Episode 26: Memories of a “Jewish Market”
October 30, 2009

After enduring a campaign of stonewalling and slander from mainstream Jewish institutions, artist Reena Katz and curator Kim Simon’s exhibit ‘each hand as they are called’ returned to the streets of Toronto this October. radio613 caught up with Katz for the exhibit’s finale. Tune in for the results of a public site work that evokes a complex and dynamic representation of Toronto’s diverse personal, political, and cultural Yiddish and Jewish histories. Included in the broadcast – Katz’s haunting musical compositions performed throughout Kensington Market. Inspired by the exhibit, Malcah recounts the landscape of Toronto’s Jewish feminist labour movement in the 1920s and 1930s.

This week’s show concludes with a new (comic) book review segment and tries to answer what it means to be a Jew…ish cat: a reading and review of Johann Sfar’s brilliant work The Rabbi’s Cat. Music from The Barry Sisters and Adrienne Cooper.

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Episode 21: Blocklisting Jewish Art
May 21, 2009

Over the last year, Toronto sound, installation, and performance artist Reena Katz has developed an inspiring exhibit exploring Jewish history in Kensington market. The exhibit – each hand as they are called – was set to launch at the Luminato Festival on May 20, 2009. A last minute decision by the Koffler Centre For the Arts to completely dissociate from Katz, based on their perception of Katz’s Israel/Palestine politics, is currently preventing the exhibit from taking place.

radio613 spoke with Katz this week to talk about each hand as they are called, the process of blocklisting, and the efforts of hegemonic institutions to confine exchange of ideas and expression.

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Inaugural show: Christie Pits Riot
September 20, 2008

radio613’s inaugural show recognizes the 75th anniversary of the Christie Pits Riot in Toronto. Highlights from the Heritage Toronto ceremony, with reflections from historian Cyrill Mernick and Jews who experienced the Riot and the violent anti-semtism, racism, and xenophobia of the day. Also, a discussion with DIY critical hsitorian Tim Groves of the Missing Plaque Project about Toronto’s hidden past. Playwright Tara Goldstein joins the show to talk about her play “Lost Daughter” set in Toronto at the time of the Christie Pits riot…with a play reading from collective members.

Music from Geoff Berner and Pharaoh’s Daughter.

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