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ArtWorksTO: opportunities for youth media artists (Toronto)

ArtWorksTO provides opportunities for youth media artists (18-29) who identify as Indigenous, Black and People of Colour and/or 2SLGBTQ+ to gain professional experience, skills and network in the media arts industry.

 ArtWorksTO is a partnership between the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network (NAN), City of TorontoThe Remix Project, and Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU)

This robust program includes:

  • Portfolio Development Workshop delivered by OCAD U 
  • Certificate in Art and Design Professional Skills delivered by OCAD U to develop creative business skills 
  • Paid project contract with the City of Toronto and partner arts organizations (OCADU, Toronto Arts Foundation, and the Remix Project)
  • Mentorship with industry advisors delivered by The Remix Project
  • Employment supports through the City’s Toronto Youth Partnerships & Employment (TYPE) program (optional), to provide: 
    • Assistance with employment goals, including education, training and wellness supports”

For more information, please visit:

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network

Rendezvous with Madness Festival (Oct 15 – 20, Workman Arts)

The Rendezvous with Madness Festival is the first and largest arts and mental health festival in the world. Using art as the entry point to illuminate and investigate the realities and mythologies surrounding mental illness and addiction, Rendezvous With Madness’ 2020 programming spotlights the human capacity for endurance in the face of great challenges.  As community members are feeling the emotional effects of months of isolation, income precarity, and anxiety over what the future holds, the Rendezvous With Madness Festival offers a unique opportunity to come together in reflection and discussion.

We are thrilled to announce the full programming line-up for the 28th annual Rendezvous With Madness Festival. The Festival runs October 15-25, 2020 and showcases a range of feature and short films from around the globe, as well as Re:Building Resilience, a full-building exhibition activation of the Workman Arts building at 651 Dufferin Street featuring visual, media and performance art installations. All tickets are Pay What You Wish (PWYW) and there will be both in-person and virtual options for engaging with the festival, so all patrons can enjoy the festival safely.

Tickets for Rendezvous with Madness 2020 will be available to book as of September 21 — donate today to get early access to ticket bookings!”

For more information, please visit:

-from Workman Arts

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct 20-25, Online)

“The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival announces the 21st Annual Festival will move online from October 20 – 25, 2020. imagineNATIVE will gather community for an online Festival to celebrate Indigenous storytelling in film, video, audio, digital and interactive art. This six-day online gathering will feature over 100 Indigenous artists from all over the world with an offering of live screenings, featured discussions, interactive engagements, live pitches, performances, virtual exhibitions, and other special events. 

In addition to artistic and industry offerings, imagineNATIVE will be ‘gifting from the spirit and for the spirit’. Items and goods will be gifted through physical and digital giveaways throughout the Festival highlighting Indigenous artists and companies. Grounded in expressions of generosity, the giveaways will acknowledge the continued support and work from our communities. This year will mark an opportunity for imagineNATIVE to mobilize and connect in new, creative and exciting ways!  

“With the community as a priority, the 2020 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will be guided by Indigenous practices of gifting and reciprocity. To gift is an act of acknowledgement,” said Niki Little, Artistic Director. “It comes with notions of collective responsibility and opportunities to name relationships between nations.”  

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital + interactive media made by Indigenous screen-content creators. The Festival presents compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and dynamism of Indigenous arts, perspectives, and cultures in contemporary media.”

For more information, please visit:

-from imagineNATIVE

Montreal International Black Film Festival / Festival International du Film Black de MontrĂ©al (Sept 23 – Oct 4)

“Canada’s biggest Black Film Festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), has unveiled the programming for its 16th edition. The MIBFF returns for a meaningful 16th edition that promises to inspire through a strong, diverse, and bold programming, available entirely ONLINE across Canada and around the World, which highlights important topics such as the Environment, Immigration, Music, Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Systemic Racism, LGBTQ identity and Black Lives Matter.

The Festival will open on Wednesday, September 23 at 7PM with a Canadian film, Sergio Navarretta’s The Cuban starring Louis Gossett Jr. Then at 11PM, 120 uncut films from 30 countries, will be available ONLINE until October 4. This year’s edition will close with Sonia Lowman’s Black Boys, produced by NFL New Orleans Saints’ safety Malcolm Jenkins. All Access Passes – giving access to the whole film selection ONLINE – are available for purchase for a special price of $49 at the Festival’s website.

‘The mission of the Montreal International Black Film Festival has always been to foster diversity off and on screen while opening our eyes to Black realities through rich and daring films from around the globe. This historic 2020 Online edition highlights the tales and events that have challenged conventions, left a distinctive mark on our times, and changed how we see the world. We feel privileged to be able to amplify the voices of more Black Filmmakers at such an important time in our history.’ Said Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the MIBFF


The MIBFF BLACK MARKET space dedicated to the cinema industry with some powerful & FREE panel discussions:

  • Racebending in Film and Television: How do we Change and Overcome this Practice?
  • Black Stories Matter: How to Get More Authentic Black Stories Produced on Film & TV?
  • Show me the Money? How can Black Creators and Producers Access Funding Equitably?
  • Black Women Behind the Lens: Overcoming Industry Obstacles and Getting their Films Produced.
  • Meet the Filmmakers: Meet several Filmmakers of this year’s festival, in this interactive and informative panel.

Co-presented by Téléfilm Canada and Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.

The MIBFF IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – presented by Desjardins – which this year will give youth FREE access to a movie discussion on September 25 at 7PM at the Cultural and Community House in Montreal North. The evening will open with the short Mahalia Melts in The Rain by Carmine Pierre-Dufour and Emilie Mannering followed by the mid-length documentary Briser le Code by Nicolas Houde SauvĂ©. A Q&A discussion with Carmine Pierre-Dufour and Fabrice Vil – moderated by NadĂšge St-Philippe, will follow the screenings.

The MIBFF KIDS PROGRAM which will inspire children through the discovery of Black stories.

A movie-discussion celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Haitian film ANITA directed by Rassoul Labuchin, starring TiCorn, Chantal Guerrier and Magalie Marcelin – will be presented FREE online.

Also introducing this year, the PUBLIC’S CHOICE AWARD! Every MIBFF All Access Pass holder will be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite films on the Festival’s online streaming platform in the following categories: Narrative Features, Feature Documentaries, Mid-Length Documentaries, Narrative Short Films, Documentary Short Films. Winners will be announced on Monday, October 5.

The 16th Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, will be presented by Quebecor in collaboration with Desjardins from September 23 to October 4, 2020.

To learn more, please visit:

“Le plus grand festival de films black au Canada, le Festival International du Film Black de MontrĂ©al (FIFBM) a dĂ©voilĂ© la programmation de sa 16e Ă©dition. Le FIFBM revient pour une 16e Ă©dition significative qui promet d’inspirer grĂące Ă  une programmation forte, diversifiĂ©e et audacieuse, entiĂšrement disponible EN LIGNE Ă  travers le Canada et dans le monde entier. Cette Ă©dition met en lumiĂšre des sujets importants tels que l’environnement, l’immigration, la musique, les droits humains, les droits des femmes, le racisme systĂ©mique, l’identitĂ© LGBTQ et le Black Lives Matter.

Le Festival dĂ©butera mercredi le 23 septembre Ă  19h avec le film canadien Le Cubain (The Cuban) de Sergio Navarretta et mettant en vedette Louis Gossett Jr. Ensuite, dĂšs le 24 septembre 120 films provenant de 30 pays seront disponibles EN LIGNE jusqu’au 4 octobre. L’édition de cette annĂ©e se clĂŽturera avec le documentaire Black Boys de Sonia Lowman et produit par Malcom Jenkins, dĂ©fenseur pour les Saints de la Nouvelles-OrlĂ©ans, dans la NFL. La Passe Tout AccĂšs du FIFBM, donnant accĂšs Ă  tous les films de la programmation, est disponible dĂšs maintenant au coĂ»t spĂ©cial de 49$ sur le site web du Festival.

« La mission du Festival International du Film Black de MontrĂ©al a toujours Ă©tĂ© de favoriser la diversitĂ© devant et derriĂšre la camĂ©ra, tout en nous ouvrant les yeux sur les rĂ©alitĂ©s noires Ă  travers des films riches et audacieux des quatre coins du globe. Cette Ă©dition historique virtuelle du FIFBM 2020 met l’accent sur des rĂ©alitĂ©s qui ont bousculĂ© les conventions, marquĂ© notre temps et changĂ© notre façon de voir le monde. Nous nous sentons privilĂ©giĂ©s de pouvoir amplifier la voix de plus de cinĂ©astes noirs Ă  un moment aussi important de notre histoire », a dĂ©clarĂ© Fabienne Colas, prĂ©sidente et fondatrice du FIFBM.


L’espace BLACK MARKET du FIFBM dĂ©diĂ© Ă  l’industrie du cinĂ©ma avec des tables rondes puissantes et GRATUITES:

  • « Racebending » dans le cinĂ©ma et la tĂ©lĂ©vision: Comment changer et surmonter cette pratique?
  • Black Stories Matter (Les Histoires noires comptent) : Comment obtenir plus d’histoires noires authentiques produites au cinĂ©ma et Ă  la tĂ©lĂ©vision?
  • OĂč est l’argent? Comment les crĂ©ateurs et producteurs noirs peuvent-ils accĂ©der Ă©quitablement au financement?
  • Les femmes noires derriĂšre la camĂ©ra: Surmonter les obstacles de l’industrie et produire leurs films.
  • Rencontrez les cinĂ©astes: Rencontrez plusieurs cinĂ©astes du festival de cette annĂ©e, dans ce panel interactif et informatif.

Co-présenté par Téléfilm Canada et le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.

Le FIFBM DANS LES QUARTIERS – prĂ©sentĂ© par Desjardins – permettra Ă  des jeunes d’avoir accĂšs GRATUITEMENT Ă  une cinĂ©-causerie le 25 septembre Ă  19h Ă  la Maison Culturelle et Communautaire de MontrĂ©al-Nord. La soirĂ©e s’ouvrira avec le court-mĂ©trage Mahalia Melts in The Rain de Carmine Pierre-Dufour et Emilie Mannering suivi du moyen-mĂ©trage documentaire Briser le Code de Nicolas Houde SauvĂ©. Une discussion avec Carmine Pierre-Dufour et Fabrice Vil – modĂ©rĂ©e par NadĂšge St-Philippe, suivra les projections.

Le PROGRAMME JEUNESSE DU FIFBM qui inspirera les enfants à travers la découverte de films sur les réalités noires.

La cĂ©lĂ©bration du 40e anniversaire du film haĂŻtien ANITA rĂ©alisĂ© par Rassoul Labuchin qui met en vedette TiCorn, Chantal Guerrier et Magalie Marcelin – suivi d’une discussion avec l’équipe du film.

Autre nouveautĂ© cette annĂ©e, le PRIX CHOIX DU PUBLIC! Chaque dĂ©tenteur d’une Passe Tout AccĂšs du FIFBM aura la possibilitĂ© de voter pour ses films prĂ©fĂ©rĂ©s sur la plateforme de visionnement en ligne du Festival dans les catĂ©gories suivantes: Longs-mĂ©trages de fiction, Longs-mĂ©trages Documentaires, Moyens-mĂ©trages documentaires, Courts-mĂ©trages de fiction, Courts-mĂ©trages documentaires. Les gagnants seront annoncĂ©s le lundi 5 octobre.

Le 16e Festival International du Film Black de MontrĂ©al (FIFBM), crĂ©Ă© par la Fondation Fabienne Colas, prĂ©sentĂ© par QuĂ©becor en collaboration avec Desjardins, se tiendra du 23 septembre au 4 octobre 2020.”

Tous les détails et Passes Tout AccÚs sur

source : Festival International du Film Black de Montréal

KIAC Culture Quest: an arts and cultural funding program (Yukon)

Culture Quest supports the expression of culture and art for Yukon performing, visual, and literary artists. Culture Quest also supports First Nations cultural gatherings and festivals around the Yukon in addition to the preparation of work to be showcased nationally or internationally. The program was developed to address the opportunities of art and culture representation at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and subsequent events such as Canada Winter Games, Pan Am/Parapan Games and Northern Scene.

Culture Quest is an arts and cultural funding program supported by the Yukon Government (YG) and administered by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC). The fund is adjudicated by a Selection Committee.

Culture Quest supports:

  • First Nations expression of art in relation to cultural practices.
  • The continued growth and development of creation, performance, or presenting capacity in the cultural sector, particularly in underserved communities or sectors.
  • Opportunities for artists to create projects that explore and develop ties between contemporary art and their cultural heritage or history.
  • Yukon artists to prepare their work for the national or international stage.

    Please see the funding guidelines here for detailed information.


Yukon-based groups, organizations, businesses and residents (persons having lived in Yukon for a minimum of one full year prior to applying) may apply.

Next Intake: September 15th, 2020. Though requests for $1000 or under may be submitted for consideration at any time.”

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from KIAC

PerSIStence Theatre: Paid Theatre Mentorship Opportunity – BIPOC (St. John’s)

Have you always had an interest in theatre, but perhaps don’t like getting up in front of people as a performer?
PerSIStence Theatre is looking to hire an interested person for an entry-level production mentorship for our Fall 2020 season who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour. 
Our season will consist of the production and digital recording of four (4) one-woman shows and we’d love to have you involved!
Our intention is to give the successful applicant a supportive opportunity to be mentored in professional theatre production with multiple departments over the course of the Fall season. 
We’ll work with you to determine the exact details of work and assignments, which we’ll develop together with you as a match of your interests and skills with the production requirements of the season. 
Department we can provide access to may include areas such as: Production Management, Stage Management, Costumes, Lighting, Sound, and/or Props.”

For more information, please visit:

-from PerSIStence Theatre

Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival (Sept 16-20, Online)

Celebrating Indigenous Arts in CyberSpace,
Algonquin Territory, Ottawa, Canada
Sept. 16-20, 2020

“The 9th annual Asinabka Festival is excited to present the best contemporary Indigenous film and music from Canada and around the world.  The Festival takes place online over 5 days with films hosted on the festival website, and music performances live-streamed on social media.

This year’s festival has made the decision to present all film and arts programming online to prioritize the safety of festival goers, and to still continue to support and celebrate Indigenous artists.  

Our schedule includes 16 separate film programs, including 8 feature length films, and 64 short films, representing 10 different countries including: Canada, United States, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Greenland, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea.

We’re honoured and delighted to be able to present all of this year’s programming and artistic talent, please join us virtually on the Asinabka Festival Website and on our social media.”

-from Asinabka Festival

Room 217’s Free Music Care Webinar Series

Informative, accessible, and free of charge!

“Learn from experts in diverse music care fields in this monthly series. Each season of the Music Care Webinar Series is curated to bring you an eclectic range of current topics and engaging speakers. From mental health to dementia care, neurological music therapy to end-of-life care, these hour-long sessions cover a broad bandwidth of music’s influence.

Visit our Reference Library. All archived webinars are available for listening at your leisure along with presentation slides, sorted by topic.

The Music Care Webinar Series:

  • takes place the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST
  • are 60 minutes each with a Q&A period
  • have no cost (registration required for each webinar)

Join Us for Our Free Music Care Webinar Series 2020 – 2021


Sept 9: Music in Times of Plague and COVID-19 – Remi Chiu [REGISTER]

Oct 14: Noise Solution: A top 100 performing UK social enterprise discusses its digital music mentoring- Simon Glenister [REGISTER

Nov 11: The hills are alive with the sound of spiritual care: spirituality, music, and palliative care – Bob Tees [REGISTER

Dec 9: Memory Tracks: A Care App to Support People Living with Dementia – Gordon Anderson [REGISTER]


Jan 13: Attention, Memory, and Executive Functions: an introduction to cognitive training techniques with Neurologic Music Therapy – Elizabeth Nightingale [REGISTER]

Feb 10: Hearing Loss Prevention as we Age – Marshall Chasin [REGISTER]

Mar 10: Using Music to Reduce Social Isolation and Loneliness in Long-Term Care – Lauren Winemaker, Mara Medeiros, Chelsea Mackinnon [REGISTER]

Apr 14: Scaling Music Care – Bev Foster [REGISTER]

May 12: Working with a multidisciplinary team in brain injury rehabilitation – Justis Krar [REGISTER]

Jun 9: Intergenerational Education and Creative Music Programs – Caroline Brendel Pacheco [REGISTER]”

For more information, please visit:

-from Room 217

Register Your Culture Days Activity Now!

New registration deadline: Sept 24th at 11:59pm EDT

“Good news for those still planning Culture Days activities—we’ve extended the deadline right up until the kick-off of the Culture Days celebrations! You now have until Thursday, September 24th at 11:59pm to register your programs. 

Log in to your Dashboard to access the registration system and more details. You can register In Person (with COVID protocol details) and Livestream events, plus Digital Recordings or Self Guided activities.

Join us for an even bigger national celebration where arts, culture, and creativity intersect. Indoors, outdoors, and online—discover the world of arts and culture across Canada.

Culture Days is extending beyond the traditional Culture Days Weekend to a more inclusive and interactive 4-week schedule of activities. Kicking off September 25th and running until October 25th, Culture Days invites everyone to participate in and show appreciation for arts and culture in their own communities and nationwide!

The Culture Days website will act as a promotional platform for creators of every kind to showcase thousands of virtual and in-person activities. Visitors can find small-gathering or self-guided events near them, while going digital allows participants to virtually criss-cross the country and discover live-streamed performances and other online presentations.”

For more information, please visit

-from Culture Days

2 Rivers Remix Virtual 2020: Free Feast of Contemporary Indigenous Music and Culture (Sept 4-6)

Buffy Sainte-Marie and a diverse lineup of 33 award-winning and emerging Indigenous artists are all streaming at Virtual 2 Rivers Remix 2020, September 4 â€ą 5 ‱ 6

Now in it’s third year, ’Q’emcĂ­n 2 Rivers Remix has been a FREE multi-day outdoor feast of contemporary Indigenous music and culture hosted by the Nlaka’pamux Nation in ‘Q’emcin (aka the Village of Lytton). 
2RMX 2020 is part of, a new indigenous-led online platform to highlight and support streaming of contemporary Indigenous performances in the Summer of COVID-19. provides a single point of reference and discovery for audiences tuned into the burgeoning BC Indigenous music scene. is collaborative project of BC Indigenous arts presenters including: 2 Rivers Remix Society, Savage Production Society, Full Circle: First Nations Performance, Vines Festival/Resilient Roots.

What:  2 Rivers Remix Virtual 2020 – 3rd annual, 3-day, 33 artist FREE Feast of Contemporary Indigenous Music and Culture

When:  Streaming Friday Sept. 4, Saturday Sept 5, Sunday Sept. 6 @ 5pm-11pm (each day)

Why:  BC’s Premier Feast of Contemporary Indigenous Music
 and did we mention it’s ALL FREE!

Who:  33 Contemporary Indigenous Musical Artists performing a wide variety of genres

Where:  Your usual live-streaming platforms

How:  Register for FREE at! to access exclusive 2RMX streams.”

For more information, please visit:

-from 2 Rivers Remix