Mad Pride Toronto season finale weekend listings

Detailed Activities Release; August 2007

MAD Pride Toronto Organizing Committee
Invites YOU to partake in a season finale weekend of free and accessible activity;

SEPTEMBER 28th, 29th , 30th, 2007

Contact: or 416 516 4740 for additional detail.

A one woman show written and performed by Elly Litvak
Friday September 28th
6pm -8pm
Parkdale Library Auditorium
1303 Queen Street West

Elly Litvak, founder of Toronto’s beloved Puzzle Factory Theatre, Toronto’s first Psychiatric Survivor acting troupe, makes a triumphant return home with a play that documents her journey from mental illness to recovery.

Seating is first come first serve.
Reservation accepted

An arts and education festival
Saturday September 29th
11am – 4pm
Parkdale Library Auditorium
1303-Queen Street West

You won’t want to miss this, lots to do and see, vendors include artists and crafts people as well as groups and information displays.

11am Opening and Awards Ceremony
Features internationally acclaimed folk singer Honey Novick
Special guest Toronto City Councilor Gord Perks.
Award Ceremony honors critical legal scholar and Toronto’s first mental health lawyer Carla McKague, also to be recognized are the achievements of the MAD Pride Organizing Committee

11:30am PRESENTATION by Erick Fabris–
Community Treatment Orders: Imprisoning With Drugs in the 21st Century.
Psychiatry has brought its commitment powers out of the hospital and into the community with “Community Treatment Orders” OR “CTOS”. New psychiatric laws across the US and 3 Canadian provinces have introduced CTO measures. Ontario adopted CTOS in 2000 to enforce psychiatric treatments, monitoring and appointments, supposedly with the consent of patients. Erick Fabris presents academic research on how psychiatric inmates have experienced forced treatment outside of psychiatric facilities. He argues that CTOS are a new form of chemical incarceration rather than treatment.

12noon - FREE LUNCH, catered by The Raging Spoon, Voices from the Street, and Houselink Community Kitchen!

1pm –PRESENTATION by Performance artist and clown extrodinaire Linda Carter

Wonder Woman, Linda Carter has done a fair bit of clowning around across Canada, and in St. Petersburg, Russia. She is very thankful to have worked with the Puzzle Fctory Theatre Company and proud of the original material the group created to increase awareness around mental health issues. Her new work was created specifically for Mad Pride and is a series of vignettes including clown and character work directed by the incredibly awesome Mark Christmann.

1:30pm NINETY MINUTES a speak and sing out

3pm – THE EDMOND YU PROJECT, a special workshop presentation from the play features Don Weitz, and The Friendly Spike Theatre Band

Front patio of CAMH,
1001 Queen Street W. (Ossington entrance)
Saturday September 29th

The purpose of this tour is to remember the contributions of the men and women who lived, worked, and died in the Toronto Hospital of the Insane. This is represented by the boundary walls they build which stand as enduring testament to their abilities and a monument to their endurance. We hold up this past symbol to challenge discrimination that is experienced today by people who have a psychiatric history.
Tour guide; Geoffrey Reaume

At the Cemetery at Evans and Horner Aves, South Etobicoke
1pm - 3pm (rain or shine)
Sunday September 30th

You are invited to pay your respects at the burial grounds of 1511 former patients of Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital during our Fall visitation. The cemetery is located at the corners of Horner and Evans Avenues in south Etobicoke. Members of LACP will be attending as part of their ongoing goals to remember those who have died and efforts to retore this historic cemetery. Information will be hared by Ed Janiszewski about the history of the burial grounds, those buried there, future plans and a vigil held

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