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Jumblies Theatre/ Soundstreams presents: Odaabaanag

“Odaabaanag is a collaborative project between Soundstreams and Jumblies, that bridges contemporary music, community-engaged arts and intercultural creative processes. Join us to hear inter-related works for string quartet and audio track by Melody McKiver and a song cycle by Beverley McKiver, performed by The Gather Round Singers community choir and soloist Nicole Joy-Fraser. Both works are informed by interviews with elders from the composers’ home community of Obishikokaang (Lac Seul First Nation).

Odaabaanag is an Ojibwe word that translates closely to “trains”. With a launchpad of Steve Reich’s Different Trains, which explored Reich’s Jewish heritage and voice excerpts of Holocaust survivors, Odaabaanag draws on cultural memories of Melody and Beverley McKiver, and interviews conducted in their Anishinaabe ancestral home. Their compositions feature the words and voices of Garnet Angeconeb, Josephine King and Tom Chisel.

Saturday November 30th, 7pm
Sunday Dec. 1st, 2pm

Purchase tickets here!

Join us half an hour before each show for a special pre-concert presentation.
This venue is wheelchair accessible.
There will be ASL interpretation and performance at all performances.”

For more information, please visit: soundstreams.ca & jumbliestheatre.org

-from Jumblies Theatre & Harbourfront Centre
Read Jumblies’ Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

17th Annual Regent Park Film Festival (Nov 20-23)

“The 17th Annual Regent Park Film Festival runs November 20 – 23, 2019. The Regent Park Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing local and international independent works relevant to people from all walks of life, with a focus on inviting those of us from low income and public housing communities. The films we present break stereotypes and show that no one place or person has just one story. In addition to our annual Festival, now in its 17th year, we offer year-round programming at no cost.”

For more information, please visit Regent Park Film Festival’s website

-from Regent Park Film Festival

HA!Man Canadian Tour: interactive concerts, workshops in spontaneous creativity and multi-artistic collaborations

“HA!Man, South Africa’s spontaneous cellist is in Canada for a four week tour. Billed as one of his country’s “greatest exports” he goes around the world with his unique brand of spontaneous performing on cello, keyboard and smaller instruments, voice, whistling along with original electronic accompaniments. Each performances is different, but covers a full spectrum of musical textures and styles and above all – emotions. In his workshops, he gets kids and adults alike to bring forth hidden talents, stored up feelings and often surprising in-the-moment creations that renders many speechless. Speechless? Well, the term HA! is itself a sign of the limitations of words and mental understanding when it comes to the mysteries of creativity. And that is what he’s dealing with.

Catch his performances (and share the information) in the following places:

Please visit www.hamanworld.com for more information, media and contact info.”

Spectrum Productions – 10th Anniversary Gala / 10e Gala Bénéfice (Montréal)

“Join us at this family-friendly Gala showcasing 12 short films made by 54 autistic creatives who attended Spectrum’s 2019 summer camps.

Walk the red carpet with our talented young filmmakers!

Mingle with the filmmakers, Spectrum staff and special guests while enjoying complimentary hors d’ouevres, popcorn and candy treats in preparation for the two-part screening (45 minutes each). During intermission, buy a couple of hot dogs from Sweets with Pete host Peter Papaioannou and bid on Silent Auction offerings which include: a $500 travel voucher from Via Rail; event tickets for les Grands Ballets, Montreal Impact and DanseDanse; gift certificates from Simons, Spa Scandinave, Naada Yoga and restaurants such as Sparrow, LOV and Lloydies.

Last year, over 550 guests helped us raise $45,000 with all proceeds going towards supporting Spectrum’s unique programming. With your help we can surpass that and set a new fundraising record!

You can find more information about Spectrum at www.productionsspectrum.com.”


“Venez célébrer avec nous dans le cadre de ce gala destiné à toute la famille! En projection : 12 courts-métrages réalisés par 54 jeunes autistes lors de leur participation aux camps d’été 2019 de Productions Spectrum.

Défilez sur le tapis rouge avec nos jeunes cinéastes de talent!

Venez rencontrer les cinéastes, le personnel de Productions Spectrum et des invités spéciaux, tout en dégustant des hors-d’œuvre, du maïs soufflé et des sucreries. La projection suivra, en deux parties de 45 minutes chacune. Pendant la pause, achetez vos hot dogs préparés par Peter Papaioannou, animateur de Sweets with Pete, et participez à notre encan silencieux qui comprendra cette année : un bon de transport VIA Rail Canada d’une valeur de 500 $; des billets pour les Grands Ballets, l’Impact de Montréal et Danse Danse; des cartes-cadeaux de Simons, Scandinave Spa, Naada Yoga et divers restaurants : Sparrow, LOV et le Keg!

L’an dernier, plus de 550 invités nous ont permis de recueillir 45 000 $, la totalité des profits servant à financer le programme d’activités uniques offertes par Productions Spectrum. Avec votre aide, nous espérons dépasser ce montant et établir un nouveau record pour notre collecte de fonds!

Pour plus de renseignements au sujet de Productions Spectrum, visitez notre site au www.productionsspectrum.com 

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

Cahoots Theatre: Hilot Means Healer

A CAHOOTS THEATRE PRODUCTION
in association with b current performing arts

October 5 – 27, 2019
BMO Incubator, Theatre Centre
1115 Queen St W, Toronto

Set in Manila, during World War II, and drawn from the long tradition of Philippine folklore, legends, and Indigenous spirituality, HILOT weaves the tangible with the intangible to tell a story of unexpected bonds formed during cataclysmic change. Written by Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, and directed by Jasmine Chen, this interdisciplinary story explores the social and political consequences of war and occupation in the Philippines and its impact through generations.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.cahoots.ca/shows/hilot

-from Cahoots Theatre

16th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival (Oct 30-Nov 10, Vancouver)

“ANNOUNCING the 16thannual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival and twelve days of music, stories, theatre, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, dance, readings, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks and history walks. This year’s theme Holding the Light has emerged from the compelling need of DTES-involved artists and residents to illuminate the vitality and relevance of the Downtown Eastside community and its diverse and rich traditions, knowledge systems, ancestral languages, cultural roots and stories.

The mandate of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festivalis to promote, present and facilitate the development of artists, art forms, cultural traditions, history, activism, people and great stories about Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The festival involves a wide range of professional, community, emerging and student artists and lovers of the arts. Over 1,000 local artists and Downtown Eastside residents participated in last year’s Festival.

Many events are free or by suggested donation.”

For more information, please visit: http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/

-photo by David Cooper
-from Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival

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)