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Pandemic Roommates – Online Interactive Theatre for Critical Dialogue, July 9th (Mixed Company Theatre)

“We are living through this pandemic together or are we? Physical distancing is for outside the home, but inside? With roommates? Sharing living spaces?…

Pandemic Roommates is an interactive online theatre presentation that takes a glimpse into the lives of roommates in a Toronto house.

With Remi being immuno-compromised, Carmen might be putting her friend’s health at risk. Deb is now working from home which puts a strain on the internet bandwidth and Marge? – well, she owns the house. Each is doing their best to get through this challenging time, how do they support one another when they all have different needs?

We hope to find some answers and engage in critical dialogue through this interactive work co-created by Malia Rogers, Max Cameron Fearon, Heather VON Atzigen and Madeleine Brown, with inputs and support from Mixed Company Theatre’s associate artists.

When: Thursday July 9 from 6 to 7:30 pm

Where: Zoom – Make sure you RSVP to communications[at] to receive the Zoom Meeting Link!

Fees: This is a PWYC event. All payments will be treated as donations. To support our work with a donation, click here: . All donations above $25 will receive a tax exemption receipt!

Content warning: Language

About our style of Interactive Theatre:

You will experience an adapted format of Forum Theatre that is interactive and compels audience members to develop real-time strategies for dealing with social and personal issues.

In a Mixed Company presentation, a story representing an issue is created, rehearsed and performed (the first act). The story is then presented again—only this second time, audience members can intervene in the story, as “spect-actors,” to create a positive alternative ending. A trained Forum Theatre facilitator (the Joker) prepares and encourages participants to replace the actors on stage and to change the story in a constructive way. This social justice-based theatre style sparks community dialogue and enables grassroots advocacy.”

-from Mixed Company Theatre

Voices With Impact 2020: An Online Festival for Films and Ideas Around Underrepresented Topics Related to Mental Health (June 22-26)

Voices With Impact is a year-long project that celebrates mental health stories told by filmmakers with unique perspectives and lived experience.

Filmmakers across the world submitted proposals to tell unique stories about underrepresented narratives related to mental health, and our distinguished jury members selected the strongest ideas from the group. Ultimately, ten teams were awarded $5,000 each to support the creation of their short films.

The topics for this year’s five-minute short films are:

  • Mental health issues specific to LGBTQIA+ people.
  • Mental health issues related to the culture of masculinity.

The world premiere of these films will take place on June 22, and will be followed by a week-long festival of dialogue and discussion in which our esteemed storytellers will lead interactive, enlightening sessions on topics ranging from colonialism and LGBTQIA+ mental health to representations of men of color in the media.

All sessions are free and open to the public. Limited seats are available, so please register early—we want to see you there!”

For more information and to join the festival, please visit:

-from Art With Impact

In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Week, Red Sky Performance and Temagami Community Foundation’s Virtual Arts Camp for Children (June 19th)

“Friday, June 19th, 2020 at 2pm EST (Eastern Time)

In celebration of NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES WEEK, Red Sky Performance and Temagami Community Foundation‘s Virtual Arts Camp brings a thrilling virtual performance of our award-winning Mistatim to every province and territory in Canada. Ideal for children from 6 – 12 years, parents, teachers, presenters, and all audiences.

Out of the gate on June 19th, 2020, this fast-paced horse will trot, gallop, and fly from one end of the country to the other on this one-day digital tour. Following the performance, join us for a Social Round Up in the chat room.

  • British Columbia & Yukon: 11 am PDT
  • Alberta & NWT: 12 pm MDT
  • Manitoba: 1 pm CDT
  • Saskatchewan: 12 pm CDT
  • Ontario, Quebec: 2 pm EDT
  • New Brunswick & Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island: 3 pm AST
  • Newfoundland & Labrador: 3:30 pm NDT
  • Nunavut would either be 11 am or 12 pm depending on where you are in the territory.

You’ll enjoy an unforgettable story of the truest of friendships told through the “taming” of a wild horse. You can expect to meet the artists, experience a virtual performance, followed by a Social Round Up in the chat room with artists. Come and meet Mistatim in the virtual flesh!

It’s FREE.

Direction & Concept: Sandra Laronde, Play by Erin Shields, Associate Director: Carlos Rivera, Music & Sound Design Rick Sacks, Associate Sound Designer: Marc Merilianen, and Mask Design & Build: Karen Rodd.

Performed by Falciony Patino Cruz, Wahsonti:io Kirby, and Benjamin Thomas.

Watch a brief excerpt of Mistatim in a workshop here:

This is a free event. We hope you will join us in empowering a brighter future for children by making a donation to our programming. All contributions will receive a charitable receipt, please visit our website!

For more information, please visit:

-from Red Sky Performance

Art Happening Bridgewater’s June Online Open Mic (via video conference) music, poetry, dance, juggling, storytelling, etc. (NS)

“In the age of physical distancing, Art Happening Bridgewater will once again help keep us socially connected by offering June’s Open Mic, as a video conference via the Zoom platform. We’d ask both performers and audience to register in advance and we will then send you the zoom invite at 5 pm on June 12. You don’t need a zoom account to participate. Toll call in number avaialble for folks with slow or no internet.

June’s Online Open Mic date is Friday June 12, from 7-9 pm.

We had a great turn out in April and May of both preformers and audience. Remeber: All acts of awesome are welcome: music, poetry, dance, juggling, story telling, etc. Please remember we have an intergenerational audience often with some young children present. Depending on numbers of performers, you may be limited to 10 minutes.”

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from Art Happening Bridgewater

Livestreaming May I Take Your Arm? performance

Yellow and white text on a photograph of a handcrafted small world that features a paper person using a white cane.

May I Take Your Arm? livestream
Friday June 12 2020 | 7:30 p.m. EST, CANADA
FOLDA – Festival of Live Digital Art

May I Take Your Arm? (MITYA) – created by Alex Bulmer, Anna Camilleri, Tristan Whiston, and Katie Yealland, with creative access support from Becky Gold – emerged from audio-recorded walks between blind performer Bulmer and strangers who provided sighted guide in a downtown neighbourhood in Toronto. It evolved into a theatre piece that integrates live performance, immersive audio, live video animation, tactile installation, and interaction. Reimagined as a livestream performance, May I Take Your Arm’s exploration of interdependence and how we turn space into place into home is more poignant than ever.

MITYA is a Red Dress Productions project. 

FOLDA Access Statement

The Festival of Live Digital Art is committed to improving accessible opportunities for all people to participate in a variety of events and performances at the festival. Access support is available by request through the workshop registration. Should you have any questions please contact the festival team at producer[at]”

-from Red Dress Productions

Culture Days 2020: September 25th – October 25th

“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.

Our team of provincial and national partners would like to thank Culture Days organizers from across the country for their input and patience as we’ve been developing our contingency plans for the summer and fall. We’re excited to continue working with the collective network and supporters to present Culture Days in a way that celebrates arts and culture, while protecting the health of everyone.”

For more information:

En vue de septembre

Joignez-vous à nous pour une célébration nationale encore plus grande où les arts, la culture et la créativité se croisent. À l’intérieur, à l’extérieur et en ligne, découvrez le monde des arts et de la culture à travers le Canada.

La Fête de la culture va au-delà de la fin de semaine traditionnelle et propose un programme d’activités plus inclusif et plus interactif sur quatre semaines. La Fête de la culture, qui débute le 25 septembre et se poursuit jusqu’au 25 octobre, invite tout le monde à participer et à montrer son appréciation des arts et de la culture dans sa propre communauté et à travers le pays !

Le site web de la Fête de la culture servira de plateforme promotionnelle pour les créateurs de tout genre, afin de présenter des milliers d’activités virtuelles et en personne. Les visiteurs pourront trouver des petits rassemblements ou des événements auto-guidés près de chez eux, tandis que le passage au numérique permettra aux participants de parcourir virtuellement d’un bout à l’autre du pays et de découvrir des spectacles en direct et d’autres présentations en ligne.

Pour en savoir plus :

source: Culture Days / Fête de la culture

Newcomer Week: Virtual Edition (Neighbourhood Arts Network)

While Newcomer Day festivities in Nathan Phillips Square have been cancelled this year, we will be spotlighting some of our members who are newcomer artists online throughout the week of May 18.

 As Newcomer Day festivities in Nathan Phillips Square have been cancelled due to COVID-19, Neighbourhood Arts Network is pleased to spotlight newcomer artists online from May 18-22. A week full of online activations showcasing films, music, and discussions by newcomer artists, Newcomer Week: Virtual Edition will showcase and honour the vibrancy that newcomer artists bring to Toronto’s cultural landscape.

Newcomer Week: Virtual Edition will convening organizations including Ontario Arts Council, JAYU, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Small World Music, and past recipients of Neighbourhood Arts Network’s RBC Newcomer Artist Award to present virtual activations through dynamic digital partnerships.

Monday May 18: “Ó:ia Enióhrhen’ne (The Day After Tomorrow)”. Presented in partnership with Mahlikah Awe:ri onherInstagram Live @ 8 PM

Tuesday May 19: Online Exhibition Tour of exhibition “Extracolonial: Reflections for Action” at Sur Gallery on Zoom @ 6 PM

Wednesday May 20: “Establishing an Arts Practice in Canada”. Presented in partnership with Ontario Arts Council on Zoom @ 1 PM

Thursday May 21: “In Conversation: International Arts Mentorship Experiences”. Presented in partnership with with New York Foundation for the Arts on Zoom @ 6 PM

Friday May 22:  “Hear Me Out: Curated Playlist”. Presented in partnership with Small World Music. Relaxed listening online, any time.

Additional: a listing of free online films by newcomer artists and/or on the theme of migration and settlement will be shared in partnership with JAYU and Regent Park Film Festival’s ‘Home Made Visible’ program.”

For more information, please visit:

Jitterbug Social ‘Distancing’ Dance Party 2020 (Dancing With Parkinson’s Canada)

Virtual Dance Party in support of DWP
Saturday May 30, 2020
Live, from our Living Room to Yours!

Dancing With Parkinson’s core mission is to bring seniors with PD out of isolation and into an artistic community where they can dance and connect with others.  On a weekly basis DWP does just that at any one of our 15 locations across the GTA.

While navigating our way through social distancing, DWP continues to be guided by this mission by offering free daily live online interactive dance classes for all seniors across the country so we can stay together, while we are apart. 

Now more than ever DWP needs your help to keep our dancers dancing and out of isolation.  Small grassroots charities like ours really depend on the generosity and support of individuals to keep our doors open for our participants who depend on us! We need as many people as possible to sign up to do some peer to peer fundraising on DWP’s Behalf and then join us for the biggest virtual dance party you have ever been to!”

For more information and to join, please visit:

-from Dancing With Parkinson’s

HAPPENING Multicultural LIVE: Power of Community (May 25-30)

HAPPENING Multicultural LIVE is our response to the realities of these unprecedented times. We recognize the importance of physical distancing in order to overcame the risks of COVID 19. We also know that it is crucial for us as a community to stay connected and work together. We believe that artists and the Arts are essential not only in supporting communities to cope with this experience, but also creating space for all of us to re-imagen the world after the pandemic.

We decided to move to online platforms so we can continue promoting and celebrating newcomer , immigrant and refugee talent.

During HAPPENING Multicultural LIVE, we give the spotlight to immigrant, newcomer and refugee artists while creating opportunities for professional development focused on artists interested in working with communities as well as creating opportunities for organizations to share their work and their visions of more inclusive communities.
We promote inclusion and celebrate the contribution of newcomer and refugee communities to the cultural and artistic fabric of Toronto.

We are grateful with all the artists involved , we also express our gratitude to our important community partners : Neighbourhood Arts Network, Small World Music, North York Arts , Scarborough Arts , City of Toronto , FACTOR Canada, PEN Canada and Canada Council for the Arts.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Muse Arts

ReelAbilities Film Festival (May 20-24, online)

“The 5th Annual Toronto ReelAbilities Film Festival Goes Online!
Seven Feature Films, Eight Shorts and more!

ReelAbilities Film Festival returns for its 5th Anniversary with a twist – now it’s all online! From May 20 – 24, 2020 ReelAbilities Film Festival will showcase Canadian and International shorts, features, and documentaries about Deaf and disability cultures and by filmmakers and actors with disabilities and/or who are Deaf.

ReelAbilities Film Festival traditionally offers film screenings, artist Q&As, workshops, and events in various venues across Toronto, but in 2020 ReelAbilities will present over 15 film screenings, panels, workshops and events via interactive online presentations.

We are thrilled to bring ReelAbilities online – where we can reach even more people. We’re excited to showcase amazing films and the creativity of disability and Deaf cultures. We’re pleased that we can continue to host important conversations, highlight and convene fantastic filmmakers, directors, actors and writers, and provide a platform for learning about accessible media,” said Liviya Mendelsohn, Artistic Director of ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto.

Highlights from the 5th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival include the following films: Code of the Freaks, a blistering critique of Hollywood representations of disabled characters; Kupenda, where three determined teenagers set out to challenge their community’s long-held stigma against disability and climb Mount Kilimanjaro; Sock Guys, a peek inside a business owned and operated by a young man with Down Syndrome and his father, where people with intellectual disabilities work alongside their neurotypical colleagues; and From My Side of the Spectrum, the winner of the first ever Sandra Carpenter ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival Student Film Award by 16 year old student filmmaker Aiden Lee. 

We are delighted to celebrate the fifth year anniversary of the ReelAbilities Film Festival virtually. This year’s fantastic selection of films spans globally and brings forth stories from Deaf and disability communities that offer thought-provoking cultural critiques, feature the outstanding achievements of our communities, and revel in our vibrant lives. Now more than ever, in this trying and isolating time, it is vital to have welcoming forums like ReelAbilities that make space for us to come together, partake in enriching discussions and collectively enjoy the remarkable artistic contributions of these filmmakers,” said Linda Luarasi, ReelAbilities juror.

Full programming for ReelAbilities Film Festival will be announced shortly. Additional events including the ReelAbilities Comedy Night, ReelDance, and ReelEducation matinees have been postponed until late 2020.

For more information, please visit:

-from ReelAbilities Film Festival