Family Ties Tour featuring Vivek Shraya and Casey Mecija hits all three U of T Campuses

The University of Toronto is excited to welcome two of Toronto’s most engaging artists, Casey Mecija (Ohbijou) and Vivek Shraya (What I LOVE About Being Queer / She of the Mountains) for a tri-campus series of events featuring film, music and dialogue.

March 3 – 1:00 pm / UTM Student Centre, Presentation Room / UTM Campus
March 5 – 4:00 pm / Doris McCarthy Gallery / UTSC Campus
March 10 – 6:00 pm / Innis College Events Room / Innis Residence, St. George Campus

Casey Casey Mecija will be screening her short film My Father, Francis, that premiered at the 2014 Inside Out LGBTQ Film Festival, and Vivek Shraya will be screening his film Holy Mother My Mother, filmed during the 2013 Navaratri festival (the Goddess festival) in India. Both films explore the complex relationships between queer diasporic children and their parents. According to the artists, they are tributes to the often unrecognized labour of immigrant parents. Following the films, Vivek and Casey will be performing a series of songs and engaging in dialogue with the audience.

The tour will be travelling to University and College campuses throughout March. Casey said she is excited to bring the Tour to the University of Toronto: “U of T has a legacy of nurturing creative minds and critical thought and to be welcomed to share our perspectives on queerness, family and diaspora is an honour.”

For the University community, the tour provides opportunities for students, staff and faculty to experience art that brings our academic studies to life. “Casey and Vivek’s films present two unique perspectives on what it means to make sense of queer sexuality and family bonds within the context of migration and transnationalism” according to Dina Georges, Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator at the Women & Gender Studies Institute.
The U of T Sexual & Gender Diversity Office is proud to bring this tour to all three campuses, collaborating with the Equity & Diversity Offices at UTSC and UTM. Tanya (Toni) De Mello, UTSC Equity & Diversity Officer, was committed to bringing the event to UTSC “because many of our queer students at UTSC are diasporic children and we need to talk about the issues with which they grapple and about their journey – from their perspective. These discussions are essential for our community at large – they push us to look at ourselves, to understand each other and serve as stronger allies.”

Scott Clarke, Program Coordinator at the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office is hoping that the tour expands the vision for LGBTQ programming: “Casey and Vivek’s work explores how queerness infuses our lives and relationships in subtle, yet necessary ways, which can be overlooked in discussions of sexuality & gender.“ All members of the U of T community and beyond are invited to the three events.

Visit the website and Facebook events for more information on the tour and complete artist biographies:

  • St. George: Website / Facebook
  • UTSC: Website / Facebook
  • UTM: Website / Facebook
  • @UofTSSGDO / @caseymecja / @vivekshraya / #familyties2015

    This series is presented by the University of Toronto Sexual & Gender Diversity Office and generously sponsored and supported by: Women and Gender Studies Institute, Canadian Studies, UTSC Equity & Diversity Office, UTM Equity & Diversity Office, Family Care Office, University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC), Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union.

    For more information contact: Scott Clarke, Sexual & Gender Diversity Office Program Coordinator.