AWKS Dance Party Series
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AWKS is an ALL AGES awkward party series wrapped hectically together by up-and-coming arty-scene teens, aka the Torontonians. It’s an opportunity to relive your glory middle school dance days and sneak a peek at talented youth all over the GTA… like ALL over. Let’s slap our paws together, break that weird force separating the boys and the girls, party like a mammal, but most importantly… let’s keep it AWKS.
Visit the project page here: http://www.partylikeamammal.com/
AWKS #1, The Halloween edition: Saturday, October 26th 2013, 8pm-12am @ gallerywest (1172 Queen St. West)
AWKS #2, Getting Grizzly: Saturday, November 30th 2013, 8pm-12am, @ gallerywest (1172 Queen St. West)
AWKS #3, Awkward Pool Party: Saturday, Feb 1st 2014, doors @ 8pm gallerywest (1172 Queen St. West)
AKWS #4, Everybody's Awkward Birthday Party: Saturday, March 1st 2014, doors @ 8pm, Ground Level Cafe, 1496 Queen St. West
AKWS #5, Farewell Winter Funeral: Saturday, March 29th 2014, doors @ 8pm, Ground Level Cafe, 1496 Queen St. West
AWKS #6, Spring Fling Picnic Party: Sunday, April 27th 2014, 2:00-6:00pm, The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. West
AWKS #7, Awkward Glamour Party: Saturday, June 21st 2014, The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
AWKS #8, Camp Awks: Thursday June 3rd, 2014, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West
AWKS is a Young Mammals project, a division of Mammalian Diving Reflex dedicated to generating, facilitating, and fostering the creative capital of young people. AWKS is part of a year-long after-school arts production education program aimed where youth work with mentors to produce creative events for teens by teens in their neighbourhood.
The impetus of AWKS stems form our former year-long project, How to Hook Up, a series of short documentaries about youth artists and youth art organizations based in five Priority Neighbourhoods: Jane and Finch (Just BGraphic and Broadway from the Block), Lawrence Heights (Art Starts), Flemmingdon/O’Connor Park (Theatre for Peace), Malvern (AFCY), and Weston Mt Dennis (Urban Arts). Over the course of the project we made friends with many talented young dancers, singers, and rappers across the GTA and wanted to build on the connections in the future. AWKS was conceived of by Torontonians Chozin Tenzin and Ngawang Ludwig, both 17-years old, who came to us with the concept of a variety show/dance party as a way of building a youth audience and a citywide community of young artists.
AWKS has been made possible in part thanks to support from Toronto Arts Council with funds provided by the City of Toronto; support provided by a grant from the Vital Toronto Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation; Hal Jackman Foundation; Trillium Foundation and Metcalf Foundation.
photo: Michael Barker