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A Brief History of My Life As An Artist

ARTIST BIO

LARA MARGARET MARJERRISON is a queer, multidisciplinary artist with a vision of impacting the world around her through the transformative power of visual art and storytelling. She spends her days writing poetry and prose, dabbling in photography, and playing with paint, bringing to life her inside stories.

Passionately motivated by social justice and on a never-ending quest of personal evolution, Lara is a freedom fighter on a mission to liberate the voiceless, beaten down, and bound. Lara views art as a bridge between people and a means of reaching beyond her own limitations. Through her workshops, talks, poetry, and performance, she helps people tap into the unlimited power of words to heal from harm so they can show up as their whole selves, fully present and grounded in their power. Ultimately, all her work is about connection, because she knows: when we connect, we care, and when we care, we take better care...of ourselves, of others, and of the world around us.


Lara resides in Toronto with her son and her cat. When not at home creating, she’s most likely to be riding her bike or (in non-pandemic times) travelling the globe...collecting experiences, fresh perspectives, and lots and lots of rocks.

PUBLISHED WORKS

  • grief & loss & love & sex, Toronto, Indigo Press, 2019, Trade Paperback

  • Midlife on Fire (Anthology), Toronto, Restless Spirit Productions, 2021, Kindle, Trade Paperback

  • Haiku, Chennai, Arts Illustrated, April 30, 2021 Edition, Magazine

POETRY & STORYTELLING PERFORMANCES

  • Indigo Presents: In Conversation with Atticus, Lara Margaret Marjerrison, Margaret Atwood, Sabrina Benaim, Tenille K. Campbell, Crowdcast, April 1, 2021

  • Indigo Presents: In Conversation with Lara Margaret Marjerrison, Sabrina Benaim, Tenille K. Campbell, Crowdcast, February 3, 2021

  • Bodies of Stories, (Zoom) Webcast December 13, 2020 

  • grief & loss & love & sex, Warkworth Arts & Heritage, Warkworth, February 21, 2020

  • Meet the Author: Poetry Month, Brockville Public Library, April 27, 2019

  • grief & loss & love & sex, Poetry Tour, April 24-29, 2019

  • True Stories (Told Live) Toronto, Toronto Storytelling Festival, March 13, 2019

  • Raw Storytelling, The Comedy Bar (Cab Room), Toronto, February 27, 2019

  • What’s On at Indigo, Indigo Bay & Bloor, Toronto, January 28, 2019

  • grief & loss & love & sex, Self-Pub Launch, The Burdock, Toronto, October 10, 2018

  • Toronto Poetry Slam, 918 Bathurst, Toronto, August 18, 2018

  • This is Trophy, BRAVE Festival, Harbourfront, Toronto, July 28-29, 2018

  • Stories of Ours, Daniels Spectrum, Toronto, July 26, 2018

  • Voiceover for TDA Global Cycling #200for200 Campaign Promotional Video, June 13, 2017

  • Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids, The Mansion, Kingston, February 11, 2017 

  • High Stakes Storytelling, The Monarch Tavern, Toronto, March 15, 2016

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • The Women Who Lead Series, Staples Advantage Canada, Mississauga, October 29, 2014

  • Brockville Ad and Sales, Brockville Country Club, Brockville, May 14, 2014

  • Power Body Weekend with Susan Sly, Toronto, October 19-21, 2012

  • SLC Marketing Class of 2012 via Ontario East Economic Development, Kingston, March 14, 2012

FILM & SERIES (BACKGROUND)

  • The Boys, S2 E7, Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker, aired October 2, 2020

  • My Spy (feature), released April 17, 2020

  • The Handmaid’s Tale, S3 E7, Under His Eye, aired July 3, 2019

  • The Handmaid’s Tale, S3 E6, Household, aired June 26, 2019

  • The Handmaid’s Tale Cast Dance Battle, aired (on The View) June 5, 2019

  • The Handmaid’s Tale, S3 E4, God Bless the Child, aired June 12, 2019

  • American Gods, S2 E5, The Ways of the Dead, aired April 7, 2019

  • BFF Bride (feature), released February 1, 2019

  • Haunted Hospitals, S1 E6, aired November 16, 2018

  • Canada’s Smartest Person Jr, S1 E3, aired November 28, 2018

  • Titans, S1 E11, Dick Grayson, aired December 21, 2018 

SELECTED MUSICAL PERFORMANCES (SINGING) WITH CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR!

  • Across the Universe feat: Rufus Wainwright, Webcast, July 27, 2020

  • One Week feat: Barenaked Ladies, Covenant House Fundraiser, Mod Club, February 15, 2020

  • Last Christmas feat: Ruth B., Cadillac Fairview Eaton Centre, November 16, 2017

  • I Can’t Keep Quiet feat: MILCK, The Phoenix Concert Hall, February 17, 2017

  • What A Wonderful World, Cadillac Fairview Eaton Centre, December 4, 2016

  • Hallelujah feat: Rufus Wainwright, Luminato Festival, June 30, 2016

  • When Doves Cry Prince Tribute, Massey Hall, Toronto, May 2, 2016

  • Where Do The Children Play, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Gala, CBC, April 24, 2016

  • Space Oddity David Bowie Tribute, AGO, Toronto, January 16, 2016

  • Friday I’m In Love, Koodo Random Act of Happy, Christmas Campaign, Distillery, December 2015

  • Imagine feat: Reuben Bullock, Sing for Syria Campaign, Lee’s Palace, December 13, 2015

  • Putin Protest (against anti-gay laws that jailed Pussy Riot), TIFF September 8, 2013

VISUAL ART

Installation, Mixed Media, Photography x Encaustic, JINKS Art Factory, Toronto, June 1-30, 2016

WORKSHOPS/TEACHING

Tell Your Story, Storytelling Workshop w/goboomerang, Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto, July 11, 2019

BIBLIOGRAPHY: PRINT MEDIA

  • Faith Will Be Required, Prosperity Cafe Blog, May 14, 2020

  • Healing Words, Indigo Inspired Blog, January 29, 2019, (reissue) January 29, 2020

  • Author Rides Through Grief.., InQuinte, Quinte West, April 15, 2019

  • Breaking the Pattern: How I Recover, She Does The City Blog, December 18, 2017

BIBLIOGRAHY: RADIO, TELEVISION, DIGITAL MEDIA

  • Suicide Noted Podcast, August 9, 2021 

  • Global News, CKWS Morning Show, Kingston, April 18, 2019

  • The Morning Show with Buzz Collins, Rock 107.5 FM, Belleville, April 18, 2019

  • Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids Podcast, E408, April 9, 2017

  • The Mike Chalut Show, PROUD FM, February 27, 2013

  • The Life Story Project, S1 E1: Falling in Love and Broken Hearts, OWN Network, January 3, 2013

  • The Truth About Teenage Suicide, Documentary Film, Body of Light, 2011

  • The Mom Show, CityLine CityTV, 2007 

EDUCATION

  • Jessica Blank Character-Based Storytelling, 2020-Present

  • The Podcasting Workshop, Akimbo, with Seth Godin and Alex DiPalma, 2019

  • Improv Your Acting Theatre Conservatory, 2018-2019

  • Black Isle Group (Private) Speaking Coaching, 2014, 2016, 2018

  • High Stakes Storytelling Intensive, 2017

  • Jupiter J. Makins Scriptshop, 2013

  • Liaison College of Culinary Arts, Diploma with Distinction, Chef de Cuisine, 2010

  • Toronto Image Works Desktop Publishing, Certificate, 2006

  • Gestalt institute of Toronto, Two-Year Training Program, Certificate, 2006

  • Office Administration, Diploma with Distinction, St. Lawrence College, 1995

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Writer’s Union of Canada, 2019 to Present

  • The Firecracker Department, 2019 to Present

  • Script Reader, Female Voices Rock Film Festival, 2020

 

CONTACT

Thanks for your interest in my work. For review copies of my books or to book installations or interviews, feel free to get in touch and I will get back to you soon! If you're looking to book me, please use the booking forms under "Book Online". Many thanks, L.

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