On this weekend: Breast Fest in Toronto

Mar 28 2014 by
Categories : Culture

Picture 041One of the photos from the SCAR Project, part of Breast Fest 2014. 

Earlier this year, I got the chance to chat with Sylvia Soo, a joyful, creative woman who also happened to be battling a recurrence of breast cancer, about her participation in The Scar Project (check out our April edition, out now, for more on that). ‘Inspiring’ is such an inadequate word – but she really is, which is why I would be re-miss not to urge you all to head out to Breast Fest this weekend, which Soo is actually attending, in support of the exhibit’s Toronto debut.

Breast Fest, in its 6th year, is the world’s only arts festival with a primary focus on breast cancer awareness. This year they’ve got a slate full of thought-provoking documentaries and panel discussions that take the conversation about breast health beyond the pink-ribbon. It’s organised by Rethink Breast Cancer, an organisation that focuses on educating and supporting young women who have (or might develop) the disease.

My pick of the programming? One of the two Canadian documentaries screening, called ‘Valleys’, which is about two best friends rafting the Grand Canyon after one of them survives cancer, which you can catch on Sunday.

You can check out the full schedule of events here. Breast Fest runs from March 28 to April 6 at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto.

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Categories: Culture