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SA Moves Workshop: Spirit of Africa (Scarborough Arts)

Spirit of Africa is a fun, exciting, interactive workshop that uses dance movement, music, and song to tell the story of the African people. Participants will learn about how the everyday lives of African people transfers through the arts, where examples of their daily activities, values and customs are portrayed. This workshop consists of a series of movements and song and drum rhythms from different parts of West Africa, followed by a formal instruction of a traditional dance piece, and ending with a “cookup”, where participants are able to freely express themselves. Participants should dress comfortably, be prepared to dance barefoot, and ready to have fun!

*Please note that this is a WORKSHOP SERIES and that participants who would like to attend are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER AND ATTEND ALL sessions of the workshop* 


Born on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, Lesley Waldron started her journey in dance at the tender age of 5. She has trained in Modern, Caribbean Folk, and African Dance. In 1993, she joined the Ghanaian group Sankofa Drum and Dance Ensemble. In the Twi language, “Sankofa” means “go back and retrieve”; which is exactly what Lesley did, travelling to Ghana in 2007 to obtain a degree in West African dance and community development. Today, Lesley’s goal is to use the arts as a tool to educate young minds and inspire youth to elevate themselves.

This workshop is part of Scarborough Arts’ SA Suite of Programs — 2019.
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-from Scarborough Arts

The Wishing Tree (H’art Centre, Kingston)

“In Prince Edward County, there stood a 700-year old sugar maple that some believed had magical powers to grant wishes. For 200 years, people would kneel beneath her canopy holding the branches and the leaves close to their hearts and make wishes that ultimately came true. Until one day, the tree was struck by lightning.

Inspired by stories and legends of Prince Edward County, The Wishing Tree is a storytelling concert performed by H’art School artists and local performers.

Featuring traditional and new songs, The Wishing Tree’s musical style ranges from folk, gospel, polka and more. H’art artists have created new illustrations, paintings, props, and sets to bring the story of resilience, community and healing to life.

About H’art Centre
We are a non-profit, charitable arts hub that provides people with disabilities and those facing barriers with opportunities to create, study and produce works in the arts.”

For more information on The Wishing Tree, please visit H’art Centre’s website

-from H’art Centre website
Read H’art Centre’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Pitch Opportunity for Young Audience Performers (Northern Ontario)

“The Ontario Arts Council, the Department of Canadian Heritage and Ontario Presents/Ontario Contact are a hosting pitch session for Ontario-based young audience performers, taking place in St. Catharines, Ontario on September 16th, the day following Ontario Contact 2018.

6 to 8 applicants will be selected to pitch new and upcoming projects to an audience of presenters and industry professionals, from Northern Ontario and beyond. Projects from all performing arts disciplines are welcome. Successful applicants will receive professional coaching to develop their pitching skills, as well as travel support and a complimentary 1-day registration for Ontario Contact.

This project has been developed as part of the Ontario Arts Council’s commitment to increase the quality and diversity of performances available for young audiences in Northern Ontario.

All applications must be received by July 19th, 2018 to ceilidh[at] All applicants will be notified if their application has been successful by August 3rd, 2018.

For more information, please read the full call for applications here.
If you have questions or wish to discuss applying, you may contact Ceilidh Wood at ceilidh[at]”

-submitted by Ontario Presents

Project Highlight: “Sky is the Limit” Documentary & Performance (All Nations Healin’ Thru the Artz)

All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz is a “non-profit community organization that links professional artists with inner-city youth in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada to collaboratively create and showcase performance based work and projects.” ANHTA shares with us a documentary and the entire performance of this year’s “Sky is the Limit” showcase in Regina, which was a roaring success. Watch the videos below and enjoy!

In the Fall, All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz will be celebrating their 10th anniversary, details forthcoming, but keep your eyes and ears open for what they have in store for their anniversary!

-submitted by All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz
Read All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Spring Moon / 春明 connecting seniors and youth in culturally diverse communities across Toronto (Mixed Company Theatre)

Spring Moon - Poster “Mixed Company Theatre Presents

春明 Spring Moon
Written by Diana Tso
Directed by Karthy Chin

Mixed Company Theatre is pleased to present the second installment of their InterGEN Project, Spring Moon. Based on the real-life experiences of the Toronto Chinese community, Spring Moon tells the story of a resilient immigrant peoples through the eyes of three Chinese grandmothers who survived hardships and crossed oceans to give their granddaughters a better life. Although separated by differences of language, culture, and distance, the unconditional love that exists between grandmothers and their granddaughters is a connection that cannot be broken.

Spring Moon reveals that to find out who we are, we will have to understand where we come from.

Spring Moon plays from April 20th to 23rd at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament Street). The show will be performed in Cantonese, Mandarin, English, and French with Chinese and English surtitles. Written by acclaimed playwright Diana Tso (Comfort, Red Snow Collective) and directed by emerging artist Karthy Chin (The Enchanted Loom, Cahoots/ Factory Theatre), Spring Moon is an exploration of Chinese intergenerational relationships in Toronto and features Asian community performers and emerging artists from the GTA.

Spring Moon was created with the input of Chinese youth and seniors from Eastview Community Centre, Scadding Court Community Centre, Broadview Manor, The Phoenix Arts Academy, and Toronto Community Housing. Speaking about the process of creating Spring Moon, playwright Diana Tso raves “The seniors are full of surprises! I loved watching them practice Chinese folk dancing and being a part of their circle as they sang. The youth in the play…their input and sharing of their personal lives were very valuable.”

Spring Moon is the second production produced under The InterGEN Project, a three-year initiative generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to connect seniors and youth in culturally diverse communities across Toronto. Community participants were invited to share their stories, family and cultural traditions in a series of workshops held throughout the last three years. These tales of family, migration, and cultural displacement were then collected and developed into two full-scale theatrical productions by renowned Toronto artists. The first production, Shelf Life, was brought to life on stage by Luciano Iogna with the direction of Artistic Director Simon Malbogat in December 2016.

Founded as an artist-run collective in 1983, Mixed Company Theatre produces innovative, socially relevant plays as a tool for positive change. Today Mixed Company Theatre is committed to inspiring schools and community organizations across Canada to create social change through theatrical practice. In addition to producing Spring Moon, they are also currently touring their hit teen show Half Full, on anxiety and mental well-being, to schools across the GTA.

“Mixed Company has created community-engaged work with various groups and in our discussion with Scadding Court we wanted to give voice to the intergenerational Chinese community which is under-served. I believe the only way for theatre as an art form to remain relevant is to connect with that community so people see themselves reflected on the stage.” – Simon Malbogat (Artistic Director, Mixed Company Theatre)

CBC coverage of The InterGEN Project:

春明 Spring Moon
Written by Diana Tso
Directed by Karthy Chin
April 20 – 23, 2017
The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament Street)
Thursday April 20th – 7:30 PM
Friday April 21st – 7:30 PM
Saturday April 22nd – 2:00 PM
Saturday April 22nd – 7:30 PM
Sunday April 23rd – 2:00 PM
Tickets: $10 Available online at:
We are committed to making theatre financially accessible for everyone. For discounts and group rates, please contact or call 416-515-8080.

Betty Chou
Juvally Chan
Ashley Chan
Susan Chou
Angela Sun
Shasha Huo
Mikaela Cordero

Creative Team
Playwright – Diana Tso
Director – Karthy Chin
Stage Manager/ Production Manager – Becky Wong
Assistant Production Manager – Calvin Wong
Choreographer/ Movement Coach – Julia Hune-Brown
Set/Props Designer – Echo Zhou
Lighting Designer – Alan Trumble
Music Composer/ Pianist – Alice Ho
Costumer Designer – Laura Delchiaro
Poster Designer – Wenting Li”

For more information, please visit Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @MixedCTheatre and #SpringMoonTO

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

Youth Engagement Project: Mine (Vancouver)


“Time: Fridays 4pm-5:30pm
Dates: January 20 – March 10
Place: Trout Lake Community Centre
Cost: FREE with snacks provided

The program will be co-facilitated by Kelly McInnes and Rianne Svelnis with live music by Alex Mah. It is intended for youth ages 14-18 who are interested in dance, performance, music, theatre, story-telling, textiles and visual art! The workshop will be a collaborative creation process focusing on Kelly’s project ‘mine’, which is an interactive, multi-disciplinary work that uses a large collection of second-hand clothing to create imagery and stories surrounding our experience of consumption, materialism, and identity. It explores fast fashion, body image, history and memory, using clothing as the common thread between us.

More about the facilitators:

Kelly McInnes is a Vancouver based dance artist whose intention with her work is to magnify, comment on and create dialogue around, important socio-political issues within our society. Kelly’s work is often multi-disciplinary and includes long duration, installation, community engagement and guerrilla performance.

Rianne Svelnis is a Vancouver-based dance and recent graduate of the Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program. She celebrates dance as a primal language of expression; sacred, playful, political and transformative.”

-submitted by Deborah Gordon

Call for Workshop Hosts: GeriActors Training Program (Edmonton)


GeriActors is running a new Training Program in our intergenerational theatre techniques for actors, educators, healthcare providers, and recreation professionals. At the end of this Training Program, trainees will apply what they learned by leading workshops for seniors in Performance Storytelling.

We are inviting seniors’ venues and organizations to host Performance Storytelling workshops over a period of three weeks, November to December. Minimal cost to hosts!

Hosts will be responsible for providing workshop space, administrative support and assistance with publicity. Workshops will be open to all seniors without restriction, with no experience required, and with all levels of mobility welcomed.

Performance Storytelling – Using theatre exercises, improv, laughter and fun GeriActors inspires reminiscences, and helps participants turn their stories into moments of theatre to share with others. Whether you have a history in theatre, have always dreamt of performing, or just want to try something new a GeriActors workshop is the perfect place to begin.

Interested organizations should contact Becca Barrington at for an application. Completed applications are due September 25.

For more information visit our website.”

-submited by GeriActors Theatre
Read GeriActors’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz: Rise Up 8th Annual Youth Talent Show & Fundraiser, April 19 (Regina)


“8th Annual ANHTA Talent show – A Family friendly event

World drumming, belly dancing, hip hop dance, guitar and keyboard musical segment, and a 20-minute documentary featuring ANHTA’s 8-month journey to showtime.

After the show there will be a reception catered by Regina’s very own The Souix Chef .
There is absolutely no alcohol or drugs allowed.
There are no tickets for this show, cash at the door.”

Visit for more information or connect on Facebook.

Posted with permission from Monica Fogel
Read All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz profile on ArtBridges’ Directory and Map of Community-Engaged Arts

International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues: Stolen Sisters, March 12 (Winnipeg)

“International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues: Stolen Sisters
March 12 at 4pm and 8pm
Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at U of W, 400 Colony Street)
Tickets $10 (plus $2.50 for on-line purchases) or cash at the door
Please Note: Adult Language and Content

We will again be producing and taking to the community our cabaret of monologues to celebrate International Women’s Week. This year’s theme is Stolen Sisters, as we tackle the difficult topic of gender-based violence. The evening will offer a diverse line-up of monologues by Canadian playwrights, as well as slam poetry and spoken word by women with lived experience. Our goal is to honour women by telling their stories and to explore multiple perspectives on the subject.

2016 Line-Up:
Doing It for the Fame by Makrenna Sterdan
performed by Kim Kakegamic
It’s a satirical game show for women who want to accuse male celebrities of abuse! Tune in to find out if Jane Doe will win ‘believablity’ and the grand prize of getting to report her assault!

Chance by Melaina Sheldon
performed by Kelsey Wavey
A young First Nations woman goes out for a night on the town, but things do not go as planned. For her, a safe ride home will not come and protection does not lie where it should.

Lingua Franca by Frances Koncan
performed by Erica Wilson
Using dark humour and a morbid sense of wit, a young woman in purgatory reflects on the circumstances of her untimely death.

Good Enough by Lynne C. Martin
performed by Shaneen Robinson
Donna dreams of being happily married to Bear, the father of her baby, but the pecking order of racism and gender oppression stands in her way.

The Visitor by Alison McEvoy Murray
performed by Heather Bjorklund
A woman makes an appearance for a special anniversary but she cannot get through to the women in her family. Will they ever know what has happened to her?

She Said by Robyn Pooley
performed by Teri-Lynn Friesen
Angela erupts during a blind date in response to a rape joke. Will she work through her own anger and misgivings about rape culture and Bill Cosby?

Finding Freedom Spoken Word by Shamin Brown
performed by Shamin Brown
Powerful slam poetry challenging the marginalization and social isolation that keeps the voices of women and children in the sex trade silenced behind shame.

Warrior by Helena Kelly
performed by Montana Lehmann
Using traditional storytelling techniques, this piece follows the journey of Honey who must escape the dark creature to save herself. She fights to discover the warrior within.

Stolen Girls by Hope McIntyre
performed by Sydney Macfarlane
This movement based piece remembers the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria in April 2014. Why is it that women are used as pawns in the wars between men?

QUIET by Mary Black
performed by Mary Black
A spoken word piece on living as a quiet Indigenous woman in the inner-city. This piece brings voice to the SILENT issues that plague our communities and our lives.

Plus we will have art and advocacy in the lobby, including:
– Handmade felt faceless dolls from Nova House
– ‘Mine is but a tear in a river’ photo exhibit by Tracey-Mae Chambers
– The red ribbon project to remember and honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (started by Jennifer Flett, Pauline McGillivary, Janet Head and Rhonda Head from Opaskwayak Cree Nation)
– #WeCare Quilt created in collaboration with the #WeCare Campaign, The Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Manitoba Crafts Museum, and the community
– A hands on writing response area for audience members to reflect, honour and show their care
– No More Stolen Sisters campaign materials from the Canadian Federation of Students”

Visit for more info!

Posted with permission from Hope McIntyre

Profile Highlight: Mortal Coil Performance Society (Vancouver)

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.


Mortal Coil, in Vancouver, develops and produces site specific theatrical work with productions that utilize community members and are centred on the land where the work is presented.

To read more about the Mortal Coil Performance Society, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.