1st August, 2014

Outburst! Online Campaign Update & Challenge!

We are in the thick of our online campaign to raise $15,000 so we can continue to offer our one-of-a-kind FREE arts programming for young Muslim women. Only 2 weeks remain until the campaign ends and we are reaching out to your, our supporters and friends, to make it happen for us!

 You Can Support Us in 2 ways:

  1. $5 for 5 - We are asking you to donate $5 and request 4 of your friends and/or family to also donate $5. With $25, you help us to provide childcare for one arts based workshop! How great is that?
  2. See Warsan Shire! - We are hosting the amazing poet laureate Warsan Shire once again on October 14th and have limited tickets available for the public. Make a donation of $25 or more and you will receive an exclusive ticket to this event! Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity! 

To donate to our Online Campaign, click HERE 

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to email us at outburst@schliferclinic.com. Thank you for your continuous support of Outburst! 


The Outburst! Team 

29th July, 2014

Why Can’t We All Outburst?

Guest post by Shireen Ahmed - http://footybedsheets.tumblr.com/

The word Outburst is a noun and has the following definitions:

i) a sudden release of strong emotion ; ii) a sudden outbreak of a particular activity ; iii) a volcanic eruption

For me, it signifies something much more personal, important and a project that I consider a blessing to be associated with and a necessity.

My own definition is as follows:

Outburst: A movement by a group of amazing women, who identify as Muslim, coordinated by a team of 8 Muslim women, out of the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. Outburst! fosters love and friendship, encouragement and sisterhood and provides a safe space for women to seek counseling and innumerable supports. Outburst provides opportunities for women to showcase their visual art, poetry, dance, voices and express themselves artistically with solidarity and guidance.

I am so incredibly proud to be a member of the Outburst Advisory Team. I am continuously inspired, awed by all the women involved at Outburst. I have rarely seen or been in spaces for Muslim women that are as accepting and accommodating.

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As our wonderful circle grows and grows, it is important to understand that Outburst projects and programs are all free and in accessible spaces. They provide art based groups, workshops and training, crisis and individual counselling and best practice and research projects.

They employ young Muslim women whenever possible and use the expertise in the form of mentors and advisors from the community.

Outburst works hard to maintain community relationships with other organizations and is very well respected.  They exchange ideas and work with other agencies to combat Violence Against Women, run seminars on Forced Marriage and provide much-needed expertise on issues relating to Young Muslim women in Canada.

I have had the privilege of participating in a few of their projects, travelling to a conference where they presented and am constantly learning and more impressed after each encounter.

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Their pioneering work is phenomenal.

Outburst! Young Muslim Women’s Project is a movement by virtue of its mandate and its very existence empowers..

And for Outburst! to continue, they need your support.

Please continue to donating to, participating and supporting Outburst.

Let’s keep Toronto as one of the most vibrant, inclusive and phenomenal communities of Muslim women in Canada.

We all need Outburst.



Shireen Ahmed is a writer and advocate focusing on Muslim women in Sports. She is an athlete, community organizer, and works with Youth of Colour on empowerment projects and is an avid sports coach and mentor. She lives in the Greater Toronto Area.

22nd July, 2014

Outburst! Crush: Shireen Ahmed, Writer, Blogger & Storyteller


We <3 our sheroes! You can #supportOutburst at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/outburst-young-muslim-women-s-project-ramadan-campaign

About Shireen

Shireen Ahmed is a writer and advocate focusing on Muslim women in Sports. She is an athlete, community organizer, and works with Youth of Colour on empowerment projects and is an avid sports coach and mentor. She lives in the Greater Toronto Area.

Twitter: @_shireenahmed_

Tumblr: footybedsheets.tumblr.com 

17th July, 2014

Outburst! Crush: Hawa Abdullah, Poet & Performer

We <3 our fam! You can #supportOutburst at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/outburst-young-muslim-women-s-project-ramadan-campaign

About Hawa 

A performer at this year’s “Volume: Sisters Make Noise”, Hawa Abdullah has sustained a passion for poetry from a young age. She is a Tanzanian Canadian, with a background in philosophy and anthropology. Hawa believes in the transformative power of art and in the potential for poetry to connect to the hearts and minds of others. She currently shares her words with community through writing and performance. Hawa is also one of the poets featured in our second poetry book: Homebound II/Storytellers I: Muslim Women’s Poetry Collection; and she exhibited at (mus)interpreted Muslim women art gallery show at the Daniels Spectrum!

15th July, 2014

Volume: Sisters Make Noise – An Evening of Reflection and Celebration.

On the evening of May 22nd, Outburst! alongside our project partners SpeakSudan, Renaissance Project and Gashanti Unity, hosted Volume: Sisters Make Noise. This evening was a celebration of young Muslim women artists, poets, singers and spoken word & hip hop artists. It was also the launch of our second poetry book:Homebound II/Storytellers I: Young Muslim Women’s Poetry Collection. This book features the voices and words of young women who participated in our two poetry workshop series this past year: Homebound and Storytellers. Never have we witnessed such a dynamic and vibrant mixture of young women in our community taking up space and making some serious NOISE!

Sharing the stage with so many powerful, vulnerable, and loving womyn. MASHALLAH! All the love and support from my friends and the guests that journeyed with us – Volume Performer

Events like Volume are a reminder to us at Outburst! the importance of having these spaces available to our community; so young Muslim women can come together and create, celebrate and join in sisterhood. Witnessing this event reaffirmed for us that we need to provide these platforms for creative expression to occur. This is why the Outburst! Young Muslim Women’s Project Ramadan Campaign is so necessary. Funds raised will allow for us to continue to offer opportunities like Volume next year. It will allow for us to continue to hold FREE poetry, spoken word, mixed media, photography workshops for young Muslim women; arts retreats with celebrated & award-winning poet Warsan Shire and a research symposium for young Muslim women talking about the issues that affect us. In return for your generous donation, we are offering some incredible perks!

Donate to our Indiegogo campaign HERE.

*Outburst! would also like to thank the wonderful caterers at CaterToronto for their delicious it-tastes-like-home food; for the generous support of Artscape for their contributions to our use of their facilities and finally Elevated Moments for taking these awesome pictures: