Brownton Abbey

Celestial beings from queer dimensions transform the historic Harbourfront Centre into a kaleidoscopic off-world temple as Brownton Abbey, the UK-based Afro-Futurist performance party with a Space Church theme, hits Toronto. Created by and centering queer people of colour, especially those with d/Disabilities (s/Super Powers), Brownton Abbey features an international collective of UK and Toronto-based artists.

The genre-defying event fuses a hyped party, performance art and the personal/political as a catalyst to celebrate intersectional identities. Take up space, drench yourself in contemporary ritual, and get transcendental on the dance floor. If you would like to dress up, please feel free to interpret the theme of Intergalactic techno church realness.

Brownton Abbey is creatively co-produced by Tarik Elmoutawakil and Rob Jones.


Performer Tarik ElmoutawakilTarik Elmoutawakil (UK) is the lead artist for Brownton Abbey. He is fixated on creating light playful atmospheres with deep theatrical experiences as a mode of brown and queer resistance, harnessing the elevation, celebration, and centering of otherness.
Ebony Rose DarkEbony Rose Dark (UK) is an interdisciplinary artist specializing in dance. Their latest work explores themes of sexuality, desire, BDSM, and black disabled bodies.
Rachael YoungRachael Young (UK) is an award-winning artist whose interdisciplinary performances traverse the boundaries between live art, dance, contemporary theatre, and socially engaged practice. Her work creates spaces for intersectional realities to be explored and celebrated, and for alternative narratives and forms to evolve and be heard.
Lasana ShabazzLasana Shabazz (UK) is a performance artist, dancer, theatre-maker, and writer whose work grapples with themes of race, sexuality, and, ultimately, transcendence
Yousef KadouraYousef Kadoura (Canada) is a Toronto-based actor, writer, and producer who has dedicated himself to performance and storytelling as tools for education and social justice. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and the Curator in Residence at Tangled Art + Disability.
Syrus Marcus WareSyrus Marcus Ware (Canada) is a Vanier Scholar, visual artist, activist, curator, and educator. Syrus uses drawing, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture. Syrus is a core-team member of Black Lives Matter Toronto and of BlacknessYes!/ Blockorama. Syrus is a PhD candidate at York University.
LALLAL (Rosina Kazi / Nicholas Murray) (Canada). Known as “musicians with a deeper social message,” LAL released their debut album “Corners” in 2002 and have since carved out a strong diaspora voice in the Canadian music scene, which remains largely unexplored by mainstream media. LAL introduces a political edge to the electronic underground, bridging the gap between art and social justice.