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The Social Distancing Festival

We hope this has strengthened your sense of community. You are not alone! Creators unite!

« The Social Distancing Festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

I have three main goals with this project:

  1. It helps to get some of the great work that you’ve done out to the world, and projects that were cancelled get the word of mouth that they missed out on;
  2. We are able to keep feeling a sense of artistic community, even from our living rooms, and;
  3. Artists are able to continue to engage with their projects by making videos, sharing work, and celebrating the work of others. »


-from The Social Distancing Festival

Choir!ntine: EPIC Social Distan-Sing-Along! on Facebook Live

« The experts have spoken and we’re seriously taking their advice that sticking close to home, and limiting exposure to other people will help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. At the same time, it’s been sad to have to postpone gigs in Toronto and around the world. But just because we’re now in a time of « social distancing », doesn’t mean we can’t hang out, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do this Tuesday!

Where, you ask?
Choir! Choir! Choir!’s FaceBook page!

Presenting:
« Choir!ntine » – An EPIC Social Distan-Sing-Along!
Starting at 8pm EST, DaBu will broadcast from their living room and everyone is invited to log on and sing with us. And just like our shows, we’ll hang out, share some laughs and hold our C!ommunity close. Whether you’ve ever come out to Choir! or not, you are invited to join us online.

Here’s what you’ll need to have/do:
-A couple screens close by (e.g. laptop, tablet, phone).
-Download the lyrics included in this invite
-Be ready to sing!

Pretty simple, actually.

Also, you don’t need any special gear. It’s just you, singing in front of your computer/phone. You will be able to comment and chat with us but we obviously won’t be able to see you!
We still recommend you wear clothing!

Here’s the list of songs we will definitely be singing:
-Stand By Me
-You’ve Got A Friend
-Space Oddity
-Wish You Were Here
-Lean On Me
-With A Little Help From My Friends
-Friends (Theme Song)

Here’s a google drive link to the folder with PDFs of all the lyrics for you to download or print off beforehand. »

For more information, please visit the event page.

-from Choir! Choir! Choir!

Sarasvàti Productions presents Songide’ewin

« Songide’ewin, Sôhkitêhêwin, Neljedghile, Shoohkitayhew, Kapiasungitoaluk, Waditaka, Courage. 

Reconciliation comes alive through music, dance, theatre and visual art! Join Sarasvàti Productions for this unique experience that shares the stories of over 70 Indigenous youth and their view of reconciliation. The performance includes an interactive art walk, a stage performance, and the opportunity for dialogue while feasting on traditional food.

Beginning in early 2019, seven local organizations partnered with Sarasvàti Productions and guest artists to offer a creative and supportive space for Indigenous youth. Through these workshops, over 70 youth examined the theme of reconciliation. Sharing stories about how they interact with the world around them and how the world in turn interacts with them.

Now, a team of professional artists has compiled the art and stories the youth have offered into a unique piece of theatre, presented outdoors at The Forks this spring. Utilizing a multi-media performance style including music, dance, drumming, theatre and a promenade, this collaboration brings together youth, elders, artists and audiences to honour the feelings and experiences of Indigenous youth in Winnipeg.

Each performance will include feasts and conversation circles to engage the audience; all are welcome to join in the dialogue.  Please join us in the spirit of Reconciliation and support the voices and stories of Winnipeg’s Indigenous youth!

Dates/Times – May 21 1pm & 7pm; May 22 1pm & 7pm; May 23 7pm; May 24 1pm

Location – The Forks

Tickets – $20 Regular; $15 Student/Senior
204-586-2236 | www.sarasvati.ca« 

-submitted by Sarasvàti Productions

World Community Arts Day 2020 (Feb 17, International)

« WORLD COMMUNITY ARTS DAY 17/02/20

‘We can either react in fear or anger to the state of our world thus becoming part of the problem or respond creatively and become part of the solution.’

You are invited to be part of a global celebration on 17/02/20
All we ask is that during the month of February or on the day of the 17th to be creative.
Sings, dance, act, draw, paint, write, make, create.
Anything or anyway you feel you or your group are artistic.
Big, small, full of craft and skill or a complete beginner.
All are welcome.
If you can mark your creativity by adding the following hashtag to your social media website like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. #WCAD2020

Our aim is to create a world festival for a day that promotes “Art as a catalyst for caring and sharing”.

https://worldcommunityartsday.com/ »

-from World Community Arts Day

Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen (Vancouver)

« The MPCAS is an outdoor urban screen located on unceded Coast Salish territories, in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver, BC, Canada. Launched in December 2019, the MPCAS reflects its neighbourhood through artwork by local and commissioned artists, with a special focus on works exploring the area’s history, its current vitality and its future. This art-specific urban screen brings new digital technology to Mount Pleasant and the City of Vancouver with an inaugural year of non-commercial programming around the theme of PLACE, presenting a diverse range of visual and media art by over fifty artists, community members, and community festivals reflecting on what it is to live in a changing Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.

The screen is programmed by grunt gallery on an ongoing basis, via open calls for submissions, community-based outreach, collaborations and curated programs.

Location: Intersection of Broadway & Kingsway, Vancouver, on the side of the Independent Building.

Autumn / Winter Hours (01 October to 31 March)
Sunday to Thursday: 9:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM

Spring / Summer Hours (01 April to 30 September)
Sunday to Thursday: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM »

For more information, please visit: https://www.mpcas.ca/

-from grunt gallery
Read grunt gallery’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Jumblies Theatre/ Soundstreams presents: Odaabaanag

« Odaabaanag is a collaborative project between Soundstreams and Jumblies, that bridges contemporary music, community-engaged arts and intercultural creative processes. Join us to hear inter-related works for string quartet and audio track by Melody McKiver and a song cycle by Beverley McKiver, performed by The Gather Round Singers community choir and soloist Nicole Joy-Fraser. Both works are informed by interviews with elders from the composers’ home community of Obishikokaang (Lac Seul First Nation).

Odaabaanag is an Ojibwe word that translates closely to “trains”. With a launchpad of Steve Reich’s Different Trains, which explored Reich’s Jewish heritage and voice excerpts of Holocaust survivors, Odaabaanag draws on cultural memories of Melody and Beverley McKiver, and interviews conducted in their Anishinaabe ancestral home. Their compositions feature the words and voices of Garnet Angeconeb, Josephine King and Tom Chisel.

Saturday November 30th, 7pm
Sunday Dec. 1st, 2pm

Purchase tickets here!

Join us half an hour before each show for a special pre-concert presentation.
This venue is wheelchair accessible.
There will be ASL interpretation and performance at all performances. »

For more information, please visit: soundstreams.ca & jumbliestheatre.org

-from Jumblies Theatre & Harbourfront Centre
Read Jumblies’ Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

17th Annual Regent Park Film Festival (Nov 20-23)

« The 17th Annual Regent Park Film Festival runs November 20 – 23, 2019. The Regent Park Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing local and international independent works relevant to people from all walks of life, with a focus on inviting those of us from low income and public housing communities. The films we present break stereotypes and show that no one place or person has just one story. In addition to our annual Festival, now in its 17th year, we offer year-round programming at no cost. »

For more information, please visit Regent Park Film Festival’s website

-from Regent Park Film Festival

HA!Man Canadian Tour: interactive concerts, workshops in spontaneous creativity and multi-artistic collaborations

« HA!Man, South Africa’s spontaneous cellist is in Canada for a four week tour. Billed as one of his country’s “greatest exports” he goes around the world with his unique brand of spontaneous performing on cello, keyboard and smaller instruments, voice, whistling along with original electronic accompaniments. Each performances is different, but covers a full spectrum of musical textures and styles and above all – emotions. In his workshops, he gets kids and adults alike to bring forth hidden talents, stored up feelings and often surprising in-the-moment creations that renders many speechless. Speechless? Well, the term HA! is itself a sign of the limitations of words and mental understanding when it comes to the mysteries of creativity. And that is what he’s dealing with.

Catch his performances (and share the information) in the following places:

Please visit www.hamanworld.com for more information, media and contact info. »

Spectrum Productions – 10th Anniversary Gala / 10e Gala Bénéfice (Montréal)

« Join us at this family-friendly Gala showcasing 12 short films made by 54 autistic creatives who attended Spectrum’s 2019 summer camps.

Walk the red carpet with our talented young filmmakers!

Mingle with the filmmakers, Spectrum staff and special guests while enjoying complimentary hors d’ouevres, popcorn and candy treats in preparation for the two-part screening (45 minutes each). During intermission, buy a couple of hot dogs from Sweets with Pete host Peter Papaioannou and bid on Silent Auction offerings which include: a $500 travel voucher from Via Rail; event tickets for les Grands Ballets, Montreal Impact and DanseDanse; gift certificates from Simons, Spa Scandinave, Naada Yoga and restaurants such as Sparrow, LOV and Lloydies.

Last year, over 550 guests helped us raise $45,000 with all proceeds going towards supporting Spectrum’s unique programming. With your help we can surpass that and set a new fundraising record!

You can find more information about Spectrum at www.productionsspectrum.com. »


« Venez célébrer avec nous dans le cadre de ce gala destiné à toute la famille! En projection : 12 courts-métrages réalisés par 54 jeunes autistes lors de leur participation aux camps d’été 2019 de Productions Spectrum.

Défilez sur le tapis rouge avec nos jeunes cinéastes de talent!

Venez rencontrer les cinéastes, le personnel de Productions Spectrum et des invités spéciaux, tout en dégustant des hors-d’œuvre, du maïs soufflé et des sucreries. La projection suivra, en deux parties de 45 minutes chacune. Pendant la pause, achetez vos hot dogs préparés par Peter Papaioannou, animateur de Sweets with Pete, et participez à notre encan silencieux qui comprendra cette année : un bon de transport VIA Rail Canada d’une valeur de 500 $; des billets pour les Grands Ballets, l’Impact de Montréal et Danse Danse; des cartes-cadeaux de Simons, Scandinave Spa, Naada Yoga et divers restaurants : Sparrow, LOV et le Keg!

L’an dernier, plus de 550 invités nous ont permis de recueillir 45 000 $, la totalité des profits servant à financer le programme d’activités uniques offertes par Productions Spectrum. Avec votre aide, nous espérons dépasser ce montant et établir un nouveau record pour notre collecte de fonds!

Pour plus de renseignements au sujet de Productions Spectrum, visitez notre site au www.productionsspectrum.com 

-from Spectrum Productions
Read Spectrum Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Cahoots Theatre: Hilot Means Healer

« A CAHOOTS THEATRE PRODUCTION
in association with b current performing arts

October 5 – 27, 2019
BMO Incubator, Theatre Centre
1115 Queen St W, Toronto

Set in Manila, during World War II, and drawn from the long tradition of Philippine folklore, legends, and Indigenous spirituality, HILOT weaves the tangible with the intangible to tell a story of unexpected bonds formed during cataclysmic change. Written by Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, and directed by Jasmine Chen, this interdisciplinary story explores the social and political consequences of war and occupation in the Philippines and its impact through generations. »

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.cahoots.ca/shows/hilot

-from Cahoots Theatre