Lazaro’s Dream is a free, downloadable audio tour of Toronto’s Danforth neighbourhood that takes Michael Ondaatje’s iconic, award-winning novel In the Skin of a Lion as its foundation, and turns the streets of the Danforth into the backdrop of an immersive narrative for the listener. Ondaatje himself is also a voice on the audio walk.
The piece fuses memories of Toronto with original fiction & archival reimaginings, leaving the listener casually drifting through a hundred years of regional history. Scattered throughout the walk fragments of Ondaatje’s iconic text seem to float up to the surface of perception guiding the listener along through the murky world of Lazaro’s Dream.
Lazaro’s Dream is presented by the Koffler Centre of the Arts & Project Bookmark Canada.
Writer: Jules Lewis
Producer: Accounts & Records
Design: Braden Labonte
Jules Lewis is the author of the novel Waiting for Ricky Tantrum and the play Tomasso's Party, which received a Dora Award for Outstanding New Independent Production. His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Canadian Notes and Queries and other publications.
Accounts & Records
Accounts and Records is a media arts company specializing in unique audio and visual content. A&R creates artfully composed sonic experiences and narrative audio pieces that challenge the listener to consider topics and environments in new and engaging ways. A&R focuses on the production of podcasts, documentaries, radio plays and audio walks. A&R also provides original visual content, including photography, graphic design, promotional video works, and web content/design.
Born in Vancouver, British Colombia in 1982, Braden Labonte earned his BFA from OCAD University in 2006, and his MFA from York University in 2012. After his formal studies, Braden took the position of Creative Director for the Cultural Capital Consortium, an art collective that works to fund and promote artistic research and independent art projects on an international level. In 2013, Labonte and the Cultural Capital Consortium created the audience interactive, site specific, temporal public installation HOLD ON HOLD ON, SOME THINGS LAST FOREVER in the old BBC London headquarters in England that was slated for demolition. His artwork playfully considers the historical moorings and confused identity of contemporary artistic institutions and creative practices. Labonte’s artistic output spans across a diverse field of media from painting and photography, to Internet based projects, as well as immersive installations. His work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.