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Tout Koulè: art thérapie et tourisme responsable, exposition dans le quartier de St Michel (Montréal)

“Tout Koulè, qui signifie « tout en couleurs » en créole, est le résultat d’un travail avec les enfants du quartier Saint-Michel et de Jalousie en Haïti. À travers des ateliers d’art-thérapie, les jeunes montréalais ont été amenés à réfléchir à leur identité en conciliant leur culture haïtienne et la culture québécoise qui les entoure. À Jalousie, les jeunes ont réfléchi à l’impact de la couleur sur leur identité et leur environnement.

Venez admirer les portraits hauts en couleurs de ces jeunes!” Pour plus de détails, veuillez cliquer ici.

-diffusé par la TOHU

‘Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way’ Tour (Vancouver Moving Theatre)

“It’s finally happening!! After many years of listening, writing, visiting partnering communities and fundraising Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is now ready to tour across Turtle Island/Canada.

And it’s starting on Coast Salish territory at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre May 17-27, 2018.

Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is a new play and cultural encounter that brings to life the story of Old One and his journey to reconcile with himself, his family and his community.

Woven around indigenous storytelling and cultural teachings, Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is co-written by award-winning artists Renae Morriseau (Saulteaux Cree) with Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish/Sahtu Dene) and Savannah Walling (American Canadian). It is also enriched by contributions from the cast, knowledge-keepers and partnering communities.

Click on the video link above to watch Renae, Savannah and cast members talk about what this project means to them!

Although we are well on our way to production, we are still raising funds for a few select, yet vital aspects to the project like food for cultural gatherings, mentorship fees for youth, and ceremonial gifts for each community we visit along the tour: donation page.”

-from Vancouver Moving Theatre newsletter

Grand Finale: travelling community arts project (Jumblies Theatre, April 12)

Four Lands is a travelling community arts project with Jumblies Theatre, creating and animating miniature worlds exploring and expressing people’s differing and converging perspectives on a shared place.

From Feb 22 to Apr 15, this project is in residence at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Over 200 people of all ages and backgrounds have already contributed to the evolving exhibition.

Come and join us on the evening of April 12th to celebrate what has been created over the past 7 weeks!

Miniature worlds, music, performance, art making, food, friends!

There will be a bus leaving from Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (1499 Queen St. West) at 5:00 PM, and returning from Mississauga at 8:00 PM.
To reserve a free place on this bus, please contact info[at], or 416 203 8428.

Everyone welcome!

You can also come for a final drop-in session on Saturday April 14th from 1:00 to 4:00pm, or drop by during the Art Gallery of Mississauga open hours any time until Sunday April 15th.”

For more information on the finale and the Four Lands tour, please visit Jumblies Theatre’s website.

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

Sharing the stories of refugees to Canada; digital stories, videos, performances, art (North York Community House, Toronto)

North York Community House is pleased to be recognizing April as Refugee Rights Month by hosting a free community education event called Once Upon a Refugee.

Through Digital Story videos, performances, art and guest speakers, we hope to amplify the voices of refugees from all over the world who have made Toronto their home. Our event will highlight the challenges that refugees must overcome in establishing themselves in a new country, as well as celebrate the accomplishments that they have made – often against all odds.

We invite you to join us to explore the refugee experience, hear several individual stories and participate in a dialogue about this important aspect of our community life.

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Toronto City Hall – 100 Queen Street West (Committee Room 1)
Refreshments will be provided.”

For more information and to RSVP, please visit

-from North York Community House website

Scarborough Arts’ Healthy Arts for Seniors (HAFS) Exhibition (April 5-27)

Exhibit marks Scarborough elders as diverse, multilingual storytellers

“On April 19, Scarborough Arts presents the Healthy Arts for Seniors (HAFS) Exhibition Opening Reception and Anthology Launch, showcasing photography, poetry, fiction and non-fiction prose, and audio recordings created by 18 Scarborough seniors as part of the HAFS program.

Exploring themes of family, immigration, aging, triumphs and sorrows, and love and loss the exhibition and anthology illuminates the hidden worlds of some of Scarborough’s most talented elders, depicting the diversity of their experiences as told against the diverse and multicultural backdrop of our beloved Scarborough.

This year, we are particularly excited to welcome a diverse group of program participants, including the first-ever group of Mandarin-speaking seniors. As a result, all materials in the exhibition, anthology and audio recordings will be available in both English and in Mandarin.

The Healthy Arts for Seniors program was developed by Scarborough Arts in an effort to break patterns of isolation amongst seniors and provide an opportunity to explore what it means to build healthy lives through the arts in an inclusive and welcoming environment. The program, which ran from October 2017 to April 2018, engaged 25 seniors as it travelled to East Scarborough Storefront in South Scarborough and then to Agincourt Community Services Association in North Scarborough. Participants met weekly and learned about the creative and technical aspects of photography, creative writing, and oral storytelling.

“I believe the HAFS program, a cornerstone of Scarborough Arts’ program offerings, truly encourages participants to experience their own personal renaissance as they engage with a multi-media approach to artistic self-expression and self-actualization,” says Derek Spooner, Scarborough Arts’ Executive Director. “Join us for this celebration of artworks directly from the hearts and minds of Scarborough’s elders. Healthy Arts for Seniors is for everyone.”

The Healthy Arts for Seniors Exhibition Opening Reception and Anthology Launch will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Scarborough Arts’ Bluffs Gallery on 1859 Kingston Road. The afternoon will feature live readings by seniors, food and refreshments, and an opportunity to mix and mingle while viewing the exhibit.

The Healthy Arts for Seniors exhibit runs from April 5 to 27, 2018. It is curated by Diana Nazareth, HAFS Program Facilitator and Coordinator.

For more information about Scarborough Arts’ Healthy Arts for Seniors program, visit

The Healthy Arts for Seniors program was made possible through the support of the City of Toronto, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario’s Seniors’ Secretariat. We also acknowledge the support of our program partners: East Scarborough Storefront and the Agincourt Community Services Association.

Scarborough Arts, a non-profit charitable organization, is the only arts organization of its kind specifically serving the Scarborough community through innovative arts and culture programs for citizens of all ages. We bring arts to the community and community to the arts.”

-from Scarborough Arts press release
Read Scarborough Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Dawson City International Short Film Festival (Mar 29-Apr 1)

“The Dawson City International Short Film Festival sprang into action in 2000, as a project of the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) and a few ambitious and creative film enthusiasts from the community. KIAC is an arts centre founded and governed by the Dawson City Arts Society (DCAS) that offers a range of programming; including community courses in visual and performing arts, an annual arts festival, the film festival, an art camp for kids, an artist-run centre (the ODD Gallery and residencey program) and much more.

Every Easter weekend, The Dawson City International Short Film Festival (DCISFF) opens its arms to a migration of film lovers for a four-day celebration of short film. The festival presents films of all genres from around the world as well as those made in the Yukon. Special events such as panel discussions, meet and greets, workshops, and awards continue to boost professional contacts and marketing opportunities for filmmakers, providing a unique networking environment.”

For the full schedule, please visit

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

Identify: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts & Culture – The Landless Band Project (Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s)


“The Landless Band Project, funded primarily through Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter Program and facilitated by Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, has recently undergone a rebrand. The project will be now be referred as Identify: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts & Culture. This decision was the result of extensive consultation with the project’s steering committee, stakeholders, partners and Indigenous community members who felt that the original title was not indicative of their strong historical ties to the land.

Identify: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts & Culture is reflective of the increasing exploration and reclamation of suppressed Indigeneity in Newfoundland and Labrador. It supports and encourages conversations exploring how we identify ourselves to one another and how we meet that self-identification. The project aims to create a progressive dialogue concerning self-determination, acceptance and cooperation while celebrating Newfoundland and Labrador’s proud and steadfast Indigenous heritage. Eastern Edge Gallery entered into a dialogue with the Indigenous community concerning their needs and desires and have rebranded the project and programmed the forthcoming festival to best meet those needs and desires.

“This project has been ongoing since 2017 through events, exhibitions and panel discussions. Programming has evolved into, Identify: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts & Culture festival, April 8- 22nd 2018. Eastern Edge is excited to facilitate this necessary platform for celebration of Art and Indigenous identities.”

Philippa Jones, Executive Director of Eastern Edge Gallery

Identify aims to create space for Indigenous voices and expression, bringing together Indigenous arts and culture professionals from the theatre, film, literature, visual, culinary and textile art communities of Newfoundland and Labrador while giving time and space to reinforce their history and current experience. Identify will share and showcase the traditional and contemporary artistic and cultural practices of the Mi’kmaq people of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as the Inuit, the Innu, the Southern Inuit of Nunatukavut and the Beothuk. The project provides a platform for Indigenous-led conversations on self-identity, self-rediscovery and celebration of Indigenous culture.”

For more information, please visit Eastern Edge Gallery.

-from Eastern Edge Gallery’s newsletter
Read Eastern Edge’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Celebrate the Las Nubes Project and the Cultural and Artistic Practices for Social and Environmental Justice Certificate (CAP) (York University)

“Join us on International Women’s Day March 8th for performances featuring Costa Rican Artist Guadalupe Urbina and/or Toronto’s own Long Branch and talented York University faculty and students, and celebrate the Las Nubes Project and the Cultural and Artistic Practices for Social and Environmental Justice Certificate (CAP).

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St W. Toronto
6:30pm – Concert | Tickets $10; Student tickets FREE or PWYC with student ID (Buy tickets)
In support of the Las Nubes Project, hear a concert featuring Guadalupe Urbina, whose music explores social issues including gender roles, the environment and the cultural identity of Costa Rica.

10pm – Eco-Arts and Media Festival Cabaret | FREE, after 9pm – RSVP Required
With four formidable frontwomen supported by nuanced, driving rhythms, Long Branch’s songs tell stories of overcoming hardship with grit and determination. The evening will also feature a cabaret of performances by students and faculty from York University with special guest DJ Syrus Marcus Ware!”

-from York University

Round The Table & Performing Stories (March 21-24, Jumblies Theatre)

ROUND THE TABLE is a winter warming project taking place at The Ground Floor. It brings together songs, soup, sewing and storytelling.

March  21, 22, 23, 2017  (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
March  24, 2017 (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Tickets (including soup dinner): Suggested $20
Charitable receipts for additional donations
PWYC tickets for local residents and friends of choir members
Seats are very limited and so please reserve in advance

We’ve commissioned composers and song-writers to create new rounds for the Ground Floor Choir to rehearse on Wednesday evenings. With text generated by artists and community members, each round represents one stage of a meal: preparing the home, making the soup, greeting the guests, expressing thanks, toasting, telling tales, clearing up, bidding farewell.

Meanwhile, on Tuesdays, we are inviting people to join us in cooking and eating soup, illustrating recipe cards and decorating felt envelopes to hold them. Tuesday meals will also feature guest storytellers, followed by storytelling workshops for youth and adults.

All of this will come together in a Round the Table musical meal and performance, running from March 21st to 24th. For more details and to make an advance reservation, contact

Date: Tuesdays, February 6th- March 20th
Times: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: The Ground Floor, 132 Fort York Blvd, Toronto.
No experience needed! Drop in for one workshop or come to all six of them.
Feel free to come early for homemade soup and sewing activities with Fabric and Culinary artist Marianne Alas (happening between 4:30 – 6:30).
* FREE, accessible space, transportation and other support can be provided

What is it?
Performing Stories is a new 6 week workshop series, with a focus on sharing and exploring cultural, personal and imagined stories with some exciting guest artists!

The workshop will be lead by Julia Hune-Brown with the support of Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon, with guest storytellers Sharada Eswar ( Feb 13th), Rubena Sinha ( Feb 20th), and Bernice Hune ( Feb 27th).

The guest artists will perform and share their own stories and processes with the group and inspire the group to tell their own stories, with a performance outcome at our Round The Table event at the end of March.
For more information contact: or 416 209 8428″

-from Jumblies Theatre
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Outside Looking In’s Annual Student Matinee Performance (May 25, Toronto)

“Outside Looking In’s Annual Student Matinee Performance
Indigenous Youth Dancing to the Music of the 70s!
Hosted by YTVs SUKI

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Attention School Groups (grades K-12) and Youth Organizations*!

This is an excellent opportunity for school groups to learn more about Indigenous youth and their journey to the stage in Toronto.

Bring your students to cheer on our Indigenous youth performers from across Canada, as they perform the latest dance moves to the hippest music! Learn about our youth, their communities, and what made them aspire to travel to perform in downtown Toronto on Canada’s biggest stage. Leave inspired, informed and in tune with Indigenous youth and culture in 2018! To learn more information on Outside Looking In, click here.

Hear live from our Indigenous Youth about issues that concern them today!
Before the Matinee Show, there will be an opportunity to come early and listen to the OLI Alumni-led panel, that will be mediated by the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Youth Council Member, Gregory Francis. If you or your group are interested, please indicate on the survey at the end of your ticket purchase.

Date: Friday, May 25th, 2018
Time: 10:30am – 11:00am
Location: O’Keefe Lounge, Sony Centre of the Performing Arts
Panel Mediator: Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Youth Council Member, Gregory Francis

*Youth only – (ages 5 – 25). Groups must be accompanied by a chaperone. Please note, all online orders must be paid by credit card. To order 100+ seats, groups who would like to pay by cheque or cash, or groups who require accessible seating, please contact the Sony Centre Box Office directly at 416-916-7878 or email”

For more information, please visit Outside Looking In

-from Outside Looking In website
Read Outside Looking In’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map