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StArt YPA Presents Breaking Bread Reception (Scarborough)

StArt Youth Presenting Art invites you to attend its second annual Breaking Bread Reception, which will be held Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd., Scarborough Ontario, M1M 1R9.

The evening will open with the Breaking Bread reception, followed by performances from some of Scarborough’s emerging artists. The Breaking Bread Reception is an interactive community night in celebration of the diverse cultures that comprise the Scarborough community. StArt YPA invites you to join us, to meet and know more about our neighbours through food, storytelling and build community relations. Join us at the Breaking Bread Reception, 2017 and indulge in samples of selected breads with delectable side dishes, celebrating Scarborough’s diverse community!”

-submitted by StArt YPA & SuiteLife Arts for Youth
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Hors Piste : Cirque et mixité sociale au coeur du village (Montréal)

“L’événement Hors Piste vous invite à sortir des sentiers battus et à venir vivre l’ambiance des rues du 19e siècle. Le samedi 15 juillet, dès midi et jusqu’à 20h, rejoignez nous pour un happening participatif gratuit pour tous : cirque de rue, animations interactives et musique de rue seront au rendez-vous.”

source : Cirque Hors Piste
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FemFest 2017: Coming of Age (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)

FemFest 2017: Coming of Age – Celebrating 15 Years!

“In 2003 Chicago was dominating film awards, George W. Bush was leading the charge in Iraq, America’s Next Top Model premiered on television and FemFest was launched. This year we celebrate FemFest entering a new phase with FemFest 2017: Coming of Age, running from September 16 to 23. The 15th annual festival featuring powerful plays by women for everyone, will take over the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film for eight days of exciting performances. This year will also feature a special performance from an award-winning author at the West End Cultural Centre and a special interactive experience at the Millennium Library.

This year’s theme revolves around coming in to one’s own – growing up, maturing and accepting oneself. FemFest 2017 will take audiences through an empowering journey as they explore how we move forward as individuals and as a community. We are excited to announce the touring shows and guest artists who will be in Winnipeg for FemFest 2017:

Judith Thompson is one of Canada’s most celebrated and prolific playwrights. Her visit to FemFest in 2012 was profound for the writers who worked with her and audiences who heard her speak. To celebrate 15 years FemFest wanted to bring back Canada’s top female playwright.

Watching Glory Die – Produced by Mulgrave Road Theatre (Guysborough, NS): In order to truly explore the craft of our guest artist we are excited to welcome this powerful play by Judith Thompson from an East Coast Company with a long history of producing compelling work. The script was inspired by the true story of New Brunswick teen Ashley Smith. Deliberately fictionalized, a riveting and deeply compassionate portrait of three women – Glory, incarcerated for minor offences at age 14; Rosellen, the girl’s adoptive mother desperately trying to remain connected to her daughter; Gail, a prison guard, walking the line between her ‘orders’ and her conscience.

Tomboy Survival Guide – Written and Performed by award-winning author Ivan Coyote (Vancouver, B.C.): Tomboy Survival Guide is the music and story-driven collaboration of award-winning writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote, the hummingbird high-energied drummer and percussionist Sal Zori, the mellifluous baselines of Pebbles Willekes, and the subtle and graceful tinkerings of trumpet player Alison Gorman. FemFest is excited to partner with the West End Cultural Centre for the first time to present this unique concert experience. Ivan Coyote will also be doing a special lecture and reading from his books for queer youth as part of the festival.

FemFest 2017 will also include the Winnipeg premiere of Two Indians by Toronto playwright, Falen Johnson. After years apart two cousins meet in a Toronto alley to recreate a ceremony from their childhood, but can they remember how? When the words missing and murdered, truth and reconciliation, occupation and resistance are everywhere, how do two Mohawk women stand their ground? The piece will mark the stage directorial debut of Sonya Ballantyne, rising Indigenous film-maker. Of course the festival will continue to offer our Bake-Off playwriting competition; readings of new works in development; and an opening cabaret featuring fantastic female artists in music, theatre and film.

FemFest runs from September 16-23, 2017 at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg, 400 Colony Street). Tickets are $15-$20 for single shows and a full festival pass is available for $50. FemFest welcomes all audience members to join the celebration of female artists and enjoy the local and national art scene. For more information visit our website:

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!”

-submitted by Sarasvàti Productions
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East York/East End Cultural Hotspot Launch Event (Toronto)

“Join us in celebration of the launch of the East York/East End Cultural Hotspot on Saturday, June 17 from 1 – 4 PM!

An afternoon of arts, culture and community on the newly renovated grounds of the East York Civic Centre. Join us for an exciting mix of dance and music performances, interactive arts activities and craft-making and community arts fair with mini galleries and pop-up booths. Enjoy delicious treats, learn a new art skill and meet the people behind some of the most creative and community-based projects in the area. This one day FREE, family-friendly event will have something for everyone, so drop by for a fun filled, festival style day celebrating the 2017 Cultural Hotspot – East York and the east end.

VIBE Arts is also participating with East York Neighbourhood Initiative in designing and creating a large scale public mural for the East York Community Centre!

Come join in the fun and visit us online at for a full listing of what the 2017 Cultural Hotspot has to offer.”

-from East End Arts newsletter
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Red Dress Productions presents DRIFT SEEDS (June 9-11, Toronto)

“Red Dress Productions is pleased to announce DRIFT SEEDS
a poetic parody for people living in absurd times

On June 9th, 10th & 11th, a multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory, 3-day, outdoor theatre production will descend on Winchester Park. Over 100 musicians, dancers, actors, singers, puppeteers, visual artists and production volunteers from diverse communities including hearing artists, Deaf artists, blind and sighted artists, wheelchair users, and LGBTQ & 2 spirited artists, have infused this creative process to shape the aesthetic of this extra-live, ambitious, community creation.

In Drift Seeds, young birds are born and as they begin to stretch their wings a menacing “Bird Watcher” descends upon their home and cages them. At the same time, the self-appointed leader of the land “Rock Robin” has been brought down and someone must take responsibility. “Sparrow” confesses, and is apprehended but the suggestion of a cover up is raised. A group of activists parody the official state mourning in a mock funeral procession while trying to find answers to what has really happened. Their protest grows, the “truth” is revealed, and all the birds are released. Just as the seasons cycle, so turns the wheel of life, and once the birds fly away to freedom, the story begins again with the rebirth of baby birds. The performance starts anew and loops until the end of the evening.

This community performance developed out of three-years of artistic exploration with communities in Toronto’s Winchester Park and St James Town. Drift Seeds is the sum of many parts: a fictional collage created out of fragments harvested through artistic exploration that revealed themes of loss and discovery, migrations and transformation, safety and danger, inclusion and isolation, hope and resistance.

As part of the performance, the Seed Share Curio, features interactive installations that present works created from the time when Drift Seeds was just a determined seed, a glimmering possibility.

We welcome audiences of all ages and all abilities. Elements of visual description and American Sign Language feature throughout the performance, and the space is accessible to wheelchair and mobility device users. As well as English, spoken languages include pieces in Urdu, Korean, Spanish, Mandarin, and Russian.

Dress Rehearsals
Wednesday June 7th & Thursday June 8th 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Performance Dates
Friday June 9th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm in Winchester Park
Saturday June 10th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm in Winchester Park
Sunday June 11th, 1:00pm to 3:00pm in Winchester Park”

-submitted by Red Dress Productions
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Unity Festival (July 13-15, Toronto)

Unity Festival is a FREE, youth-focused Hip Hop festival happening July 13-15, 2017 featuring some of the city’s top current and upcoming talent in beatboxing, spoken word, MCing, graffiti art, break dancing, all styles dance and more!

Day 1: The Unity MC/Spoken Word & Graffiti Exhibition

Tangerine presents Unity MC / Spoken Word & Graffiti Exhibition 2017 in partnership with R.I.S.E.
Thursday July 13th – 3-11pm • Free entry

The Unity MC /Spoken Word & Graffiti Exhibition is back for 2017 and we are celebrating 10 years of Hip-Hop, Dance, Spoken Word, MC’ing and Beatbox with special guests.

Unity Fetsival 2017 kicks off on Thursday, July 13th at Geary Lane with our annual MC / SPOKEN WORD & GRAFFITI EXHIBITION in partnership with R.I.S.E., SKETCH & VIBE ARTS. The night showcases som eof Toronto’s most prolific music and visual artists alongside the most promising youth performers selected form UNITY, VIBE ARTS, and SKETCH’S city-wide after school and drop-in programs.

This year we are very proud to host two of Canada’s leading artist educators who will lead the exhibition with presentations on how they empower and effect change in individuals and communities. STEPHEN “BUDDHA” LEAFLOOR is an internationally recognized and awarded social worker, celebrated dancer, and founder of BLUPRINTFORLIFE, which has brought empowerment, hope and real social change in Canada’s north and urban centers.

DR. AUDREY HUDSON, is an assistant professor at OCAD University where she has developed two courses on teh influence of Hip-Hop art and design practices who views teh arts as a tool to begin decolonizing education because of teh creative platform it provides for historically marginalized communities.

Day 2: Dance Exhibition & Beatbox Competition

Tangerine presents Unity Dance Exhibition & Beatbox Competition 2017.
Friday July 14th – 5-11pm • Free Entry

On Friday July 14th we are very excited to host our UNITY DANCE EXHIBITION & BEATBOX BATTLE at UNDERPASS PARK, under the Eastern Avenue, Richmond and Adelaide Overpasses. The DANCE EXHIBITION features Toronto’s top youth nand professional street dancers in a number of different battles highlighting hip-hop, breaking, popping, and house, Our first round will focus on the community youth and alumni who have developed their skills alongside the guidance of Unity’s program faciliatators.

For the second round, selected mentors from various established dance crews will battle alongside their top students against other mentor/student crews. And for our last round, a number of the most well-respected crews including CASINO BOYS, TENSE IMAGE, ALIBINO ZEBRAZ, WAREHOUSE JACKS, and many more will face off against each other for the first time on Unity’s dancefloor.

Once again, BEATBOX CANADA, the most respected champion of the beatbox community will showcase the underrated art of vocal percussion with an epic battle between Toronto’s top beatboxers in a 1 vs 1 musical battle for 20 years and under. Battle judges are Unity Alumni PARALLEL (Sparx & Psyriene) and WORDOFMOUF (Killabeatz & Subconcious) will represent this art as a part of the human narrative and beatboxers as true musicians while inspiring young talent to pursue new ways of artistic expression through their performances.

– Must be a Canadian Citizen 20 years of age or under
– Email with your name, age and city to register by June 1st, 2017
– Capped at 16 entries, first come first serve so email and contact ASAP!
– Open elimination at event, all participants will have 90 seconds to showcase their skills
– TOP 4 beatboxers will be chosen to battle for prizes
– Battles are 2 x 90 seconds rounds, 3rd place battle will happen as well

29 Lower River St.
Toronto, Ontario

Day 3: Unity Concert
Tangerine presents Unity Concert 2017
Saturday July 15th – 3-11pm • Free Entry

TORONTO!!!!! The Unity Festival is back for 2017 and we are celebrating 10 years of Hip-Hop, Dance, Spoken Word, MC’ing and Beatbox with a line up that includes the return of …

MAIN SOURCE celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their classic album “Breaking Atoms” with an all star line up that includes LARGE PROFESSOR, K-CUT, MIKEY D, NEEK THE EXOTIC & JOE FATAL.


Hosted by none other than:

215 King St. West @ John ST.
Toronto, Ontario
FREE ENTRY | #unitycharityTO”

-posted with permission from UNITY Charity
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Breaking Through (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)



“I think we all live in mortal fear of losing our minds”

“This bold new play puts the spotlight on mental health like never before.

After two years of research and input from almost 400 community members with different perspectives on mental health, Sarasvàti Productions is excited to present the world premiere of Breaking Through.  The play follows the stories of five Winnipegger’s living with different mental health issues. Writers Hope McIntyre and Cairn Moore honour these stories with nuance, humour and unabashed honesty. Join the conversation with panel discussions following select performances.

Date: May 23-28, 2017.

Location: Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at U of W, 400 Colony Street)

Time: Performance times vary”

-submitted by Sarasvàti Productions
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VIBE Arts Fest (May 19-23, Toronto)

By youth, for youth: Renewing VIBE’s creative vision with the 9th annual VIBE Arts Fest: Revive the VIBE

“TORONTO, ON (May 19-23, 2017) — VIBE Arts Fest is a FREE, five-day Youth-Led Arts Festival, presented in the Young Welcome Centre at the eco-friendly and sustainable Evergreen Brickworks, showcasing young Toronto talent from a variety of VIBE Arts’ children and youth oriented programs, and the city at large. This year’s festival will also include a visual art gallery featuring artwork from VIBE Arts’ emerging artists and program participants, a performance arts showcase headlined by RISE Edutainment, a pop-up artist vendor market, as well as interactive art activities open to the public throughout the festival.

VIBE Arts Fest 2017 is an eclectic mix of transitions titled “Revive The VIBE.” This year’s festival is an exploration of a person’s journey to finding their voice, identity and truth, starting with ‘Awaken’, moving through ‘Discover’, ‘Dismantle’, and ‘Redefine’ into ‘Freedom’. Each day’s interactive programming is an invitation to explore what these themes mean personally and communally to members in the city of Toronto. Also featuring artwork created in VIBE programming across the city, VIBE Arts Fest celebrates the creativity of youth communities within the city.

Evergreen Brickworks is located at 550 Bayview. Free Shuttle buses depart from Broadview Station.

VIBE Arts Fest: Revive The VIBE is open and free to the public.

Schedule Activities and events throughout May 19th- 23rd

Visual Art Gallery (May 19-23, 2017)

The gallery exhibition will display artworks designed and created by artists such as Shawntol Drakes, Hive&Honey and Camelle Davidson along with the art produced by children and youth involved in VIBE Arts programs as well as emerging artists.

Artist Pop-up Market (May 21-22, 2017)

Over 16 different local artists and art collectives will be selling their artwork and products in the Young Welcome Centre at a special two day pop-up market! The market will run from 10 am – 4 pm on each day.

Performance Showcase (May 20, 2016)

On May 20th from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, children and youth participants from VIBE Arts’ school and community programs will perform live! This year’s line-up includes hip-hop, African drumming performances by young participants from schools like Rockcliffe Middle School, and fashion showcases from VIBE’s Platform A micro-grant recipients! This year’s headlining act is RISE Edutainment! RISE – Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere, works with youth primarily in Toronto’s east end, to showcase self empowerment through the performing arts. RISE is currently nominated for the Arts for Youth Award by the Toronto Arts Foundation.

To learn more about RISE, please visit

About VIBE Arts

VIBE Arts is an award-winning charitable organization that is committed to engaging young people living in neighbourhood improvement areas with high-quality, accessible arts educational programs that are meaningful, relevant and collaboratively developed with community and education partners. VIBE Arts positions arts programs in schools and neighbourhood venues as a means of building community, and empowering children and youth to reach their full potential as artists and social contributors. To learn more, please visit or call us at 416-929-9314.

About VIBE Arts Fest

VIBE Arts Fest is a youth-led festival that celebrates the artistic skill and impact of Toronto’s young people and emerging artists. The 2017 festival is organized and run by a volunteer youth committee of six people, many of whom are artists themselves. VIBE Arts Fest is the continuation of an annual event previously known as BIG BAM BOOM. This transformation launches a rebirth and new vision for the festival to maintain its original values of positive impact for VIBE Arts’ program participants and bridging communities, while also expanding its audience and engagement.

VIBE Arts youth performers and families look forward to the festival each year. To learn more about the VIBE Art’s Fest and the VAF Volunteer Youth Committee, please visit Contact us via or by phone at 416-929-9314.

We honour and acknowledge the original caretakers of this land: Mississaugas of New Credit and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.”

-submitted by VIBE Arts
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The Touching Ground Festival (Jumblies Theatre, Toronto)

“This spring Jumblies is producing the Touching Ground Festival – a suite of new works on a common theme – the culmination of many activities with many people over the past three years of inhabiting this brand new and ancient location – now called CityPlace, in this place now called Toronto. During our time here, we have delved into the Indigenous and layered histories and current sounds, sights and voices of the area, while also making connections across the city and the country. Threads from all of these explorations appear in our activities over the coming weeks.

As many of you already know, starting on Saturday May 13th, until the end of June, Touching Ground events will be taking place in three main areas: The Ground Floor (132 Fort York Blvd), Evergreen Brick Works (555 Bayview Ave.), and Historic Fort York (250 Fort York Blvd). In addition, Jumblies will be collaborating with our partners elsewhere in Toronto.

Click on each event for more information about some of our Festival highlights:

Plus: three short films, a giant turtle quilt, comics, a new musical in-progress, workshops, exhibitions, celebrations, and more!

For more information, including a full list of festival events, schedule, workshops, and how to get involved visit

-submitted by Jumblies Theatre
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Outside Looking In’s 10th Anniversary Extravaganza Performance (ON)

“Over 70 Indigenous youth will take to the stage!

Please join Outside Looking In for their 10th Anniversary Extravaganza Performance on Thursday May 18th 2017, at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in downtown Toronto!

Click here to purchase tickets! (Enter VOLTO as a promo code to purchase tickets at a discounted price)”

For more information, please visit Outside Looking In

-from Outside Looking In website
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