The Music Gallery presents
Part of National Drone Day
Saturday, May 28
Group drone: 3-6pm
The Music Gallery courtyard, 197 John St.
Free / PWYC (proceeds to CAMH)
National Drone Day is an initiative of Weird Canada: an annual holiday for drone music with events taking place all across Canada.
In 2016, Drone Day’s third year, The Music Gallery will celebrate with a Saturday afternoon Drone Therapy session in the courtyard.
All are welcome to spectate and speak. Our featured performers include:
Kat Estacio (Pantayo)
(& many more)
Discussion will be led by author Jess Taylor
Drone music’s slow moving ambience and long repetitive tones position it as a soothing genre, suitable for relaxation, meditation, and therapeutic practices. Drone music can also contain harsher vibes, reflecting more turbulent states of mind and the anxiety and distress involved in seeking access to therapy and help for mental health.
Drone Therapy Live combines live drone with talking through therapeutic experiences, anecdotes, coping skills, and mental health issues in a casual, drop-in setting. Many Toronto artists exist in precarious living situations conducive to stress, anxiety, isolation, and depression. Moreover, finding professional help for mental health issues is often complicated, stigmatized, and emotionally straining. Drone Therapy is an entry point to support, as a way to approach serious issues in a relaxed (and even humourous) environment, and suggest channels for creatives to reach out for future help.
Anyone can join the drone jam, and anyone can speak as part of the light, or heavy, therapy discussions. We will have literature on hand to help attendees connect with various Toronto mental health organizations.
Drop in drone performers may arrive at any time between 3-5pm. Speakers & listeners may arrive at any time.
Speaker parameters: come to talk, come to listen, but please don’t interrupt (try to wait until the mic is in your hand). Bring a prepared speech or story to read, tell a story, ask questions, give advice, or chat as part of a discussion. If you want to talk heavy stuff, we want to listen, but please provide trigger warnings for stories of abuse. There will be space indoors for those who want a break from the discussion.
Optional: BYO drone snacks as part of our drone potluck (ideas for drone snacks: flavoured air, organic marshmallows, jasmine rice, cotton candy, lupini beans, jawbreakers). There will be free tea, as well as beverages for purchase.
This event will take place in the Music Gallery courtyard, but will move inside if there’s a chance of rain.
A few rules: no egos, no interruptions, no judgement. The Music Gallery is a safe and inclusive space with a no tolerance policy against prejudice of any kind.
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Illustration by BlanketPile