LIFELINES online screening presented in partnership London Ontario Media Arts Association July 25 – 31, 2023

Join us in the celebration of LOMAA’s Queer Frontiers series with a screening and publication launch that features a conversation by artists and activists Rodney Diverlus and Syrus Marcus Ware! Below you will find info about the events and how to access them, the presenters and how to sign-up for the talk, accessibility information, and the Queer Frontiers series.


Presented in partnership with LOMAA

Available for on-demand viewing on Vimeo, July 25 – 31, 2023

Accessibility: Closed Captioning

Join us for an online and on-demand screening of works from the Canadian queer media archive, selected by the artists included in the Queer Frontiers series. You can access works individually, including videos and performances by: David Buchan, Dana Inkster, Bruce LaBruce, Aiyyana Maracle, Christian Morrison, Cathy Sisler, Ho Tam, and Hagere Selam “shimby” Zegeye-Gebrehiwot.


Publication launch, with Rodney Diverlus and Syrus Marcus Ware in conversation,
Tuesday July 25, 2023 at 7:00pm EDT

Pre-Register on Zoom

Accessibility: ASL interpretation and Zoom closed captioningRodney Diverlus is a Haitian-Canadian movement artist whose work encapsulates dance, physical theatre, puppetry, and diasporic traditions. His works have been presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Gardiner Museum, SummerWorks Festival, Irie Music Festival, Footsteps Across Canada Showcase, Annual Alberta Dance Festival and Tableau d’Hôte Theatre. Previously, Rodney danced with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks during the 2014-2018 seasons, and has worked with Peter Hinton/Denise Clarke [Canadian Opera Company], Darryl Hoskins [Dietrich Group], Noemi Lafrance [Bentway], Kevin Ormsby [Kashe Dance], Mumbi Tindyebwa, [IFT Theatre], Eddie Elliott [Red Sky Performance], Charles Smith [Wind in Leaves Collective], Hannah Kiel, Michele Moss and others. Rodney is the recipient of the 2019 Canadian Stage Award for Direction. Central to his work is an obsession with Black moving bodies interacting with anomalous, and often public performance spaces; bunker, phone screen, gallery, container, & the street as examples. Rodney moonlights as an artivist and community advocate. He is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter – Toronto and has co-curated a series of large-scale public installations that blur the lines of protest and performance, most notably #Won’t Back Down (2017) and #blackPride.

Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier Scholar, visual artist, activist, curator, and educator. Using painting, installation, and performance, Syrus works with and explores social justice frameworks and Black activist culture. His work has been shown widely, including solo shows at Grunt Gallery in 2018 )2068:Touch Change) and Wil Aballe Art Projects in 2021 (Irresistible Revolutions). His work has been featured as part of the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art in 2019 in conjunction with the Ryerson Image Centre (Antarctica and Ancestors, Do You Read Us? (Dispatches from the Future)), as well as for the Bentway’s Safety in Public Spaces Initiative in 2020 (Radical Love). Syrus has participated in group shows at the Never Apart in Montreal, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of York University, the Art Gallery of Windsor, and as part of the curated content at Nuit Blanche 2017 (The Stolen People; Won’t Back Down). His performance works have been part of festivals across Canada, including at Cripping The Stage (Harbourfront Centre, 2016 & 2019), Complex Social Change (University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, 2015) and Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres (University of Winnipeg, 2015).