TORONTO'S FIRST ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF HOUSE CULTURE
July 4-6, 2014
A weekend of intimate music, theatre, dance, food, film, art, poetry, workshops, conversations, and community – all in people's back yards and living rooms!
All events are open to the public and pay-what-you-wish / $20 suggested donation (if you're attending several of the events, you may want to pay less). The gatherings are all within walking distance and timed so you can attend as many as you want. For full festival information, visit http://housecultureto.blogspot.ca/
FRIDAY JULY 4
POTLUCK DINNER 6 PM at The Romero House Centre (1558 Bloor West) – bring your own plate, fork, cup, and serving utensil, and food to share!
OPENING NIGHT 730 PM at Romero House Centre (1558 Bloor West) – blues/soul diva Cheryl White, Anthony Moscar on micro–housing in Toronto, and silent films with live music by Marcel Au Coin
SATURDAY JULY 5
SONGS AND PRELUDES 1230 PM at Raphael's House (The Wiggle Room, 2237A Dundas West) with Karyn Ellis, Michael Holt, and Erika Werry
MADRIGAL SINGALONG WORKSHOP 3 PM at Jane's House (16 Jerome St)
PHILOSOPHY SALON 4 PM at Jane's House (16 Jerome St) with madrigal performance, show tunes by Sarah Pelzer, and a fun philosophy conversation led by Johanna Polley
HEADLINE NIGHT 730 PM at Maison Au–Kyte (32 Dorval Rd) with indie-pop band Words Around The Waist and theatre performances by Samantha Wan, Alex De Jordy, Jackie Rowland, and Mark Correia
MIDNIGHT MOVIES 1145 PM at Michael's Loft (2466 Dundas West, suite 501) – silent film and live video mixing by Renee Lear with live piano by Justin Haynes
SUNDAY JULY 6
RETURN OF THE TROUBADOURS 1230 PM at Masion Au–Kyte (32 Dorval Rd) with song and poetry by Katey Morley, Marc di Saverio, Daniel Renton, and Kyp Harness
ACCORDION SALON 4 PM at Sara's House (33 Macaulay Ave) with multi–style accordion by Branko Džinović, Nora Pope on naturopathic birth control, and pop band Buckminster Fuller
CLOSING NIGHT 730 PM at Jeff's back yard (6 Abbott Ave) with adventurous jazz by The Lina Allemano Four, enamelworks by Catherine Crowe, flamenco dancing and world dance music by Ventanas
WHAT IS HOUSE CULTURE???
House culture is our name for the rising tide of folks hosting cultural gatherings and activities in their own homes, for themselves, their neighbours, friends, family, and community. We (Michael Holt and Marcel Aucoin) have been running a monthly series of such events across Toronto since 2009, called The Piano Salon.
After five years of witnessing the magic that happens every time folks gather to share an experience in a cozy, intimate environment, we decided it's time to put on a festival. And for our pilot run, we're focusing on a single part of town – West Bend / Roncy Village / Junction Triangle – because we believe house culture is a creative and wonderful way for neighbours to meet each other and build community in their area.
NEIGHBOURS MEETING NEIGHBOURS
While everyone is welcome, we're especially encouraging folks from the festival area to get to know their neighbours by visiting and welcoming each other at home – a practice often lost in modern life. So we're thrilled to have Nadia Halim, international coordinator for Jane's Walk – another neighbourhood-focused festival – on our organizing team.
The magic of house culture comes from how closely it lets people engage and participate with each other, arts, and ideas. The relaxed, cozy setting lets an intimacy arise that's nearly impossible in concert halls, rock clubs, galleries, theatres, classrooms, bars, or even cafes. The gatherings are like parties, yet with the extra fun and togetherness that happen when a shared activity – like a game of charades or a gripping conversation – breaks out.
LOCAL IS GOOD
House culture is a way to get and create our own amusement, arts, education, connectedness, and community locally, without reliance on corporations, mass media, high-carbon venues, or other impersonal institutions that can't respond to us as individuals. All the artists, speakers and workshop leaders at this festival are local folks you can connect with face-to-face. So come join the fun July 4-6 as we Make Our Own Culture!