Humboldt will be one of the tour stops for “Listen to Dis’,” a one-of-a-kind performance of music and theatre followed by an opportunity for community conversation. The event comes to the Humboldt Uniplex on Monday, April 29 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. 

Listen to Dis’ Community Arts Organization is a crazy, cool organization based out of Regina,” explains Aileen Martin, community coordinator with Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation whose organization is instrumental to supporting the tour. “They are Saskatchewan’s only ‘crip culture’ touring band. It’s a group of individuals with different abilities and disabilities, but everybody gathers around music and performance.” 

LTD’s music ensemble, The Dripping Honeys, will be joined by guest artist Shaylee Rosnes. Their performances are described as unapologetically beautiful, satirical, ironic and hilarious. The performances are meant to interrupt hidden biases around disability in a way that makes toes tap and hands clap. 

The term ‘crip culture’ is part of a nomenclature that has evolved around life experiences and perceptions of disabled people, especially when it comes to biases and limitations perceived by others. It’s a term that’s used exclusively by the group and those with disabilities referring to art, music and other facets of their unique communication. 

“The goal of the group is to invite people in through art and facilitated dialogue to create a better understanding of access and inclusion from a ‘Crip’ perspective,” explains Martin. “Not speaking for them, but the group has reclaimed that word and taken it on for this.”  

Everyone is invited to attend the performance, entitled “Bits & Pieces of Dis’ & Dat” during their Humboldt stop as part of their tour that includes Melfort, La Ronge and North Battleford.