- Trampoline Hall founder Sheila Heti has said: “Writing is a solitary thing that barely involves other people.” She decided on a lecture series so as to involve other people “in a way that wasn’t strictly collaborative,” adding: “You can’t change the world, but you can change Toronto.”
- According to Heti, Trampoline Hall exists to give a platform to people who are “doing interesting things, but who aren’t local celebrities or media darlings and don’t have a venue to tell the world what they’re passionate about.”
- Aims to build a shared, collective knowledge between lecturer and audience.
Notable past and current activities:
- Currently, Trampoline Hall is a monthly lecture series hosted by Misha Glouberman. Every first Monday of the month, from 8-11 pm, three lecturers speak on subjects about which they are not experts, and they answer audience questions.
- Notable past lectures (available on their podcast):
- “Burritos” by Monica Heisey
- “Dads” by Emily Keeler
- Past location: Sneaky Dee’s; present location: The Garrison
- In 2002, Trampoline Hall
- went on a US Tour through ten cities, including Buffalo, Boston, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Washington, and Chicago.
- held a Trampoline Hall What Is Beauty? Pageant, in which seven women and four men competed through costume change and lectures for the title of Miss Trampoline Hall.
- In 2017, Trampoline Hall started a podcast.
Ways in which people can get involved:
- Attend the next show!
- Tell other people to attend a show!
- While you’re there, buy a button.
- After you’ve gone, follow them on Twitter.
- Email them encouragement, or to suggest a lecturer.
Information compiled by Carol Eugene Park and an anonymous contributor.