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2019 Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival

“Community Arts Council of Vancouver presents the third annual Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF) offering visual and performing artists facing social exclusion and other barriers opportunities for exhibition and sales, performance and participation, connection and learning. VOAF is Canada’s first and only festival for Outsider Art, which is represented by significant fairs and museums globally. The artists may be self-taught or trained: they are all devoted to their creative practices, and come from a point of view that is outside the mainstream art world trends.

The 3-day free festival takes place at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre from August 9-11, 2019, and includes 150+ exhibiting and performing artists as well as organizational partners, free public workshops, and hundreds of artworks on display and for sale, alongside aerial silk acrobatics, Cantonese opera, intergenerational dance, wild live performances, and a range of musical stylings throughout the weekend.”

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
Corner of Davie & Pacific
Yaletown, Vancouver, BC

For more information about the festival, please visit

-from CACV website
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Indigenous Artists to “Dream Big” in Sault Ste. Marie this Fall

“Funding was recently confirmed to support an Indigenous arts gathering and festival. This September, Indigenous artists, curators, and cultural organizations from across Northern Ontario will gather in Baawating/Sault Ste. Marie for Dream Big 2019. Featuring two days of performances, art creation, panels, and discussion, Dream Big 2019 seeks to answer the question – what do Indigenous artists need to thrive in the North? 

The gathering is being organized by the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA), an emerging, Indigenous-led arts service organization with the mandate to support, promote, and advocate on behalf of Indigenous artists in Northern Ontario. Co-founded by Rihkee Strapp and Cora-Rae Silk, NIAA was created in response to the lack of Indigenous-run arts organizations in the North working in Indigenous communities. NIAA holds the belief that Indigenous artists are the experts on Indigenous art and on the communities and contexts in which they work.

NIAA co-founder and board member, Rihkee Strapp, says, “Cora and I met at the first Dream Big conference in North Bay in 2015, coordinated by Metis artist and arts administrator Clayton Windatt, formerly of the White Water Gallery. The first Dream Big was mind blowing; to see artists like Kent Monkman speak and show his artwork in City Hall, or Lee Maracle talk about influencing the birth of hip hop at the Capital Centre. For Dream Big 2019 our art administration team will be looking into coordinating multiple venues to show off all the region has to offer.”

NIAA recently earned support from the province and was awarded two grants from the Ontario Arts Council to host the gathering and accompanying arts festival. “We’re extremely grateful to the OAC for their support of this project,” says Strapp. “However, Northern Ontario is huge and air travel is a major expense so we’re hoping to raise additional funds to help subsidize travel costs so more artists from across Northern Ontario can take part.”

Donations are currently being accepted through the group’s GoFundMe page and will go towards travel subsidies to visiting artists.

-submitted by NIAA

Art Starts’ Street Art Festival (Toronto)

The Art Starts Street Art Festival (ASSAF) will creatively animate Glenholme Ave. from Eglinton Ave. to Lanark Ave. through a full day of FREE performances, art exhibits, and hands-on collaborative art making.

Over 15 local professional artists will inject colour, music, and free creative art-making across different artistic disciplines on Saturday, July 27th, 2019 from 11 am to 5 pm. You can expect mural making, puppet making, belly dancing, self-portrait making, and much more!

Participate in collaborative art-making and performances by artists such as: professional bellydancer Jaicyea Smith, ukulele player and singer ‘K Funk’, spoken word artist Patrick Walters, portraiture artist Yara El Safi, and MANY more!

Saturday, July 27th
Glenholme Ave. between Lanark Ave. and Eglinton Ave W
11 AM – 5 PM”

For more information, please visit:

-from Art Starts
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The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival (Aug 7-11)

August 7-11, 2019
Celebrating Indigenous Arts in Algonquin Territory
Ottawa • Canada

The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is excited to announce the 8th annual festival, screening the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around the world.


This year’s festival takes place over 5 days, and includes our traditional opening night outdoor film screening in the Courtyard at Club SAW, 3 days of film screenings in the Alma Duncan Salon at the Ottawa Art Gallery, our Matriarchs Art Exhibition Opening at Enriched Bread Artists, plus our Sound/Tracks presentation of micro-commissioned audio-visual performances in partnership with SAW Video, an Inuit contemporary Music Showcase, and the world’s first ever 2-Spirit Ball.

The 2019 program and festival schedule is published on the website:

-from the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival
photo: 2019 Asinabka Festival graphic art by Asinnijaq

Call for Submissions: Myseum Intersections 2020

Myseum of Toronto is launching a call for submissions for our fifth annual Myseum Intersections festival.

Festival Dates: April 1 – 30, 2020
Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2019 @ 11:00PM (EST)

Myseum Intersections is an annual festival that will take place during the month of April 2020. The festival explores intersectional perspectives of Toronto through collaborative exhibits, events, and experiences. Intersections presents a wide array of programming intended to create dialogue on civic issues and inspire a deeper knowledge and appreciation of our city.

Project proposals can range from exhibitions to events such as walking tours, workshops, panel discussions, lectures, public programs, exhibition tours, community celebrations, interactive experiences, walking tours and performances. We prioritize participatory and co-created projects, and encourage collaborative partnerships between organizations, collectives and individuals.

To view examples of Intersections projects from previous years, click here. To see project snapshots from last years’ festival, click here.

Should you have any accessibility concerns that might impact your ability to access or complete the digital submission form, please inform Yan Wen Chang (by email: yanwen[at] or phone: 416-583-2030) in advance of June 15th, 2019 to allow Myseum to appropriately accommodate your requests.”

-from Myseum

ReelAbilities Film Festival (Toronto)

ReelAbilities Film Festival returns to Toronto for the fourth year in a row, May 24 – June 2, 2019, ReelAbilities Film Festival will also include filmmaker Q&As, dance performances, workshops and an Accessible Comedy Night.

ReelAbilities Film Festival will screen over 20 films including Dan Habib’s Intelligent Lives at the opening night gala on Wednesday, May 29, and Sophie Robinson’s Me, My, Mouth and I at the closing night gala on Saturday, June 2. Intelligent Lives is a feature length documentary about three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.

ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto
May 24 – June 2, 2019
Matinee screenings are FREE
Evening Screenings are $12 – $30
Discounted ticket prices are available for seniors, post-secondary students and those experiencing financial barriers.
Screenings are free for support persons and students up to Grade 12.

For more information and for the full schedule, please visit:

HAPPENING Multicultural Festival (Muse Arts, Toronto)

“MUSE ARTS seeks to engage local residents, communities and organizations with immigrant, newcomer and refugee artists to promote love for the arts, inclusion, solidarity and community-building.

HAPPENING Multicultural Festival
May 29th to June 1st, 2019

HAPPENING Festival is a four-day multidisciplinary festival that will engage more than 100 artists/ performers who have self-identified as people of diverse communities, immigrants, newcomers and refugees. The festival features traditional and contemporary music, dance, visual arts, story-telling, poetry, crafts and food. HAPPENING will take place at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture Arts Media & Education in Toronto.

HAPPENING is a multicultural celebration, a Festival created to promote inclusion, where the work of diverse, immigrant, newcomer and refugee communities takes centre stage and their contribution to the cultural and artistic fabric of Toronto is embraced and recognized.

Tickets to the performances and different activities are now available at HAPPENING/ Eventbrite or email: community[at]

At Muse Arts, we believe in the importance of fostering and building connections between artists, communities and organizations. Through HAPPENING Multicultural Festival we give the spotlight to immigrant, newcomer and refugee artists to showcase their talents and skills.”

For more information, please visit

Le Festival Masq’alors (16 au 26 mai, Québec)

“Pour son dixième anniversaire, le festival international du masque du Québec Masq’alors! revient en force avec une programmation éclatée et inclusive, dans le cadre sans pareil de la nature en éveil de Saint-Camille. Le 6e édition de cet événement biennal incontournable de l’Estrie, qui déploiera également à Saint-Adrien et Ham-Sud, célébrera une fois de plus l’art du masque en rassemblant, pendant 10 jours, les artistes et aficionados de tous âges en théâtre, en danse, en conte, en cinéma et en arts numériques et visuels.

Des artistes du Brésil et de la France se joignent à des artistes d’ici pour révéler les facettes artistique, sociale et politique de cet artefact universel. Avec ses 7 spectacles, 4 expositions, 6 conférences et table ronde, 2 formations professionnelles et 10 autres activités ludiques, créatives et gustatives, Masq’alors! entend bien combler les attentes des petits comme celles des grands!

Le jeudi 23 mai, dès 16 h 30, le festival célèbre ses 10 ans en grand avec une cérémonie d’ouverture autour d’un buffet raffiné aux saveurs autochtones du traiteur Québénakis, entrecoupée d’impromptus scéniques de nos artistes invités et suivie d’activités qui se poursuivront jusqu’à 22 h 30 dans une atmosphère conviviale et chaleureuse dont Saint-Camille a le secret!


Le festival est heureux d’accueillir une grande créatrice québécoise, Magali Chouinard, avec sa dernière création, Âme nomade, œuvre onirique inspirée de la spiritualité autochtone et mariant, dans une poésie visuelle inédite, masques, marionnettes et projections de films animés et vidéos. La compagnie de théâtre autochtone Ondinnok (Montréal) nous fait l’honneur d’une visite prolongée pour une formation professionnelle, une présentation « carte blanche » sous la direction de Yves Sioui Durand et Catherine Joncas, et une conférence sur le rôle du masque dans le théâtre divinatoire autochtone.

Au chapitre des expositions, le 10e anniversaire du festival est l’occasion rêvée de souligner le travail de Sylvain Laroche et Jonathan Mercier, deux photographes de Saint-Camille. Toujours à pied d’oeuvre pour capter avec justesse et sensibilité la rencontre entre artistes et public qui a cours depuis 10 ans, ils seront à l’honneur avec une rétrospective de leur travail exposée en extérieur et en grand format, au cœur du village. À cela s’ajoutent la traditionnelle exposition collective mettant en vedette une quinzaine d’artistes de la région, et la venue spéciale d’étudiants de l’option théâtre du Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe qui présenteront trois séries de masques réalisés pour des productions théâtrales entre 2005 et 2013.


À l’actualité récente sur l’appropriation culturelle et à ses propres questionnements sur cette question depuis 10 ans, le festival répond avec une table ronde qui tentera de cerner les contours de cet enjeu important en présence de André Dudemaine, directeur du festival Présence autochtone, Candice Moise, ethnoscénologue, et Khadija El Mahdi, artiste.

Aux conférences déjà mentionnées s’ajoute la présentation deGuy Muchagalusa Chigoho, collectionneur, sur le langage des masques kuba de la République démocratique du Congo


Saint-Camille exerce un grand leadership en matière de développement numérique, et Masq’alors! adhère au mouvement en offrant une conférence sur le rôle et l’avenir du masque en réalité virtuelle, suivie d’un atelier d’expérimentation avec casques RV, en présence de René Barsalo, grand spécialiste montréalais en design de contenus numériques et d’expériences interactives.

Par ailleurs, toutes les conférences du festival seront également disponibles en webdiffusion, permettant au festival d’être accessible au plus grand nombre. Surveillez la page Facebook du festival!


Atelier de fabrication de masques, défilé festif, barbecue, soirée Kino : le festival Masq’alors! se veut rassembleur et familial, et espère connaître encore cette année autant de succès auprès des visiteurs qu’il en a auprès des Camillois! Saint-Camille et ses environs proposent un vaste choix d’hébergement pour les festivaliers, de même qu’un voisinage propice aux activités de plein-air en tous genres.

Pour plus d’information concernant les heures des présentations, les forfaits spéciaux et les services offerts sur place, et pour acheter des billets, consultez notre site Internet :”

-source : Masq’alors
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Crédit photo: Dominique Journey Ramel

Call for Artists: StArt Youth Presenting Art Festival 2019 (Toronto)

“Showcase your talents and have your creative work featured for friends and family to see at StArt Youth Presenting Art’s FREE art festival in Scarborough!

StArt YPA is looking for artists 16 and up to participate in their 9th annual festival on August 17th at Scarborough Village Recreation & Theatre. Send us a headshot, link/images of your work and a short artist statement. Full details are posted on their website:

You also must attend their open call audition/interviews on:

June 29th from 10am to 3pm
Christ Church, 155 Markham Rd in Scarborough. First Come, First Seen.

Submission deadline: June 22nd, 2019

Apply Here:​ ​”

-submitted by StArt YPA
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