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imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct 22-27)

“The 20th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to announce the full programming of works by Indigenous screen-content creators for the Festival, running October 22-27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario.

imagineNATIVE‘s previously announced opening night gala on Tuesday, October 22 will be One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk by Zacharias Kunuk at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. On Sunday, October 27, the closing night gala will be The Sun Above Me Never Sets by first time feature film director Lyubov Borisova at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. 

The 20th imagineNATIVE will screen a dynamic selection offeature films including The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn;Red Snow, an Indigenous military drama directed by Marie Clements;the world premiere of FUKRY, directed by Blackhorse Lowe; the Toronto premiere of Top End Wedding by Wayne Blair; The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, directed by Shelley Niro; the world premiere of Ruthless Souls directed by Madison Thomas; and the Toronto premiere of Rustic Oracle, by Sonia Boileau.”

The full schedule and tickets for the 20th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival are available here: imaginenative.org/.”

-from ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival news release
Read imagineNATIVE’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Free Reading: In Your Head (Mixed Company Theatre, Toronto)

“FREE READING : IN YOUR HEAD, a Forum Theatre Play on Mental Health in Schools

After the glowing response to IN YOUR HEAD from schools across the GTA, we are happy to announce that we will be bringing it back for the 2019/20 school year!

We are hosting a FREE reading of the play for educators, students, and school-involved mental health professionals

This year, audience members at the reading will have the opportunity to conduct Forum Theatre “interventions” by taking the place of actors and attempting to change the outcome of the play.

Where: The Ladies Parlour (main floor of St Luke’s United Church), 157 Carlton St, Toronto ON M5A2K3

When: October 23, 2019 at 5:30pm 

RSVP by clicking HERE!

IN YOUR HEAD takes us into the lives of Rayna and her brother Sam as they deal with the increasingly complicated world of high school and “growing up.” Why is Sam suddenly having a hard time at home and in school? How can they be there for one another? Is there anyone else that can help out?

Written by renowned playwright Luciano Iogna and directed by MCT Artistic Director Simon Malbogat, this interactive Forum Theatre show will specifically focus on the stigma against mental disorders and engage students in a dialogue on how we can all be better mental health allies to each other. Like all our Forum Theatre productions, this show is inspired by real stories from teens to ensure that our play reflect the issues that matter the most to your students.

Check out our Youtube trailer for IN YOUR HEAD:

Questions? Email communications[at]mixedcompanytheatre.com or call us at 416-515-8080.

We look forward to seeing you at our reading of IN YOUR HEAD, and hope to visit your school in 2020!”

-from Mixed Company Theatre

While Having Soup / Le Temps d’une Soupe à Regina (ATSA & Common Weal)

Common Weal Community Arts presents Le Temps d’une Soupe by Montreal artist collective ATSA (When Art Takes Action). The public are invited to participate in this relational artwork by sharing in conversation around relevant social issues While Having Soup. The event is documented and screened in real time as poetic portraits; photographs that capture the participants and reflect their conversations. The project has been running in locations across Canada and abroad since 2015, most recently in Mauritius, Madagascar, and France.

Saturday, September 28 | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
The Regina Farmers Market

and

Sunday, September 29 | 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Nuit Blanche YQR

This work is presented thanks to local community partners, SaskCulture, Regina Downtown Business Improvement District, Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec, and the Programme d’appui à la Francophonie Canadienne.”

-from ATSA / Common Weal

Dream Big: Baawating Arts Festival comes to Sault Ste. Marie September 27-29

Featuring performances, film, and an Indigenous Arts Market showcasing Northern Ontario’s top Indigenous talent

“This September 27-29, more than 40 Indigenous artists from across Northern Ontario will descend on Sault Ste. Marie to celebrate Northern Ontario’s top Indigenous talent with Dream Big 2019: Baawating Arts Festival.

The festival is presented by the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA) and will include performances, art exhibitions, and film screenings at various venues across the city. NIAA co-founder and board member, Rihkee Strapp, says, “These Dream Big events are open to the public and are all by donation. We are very thankful to have endorsement from Chief Dean Sayers of Batchewana and so many community members that have supported the organizing of this event. The beginnings of NIAA emerged from the first Dream Big in North Bay, so it is surreal to be hosting it in Baawating in 2019!”

Dream Big 2019 kicks off Friday night (September 27) with an art exhibition by Ojibway artist John Laford at Eeh jhii Bog mhe be og (commonly known as Baawating Gallery – 80 March St.); and continues Saturday (September 28) at Shingwauk Auditorium with a film screening of Thunderstone Pictures’ Coming Together to Talk with filmmaker Ardelle Sagutcheway, followed by a night of comedy featuring Sudbury comedian Kevin Shawanda and Batchewana’s Two-Spirit darling Teddy Syrette. On Sunday (September 29), March St. will temporarily close to traffic to make room for an outdoor Indigenous Arts Market showcasing the region’s top Indigenous arts, crafts, and food vendors. The festival closes Sunday afternoon with a musical performance by Anishinaabe musician Melody McKiver.

All events are open to the public and admission is free/Pay What You Can, thanks to support from the Ontario Arts Council. For more information, visit the Dream Big 2019 website at dreambignorth.com or contact northernindigenousart[at]gmail.com.”

-from Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA)

Culture Days 2019 (Sept 27-29)

“The 10th annual Culture Days weekend is taking place September 27, 28 & 29th, with thousands of free events taking place across Canada! Join us in celebrating creativity in your community. Visit culturedays.ca to find events near you.”

-from Culture Days

Unity Fest 2019 (Toronto)

“Join us on Friday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th for the 2019 Unity Festival at The Northern Contemporary Gallery located inside the historic Parkdale Theatre building at 1605 Queen St. West.

Going into its 12th consecutive year, the Unity Festival–Unity Charity’s annual flagship event and Canada’s largest youth hip hop festival– continues to be a dynamic, multi-disciplinary Hip Hop arts festival for youth that takes place at unique urban venues in Toronto’s vibrant downtown core.  Similar to Unity’s work with youth year-round, the Unity Festival highlights Hip-Hop’s power as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change, with a focus on the empowerment of our future’s most vital asset: youth.

The Unity Festival provides an opportunity for emerging youth artists to present high-quality performances alongside established artists, and creates an accessible platform for youth to engage in arts-based competitions, workshops and exhibitions. Youth also benefit from opportunities to learn from artists who not only expertly teach their craft, but also generously tell their own compelling stories of struggle, self-reflection and triumph through hip hop.”

For more information, please visit: http://unitycharity.com/2019festival/

-from Unity Charity

Sarasvàti Productions presents FemFest 2019: All the World’s a Stage (Winnipeg)

Sarasvàti Productions presents FemFest 2019! This year’s theme is, All the World’s a StageWe are celebrating many different genres of theatre and performance, including a pop art performance by xLq, an interactive discussion with Indigenous and immigrant mother/daughter pairs, and even an appearance of Tulia, the guide dog! There’s something for everyone at this year’s festival.

Along with our fresh and fun touring shows, we will also be hosting some FemFest classics such as the annual Bake-Off, Opening Cabaret and a Walking Tour! All this and so much more is coming up in just three short weeks, from September 14 to 21.

We’re also offering workshops and readings through the festival. For tickets and information, please visit: www.femfest.ca

About Sarasvàti Productions: Founded in Winnipeg in 2000, we seek to inspire artists and audiences through the use of theatre and to provide a place where artists can develop, showcase their skills and celebrate their creativity. FemFest has been up and kicking since 2003 and to date has showcased hundreds of artists!”

-from Sarasvàti Productions
Read Sarasvàti Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Dawson Film Lab (KIAC)

“The Dawson Film Lab is a unique filmmaking experience taking place in Dawson City, August 25-30.

A 5 day short film event in which 8 filmmakers participate in a collaborative exchange of ideas and knowledge and produce short films in 5 days. The Lab will end with a screening event on August 30, to view the works made during the week.

There are still a few spots open for participants! (Travel assistance available for participants outside Dawson City). $100 Fee to work alongside other amazing filmmakers.”

For more information, please visit: https://kiac.ca/2019/05/25/dawson-film-lab/

-from Klondike Institute of Art and Culture
Read KIAC’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Art Starts’ Street Art Festival (Toronto)

The Art Starts Street Art Festival (ASSAF) will creatively animate Glenholme Ave. from Eglinton Ave. to Lanark Ave. through a full day of FREE performances, art exhibits, and hands-on collaborative art making.

Over 15 local professional artists will inject colour, music, and free creative art-making across different artistic disciplines on Saturday, July 27th, 2019 from 11 am to 5 pm. You can expect mural making, puppet making, belly dancing, self-portrait making, and much more!

Participate in collaborative art-making and performances by artists such as: professional bellydancer Jaicyea Smith, ukulele player and singer ‘K Funk’, spoken word artist Patrick Walters, portraiture artist Yara El Safi, and MANY more!

Saturday, July 27th
Glenholme Ave. between Lanark Ave. and Eglinton Ave W
11 AM – 5 PM”

For more information, please visit: https://artstartsto.com/special-projects/assaf/

-from Art Starts
Read Art Starts profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival (Aug 7-11)

August 7-11, 2019
Celebrating Indigenous Arts in Algonquin Territory
Ottawa • Canada

The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is excited to announce the 8th annual festival, screening the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around the world.

Highlights:

This year’s festival takes place over 5 days, and includes our traditional opening night outdoor film screening in the Courtyard at Club SAW, 3 days of film screenings in the Alma Duncan Salon at the Ottawa Art Gallery, our Matriarchs Art Exhibition Opening at Enriched Bread Artists, plus our Sound/Tracks presentation of micro-commissioned audio-visual performances in partnership with SAW Video, an Inuit contemporary Music Showcase, and the world’s first ever 2-Spirit Ball.

The 2019 program and festival schedule is published on the website:
www.asinabkafestival.org

-from the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival
photo: 2019 Asinabka Festival graphic art by Asinnijaq