Toronto and the Flow Arts
Toronto, Ontario, Canada is no stranger to the circus and fire arts. The city is home to the Toronto International Circus Festival, The Contemporary Circus Arts Festival, and The Toronto International Busker Festival. It also has two circus schools: The Circus Academy and The Toronto School of Circus Arts. Toronto, also boasts a vibrant and talented pool of professional fire performers dazzling audiences at numerous events throughout the year and around the city. The Tuesday night fire jams hosted by the loose association of fire spinners known as The New Model Circus Army have been a staple, and sometimes a surprise treat for residents and visitors alike. Yet, despite all this, there has been one thing lacking: there hasn’t been an all inclusive flow festival. Enter, Spin All The Things: The Toronto Flow Festival 2015.
Spin All The Things: The Toronto Flow Festival is Toronto’s first festival focused on prop manipulation and the flow arts. This two-day and three night urban festival held at The Dovercourt House will feature local and international instructors and performers. Workshops will include all your favorite props, such as: Poi, Staff, Hoops, Minis, Dragon Staff, Rope Dart, Buugeng, Contact Juggling, toss juggling, and more. It will feature local and visiting instructors who represent the best in their chosen skill.
Who You’ll See
Some of this year’s instructors are, Lindsay-Marie Istace of Calgary, Alberta who will be teaching contact juggling and increasing her students’ flexibility with Rage Yoga. Maryeve from Quebec City is a member of Cirque du Monde, a graduate of The National Circus School in Montreal, and winner of Hoop Idol 3. She will be teaching hula hoop and the creative process. Itto Kagutsuchi of Illuminair Entertainment, based in Toronto, will be teaching attendees to “get over here”with Rope Dart. Another local instructor will be Scarlet Black, finalist in Montreal’s Les Maîtres du Feu and a staple in the Toronto fire performer scene. She will be teaching you some Poi. More instructors are to be announced and at the time of this article’s publication, applications are still open through the website.
What You’ll Do at SATT
The Opening Night Gala Show will include performances by festival instructors and local talents. This show will be produced by Miranda Tempest, founder of Illuminair Entertainment and producer of the wildly successful Nerdgasm shows.You’ll get to enjoy skill-based and highly entertaining prop manipulation, aerial performances, and hopefully some spicy fire acts. Although the location is still to be determined, we are looking at some pretty rad options. Stay tuned for more on that.
To help everyone start the festival off right, on Saturday morning we will have power yoga to get you warmed up. On Sunday morning, after the previous day’s workshops and the night’s debauchery, we will have restorative yoga to get everyone back in shape for the closing day of the festival. Yoga will be brought to you by Yoga By Bex. Not every festival offers Yoga, and I am very excited to have it be a part of Spin All The Things.
No flow festival would be complete without a renegade show. On Saturday night, we will cut loose and enjoy performances by any festival participant. Anything goes in this show. Step on stage and perform your best, or stupidest trick. Try something new or show off your staple show-stopping act. I am working on making this a licensed event, so you will be able to get some liquid courage before setting out on stage to make a total fool of yourself.
What flow festival would be as much fun without games? At the beginning of Sunday’s activities we will come together and enjoy a variety of prop based games. A few examples are battles with juggling clubs and hoops, Simon Says with various props, and endurance challenges. The winner of each bout wins bragging rights and everyone gets to join in on the fun.
Location, Location, Location
With the location for this year’s festival being the Dovercourt House, which is situated on Dovercourt Rd and Bloor Street West, there are many great food locations nearby. During our lunch break you can head out with friends, or on your own, to nourish your body. Situated near Toronto’s Korea-town puts us close to great South-East Asian fare. You’ll also find South Asian and other international foods nearby. Due to Toronto’s reputation of being a very multicultural city, there is no shortage of delicious cuisines to enjoy.
Why I Started Toronto’s First Flow Festival
A little about the origin of the festival. After spending over a year attending and teaching Poi at various flow festivals across Canada (including TurboFest, the not nearly annual Victoria Juggling and Flow Festival, Spin Out, MadSkills Vancouver, and The Edmonton Flow Festival, formerly Spin Milk) I, Christopher “Kipper” Martin aka The Pyroneer, decided that Toronto needed it’s very on flow festival. Flow festivals bring so much joy to a community and introduce new skills. They also force people to level up their talents and give them the opportunity to share what they have learned. The memories and friends that I made at these festivals will last a lifetime. I want to bring that special magic to the city that I call home.
If you are in Toronto, Southern Ontario, or anywhere near enough to attend the festival, I hope you will join us. For all the offerings of this festival, from it’s location, world-class instructors and performers, to yoga, games and renegade show, it is nothing without the participants. It is you, the festival goers that keep the spirit of the flow arts alive and vibrant. All professionals and enthusiasts in the field know that we are nothing without the people whose passions and commitment to prop manipulation make it all worth while. Come out to Toronto on July 17th-19th, 2015 and Spin All The Things!
Go to http://www.spinallthethings.com/ for all the info and more information.
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