Tapestry Opera’s experimental series TAP:EX radically pushes the boundaries and intersections of opera combining genres such as punk rock, film, Persian classical music, physical theatre, turntablism and hip hop. The fifth installment of the series, TAP:EX Augmented Opera, in association with Vancouver’s re:Naissance Opera, takes over Sidewalk Labs’ innovation workspace – a first-time venue for the opera company. From November 20 – 23 the show delves into the world of analog and digital storytelling augmentation, challenging our notion of what is real.
Conceived by Tapestry Opera’s Artistic Director Michael Hidetoshi Mori, composer Benton Roark, and co-director Debi Wong, TAP:EX Augmented Opera explores the ways we experience memories: how they are sometimes completely sensory, how specific ones haunt us, and how they change over lifetimes.
“We live in a world that pushes us to extend or augment our lived experiences through technology,” says Michael Hidetoshi Mori, Tapestry Opera’s Artistic Director. “When conceiving this opera we asked ourselves, ‘what does the 21st century offer opera?’ The result is TAP: EX Augmented Opera, which blurs the lines of what’s real and what’s not, very much mimicking the world we live in.”
This installment of TAP: EX offers a take on a Silicon Valley product launch where audiences will be invited to be the first to learn about Elysium, a new cloud-based technology that reimagines the afterlife as a perfect curation of our best memories. This fictional product draws attention to the modern world developing technologies that multiply our options and experiences, but asks us to examine what is at stake when we choose to adopt them. Audiences are invited to come early and explore Sidewalk’s bold new ideas for Toronto as well as an early prototype of OrpheusVR, a virtual reality opera in development with re:Naissance Opera.
About Tapestry Opera:
Tapestry Opera is an award-winning Toronto-based company, dedicated solely to creating, developing and performing original Canadian opera. Tapestry is passionate about uniquely Canadian stories, told in innovative settings, unforgettably interpreted by world class singers and musicians. Tapestry supports emerging artists, develops new audiences, and brings Canadian opera to the world stage. Founded in 1979, Tapestry is the voice of original contemporary Canadian opera.
What is 307?
We’ve transformed an old fish processing plant and parking lot into an experimental work space — 307 is where Sidewalk Labs works every day in Toronto and is open to the public every weekend. Inside and outside, we’re exploring some of the ideas that could become part of this future neighbourhood and establishing an open venue for community collaboration. We’re excited to co-create and share our explorations with you as the Sidewalk Toronto project evolves.
Who Is Invited?
You! And anyone else you know who is interested in the past and future of Toronto. Let us know you’ll be there by clicking the RSVP button right here on this page.
Getting to 307
307 is located at 307 Lake Shore Boulevard East (at the base of Queens Quay East and Parliament Street). There are a number of options for getting here:
- Bike Share: We’re thrilled to offer the first Bike Share Toronto station on Quayside, located at Parliament and Lake Shore Boulevard East.
- Cycling: There is limited bike parking onsite at 307. There is additional bike parking is available at 333 Lake Shore Boulevard East.
- Bus: 307 is accessible by TTC on the 72B Pape.
- Wheel-trans: A designated drop-off/pick-up point can be found on the east side of Small Street, between Parliament Street and Lakeshore Boulevard East. An orange path will lead from the drop off point to the main entrance.
- Parking: Pay parking is available at 333 Lakeshore Boulevard East (enter from Parliament Street).
Accessibility at 307
Site and select washrooms are wheelchair accessible. ASL-English interpretation will be available for this event. Find out more about accessibility at 307 with our PDF guide here (find screen reader version here). Please reach out to our team at [email protected] should you have any questions about accessibility.