Hey Toronto, what are you doing Saturday?


The Breast Fest Film Fest has organized an exciting afternoon of awareness on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. While many of the events are focused on breast cancer, the organizers have told me non-breast cancer survivors should still get a lot of interesting information and entertainment out of the events.

They will be screening Crazy Sexy Cancer which will be followed by a panel discussion called Making Waves: How Young Adults With Cancer Are Taking Action.

The panel will be moderated by Tasha Westerman of Rethink Breast Cancer and will consist of Catherine Birch, Peter Laneas, and Scott Adams. Some of you might be very familiar with those names!

The event poster says, “If you’re like most young people, you may be busy planning  a career, a family, a home and an impressive array of adventures. When faced with a life-altering  cancer diagnosis, this spirited demographic is also able to make time for something else: passion for their cause.

“Participate in this lively discussion to learn about the unique experiences of young adult cancer survivors–and what compels them to take action in their communities. From political advocacy and raising awareness to blogging and creating peer support networks, they demonstrate that cancer can be a catalyst for change.”

Do you want to go?

They are giving away free passes to the first 10 people who email hello@breastfestfilmfest.com with the subject line BREAST FEST YACC. Remember, this event is in a couple of days, so act quickly!

If you don’t qualify for the free pass, you can purchase tickets from their website for $10 each.

When: Saturday, November 19 at 1 p.m.

Where: The ROM (100 Queen’s Park West – Theatre entrance)


What else is going on?

The Breast Fest Film Fest is running from November 18-20 and there are a lot of exciting events to attend. Here are some of the highlights:

BETWEEN THE MAINSTREAM AND THE MEDICINE WHEEL: ABORIGINAL WOMEN AND BREAST CANCER. How is the experience of having breast cancer unique for Aboriginal women in Canada? Is it possible to build trust between community members and the health care system to bridge the gap between traditional indigenous healing practices and mainstream approaches to cancer treatment? Join us for a conversation with Sandra Ahenakew (director and subject of One Of The One Percent),a Cree woman and breast cancer survivor, and Lee Styres-Loft, Aboriginal Patient Navigator at the Juravinski Cancer Centre.

COMEDY AND CANCER: HOW HUMOUR IS USED TO DISCUSS SERIOUS ILLNESS. With the increase of film and television comedies about cancer how do artists negotiate the line between being funny and socially relevant and creating offense? Moderated by Richard Crouse, film critic. Speakers: Tania Katan, playwright and performer; Allison Lane, comic; Michael McGowan, filmmaker.

TITS N’ SASS: An Evening of Comedy Benefitting Rethink Breast Cancer. Hosted by the extraordinary Elvira Kurt, the evening features an outstanding line-up of stand-up and comedic performers including: Sandra Battaglini, Gavin Crawford, Tania Katan, Allison Lane, Sandra Shamas and Dawn Whitwell. TITS N’ SASS is a night of intelligent and irreverent humour in support of a great cause. Don’t miss it.