Meet the brilliant and hilarious Seema

Seema is a Muslim daughter who likes watching Food Network shows with her sisters and feeling a sense of accomplishment after returning things to stores. She constantly thinks about how her future Wikipedia page entry will come across. She also has a tendency to not finish thin


What was your entrance into writing poetry and what made you want to stay?

I was one of those people who hated poetry with a passion. In school, we’d read e.e. cummings and I would just get so frustrated at how much guessing we all had to do to “get it” and how we were taught that there was always a right answer as to what the poem was about. Then I remember listening to this video, I think it was William Carlos Williams who basically said that poems a lot of the time don’t make sense, but that they are meant to be read aloud and felt more than anything. Ever since then, I loved poetry and saw the whole genre in a different way. The poems I love communicate something that typically can’t be explained, but somehow the poet would find just the right string of words to pull at your heart strings. It’s so hard to do a human experience justice with language, but poetry can do that.

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(Seema is one of our performers at “Volume: Sisters Make Noise” happening on May 25th! Don’t miss out! Reserve your tickets HERE)

Volume: Sisters Make Noise!


Outburst! presents “Volume: Sisters Make Noise.” Join us for an evening of spoken word, poetry and song as we look to our past and the things we leave behind. The evening will also feature the launch of our 4th poetry book: Homebound IIII

Refreshments will be provided.

This event is FREE. Tickets are limited so we encourage youto get your tickets soon! ***In the event of tickets being sold out, If you are unable to make it, please let us know so we can offer your ticket to someone else.

To get tickets, click HERE 

Event hashtag: #SistersMakeNoise

MC’s: Nari and Dumo

Performer list coming soon!

Accessibility: The Daniels Spectrum is fully accessible, including the washrooms. We support a fragnance free environment at our events.

This event is presented by Outburst! and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic as well as SpeakSudan

This event is funded by the Toronto Arts Council and the City of Toronto.

***Outburst! and our community partners would like to acknowledge the generous support of Artscape for their contributions to our use of their facilities***

FREE Photography & Photo-Based Mixed Media Workshop


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During our last session we learned the gel transfer technique where we were able to take our printed photos and turn them into canvas art. This session we will be playing with heat transfers on cotton based surfaces. If this is something that interests you sign up now!

The workshops are open to anyone (16-29) who self-identifies as a Muslim woman through the spectrum of familial, spiritual, political, cultural, and ancestral connections.

There is very limited space so please sign up by emailing by March 9th 🙂

In recognizing and celebrating International Women’s Day…

1. Think about the amazing and inspirational women in your life and the resilience and strength that they have shown. Choose a photo to honour them in a piece (this person may also be you!).

2. Choose a quote or lyric comes to mind when you think about her/them

3.Send us high quality digital images (your own or sourced) that you would like to include in your piece. These do not have to include the person. Email this to by February 8th 11:59pm (try or for free images)


Bring newspaper or magazine images that you’d like to include in your piece to the workshop on the 13th

4. Collect found objects to incorporate into your piece and bring them with you on February 13th This could be related to your piece or just used to create texture

5. Think about what colours you would like to work with

*art supplies and light refreshments provided but feel free to bring your own if you are more comfortable*

**we will have quotes and images to choose from if you would like to join us but don’t have a moment to choose your own


This workshop is hosted by The Truth & Dare Project and Outburst! | Funding for this workshop is graciously provided by ArtReach Toronto, and the Toronto Arts Council | Facilitated by Zahra Agjee

The Truth & Dare Project is a series of photography based art-making workshops and art dares for young Muslim women.

Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project is a movement of young Muslim women in Toronto who are breaking silence and speaking out about violence through art, research and education. It is a program of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic (the Clinic). The Clinic offers legal representation, professional counselling and multilingual interpretation to women who have experienced violence.

Outburst Action: Take Back the Night Sign & Noise Maker Jam

On September 16th join Outburst! Action to create signs & noise makers in preparation for Take Back the Night on Sept 20th. This is a protest and evening event to address violence in the lives of women. This year’s theme 2014 “DECOLONIZING FEMINISM GLOBALLY: FROM TURTLE ISLAND TO PALESTINE. It includes a community fair, rally with community-based performers, speakers and a march. It also includes a community dinner, childcare and media presence. 

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make me scream the right way

Outburst will be providing poster paper, art supplies & snacks to help you create your own message of healing, resistance & hope for transformative change. Join us! Email to register.

All available on request 

  • Space is wheel chair accessible & scent free
  • Childcare (48 hours),
  • TTC
  • language interpretation (including ASL with five day)

More about Take Back the Night

RALLY 6:30PM-8:30PM
MARCH 8:30PM-9:30Pm

For more information contact
Grissel Orellana
416-597-1171 Ext.228