17th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival Wednesday October 28 to Sunday November 8, 2020
“This year’s Festival will be experienced both live and online, as the Downtown Eastside community shares with each other, and our guests, our stories, history, heritage, culture, concerns, hopes, dreams and visions for the future. This Gives Us Strength is our 2020 Festival theme: those sources that our community draws upon as we, like others across the land, cope with a worldwide pandemic, physical distancing and isolation, ongoing and growing displacement, the tragic realities of the fentanyl crisis, and the legacies of systemic racism.”
“As a part of the Scarborough Arts’ ongoing “COMMUNITY+Connects: Online” programming, we are pleased to present our newest program in our roster, the “In The Industry” series.
“In The Industry” series is an online BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) youth-focused wellness program led by creative industry professionals in Scarborough and the GTA.
“In the Industry” series will foster the creative talents, professional careers, and overall wellbeing for youth interested in being involved/entering the creative industry. “In The Industry” series is focused on providing learning and networking opportunities for youth between the ages 16-29.
BIPOC creative industry professionals will lead workshops that focus on mentorship, professional development, and financial literacy.
WEEK 1: Music – In The Industry
Oct 27, Oct 30 – Performing Live During the Lockdown (A 2-Part Series)
WEEK 2: Grant Writing for Emerging Artists – In the Industry
Nov 3 – Grant Writing for Emerging Artists: Artist Bios
Nov 6 – Grant Writing for Emerging Artists: Explaining Your Project
WEEK 3: Curating, Community, and Exhibition Making – In the Industry
Nov 10 – You In Your Community: Does Art Matter?
Nov 13 – In The Industry: Curating Your First Exhibition
WEEK 4: You Have Options (That Are Not Just School) – In The Industry
Nov 18 – In The Industry: Starting a Visual Practice Without Art School
Nov 20 – The Language of Design, or Why You Don’t Need to be a Graphic Designer
WEEK 5: Networking and Your Brand – In The Industry
“North York Arts and The Cyborg Circus Project present a City of Toronto Cultural Hotspot Signature Program.
Designing Accessible Futures is a free six-month virtual mentorship program for Deaf, *Mad or Disabled artists living in Toronto.
Running from November 2020 to March 2021, we are recruiting six artists who are looking for support to run their own project or program.
Who Should Apply?
Deaf, Mad, and Disabled artists living in Toronto, with some experience in their chosen discipline who are looking for support to run their own project or program. This program will provide mentorship and guidance for artists and is best suited for people who have not yet begun or are at the beginning stages of their project.
For example, someone who has participated in several theatre projects has an idea for a show they would like to create, but doesn’t know how to get started on the process. Or, someone who is interested in starting a community program, but is unsure of how to set it up, or how to get funding.
Everyone who participates in the program will receive an honoraria of $200 for their time.”
“HoP 2020 Intersect: Online Knowledge Conference is a four day long professional development conference for artists and their communities. Audiences are invited to join in and participate as a variety of artists and administrators address current topics through conversation, lectures, and presentations, as well as virtual workshops and panel discussions. Most sessions will include q&a with presenters.
Registration is by donation. For a free ticket for any of the sessions, please email Amanda comm[at]houseofpaint.ca and we will be happy to register you!
Through the pandemic, we aim to maintain connections between artists and their communities. Since House of PainT is unable to hold our traditional festival celebrating Hip Hop arts and culture in Ottawa-Gatineau, we are hosting a Knowledge Conference via Zoom.
Registration is by donation. Suggested donation on a sliding scale of $5-20 per session. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.
Select sessions will feature ASL interpretation and/or captioning. Select sessions will be offered bilingually in French and English and/or feature translated captions.
Intersection HoP 2020 : Online Knowledge Conference est une conférence de développement professionnel de quatre jours pour les artistes et leurs communautés. Le public est invité à se joindre et à participer, une variété d’artistes et d’administrateurs abordant des sujets courants par le biais de conversations, de lectures et de présentations, ainsi que d’ateliers virtuels et de tables rondes. La plupart des sessions comprendront des questions et réponses avec les présentateurs.
Durant la pandémie, nous visons à maintenir les liens entre les artistes et leurs communautés. Puisque House of PainT n’est pas en mesure d’organiser son festival traditionnel célébrant les arts et la culture hip-hop dans la région d’Ottawa-Gatineau, nous organisons une conférence sur la connaissance via Zoom.
L’inscription se fait par don. Don suggéré sur une barème dégressif de 5 à 20 $ par session. Personne ne sera refusé par manque de fonds.
Certaines séances seront accompagnées d’une interprétation et/ou d’un sous-titrage en ASL.
Certaines sessions seront offertes dans les deux langues (français et anglais) et/ou seront sous-titrées.
Si vous avez besoin d’un billet gratuit pour quelqu’une des sessions, veuillez envoyer un courriel à Amanda comm[@]houseofpaint.ca et nous serons heureux de vous aider à vous inscrire”
“October 20th & 21st: Introduction to Forum Theatre Virtual Workshop
Forum Theatre is aninteractive and participatory style of theatredesigned to address social issues and inspire actionable change.
In this intensive all levels online workshop led by award winning Forum Theatre artist Simon Malbogat, participants will learn about the evolution of Forum Theatre and how this social justice-based theatre style can be used to spark community dialogue and empower grassroots advocacy.
Through theatre games and discussion, participants will discover how Forum Theatre techniques of community participation, intervention, and improvisation can help build tool kits for character development, devised creation, and audience engagement.
Community organizers, social workers, and educators will learn how including Forum Theatre principles in their everyday practice can initiate vital conversation, engage in critical inquiry, and create social change in their communities.
This workshop was developed out of Mixed Company’s recent virtual Forum Theatre projects. Through critical dialogue we will reflect and process the results with participants, considering how Forum Theatre can be used effectively for virtual presentations.
Date: Tuesday October 20th & Wednesday October 21st, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (ET) Location: Virtual (A Zoom link will be sent after receipt of payment) Cost: $100.00 + HST (-25% CAEA, Student, Underwaged) Prerequisites: None!
Register for both Introduction to Forum Theatre AND Forum Theatre Playwriting (October 28th & 29th) and receive a special bundle price of $200.00 + HST for both workshops, as well as a 25% discount for CAEA, Students and those identifying as Underwaged!
October 28th & 29th: Forum Theatre Playwriting Virtual Workshop
Facilitated by Mixed Company Associate Artist Luciano Iogna, this two-evening workshop will take participants through the fundamental process of Forum Theatre script development. Participants will learn how to use theatre games, exercises and techniques as research tools, how to ask explorative yet respectful questions, how to develop oppressive and oppressed characters, and how to care for the community knowledge which informs Forum Theatre script development.
This online playwriting workshop aims to support MCT’s Introduction to Forum Theatre by supplying participants with pivotal scripting methods, tools and tricks to utilize when working with groups on important social topics. These skills are essential to develop in order to script targeted, impactful, and uniquely interactivetheatrical plays and scenarios for various types of oppressive conflict.
Date: Wednesday October 28th & Thursday October 29th, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (ET) Location: Virtual (A Zoom link will be sent after receipt of payment) Cost: $120.00 + HST (-25% CAEA, Student, Underwaged) Prerequisites: Workshop participants must have taken MCT’s Introduction to Forum Theatre or have had some previous experience with Forum Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed.
As this is our first time offering these workshops virtually, we will strive to teach all of the items mentioned above. However, should it not be possible to cover all items, Luciano is offering virtual follow-up meetings for participants at no extra cost. Participants will be able to sign up for one private, virtual meeting to review their written Forum Theatre work with Luciano and ask questions about topics discussed in the workshop.
Luciano has set aside November 3rd & 4th, between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM for these meetings, and will personally follow up with participants with sign up information.
“Le dernier vendredi du mois implique nouvel épisode de notre série WapiStories
Découvrez une programmation spéciale sur la chasse et la cuisine automnale concoctée par Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush, cinéaste, modératrice mais aussi Responsable à la mobilisation et à l’impact collectif au Wapikoni !
Ce sera aussi l’occasion d’échanger et de discuter avec Eve Ringuette, cinéaste Innu et membre elle aussi du collectif Wapikoni !
Que sont les WapiStories? Il s’agit de la toute nouvelle série du Wapikoni, diffusée en ligne exclusivement sur Facebook !
Chaque mois, à tour de rôle, des membres et artistes du collectif Wapikoni présentent une programmation spécialement concoctée par eux sur des thèmes et des sujets qui les inspirent ! Cette programmation est suivie d’échanges et de discussions avec un.e invité.e du collectif. Découvrez une variété d’œuvres et de contenus créée par des membres des Premières Nations, Inuit et Métis. Reflétant leur regard, leur histoire, leurs cultures et leurs traditions, cette programmation mettre en lumière une sensibilité artistique unique ! Soyez aux premières loges d’histoires captivantes, de parcours inspirants et d’échanges stimulants… Suivez les WapiStories tout au long de l’année !
* * Les WapiStories favorisent la souveraineté narrative, une valeur centrale du Wapikoni. L’objectif est de continuer à faire connaître les œuvres et les talents autochtones tout en contribuant à leur rayonnement. Les WapiStories se réfèrent au storytelling et cherchent, d’une certaine façon, à rendre hommage aux traditions orales.
The last Friday of the month means it’s time for or a new WapiStories episode
Discover a special program on hunting and fall coocking curated by Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush, filmmaker, moderator but also Mobilization and Collective Impact Manager at Wapikoni!
A Q&A will follow with Eve Ringuette, Innu filmmaker and member of the Wapikoni collective as well. Join us LIVE!
What are WapiStories? It’s the brand new Wapikoni series, broadcasted online exclusively on Facebook!
Each month, in turn, members and artists of the Wapikoni collective present a program specially concocted by them on themes and topics that inspire them! This programming is followed by exchanges and discussions with a guest of the collective. Discover a variety of works and content created by First Nations, Inuit and Métis members. Reflecting their outlook, history, cultures and traditions, this programming highlights a unique artistic sensibility! Get a front-row seat to captivating stories, inspiring journeys and stimulating exchanges! Follow the WapiStories throughout the year!
* * WapiStories promote narrative sovereignty, a core value of Wapikoni. The goal is to continue to showcase Indigenous works and talents while contributing to their outreach. WapiStories refers to storytelling and seeks, in a way, to pay tribute to oral traditions.”
Are you looking for a creative, fun way to practice your English?
Second Act is a free online arts-focused ESL program for newcomer youth (ages 13-17) to feel more comfortable and confident in their speaking abilities.
You’ll have the opportunity to connect with peers while developing your own creative voice through interactive activities and workshops. Plus, you’ll get to work on an exciting project using photography, creative writing, storytelling, spoken word, and presentations!
All workshops will take place via Zoom video calls. If you’ve never used Zoom before or need help setting it up, don’t worry – we’ll provide you with 1-on-1 tech support.
Second Act is led in English and is ideal for those with basic to intermediate English communication skills. All newcomer youth are welcome to join, but priority will be given to North York residents.
This is your chance to have fun, meet new people, and even win some awesome prizes!“
The Rendezvous with Madness Festival is the first and largest arts and mental health festival in the world. Using art as the entry point to illuminate and investigate the realities and mythologies surrounding mental illness and addiction, Rendezvous With Madness’ 2020 programming spotlights the human capacity for endurance in the face of great challenges. As community members are feeling the emotional effects of months of isolation, income precarity, and anxiety over what the future holds, the Rendezvous With Madness Festival offers a unique opportunity to come together in reflection and discussion.
We are thrilled to announce the full programming line-up for the 28th annual Rendezvous With Madness Festival. The Festival runs October 15-25, 2020 and showcases a range of feature and short films from around the globe, as well as Re:Building Resilience, a full-building exhibition activation of the Workman Arts building at 651 Dufferin Street featuring visual, media and performance art installations. All tickets are Pay What You Wish (PWYW) and there will be both in-person and virtual options for engaging with the festival, so all patrons can enjoy the festival safely.
“TheimagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival announces the 21st Annual Festival will move online from October 20 – 25, 2020. imagineNATIVE will gather community for an online Festival to celebrate Indigenous storytelling in film, video, audio, digital and interactive art. This six-day online gathering will feature over 100 Indigenous artists from all over the world with an offering of live screenings, featured discussions, interactive engagements, live pitches, performances, virtual exhibitions, and other special events.
In addition to artistic and industry offerings, imagineNATIVE will be ‘gifting from the spirit and for the spirit’. Items and goods will be gifted through physical and digital giveaways throughout the Festival highlighting Indigenous artists and companies. Grounded in expressions of generosity, the giveaways will acknowledge the continued support and work from our communities. This year will mark an opportunity for imagineNATIVE to mobilize and connect in new, creative and exciting ways!
“With the community as a priority, the 2020 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will be guided by Indigenous practices of gifting and reciprocity. To gift is an act of acknowledgement,” said Niki Little, Artistic Director. “It comes with notions of collective responsibility and opportunities to name relationships between nations.”
The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital + interactive media made by Indigenous screen-content creators. The Festival presents compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and dynamism of Indigenous arts, perspectives, and cultures in contemporary media.”
Celebrating Indigenous Arts in CyberSpace, Algonquin Territory, Ottawa, Canada Sept. 16-20, 2020
“The 9th annual Asinabka Festival is excited to present the best contemporary Indigenous film and music from Canada and around the world. The Festival takes place online over 5 days with films hosted on the festival website, and music performances live-streamed on social media.
This year’s festival has made the decision to present all film and arts programming online to prioritize the safety of festival goers, and to still continue to support and celebrate Indigenous artists.
Our schedule includes 16 separate film programs, including 8 feature length films, and 64 short films, representing 10 different countries including: Canada, United States, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Greenland, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea.
We’re honoured and delighted to be able to present all of this year’s programming and artistic talent, please join us virtually on the Asinabka Festival Website and on our social media.”