Hilary Wear​

About The Show

‘Gnabby Boomer
Hilary Wear​

Hilary Wear is an artist who currently trusts (and offers) 3 things: Performance (through Clown-ing), Indigenous Seasonal Culture-Grounded mind-body-spirit-emo practice (through Qi Gong-ing), natural law (through Anishinaabemowin, through Medicin-ing).

Motherwort Tea Station
09.30 – 17h – 21h

Qi Gong Activity
10.01 – ​12h30 / 12h45 / 13h45 / 14h


Warning: If you wear chemical scents you can fully participate, kindly without coming near the Clown.

Language: Phys. English, Anishinaabemowin

Motherwort Tea Station

Friday, 30 SEPT
Available between 17:00 and 21:00

The Motherwort Tea Station features a Clown named ‘Gnabby Boomer who will make the tea & serve you, maybe. ’Gnabby Boomer is a Clown from this Earth. They will be offering Motherwort Tea in the lobby on Friday night. First produced as part of Precarious Festival Residency 2018/19, this installation explores peoples’ agency around approaching and potentially utilizing a Giveaway of plant medicines.

Motherwort Tea Station: Enjoy some brewed or takehome tea (or smoke, or seeds), offered by ‘Gnabby Boomer, a Clown from this earth. ‘Gnabby welcomes joiners in whatever she is doing: drinking tea (within limits); discussing things with her Mkwa buddy; making and using swazzle sticks; Qi Gong; observing the space and people; listening to the space and people; going to the washroom; resting.​

Qi Gong sessions

Saturday, 1 OCT

‘Gnabby Boomer, a Clown from this earth offers chance-chosen song-sized Qi Gong sessions outside between shows. Qi-Gong-idaa! Adapts for everybody and age. It feels so good, Let’s do it, Together!

Hilary Wear

Hilary Wear is a theatre artist and a Métis woman. Hilary is a semi-active person, primarily within the amazing Anishinaabeg and other Communities around Peterborough Ontario, Canada and also supporting assorted regional and national initiatives. In 2023 she will offer seasonal activities for working arts groups on the Michi Saagig Anishinaabeg territory properties for which she shares responsibility. Her kids are all grown, she is still with The Farmer, and she has never been to Montreal!

Hilary writes and performs site-specific Clown turns; text and/or movement-based pieces for stage; collaborates in co-creations and devising for performance; and works for others as an actor. During Covid years she fundraised and co-learned with youth around organic, regenerative agriculture re: mitigation-eradication of invasive plants species. She also creates workshops & has designed, and delivers, an experiential-learning university course around working, playing together, with stories. Hilary is an accredited Therapeutic Clown in Canada (duo practice) and is celebrating the co-creation of expressive comedic- arts & connection opportunities, both live and on-line, with institutionalized people: Adults & Elders in long term care & hospitals and children in rehabilitation residences.

Hilary is most happy when playing with others (in a good way!) initiating inter-generational groups that are focused on fun, and naturally welcome Anishinaabemowin, language. Giveaway and Qi Gong practices with self-selected audience-participants are her most engaging current theatre-Clown-research concerns at present. Hilary is also very interested in basketmaking from the roots of the plants, through design, to the vessels created: useful x4!

P.S Maybe you’ll join the international #StopEcocide movement?!