“An intercultural community arts festival unfolding online during Ramadan
Over the past eight years, MABELLEarts has collaborated with professional artists and hundreds of local residents of all ages and backgrounds to host annual community events that bring together hundreds of Muslim and non-Muslim neighbours from across the GTA to mark Ramadan and specifically ‘Iftar’ – the Arabic word describing the spiritual moment at sundown when the daily fast is broken.
This year, MABELLEarts is producing The Edge of Sunset, a mixed live & virtual production in Mabelle Park series featuring local stories and new Youth driven compositional works that expand upon Hussein Janomohamed’s eight chapter folk and choral work developed in 2020 based on community Memories of Iftar celebrations past. The Edge of Sunset will be brought to life through the spectacle arts, puppetry and music. In tandem, the MABELLE Pantry will be building and distributing Iftar Treats and Meal Kits throughout the period to hundreds of residents, with Youth sharing cooking skills and leading the development and distribution of the Meal Kits.”
“Join us for a full month of Spectrum Fest events and releases in April 2021!
Like always we will be hosting a few screenings, live talks, and events.
We especially want to thank ReelAbilities Toronto, Spectrum’s partner who made possible the screening of Salome Chasnoff’s Code of the Freaks (2020), an important documentary featuring a cast of disability rights activists and disabled artists discussing the portrayal of disability in mainstream Hollywood cinema.
In addition we would like to thank Method Studios Montreal, who will give a VFX industry presentation talk to Spectrum’s Creative Media Lab participants, and have committed to a community-wide presentation on VFX careers later this spring in partnership with Spectrum.
And last but most, thank you to all creators for contributing your work and ideas!
Check out the list here, and read below for full descriptions. All events are free, but may require registration.
“UNMUTE premiered in recognition of domestic violence awareness month in November 2020. UNMUTE is a forum theatre piece that addresses the rise of domestic violence and gender-based assault during COVID-19.
While a family’s life may seem normal from the other side of the screen, abuse is lurking behind closed doors. Immerse yourself in this important and timely piece that gives audience members the chance to rehearse scenarios for real life. Audiences will learn skills and resources for how they can make a difference. Participate in changing the story through forum theatre.
UNMUTEis a bookable Zoom play and it will be released as a podcast in 2021.
Content Advisory: UNMUTE deals with abuse, and assault. Not recommended for audiences under the age of 13.”
“The Gabriola Arts Council offers 23 interactive workshops: felted slippers, petroglyph land walk with Snuneymuxw Knowledge Keeper Dave Bodaly, mending, vocal expression, professional development for artists, and more.
Instructors have worked diligently to ensure your experience is fruitful and engaging, as we deliver these workshops via Zoom. We offer technical assistance to those unfamiliar with Zoom and during each workshop there will be a moderator available to navigate any technical issues.
We are continuing with Reading and Reconciliation: One Book, One Community with Bob Joseph and Shelagh Rogers and it promises to be a lively and educational discussion.
Poetry Gabriola presents award winning authors Arleen Paré and Kate Braid on April 3 and the Gabriola Microsynth Orchestra and interpretive dance mixed with poetry on April 10th.
Sarah Osbourne will delight audiences with her amazing smoky vocals at our closing Arty Party pn April 11th where we announce this year’s Arty Award winner.
There is a little something for everyone this year and maybe some surprise offerings. Whatever you choose you can enjoy the workshops and events from the comfort of your home.”
“Join us for a Creator’s Night, in partnership with the newly forming BIPOC Creators Collective NL! Our first event will be a FREE photography demo with Ritche Perez on March 29th from 7 – 9 pm. Ritche will lead participants through his creative process from start to finish, demonstrating various types of editing techniques found in his work. This demonstration will cover topics such as shooting in RAW, post-processing, the basics of Lightroom’s ‘Development Mode’, and the decisions made to achieve your end goal with a photo.
Ritche Perez has been a photographer for ten years and a graphic designer for twenty-five. He is influenced by many street photographers and loves documenting and capturing the current culture. His interests include landscapes, structures and public space, and, most importantly, people and how they interact and survive. Ritche loves to document the evolution of the eras. “Preservation through photography.” To view more of Ritche’s work, check out his website at inbetweendays.ca, Perez Photos on Facebook, and IG @ritche.perez!”
“ANNA’S STORY: FAMILY COMPLICATIONS AFTER LOSS March 23rd, 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET
“Anna’s Story: Family Complications After Loss” is created in collaboration with seniors from Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women about coping with loss. In the first half of the presentation, you will watch Anna, the protagonist, struggle to find the support she needs to navigate her emotional, financial, and technological needs after the loss of her husband. Then, her story will be presented again – only this second time, you will get the opportunity to suggest changes to result in a positive alternative ending!
This play is scripted and facilitated by Pavla Uppal with support from Elizabeth Wickwire. This play is the culmination of Mixed Company Theatre’s “Resiliency through Virtual Action” project funded by the Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.
Content Warning: The presentation makes subtle references to suicide.
COVID CONCERNS March 25th and 31st, 10:00- 11:30 AM ET
“COVID Concerns” is created in collaboration with the seniors from Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities about mental health challenges they are facing during the pandemic. In the first half of this play, you will see how the senior characters in the story become overwhelmed bynew technology, fears of contracting COVID-19, and being alienated from loved ones. Then, the story will be presented again – only this second time, you will get the opportunity to suggest changes to result in a positive alternative ending!
Scripted and facilitated by Luciano Iogna with support from Max Cameron Fearon and Lorene Stanwick. This play is the culmination of Mixed Company Theatre’s “Resiliency through Virtual Action” project funded by the Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.
Event Details FREE Interactive Community Plays on Senior Mental HealthDates: Thursday March 25th, Wednesday March 31st Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM (ET) Price: Free! Location: Online via Zoom (the event link will be sent after registering)
“Tickets on sale now! All proceeds support the SHINE Music Bursary.
The 12th Annual SHINE Concert
With performances by G.R. Gritt, Julian Taylor, Emily Burgess, Michelle Rumball and Charmie.
And featuring 2021 bursary recipients Alexa Michaels, Jess Wedden, Katherine Fischer and Whitney Otis
SHINE keeps alive the memory and music of friends we’ve lost Jim Fay, James Gray, Doug Queen, and Bruce Adamson, while helping to further the passions of young musicians who face barriers to their study and practice of folk and traditional music.”
“Join Newfoundland & Labrador’s newly formed BIPOC Creators Collective for a BIPOC-lead Writers Slam on Friday, February 26th at 7 PM via Zoom.
Let’s gather and celebrate BIPOC voices! Along with readings from local writer Xaiver Campbell, local BIPOC community members are invited to read their work, poetry, song lyrics, articles or whatever you’d like.The event will be offered through Zoom. Please provide your email in this form provided and the invitation will be emailed to you prior to the event.*
“Creative Facilitation 1 | February 19 & 26 Using Creative Arts in Facilitation. Working with groups is by definition a creative adventure and the arts can be your greatest ally. In this professional development training you will gain a framework for using arts-based practices to strengthen your effectiveness as a facilitator. https://www.partnersforyouth.org/calendar/cf1-021921/
Leading Powerful Online Programs – Basic | February 20-21 This 6-hour workshop will prepare you with basic Zoom tools and activities to create the same lasting impact with your online groups as you do in your in-person programs. Designed especially for people who are newer to using zoom or facilitating online, we will show you how to leverage Zoom to facilitate programs that deliver a deep, interactive, and connected learning experience. You’ll learn tools you can use in any online program, regardless of the content, format, or audience. https://www.partnersforyouth.org/calendar/lead-online-basic-022021/
FREE Workshop | Inner Calm & Inner Power | March 9 Within calmness, we can tap into our power. How do you address stress in difficult times? How do you stay connected to yourself and others? In the next PYE Creative Catalyst session, join Chris Malapitan and Kasia Skuratowicz in exploring laughter, movement and the arts to recognize, process and transform stress in order to reconnect with your inner-strengths and re-ignite your power. https://www.partnersforyouth.org/calendar/creative-catalyst-030921/
Leading Powerful Online Programs – Advanced | March 19-20 In this advanced 6-hour training, you will learn to combine Zoom tools with Creative Facilitation activities to deliver deep, interactive, and connected online learning programs. Whether you are improving on Zoom or feeling confidently experienced, this training is designed to strengthen your skills while using Zoom for maximum facilitation impact. https://www.partnersforyouth.org/calendar/lead-online-advanced-031921/
Creative Facilitation 1 | March 22-25 Using Creative Arts in Facilitation. Working with groups is by definition a creative adventure and the arts can be your greatest ally. In this professional development training you will gain a framework for using arts-based practices to strengthen your effectiveness as a facilitator.https://www.partnersforyouth.org/calendar/cf1-032221/
Leading Powerful Online Programs – Advanced | March 30-31 In this advanced 6-hour training, you will learn to combine Zoom tools with Creative Facilitation activities to deliver deep, interactive, and connected online learning programs. Whether you are improving on Zoom or feeling confidently experienced, this training is designed to strengthen your skills while using Zoom for maximum facilitation impact. https://www.partnersforyouth.org/calendar/lead-online-advanced-033021/
Creative Facilitation 2 | April 8-9 & 15-16 Leading great programs is both an art and a science. In this 2-day experiential training you’ll learn about the art of facilitation: how to present yourself to a group, gain trust, read the needs of your group, and bring out the strengths of each participant. You’ll also learn about the science of facilitation: how to structure your programs for success and lead your opening session to engage people and keep them engaged. https://www.partnersforyouth.org/calendar/cf2-040821/
FREE Workshop | A New Multidimensional Game | April 13 An online game for large groups. Designed by Nadia Chaney for Dream a Dream in late 2020, this multi-arts game, called Mythic Wanderer, is for large groups of any age. It was designed specifically for the zoom environment and specifically for big fun! https://www.partnersforyouth.org/calendar/creative-catalyst-041321/“
“BYOBeads Indigenous ONLINE Beading Circle Online Using Zoom & Registration via EventBrite Thursday Evenings in February & March 7-9pm – tune in any time! FREE
Led by Queer Metis bead-artist, novelist, & film-maker, Adam Garnet Jones and hosted by East End Arts, BYOBeads is an intimate opportunity for traditional bead artists, hobby-beaders just learning their craft, experts, elders, and enthusiasts to gather and work together on current project(s), share skills, and show off the beautiful things they’ve been working on!
Once again, we are thrilled to be partnering with Native Women in the Arts to present an amazing selection of Indigenous guest artists as part of BYOBeads! Each month, we invite a special Indigenous guest artist from a multi-disciplinary art form to share their work at one of our beading circles, and to have a discussion with our participants, making it a true celebration of Indigenous artistry & talent! Guest artists are drawn from Indigenous arts communities all over Canada, featuring music, playwrights, actors, storytellers, visual artists and more, celebrating the broad range of Indigenous artists from east Toronto and beyond.
So come meet online, bring a cup of your favourite tea, share your bead work, share your tips, enjoy a performance, and gather socially (from a distance!) with people who share your love of this traditional craft.
NOTE: Participants are not required to call in with video – We all know how zoomed out things can get these days, so please, feel free to join us however you feel comfortable (though we would LOVE to see your work!)”