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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Friday Nights with Diaspora Dialogues

Last Friday, I attended Friday Nights with Diaspora Dialogues – the performance series that coincides with the Keep Toronto Reading month (April).

The performances were a combination of the eclectic and the exotic. 

Brenda MacIntyre’s stunningly original interpretation that water acquires emotional qualities, set the tone for the evening and served as an invocation.

Heather Hermant’s rendition of ribcage: this wide passage was riveting.

Monica RosasSalt Water and Cinnamon Skin fresh and appealing.

The reading from Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s Spin Alley was satirical and ironic (notable also for Isaac Thomas deadpan excellence).

I had heard Jaspreet Singh read a passage from his first novel Chef last year during the Asian Heritage Month at Toronto’s North York Central Library (Read that blog).

At Palmerston Library, where the Friday series is being held, Jaspreet enthralled the audience, despite clear signs of fatigue after an arduous cross-Atlantic trip from Italy.

The cavernous auditorium in the basement of the library was full; a diverse and appreciative audience enjoyed the evening, held together with wit and charm by Garvia Bailey.

Diaspora Dialogues does things in style.

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