“What We Remember”

Friday September 23, 2022 to Sunday September 25, 2022
David Crombie Park
131 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5A 4P5

5:00pm – 7:00pm

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Program Description:

“Live at the Kisanii Hub” is bringing arts to The Esplanade as a part of the Ontario Culture Days Regional Hub Program and making The Esplanade Toronto’s only festival hub! The event, “What We Remember”, invites the audience to explore the perception of time and its impact on remembrance. From our busy and meticulously scheduled lives, to timeless ancestral storytelling, this event promises to entertain the whole family! “What We Remember”, hosted by Maysam Abu-Khreibeh, features acrobatic performance by Eman Hillawi, storytelling by Indigenous grand-mother Kim Wheatley, captivating drums by Njacko Backo, live music by Waleed Abdulhamid, face painting by Linda Epp, painting exhibition by Darwin Peters, an indigenous emerging artist/painter from Pikangikum. ​

With “What We Remember”, we are also diving deep into our individual memories tied to The Esplanade to nurture our connection to our community! Esplanadians will take the mic and share a memory of the Esplanade from their past. Click here to reach out to us if you would like to be a part of it! As one of the remembrance aspects of the event, we will have a craft table with postcards and everybody will be encouraged to write a piece for a beloved one and mail it following the event. At the end of the day, we are all about what we remember!

Featured Artists:

  • Aerialist: Eman Hillawi
  • Musician: Njacko Backo
  • Musician: Waleed Abdulhamid
  • Storyteller: Kim Wheatley
  • Face Painting: Linda Epp
  • Host: Maysam Abu-Khreibeh

Artist Biography:

Jamii (Swahili for “community”) is an arts organization with the intent of building community and nurturing young women in leadership. By creating shared memorable arts-based experiences, Jamii is on a mission to bring Esplanadians closer together to form greater social cohesion and bonded community.

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