Solo exhibition by Kwentong Bayan Collective
at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre (Hamilton)
runs January 24 - April 21, 2018
Reception: Feb 9
Artist Talk: Feb 10
BALIKBAYAN features a visual timeline of the history of caregiving in Canada by racialized women, and Balikbayan boxes that contain migration and labour stories.
Visit http://wahc-museum.ca/event/kwentong-bayan-balikbayan for info about the Caregiver Gathering Series. From February to April, WAHC will be a space for care workers to socialize and engage in creative arts that share stories of care, work, and migration.
Seed Bombs & Singing Plants
Subtle Technologies Festival
Co-Presented with Evergreen
Featuring the work of
Jo SiMalaya Alcampo
Amy Desjarlais (nee Tabobandung)
Ester Dulawan Tuldague
& Members of Kapwa Collective
Sunday June 25th, 2017
11:30 AM to 1 PM
Chimney Court in the Children’s Garden
at Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Admission is free. All are welcome.
In celebration of National Aboriginal Day and the radiance of the Summer solstice, Jo SiMalaya Alcampo and friends will facilitate an all ages seed bomb playshop followed by a performance that features the Singing Plants installation as a live instrument. The afternoon’s activities will include traditional prayers, chants, and a participatory jam session with singing plants and indigenous instruments.
Native Wildflower Seed Bomb Playshop with Kapwa Collective
This playshop will feature a hands-on demonstration on how to create seed bombs, an age-old agricultural practice now used for guerrilla farming. Participants will combine seeds, clay and compost into small balls perfect for tossing in places in need of native wildflowers!
Singing Plants (Live)
Amy Desjarlais (nee Tabobandung), Michele Perpaul, and Jen Maramba will open the event with songs from the Sacred Water Journey album.
Ester Dulawan Tuldague will share a solidarity statement and talk about the Hudhud, one of the songs that the plants sing. It is a epic chant indigenous to the Ifugao People.
Jo SiMalaya Alcampo will introduce the Singing Plants and will invite them to play with us!
Kapwa Collective members will engage the audience in an interactive activity that embodies the elements of wind, water, air and fire; and introduce us to the rhythms of Isinay gongs.
Kapwa Collective will then invite Jo, Ester, Amy and the audience to join in a group jam session with singing plants and indigenous instruments.
Please join Cahoots Theatre on June 18th for a pay-what-you-can reading of HILOT MEANS HEALER by Jo SiMalaya Alcampo. Directed by Nina Lee Aquino. Immediately following the reading, guests and community members are invited to stay and enjoy refreshments to celebrate the end of Cahoot's incredible 30th Anniversary season!
Sunday June 18, 2017
HILOT MEANS HEALER
2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
CAHOOTS End of Season Party
4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Space is limited, so please RSVP here.
The Ernest Balmer Studio
9 Trinity Street, Studio #316
3rd floor in Toronto's Distillery District
Wheelchair accessible space with freight elevator access from 15 Case Goods Lane.
Kwentong Bayan is honoured to be part of this NEW BOOK by the Graphic History Collective!
Drawn To Change: Graphic Histories of Working Class Struggle is a collection of new comics
about working class histories in Canada. Available now: https://btlbooks.com/book/drawn-to-change
Thank you to Jennilee Austria for writing about HILOT MEANS HEALER for The Philippine Reporter. Here's a link to the article.
Maraming salamat / many thanks to the community of artists, healers, and critical thinkers for helping me grow my play. - JSA
(Photo: Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, Playwright-in-Residence with her dramaturge and Cahoots Artistic Director, Marjorie Chan. Courtesy of J. Austria)
LIFT OFF! Festival at Cahoots Theatre
All events are free and held at Cahoots Creation Studio
FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015 @ 8pm
Cahoot Theatre presents
a free public reading of HILOT MEANS HEALER
By Jo SiMalaya Alcampo
Playwright-in-Residence, supported by Diaspora Dialogues
Set in World War II in the Philippines, Jo’s interdisciplinary historical drama about one family’s attempt to heal soul wounds born from atrocities and occupation, through the touch of plants and the hope found in the garden of a healer.
SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2015 @ 7 pm
Storytelling by Hot House Play Creation Unit playwrights
Theme: "Shaken Roots"
jo simalaya alcampo explores memory, healing, and kapwa values through storytelling and community-engaged art