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Scarborough’s arts scene takes spotlight at Alive with Art, a festival of Scarborough’s creativity (August 19 & 26)

Scarborough’s arts scene takes spotlight at Alive with Art on August 19 and 26

This August, Scarborough comes alive with live performances, an arts market, outdoor film screenings, kids’ activities, food trucks, and more! All of it is part of Alive with Art, a festival of Scarborough’s creativity, presented by Scarborough Arts.

The family-friendly, multi-weekend festival will animate two Scarborough spaces: Scarborough Museum at Thomson Memorial Park, from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Saturday, August 19; and Harrison Properties, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM on Saturday, August 26 through a showcase of Scarborough’s most talented community of artists. Everyone is invited to enjoy, experience, and participate in an array of FREE arts and entertainment in your backyard!

Event highlights include:

  • Over 40 local artist vendors, makers, and community booths selling and showcasing visual arts and crafts (August 26)
  • Outdoor stage featuring live performances from over 20 local musicians and performers including T.Dot Brass Bangerz, St. Royals, and MVDHOUSE
  • Writing workshop and readings by 6 professional and emerging writers as part of What’s Your Story Scarborough? presented in partnership with the Ontario Book Publishers Organization (August 26)
  • Durational performance art piece by Pulari Collective in the Bluffs Gallery (August 26)
  • CANVAS CLASH, a live interactive painting competition featuring audience members and emerging and professional artists (August 26)
  • Free outdoor film screenings of Night at the Museum at Scarborough Museum on August 19, and Wizard of Oz at Harrison Properties on August 26.

“Community events and festivals are vital to our communities as they celebrate, showcase, and explore the diversity and creative pulse of neighbourhoods. There is a lot of love and care that go into planning and executing these festivals mainly because the feat requires authentic collaboration between the artists, the presenting and partner organizations, and the broader community,” states Jen D. Fabico, Program Director at Scarborough Arts. “Alive with Art is no different! We’ve put together a whole slate of activities—from visual art, performing arts, literature, to crafts—in collaboration with the Scarborough community. There’s something for everyone regardless of your interest, age, or background.”

In addition, we are also announcing our fall season programming at Harrison Properties on August 26. Be the first to learn more about and sign up for our SA Suite of Programs for Fall 2017; find out more about Healthy Arts for Seniors, our new photography and storytelling program; and get to meet the new groups and collectives that are part of the 2nd year of SA Together, our free arts residency program.

We are also announcing and presenting the award to the winner of the inaugural Scarborough Design Competition and launching new merchandise featuring the winning Scarborough-inspired design.

The full schedule of activities is available on the Scarborough Arts website and on the Alive with Art Facebook event page.

Follow the conversation online using the hashtag #ScarboroughAlive on Facebook (Scarborough Arts), Twitter (@scararts), and on Instagram (@scarborougharts).

What: Alive with Art: A Festival of Scarborough’s Creativity — Day 1
When: Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Scarborough Museum, Thomson Memorial Park
1007 Brimley Road, Scarborough, ON M1P 3E8
Cost: Free

What: Alive with Art: A Festival of Scarborough’s Creativity — Day 2
When: Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Where: Scarborough Arts’ Harrison Properties
1859 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1N 1T3
Cost: Free

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 artists to the community and community to artists.”

-from Scarborough Arts press release
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The Yukon Riverside Arts Festival (Dawson City, Aug 17-20)

“The Yukon Riverside Arts Festival takes place in many venues around Dawson City on Discovery Days weekend, particularly the open-air Riverside Park & Gazebo. The festival aims to provide an accessible environment for community members and visitors to interact directly with the arts and explore their creativity. We welcome artists practicing traditional and non-traditional contemporary art from the Yukon and abroad presenting a wide range of events, including exhibitions, workshops, lectures, public art, live music, an art market and more. Most festival events are free of charge.”

-from Klondike Institute of Art and Culture website
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Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival (August 9-13)

Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival
“Celebrating Indigenous Arts in Algonquin Territory”
August 9-13, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

The 6th annual Asinabka Festival is excited to present the best contemporary Indigenous film, art and music from Canada and around the world. The Festival takes place over 5 days at Asinabka (Victoria Island), the Canadian Museum of Nature, Gallery 101 and Platform Gallery, from August 9-13, 2017.

The Festival begins the evening of Wednesday, August 9 at Aboriginal Experiences on Victoria Island with a welcoming celebration of traditional and contemporary Indigenous music and dance. At sunset we will have an outdoor screening of our opening night film “Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World”.

Our schedule includes 3 evenings of film in the Theatre at the Canadian Museum of Nature – Musée canadien de la nature, as well as Matinee Film Screenings, a Midnight Film Screening, a Gallery Crawl with 2 art openings at Gallery 101 & Platform Gallery, and live Indigenous music as a part of the “Asin Fest Music Series”.

For more information about the festival, please visit Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival’s website.

-from Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

Festival International Nuits d’Afrique (Montréal)

Un vent nouveau souffle sur les musiques du monde

À la 31e édition du Festival International Nuits d’Afrique – du 11 au 23 juillet 2017
Le Festival International Nuits d’Afrique est de retour à Montréal, du 11 au 23 juillet 2017, avec sa programmation endiablée et diversifiée de musiques métissées. Résolument moderne, cette 31e édition se veut représentative des courants actuels qui soufflent sur les musiques du monde, de plus en plus hybrides et sans frontières.

Faits saillants de la 31e édition du Festival International Nuits d’Afrique du 11 au 23 juillet 2017

Plus de 700 artistes en provenance de 35 pays d’Afrique, des Antilles et d’Amérique Latine;

Huit séries de spectacles qui célèbrent les tendances actuelles des musiques du monde et où les grands noms et les révélations se côtoient;

Plus de 100 concerts, événements spéciaux et activités présentés dans plusieurs salles (M Telus – l’ancien Métropolis, Le National, Lion d’Or, Club Balattou, Théâtre Fairmount, Sala Rossa) et en extérieur, en plein cœur du Quartier des spectacles.

Le Village des Nuits d’Afrique – Programmation extérieure

  • Cet espace extérieur entièrement gratuit, pour toute la famille, vous accueille durant 6 jours, du 18 au 23 juillet, au cœur du Quartier des Spectacles avec une programmation diversifiée.
  • Chaque soir, un grand concert événementiel vous fera vivre une expérience humaine et culturelle inoubliable.
  • Dans l’Espace Agor’Afrique la Sphère Nuits d’Afrique présente chaque jour des contes, chants, mini-concerts et ateliers participatifs, sans oublier le Village des Enfants avec ses activités récréatives.
  • L’authentique Marché Tombouctou ainsi que lesrestaurants et terrasses offrant des mets exotiques et des boissons rafraîchissantes, complèteront cette expérience magique et festive.

Le Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, le plus grand rendez-vous des musiques du monde, pour le plus grand bonheur de centaines de milliers de festivaliers!”

A wind of renewal is blowing through world music

At the 31st edition of the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique – July 11 to 23, 2017

The Festival International Nuits d’Afrique is back in Montreal, turning the city into a memorable international crossroads of world music from July 11 to 23. Definitely modern, this 31stedition, increasingly hybrid and without borders is representative of the new trends emerging in world music.

Highlights of the 31st edition of the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique:

More than 700 artists from 35 countries of Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America;

Eight series of shows celebrating the current trends in world music and where both great names and revelations meet;

More than 100 concerts, special events and activities, in different indoors venues (M Telus (formerly Metropolis), The National, Lion d’Or, Club Balattou, Fairmount Theatre, Sala Rossa) and outdoor, in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles.

The Village Nuits d’Afrique – Outdoor Program

  • This open-air space completely free for the whole familywelcomes you during six days, from July 18 to 23 in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, offering activities, introduction workshops, entirely free concerts.
  • Major event concerts at the end of each evening will embark you in an unforgettable cultural and human experience.
  • At the Espace Agor’Afrique, the Nuits d’Afrique Sphere, will present storytelling, songs, mini concerts and participatory workshops.
  • Specially for the younger ones, the Children’s Villagewill offer recreational activities.
  • The authentic Timbuktu Market, restaurants and terraces offering exotic dishes and refreshing drinks will complete this unforgettable moment.

The Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, the top gathering place for world music is back for the enjoyment hundreds of thousands of festival-goers!”

-soumis par Le Festival International Nuits d’Afrique
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The Milestone Mosaic Project (Red Dress Productions, Toronto)

“Red Dress Productions is pleased to announce Milestone: The Winchester Park Pebble Mosaic

From July to October, Red Dress Productions will invite community members to contribute to creating a new 12’ in diameter pebble mosaic artwork for Winchester Park that asks: What does it mean to live in Canada, on Turtle Island, in 2017, as an Indigenous person, a settler, or a newcomer? A milestone marks a place from which one can look both forward and backward. It can signal an intention, a redress — a place to learn from and grow toward.

Through a series of arts-based workshops, we’ll develop ideas with community members, and Red Dress Productions will present a pebble mosaic design and invite your feedback. In August and September, we’ll build the pebble mosaic together, and on October 14, we’ll unveil it. All workshops are free, and no experience is required.

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We aim to offer barrier-free arts programming. Please contact us if you have any access needs such as ASL interpretation or live/audio description.

Since 2005, Red Dress Productions has created 15+ visual public artworks in Toronto, and across Ontario, working with 4000+ community members. Recent projects include Promise in the Park, a 4-year project in Toronto’s Wellesley/Sherbourne neighbourhood that has seen 5 new permanent art installations, including a permanent pebble mosaic in Winchester Square Park, and Drift Seeds, a multidisciplinary performance, and the Countdown Public Art Project in Renfrew County, Ontario that produced four connected public artworks in Eganville, Killlaloe, Pembroke, and Pikwakanagan First Nation.

Similar to the process that developed the Cornerstone Mosaic in lower Winchester, we’ll develop ideas with community members and through a series of arts-based workshops Red Dress Productions will present a pebble mosaic design.  In August and September, in local workshops and in the park we’ll build the pebble mosaic together, and on October 14, we’ll unveil it.   All workshops are free, and no experience is required.  In July we are holding 4 local community consultation meetings:

Wed July 5th, 6-8pm @ St. James Town Community Corner, 200 Wellesley Street East

Thu July 6th, 6-8pm @ Diane Frankling Co-op, 85 Bleecker Street

Mon July 10th, 6-8pm @ Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne Street

Tuesday July 11th, 6-8pm @ Hugh Garner Co-op, 110 Ontario Street”

-submitted by Red Dress Productions
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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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