray & Christina Smith
Date: Sunday September 19th, 2021
LOCATION: A courtyard located around Queen St. W and Lisgar St.
RISE Edutainment, West Queen West BIA, Bohemian Embassy Lofts, 68 Abell St., Artsvest and Business for the Arts, #ShowLoveTO, City of Toronto, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts.
R.I.S.E. (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere) is a grassroots organization that empowers BIPOC youth in the Greater Toronto Area to create meaningful art rooted in self-knowledge and self-expression. Their programs provide youth with platforms to perform, learn, and develop leadership skills with a model that encourages youth to dive deep into their stories while using art as a cathartic practice to explore their vulnerability and create room to best deal with their mental health in an atmosphere of interpersonal connection, mutual support and respect. They believe safe platforms encourage self- expression and self reflection, providing opportunities for youth to experience the power of community healing through art and anti-racist education.
Selected by RISE, the artists in this project collaborated on writing both the music and lyrics to the piece, in addition to performing.
Keys & Production
By Priam Thomas
Thank you to all of our project partners including the Bohemian Embassy Lofts and 68 Abell: Karen Beitel, Barry Hadda, and Margaux Epic and all the residents who were gracious enough to give us access to their balconies. Thanks to City Councilor Ana Bailao and Emilly Summer for their support and to Rob Sysak from the West Queen West BIA.