The April First Thursday: Mobilize
Thursday, April 6, 2017
7 – 11:30 pm
19+ (ID required) / Cash Bar
Advance Tickets: $13 Non-Members / $11 AGO Members*
At the Door: $16 Non-Members / $14 AGO Members
In the world where foundations are shifting, where even the seasons have become less distinct, we mark the start of spring with movement, mobilizing ourselves toward an unseen goal.
Our headliner is the Toronto-based BAMBII. Fresh off a tour with Mykki Blanco, Bambii’s playlists have been featured in Fader and Thump. She’s played sets and headlined parties both underground and international, and is supported by members of Yes Yes Y’All collective, who are staging a First Thursday takeover in Walker Court and Galleria Italia. For the past seven years, Yes Yes Y'all has merged hip-hop and dancehall and sweaty queer bodies, creating one of the most inclusive parties in the city.
The night features artist projects by dancer-choreographer Zoja Smutny, whose project Rosé Porn comes to the AGO after presentations at Toronto’s Dancemakers, Montreal’s Darling Foundry and Night Gallery in Los Angeles. Rosé Porn is a hybrid performative installation existing between dance, cinema, installation, merchandising, music, and environmental design and features original score by Victoria Cheong. While Smutny’s practice is about articulating the moments of presence, Toronto’s Erika DeFreitas’ work deals with memory and erasure, and the way histories seep into the present. Erika is the recent recipient of John Hartman award from the MacLaren Art Centre, and is currently part of the exhibition All That is Left Unsaid / at the very point where words fail us with Michèle Pearson Clark at Centre  for Print and Media Arts in Hamilton.
These projects are complimened by hands-on collective art projects, pop-up talks with artists and thinkers, including Hooded Fang’s April Aliermo, on the topic of diminishing music venues, and Geneviève Wallen, of Xpace and YTB on artist’s safe spaces, special collection of artwork on display in our monthly Out of the Vaults installation, an artist-designed program edition, and delicious food and drinks. Move with us into spring at the AGO.
The AGO would like to extend its thanks to the sponsors who partner with us to bring you First Thursdays each month: