A person or thing held in awe or generally referred to with near reverential admiration on the basis of popularly repeated stories (whether real or fictitious).
– from OED definition, “myth”
Myths are specific accounts of gods or superhuman beings involved in extraordinary events or circumstances in a time that is unspecified but which is understood as existing apart from ordinary human experience.
While the outline of myths from a past period or from a society other than one’s own can usually be seen quite clearly, to recognize the myths that are dominant in one’s own time and society is always difficult. This is hardly surprising, because a myth has its authority not by proving itself but by presenting itself.
[…]it is clear that in their general characteristics and in their details a people’s myths reflect, express, and explore the people’s self-image.
– from Encyclopaedia Britannica entry, “myth” (emphasis mine)
With this in mind, I’ve assembled a diverse collective of artists (teacher/actor Michael Reinhart, dancer Colleen Snell, musician/writer/performer Alex Eddington, actor Ximena Huizi and myself) to lead two workshops this Saturday, Sept. 26th as part of Etobicoke Lakeshore Culture Days.
WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOUR STORIES! YOUR STORIES OF LIVING, WORKING AND PLAYING IN ETOBICOKE.
The goal of the day is to take these stories, extract their essence and form them into the contemporary MYTHS of your town.
The day will culminate in a FREE PERFORMANCE at (around) 2PM @ the HUMBER HOTSPOT (Lakeshore and Kipling).
So please, come on out; take part in our FREE WORKSHOPS from 1am-1pm and check out what kind of thing we’ll have made with your help @ 2pm. You can also participate from afar by using #mythsofmytown on twitter or instagram!