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We invite you to read about and contribute to what’s going on in community-engaged arts and arts for social change initiatives across Canada. We post what people submit to us as well as "all things community-engaged arts" that we find out about. ArtBridges/ToilesDesArts shares all kinds of information:
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Cirkaskina: National Social Circus Gathering

From January 16 to 19, 2020 Cirque Hors Piste presents Cirkaskina – the first National Social Circus Gathering!

“150 young people from 17 Canadian communities–from Nunavut to Vancouver–will gather in Montreal for this historic 3-day event. Besides being a showcase for circus arts as a tool for social change, the gathering will provide opportunities to exchange ideas, build relationships, and share expertise. The event will also create spaces where marginalized young people can express themselves. 

DAY 1 – Scientific symposium on social circus and large-scale public evening at Tohu

DAY 2 – Exchange workshops and performance for and by the young people at the Conseil des arts de Montréal

DAY 3 – Jam and collective talk at the 7 doigts de la main headquarters”

Reserve your ticket now!

For more information, please visit Cirkaskina’s website.

-from Cirque Hors Piste
Read Cirque Hors Piste’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Workshop: Rainbow of Desire Applied Theatre (Mixed Company Theatre & Scarborough Civic Library)

“What happens when you take apart a single moment of conflict to explore every possible desired action?

In this experiential workshop led by Mixed Company Theatre’s Artistic Director Simon Malbogat, participants will employ Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire techniques to broaden perspectives and reframe situations by focusing on the inner thoughts and impulses of the individual. Through storytelling and performance, artists, educators and community leaders will gain a deeper understanding of their conflicting and co-existing desires, which will enrich their experiences onstage and in social and personal settings.

This workshop is made possible by the Toronto Arts Council’s Artist In The Library Program.

Scarborough Civic Centre Library
Tuesday November 26th, 2019 from 2pm-4pm
There is limited space available in this free workshop, so reserve your spot by clicking here!

-from Mixed Company Theatre
Read Mixed Company Theatre’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

17th Annual Regent Park Film Festival (Nov 20-23)

“The 17th Annual Regent Park Film Festival runs November 20 – 23, 2019. The Regent Park Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing local and international independent works relevant to people from all walks of life, with a focus on inviting those of us from low income and public housing communities. The films we present break stereotypes and show that no one place or person has just one story. In addition to our annual Festival, now in its 17th year, we offer year-round programming at no cost.”

For more information, please visit Regent Park Film Festival’s website

-from Regent Park Film Festival

Appel aux artistes : TREMPLIN Musique du monde 14e édition des Syli d’Or


“Les inscriptions pour la 14e édition des Syli d’Or de la musique du monde présentées par les Productions Nuits d’Afrique sont ouvertes jusqu’au 1er Décembre prochain.

Vivez l’expérience et courez la chance de gagner de nombreux prix d’une valeur totale de 50 000$ :Soutien au développement professionnel, heures de studio, participation à des festivals au Québec, séance photo professionnelle, enregistrement live, instruments et autres prix.Ouvert à tous les artistes et groupes résidant au Canada et ayant un lien avec les musiques du monde. 36 groupes sélectionnés pour la première étape ! 

Plus d’information – www.sylidor.com

Formulaire d’inscription – français – anglais

Écouter les lauréats 2019  –  Compilation Live 

Pour assistance contactez Emilie de La Fléchère – programmation & coordination Balattou-Syli d’Or-Festival Nuits d’Afrique – e.delaflechere[@]festivalnuitsdafrique.com”

-source : Les Productions Nuits d’Afrique
Lire le profil du Festival International Nuits d’Afrique dans notre répertoire et carte de l’art communautaire au Canada

Video: Faces of the North (ArtsCan Circle)

“Music video by youth in Attawapiskat.

ArtsCan Circle is proud to present Faces of the North a song and music video written, composed and performed by Indigenous youth in Attawapiskat, Ontario. Attawapiskat is a community of many different people, with many different experiences. The voices of youth are often the last to be heard, and yet may be the most important voices for the future of Indigenous Communities. Our ArtsCan Team of Filmmaker, Brendan Mariani, B Boy Dance Instructor/Producer, Lee Pham and Indigenous Singer/Songwriter, Mimi O’Bonsawin, worked together to create an incredibly powerful song and video, that captured the hearts and minds of the students of Vezina Secondary School in Attawapiskat.

This is the beauty and power of collaborative art projects that use a multi-disciplinary approach to create works of art that are informative, educational and emotionally powerful. For the youth, it is a way for them to express their feelings and experiences in a way that is lasting and impactful. This video will give you a snapshot of life in the north and hopefully encourage you to learn more about the wonderful, resilient young people who are working hard to find their way in the world.”

-from ArtsCan Circle

Let’s Talk Art Workshop: How to Crip the Arts 2

How to Crip the Arts 2
November 26, 2019, 6-9 p.m.
Tangled Art & Disability, 401 Richmond St.

Neighbourhood Arts Network and RBC Foundation present a free workshop series showcasing inspiring artists, vibrant spaces, and valuable information to help artists make new connections, increase their capacity and learn more about the arts in Toronto.

Curated by Tangled Art & Disability in How to Crip the Arts – 2, participants will have the opportunity to explore the topic of disability aesthetics. They will also have a chance to participate in an interactive workshop that will help solidify some of the concepts and ideas discussed about this topic. To participate in this workshop, participants are not required to have attended How to Crip the Arts – 1, but it is recommended. Light refreshments will be provided.

Neighbourhood Arts Network is committed to ensuring as accessible an environment as possible for all our programming/events. If you require accessibility services to attend this event, please specify in the registration form what services you need (i.e. ASL, captioning, care attendants, note taking).

Tangled Art & Disability is a not for profit art + disability organization dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Their mandate is to support Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists, to cultivate Deaf, Mad and disability arts in Canada, and to enhance access to the arts for artists and audiences of all abilities.”

For more information on the workshop, facilitators and to register, please visit Neighbourhood Arts Network.

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network
Read Neighbourhood Arts Network’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Let’s Talk Art Workshop: How to Crip the Arts 1

How to Crip the Arts 1
November 19, 2019, 6-9 p.m.
Tangled Art & Disability , 401 Richmond St.

“Join us for How to Crip the Arts 1, an engaging introductory workshop curated by Tangled Art & Disability designed for artists interested in exploring the aesthetic potential of access.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with knowledgeable artists/facilitators that will discuss the following topics: Disability Arts (social vs. medical model), and accessible curatorial practices. This workshop will include a guided tour of Body Farm, an art exhibit that puts into practice the access policies discussed in the workshop. 

Neighbourhood Arts Network is committed to providing as accessible an environment as possible for all our events. If you require accessibility services to attend this event, please email norma[at]torontoarts.org by October 28 specifying what services you need (i.e. ASL, captioning, care attendants, note-taking).”

For more information on the workshop, facilitators and to register, please visit Neighbourhood Arts Network.

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network
Read Neighbourhood Arts Network’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Community Arts Guild

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

“The Community Arts Guild is an organization based in East Scarborough that connects people and builds community through collaborative artmaking.

The Community Arts Guild makes art of all sorts with diverse artists and residents in Scarborough: connecting those separated from each other because of distance, language, income, age, culture and/or ability; inviting everyone, especially those who face barriers to participation; discovering and celebrating the traditions we all bring along; and building inclusive community through artmaking. “

To read more about Community Arts Guild, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

HA!Man Canadian Tour: interactive concerts, workshops in spontaneous creativity and multi-artistic collaborations

“HA!Man, South Africa’s spontaneous cellist is in Canada for a four week tour. Billed as one of his country’s “greatest exports” he goes around the world with his unique brand of spontaneous performing on cello, keyboard and smaller instruments, voice, whistling along with original electronic accompaniments. Each performances is different, but covers a full spectrum of musical textures and styles and above all – emotions. In his workshops, he gets kids and adults alike to bring forth hidden talents, stored up feelings and often surprising in-the-moment creations that renders many speechless. Speechless? Well, the term HA! is itself a sign of the limitations of words and mental understanding when it comes to the mysteries of creativity. And that is what he’s dealing with.

Catch his performances (and share the information) in the following places:

Please visit www.hamanworld.com for more information, media and contact info.”

Made in Exile Textile Program (Toronto)

“This year, Made in Exile is offering our very first “Textile Program”, an intergenerational program that brings together Tibetan elders and youth in a space curated for culture-making.

Our 2-month intensive Textile program facilitated by local elders in our community explores the traditional art form of Tibetan carpet weaving as a means to connect with our history, our community and our artistry.

The program entails workshops on loom-making, warping loom and carpet weaving, and will conclude with a gallery showing of the works produced. We require no experience at all and encourage anyone 16-29 years old to apply who has an interest in learning about what our hands are capable of. The program is free and all materials will be provided along with refreshments and tokens. We have limited spots so please apply as soon as possible.”

-from Made in Exile