September 17, 2022 10:30PM-late

Event Information:
Sugarloaf—an upcoming dance party organized by the Implicit Choreographies & Relational Topographies artist-in-residence Simon Fuh. The location of the party can be obtained by sending a direct message to Simon and will be publicly released closer to September 17th.

In planning Implicit Choreographies & Relational Topographies, Chris and I were interested in commissioning an artist to engage with the lower Don Valley in a durational and sustained capacity over the course of the program. We felt Simon’s engagement and research into the social memory and relations surrounding parties would be an exciting complement to the ravine–a site in which outdoor raves are held often and whose sloping topography sustains underground gathering. This sense of a below-ness reoccurs in Simon’s practice, most recently in the commissioned sound arrangement titled Greenlight: Carlaw.

Throughout the summer, Simon has routinely visited the lower Don Valley and Portlands areas in search of DIY and ad hoc parties happening in these borderland and peripheral spaces of the city. Somewhere between social ethnography and theatricality, he has been using field recordings to chart a sonic topography of improvised gatherings in the ravine. This expanding set of recordings asks: how do these social moments frame their setting and, conversely, how does the ravine influence them? The sound of music playing, the crowd bustling, and the generator rattling is always underscored by the sound of water; be it the Don River’s quiet flowing or lapping waves at Cherry Beach. The flow of these recordings remind us that these sites are interconnected through the flow of water, by way of the Don River south towards Lake Ontario.

Pumice Raft · Cherry Beach Field Recording by Simon Fuh

The party will also feature sets by local artists and DJ's including DJ Durga, Fox Sore, and snailspace. BYOB but free water bottles will be available. Bring a sweater in case you get chilly!

Simon Fuh is an artist and writer based in Toronto, ON. He has a Master’s of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto, where he was awarded the Joseph Armand Bombardier SSHRC Scholarship. Recent exhibitions include Memory Theatre, 1 Spadina Cres. (Toronto, ON), places where sounds turn to dreams…, Hearth Gallery (Toronto, ON), Eternal Wish Radio, Forest City Gallery (London, ON), and Down the Rabbit Hole, 330g (Saskatoon, SK). Simon has published writing with C Magazine, Hearth Gallery, and Susan Hobbs Gallery, and published an artist book titled For Now You Had to Be There with Gravitron Press in 2022.

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