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  • SummerWorks: Installation & audience contribution leading up to performance of To Live in the Age of Melting: The Idea of North 2.0 | life with more cowbell

    [...] the Pia Bouman School for Creative Movement to check out Evalyn Parry’s work in progress for her To Live in the Age of Melting: The Idea of North 2.0, part of this year’s SummerWorks Live Art [...]

  • evalyn

    Thanks for this beautiful reply, Lynn, with so many strong and striking images and stories! Wonderful. See you at the show i hope!

  • Lynn Westerhout

    Dear Evalyn I have ideas of objects that speak to me of North, but no actual artifacts. The sad truth is I have ended up further south than my birth place (London UK 51.30N Toronto 43.37N ) even though I have romanced North more than South or West. Sailing on the boat down the St Lawrence as we immigrated, it was the North Shore we watched: rugged, intimidating. While I was a young girl growing up in England and then in Southern Quebec (late sixties early 70's) Canada kind of hitched its new identity to the North and marketed itself as such: Expo 67 was the time of boosting the Dorset artists like Kenojuak and her owl, and soapstone, real or fake, everywhere. I took "Ookpik" the stuffed Snowy Owl toy to the baby I was to be a nanny for in France when I was 17. (I replaced the hard plastic feet with black leather ones for safety, even further degrading the idea of Snowy Owls and the hard edge of the North.) I only was connected to the North (there is only one, ha!) by art and ideas. Photography especially, and Farley Mowat and Never Cry Wolf, Lost in the Barrens. The idea of the North Star, for guidance. The idea of how silly the hunt/race for the North Pole was, but it was an excuse to follow the yearning for freedom that the North has often stood for, though in reality, a place where you can be less free because your life is at stake so easily is only probably matched by the desert, which is the idea of South. I have still to get North of Superior, an iconic phrase conjuring challenge and beauty beyond imagining. My heart still lifts when I go north enough to see the Shield poking up more along the road, even though I have a big piece of it in my basement to remind me. I have always felt better driving north on the 400 or 404 though I might not go further than Barrie or Newmarket. With the North behind me, I see lots of raptors circling the city, scavengers. I was once at a talk about finances and investment. The speaker was Kevin O'Leary and he talked about putting money into fighting global warming, testing covering the ice with reflective plastic, near the North pole. Pictures of acres of it. I was in shock for a week. The most evocative music of the North that I could relate to was Mike Stevens' harmonica piece, though throat singing and drumming have come my way. Not to dismiss you and Stan Rogers tracing lines that I follow with pleasure. I do have an iceberg connection, though icebergs themselves are a symbol of North being eaten by south, I think. My grandfather was a band leader on the White Star line and sailed the Atlantic many times dodging icebergs. When he was on the S.S.Montcalm in 1927, they did hit one, but no serious damage was sustained. I'll show you the newspaper clipping when I come if you like. I got a story and a mildly humourous song out of it. North still means reaching for something ineffable, far, in my mind. Probably because in reality I am a lazy Southron, possibly a fearful one. Your courage always shines for me. Carry on North, I'll see you soon.

  • Caroline

    all looks so interesting and FUN for you and the students! And DID you wear a tie to the President's dinner?



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The Idea of North 2.0 at SummerWorks


 To Live in the Age of Melting: The Idea of North 2. 0 A LiveArt presentation at SummerWorks 2014 By evalyn parry and Elysha Poirier, with special guests Installation: Aug 11-17, 5 to 8 pm daily Performance: Aug 15,16 & 17, 9 pm What does “North” mean to you, Toronto? And what does Iqaluit have [...]



I have two shows in this year’s SummerWorks festival:  To Live in the Age of Melting: the Idea of North 2.0 (a LiveArt Installation and performance by myself and Elysha Poirier) and, a new play, Graceful Rebellions by Shaista Latif, which i have directed and helped to create. The festival opens tomorrow and thus, I [...]

The Homo Solo, @QueerActs Halifax


  I’m writing from lovely Halifax, Nova Scotia.  I’m in town for the annual QueerActs Festival, which partners with Halifax Pride to bring notable local and national queer theatre artists to the stage at Bus Stop Theatre this weekend.  I’ve been to this festival three times now.  It’s awesome. This weekend, I’m here with a [...]

SummerWorks: To Live in the Age of Melting: The Idea of North 2.0

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  So I’m hard at work finishing the film “To Live in the Age of Melting, part I: Northwest Passage” (thanks to the generous donations to the Indigogo crowd funding campaign!)  Meanwhile, coming up this August at the SummerWorks festival, I begin part II…  here’s what it’s all about: The Idea of North 2.0 “Something [...]


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Wow, friends and fans, the Indigogo campaign for The Age of Melting film met our goal in a record ONE WEEK!   I am one lucky artist, with an incredible community. Thank you, thank you for your support.    And now, every donation (they are still rolling in !!) is helping us not only to [...]

Age of Melting Film Indigogo campaign

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This morning, I have launched a fundraising campaign to help finish my first short film, To Live in the Age Of Melting: Northwest Passage, which i am making with Elysha Poirier.    We have 45 days to raise the funds needed to FINISH this project! We need your help, and we couldn’t be more excited [...]

SPIN returns to Buddies 2014/15 season

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Buddies has finally made their season announcement, and I’m thrilled to finally make it public:  SPIN will be back in Toronto for a limited-engagement, one week run at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Nov 17-23 2014, in the mainspace!  We couldn’t be more excited to return to the place we premiered the show in 2011. [...]

This week at Haverford

So it’s my last week here at Haverford College as Friend in Residence. I have had a pretty amazing two weeks so far; check here for what I’ll be doing and where I’ll be in the coming week.

What the F*** is Feminism?!

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One highlight (of many) for me during my Residency at Haverford so far has been leading a workshop for the Haverford Womens Center this past weekend, on the topic  ”What the F** is Feminism”.  Charged with addressing this – ahem – large topic in a two hour workshop, I was excited and a bit overwhelmed [...]

Haverford College Residency

I’ve been invited to Haverford College in Pennsylvania, to be Friend and Artist in Residence for three weeks (March 16-April 6) at this wonderful Quaker college.  I’ll be performing, doing some class visits, offering workshops, meeting with student groups and generally making myself available to students and faculty for the duration of my stay; very excited [...]