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Silver Scenes Film Festival (Nov 5-7)

“The festival, aimed at a multi-generational audience, will take place between November 5th November 7th, and is free!

The films reveal a deep intuitive understanding of the older person.

The impetus for this festival is concern about the serious problems faced by our elderly population which is increasing in age and numbers. Could the strongly embedded ageism in our culture have contributed to the neglect of our elders in long term care facilities?

A small group of volunteers has come together, in record time, to plan and program the first Silver Screens film festival.

Please visit for more details and to register for free programming.”

-from Silver Scenes Film Festival

Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival 2020

“Community Arts Council of Vancouver presents the annual Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF) offering visual and performing artists facing social exclusion and other barriers opportunities for exhibition and sales, performance and participation, connection and learning. VOAF is Canada’s first and only festival for Outsider Art, which is represented by significant fairs and museums globally. The artists may be self-taught or trained: they are all devoted to their creative practices, and come from a point of view that is outside the mainstream art world trends.

VOAF is dedicated to supporting self-identified outsider artists who face social exclusion and other visible/invisible barriers to sharing their work.

Organizations working with socially excluded artists please contact us about group collaboration opportunities.

We are planning a workshop series focused on supporting artists to get their work and their stories online, leading to a live stream festival launch and an online exhibition in December 2020!”

For more information, please visit:

-from Community Arts Council of Vancouver

17th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival (Oct 28 – Nov 8)

17th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday October 28 to Sunday November 8, 2020

“This year’s Festival will be experienced both live and online, as the Downtown Eastside community shares with each other, and our guests, our stories, history, heritage, culture, concerns, hopes, dreams and visions for the future. This Gives Us Strength is our 2020 Festival theme: those sources that our community draws upon as we, like others across the land, cope with a worldwide pandemic, physical distancing and isolation, ongoing and growing displacement, the tragic realities of the fentanyl crisis, and the legacies of systemic racism.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Heart of the City Festival

EMERGE FEST 2020 : Emerging Creative Professional Conference (Youth Art Connection)

“Emerge fest is an all ages Festival & Conference that’s all about helping up and coming creatives advance to the next level in their career!

*COVID-19 Public Health rules will be implemented*

This Festival and Conference has been created and designed with emerging creatives in mind. With workshops, networking opportunities, and the space for entrepreneurial development, emerging creative can leave this conference feeling confident to take the next step in your creative professional development.


EMERGEHFX was created in partnership in 2016 by Youth Art Connection, the Halifax Pop Explosion and the Pavilion Youth Association to address the under-representation of new and emerging talent from the local arts scene.

In particular, artists under 19 have limited opportunities to perform, network and engage in professional arts activities due to the high number of performances that take place in licensed venues from which they are prohibited.

Additional systemic barriers increase the challenge for young artists from diverse backgrounds to access the same opportunities as their older and supported counterparts.

In order to ensure that ALL of Nova Scotia’s best talent has the opportunities to present their art and grow their professional artistic careers, YAC continues to expand EMERGEHFX and engage more of the best local talent, and continues to partner with large mainstream festivals to ensure our talent accesses stages and audiences their talent merits.”

For more information and the full schedule, please visit:

-from Youth Art Connection

Exploring Anti-Oppression in Creative Spaces (Ottawa)

Exploring Anti-Oppression in Creative Spaces

“Oct 23, 6-8 pm FREE

Engage an interactive and explorative look into anti-oppression that is based in mutualism, respect, and muscle memory.

In this workshop we will engage in an interactive and explorative look into anti-oppression that is based in mutualism, respect, and muscle memory. You will develop a new lens to objectively recognize anti-oppression, proactively create safer creative spaces, and take action to address instances of oppression and injustice, with a particular focus on addressing microaggressions.”

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from Ottawa Arts Council

Culture Days 2020: “Nearly halfway done and still so much to do!”

Nearly halfway done and still so much to do!

The 2020 version of Culture Days presents an opportunity to virtually criss-cross the country and explore arts and culture beyond your own backyard. There’s still hundreds of upcoming livestreams to tune in to, and plenty of recorded programs to participate in at your own speed.

Try your hand at MĂ©tis Dot Art, learn about Hawaiian culture and luau, tune in to a seasonally spooky Radio Play Serieshang out with Hamlet (that’s right, the man himself!), contribute to a screenplay and stage script, and more!”

View all livestream and digital programs here!

Culture Days runs until October 25. For more information, please visit:

-from Culture Days

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

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

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

Online Dance Workshop with All Bodies Dance Project (Aug 22)

“In this 1-hour online workshop participants will be dancing, moving, and exploring what each unique dancing body has to say! Learn how to move creatively and connect to your body with All Bodies Dance Project facilitators Carolina Bergonzoni and Harmanie Rose. The workshop is open to participants with and without disabilities. No previous experience required.

All Bodies Dance Project (ABDP) is an inclusive dance company located on unceded Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC). Founded in 2014, ABDP brings together artists with and without disabilities to explore movement as a means of creative expression. The group offers accessible dance classes for adults and youth of all abilities in addition to creating opportunities for diverse artists to practice, research and create innovative, inclusive dance.”

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from All Bodies Dance Project