"Diasporic/Transnational. Political/Creative. Poetic/Sublime/Grotesque" - Natasha Daniel
T-Dot Renaissance represents a group of emerging and interdisciplinary artists, working and rooted in Toronto. Emerging from the successful staging of Amanda Parris’ theatrical production, 32C, this group of artists became inspired to further collaborate, by putting together interactive and interdisciplinary installations which would see their collaboration reach new depths. This collaborative project intends to be the launching point of a movement, a wave of cultural and artistic collaborations for this generation of emerging artists: Toronto’s own renaissance reminiscent of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 30s.
"What is T-Dot Renaissance? Support System. The Voice. The process of spiritual healing. The Bat Signal." - Neil 'Logik' Donaldson
Individually, the members are each proficient in multiple media; they are singers, painters, musicians, songwriters, poets, filmmakers, playwrights, photographers, actors, graphic designers, dancers, musicians, rappers, drummers, sculptors, and graffiti artists. The immediate intention is that throughout the production of these collaborative works, the artists will explore and create works in each other’s areas of expertise. They will be pushed from their comfort zones, and allowed to create truly interdisciplinary, collaborative works that they would not have otherwise realized.
"T-Dot Renaissance is a movement of proactive artists moving forward in love, courage and character to actively create together in an effort to allow the well of creative juices to flow freely, safely and loudly. A group who inspires and practices truth, grit and integrity. True artists." - Colanthony Humphrey
T-Dot Renaissance seeks to tell the stories that are not told, to give voice to those often silenced, and to encourage a kind of collaborative effort that is often missing from today’s individualistic and product-driven art market.
"The Renaissance of beautifully speaking what is unspoken. Comparable to Lennox in the 30's, all are open. Creatively creating what's necessary to breathe under autumn leaves colourful as prison labour" - Myk Miranda
The purpose (in progress) of our collective is:
1. To Make Purposeful Time for Play
2. To Collaborate and Build Multi-Arts Installations
3. To Learn from Collective Mentors
4. To Mobilize Resources for Artistic Opportunities for Us All
5. To Create Healing Spaces for Artists to Push Limits
6. To Re-Define Ritual and Community and Build Solidarity Between Our Villages
The name T-Dot Renaissance is inspired by memories and stories of the Harlem Renaissance, a time when African American artists were exploring, engaging, and collaborating to create a space they could define as their own artistic identity. It is the shared belief of the artists involved in this collective that the city of Toronto is currently undergoing its own artistic renaissance. This renaissance can particularly be felt amongst young people who, emerging from a Hip Hop generation, are empowered by a fundamental understanding that they can take power into their own hands to create their own stages, remix old forms and validate their stories – stories that are often silenced or re-written by the mainstream.
"T-Dot Renaissance is creative license to think, create, imagine without fear of censure. Untapped potential harnessed for possibilities we have realized in dreamscapes. Freedom can be found here if we allow ourselves the possibility. To be. It is room and space to stretch and try, fail and cry...room to smile direct light shining from the inside." - Amanda Parris
"A patchwork quilt. Threading narratives, some built before us. Some built amongst us. Life in colour clothes stories, skins, taking you where we're at. Where we've been. Take it in. Sincere together we hold space and time which we alone define together. Take it in. Take it in. Take it in. Here we are. Life in colour." - Nayani Thiyagarajah
T-Dot Renaissance would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council for their financial support