Amanda Parris

Amanda Parris writes a weekly column for CBC Arts and is the host of Exhibitionists on CBC Television and Marvin's Room on CBC Radio. In her spare time, she writes plays, watches too many movies and defends Beyonce against all haters. In her past lives she wrote arts based curriculum, attended numerous acting auditions, and dreamed of being interviewed by Oprah.

Latest from Amanda Parris

Point of View

Unapologetically Latinx and queer: Why I think everyone should be watching Vida

Amanda Parris: "I can already tell you that this female-led story only gets better."
Q&A

Our Dance of Revolution: This new film builds a timeline of Black queer activism in Toronto

And that's one monumental task. Amanda Parris talks with director Phillip Pike about his ambitious documentary.

Nep Sidhu's latest exhibition revisits a painful chapter of Sikh history

As Medicine for a Nightmare opens in Vancouver, the artist reflects on the making of the exhibition.
Q&A

At 77, Walter Borden is finally playing a role that reflects his Black-Indigenous identity

Now starring in Lilies, he shares how he's moved through the world thriving rather than just surviving.
Q&A

For 15 years, this Toronto artist hasn't gone anywhere without a camera

Art, music, nightlife: Kalmplex documents it all. "It's like a time capsule of Toronto from my perspective."

5 things you should know about Marie-Joseph Angélique, a Black Canadian slave who inspired this play

Angélique, a dramatic retelling of a critical moment in Canadian history, is on now at Factory Theatre.

American Gods, The Order, Cardinal...we could go on. Kawennahere Devery Jacobs is on the rise

Timing, talent and tenacity have made this Indigenous actress/filmmaker Canada's latest breakout star.
Q&A

There's never been a show about a Black female Canadian lawyer — until now

Diggstown creator Floyd Kane says just putting that image out in the world "is awesome."
Q&A

See Jane and Finch through the eyes of a neighbourhood champion

Making Mr. Jane and Finch changed this filmmaker's view of a stigmatized Toronto neighbourhood.
Point of View

In the heart of the AGO, 100 Black women artists gathered to celebrate. Is it a sign of true change?

The Feast brought together Black women and gender non-conforming artists to commemorate how far we've come — and where we can go.
Listings

Your 2019 guide to Black History Month arts and culture

A list of must-see events happening around the country.
Point of View

The good, the bad and the Green Book: Breaking down the 2019 Oscar nominations

Amanda Parris and Peter Knegt lay their highs and lows of the Academy Award noms on the table.
Q&A

The stories this hair could tell: How Coco Framboise is celebrating Black women's beauty and lives

Framboise's latest performance Afro-Dite: HairLoom honours her community and family — including her mom, who makes a special appearance.
Q&A

Even the classics are problematic. How one Toronto theatre company remixed Euripides for 2019

Playwright Jeff Ho (Ho Ka Kei) on updating an ancient story with a timely theme: redemption and forgiveness.
Point of view

Talking about Beale Street: What the movie gets right (and wrong) about Black life and love

Spoilers ahead! Amanda Parris and Lincoln Blades discuss the latest from Oscar winner Barry Jenkins. If Beale Street Could Talk expands to more cities Jan. 4.