Tangled Thunder Bay

Tangled Thunder Bay presented visual arts, film, music and workshops on May 26-28, 2016 in collaboration with local partners.

Some of the disability art presented included: funk/hip-hop band Wheelchair Sportcamp, fronted by musician/educator Kayln Heffernan; a visual arts exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, and oppourtunities for local artists and audiences to engage in a music production workshop, public forums on disability arts and artist talks. All events were produced and equipped with ASL, captioning, audio description and attendants.

In June 2015, Tangled in Thunder Bay presented 3 days of programming engaging the arts and disabilities communities in live performance, film, visual art and workshops.

Event Listings:

Artworkd by Canadian artist Persimmon Blackbridge

Persimmon Blackbridge
Visual Art
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
1080 Keewatin St.

ACROBATICS at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery was on view from April 29 – May 29, 2016.

Friday May 27th
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
1080 Keewatin St.

Director: Saroja Ponnambalam
PANDI is a feature documentary that explores the life of my uncle Pandi and his struggle with mental illness. Pandi moved to Canada from India to forge a career in film, his greatest passion. The film combines narration, video footage that Pandi shot, animated scenes from his script and intimate interviews with his family members to illustrate the mysteries behind his life.
Opening film:
Autistic Artistic by Keegan Richard

Found Beats Workshop w/ Kalyn Heffernan from Wheelchair Sports Camp
Music Workshop
Saturday May 28
Baggage Building Arts Centre
Sleeping Giant Pkwy


Wheelchair Sports Camp
(Live hip-hop band)  
Opener: Thunder Bay’s own Solomon
Saturday May 28
9:00 PM- 12 AM
The Foundry Pub
242 Red River Rd.

Denver’s biggest smallest band
Fronted by the wheelchair bound MC/beat-maker/activist/educator/shit-talker Kalyn, the band is a combination of live and electronic instruments with a more jazzy, noisey, funky, combination to the traditional hip-hop group. Their unconventional setup of live instruments and Kalyn’s produced beats presents a polished sound with old-school lyrics that maintain a sarcastic yet independent and heavy consciousness. Kalyn is 27 years old, weighs 53 pounds and measures three feet, six inches tall. She’s light enough to carry, compact enough to hide under a winter coat and is sometimes mistaken for a child. But Kalyn, who has the brittle-bone disability osteogenesis imperfecta, is hardly innocent, precious, or inconspicuous. The band has been featured on the cover of the Village Voice as well as in SPIN Magazine, Huffington Post, High Times Magazine and more.

The band unknowingly started in the summer of 1997 when Kalyn moved back from California to her hometown and was invited to attend and corrupt the 14th annual week-long Colorado Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp.  The band tours the states and beyond from their home in Denver.


Creation Station!
March of Dimes
March 24, 2016
Warehouse Project building
Thunder Bay, ON

Tangled Art + Disability teams up with disability and arts organizations across Thunder Bay to take over the Warehouse Project building at the March of Dimes, for a day of interactive, accessible arts activities. Activities will explore music and sound, visual and digital arts as well as dance and movement.

The Warehouse Project building is situated in the March of Dimes building which is barrier-free and an ASL interpreter will be on site. Please drop in and explore!

Creation Station schedule
12:00-1 PM – Music in Motion by AUMI

AUMI Artist Collective, AUMI (Adaptive Use Musical Instrument) is a project using software that enables people of all abilities to make music with a webcam and a laptop. Composer and musician Lise Vaugeois, Lorrina Belluz, Colleen Kennedy and Derek Khani.

1:00-2:00pm- Visual and digital arts

DIY printmaking with Thunder Bay Art Gallery, button making with CAHEP and Green Screen / Photo booth with Zoe Gordon

2:00-3:00pm – Flux dance game

A spontaneous choreography celebrating the poetics of space. A simple set of guidelines for moving and stopping set a group of people in motion, creating ever-evolving, constantly recalibrating, gloriously eventful group choreography. Led by Cara Eastcott (Tangled Arts).

Participating organizations
Spinal Cord Injury
Willow Springs
Thunder Bay Art Gallery


A north-south dialogue on Disability Arts between Tangled and Thunder Bay. It Included 3 days of programming; engaging people with visual art, film and performance and workshop. Special events included: artist talk with Tangled 2014 artist in resident, Janna Brown at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery; Geometry of the Circle, a playful duet combining dance and sound. Set design by Thunder Bay artist, Eugene Lefrancois and participants of the March of Dimes Warehouse Project.

In collaboration with Ontario Arts Council (Northern Arts), Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Community Arts & Heritage Education Projects (CAHEP), Bay Street Film Festival, Peggy Baker Dance Projects and the active disability and artist communities of Thunder Bay.

Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Schedule of activities

Embroidery work by Janna BrownTHURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015  7–9:30PM
Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Still Echoes Resound by Janna Brown
Exhibition opening + Artist Talk

Special Presentation by Bushra Junaid (Ontario Arts Council), Outreach and Development Manager, will present OAC’s new Deaf and Disability Arts Projects program.

Co-presented by the Thunder Bay Art Gallery

“Still Echoes Resound” included a collection of twelve miniature, mixed media, textile pieces rendered on leather and fragments of a childhood quilt. The work is reminiscent of body and landscape while maintaining an air of the ephemeral. Transforming images of the embroidered tableaus into video, the artist uses a technique of overlay, repetition, and muted contrast. The film is a subtitled poem and audio narration – animating text out of layers of drawing and textile, which retreat and surface to the rhythm of words. The artist embroidered each day for a period of eight months—carrying the growing series on her person every day for this durational piece.

Multidisciplinary artist, writer, and educator, Janna Brown, explores concepts of time, body, trauma, and the unfolding of memory. In various mediums, she uses her body as an artifact—sharing tender confirmations from hollows of loss. Janna studied Literature (B.A., Mount Allison University), Disability Studies (M.A. Critical Disability Studies), and Visual Arts (Ontario College of Art and Design). She was the Tangled Art + Disability Artist in Residence for 2014.

Over the past few years, OAC (Ontario Arts Council) has undertaken several consultations with Deaf artists/arts professionals and artists/arts professionals with disabilities. They have talked to us about real and perceived barriers to our granting programs and services. As a result, OAC is working to implement the recommendations that can be addressed immediately and making plans for those that will take more time. Bushra Junaid, Outreach and Development Manager will present OAC’s new Deaf and Disability Arts Program.

In 2009, Bushra Junaid was appointed OAC’s Outreach and Development Manager, and is responsible for improving access to programs, services and resources and building connections to artists from diverse communities. Bushra is passionately committed to equity, diversity and access to the arts and is excited about managing OAC’s new Deaf and Disability Arts Projects program.

Finlandia Club

Film + Geometry of the Circle
Short films by filmmakers with disabilities and duet performance Geometry of the Circle.
Featuring set design by Eugene Lefrancois with participants of the March of Dimes Warehouse Project.
In collaboration with Bay Street Film Festival, Peggy Baker Dance Projects (Dance) and March of Dimes
A collection of short films made by filmmakers with disabilities from around the world. Highlights from the films include Word, Sound, Powah: Bant Singh (India) and video clips of the late Ahmed Hassan, an accomplished Egyptian-Canadian musician. Audiences will then be treated to a live duet performance of Geometry of the Circle; a dance piece originally performed by Hassan and wife/choreographer Peggy Baker. A re-staging of Geometry of the Circle will be performed by Mark Brose and Sahara Morimoto.

Mark Brose and Sahara Morimoto dancing on stageGEOMETRY OF THE CIRCLE
+ short films by filmmakers with disabilites

Choreography: Peggy Baker Original music: Ahmed Hassan Reconstruction of the score and
vocal coaching: Fides Krucker Newly designed set: Eugene Lafrancois Performers: Mark Brose (vocalist) & Sahara Morimoto (dancer)

Geometry of the Circle, Peggy Baker’s 1993 co-creation with the extraordinary composer and musician Ahmed Hassan, is a playful choreography that traces the courtship of a most unlikely couple. The remarkable performers are dancer Sahara Morimoto and musician Mark Brose.

Within a circular garden of set pieces designed expressly for this performance by Thunder Bay artist Eugene Lafrancois, vocalist Mark Brose cruises in his wheelchair in pursuit of the object of his fascination; an exotic and excitable though shy and voiceless dancer, Sahara Morimoto. His language is sound, hers is movement, and Geometry of the Circle reveals the delightful and inventive ways they find of connecting.

Peggy Baker has been a vivid presence in contemporary dance for four decades, performing internationally with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, The White Oak Dance Project, Doug Varone and Dancers, Tere O’Connor Dance, Molissa Fenley and Dancers (NYC); Fortier Danse-Creation (Montreal); Dancemakers and Toronto Dance Theatre. She established Peggy Baker Dance Projects in 1990, and for the first 20 years she dedicated herself to solo performance, winning rapturous praise for the eloquence and depth of her dancing, and accolades for her collaborative partnerships with extraordinary musicians and designers. Since 2010 her choreography has focused on works for small ensemble. Among her honours are the Walter Carsen Prize, the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Order of Canada, five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Calgary and York. Ms Baker is Artist-in-Residence at Canada’s National Ballet School.


Born in Tokyo, Japan, Sahara Morimoto is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School. She trained at Rotterdam Dance Academie, and studied Gaga, the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, in Tel Aviv, Israel with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Grants to Dance Professionals in 2014. Sahara has danced with Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (formerly Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre), AKA Dance, inDANCE, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Human Body Expression. Sahara joined Peggy Baker Dance Projects as Artistic Associate in January 2008.

Mark Brose, a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, is a multi-disciplinary artist, performer and disability rights activist. After enjoying national success with jewellery/sculpture, Mark turned to new creative outlets due to developing multiple sclerosis. Subsequent explorations include dance and theatre Slipping Ground (Ffida), Anon and on (KickstART Festival), Oops! (Toronto Fringe festival), and short films. This year he exhibited his photography (Urban [eyes] – Strange Beauty) and celebrated his return to jewellery/sculpture (Attract/Connect – Strange Beauty).

FLUX: A Motion Workshop for Wheelchair Users and pedestrians in collaboration with Peggy Baker Dance Projects.

Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre

Flux: a spontaneous choreography celebrating the poetics of space.
A simple set of guidelines for walking and stopping set a group of people in motion, creating ever-evolving, constantly recalibrating, gloriously eventful group choreography. Led by Peggy Baker, Flux is a fun and fascinating adventure in action and interaction.
Flux is a free, no-experience-required workshop for pedestrians and wheelchair users of all ages who would like to participate in a group movement experience.

Why are we doing this?
We are in the final stages of development of FluxDelux – an all-ages, all-abilities participatory performance.

Who are we?
FluxDelux is choreographed by Peggy Baker.