Artist Statement:
Anyone who has driven, walked, ridden a bike through the Dufferin and Bank intersection must have noticed Kathleen the colourful crossing guard. I live at this intersection and every school day I hear and see Kathleen sing and dance her way back and forth across Dufferin Street, stopping traffic, to safely lead children across the busy road. She brings a stroller carrying a ghetto blaster to play her fantastic tunes. I Hear the Music: Dufferin Crossing Bank documents Kathleen’s popular performance.

About the Artist:
Lise Beaudry is a Franco-Ontarian artist originally from Earlton, a rural town near the Ontario/Québec border. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University (1997) and a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University (2006). Now residing in Toronto, she is the Director of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. Her photographic and video work has been shown across Canada, in the U.S., Romania, Berlin, and Arles, France during Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie. In Canada, she has exhibited in artist-run centres from coast to coast incuding A Space (Toronto), Grunt Gallery (Vancouver), Eastern Edge Gallery (St.John’s), La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury) and AXENÉO7 (Gatineau). She has produced three commissioned film and video works that have travelled to Dublin, Belgium, Yellowknife, New York and Miami. She currently is a professor in the Art and Art History program at the University of Toronto in Mississauga.

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