An Evening With Irem and Remrov to benefit Autism Research

Come out and enjoy a magical evening uniting the musical stylings of the Irem Bekter Quintet, taking you on a trip through love, hope, war and migration which will touch the humanity of all present, along with a captivating presentation and keynote speech by Autistic pencil artist, Casey 'Remrov' Vormer.  

About Remrov

Casey "Remrov" Vormer is a self-taught pencil artist based in Montreal. He specializes in hyper-realistic drawings of everything he finds interesting.  Casey was obsessed with drawing as soon as he was old enough to hold a pencil. His thirst for knowledge, combined with a photographic memory, ignited his passion for astronomy, physics, zoology, and medical science. He knew he was different, isolated, and found it challenging to communicate in words.

Diagnosed with classic autism at the age of 21, Casey noticed that when he was drawing, people left him alone and didn't expect him to communicate, which made him feel safe. A huge animal lover, he has always found it easier to connect with animals, as they don't use verbal communication or complex facial expressions. 

Since immigrating to Montreal in 2013, Casey has devoted himself to his award-winning art, following his calling to draw whatever excites his passion, primarily animals but also trees, buildings, and less often, people. He recently drew a 3 by 6 feet cityscape of Montreal that has received worldwide attention. 
About Irem       

Singer-songwriter, dancer and actress, Irem was born in Istanbul, Turkey.


She studied dance at Elmhurst Ballet School, perfected at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, and then graduated from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, where she perfected her skills in theatre, radio arts, television, direction, music and singing. 


Irem then moved to Argentina where she began a prolific career in theatre, television, film and music.  In 2001 İrem created a multidisciplinary work entitled Medea, la voz de la sangre, presented in various venues in Argentina from 2002 to 2005.  Irem travelled across South America with multiple contacts.  Having won the respect of several emblematic figures of Argentina, Irem was invited by the famous Mercedes Sosa to participate in her concerts (En Familia in 1994 and Al despertar in 1998). Journalist Pablo Gorlero, in his book ‘Teatro Musical 1 Broadway’ (2013), mentions Irem as "one of the personalities who strongly influenced the Argentine art scene”.


After settling in Montreal in 2007, she founded the Irem Bekter Quintet, performed on various stages, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and released her first album, Primero. She also acted in theatre productions, and conceived and interpreted Vertige en 4 temps, a musical show inspired by the four great cultures that shape her life. 


Starting in 2017, Irem immersed herself in the repertoire of “chanson québécoise” (Quebec songs) and surrounded herself with local songwriters. This approach allowed her to unite diverse sounds that reflect her rich background, while beginning to explore her own talents as a lyricist and composer in her album Je suis ici.

About Autism (source: Wikipedia)

Autism, formally called autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or autism spectrum condition (ASC),] is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in social communication and social interaction, and repetitive or restricted patterns of behaviors, interests, or activities, which can include hyper- and hyporeactivity to sensory input. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that it can manifest very differently in each person. For example, some are nonspeaking, while others have proficient spoken language. Because of this, there is wide variation in the support needs of people across the autism spectrum.

There are many theories about what causes autism; it is highly heritable and mainly genetic, but many genes are involved, and environmental factors may also be relevant. The syndrome frequently co-occurs with other conditions, including ADHD, epilepsy and intellectual disability.  Disagreements persist about what should be included as part of the diagnosis, whether there are meaningful subtypes of autism, and the significance of autism-associated traits in the wider population.  The combination of broader criteria, increased awareness, and potentially increasing actual prevalence, has led to a trend of steadily increasing estimates of autism prevalence, perpetuating the myth that it is caused by vaccines.

Psychiatry has traditionally classified autism as a mental disorder, and the autism rights movement and a small but increasing number of researchers see autism as part of neurodiversity, the natural diversity in human thinking and experience, with strengths, differences, and weaknesses.  From this point of view, autistic people often still have a disability, but need to be accommodated rather than cured. This perspective has led to significant controversy among those who are autistic and advocates, practitioners, and charities. Some therapies for autism, such as applied behavior analysis, are controversial in the autism rights movement, with many considering them unhelpful and unethical.

There is no known way to prevent or cure autism. Many forms of therapy, such as speech and occupational therapy, have been developed that may help autistic people. Some forms of therapy, such as applied behavior analysis, have been shown to improve certain symptoms of autism, such as socialization, communication, expressive language, intellectual functioning, language development, and acquisition of daily living skills. Intervention can require accommodations such as alternative modes of communication. The use of pharmaceutical medicine is usually focused on associated conditions such as epilepsy or certain symptoms. Research indicates that autistic people are substantially more likely to be LGBT than the general population. They are also significantly more likely to be non-theistic.

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