Red Embers will transform Allan Gardens in downtown Toronto. For the first time in the city’s history, monumental art by Indigenous womxn artists will be displayed for free to the public. The banners have been created in Toronto and across Canada by commissioned artists and will float from 13 tall charred-black gates throughout the park. Two of the banners will face the Victorian-era glass Palm House, while the others will straddle the major pathways of the park, allowing visitors to admire them from all directions and walk below them. The local eastern cedar, hand-peeled structures will measure about 18 feet high with vertical posts that cross at the top.
Red Embers opens to the public with a smudging ceremony, drumming and guest speakers on June 8, 2019, 11 AM. All are welcome!
Red Embers honours the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and the strength of community resilience. All the banners and gates will remain in the park from June until the annual October 4, 2019 Sisters in Spirit Vigil. Red Embers has been designed by the team of Indigenous designers Larissa Roque, Tiffany Creyke, and Citylab’s Lisa Rochon. The team won a Public Space Incubator competition grant in 2018, awarded by Park People. Commissioned featured artists include Kristen Auger, Annie Beach, Hillary Brighthill, Hannah Claus, Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Rosalie Favell, Adrienne Greyeyes, Lido Pimienta, Louise Solomon, Rolande Souliere, Eladia Smoke, and Janelle Wawia. Artists, including Catherine Tammaro and Lindsey Lickers, will work directly with our Charitable Partner, the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto, to create two banners with volunteers.