Volume: Sisters Make Noise – An Evening of Reflection and Celebration.

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On the evening of May 22nd, Outburst! alongside our project partners SpeakSudan, Renaissance Project and Gashanti Unity, hosted Volume: Sisters Make Noise. This evening was a celebration of young Muslim women artists, poets, singers and spoken word & hip hop artists. It was also the launch of our second poetry book: Homebound II/Storytellers I: Young Muslim Women’s Poetry Collection. This book features the voices and words of young women who participated in our two poetry workshop series this past year: Homebound and Storytellers. Never have we witnessed such a dynamic and vibrant mixture of young women in our community taking up space and making some serious NOISE!

Sharing the stage with so many powerful, vulnerable, and loving womyn. MASHALLAH! All the love and support from my friends and the guests that journeyed with us – Volume Performer

Events like Volume are a reminder to us at Outburst! the importance of having these spaces available to our community; so young Muslim women can come together and create, celebrate and join in sisterhood. Witnessing this event reaffirmed for us that we need to provide these platforms for creative expression to occur. This is why the Outburst! Young Muslim Women’s Project Ramadan Campaign is so necessary. Funds raised will allow for us to continue to offer opportunities like Volume next year. It will allow for us to continue to hold FREE poetry, spoken word, mixed media, photography workshops for young Muslim women; arts retreats with celebrated & award-winning poet Warsan Shire and a research symposium for young Muslim women talking about the issues that affect us. In return for your generous donation, we are offering some incredible perks!

Donate to our Indiegogo campaign HERE.

*Outburst! would also like to thank the wonderful caterers at CaterToronto for their delicious it-tastes-like-home food; for the generous support of Artscape for their contributions to our use of their facilities and finally Elevated Moments for taking these awesome pictures: 

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Volume: Sisters Make Noise! A night of performances by young Muslim women in poetry, spoken word, music and dance


Volume: Sisters Make Noise! Join us at Volume: Sisters Make Noise! A night of performances by young Muslim women in poetry, spoken word, music and dance

Event hosted by Yusra Khogali

Performances included:
Maryan
Jess
Hawa
Aisha
Timaj
Sakinah
Nasim
Tajrian
Fatima
Ifrah
Hawa
Faduma
Nadia
Shadi Eskandani

Celebration of the launch of Homebound/Storytellers Poetry Book

Accessibility:

  • ASL will be provided for the event as well as captioning
  • The space is wheelchair accessible including the washrooms
  • We support a fragrance free environment.

Presented by: Outburst! & the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, Renaissance Project; Gashanti Unity and SpeakSudan

Funded by: ArtReach Toronto, Canadian Women’s Foundation and the Ontario Trillium Foundation

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

Storytellers Poetry Workshop Series in Lawrence Heights in Collaboration with the The Renaissance Project

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Storytellers is a four part workshop series in Lawrence Heights for young Muslim women. Come, chill and focus on sharing your voice through poetry. In our weekly gatherings we will use our pens to explore the theme of “self-love” with the intent of publishing work(s) in the Homebound Young Muslim Women Poetry Anthology 2014. We strive to make this is a safer space for everyone to locate their creative voice and be heard. It is one of four workshop series happening across the city for young Muslim women with project partners Outburst! SpeakSudan, Gashanti Unity, Youth Renaissance and Shine.

WAIT! There’s more, each member of the group will also have an opportunity to be a part of a poetry retreat AND be published in a city wide poetry book by young Muslimah poets. Have your voice heard!

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

Location: 700 Lawrence Ave. West, Suite 226
Lawrence Square Mall (Lawrence Ave. West at Allen Rd.)

Workshop Dates include:

Saturdays 1 to 4 pm
January 11
January 18th
January 25th
February 1st.

Space is limited so please rsvp immediately. For those who are younger and are eager to participate please contact me directly.

Participants have access to
– TTC tokens
– Childcare (upon 48 request)
– Language Interpreters (including ASL) available
– Opportunity to be published
– Mentorship from establish Muslim women poets & writers

Pre-registration is required please contact us to register 416-323-9149 ext 268 or outburst@schliferclinic.com

About the Arts Educator: Nehal is a writer, social researcher and cultural producer living. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, Nehal has lived in the United Kingdom, the Sultanate of Oman and Canada. Her poetry can be found most recently in “The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry” and the forthcoming “Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space and Resistance”.

Funding for Storytellers: Poetry Workshops for Young Muslim Women is provided by ArtReach Toronto, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Trillium Foundation, Laidlaw Foundation

The Renaissance Project is a youth-led organization based in Toronto, Ontario, which inspires, motivates, and empowers young people to become change makers within their communities. Our initiative is to use the power of media and creativity as a means to engage youth to explore different strategies to allow them to have a valuable impact on their future.

Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project is a movement of young Muslim women in Toronto who are breaking silence and speaking out about violence. As young Muslim women we want to determine the ways in which we define and access safety. Outburst!, a program of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, is an opportunity for us to build community through art, education and research. Tumblr: http://outburstm.tumblr.com/

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Storytellers: Poetry Workshop Series

storytellers-posters-regent-parkStorytellers is a four part workshop series in Regent Park for young Muslim women. It will focus on the writing of poetry as a form of artistic expression, craft and healing. In our weekly gatherings we will use our pens and voices to explore the theme of “self-love” with the intent of publishing work(s) in the Homebound Young Muslim Women Poetry Anthology 2014. We strive to make this is a safer space for everyone to locate their creative voice and be heard. This group will be a place to honour our experiences and hear our peers’ truths.

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

Location: Workshops will take place at Daniel Spectrum 585 Dundas Street East, 3rd floor, 1:00 – 4:00

Workshop Dates include:

  • Nov 2nd
  • Nov 9th
  • Nov 16th
  • Nov 23rd
  • February 2014 Writers Retreat Poetry Retreat

Participants have access to:

  • TTC tokens
  • Childcare (upon 48 request)
  • Language Interpreters (including ASL) available
  • Opportunity to be published
  • Mentorship from establish Muslim women poets & writers

Pre-registration is required please contact us to register 416-323-9149 ext 268 or outburst@schliferclinic.com

Storytellers ~ Poetry Workshops for Young Muslim Women in Regent Park is one of four workshop series happening across the city for young Muslim women with project partners Outburst! SpeakSudan, Gashanti Unity, Youth Renaissance and Shine.

About the Arts Educator: Nehal is a writer, social researcher and cultural producer living. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, Nehal has lived in the United Kingdom, the Sultanate of Oman and Canada. Her poetry can be found most recently in “The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry” and the forthcoming “Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space and Resistance”.

Funding for Storytellers: Poetry Workshops for Young Muslim Women is provided by ArtReach Toronto, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Trillium Foundation, Laidlaw Foundation

Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project is a movement of young Muslim women in Toronto who are breaking silence and speaking out about violence. As young Muslim women we want to determine the ways in which we define and access safety. Outburst!, a program of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, is an opportunity for us to build community through art, education and research. Tumblr: http://outburstm.tumblr.com/

SpeakSudan is a collective of young East African individuals in Southwestern Ontario who operate primarily in the GTA. Our objective is to promote the creative expression of East African youth in the diaspora. Our efforts are arts based and focus on capacity building and skill sharing. We work from anti oppressive, gender aware, accessibly, anti-colonial, queer positive framework. We seek to explore and dissect the many facets which make up our identities and to confront the challenges we face in relation to displacement and migration; gender and family; religion and culture, status and sexuality; war and violence; as well as race and ethnicity. We create safe spaces to promote personal and community growth. This space is both physical and emotional to explore the connections with the places and cultures we identify with. This space is a counter narrative to discourse surrounding East Africa generated by those outside our community. We hope to allow space for multiple voices and dissenting opinions. http://speaksudan.org/