Heather McLeanby Heather McLean, York University

Toby Sharp is an urban philosopher, a think tank hipster, a TED-talking ‘creative city’ guru with the vision to transform any city. A composite character representing my interpretation of the gendered performances driving neoliberalized urban policies and planning, ‘Toby Sharp’ recently made an appearance in the Dirty Plotz cabaret at the Buddies in Bad Times theatre, a space promoting queer theatre and performance in Toronto. This short video was part of a series of performances by an ensemble of female dancers, comedians, and performance artists who came together to explore the historical exclusion and erasure of women in art and social justice movements. In the cabaret’s brochure, curator, writer, and activist Alex Tigchelaar explains that this ongoing erasure makes some women feel “fucking crazy”1. But she also claims that the margins are resourceful spaces: in them, women are continuously, resourcefully, and…

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