LAZARO’S DREAM

 

Before the real city could be seen, it had to be imagined, the way rumours and tall tales were a kind of charting.
— Michael Ondaatje, from IN THE SKIN OF A LION

Taking its inspiration from Michael Ondaatje's, In The Skin Of a Lion, the audio walk Lazaro’s Dream provides listeners with a haunting variation on Mr. Ondaatje’s theme of imagining the city into existence.  Beginning at the Bookmark for In the Skin of a Lion, at the Northeast corner of the Bloor Street Viaduct, history and fiction are artfully assembled into a surreal dreamscape that carries the listener along from the east side of the Bloor Street Viaduct, through part of the Danforth neighbourhood and down to Riverdale Park. The piece, written by Jules Lewis, unfolds slowly like a wandering hallucination. Memories of Toronto are fused together with original fiction and archival reimaginings, leaving the listener casually drifting through a hundred years of regional history. Scattered throughout the walk fragments of Ondaatje's iconic text (voiced by the author) 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 Koffler.digital and Project Bookmark Canada and produced by Angela Shackel of Accounts and Records.