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Dear COHDS community,

Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and Office of Community Engagement are pleased to announce that Joyce Pillarella is the recipient of the 2019 Little Prize.


We regret that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the remaining events in the Listening Tables series have been canceled. We thank all registrants for their interest.

The Little Prize

Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and Office of Community Engagement invite nominations for the The Little Prize competition.

The Little Prize is a $500 annual award to be given by committee to a COHDS community affiliate (ie non-student, non-professor). This community affiliate will have made a meaningful contribution to their community, through oral-history research or creation, arts-based storytelling, and/or creative, place-based, oral history work. 

Deadline: September 12th, 2019, 5pm

Friday, May 31, from 5:30 to 8:30pm

With Rajni Shah, Tatiana Koroleva, and Elena Frantova

Hosted by Mariana Marcassa and Susie Showers

Presented with support from Dr. Luis Sotelo Castro and the Acts of Listening Lab at Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS).

This is the final event in a series of three meetings where artists, scholars, students, and interdisciplinary professionals will share knowledge, techniques, and questions for performing traumatic narratives in theatre. Our aim is to gradually unfold a non-linear conversation through immersive workshops and dynamic discussions.

Saturday, May 25 2019 from 10am to 8:30pm

With Bernard Duhaime, Kun Mi, Bryan Beyung, Paul Tom and Melissa Lefebvre

« Raconte-moi, Maman… »
Centre Khemara, Lived Accounts

10h - 12h (10th floor, room LB-1019)

Professeur Bernard Duhaime,
Droit international UQÀM,
Chair-Rapporteur of The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, United Nations-Human Rights

Testimonies: « Tell me, Mum… »

13h - 17h (LB DeSève Cinéma-Foyer)

Kun Mi, Bryan Beyung
Danse, Chants-Poésies-Contes
Musique et chanson, Kun Mi
Street-art, Bryan Beyung

18h30 - 20h30 (LB - DeSève Cinema)

Réalisateur Paul Tom
Film documentaire « Bagages »
et rencontre avec le réalisateur Paul Tom
et la metteure en scène Melissa Lefebvre

Download the programme of events

Register here


Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 11am - 3pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 11am - 3pm

Friday: Closed

Thursday, May 16 2019, from 5 to 7pm

With Marie Lavorel

*Please note that this workshop will be given in French.

Register here

April 26 2019, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

“What’s in a body?” is the title of RANT's residency project at the Acts of Listening Lab.

From February 25 to March 1, while in residency at the Acts of Listening Lab, the ensemble members of RANT embarked on a deep-listening journey. They investigated their ability to listen, explored better listening practices and welcomed five participants to share personal stories about conflicts they've encountered. Mental health, political upheaval, peacekeeping in former Yugoslavia, and challenging complications in modern love were some of the themes brought to the residency over the week.

The ensemble saw their empathy challenged and developed a greater appreciation for deeper, holistic listening.

In this special open house performance, RANT will feature the invited participants, the stories they shared during the residency week and a live response to their stories by the ensemble members under the RANT format. This case is unique as the performers have had time since the residency week to study in detail video material and practice embodied expression connected to each of the participants.

Originally formulated by Concordia theatre and development alumnus Julian Duarte, BFA 18, the RANT performance event model is in continuing evolution. RANT is both a theatre company and a performance event that centres on the short playback form by the same name — rant —to reflect audience members' stories. Members of the public are invited to share stories imbued with bottled-up energy, intense emotions and thoughts, which are then reflected back to them by the ensemble.

When the event has had its fill of sharing, the combined compendium of all that has been offered is then repurposed into further aesthetic renditions of performance — an artistic transformation of the communal energy.

What you will witness is a work in progress and any thoughts or insights afterwards will be welcome.

The members of RANT are honoured to be artists in residence at the Acts of Listening Lab and appreciate the time and space given to them to deepen their work.

Click here for more information.

Friday, April 26 2019, from 6 to 9pm

COHDS Film Festival highlights the link between oral history and creation. Our community of researchers, students, and artists use documentary film as a way to tell stories about the world that surrounds them, making oral history accessible to a wide audience. COHDS Film Festival features work by affiliates who use oral history and testimony in their creative practice. The festival will be an opportunity to watch films and open a dialogue between the affiliates and the community. 

Click here to register.



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