Shore Lunch: addressing the layered history of Toronto’s shoreline

We interviewed Fresh Ground new works commissioned artist Lisa Myers about her multidisciplinary, three form work entitled Shore Lunch. In her own words, Shore Lunch is a multi-site art venue that takes the form of a camp kitchen. Inspired by stories of her Mother’s fishing skills and her love for pulling up on an island and frying up fish over a fire, Lisa Myers created this project to think more about the layers of history around the Great Lakes from an Indigenous perspective and to camp out for a while to acknowledge the different kinds of sustenance we get from this place.

The final performance or form of Shore Lunch is entitled Listen to This and features a musical performance by Anishinaabe musician, interdisciplinary media artist, and writer Melody McKiver alongside Lisa Myers. The two artists will perform songs created to acknowledge wild rice, blueberries, fish and maple syrup – food from the Great Lakes watershed.

Don’t miss your last two chances to experience this layered and thoughtful work in our very own Canada Square, and take home some of the art multiples created by Lisa.

SUNDAY, JUNE 29 1pm to 2pm

TUESDAY, JULY 1st 1pm to 2pm


More about the artists:

Melody McKiver is an Anishinaabe musician, interdisciplinary media artist,and writer based in Ottawa. Melody is Anishinaabe of mixed heritage, with ancestry in Obishikokaang Wemitigoozhiiwitigwaaning Lac Seul First Nation. Melody holds an MA in Ethnomusicology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (2014) and an Honours BFA in Music, Minor in Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity from York University (2010). Melody?s musical practice spans across viola/violin, drums and percussion, and guitar, drawing upon a broad set of influences that includes hip hop, electronic, contemporary classical, jazz, and blues. Melody works with digital video and photography to capture images of Indigenous resurgence, and uses this footage editorially and within video and sound art.

Lisa Myers is an independent curator, artist, musician and chef with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. In 2011, Myers earned an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD U. Previous to this, Myers cooked for many years at Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre. Her community work included coordinating and editing the Enaahtig community cookbook, and designing and facilitating an art and food programme for youth at the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre. Musical projects include bands Chicken Milk, Venus Cures All and Adaptor 45. She has exhibited her artwork in venues including Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Peterborough and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is a member of Beausoleil First Nation and is based in both Toronto and Port Severn, Ontario.