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Call for Applications: 2018 Mural Project (7th Generation Image Makers, VIBE Arts)

“New 2018 Mural Project with 7th Generation Image Makers and VIBE Arts ! Indigenous youth ages 16-24 if you are interested in applying for this project please attend one of the information sessions indicated on the flyer or contact 416-969-8510 ext.4110 for more information!”

-submitted by 7th Generation Image Makers
Read 7th Generation Image Makers’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

SHINE Music Bursaries (Deadline: Nov 30, 2017)


“The SHINE Music Bursary is an annual financial award intended to support young musicians who wish to further their study or practice of traditional or folk music. Award amounts vary, up to a maximum of $2,000. This bursary is available to youth who:

  • Face financial barriers which impede their practice and/or study of music
  • Are between the ages of 16 and 24
  • Are seeking to further their study or practice of traditional or folk music
  • Are living in the Greater Toronto Area

Funding for the SHINE Music Bursary is raised through our annual SHINE! Concert and through generous donations from individuals and groups. Donations are welcome throughout the year and can be made by clicking on the Donate Now button.

Candidates wishing to apply may do so at any time throughout the year. Applications received by 30 November will be considered for this year by our Selection Committee, made up of music industry professionals, performers and youth agency workers, among others. This year’s award(s) will be announced early in the new year and will be presented at the next SHINE! concert fundraising event. Applications received after the 30 November submission deadline will be considered among the following years’ applications.

Info and application guidelines available here:,

Deadline is Nov 30, 2017

-from SHINE website

Profile Highlight: Obsidian Theatre Company (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.

Obsidian is Canada’s leading culturally specific theatre company. Our threefold mission is to produce plays, to develop playwrights and to train emerging theatre professionals. Obsidian is passionately dedicated to the exploration, development, and production of the Black voice.

Obsidian produces plays from a world-wide canon focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on the works of highly acclaimed Black playwrights. Obsidian provides artistic support, promoting the development of work by Black theatre makers and offering training opportunities through mentoring and apprenticeship programs for emerging Black artists. ”

To read more about Obsidian Theatre Company, 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.


Evening Tickets: $15
Festival Pass: $60

Aki Studio | Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas Street East
Box Office: 416-531-1402 or

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:

For more information, including workshop descriptions, please visit:

-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

Artists’ Toolbox – Understanding Stress: A Mindfulness-Based Workshop (Toronto)

“Understanding stress – what it is, how it functions and why we feel it – is crucial to managing it. This workshop offers an exploration of how stress expresses itself in the lives of artists and how it can be useful. The facilitator will lead participants through mind-body medicine exercises such as visualization and meditation.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand what stress is and how it can be a positive or negative force in your life
  • Develop the capacity to use mind-body medicine techniques
  • Learn ways to integrate stress management strategies into your day-to-day life”

For more information, please visit:

-from Artists’ Health Alliance website
Read Artists’ Health Alliance’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and 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


  • 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:

-from CUE

The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct 18-22, Toronto)

“The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival today announced the full programming for the Festival, running October 18-22, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. imagineNATIVE will present over 100 feature films, documentaries, shorts, and music videos created by Indigenous filmmakers with almost three quarters of the films (72%) made by Indigenous female directors.

imagineNATIVE’s opening night gala on Wednesday, October 18 will be Waru a film directed by eight Māori women, telling the story of Waru, a young boy who dies at the hands of his caregiver. Each director tackles a ten-minute segment of Waru to create one complete, remarkable story through the lens of multiple family and community members as they deal with the horrific loss. On Sunday, October 22, the closing night gala will be The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Métis/Dene award-winning filmmaker, Marie Clements.


Highlights from imagineNATIVE‘s feature film programs include Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier, the true-crime story revolving around a captivating reclusive woman from a small northern Manitoba reserve whose catfishing of an NBA superstar made international headlines; Sweet Country, from director Warwick Thornton and starring Hamilton Morris and Sam Neill in a period western set on the Northern Territory frontier; Juliana & the Medicine Fish, starring Adam Beach and Emma Tremblay; Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film; and Kayak to Klemtu, the first feature film by Zoe Hopkins.

imagineNATIVE will also include a diverse selection of short film programs including the return of The Witching Hour, the annual midnight horror/comedy series; Receptors, a series of experimental, dramatic, and documentary shorts; Ambient Light, shedding a light on the polar region with five shorts from Sweden, Greenland and North America; and Channel 51 Igloolik, celebrating 30 years of Inuit video art with a world premiere screening of Bowhead Whale Hunting with My Ancestors by Carol Kunnuk and Zacharias Kunuk – the first episode from the seven-part television series, Hunting with my Ancestors.

imagineNATIVE is also proud to announce that Cree actor, humanitarian and activist Tina Keeper will receive the 2017 August Schellenberg Award of Excellence. Tina Keeper will receive her award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival’s Awards Presentation on Sunday, October 22 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

imagineNATIVE will present A Wall is a Screen, a nighttime event that is part-walking-tour and part-film-screening that transforms the way people look at and interact with their city by projecting short films onto various surfaces. This will be the first time ever A Wall is a Screen will feature all Indigenous-made short films.

imagineNATIVE‘s music showcase The Beat, co-presented by Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), returns with live performances from Mob BounceKayla BriëtZiibiwan, and DJ Kookum, and a screening of eight music videos by Indigenous filmmakers and musicians.

The Digital Media Art+Cade, sponsored by Rezolution Pictures/Schoolü, returns to imagineNATIVE with projects including: The Cache, a digital photo essay from the Ammaaq family, who live north of the Arctic Circle; Standing Rock: People and Pride, an audio documentary by Kim Wheeler; Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show, a video game testing the mental might of the player; Impossible to Contain, a 360 video doc about the aftermath of a diesel spill in the waters of Bella Bella, BC; Purity & Decay, a video game utilizing the popular Telltale adventure game style; Thunderbird Strike, a 2D sidescroller game with the player flying from the Tar Sands to the Great Lakes as a thunderbird protecting Turtle Island; He Ao Kotahi, a web series featuring Māori artists in Palestine; and XINONA, a digital animation essay set in an alternative universe where planets are made of kale, kombucha and beer.

imagineNATIVE’s Art Crawl will include three different locations, showcasing eight exhibitions at seven different galleries. This year’s Art Crawl will begin at OCADU with two exhibitions: For This Land: Inside Elemental and raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000–2015). The Art Crawl will then move to the 401 Richmond building with five Exhibition Premieres including: Mourning and Mayhem: The work of Adrian Stimson at A Space Gallery; Channel 51: Igloolik – The Filmmaking Process, at Trinity Square Video; Skawennati: for the ages, at The Commons; Territ-Aur(i)al Imprints at Prefix Gallery; and Raven Chacon: Report at YYZ Artists’ Outlet. The evening will end with Installation Preview: Transmissions Part II at Wallace Studios, a behind-the-scenes preview of filmmaker Lisa Jackson’s first art exhibition Transmissions, as well as watching the filming of Unearthed, a live performance that will be a centrepiece of the installation.

imagineNATIVE’s FREE Industry Series, presented by CBC and CBC Docs, returns with leading professionals from around the world teaching and discussing topics relevant to Indigenous media creators. The Industry Series running October 19 to 21 will open with a launch and details of the new imagineNATIVE Institute, panels including topics surrounding Indigenous protocols in film and media, the first ever Web Series pitch competition, networking events, and a Sound Design Masterclass with Māori artist Dave Whitehead, with credits on major motion pictures and shows including District 9, The Hobbit, Arrival and Netflix’s Okja.

The full schedule for the 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is now available online at”

-from ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival news release
Read imagineNATIVE’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Artists’ Health Talk Series starts today! (Artists’ Health Alliance)

“Starting October 17, world-class researchers take the stage for our free Research for Practice (R4P) Talk Series.

Bringing decades of clinical work and research, our speakers will share their hard-earned insights into the forces which shape artists’ health. The focus lies on practical applications of their research, bridging the gap between what researchers discover and how artists work.

All talks are free of charge.
Registration is open! To learn more and register, go to

-from Artists’ Health Alliance website
Read Artists’ Health Alliance’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map