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International Death Symposium: Toronto, ON
September 21, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - September 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
full symposium schedule here: http://www.torontodeathsociety.org/portfolio.html
SATURDAY SOIREE & CONCERT at OISE Auditorium – 252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6
SATURDAY EVENING IS A NIGHT DEDICATED TO THE HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL MUSIC OF TRADITIONAL IRISH KEENING, ZIMBABWEAN MBIRA ANCESTRAL SONGS, AND PROFOUND AND POETIC STORYTELLING AND READINGS WOVEN INTIMATELY WITH MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT. THIS IS A NIGHT NOT TO BE MISSED! MINGLE, MEET AND ENJOY AN EVENING OF OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT AND A CELEBRATION OF ALL THAT DEATH AND LIFE HAVE TO OFFER.
KEENING (TRADITIONAL GRIEF/LAMENTS) & READINGS WITH KEVIN TOOLIS & SINE MCKENNA
MBIRA ANCESTRAL MUSIC WITH MUTAMBA RAINOS FROM ZIMBABWE
A taste of NIGHTS OF GRIEF & MYSTERY – WORLD RENOWNED PERFORMANCE BY STEPHEN JENKINSON & GREGORY HOSKINS – see details and video trailer below
SUNDAY at Chestnut Conference Centre University of Toronto, 89 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R1
HOW TO LOVE, LIVE AND DIE: A PRESCRIPTION FOR FACING DEATH WITH KEVIN TOOLIS
COME OF AGE – THE GREAT PARADOX OF ELDERHOOD IN NORTH AMERICA; A LOVE SONG INVITING ALL OF US TO GROW UP, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE WITH STEPHEN JENKINSON
DEATH MARKET PLACE OPEN 9AM-4PM
CELEBRATION CLOSING CEREMONY
This is a night in which love letters to life are written and read. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’ve become timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery, quixotic, with some swagger. What would you call such a thing?
Nights of Grief & Mystery. Full show ( 2 show nights) coming to Toronto in December 20818
Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there…that’s what’s in store.
“At times a distant wail, and then a love song breathed right into the ear. These two skilled practitioners of rhythm could teach a stone to swim…” ~ AS
Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We aren’t poets, I wouldn’t say, but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are nights devoted to the ragged mysteries of being human, and so grief and endings of all kinds appear. Sonorous hours and rapture, served by whatever talents of tongue and timbre have been granted the band, by the reckless labours of friends and accomplices who fashion genuine gigs in their home towns from their dreams for a better day, and by the raucous willingness of the sold out houses in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, and the USA to be drawn into wonder and poetry and the kenning.
“What Stephen and Gregory were able to conjure is something rare and mysterious. A true gift…” ~ ZD
The doors are pried at night’s end, and still many linger and can’t leave or won’t, and there is something like victory in the air, and a weary, luminous midnight rumour that, people heretofore unknown to each other, can still join for the sake of the young among them and for the world entrusted to them, and that the Mercies count us kin, and that wonder is the currency of the Gods.
“Bravo. Hearts Broken. Hearts Mended. All on one Dark, Luminous Night.” ~ RB
About Stephen Jenkinson
Stephen is a Harvard Educated Theologian, Culture Activist, founder of The Orphan Wisdom School. He is the author of Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, the award-winning book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. He is the subject of a National Film Board of Canada documentary, Griefwalker. He brings teachings of the ramshackling kind, about honour and grace under pressure, about how we might learn our darkening times. His new book, Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble, wonders about elderhood in an age of age-intolerance, and about the withering World Tree.
About Gregory Hoskins
Often described with epithets like “best kept secret”, “unsung”, and “an artist that has flown under the radar”, Gregory Hoskins’ career spans 11 recordings over 27 years and record deals on 3 continents. Hoskin’s lyrics and voice tend to break and bind at the same time, songs steeped in the drama of living awake with one foot in the sorrow of it all and the other in the beauty of it all…and he does it over propulsive grooves, brooding electric guitar work, and rich sonics. Material from his most recent release, Vain + Alone, is featured in the Nights of Grief and Mystery. Please visit Gregory Hoskins Music to listen.
Stephen and Gregory are thrilled to be joined on this tour by drummer Adam Hay and keyboard/vocalist Lisa Hodgson.
Watch the Tour Video Trailer