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The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct 18-22, Toronto)

“The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival today announced the full programming for the Festival, running October 18-22, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. imagineNATIVE will present over 100 feature films, documentaries, shorts, and music videos created by Indigenous filmmakers with almost three quarters of the films (72%) made by Indigenous female directors.

imagineNATIVE’s opening night gala on Wednesday, October 18 will be Waru a film directed by eight Māori women, telling the story of Waru, a young boy who dies at the hands of his caregiver. Each director tackles a ten-minute segment of Waru to create one complete, remarkable story through the lens of multiple family and community members as they deal with the horrific loss. On Sunday, October 22, the closing night gala will be The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Métis/Dene award-winning filmmaker, Marie Clements.


Highlights from imagineNATIVE‘s feature film programs include Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier, the true-crime story revolving around a captivating reclusive woman from a small northern Manitoba reserve whose catfishing of an NBA superstar made international headlines; Sweet Country, from director Warwick Thornton and starring Hamilton Morris and Sam Neill in a period western set on the Northern Territory frontier; Juliana & the Medicine Fish, starring Adam Beach and Emma Tremblay; Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film; and Kayak to Klemtu, the first feature film by Zoe Hopkins.

imagineNATIVE will also include a diverse selection of short film programs including the return of The Witching Hour, the annual midnight horror/comedy series; Receptors, a series of experimental, dramatic, and documentary shorts; Ambient Light, shedding a light on the polar region with five shorts from Sweden, Greenland and North America; and Channel 51 Igloolik, celebrating 30 years of Inuit video art with a world premiere screening of Bowhead Whale Hunting with My Ancestors by Carol Kunnuk and Zacharias Kunuk – the first episode from the seven-part television series, Hunting with my Ancestors.

imagineNATIVE is also proud to announce that Cree actor, humanitarian and activist Tina Keeper will receive the 2017 August Schellenberg Award of Excellence. Tina Keeper will receive her award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival’s Awards Presentation on Sunday, October 22 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

imagineNATIVE will present A Wall is a Screen, a nighttime event that is part-walking-tour and part-film-screening that transforms the way people look at and interact with their city by projecting short films onto various surfaces. This will be the first time ever A Wall is a Screen will feature all Indigenous-made short films.

imagineNATIVE‘s music showcase The Beat, co-presented by Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), returns with live performances from Mob BounceKayla BriëtZiibiwan, and DJ Kookum, and a screening of eight music videos by Indigenous filmmakers and musicians.

The Digital Media Art+Cade, sponsored by Rezolution Pictures/Schoolü, returns to imagineNATIVE with projects including: The Cache, a digital photo essay from the Ammaaq family, who live north of the Arctic Circle; Standing Rock: People and Pride, an audio documentary by Kim Wheeler; Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show, a video game testing the mental might of the player; Impossible to Contain, a 360 video doc about the aftermath of a diesel spill in the waters of Bella Bella, BC; Purity & Decay, a video game utilizing the popular Telltale adventure game style; Thunderbird Strike, a 2D sidescroller game with the player flying from the Tar Sands to the Great Lakes as a thunderbird protecting Turtle Island; He Ao Kotahi, a web series featuring Māori artists in Palestine; and XINONA, a digital animation essay set in an alternative universe where planets are made of kale, kombucha and beer.

imagineNATIVE’s Art Crawl will include three different locations, showcasing eight exhibitions at seven different galleries. This year’s Art Crawl will begin at OCADU with two exhibitions: For This Land: Inside Elemental and raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000–2015). The Art Crawl will then move to the 401 Richmond building with five Exhibition Premieres including: Mourning and Mayhem: The work of Adrian Stimson at A Space Gallery; Channel 51: Igloolik – The Filmmaking Process, at Trinity Square Video; Skawennati: for the ages, at The Commons; Territ-Aur(i)al Imprints at Prefix Gallery; and Raven Chacon: Report at YYZ Artists’ Outlet. The evening will end with Installation Preview: Transmissions Part II at Wallace Studios, a behind-the-scenes preview of filmmaker Lisa Jackson’s first art exhibition Transmissions, as well as watching the filming of Unearthed, a live performance that will be a centrepiece of the installation.

imagineNATIVE’s FREE Industry Series, presented by CBC and CBC Docs, returns with leading professionals from around the world teaching and discussing topics relevant to Indigenous media creators. The Industry Series running October 19 to 21 will open with a launch and details of the new imagineNATIVE Institute, panels including topics surrounding Indigenous protocols in film and media, the first ever Web Series pitch competition, networking events, and a Sound Design Masterclass with Māori artist Dave Whitehead, with credits on major motion pictures and shows including District 9, The Hobbit, Arrival and Netflix’s Okja.

The full schedule for the 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is now available online at”

-from ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival news release
Read imagineNATIVE’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

17th Annual Reelworld Film Festival (Oct 11-15, Toronto)

“Join us for five days of films that raise awareness, spark conversation, and create greater understanding of the world around us. Now in its 17th year, Reelworld Film Festival takes audiences on journeys that deeply explore the world’s most pressing social issues from the perspectives of diverse filmmakers. Through socially relevant films, Virtual Reality (VR) experiences, video games, and conversation, Reelworld uses storytelling as a tool for social change.

October 11th to 15th – Save the dates and discover the best in socially engaged film and media.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Reelworld website
Read Reelworld’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

The 14th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival (Vancouver)

“14th Annual
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday October 25 to Sunday November 5, 2017

Over 100 events at over 50 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside

The Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival serves as a high impact, bridge building force that gives voice to the Downtown Eastside and its low income residents, cultural communities and neighbourhoods.

The theme of the 2017 Festival, Honouring Women of the Downtown Eastside, pays tribute to women from all walks of life in the Downtown Eastside past and present.”

For more information, please visit

-from Heart of the City website

Celebrate and support 15 years of story telling with Toronto’s only free community film festival: Regent Park Film Festival

Celebrate and show your support for the Regent Park Film Festival this year by joining us for a screening of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World!

Please join us for our annual fundraising screening! The night will be hosted by CBC’s Duncan McCue, host of CBC Radio One Cross Country Checkup.

To start things off, join us for a cocktail reception featuring an amazing spread compliments of Cinq Foods, Steam Whistle beer, a performance by First Nations artist Arthur Renwick, a silent auction and raffle full of goodies and get a sneak peak of the 15th annual Regent Park Film Festival’s line-up.

After the film, stay for a panel discussion with Arthur Renwick and two special guests.

Thu, 12 October 2017
Cocktail Reception: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Film and Talkback: 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Celebrate 15 years of story telling with Toronto’s only free community film festival while helping to keep Regent Park Film Festival’s year-round programming free for all to enjoy and take part in.

About the Film

This documentary tells the story of the influence Native Americans has had on contemporary music. Some of the most influential musicians of our time reflect on the importance Indigenous musicians have had on their music and their contributions to popular culture. Featuring Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page, Slash, Taboo and more. This film is one to watch for all music lovers.

The film received great success at HotDocs winning the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary and the HotDocs Audience Award.”

For more information, please visit Regent Park Film Festival’s event page.

-from Regent Park Film Festival
Read Regent Park Film Festival’s profile on ArtBridges’  Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Howling Moons – Presented by The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective (Sep 30, Hamilton)

“The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective is proud to present their inaugural event, Howling Moons, taking place Saturday, September 30th, 2017 in Hamilton, Ontario. Howling Moons is a curated celebration of Indigenous art, performance, teachings and culture.

Founded in January 2017 by Jasmin Glaw (Algonquin / German) and Jessica Lea Fleming (Métis / Scottish), The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective (TSSC) aims to connect communities, create opportunity for Indigenous expression and celebrate the beauty of Indigenous cultures.

With support from the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Hamilton Canada 150 Fund, The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective will present Hamilton’s first Howling Moons festival. Daytime programming will take place at the Fischer Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and will feature teachings from local Knowledge Keepers and Hoop Dance performance + Talking Circle with award winning dancer Nimkii Osawamick from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory.

Admission to this event is free and includes light, traditional foods.
All ages welcome.

Facebook | Instagram: @sweetgrass_sisters_collective | Twitter: @TSSChamont”

-from The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective

FemFest 2017: Human Library: transformative theatre that presents significant social issues (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)

FemFest and the Winnipeg Public Library Team Up to Challenge Stereotypes

FemFest 2017: Coming of Age is excited to celebrate its 15th anniversary with unique initiatives that engage the public. For the first time the festival will offer The Human Library™ in partnership with The Winnipeg Public Library! The Human Library, or “Menneskebiblioteket” in Danish, began in Denmark in the spring of 2000 and has gone on to produce events in over 25 countries. The event was designed to challenge readers’ stereotypes by putting them in a one-on-one dialogue with human ‘books’, demonstrating the power of not “judging a book by its cover”.

For the first time FemFest will follow the example of other national theatre festivals by including this exciting experience in the line-up. Sarasvàti Productions and the Library will host a wonderful array of Manitobans for the catalogue of Human Books. The event is free and runs September 21st – 23rd, 2017 on the second floor of the Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street (4-8 PM on Thursday, 1-4 PM Friday and Saturday). Readers (the public) may “borrow” a book for up to thirty minutes of conversation. The event features Human Books on a wide range of topics, from new immigrants to Canada to the modern Indigenous struggle to the challenges of living with mental illness. The books come from all different walks of life, but are united by their struggle against stereotyping or prejudice. By putting faces to important issues, the Human Library is designed to foster positive discussions and answer readers’ questions.

The Human Library is part of Sarasvàti Productions’ mandate to show experimental and transformative theatre that presents significant social issues. Some of the books featured include local comedian Lara Rae; the creator of Artbeat Studio, Nigel Bart; and Black Space Winnipeg founder Alexa Potashnik. In addition to presenting her play Watching Glory Die, master Canadian playwright and FemFest guest artist Judith Thompson will also take part as a book on September 23rd.

In addition to co-hosting The Human Library, FemFest is taking over the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film for eight days of exciting performances. The theme of this year’s festival is “Coming of Age” and 15 years of programming will be celebrated. FemFest 2017 will present Judith Thompson’s Watching Glory Die, produced by Mulgrave Road Theatre. Other productions include Two Indians by emerging playwright Falen Johnson and Ivan Coyote’s Tomboy Survival Guide, a heartfelt memoir backed by a live band. Plus the annual opening cabaret and live readings.

FemFest runs from September 16-23, 2017 based out of 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!

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!”

-from Sarasvàti Productions press release
Read Sarasvàti Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

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

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
Read KIAC’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Volunteers: Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is looking for volunteers!
Now in our 6th year, we have a diverse spectrum of Indigenous film, media arts, music, workshops and special presentations!

We’re looking for volunteers to help with guests on Asinabka (Victoria Island) for our gala screening of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, various film screenings at the Canadian Museum of Nature, AsinFest Music Series/Body Language music/art show at Gallery 101, and special presentations. All volunteers will receive a free pass to all events and afterparties. Please contact us at to sign up or for more information.”

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

-from Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

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