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StArt YPA Presents Breaking Bread Reception (Scarborough)

StArt Youth Presenting Art invites you to attend its second annual Breaking Bread Reception, which will be held Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd., Scarborough Ontario, M1M 1R9.

The evening will open with the Breaking Bread reception, followed by performances from some of Scarborough’s emerging artists. The Breaking Bread Reception is an interactive community night in celebration of the diverse cultures that comprise the Scarborough community. StArt YPA invites you to join us, to meet and know more about our neighbours through food, storytelling and build community relations. Join us at the Breaking Bread Reception, 2017 and indulge in samples of selected breads with delectable side dishes, celebrating Scarborough’s diverse community!”

-submitted by StArt YPA & SuiteLife Arts for Youth
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DAREarts Attawapiskat 2017 Song: We are the People & Reflection: artist-educator

The following post originally appears in DAREarts blog and has been reposted with DAREarts’ permission. Special thanks to DAREarts for sharing this piece with us and for inviting ArtBridges to participate. For more information on DAREarts, please visit DAREarts.com 

Written by DAREarts artist-educator Glenn Marais.

“DAREarts came to the community of Attawapiskat to hear a story about the original Bear Clan from a knowledge keeper, John Matthews, and to take that story and create a film, visual art, a song and a slideshow of pictures to accompany the music. We worked for three days, two seventy five minute periods, with the high school students on a very condensed schedule, including two evenings and one day after school.  What happened was incredible as the students and teachers came together and worked in the spirit of true partnership to create a stunning and moving cinematic interpretation of the story, with original music created by them and a powerful and moving song that expressed the story of their lives and their love of the land.

The sun sets late in Attawapiskat. At 10:00 O’clock it starts to go down and the night sky comes out, crystal clear constellations arcing across the stratosphere, a sailor’s map, starry legends over a world that sleeps but does not rest.  It rises early, breaking the horizon with a brilliant northern radiance illuminating the dusty streets and weathered roofs of the reserve.  The homes are falling apart after the tyranny of the long, cold winter and the morning sounds of rumbling trucks and nails being driven, blend into the chaotic orchestra of a community waking and beginning to move through the day. Its sounds are just like any other town or community coming to life with the promise of the morning. Only here, it is less about promise than survival. There is a magnificent white Catholic church, tall and majestic by the water with stained glass windows that tell the history of the people and whispers of apologies for past wrongs.  Truths have yet to come and apologies given for Residential schools and that is part of the healing that must happen. It is part of a history long buried, that has been disturbed, opened and left like a forgotten graveyard.

Today’s youth live within the reality of the schools ignoble past.  In the shadow of their parents haunted memories, they struggle to burst free and find the glorious sun that shines so long in the summer and hibernates in the winter. Yesterday, one of the high school students walked and talked with us and her words were true, direct and honest, filled with a piercing, unabated intelligence that captivated and charmed us and as she ascended the wooden stairs that are ubiquitous in this community, slowly opening the door to her home that rested in a state of decay, my heart broke for her and I felt ashamed because my feelings seem powerless to help her.

The name reserve fails to describe the pulsing heart of this community.  What a shallow name for a community of people.  We name things in this world for convenience of categorization and to displace the fact that we have committed wrongs. A dressed up wound still bleeds despite our arrogant nature and human nature is arrogant, particularly when it vaunts it’s self as civilized and tromps over anything that doesn’t fit inside it’s neat, tight lineage. The reserve isn’t a dumping ground for an inconvenient culture.  It is a living breathing community that celebrates and mourns, dances and shuffles, sings and cries like any other.  When you fly into a northern community, the sheer beauty of it is staggering.  Hundreds of pristine lakes and rivers dot the landscape of silty islands, whose fish laden waters and abundant wildlife enrich the land. The land is the mother and the connection runs deep, through memories, and stories of creation, and growth with 44 clans coming from the original clan bear clan.  An ancient system of identification and relationship to the animal world that kept the bloodlines as pure as the waters that surround this island community.  The name Attawapiskat means, “People of the parting of the rocks” and it is an island of many created by the surge of the mighty Attawapiskat river, where the people live in harmony with great respect for nature and the balance of life.

This land is much more than its surface appearance of dirt, dusty roads and broken homes. It has the pulse of the Earth mother and connects the people in ways we can’t begin to imagine. We look at land as possession, here it is the heartbeat of a world that is interdependent, with everything flowing and weaving in and out of a glorious kaleidoscopic tapestry that bedazzles the eyes and stirs the soul. It is the sound of a motorboat powering a launch into the rising sun, the crack of a rifle across a winter plain, bringing home food to a family during the cold winter season, and it is the cry of the pow wow singer whose voice is the sound of the elders echoing through the universe. What great spirit inhabits this land and what wonders await if we can learn to walk in humble shoes and beside our First Nations people.

I have heard people say we should remove them from the reserve and integrate them into society as if the “them” in this conversation are inanimate beings that we can move on some self-righteous chessboard. What about a question? How can we work with you to make things better for you? Where can we begin and sit down with you as brothers and sisters in a circle and come to an understanding and a reckoning of our true history, so that we can move forward together, like the two rows on the Iroquois Wampum belt, in a peaceful union? I don’t dream of such things, I speak of them and when I play my guitar and sing and drum, I sing to the heavens, the Earth, my family and my promise, to never stop until things change.  For now, I walk these dusty roads with my eyes, ears and heart open and look always forward to the sun, moon and stars, just like the words in the song that we wrote together:

“We are the sun, moon and stars, we are the trees
All around us, is everything we need
Everything we need is all around”

We live in an abundant world, made shallow by greed, and in this great land of broken promise and faded dreams are the glittering embers of a glorious past that knew, everything we needed was around us and not to take more than we needed. I heard a story on this trip from a noble young man of great character from Attawapiskat, who told us of being pursued by a wolf, when his skidoo broke down.  He told us how he shot around the wolf to scare him off and kept doing this even as the wolf closed in on him.  A man of lesser character would have killed the wolf.  He did not. This is the character of a man cast in iron and made of blood and bone who taught me so much with the simple power of his story.  Our life is meant to be lived in the teachings, with humility and wisdom with respect for ourselves and the world, with courage in the face of danger, so that we will lead with love and honesty, and in that way come to know our truth. To know the teachings of the grandfathers is easy, to live them is hard. Thank you my young friend for a life well lived and lessons well taught.


To read an overview of DAREarts’ week in Attawapiskat, click here.

DAREarts is a charity that empowers young at-risk Canadians aged 9 to 19 to ignite change as leaders. Visit darearts.com to learn more. DAREarts ‘First Roots’ program partners with First Nations to work alongside youths, local artists and elders and, together, address challenges such as school absenteeism, hopelessness and suicide.

PROJECT SUPPORTERS: Province of Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport; Ontario150; Northbridge Insurance; Anne Livingston; David & Teresa Thomas; Noront Resources; The Paul Semple Award; Allan Drive Middle School”

-posted with permission from DAREarts, read the original post here
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DAREarts in Attawapiskat: “Our Stories are a Part of Us”

The following post originally appears in DAREarts blog and has been reposted with DAREarts’ permission. Special thanks to DAREarts for sharing this piece with us and for inviting ArtBridges to participate. For more information on DAREarts, please visit DAREarts.com 

“In June 2017, DAREarts returned to Attawapiskat FN for a week of empowering workshops that helped many youth discover their voices and inner leadership. DAREarts workshops are facilitated by DAREarts artist-educators in partnership with the community. 

The first of our team to arrive in Attawapiskat FN was DAREarts artist-educator and cinematographer Peter Elliott, who met with the grade 7s of Kattawapiskak Elementary School on Friday to introduce them to DAREarts and the art of filmmaking. The class watched several short films created by other DAREarts First Nations youth. Peter then dared the class to take a big risk without being afraid of failure: they were going to create their own short film in just ONE day! In groups, the class ventured out onto the school grounds armed with cameras and creativity, capturing a variety of different angles and shots. Peter then used this footage, along with stock footage of an alligator, to bring their hilarious creation to life as “Attawapigator”. When they saw their video it was a raging success, and they asked for an encore viewing. Despite many of the students being quiet and shy, they were now ready to take on more DAREarts!

DAREarts Lead Teacher Laura MacKinnon, DAREarts artist-educator and musician Glenn Marais, and ArtBridges’ Seanna Connell arrived over the weekend to join Peter. The team met the grade 9 class at Vezina Secondary School on Monday morning, and after a creative introduction the class welcomed knowledge keeper John Matthews. He captivated the students with a story of the first clan, the Bear Clan, offering the youths inspiration for the week ahead. In the afternoon the team met the grade 12 class and repeated their introductions, and John Matthews returned to share the story with them as well. Both classes were invited to work with the team in the evenings throughout the week. The first evening had a small turnout, but was massively productive! Colin arrived first, spending the evening making beats on the keyboard with Glenn, brainstorming lyrics with Laura, and learning to use the video camera with Peter. Tyler then arrived, making a beeline for Glenn who worked with him to compose a whole melody on the keyboard. Chandler and Jamie were the last to arrive, working with Laura and Seanna to capture footage and write the film’s plot.

Tuesday was fast-paced, with the class formed into two groups: the Musicians and the Film Crew. The musicians worked with Glenn and Laura on the verses for their song and created music for their short film, while the film crew started casting and shooting their first scene with Peter and Seanna. A few of the youths were hanging back, but they took action when given the roles of assistant director, set photographer, and editor. In the evening, youths Keenan, Colin, and Jack Jr. (who is also a DAREarts Leadership Award recipient) arrived right away. Keenan worked with Glenn and Jack Jr. to record two rap verses he had written during the day, and Colin was joined by another arriving youth, Chandler, to go out and film using the shot list.

On Wednesday, another group was created: Visual Artists! Throughout the day, the musicians finished writing the chorus of their song and prepared introductory music for the film score. One youth, Ambrose, skillfully layered different notes and sounds to add the finishing touches to the chorus. The film crew worked on several group shot scenes in the teepee frame near the school, with youth Jade working as our set photographer. The visual artists created chalk pastel drawings of bears that were integrated into the film using green screen. In the evening, several youths met to record parts of the song, and Jack Jr. offered to narrate the film. Colin acted as audio engineer, Syvanna sang the chorus, Jack Jr. sang and recorded a traditional hand drum song, and Tyler rapped to add a powerful end to the track.

Thursday was a special Culture Days celebration at the school, so our team spent the day preparing the materials the youths had created. On Friday afternoon, everyone was welcomed to a special feast at the school that celebrated both the traditional Culture Days activities and the youths’ accomplishments with DAREarts. The feast began with a prayer and then everyone ate, enjoying many local delights. Once finished, they squeezed into teacher Mandy Alves’s classroom to screen the youths’ film, “Bear Clan”, and a slideshow music video created using their song and photography. There was laughter and joy all around! The students and audience squished together for a group photo before saying their goodbyes for the night.  It was the perfect end to a very special week, and the youths were so proud to bring smiles to the faces of their elders, teachers, families, and community members.


To read artist-educator Glenn Marais’s reflection, click here.

DAREarts is a charity that empowers young at-risk Canadians aged 9 to 19 to ignite change as leaders.  Visit darearts.com to learn more. DAREarts ‘First Roots’ program partners with First Nations to work alongside youths, local artists and elders and, together, address challenges such as school absenteeism, hopelessness and suicide.

PROJECT SUPPORTERS: Province of Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport; Ontario150; Northbridge Insurance; Anne Livingston; David & Teresa Thomas; Noront Resources; The Paul Semple Award; Allan Drive Middle School”

-posted with permission from DAREarts, read the original post here
Read DAREarts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Hamilton Youth Poets

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.

Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP) was “created in 2012 to give the Hamilton community’s youth the opportunity to develop their creative skills and have their voices heard. HYP has grown into a community hub centered around literacy and evolved into an arts organization that engages Hamilton youth in the act of telling and celebrating their own, authentic stories through year-round programming in spoken word, verse, multimedia, and new age journalism. The work is celebrated every spring in an awe inspiring culmination through the annual youth hip-hop poetry festival, Louder Than A Bomb Canada (LTABC), which brings together communities in a communal, barrier-breaking celebration of our differences.”

To read more about Hamilton Youth Poets, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Kick Start Arts Society (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.

Kick Start Arts Society offers “workshops, and multi-disciplinary arts training in schools, as well as on the professional levels in community settings. They also produce new work. Their goal is to create opportunities for diverse people and perspectives to intersect – creating meaningful connections, and shared creative experiences.

The video below is a clip from a multi-disciplinary project Kick Start Arts Artistic Directed with youth in Regent Park, in partnership with the Spectrum Collective.”

To read more about Kick Start Arts Society, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Unity Festival (July 13-15, Toronto)

Unity Festival is a FREE, youth-focused Hip Hop festival happening July 13-15, 2017 featuring some of the city’s top current and upcoming talent in beatboxing, spoken word, MCing, graffiti art, break dancing, all styles dance and more!

Day 1: The Unity MC/Spoken Word & Graffiti Exhibition

Tangerine presents Unity MC / Spoken Word & Graffiti Exhibition 2017 in partnership with R.I.S.E.
Thursday July 13th – 3-11pm • Free entry

The Unity MC /Spoken Word & Graffiti Exhibition is back for 2017 and we are celebrating 10 years of Hip-Hop, Dance, Spoken Word, MC’ing and Beatbox with special guests.

Unity Fetsival 2017 kicks off on Thursday, July 13th at Geary Lane with our annual MC / SPOKEN WORD & GRAFFITI EXHIBITION in partnership with R.I.S.E., SKETCH & VIBE ARTS. The night showcases som eof Toronto’s most prolific music and visual artists alongside the most promising youth performers selected form UNITY, VIBE ARTS, and SKETCH’S city-wide after school and drop-in programs.

This year we are very proud to host two of Canada’s leading artist educators who will lead the exhibition with presentations on how they empower and effect change in individuals and communities. STEPHEN “BUDDHA” LEAFLOOR is an internationally recognized and awarded social worker, celebrated dancer, and founder of BLUPRINTFORLIFE, which has brought empowerment, hope and real social change in Canada’s north and urban centers.

DR. AUDREY HUDSON, is an assistant professor at OCAD University where she has developed two courses on teh influence of Hip-Hop art and design practices who views teh arts as a tool to begin decolonizing education because of teh creative platform it provides for historically marginalized communities.

Day 2: Dance Exhibition & Beatbox Competition

Tangerine presents Unity Dance Exhibition & Beatbox Competition 2017.
Friday July 14th – 5-11pm • Free Entry

On Friday July 14th we are very excited to host our UNITY DANCE EXHIBITION & BEATBOX BATTLE at UNDERPASS PARK, under the Eastern Avenue, Richmond and Adelaide Overpasses. The DANCE EXHIBITION features Toronto’s top youth nand professional street dancers in a number of different battles highlighting hip-hop, breaking, popping, and house, Our first round will focus on the community youth and alumni who have developed their skills alongside the guidance of Unity’s program faciliatators.

For the second round, selected mentors from various established dance crews will battle alongside their top students against other mentor/student crews. And for our last round, a number of the most well-respected crews including CASINO BOYS, TENSE IMAGE, ALIBINO ZEBRAZ, WAREHOUSE JACKS, and many more will face off against each other for the first time on Unity’s dancefloor.

Once again, BEATBOX CANADA, the most respected champion of the beatbox community will showcase the underrated art of vocal percussion with an epic battle between Toronto’s top beatboxers in a 1 vs 1 musical battle for 20 years and under. Battle judges are Unity Alumni PARALLEL (Sparx & Psyriene) and WORDOFMOUF (Killabeatz & Subconcious) will represent this art as a part of the human narrative and beatboxers as true musicians while inspiring young talent to pursue new ways of artistic expression through their performances.

RULES/HOW TO ENTER FOR BEATBOX BATTLE
– Must be a Canadian Citizen 20 years of age or under
– Email beatboxcanada@gmail.com with your name, age and city to register by June 1st, 2017
– Capped at 16 entries, first come first serve so email and contact ASAP!
– Open elimination at event, all participants will have 90 seconds to showcase their skills
– TOP 4 beatboxers will be chosen to battle for prizes
– Battles are 2 x 90 seconds rounds, 3rd place battle will happen as well

LOCATION:
UNDERPASS PARK
29 Lower River St.
Toronto, Ontario
FREE ENTRY

Day 3: Unity Concert
Tangerine presents Unity Concert 2017
Saturday July 15th – 3-11pm • Free Entry

TORONTO!!!!! The Unity Festival is back for 2017 and we are celebrating 10 years of Hip-Hop, Dance, Spoken Word, MC’ing and Beatbox with a line up that includes the return of …

MAIN SOURCE celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their classic album “Breaking Atoms” with an all star line up that includes LARGE PROFESSOR, K-CUT, MIKEY D, NEEK THE EXOTIC & JOE FATAL.

Joining this legendary rap group are TOBi, LOS POETAS, THE SORORITY, RED SLAM fest. MAHLIKAH AWE:RI, JAYD INK, LOLA BUNZ, EBHONI, SAMBA SQUAD YOUTH TROUPE, ZAKISHA BROWN, MOBI MAWLA, YANNICK GREEN, DJ MENSA & ICED MISTO

Hosted by none other than:
R.CHUNG, DIAMOND OSOTEO, & BRITTA B.
_______________________

LOCATION:
DAVID PECAUT SQUARE
215 King St. West @ John ST.
Toronto, Ontario
FREE ENTRY

unitycharity.com | #unitycharityTO”

-posted with permission from UNITY Charity
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VIBE Arts Fest (May 19-23, Toronto)

By youth, for youth: Renewing VIBE’s creative vision with the 9th annual VIBE Arts Fest: Revive the VIBE

“TORONTO, ON (May 19-23, 2017) — VIBE Arts Fest is a FREE, five-day Youth-Led Arts Festival, presented in the Young Welcome Centre at the eco-friendly and sustainable Evergreen Brickworks, showcasing young Toronto talent from a variety of VIBE Arts’ children and youth oriented programs, and the city at large. This year’s festival will also include a visual art gallery featuring artwork from VIBE Arts’ emerging artists and program participants, a performance arts showcase headlined by RISE Edutainment, a pop-up artist vendor market, as well as interactive art activities open to the public throughout the festival.

VIBE Arts Fest 2017 is an eclectic mix of transitions titled “Revive The VIBE.” This year’s festival is an exploration of a person’s journey to finding their voice, identity and truth, starting with ‘Awaken’, moving through ‘Discover’, ‘Dismantle’, and ‘Redefine’ into ‘Freedom’. Each day’s interactive programming is an invitation to explore what these themes mean personally and communally to members in the city of Toronto. Also featuring artwork created in VIBE programming across the city, VIBE Arts Fest celebrates the creativity of youth communities within the city.

Evergreen Brickworks is located at 550 Bayview. Free Shuttle buses depart from Broadview Station. www.evergreen.ca

VIBE Arts Fest: Revive The VIBE is open and free to the public.

Schedule Activities and events throughout May 19th- 23rd

Visual Art Gallery (May 19-23, 2017)

The gallery exhibition will display artworks designed and created by artists such as Shawntol Drakes, Hive&Honey and Camelle Davidson along with the art produced by children and youth involved in VIBE Arts programs as well as emerging artists.

Artist Pop-up Market (May 21-22, 2017)

Over 16 different local artists and art collectives will be selling their artwork and products in the Young Welcome Centre at a special two day pop-up market! The market will run from 10 am – 4 pm on each day.

Performance Showcase (May 20, 2016)

On May 20th from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, children and youth participants from VIBE Arts’ school and community programs will perform live! This year’s line-up includes hip-hop, African drumming performances by young participants from schools like Rockcliffe Middle School, and fashion showcases from VIBE’s Platform A micro-grant recipients! This year’s headlining act is RISE Edutainment! RISE – Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere, works with youth primarily in Toronto’s east end, to showcase self empowerment through the performing arts. RISE is currently nominated for the Arts for Youth Award by the Toronto Arts Foundation.

To learn more about RISE, please visit www.riseedutainment.com

About VIBE Arts

VIBE Arts is an award-winning charitable organization that is committed to engaging young people living in neighbourhood improvement areas with high-quality, accessible arts educational programs that are meaningful, relevant and collaboratively developed with community and education partners. VIBE Arts positions arts programs in schools and neighbourhood venues as a means of building community, and empowering children and youth to reach their full potential as artists and social contributors. To learn more, please visit http://vibearts.ca or call us at 416-929-9314.

About VIBE Arts Fest

VIBE Arts Fest is a youth-led festival that celebrates the artistic skill and impact of Toronto’s young people and emerging artists. The 2017 festival is organized and run by a volunteer youth committee of six people, many of whom are artists themselves. VIBE Arts Fest is the continuation of an annual event previously known as BIG BAM BOOM. This transformation launches a rebirth and new vision for the festival to maintain its original values of positive impact for VIBE Arts’ program participants and bridging communities, while also expanding its audience and engagement.

VIBE Arts youth performers and families look forward to the festival each year. To learn more about the VIBE Art’s Fest and the VAF Volunteer Youth Committee, please visit www.vibeartsfest.ca. Contact us via festival@vibearts.ca or by phone at 416-929-9314.

We honour and acknowledge the original caretakers of this land: Mississaugas of New Credit and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.”

-submitted by VIBE Arts
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Outside Looking In’s 10th Anniversary Extravaganza Performance (ON)

“Over 70 Indigenous youth will take to the stage!

Please join Outside Looking In for their 10th Anniversary Extravaganza Performance on Thursday May 18th 2017, at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in downtown Toronto!

Click here to purchase tickets! (Enter VOLTO as a promo code to purchase tickets at a discounted price)”

For more information, please visit Outside Looking In

-from Outside Looking In website
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Outside Looking In: 10th Anniversary Annual Student Matinee (Toronto)

outsidelookingin-brochure

“FREE Student Matinee Performance!
Over 70 Indigenous youth will take to the stage!

In celebration of our 10th Anniversary Extravaganza
SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS,
on Thursday May 18th, 2016
we are proud to be offering FREE tickets again on a first-come first-serve basis.

Please see brochure above for details, and submit your registration form to us to reserve your tickets before it is too late!”

For more information, please visit Outside Looking In

-from Outside Looking In website
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