ARTrageous! (2011)

& Launch of Abilities Arts Festival 2011

October 1st – 30th

The 2011 Abilities Arts Festival, running from October 1st – 30th, brings together a dazzling array of talent and creativity. We are proud to showcase inspired local performers, dynamic artists from across Canada, the United States and as far away as Australia as part of this year’s line-up. We invite you to explore and be inspired…

I SEE WHAT YOU MEAN, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

October 1, 2011 7pm to 7am
Carlton Cinema Gallery

I See What You Mean is an interactive project. The public is invited to internationally acclaimed documentary photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo’s most recent series, Invisible No More. Commissioned by the Canadian Association for Community Living, Invisible No More is a series of portraits of Canadians of all ages and walks of life from every part of the country with intellectual disabilities. Contributions by exhibit visitors will enrich, inform and engage with the photographic conversation initiated by Pietropaolo.

Gallery visitors will be supplied with tools and resources to generate their own portraits through “instant” cameras, digital, and webcam photography, and pencil sketches which will then be pinned/projected onto the walls and ceiling of the gallery. Brief Artist Bio: Vincenzo Pietropaolo is a documentary photographer based in Toronto. Best known for his empathetic social documentary photo essays, he has completed major projects on Italian immigrant life in Canada, religious street rituals, migrant farm workers, health care, political protest, the labour movement, immigrant gardens, urban social issues, and architecture to name a few. Characterized by a simple and direct approach, Pietropaolo’s photography typically reveals individuals and groups overlooked by history books. His work has appeared nationally and internationally as feature exhibits, in books and magazines, on television, and in the collections of the National Archives of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.


Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 13
Villa Colombo – 40 Playfair Avenue, Toronto

Now in its seventh year, IN CELEBRATION OF OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH is an exciting, full-day event that provides children and youth with disabilities an opportunity to see and experience first-hand the wonder and enjoyment of disability arts and culture. IN CELEBRATION OF OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH is a positive event that acknowledges strengths, recognizes and respects disabilities and introduces school-aged children to the possibilities that await them.


After twenty years of diverse performance experience, Timothy McCallum is one of Australia’s most exciting and loved local performers. He is currently touring North America performing and has based himself here in Toronto to share his love for music and theatre. His career commenced with a long string of successes in vocal competitions and talent quests around his home State in Australia. Tim’s onstage career includes appearances in over 40 stage musicals. In 1999 Tim was about to begin a Musical Theatre course at Perth’s prestigious Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

However, only days before he was to commence his studies, a swimming accident left him a quadriplegic. Since then, his resilient character and extraordinary spirit have touched the hearts of the arts community, as they have watched him rehabilitate and return to the stage to continue his performing career. Since then, Tim has gone on to do appearances at many prestigious events, including performing for the Prime Minister at his Centenary of Federation Dinner. He was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Governor-General for his outstanding service to the entertainment industry and received an Australian Humanitarian Award for his contribution towards arts and disabilities.

ASL Waves

Founded by Patti Trofimenkoff and Juan Jaramillo, this company presents a new form of art in deaf culture by applying American Sign Language to song and dance. For over 15 years, Jaramillo and Trofimenkoff have been exploring a wide range of musical styles, expanding the horizons for Deaf and hard of hearing performers. Their extremely successful and groundbreaking work as performers, choreographers and educators has taken them across Ontario and beyond. In addition to their ASL Waves work, Patti Trofimenkoff teaches drama at E.C. Drury Secondary School for the Deaf in Milton, Ontario and Juan Jaramillo works for the the Office of the Provincial Advocate for children and youth.

asl waves

Known in the latin recording industry as “Luisito”, Luis was born in Lima, Perú in 1971 and moved to Canada in 1972. He became an honoured graduate of the Humber College music program in 1994 and has been a member of the Toronto Musicians Association since 1993. Luisito was a student of Memo Acevedo (professor of percussion at New York University) and jump-started his career as a professional bongo player with Memo’s ground breaking salsa band “Banda Brava” in 1993. He has performed and/or recorded with Alex Cuba, Luis Mario Ochoa & Cimarrón, Dominicanada, Jerry Gonzalez, Hilton Ruiz, Oscar de León, Hilario Durán, David Virelles, Nick Ali, Jane Bunnett, Diego Marulanda & Pacande, Chucho Valdéz, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Changuito, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ralph Irrizarry, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Nelly Furtado, Kenwood Dennard, Stevie Wonder, Alfredo de la Fe, Luisito Carrion, Cheo Andujar, Jimmy Bosch, Horacio Hernandez, Mark Quiñones, and far too many more to list here. Luis is a record producer, percussionist, vocalist and highly sought after teacher, having worked with students and professionals at universities, schools and festivals across Canada and in Germany, Korea and Peru.

photo of Luis Orbegoso

Shawn Brush aka The Krooked Cowboy, is one of the finest performers of bluegrass, folk, and country music you will ever have the good fortune to hear. Born and raised in Southern Ontario, Shawn is a superb solo artist who writes songs full of passion and truth — one of those rare musicians who is able to combine highly technical musicianship with memorable and impactful songwriting. Inspired by such greats as Willie Nelson and bluegrass legend Bill Monroe, he is the winner of two Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards and has worked alongside Fred J. Eaglesmith, Natalie MacMaster, Ray Materick and Sherry Kean to name a few. He has appeared in national media, and performed both in studio and live on stage. “His songs have touched my heart, they resonate truth and dedication.” — Daniel Lanois

photo of Shawn Brush

Kyra Millan, coloratura soprano and voice coach has sung with the Northumberland Orchestra, Summer Opera Lyric, Opera Kitchener, and was featured as a headliner in Harbourfront’s “Das Spiegeltent”/Luminato Festival in 2007. Most recently, she recorded the voice of Mother Nature in ‘Theatre of Marionettes’ show Penny Plain for the National Arts Centre. As an Artist Educator, Kyra has represented the Canadian Opera Company for the last eight years. She has also taught on behalf of Opera Atelier for the “Making of an Opera” for several schools. As a voice coach, she has worked for Workman Arts (CAMH), Abilities Arts Festival, PAONE, the Orpheus Choir, Georgetown Bach Chorale, as well as on theatre productions for CanStage, Guy Maddin’s Film “The Saddest Music in the World” and the touring show of Scooby Doo for Warner Bros. in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. Kyra also runs “Gleesical,” a musical theatre program for kids in Toronto’s west end, and teaches at her private studio, producing recitals throughout the year. Kyra is thrilled to be singing again with Tim McCallum, and working with the Abilities Arts Festival!

photo of Kyra Millan