“Some of you, some of us remain, despite that hatred that violence that murder that suicide that affront to our notions of civilized days and nights. And what shall we do, we who did not die?” — June Jordan
SOME OF US DID NOT DIE is a community fundraiser and online experience of Black poetics and Afrofuturisms. Adopting our title from Black feminist visionary June Jordan, this curated evening will feature Black, LGBTQ2S+, Montreal-based performers imagining worlds against prisons and policing, and toward Black liberation.
Our work seeks to embody the action of our siblings organizing in the streets while Black people are facing another wave of state-sanctioned attacks across Turtle Island. White literary institutions continue to fail in preserving our activist and artistic legacies. In ‘Canada’, Black creation is in constant struggle with social forgetting—but some of us did not die.
How do we echo Saidiya Hartman and uplift our people’s “experiments in living otherwise,” that go beyond the page? What do worlds without prisons, police, and Black bondage look like? How can poetry manifest these possibilities? Our all-Black line-up of artists will perform responses to these dreamings.
All funds raised will be split between two Black-focused, anti-carceral initiatives, selected by our artists, demonstrating how Black creativity and justice have always been intertwined.
Featuring performances by
✴ AWA BANMANA ✴
✴ WILLOW CIOPPA ✴
✴ LINZEY CORRIDON ✴
✴ QUINLAN GREEN ✴
✴ ISI-BHAKOMEN ✴
✴ PAIGE KELEHER ✴
✴ FAITH PARÉ ✴
✴ POWETIK ✴
✴ SAMM REID ✴
with a meditation circle led by ✴ FIMO MITCHELL ✴
✴ ✴ ✴ LOCATION, DATE, AND TIME ✴ ✴ ✴
✮ SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2020 ✮
Doors open: 4:45 p.m. / 16:45h (EST)
Show begins: 5 p.m. / 17:00h (EST)
Hosted on Zoom.
You MUST register in advance through this Google Form
We are proudly part of PERVERS/CITÉ 2020. View their full event schedule (August 16-30): perverscite.org/events
✴ ✴ ✴ TICKETS / BILLETS: $10 ✴ ✴ ✴
SOME OF US DID NOT DIE is a fundraiser to support two Black-focused, anti-carceral initiatives (to be announced). For the safety of our artists, please register in advance: https://forms.gle/D4Fn6WhBAN29uFZV8.
When registering, please send your ticket e-transfer to COLLECTIVE.VOLTA@GMAIL.COM
You will be sent a confirmation email, and will receive our Zoom link closer to the date.
Are you a low-income Black and/or Indigenous person? Receive a free ticket by registering with the same form. We will follow up to confirm you will receive the link.
✴ ✴ ✴ ACCESSIBILITY / L’ACCESSIBILITÉ ✴ ✴ ✴
The event will be hosted on Zoom, a platform with screen-reader compatibility. The main presentation language will be English, with select performances in French.
Sign-language interpretation in ASL will be available on-screen, and we are looking to secure ASL-LSQ interpretation and live closed-captioning in English and French. A full accessibility statement will be released no later than seven (7) days in advance of the show.
For questions or concerns regarding access, contact us: COLLECTIVE.VOLTA@GMAIL.COM
Our team consists of two Black coordinators and one white assistant. If you would like to speak specifically to a Black coordinator, please ask.
✴ ✴ ✴ LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ✴ ✴ ✴
VOLTA creates in Tiohtià:ke, the unceded lands and waters of the Kanien’kehá:ka people, also known as the Mohawk. Tiohtià:ke has been a gathering place for Indigenous peoples from time immemorial and for many other peoples today. As well, our funders are situated on Indigenous lands, and those that are part of universities benefit from the genocide that is settler-colonialism. Resisting settler-colonialism with Indigenous leadership is integral to the abolishment of prisons and other methods and forms of systemic oppression.
✴ ✴ ✴ OUR SUPPORTERS ✴ ✴ ✴
We appreciate gracious funding from the Black Perspectives Initiative, the Sustainability Action Fund at Concordia, and QPIRG-McGill. We are pleased to be featured in PERVERS/CITÉ 2020 and to receive technical and volunteer support from the Concordia Co-op Bookstore—thank you!