Tangled on Tour: Thunder Bay (2016)

IN THUNDER BAY: MAY 26 to MAY 28, 2016

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:
Persimmon Blackbridge

Acrobats, Visual Art
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
April 29 – May 29, 2016
1080 Keewatin St.

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

"lacewood doll” from Persimmon Blackbridge's Constructed Identities


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

photo of kalyn heffernan

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.

creation station banner

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.
1:00-2:00 PM – Visual and digital arts
DIY printmaking with Thunder Bay Art Gallery, button making with CAHEP and Green Screen / Photo booth with Zoe Gordon
2:00-3:00 PM – 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

tangled on tour sponsors