"So many of my friends had pop star dreams and we're all at this age where we're building a life that can include our creative talents and passions in a sustainable way. It was sad for me for a bit, but now I'm ecstatic." โ€” Matthew Progress

In this chat, Toronto-born multidisciplinary artist Matthew Progress talks about his short film TXN: A Decade In Review, commissioned by the Nia Centre, which culls the recent archive of images and sound to create a capsule narrative about Black Toronto. It had its public release (Zoom-style) the week that George Floyd's murder the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet enflamed the news cycle. It got me thinking about the way that the grace of time is often denied to immigrant and racialized communities, who are denied public histories and ensnared in cycles of outrage. Matthew and I talked about the making of TXN, our meditation and grounding techniques and, because he's also a musician, the slow unfolding of multiple creative voices.

Watch TXN: A Decade In Review: https://vimeo.com/421074565

Stream his music https://smarturl.it/t3pv65

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Original music by Jahmal Padmore

Artwork by amad.studio

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