Where there is Smoke

Headphone, flyers and sit and listen sign displayed on table

Where There is Smoke engaged families during Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week 2019 ran from October 6 to 12. It is a time where communities and fire services across the province host a number of events to help raise awareness and keep people safe. As an early kickoff, the Toronto Fire & EMS Training Centre invited us to share a special presentation of Where There Is Smoke — an audio installation of work stories by female firefighters — on Saturday, October 5th in Leslieville.

The installation was set in the atrium during the open house,

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ArtBridges Award

Red Dress receives Remarkable Creativity! Award

ArtBridges Fourth Annual Recognition Awards showcase outstanding work in community arts across Canada in the areas of innovation, resilience, and creativity. We are proud to announce that we are the recipient of the ArtBridges 2018 Remarkable Creativity! Award for Where There Is Smoke.

Of the reasons for nominating us, it was said:

“The magic of the artistic experience with Red Dress Productions is in no small part…. Through their empathy and remarkable creativity, they became, for us,

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Where There Is Smoke at UTSC

Where There Is Smoke: UTSC, December 4-5, 2018

Where There Is Smoke
an audio installation of work stories by female firefighters
December 4 & 5, 2018
Gallery 1265

SW209
University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
1265 Military Trail
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

During our residency at UTSC, we’ve been looking at the why and the how of our art-making process in order to invite students into this way of working.

Where There Is Smoke is a good fit because it relates to the work we’ve been doing in the Theatre &

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Telling stories: Where There Is Smoke

Read this thoughtful article by firefighter Julie Petruzzellis, Telling Stories: Where There is Smoke (PDF, 541 KB).

Julie first approached Red Dress Productions with a vision for what became the Women Firefighter Narrative Visibility Project — published in Fire Service Women Ontario’s quarterly print publication, Autumn 2018 issue.

Upcoming

Fire Service Women Ontario
Annual Professional Development Symposium & AGM
Kitchener-Waterloo
October 26 and 27, 2018

In Situ Festival
Small Arms Building
Mississauga,

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Where There Is Smoke: The Women Firefighter Narrative Visibility Project

Where There Is Smoke
Installation and reception
Saturday June 16, 2018
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre
51 Stuart Street, Hamilton, ON

An interactive, audio installation featuring women firefighters’ stories of standout and workaday moments from the community and the fire hall; a multi-dimensional portrait of career and volunteer firefighters with a diverse range of experiences and perspectives on camaraderie, fire science, training, and being one (or a few) amongst many.

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