About Kamal Al-Solaylee

Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of the national bestselling memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award and was a finalist for the CBC’s Canada Reads, the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction. His latest book, Brown, was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction, the Trillium Book Award and won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. He is an associate professor of journalism at Ryerson University and is the 2018 Jury Chair for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Shades of Brown also displayed works by Montreal artists, Sundus Abdul Hadi and Yassin ‘Narcy’ Alsalman.


is a multimedia series about war and culture, of visual and sonic components. This project was initiated as a painting series combatting the stereotypical image of Arabs in the Western Media as gun-toting and violent, functioning as a form of censorship and also as an act of resisting stereotypes.

By replacing weapons of war with musical instruments, the WARCHESTRA experience aims to reimagine the mediasaturated spaces of the Middle East, and Iraq in particular, through collage and sound.

Learn more about these two artists by visiting We Are The Medium.


April 18, 2018 From Brexit to cheap labour, from Islamophobia to colourism, and from global migration to the rise in ethno-nationalism, in this talk Professor Kamal Al-Solaylee explored what it means to be brown skinned in a world where colour lines determine political, economic and social status.

Book: Brown