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Workshop Series: Program Planning in a Pandemic (ArtReach)

ArtReach is hosting an upcoming series with three brand new workshops! This three-part online series will teach young community leaders, aged 13-29, the skills and best practices needed to plan and deliver impactful digital programming. Learn more and register below!

Are you trying to figure out the best platform to run your online program? Unsure how to keep participants engaged during your workshop?

Date: Wednesday, November 11th; 6:00-8:00pm

Facilitator: Jess De Vittoris and Lydia Hernandez

Partner: Social Planning Toronto & City of Toronto Neighbourhood Grants Program

Register: Here

In this session, we will walk through the pros and cons of popular online platforms Zoom, Google Meet, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube to help you determine which is the best fit for your program. Facilitators will discuss a variety of options for presenting information, and share digital tips and tools you can use to keep your participants engaged. We’ll also explore best practices for running online sessions, how to “create a vibe”, and the staff roles needed to ensure a smooth delivery.

Unsure how to program plan during the pandemic? Wondering if your existing in-person program can translate to an online format?

Date: Wednesday, November 18th; 6:00-8:00pm

Facilitator: Patrick De Belen

Register: Here

The pandemic has required us to re-imagine the way we deliver programming, leaving many community artists unsure how to move forward with their projects. In this session, we will discuss how to design successful community programs in the era of social distancing. We’ll explore how to make your program accessible for participants, best practices for risk management, and how and if your existing in-person program can be translated to a virtual space.

Wondering how to make your digital communications stand out? Unsure how to develop an online outreach strategy that will bring in participants?

Date: Wednesday, November 25th; 6:00-8:00pm

Facilitator: Teneshia T. Samuel

Partner: Black Women in Motion

Register: Here

When anyone can go “anywhere” online, it’s a struggle to know how to stand out from the crowd. In this session, participants will build skills in communications, branding, marketing, outreach, and creative design by learning how to develop a digital outreach and communications strategy. We will also explore how to build your outreach network by connecting with individuals and organizations who can help you promote your program, and what to do when your outreach strategy isn’t bringing in participants.”

For more information, please visit ArtReach’s website.

-from ArtReach

COMMUNITY+Connects: Online – In the Industry Series (Scarborough Arts)

“As a part of the Scarborough Arts’ ongoing “COMMUNITY+Connects: Online” programming, we are pleased to present our newest program in our roster, the “In The Industry” series.

“In The Industry” series is an online BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) youth-focused wellness program led by creative industry professionals in Scarborough and the GTA.

“In the Industry” series will foster the creative talents, professional careers, and overall wellbeing for youth interested in being involved/entering the creative industry. “In The Industry” series is focused on providing learning and networking opportunities for youth between the ages 16-29.

BIPOC creative industry professionals will lead workshops that focus on mentorship, professional development, and financial literacy.

WEEK 1: Music – In The Industry

Oct 27, Oct 30 – Performing Live During the Lockdown (A 2-Part Series)

WEEK 2: Grant Writing for Emerging Artists – In the Industry

Nov 3 – Grant Writing for Emerging Artists: Artist Bios

Nov 6 – Grant Writing for Emerging Artists: Explaining Your Project

WEEK 3: Curating, Community, and Exhibition Making – In the Industry

Nov 10 – You In Your Community: Does Art Matter?

Nov 13 – In The Industry: Curating Your First Exhibition

WEEK 4: You Have Options (That Are Not Just School) – In The Industry

Nov 18 – In The Industry: Starting a Visual Practice Without Art School

Nov 20 – The Language of Design, or Why You Don’t Need to be a Graphic Designer

WEEK 5: Networking and Your Brand – In The Industry

Nov 24 – PR for Artists by The Well Connected

Nov 27 – From Network to Net Worth”

For more information and to register, please visit

-from Scarborough Arts

Digital Storytelling Series: Memoir Writing (Scarborough Arts)


Join us online via Zoom this fall for FREE media and storytelling workshops! Join artists Emmy Pantin and Jennifer LaFontaine of Community Story Collective to share your own stories and learn new skills with digital storytelling, podcasting, and memoir writing. Once registered you will receive a Zoom link. This series is funded by the Artist in the Library grant at Toronto Arts Council.


Each week we will focus on a different theme, exploring with narrative writing exercises and sharing circles. This program is available for Adults ages 18+.

Tuesdays October 20th, 27th, November 3rd, and 10th 2020
7:00 – 8:30 pm”

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from Scarborough Arts

HUBHFX Discussions and BIPOC Performance Series (Youth Art Connection, Halifax)

“Calling all Black, Indigenous, POC youth artists!

“We are putting together a performance series and recording project to share the voices and experiences of BIPOC youth with law enforcement, incarceration, the justice system, and your own stories of identity and empowerment.

Music and art are powerful mediums for expression and story-telling and we hope that this project will turn into a musical space for empowerment for BIPOC folks, and to share these experiences with the public to create further consciousness around the experiences of BIPOC youth in Halifax.

Come by to hear more about the project, share some of your music, workshop some ideas, perform, and weigh in on the direction you would like to see this series and recording go in, as well as how you would like to take part in it.

Discussion is also open to allies.

Trigger warning: Discussions and performances may include topics such as violence and police brutality.”

For more information about HUBHFX, please visit:

-from Youth Art Connection

HoP 2020 Intersect: Online Knowledge Conference (Oct. 1-4, House of PainT)

HoP 2020 Intersect: Online Knowledge Conference is a four day long professional development conference for artists and their communities. Audiences are invited to join in and participate as a variety of artists and administrators address current topics through conversation, lectures, and presentations, as well as virtual workshops and panel discussions. Most sessions will include q&a with presenters.

Registration is by donation. For a free ticket for any of the sessions, please email Amanda comm[at] and we will be happy to register you!

Through the pandemic, we aim to maintain connections between artists and their communities. Since House of PainT is unable to hold our traditional festival celebrating Hip Hop arts and culture in Ottawa-Gatineau, we are hosting a Knowledge Conference via Zoom.

Registration is by donation. Suggested donation on a sliding scale of $5-20 per session. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Select sessions will feature ASL interpretation and/or captioning. Select sessions will be offered bilingually in French and English and/or feature translated captions.

For more information, please visit:

Intersection HoP 2020 : Online Knowledge Conference est une confĂ©rence de dĂ©veloppement professionnel de quatre jours pour les artistes et leurs communautĂ©s. Le public est invitĂ© Ă  se joindre et Ă  participer, une variĂ©tĂ© d’artistes et d’administrateurs abordant des sujets courants par le biais de conversations, de lectures et de prĂ©sentations, ainsi que d’ateliers virtuels et de tables rondes. La plupart des sessions comprendront des questions et rĂ©ponses avec les prĂ©sentateurs.

Durant la pandĂ©mie, nous visons Ă  maintenir les liens entre les artistes et leurs communautĂ©s. Puisque House of PainT n’est pas en mesure d’organiser son festival traditionnel cĂ©lĂ©brant les arts et la culture hip-hop dans la rĂ©gion d’Ottawa-Gatineau, nous organisons une confĂ©rence sur la connaissance via Zoom.

L’inscription se fait par don. Don suggĂ©rĂ© sur une barème dĂ©gressif de 5 Ă  20 $ par session. Personne ne sera refusĂ© par manque de fonds.

Certaines sĂ©ances seront accompagnĂ©es d’une interprĂ©tation et/ou d’un sous-titrage en ASL.

Certaines sessions seront offertes dans les deux langues (français et anglais) et/ou seront sous-titrées.

Si vous avez besoin d’un billet gratuit pour quelqu’une des sessions, veuillez envoyer un courriel Ă  Amanda comm[@] et nous serons heureux de vous aider Ă  vous inscrire”

source : House of PainT

Intro to Forum Theatre: Mixed Company Theatre Online Workshops, Oct. 20-21

October 20th & 21st: Introduction to Forum Theatre Virtual Workshop 

Forum Theatre is an interactive and participatory style of theatre designed to address social issues and inspire actionable change. 
In this intensive all levels online workshop led by award winning Forum Theatre artist Simon Malbogat, participants will learn about the evolution of Forum Theatre and how this social justice-based theatre style can be used to spark community dialogue and empower grassroots advocacy.  
Through theatre games and discussion, participants will discover how Forum Theatre techniques of community participation, intervention, and improvisation can help build tool kits for character development, devised creation, and audience engagement.  

Community organizers, social workers, and educators will learn how including Forum Theatre principles in their everyday practice can initiate vital conversation, engage in critical inquiry, and create social change in their communities. 

This workshop was developed out of Mixed Company’s recent virtual Forum Theatre projects. Through critical dialogue we will reflect and process the results with participants, considering how Forum Theatre can be used effectively for virtual presentations. 
Date: Tuesday October 20th & Wednesday October 21st, 2020 

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (ET) 
Location: Virtual (A Zoom link will be sent after receipt of payment) 
Cost: $100.00 + HST (-25% CAEA, Student, Underwaged) 
Prerequisites: None! 

Register for both Introduction to Forum Theatre AND Forum Theatre Playwriting (October 28th & 29th) and receive a special bundle price of $200.00 + HST for both workshops, as well as a 25% discount for CAEA, Students and those identifying as Underwaged! 

Register today at

October 28th & 29th: Forum Theatre Playwriting Virtual Workshop 

Facilitated by Mixed Company Associate Artist Luciano Iogna, this two-evening workshop will take participants through the fundamental process of Forum Theatre script development. Participants will learn how to use theatre games, exercises and techniques as research tools, how to ask explorative yet respectful questions, how to develop oppressive and oppressed characters, and how to care for the community knowledge which informs Forum Theatre script development. 

This online playwriting workshop aims to support MCT’s Introduction to Forum Theatre by supplying participants with pivotal scripting methods, tools and tricks to utilize when working with groups on important social topics. These skills are essential to develop in order to script targeted, impactful, and uniquely interactive theatrical plays and scenarios for various types of oppressive conflict. 

Date: Wednesday October 28th & Thursday October 29th, 2020 

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (ET) 
Location: Virtual (A Zoom link will be sent after receipt of payment) 
Cost: $120.00 + HST (-25% CAEA, Student, Underwaged) 
Prerequisites: Workshop participants must have taken MCT’s Introduction to Forum Theatre or have had some previous experience with Forum Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed. 

As this is our first time offering these workshops virtually, we will strive to teach all of the items mentioned above. However, should it not be possible to cover all items, Luciano is offering virtual follow-up meetings for participants at no extra cost. Participants will be able to sign up for one private, virtual meeting to review their written Forum Theatre work with Luciano and ask questions about topics discussed in the workshop.  

Luciano has set aside November 3rd & 4th, between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM for these meetings, and will personally follow up with participants with sign up information. 

Register today at

For more information, please visit:

-from Mixed Company Theatre

WapiStories : Courts métrages & discussions / Short Films and Q&A

“Le dernier vendredi du mois implique nouvel Ă©pisode de notre sĂ©rie WapiStories 

DĂ©couvrez une programmation spĂ©ciale sur la chasse et la cuisine automnale concoctĂ©e par Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush, cinĂ©aste, modĂ©ratrice mais aussi Responsable Ă  la mobilisation et Ă  l’impact collectif au Wapikoni !

Ce sera aussi l’occasion d’Ă©changer et de discuter avec Eve Ringuette, cinĂ©aste Innu et membre elle aussi du collectif Wapikoni !

Joignez-vous Ă  nous EN DIRECT!

QUAND: Vendredi 25 septembre Ă  19h
OĂ™: EN DIRECT sur notre page Facebook

Que sont les WapiStories?
Il s’agit de la toute nouvelle sĂ©rie du Wapikoni, diffusĂ©e en ligne exclusivement sur Facebook !

Chaque mois, Ă  tour de rĂ´le, des membres et artistes du collectif Wapikoni prĂ©sentent une programmation spĂ©cialement concoctĂ©e par eux sur des thèmes et des sujets qui les inspirent ! Cette programmation est suivie d’échanges et de discussions avec un.e invitĂ©.e du collectif. DĂ©couvrez une variĂ©tĂ© d’œuvres et de contenus crĂ©Ă©e par des membres des Premières Nations, Inuit et MĂ©tis. ReflĂ©tant leur regard, leur histoire, leurs cultures et leurs traditions, cette programmation mettre en lumière une sensibilitĂ© artistique unique ! Soyez aux premières loges d’histoires captivantes, de parcours inspirants et d’échanges stimulants… Suivez les WapiStories tout au long de l’annĂ©e !

* * Les WapiStories favorisent la souverainetĂ© narrative, une valeur centrale du Wapikoni. L’objectif est de continuer Ă  faire connaĂ®tre les Ĺ“uvres et les talents autochtones tout en contribuant Ă  leur rayonnement. Les WapiStories se rĂ©fèrent au storytelling et cherchent, d’une certaine façon, Ă  rendre hommage aux traditions orales.

The last Friday of the month means it’s time for or a new WapiStories episode 

Discover a special program on hunting and fall coocking curated by Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush, filmmaker, moderator but also Mobilization and Collective Impact Manager at Wapikoni!

A Q&A will follow with Eve Ringuette, Innu filmmaker and member of the Wapikoni collective as well. Join us LIVE!

WHEN: Friday, September 25th at 7pm
WHERE: LIVE on our Facebook page

What are WapiStories?
It’s the brand new Wapikoni series, broadcasted online exclusively on Facebook!

Each month, in turn, members and artists of the Wapikoni collective present a program specially concocted by them on themes and topics that inspire them! This programming is followed by exchanges and discussions with a guest of the collective. Discover a variety of works and content created by First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis members. Reflecting their outlook, history, cultures and traditions, this programming highlights a unique artistic sensibility! Get a front-row seat to captivating stories, inspiring journeys and stimulating exchanges! Follow the WapiStories throughout the year!

* * WapiStories promote narrative sovereignty, a core value of Wapikoni. The goal is to continue to showcase Indigenous works and talents while contributing to their outreach. WapiStories refers to storytelling and seeks, in a way, to pay tribute to oral traditions.”

For more information, please visit WapiStories’ event page

-from Wapikoni mobile

Second Act Youth Online: ESL Creative Program (North York Arts)

Calling all newcomer youth!

Are you looking for a creative, fun way to practice your English? 

Second Act is a free online arts-focused ESL program for newcomer youth (ages 13-17) to feel more comfortable and confident in their speaking abilities. 

You’ll have the opportunity to connect with peers while developing your own creative voice through interactive activities and workshops. Plus, you’ll get to work on an exciting project using photography, creative writing, storytelling, spoken word, and presentations!

All workshops will take place via Zoom video calls. If you’ve never used Zoom before or need help setting it up, don’t worry – we’ll provide you with 1-on-1 tech support. 

Second Act is led in English and is ideal for those with basic to intermediate English communication skills. All newcomer youth are welcome to join, but priority will be given to North York residents. 

This is your chance to have fun, meet new people, and even win some awesome prizes!

For more information and to sign up, please visit:

-From North York Arts

Save the Date! SPARC Mini-Symposiums


Saturday October 24, 2020

Join us at Debajehmujig Theatre, the Township of Minto, The Township of Hornepayne, Haliburton, La Maison de la culture francophone du Niagara, Old Town Hall (Delta), or Camexicanus for our first one-day, multi-location, simultaneous Symposium – or Mini-Symposiums!

Stay tuned for more information about the symposium!


Call for Applications: Tibetan Youth Film Intensive (Made in Exile)

“Tashi Delek!

MADE IN EXILE is pleased to announce the call for applications for our Film Intensive in partnership with Charles Street Video (CSV). This 4 month program will allow aspiring filmmakers to learn the craft of filmmaking through mentorship, resource-sharing and workshops with local guest artists.Through the medium of filmmaking, this program aims to encourage young Tibetans to explore their artistic visions and strengthen their storytelling abilities. The program will require the participants to attend a series of workshops on filmmaking which will then culminate in the participants producing their own short-film. At the end of the program, the participants will get an opportunity to publicly screen their film as a co-presentation with imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

All the facilitation will be carried out by local Indigenous artists as we centre the understanding that our stories here as Tibetan exiles are also unfolding on Indigenous land and we find it imperative to bridge our communities.

The program will follow the outline below:

Learning & Development Phase
This part of the program will focus on establishing a camera-to-human relationship. Participants will receive workshops at the CSV facilities from local filmmakers in the city. Topics include: Short Film Script Writing, Production, Direction & Cinematography. Participants will go through concept development and planning, filming and media organization for the production and post-production phase.

Production Phase
In the production phase, participants will work with a production manager, assemble their film crew and shoot their films.

Editing Workshops! Once all the filming and media organization is done, participants will be editing and mastering their films, which will be presented at a community screening to showcase and celebrate the work created in the program. Co-presented by imagiNATIVE Film & Media Festival.


  • Must be between 16 to 29 years of age (by application date)
  • Must identity as a Tibetan
  • Must be living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), within commuting distance from the city in order to access CSV workshops and equipment
  • Must have some prior experience in photography/writing or/and film
  • Must be available every Saturday from September to December for guest artists workshops

The program aims to be in person as we are now in Stage 3 and there will be safety measures and protocols in place to ensure best efforts to keep everyone safe. Participants should be aware that due to the uncertainty of the Covid crisis, we might have to shift our programming to a virtual platform and we expect them to have some flexibility.

DEADLINE: Saturday August 29th, 2020 by 11:59pm EST.”

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from Made in Exile