LIVE Biennale: A Tender Engine

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Friday, October 13, 2023
Friday, October 13, 2023

A Tender Engine is a queer re-imagining of the romance between the Flying Scotsman steam locomotive and her first caretaker, Alan Pegler. Like, come on – they were obviously in love! Throughout this 50-minute show, Megan Arnold simultaneously performs the roles of each character, the narrator, and the stage crew. Expect a lip-sync, a love song, multiple millionaires bankrupted, and flying trains. This performance art/experimental theatre/alternative comedy hybrid by Megan Arnold was developed and first presented during her final year in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Guelph.

Doors at 8:00 pm
Performance at 8:30 pm

Venue Accessibility

VIVO is located in the homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples in a warehouse space at 2625 Kaslo Street south of East Broadway at the end of E 10th. Transit line 9 stops at Kaslo Street on Broadway. From the bus stop, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight decline. The closest skytrain station is Renfrew Station, which is three blocks south-east of VIVO and has an elevator. From there, the path is paved, curbless, and on a slight incline. There is parking available at VIVO, including wheelchair access parking. There is a bike rack at the entrance. The front entrance leads indoors to a set of 7 stairs to the lobby.

Wheelchair/Walker Access

A wheelchair ramp is located at the west side of the main entrance. The ramp has two runs: the first run is 20 feet long, and the second run is 26 feet. The ramp is 60 inches wide. The slope is 1:12. The ramp itself is concrete and has handrails on both sides. There is an outward swinging door (34 inch width) at the top of the ramp leading to a vestibule. A second outward swinging door (33 inch width) opens into the exhibition space. Buzzers and intercoms are located at both doors to notify staff during regular office hours or events to unlock the doors. Once unlocked, visitors can use automatic operators to open the doors.


There are two all-gender washrooms. One has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The other is a single room with a urinal and is wheelchair accessible: the door is 33 inches wide and inward swinging, without automation. The toilet has 11 inch clearance on the left side and a handrail.

To reach the bathrooms from the studio, exit through the double doors and proceed straight through the lobby and down the hall . Turn left, and the two bathrooms will be on your right side. The closest one has a stall and is not wheelchair accessible. The far bathroom is accessible.

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Megan Arnold (she/they) is a Filipinx-Canadian artist currently based on Treaty 3 Territory in so-called Guelph, ON. Recently, she has exhibited/performed at Galerie Nicolas Robert (Toronto), Chopped Liver Comedy (Toronto), PINCH Cabaret (Waterloo), Kazoo! Fest (Guelph), and
Entertainment Club (Salford, UK). They have participated in artist residencies in Ontario, the UK, Iceland, and Newfoundland. Megan obtained a BFA from the University of Western Ontario in 2015 and an MFA from the University of Guelph in 2023. She is a current Board Member at Ed Video Media Arts Centre.

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