Round The Table

ROUND THE TABLE is a winter warming project taking place at The Ground Floor. It brings together songs, soup, sewing and storytelling.

We’ve commissioned composers and song-writers to create new rounds for the Ground Floor Choir to rehearse on Wednesday evenings. With text generated by artists and community members, each round represents one stage of a meal: preparing the home, making the soup, greeting the guests, expressing thanks, toasting, telling tales, clearing up, bidding farewell.
 
Meanwhile, on Tuesdays, we are inviting people to join us in cooking and eating soup, illustrating recipe cards and decorating felt envelopes to hold them. Tuesday meals will also feature guest storytellers, followed by storytelling workshops for youth and adults.
 
All of this will come together in a Round the Table musical meal and performance, running from March 21st to 24th. For more details and to make an advance reservation, contact info@jumbliestheatre.org.
 

ARTISTS

Composers: Alex Eddington, Keith McNair, Monica Pearce, Daev Clysdale, Binaishee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon, others tbd
Choir Director: Shifra Cooper
Fabric & Culinary Artist: Marianne Alas
Storytellers: Binaishee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon, Sharada Eswar, Bernice Hune, Rubena Sinha
Performing Stories Director: Julia Hune Brown
Other Contributing Staff & Artists: Sam Egan, Ange Loft, Heather Long, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Elizabeth Rucker, others tbd
Artistic and Concept Director: Ruth Howard
 

PARTNERS

 

FUNDERS

 

Artists Bios

 
Marianne Alas

Marianne is a Costume Maker and Textile Artist working primarily in Community Arts. She studied Fine Arts the University of Guelph and Fashion and Millenary at George Brown College. She is also a trained Cook and, when not busy with costumes and fabric arts, can be found making and organizing food for production teams, community members, performers and audiences. She has been the head of costume for many productions at Jumblies  (Like and Old Tale), Arts 4 ALL (I was a Brave Child) and The Community Arts Guild (Train Payanam). She has also worked on costumes for Video Cabaret (The War of 1812, The Great War), Aanmitaagzi (When will You Rage) and The Luminato Festival (L’Allegro Movement Project, Winter Snow).

 
Julia Hune-Brown

 JULIA HUNE-BROWN IS AN ACTOR, EDUCATOR AND COMMUNITY ARTIST. SHE HAS BEEN WORKED WITH DIVERSE COMMUNITIES FACILITATING MOVEMENT AND THEATRE WORKSHOPS IN TORONTO AND INTERNATIONALLY. JULIA HOLDS A BFA IN THEATRE AND DEVELOPMENT FROM CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY AND A BED FROM OISE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, FOCUSING ON INNER CITY EDUCATION . AS AN EDUCATOR SHE HAS TAUGHT IN BRIXTON, ENGLAND AND CURRENTLY WORKS AS A VISITING ARTIST AND CLASSROOM TEACHER WITH THE TDSB.  JULIA HAS WORKED AS ACTOR AND FORUM THEATRE FACILITATOR WITH MIXED COMPANY THEATRE. LAST YEAR, JULIA HAS WORKED AND LEARNED WITH RUTH HOWARD AND JUMBLIES THANKS TO A THEATRE ONTARIO PTTP AND METCALF FOUNDATION PERFORMING ARTS INTERNSHIP GRANTS.  SHE IS PLEASED TO CONTINUE WITH JUMBLIES AS A LEAD ARTIST FOR PERFORMANCE PROJECTS. 
 
Shifra Cooper

Shifra Cooper is a community artist, arts manager  and choral director who is passionate about art and performance that brings people of different ages, backgrounds and abilities together across real and perceived divides, and about including people in choral projects who might otherwise count themselves out. Since 2009, Shifra has collaborated on community arts projects with companies including:  Jumblies Theatre, The Bain Arts Collective, Making Room Community Arts, MABELLEarts, Thinking Rock Community Arts, Arts4All, AlgomaTrad and Vancouver Moving Theatre, in various organizational and creative roles. Shifra lives in Parkdale and in 2015 completed her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature at the University of Toronto, Victoria College.

 

 
Alex Eddington

Alex Eddington is a composer, theatre artist and arts educator based in Toronto. His compositions have been performed by professional ensembles like the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Continuum Contemporary Music, and student musicians at organizations like the Suzuki String School of Guelph. He has performed original theatre across Canada on the Fringe Festival circuit. Alex’s music has been recorded by the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra and released worldwide on their album Canadian Panorama. His piece Bubblegum Delicious was released on the Cambria label in November 2017. Please visit him at www.AlexEddington.com
 
Keith McNair

Keith worked with Jumblies Theatre as Managing and Development Director from 2008 to 2016, after 20+ years in Toronto’s social development sector. He served as Executive Director of Davenport Perth Neighbourhood & Community Health Centre from 1999 to 2008, where he worked with Ruth Howard to establish Arts4All, now a freestanding Jumblies Offshoot.  During the 1990s he was Artistic Director of the Peace Child Toronto/Volgograd project and the Democracy Parade, and writer/director of the Hillary Chronicles, a multimedia provincial politics soap opera. During the 1980s, he was composer for the singing group Sweet Lips.  He still enjoys song writing, performs with Jay Bowen in the duo 67-68, and continues to broadened his artistic scope, making chipmunk playgrounds and gizmos that the wind makes spin.

 
Monica Pearce

Monica Pearce, originally from Prince Edward Island, is a Toronto-based composer of new classical/contemporary music. Monica co-founded the Toy Piano Composers in 2008 with Chris Thornborrow, where they, along with Elisha Denburg, are the Artistic Directors. Pearce’s work has been performed and commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble, New Music Detroit, Chamber Cartel, Array Ensemble, Talisker Players, Essential Opera, Bicycle Opera Project, New Fangled Opera, TorQ Percussion Quartet, junctQín keyboard collective, and Thin Edge New Music Collective, among others.  She received the Canadian Music Centre’s Toronto Emerging Composer Award Honourable Mention for her project it plays (because it plays), and the honourable mention for her toy piano solo work clangor, which was premiered by Margaret Leng Tan at the UnCaged Toy Piano Festival in New York City. She was the composer-in-residence for the O.K. Quoi?! festival in Sackville, New Brunswick. She had been featured on I Care If you Listen for her works chain maille and damask. Her operas have been performed across Canada and the United States, and toured across Ontario, and her toy piano works are frequently played internationally. She is currently working on a piece entitled Textile Fantasies. Monica Pearce is also the Executive Director of The Music Gallery, and sits on the board of the Canadian Music Centre (National and Ontario Region). ​
 

 

 
Sharada Eswar

 
 
Bernice Hune
 
Rubena Shina
 
Binaishee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon

Fortunate to have been born into an artful family, she has always felt free to dream: Binaeshee-Quae (Loon Clan) is a singer songwriter, actor & community arts enthusiast from Biigtigong First Nation. She works with many different mediums but the voice is the “heart of her art”. Binaeshee-Quae has been singing since she can remember, but her mother claims since birth; “My Mom says when I was a baby, she would hold me & sing one steady note and I would sing back. She swears we harmonized…mothers don’t exaggerate, right?”. She performs jazzy-alterna-folk & onomatopoeically crafted lyrics. Her first full length album “Ooof” was released in 2013 & is planning a follow-up release in the coming year. Binaeshee-Quae has been involved in community arts as an artist, presenter, workshop facilitator & volunteer since 2009. She has worked professionally for community arts organizations such as Aanmitaagzi-S(He) Speaks (2011-2017) and most recently Jumblies (2017 – 2018) where she assists and contributes in music, theatre, movement & visual arts activities.