"Habibiz" — a group exhibition by Way Past Kennedy Road, opening February 7th

Habibiz Postcard (Front)

Following the Shisha Ban which came into effect on April 1st, 2016 and has since forced nearly 70 predominantly Black and Brown migrant-owned businesses to close and/or restructure their livelihoods, the owner of Kennedy Road’s Very Own Habibiz Shisha Lounge asks, “Where else is there for us in this city?”

HABIBIZ is a group exhibit by Way Past Kennedy Road taking up Toronto’s Shisha Ban to consider what it means to illegalize already hypersurveilled spaces and extending a conversation on radical traditions of placemaking across the GTA.

Habibiz is curated by Jessica Kirk and Mitra Fakhrashrafi of Way Past Kennedy Road, and features work by:

Amani Bin Shikhan with Sisterhood Media | Mahdi Chowdhury | Idil Djafer | N. Fatima | Noor Khan | Maymuna Mohamed | Tania Peralta

Opening Reception | February 7th, 2019 from 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates | February 8th – February 23rd
Gallery Hours | Wednesday to Friday from 12-7pm, Saturdays from 12-5pm

Curator’s Talk + Free Button Making | February 14th from 4pm - 7pm
“The Feeling of Being Watched” Screening | February 15th from 6pm - 9pm
Digital Justice Lab Workshop | Saturday February 23rd from 2pm - 5pm

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To guests with scent sensitivities or asthmatic symptoms: there will be tobacco smoke in Margin of Eras Gallery for the later part of Habibiz opening reception, on February 7th between 8pm - 10pm.


Way Past Kennedy Road is a collective of multidisciplinary emerging artists based in Scarborough and other rejected but resilient corners of the GTA. We build spaces for ourselves both online and offline, and use art as a means of resisting the borders, boundaries, and (un)belongings that define each of our lives and our work in distinct ways.