We hope this has strengthened your sense of community. You are not alone! Creators unite!
“The Social Distancing Festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
I have three main goals with this project:
It helps to get some of the great work that you’ve done out to the world, and projects that were cancelled get the word of mouth that they missed out on;
We are able to keep feeling a sense of artistic community, even from our living rooms, and;
Artists are able to continue to engage with their projects by making videos, sharing work, and celebrating the work of others.”
The Rendezvous with Madness Festival (RWM) is the first and largest art and mental health festival in the world, hosted each year by Workman Arts in Toronto, Canada. The festival presents local, national and international work exploring themes of mental health and/or addiction issues.
In summer 2020, Workman Arts will move from 651 Dufferin Street (our home for the past 10 years) to the brand new McCain Complex Care and Recovery Building at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). This world-class facility will feature a 300-seat auditorium that will be the new home for the Rendezvous with Madness Festival.
Installation and Performance at 651 Dufferin (Dufferin/Dundas)
The 2020 Rendezvous with Madness Festival will be our last at 651 Dufferin St. It has been the home of Rendezvous with Madness for the past 10 years and we will say our ‘goodbye’ by transforming the entire building into an art activation space that will last throughout the 11-day festival. The activation includes theatre, art, performance, dance, multi-media installation, films, media art, workshops, lectures, community conversations and everything in between.
Artists are asked to propose projects which creatively and effectively transform the space and allow audiences to engage with each other and the site. The work should address relevant mental health and/or addiction topics which centre people with lived experiences at their core.
Live performance at CAMH (1001 Queen St West)
The 2020 Rendezvous with Madness Festival will also be our first in the new 300 seat theatre at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (1001 Queen Street West). This site will feature our film series as well as our mainstage performance series.
Artists are asked to propose projects that have a running time of 60-90 minutes. Productions should include artists with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction issues.
“Submissions for the 14th edition of Les Sylis d’Or de la musique du monde presented by Les Productions Nuits d’Afrique are open until the 1st December.
Live the experience with 35 others artists, be revealed to public, media and musical industry and take a chance to win many prices for a total value of 50 000$.> Career development assistance, booking, tours, studio hours, photo shoot, live recording, instruments and more. Open to any canadian artist related to world music.
“The 17th Annual Regent Park Film Festival runs November 20 – 23, 2019. The Regent Park Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing local and international independent works relevant to people from all walks of life, with a focus on inviting those of us from low income and public housing communities. The films we present break stereotypes and show that no one place or person has just one story. In addition to our annual Festival, now in its 17th year, we offer year-round programming at no cost.”
“Les inscriptions pour la 14e édition des Syli d’Or de la musique du monde présentées par les Productions Nuits d’Afrique sont ouvertes jusqu’au 1er Décembre prochain.
Vivez l’expérience et courez la chance de gagner de nombreux prix d’une valeur totale de 50 000$ :> Soutien au développement professionnel, heures de studio, participation à des festivals au Québec, séance photo professionnelle, enregistrement live, instruments et autres prix.Ouvert à tous les artistes et groupes résidant au Canada et ayant un lien avec les musiques du monde. 36 groupes sélectionnés pour la première étape !
“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.
“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/.”
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.”
“Join us on Friday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th for the 2019 Unity Festival at The Northern Contemporary Gallery located inside the historic Parkdale Theatre building at 1605 Queen St. West.
Going into its 12th consecutive year, the Unity Festival–Unity Charity’s annual flagship event and Canada’s largest youth hip hop festival– continues to be a dynamic, multi-disciplinary Hip Hop arts festival for youth that takes place at unique urban venues in Toronto’s vibrant downtown core. Similar to Unity’s work with youth year-round, the Unity Festival highlights Hip-Hop’s power as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change, with a focus on the empowerment of our future’s most vital asset: youth.
The Unity Festival provides an opportunity for emerging youth artists to present high-quality performances alongside established artists, and creates an accessible platform for youth to engage in arts-based competitions, workshops and exhibitions. Youth also benefit from opportunities to learn from artists who not only expertly teach their craft, but also generously tell their own compelling stories of struggle, self-reflection and triumph through hip hop.”
“The Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF) is inviting up-and-coming filmmakers to submit their short films and project proposals for our annual Opening Night tradition, the Emerging Directors Spotlight and Pitch Competition!
Part showcase and pitch event, this exciting platform highlights the best of Canada’s emerging talent, who then pitch their next project to a jury of industry experts in front of a live audience for the chance to win a development deal with the CBC* and a $1000 cash reward, courtesy of RBC.
The Emerging Directors’ Spotlight and Pitch Competition is free to enter, open to all ages and directors, producers and creators of all genres and styles.
We highly encourage submissions by filmmakers from marginalized communities (Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour, Person with Disabilities, LGBTQSAA+, Women) and films that feature these communities.”