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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Culture Days Resources)

Untitled, 2ft X 2ft Acrylic on Canvas, Nakoda Artist Torrie Ironstar.

“The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation occurs on September 30. This day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families, and the resiliency of their communities. We encourage everyone to take the time on this day—and all days—to acknowledge and better understand the history and harms done, explore the vast learning resources available, donate to and support important related causes and organizations, and participate in programs created and led by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit organizers.

Culture Days has set September 30, 2022 aside to create space exclusively for events organized to commemorate the NDTR, including those aimed at sharing First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit experiences and perspectives and uplifting the creative and cultural expressions of Indigenous people and communities.”

For more information and Culture Days’ page of events, organizations, resources, and learning opportunities related to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, please visit:

-from Culture Days

Reel Youth Film Festival (Oct 1 & 9, Vancouver)

“The Reel Youth Film Festival is a diverse collection of short films made by emerging filmmakers around the world. Chosen by an international youth jury from 1300+ submissions and 100 countries. Whether it is a writer fishing for her next idea, a Māori boy grieving his father’s absence, or a hilarious young Black man expressing frustration with pandemic lockdown, the Reel Youth Film Festival will show you the world through the eyes of its talented youth.”

For more information and the short films programme, please visit:

-from Reel Youth

A World-building Performance with Multidimensional Beings (Oct 1, online)

“Join us on Zoom for an evening of readings and performances in support of Dr. Syrus Marcus Ware’s solo exhibition Random Access Memory: A Portal to Multidimensions. These beings have travelled through the portal from their far off dimensions to ours with an important message for us. Readings and performances by Jacquelyn Valencia, Tracey Tigwell, Sandy Hudson, Aeshna Ware Huff, and Vanessa Reid, beings from the multiple dimensions surrounding ours.

This event will offer ASL Interpretation by Phoenix the Fire and CART.

Random Access Memory: A Portal to Multidimensions is on at Tangled Art + Disability from now until November 11. In-person and virtual tours are available.

Image description: A banner that reads “A World-building Performance with Multidimensional Beings. October 1, 7-8 PM EST. Register for the Zoom link. ASL + CART provided.” The text is black on a green background. At the top of the banner are portraits of the multidimensional beings, by Dr. Syrus Marcus Ware. The beings are dressed in futuristic styles, and have open, inviting and strong poses. They look at the camera invitingly, excited to share their stories with us.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Tangled Art + Disability

Call for Submissions: Josephine Massarella Artist Award 2022 (Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto)

“The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) announces the call for submissions for the Josephine Massarella Artist Award 2022

In June of 2018 the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto’s (LIFT) longtime member Josephine Massarella passed away after a short illness.

She was an important part of the LIFT community and she will be truly missed. She was extremely productive in the final five years of her life, returning to filmmaking after many years spent raising family and care-giving for relatives. Once she returned, she was at LIFT often, working on three films, “Light Study,” “No End” and “165708,” the last of which we supported through a production and post-production support grant.

To honour her spirit, and through the support of her family members, LIFT inaugurated the Josephine Massarella Artist Award in 2019. After a long pause due to the pandemic, we are happy to announce the second competition for this award in 2022.

The Josephine Massarella Artist Award will assist female-identifying artists 50 years and older to return to filmmaking after a long absence. Eligible applicants are female-identifying, moving-image artists living within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas, who have had to step away from artistic practice for at least five years and need support in the research and creation of a first new work on their return.

LIFT is an artist-run production and educational media arts organization dedicated to celebrating excellence in the moving image. We support a wide range of production formats, including Regular 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, Super 16mm, 35mm and HD; our facilities include film and digital editing suites, optical printers, contact printers, animation stands, a darkroom, and more. Toronto also offers a range of lab facilities, a large pool of experienced technicians and talent, a vibrant film community and a dynamic arts environment.

This artist award focuses on the production of analogue film-based works, although strong digital applications will also be considered. Applicants may also propose elements of community collaboration through teaching workshops, artist talks and/or presentation activities—these engagements are a valuable part of each residency offered by LIFT.”

For more information, please visit:

-from LIFT

Art Starts – The Virtuosity of Blackness Talent Showcase (Sept 24, Toronto)

“Celebrating everything Black, virtuous and beautiful! This FREE event highlights the most talented emerging Black artists in Toronto & GTA.

About this event

Art Starts is proud to present another iteration of The Virtuosity of Blackness (VoB) at Earl Bales Park in Toronto. This free dynamic showcase will feature some of the most talented up-and-coming Black performing artists in the GTA. VoB celebrates everything Black, virtuous and beautiful including singers, dancers, rappers and spoken word artists.

Come join us on Saturday, September 24th, from 12-5 PM at Earl Bales Park to groove to the DJ, mingle with other music lovers and creatives, and listen to the beats of Toronto’s next generation of Black artists.

Sat, 24 September 2022
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT”

For more information, please visit:

-from Art Starts

Call for Submissions: 5-Minute Films About Mental Health (Art With Impact)

“Open call to submit film projects, up to 5 minutes in in length, of any genre, using mental health as the point of interest. Film topics may either be interpretive of mental health, or address it directly. Film competition is ongoing, with a new competition each month. Submitted films will be accepted and reviewed alongside other films submitted that month. Art With Impact views short film as an important art form and springboard for young talent. As such, we do not place any formal restrictions on submissions, and will consider all genres and types of short films, including submissions utilizing original footage, shared footage, photo stills, music, essays, screenplays, original art work and more. There is no fee for submissions.

Current contest deadline is 09/30/2022. The winner will be announced 11/01/2022.
The competition runs monthly, and all winners receive $1,000 USD!”

For more information, please visit:

-from Art With Impact

Ontario Culture Days: Performance in the St. Vincent Atrium (Radical Connections, Sep 23)

Culture Days 2022: GrandRounds at Saint-Vincent Hospital

Culture Days is a nationwide initiative to celebrate arts and culture. Ontario Culture Days is taking place this year from September 23 until October 16, 2022.

At Radical Connections and Bruyère, we believe participation in the arts should be a standard aspect of healing and wellness. During Grand Rounds at Saint-Vincent Hospital (SVH), visitors will get a chance to sample the art and artists offered to the people in care at Bruyère’s hospital and long-term-care sites. 

What are Grand Rounds? A doctor’s daily rounds are a central aspect of inpatient medical care with their focus on the immediate care and support of patients in the hospital. Grand Rounds are educational sessions, open to all members of medical departments. Our Culture Days Grand Rounds, brought to you by Bruyère and Radical Connections, are open to artists, arts workers, and all members of the healthcare community as well!

Performance in the SVH Atrium, in Person for Staff and Residents and Live Stream for the Public: Friday, September 23rd, 2pm

Performance in the SVH Atrium features performances by Unmasked Connections artists: storyteller Kim Kilpatrick, cellist Fanny Marks, jazz vocalist Empress Nyiringango, as well as pianist Dr. Carol Wiebe, who is also Radical Connection’s Executive Director. Stay for a Q&A session with the performers after the show, to hear more about Unmasked Connections.

Link to the live stream will be on the Culture Days event page:

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council

Double Virtual Exhibition: Hidden Shapes of Nature and People Who Love People

We invite you to celebrate the opening of two new virtual 3D art exhibits at Saint Vincent Hospital: ShapeVision’s “Hidden Shapes of Nature” Oscar Parra’s “People who Love People”.

These exhibits (Physically installed in the Saint-Vincent Hospital’s Elevator Galleries) have been made into virtual galleries to increase accessibility, both to patients at Saint-Vincent and to the outside world, who cannot access the physical shows at this time because of COVID-19 protocol.
Assistive technology, including joysticks and eye-tracking systems, will be used by patients with physical impairments to visit this realistic virtual gallery!

These exhibits are part of “Grand Rounds in the Atrium at Saint-Vincent Hospital” an event hub at Ontario Culture Days by Bruyère and Radical Connections. At Radical Connections and Bruyère, we believe participation in the arts should be a standard aspect of healing and wellness,

Access the event here:

-from Radical Connections

Call for Submissions: 2023 rEvolver Festival

“Upintheair Theatre is now accepting applications for the 2023 rEvolver Festival, May 24 – June 4, 2023. We will invite submissions from artistically and culturally diverse companies and artists from across Canada to have their work considered.

About rEvolver Festival

“rEvolver is an incubator of new work with a focus on formal innovation, supporting artists or companies who identify as emerging and/or early-mid career at transformative junctions in their careers.

The festival presents adventurous and high energy works, bringing audiences the full range of contemporary performance, from script-based theatre to devised and site-specific works, dance, and installation.

rEvolver features primarily new Canadian work, although we will also consider submissions wishing to premiere reinterpretations of existing works. We program work with a strong artistic vision that takes risks, and is reflective of diverse voices and experiences.

We invite artists of all ages, abilities, cultural practices, races, ethnicities, socio-economic status, genders, religions, and sexual orientations to apply and to participate in the festival.”

For more information and submission details, please visit:

-from Upintheair Theatre

Workshop – Women Of Courage: All Of Our Stories (CultureLink, online)

“A storytelling workshop series for racialized immigrant Women from CultureLink’s Anti-Racism Action Program.

Racialized immigrant women age 40 and over engage in personal narrative, storytelling and/or drama. We welcome women from Afghanistan, African countries, Caribbean countries, China, Philippines, South Asian countries, Syria, and Tibet. The participants may have conventional refugee, permanent resident, landed immigrant or Canadian Citizen status.

The 8-week online workshop series will be delivered every Tue and Thu, between 6-8 pm.

In order to tell their stories, participants will cultivate digital literacy and social media skills, including tools such as Canva and Instagram.

The Project will culminate participants’ narratives with the launch of a Project Book online and story exhibitions at Toronto museums.”

For more information, please visit:

-from CultureLink

Regent Park Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary Special Project: Regent Park Made Visible (Sep 19-24, online)

“We’re so excited to finally share a very special project celebrating our 20th Anniversary, Regent Park Made Visible (RPMV)! As part of this project, 5 filmmakers spent a large part of the year creating short films in celebration of our community! They pulled inspiration from visual source materials such as archival footage and news clips, along with personal anecdotes from living in Regent Park. The talented filmmakers have brought their expertise in various forms of filmmaking to create this exclusive series that will be available to stream ONLINE for free, along with a panel with the filmmakers.

Watch all RPMV content at any time from September 19th-24th 2022. Until then, click on the film titles below to find out more and watch a sneak peak!”

For more information, please visit:

-from Regent Park Film Festival