VERB FRAU TV Season 5 Reception

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Please join us on April 5 to celebrate the recently launched fifth season of Verb Frau TV with Margaret Dragu and her collaborators, Moira Simpson, Jade Chen and Sarah Sheard (via Facetime). A screening of two of the episodes will start at 7PM sharp, followed by time for comments and questions from the audience and those present from the Verb Frau TV team.



Verb Frau TV is an ongoing experiment in broadcast that consolidates many of Dragu’s personae in Verb Frau TV as feature interviewer, performer, and personality, Verb Frau, investigating contemporary performance art practice through conversations with international artists, from the new and emerging to the senior and famous.

For Season 5 VERB FRAU (aka Margaret Dragu) heads to Toronto for the 7a*11d Festival of Performance Art. Like a late night talk show host, VERB FRAU presides over the desktop, where she interviews local/national/international artists about topics/notions/ideas that are important to performance art while discovering intimate details about the artists’ personal creative processes. At the end of each interview, the artist creates a 1 – 3 minute live Desktop Performance for camera and broadcast. The Desktop Performances were so popular with both festival and virtual TV public, VERB FRAU hosted an all-day all-desktop performance event for Episode 6.

All episodes and previous seasons are available to be streamed for free at:

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.

About the 

Margaret Dragu aka Verb Woman, aka Lady Justice, is a renowned interdisciplinary performance artist living and working in Vancouver. She returns to NSL&G to present material from her ongoing How To Be Old How To Guide series, taking on thoughts and issues to do with aging, culture and society. 3 videos will be screened: Get Devices, Get Rolling and Get Group-y.


Moira Simpson is an award-winning freelance director, cinematographer and editor of documentaries. Her career spans more than 30 years and encompasses many National Film Board, independent and television docs. Her work in film, video and new media is informed by a belief that film can be a powerful impetus for social justice. Simpson is drawn to projects featuring women who are change-makers. She has taught filmmaking at Emily Carr, SFU and UBC and has given filmmaking and digital storytelling workshops across Canada and the Arctic, as well as in Nairobi, Kenya. Although still passionately committed to making docs, Mo has recently been enjoying working on short dance and art-aktion performance pieces.


Jade Chen is an emerging media artist from Emily Carr University. Her work deals with identity and the human body. Born in Taiwan but raised on Vancouver Island she draws on her personal experiences to create emotionally driven work. Jade will be showcasing her latest piece in The Show at Emily Carr May 5th-21st


Sarah Sheard has been a published novelist for over 40 years and a writing instructor with Humber-Guelph College and Ryerson University since 1995. She was a fiction editor on the Coach House Press Editorial Board for 13 of those years. For the past 4 years, she edited and illustrated Psychologica, an e-zine of informal essays by and for psychotherapists.

Sarah is currently drafting an experimental memoir, Blood Bed, creating performative, visual and written material for video; and she is also composing the soundtrack.

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