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Profile Highlight: Spring Pulse Poetry Festival (Cobalt & Temiskaming Shores, ON)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

“We are Northern Ontario largest and only poetry/arts festival. Since 2008, we strive to bring together the poetry community with invitations to participate from our tri-cultural Anglophone, Francophone, and First Nations communities.”

Spring Pulse Poetry Festival – May 31 to June 2, 2018
“Celebrate the legacy of physician/poet William Henry Drummond. Northeastern Ontario’s largest poetry/arts event. Experience poetry, music, and fun in creative community. Various venues throughout Cobalt and the City of Temiskaming Shores.

Check out our website for further details.”

To read more about Spring Pulse Poetry Festival, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Festival: 30th annual Weesageechak Begins to Dance (Native Earth Performing Arts)

“Recognized as a leader in creation of Indigenous performing arts, Native Earth Performing Arts celebrates its 35th anniversary as the professional Indigenous theatre company on Turtle Island. This November, Native Earth will welcome back familiar faces and introduces emerging creators from across Turtle Island and beyond for its 30th annual Weesageechak Begins to Dance. Showcasing new works and works-in-development in theatre, dance, music and multi-disciplinary performance work, Weesageechak 30 will run from November 15th to 25th, 2017 at Aki Studio.

This year’s festival opens with a workshop preview of Vancouver Moving Theatre’s Weaving Reconciliation, presented in partnership with Jumblies Theatre, which will return to Aki Studio for its premiere in June 2018. Weaving theatre with Indigenous cultural practices and lived experience, this multi-disciplinary production is created by an award-winning team of director Renae Morriseau (Cree Saulteaux), Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish/Dene Sahtu) and Savannah Walling.

The first week is filled with works by familiar creators, including Bury by Alanis King (Odawa) which is an ode to the reclamation of the Anishinaabe language and celebration of the resilience of those who have lived through the residential school system. Whale Killer by the award-winning Saskatchewan playwright and director Kenneth Williams (Cree) which explores unanswered questions about a murder of an RCMP officer in Cape Dorset. Starlight Journey by Josh Languedoc (Saugeen First Nation) depicts an incredible journey of a family seeking answers to their young son’s mysterious death.

Emerging playwright and the 2017 Winnipeg Arts Council RBC On the Rise award winner Frances Koncan (Anishinaabe) returns with a new work, Riot Resist Revolt Repeat which is inspired by recent events concerning pipelines and their environmental impact. Rounding out the first week, multi-disciplinary artists and Dora-nominated Spy Dénommé-Welch (Algonquin) and Catherine Magowan of An Indie(n) Rights Reserve return with HATE MAIL and Irreconcilable Trolls, a piece that explores people who hide behind fake usernames, spoofed emails and anonymous comment boards which is presented as a sonata with contrabassoon and piano.

Native Earth hosts Australia’s Moogahlin Performing Arts for a second year with a reading of The Weekend by Henrietta Baird (Kuku Yalanji/Yidinji). The play follows a young Sydney mother traversing the world of public housing, drug dealing with the threat of losing her children, taking the audience on an emotional ride of laughter and hope, love and loss.

This festival also features works-in-development by emerging artists, including White Noise, a comedy on racial commentary by Taran Kootenhayoo (Denesuline/Nakoda Sioux); Bad Indian, a humorous storytelling on Indigenous/Canadian identity politics by Brefny Caribou (Cree/Irish); and The Last Dance, a piece dedicated to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women by Yvonne Wallace (Interior Salish).

Weesageechak 30 kicks off its second week with a two-evening special featuring the Animikiig Training Program. Works include, link, a warrior dance piece by dancer/choreographer Aria Evans (Mi’kmaq/African/settler heritage), Ruby Comfort, an opera-in-development by opera librettist Ian Cusson (Métis/French Canadian), and Survivance, a powerful story of three generations of women by Sarah Gartshore (Ojibwe). The second evening showcases Ursa Majoris, a love story with music and puppets by Celeste Sansregret (Métis), and Lonecloud, a musical dedicated to the first Mi’kmaq Ethnographer by the late Cathy Elliott (Mi’kmaq/Irish/Acadian).

Continuing the celebration of Indigenous dance, Olivia Shortt (Anishinaabe/Irish) collaborates with dancer/choreographer Kathleen Legassick for Echoes which shares a personal reflection on discovering one’s genealogy. Coming from Flin Flon, Manitoba, Kristy Janvier (Dene/Irish/Ukrainian) will take us on a journey through environmental decay in Forest Floor.

Two Native Earth veterans mark the closing of Weesageechak 30. Native Earth welcomes back former Artistic Director (2011-2013) Tara Beagan (Ntlaka’pamux/Irish), the Dora-nominated playwright, and Dora and Betty-nominated actor to present the sister piece to Native Earth’s 2013 presentation, In Spirit. Beagan’s Deer Woman tells the story of a sister left behind – a warrior woman work of righteous vengeance. Following Native Earth’s 2015 presentation of God and The Indian, the Jessie-nominated actor and multi-hypenate theatre artist Lisa Ravensbergen (Ojibwe/Swampy Cree/English/Irish) returns to Aki Studio with The Seventh Fire. Filmic in nature and mythic in proportion, her piece shares the story of a woman’s return to the Ojibwe community which she believes has rejected her.

Native Earth in partnership with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre proudly presents 2-Spirit Cabaret. Curated and hosted by Michaela Washburn (Cree/English/Irish/French), the cabaret includes a talented line-up of 2-Spirit, Trans and Queer-identified Indigenous artists from across Canada, including Gwen Benaway, Cherish Blood, Ryan Cunningham, Waawaate Fobister,Greyson Gritt, Lacey Hill, Michelle Latimer, Smith Purdy, Brian Solomon and other special guests. In addition, the Professional Development Series returns with a full roster of workshops, panels and training opportunities.

WEESAGEECHAK BEGINS TO DANCE 30
FULL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Evening Tickets: $15
Festival Pass: $60

Aki Studio | Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas Street East
Box Office: 416-531-1402 or boxoffice@nativeearth.ca

Native Earth Performing Arts is Canada’s oldest professional Indigenous theatre company. Currently in our 34th year, we are dedicated to creating, developing and producing professional artistic expressions of the Indigenous experience in Canada. Through stage productions (theatre, dance and multi-disciplinary art), new script development, apprenticeships and internships, Native Earth seeks to fulfill a community of artistic visions. It is a vision that is inclusive and reflective of the artistic directions of members of the Indigenous community who actively participate in the arts.”

-from Native Earth Performing Arts
Read Native Earth Performing Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Mixed Company Theatre Community Workshop Series: Elder Care Workshops

Mixed Company Theatre, with the support of the Government of Ontario Senior Community Grant Program, is bringing our popular community-based workshops to seniors across the GTA this fall and winter.Facilitated by our Artistic Director, Simon Malbogat, our Elder Care Workshops seek to empower senior citizens and address the pressing issue of elder abuse in our communities. In these workshops, participants will be led through a series of exercises and activities developed from Theatre of the Oppressed/ Forum Theatre methodology that will provide seniors with the tools to express and address issues relating to elder care and abuse. The Elder Care program is also designed to address diverse groups of seniors, including newcomer/refugee groups.

To bring our Elder Care workshops to your organization, please contact: info@mixedcompanytheatre.com.

For more information, including workshop descriptions, please visit: www.mixedcompanytheatre.com

-from Mixed Company Theatre
Read Mixed Company Theatre’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

15th Annual Regent Park Film Festival (Nov 15-18, Toronto)

“Join the Regent Park Film Festival in celebrating 15 years of storytelling!

Toronto’s only free community film festival returns Nov. 15-18th with culturally diverse film screenings, interactive workshops, panels, virtual reality experiences and more!

Tickets are FREE and complimentary childcare is available onsite.

To view the full schedule and reserve your seats please visit our website.”

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

CUE Grant Opportunity: Funding for Artists on the Margins (Toronto)

“Attention new generation artists living and working on the margins
Apply for up to $1000
Deadline: November 15, 2017

You must meet with CUE in person before submitting an application. To connect with CUE, email cuegrant@gmail.com

CUE GRANTS ARE FOR ARTISTS WHO:

  • Identify as new generation artists (29 years old or under) living and working on the margins in Toronto
  • Work in any artistic discipline
  • Have a solid idea for an art project that can be completed in 3 months, and can be exhibited or presented to the public in some way
  • Demonstrate experience in their medium
  • Have a track record of finishing projects and following through on goals
  • Have not received funding from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, or Canada Council for the Arts, or other substantial arts funding
  • Are not in a Masters program in a post secondary institution, and do not hold a Masters degree
  • Meet with CUE before submitting an application”

For more information including application details, please visit: www.cueartprojects.ca

-from CUE

Toolbox Initiative: program designed to encourage and build healthy relationships between girls, gender nonconforming youth, and boys and to challenge gender stereotypes (Toronto)

About the Toolbox Initiative

“Toolbox is a program designed to encourage and build healthy relationships between girls, gender nonconforming youth, and boys and to challenge gender stereotypes. Our aim is to support the development of self sufficiency and confidence: experiences that we, as members of Toolbox, had when we first learned to work with our hands. The program will be led by the women identifying members of Toolbox who have backgrounds in woodworking and experience in training youths in these skills. Currently Toolbox aims to service the youth of the Kingston Galloway/ Orton Park neighbourhood. The members have, in some capacity, a connection to the KGO; having worked, gone to school or participated in community programming in the area.”

-from SKETCH
Read SKETCH’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight | Open Field Collective (Toronto)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

Viewer at Street Projects

“The Open Field Collective brings contemporary art right to the streets by exhibiting artists’ works in residential front-yard gardens. The exhibitions are curated or selected from our ongoing open submission calls, and change every six weeks. These galleries are free to the public and are accessible by anyone walking down the street, 365 days a year.”

To read more about Open Field Collective, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Making a Living Making Art Workshops (Neighbourhood Arts Network, Toronto)

“DESIGNING & MARKETING A CREATIVE ENTERPRISE
Workshop 1:
October 19, 2017 6:00 – 9:00pm

Rogers Communications Centre, Room: RCC 359 A
80 Gould Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 2M7
Map available here

This workshop will cover one aspect of implementation, website & social media management. Attendees will be taught how to save time & effort by managing their website using WordPress and their social media using Hootsuite.
Workshop 2:
November 2, 2017 6:00 – 9:00pm 
Rogers Communications Centre, Room: RCC 359 A
80 Gould Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 2M7

This workshop will cover marketing planning & strategy, focusing on the needs of creative entrepreneurs. The starting point to a successful strategy is a solid advertising & marketing plan: a plan that guides marketing momentum with focus & progressive actions.

About the Facilitator:
Fatou Seck has several years of experience in professional adult education. She is passionate about teaching and sharing her marketing expertise with people who need guidance in this field. Her teaching experiences combined with her knowledge of marketing planning and online & offline marketing have equipped her well to deliver highly valuable training. She provides one-on-one training to solopreneurs & small organizations and group training to learning centres such as SKETCH Arts and the Markham Small Business Centre. Fatou is also the founder of Seck eMarketing Solutions, a bilingual digital marketing agency whose mission is to empower small organizations to meet their marketing needs through training and one-on-one coaching.

Artists can sign-up by visiting here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/making-a-living-making-art-tickets-38347506424

Brampton Youth & Homeless Film Project (Reel Youth)

“Have you always wanted to get behind a camera, or to take your filmmaking skills to the next level?

Do you want to make a difference?

If you are nodding yes, then this program is for you!

• Learn how to plan, shoot, and edit a short film
• Work creatively with a small group of peers
• Get to know & make a film about an older person struggling with homelessness in Brampton
• Have a ridiculous amount of fun!

The Youth and Homeless Film Project is a unique filmmaking workshop that will bring together youth and homeless seniors, in a creative collaboration to produce short films.

In this FREE program, you will work with a small group to create films that explore the stories of 6 adults in your community who are homeless or living in poverty.

18 youth aged 14-24 will be chosen to participate. No experience necessary!

All of the films will be screened as a part of a community film festival. They will also be submitted to the touring Reel Youth Film Festival, distributed on YouTube, Facebook, and showcased on the Reel Youth website.

Meals and snacks are included!
Transit tickets will be provided if you need them.

THIS IS A 7 DAY PROGRAM. THE DATES ARE:
Nov 1-3 4pm – 8pm
Nov 4-5 11am – 5pm
Nov 11-12 11am – 5pm

Jan 25 GALA FILM SCREENING!! 6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: Regeneration Outreach Community
156 Main Street N., Brampton, ON L6V 1N9″

For information and to apply, please visit this page here.

-submitted by Reel Youth
Read Reel Youth’s Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight | Suitcase Theatre (Toronto)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

Suitcase Theatre is a registered charitable organization that was founded by the original producer and creator of Mr. Dressup, one of Canada’s most loved and longest running children’s television shows. The theatre group performs at daycares, schools, hospitals, community centres, festivals and special events across Ontario. We also offer dynamic after school programs, camps and class workshops that focus on drama, improv, comedy, singing, dancing and the visual arts.

Our goal is simple: we encourage everyone to discover their creativity and love of live theatre regardless of income or circumstance.”

To read more about Suitcase Theatre, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map