Bring your own beach blanket and sit under the virtual stars as the soul-stirring Maylee Todd transforms the Great Hall into her own personal summer dreamscape. An intimate, synthesized version of her hit LP Escapology like you have never heard it before, the Planetarium is guided by director Steven McCarthy and features a kaleidoscope of visuals and live projection design made live by award-winning filmmaker Tess Girard.
So bring a pillow and get cozy, close and cuddle with a old or new friend because this show is on the ceiling.
Maylee Todd is a dynamic and multi-faceted artist, based in Toronto. Her creativity derives its inspiration from a wide range of artistic disciplines: songwriting, production, film, performance art, and design. Maylee’s music combines organic and electronic forms, including elements of boogie, bossa, space funk, psychedelia and soul. She is truly a free spirit who brings all of these seemingly disparate influences into honest, soulful, harmonious yet uncompromising vibrations.
Steven McCarthy‘s company Candles are for Burning’s unofficial mandate is to make rock ‘n roll like it’s theatre, and theatre like it’s rock n’ roll. He is the leader of the 10 piece funk extravaganza The ElastoCitizens who were featured in the critically acclaimed feature film Picture Day. As a theatre creator he has recently directed the award-winning BOBLO, the workshop production of The 20th of November, and the critically acclaimed BLISS. In the fall he will take part in the Bill Glassco residency at Tadoussac to work on his translation of Guillaume Corbeil’s 5 Visages pour Camille Brunelle and he is presently creating a multi-disciplinary piece called Memory Play with frequent collaborator Beth Kates.
Tess Girard is a Toronto and Prince Edward County-based filmmaker who’s highly visual work lies somewhere between documentary and experimental. Her recent films include Old Growth (TIFF 2012, Canada’s Top Ten 2012), A Simple Rhythm (Hot Docs 2011) and Benediction (TIFF 2005, Best Production at FFM 2005, Best Cinematography WSFF 2006). Girard’s recent live video work includes collaborations with the Art of Time Ensemble for “The War of the Worlds” and “Russia in Exile” and Do Make Say Think’s “Other Truths” concert series.