Behind the Masc with Carlos Andrés Gómez: The MUST SEE keynote event for the ‘What Makes a Man’ White Ribbon Conference

“Every person makes a difference – what difference are you making?” – Carlos Andrés Gómez

It was at the end of September 2009 when Jeff Perera first brought Carlos Andrés Gómez to Ryerson University to perform a special presentation of his vivid spoken word pieces centred around themes of masculinity, with each piece sparking discussion and reflection from the audience. After many laughs, tears, quietly shared personal stories, strong statements of release and powerful moments discussing men and courage, beauty, fear and freedom … Behind The Masc provided us with a night we will never forget. Carlos reflected the next day saying “Wow, what a special night last night. thank you Ryerson, thank you Toronto”.

Carlos returns to the space where it all started to once again deliver Behind The Masc, the keynote event for ‘What Makes a Man…’ the White Ribbon Conference at Ryerson University.




The 2011 Urban Hip Hop Union Poetry Slam winner Buddhika Bellana will open for Carlos!!

Behind the Masc: with Carlos Andrés Gómez: A special interactive and intimate performance that looks at what it means to be a ‘good man’ in a world where ‘masculinity’ is confined by the narrowest of definitions. Carlos performs a spoken word piece addressing various themes around masculinity and then the audience shares provoked thoughts, their reflections and own related stories. It will also be an exploration of the powerful and beautiful things that can define manhood.



What makes this a spoken word event like no other is that Reilly Dow, Graphic Recorder. will illustrate Carlos’ Spoken word pieces and the discussions/reactions to each piece in a linear illustration capturing the entire event visually!!!




Join us at ‘What Makes a Man’ the White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 12th to hear Carlos facilitate and perform the keynote at a discussion-focused conference looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.
10:30am – 3:30pm SCC 115, Student Campus Centre, 55 Gould St, Ryerson University 

$5 for Ryerson members. $10 for friends of Ryerson (or pay what you can)
Lunch provided by Salad King.

Keynote event ‘Behind the Masc’ with Carlos Andrés Gómez and Reilly Dow (graphic recorder) @ 4:30pm
Admission $10* (or pay what you can – free for Conference Delegates)

*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign*
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