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Kay Tout Moune Unconference

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Kay Tout Moune Unconference  

Join us for Kay Tout Moune / Everyone's House Unconference at OCADU from April 20 to 27, 2024. 


Edouard Glissant and Patrick Chamoiseau used Kay tout moune (pronounced KAI TOOT MOON) to describe a world without walls that embraces movement, difference, and change. We use it here as a speculative effect of looking at today's societies from a postmigrant perspective, one "that presents and highlights the voice of migration.” Postmigration is a conceptual intervention in current discourses on migration and will frame our activities for that week. 


All events are free. Registration required. Click on each event to register in Eventbrite


100 McCaul St - Saturday, April 20, 2024, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT  


Toronto Poet Laureate and OCADU professor, Lilian Allen will host a poetry reading night on Saturday, April 20th, at the OCADU auditorium on 100 McCaul St in Toronto. Curated by Haitian Canadian poet Gabriel Osson, winner of the 2021 Prix Alain-Thomas, the evening’s program features a select group of francophone authors from Toronto and Coutechève Lavoie-Aupont, a visiting writer from Haiti. 


Online event - Monday, April 22, 2024 at 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT 


A cross-disciplinary group of scholars will gather for a day of knowledge sharing on the theme of postmigration and Creative Practices in the Haitian Diaspora of the Americas. The day starts with a discussion about the concept of postmigration as an intervention in migrations and diaspora studies while taking the migration of Haitians through the Americas as a Case study. Presenters include Dr. April Mayes from Pomona College, Dr. Carlo Charles from the University of Windsor, and Dr. Ronald Charles from he University of Toronto.  


205 Richmond St W #410 - Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT 


In "Vodou: un corps singulier pluriel," Haitian poet and photographer Coutechève Lavoie-Aupont reveals the communal energy of Haitian Vodou through images of ritualistic and relational gestures at Lakou Soukri, a renowned site of pilgrimage in Haiti’s Artibonite Valley. Aupont's vibrant compositions immerse viewers in a shared sensorial experience of devotion and joy, creating the conditions for a conversation about community, shared values, and the poetics of relation. 

The photo exhibition is curated by IAMD graduating student, Madalyn Shaw. It runs from April 22 to 26 at the Centre for the Study of Black Canadian Diaspora's experimental gallery (Rm 410, 205 Richmond), where the opening reception will take place on Wednesday, April 24th, from 6-8 p.m. 


Online event - Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 6:00 – 8:00 PM EDT 


Bonel Auguste will join us from Haiti via Zoom for a presentation on what it means to create art when everything around you has collapsed. Bonel is a writer, poet, and playwright whose latest book of poetry, Dans l'éclatement des premiers soleils, was released in Paris in March 2024. He writes in Creole and French and was named the first Haitian-poet philosopher. 


Field Trip: MOCA Toronto 

Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Canada - Friday, April 26, 2024, at 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT 


The Greater Toronto Art 24 Triennial exhibition, which opened last month at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), demonstrates how continuous migratory movements have shaped the city’s cultural and artistic landscape over the years. In this “field trip,” curator Toleen Touq facilitates a summary but thoughtful engagement with the work of these 25 artists whose multiple roots (and routes) span from Palestine to Port-au-Prince. 


24 Cecil St, Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT 


Tchaka is a traditional Haitian stew typically made with corn, beans, squash, coconut milk, and meat, among other ingredients. In Haitian Creole, " tchaka " also refers to various collaged objects, situations, or behaviours. Notably, Tchaka is a hearty dish traditionally prepared by and shared among participants of a "konbit"—a collaborative form of labour that has been practiced in rural Haiti for generations. 


Join visiting Haitian poet, photographer, gardener, and food enthusiast Coutechève Lavoie-Aupont on Saturday, April 27th, to prepare and enjoy a Tchaka. American-born Haitian Canadian photographer and culinary artist Jeremiah Mondesir will join the konbit for a little Toronto flavour. 


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