Tuesday, February 16, 2016 | 7 – 9:30pm | FREE
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

Join us for an eclectic evening of art, ideas, live music, conversation and drinks hosted by Nick Hutcheson, as we explore notions of ‘in retrospect’, memory and artistic and cultural influences. With special guests, Evalyn Parry and Anna Chatterton, creators and performers of the play Gertrude and Alice – a new work from acclaimed feminist collective Independent Aunties and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, exploring the lives, love, and legacy of queer icons Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas. Parry and Chatterton will discuss the creative development of the play. They will also be joined on stage by New York-based writer Judy Batalion to explore the act of writing and creating in retrospect, as well as live music from Toronto’s French darlings, Amélie & Les Singes Bleus!

Also enjoy special access to the Koffler Gallery – an opportunity to check out our current exhibition, Howard Podeswa: A Brief History.


Judy Batalion grew up in Montreal. She studied the history of science at Harvard before moving to London, where she did a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art and worked as a curator by day and a comedian by night. She is now a writer, teacher and performer, and lives with her husband and two daughters in NYC. Her book WHITE WALLS: A MEMOIR ABOUT MOTHERHOOD, DAUGHTERHOOD AND THE MESS IN BETWEEN was recently published by NAL/Penguin.

Amélie & Les Singes Bleus are Toronto’s French darlings. They play french classics (Piaf, Brel…)through a distorted, off-kilter kaleidoscope of influences, building songs from a junkyard of broken parts. Jazz, ’60’s pop, cabaret, soul, gypsy, torch song, r&b and stompy blues all get thrown into the mix. They have created a modern and unique sound that is built with the musical cobblestones of the past. www.alsb.ca

Koffler Salon is a conversation and drinks series presented by the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Join us for on stage conversations with artists and thinkers on a range of topics. Gather around interesting ideas with drinks and friends for this social, casual salon.