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Edge of Sunset – Iftar Nights 2021 (MABELLEarts, online)

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.”

For more information, please visit:

-from MABELLEarts

Spectrum Fest 2021 (April)

“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.

For more information:

-from Spectrum Productions

9th Annual Human Rights Film Festival (Dec 3-10)

“What does it mean to give a sh*t? It means you’re fired up. It means you’re angry. But most importantly, it means you care. To give a sh*t means you won’t stand by while human rights abuses continue locally and around the globe. You want to learn more. You want to do something.—You can do something.

From December 3 – 10, join us for a week of social justice focused art, film, workshops, and more. Learn about important issues. Connect with the HRFF+ community. Join the conversation. Together, we can create a better future for everyone.

This December, join us for the 9th Annual Human Rights Film Festival.
Show up. Give a sh*t.

About JAYU

JAYU is a registered Canadian charity and a leader in the space where the arts and human rights intersect.

We believe strongly that the arts provide the strongest platform to share human rights stories. The arts can be used to educate, to build empathy, to heal, to forge community and to inspire the kinds of conversations necessary to reimagine a more just and equitable world.”

For more information, please visit:

-from JAYU

18th Annual Regent Park Film Festival (Nov 26-29, online)

“The 18th Annual Regent Park Film Festival is taking place online for the first time!

From Nov 26 – 29, we will fill your screens with an incredible selection of programming, spotlighting BIPOC artists and filmmakers along with industry panels and talkbacks with our directors. Our program book is now LIVE and in it, you can see all our festival has to offer!

This year’s Festival is a video on demand experience (Think Netflix!) using our Cinesend streaming platform. Instead of tickets to individual screenings, you subscribe on our website to access the entire catalogue of films and panels all at once for free.”

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

-from Regent Park Film Festival

Red Dress Productions presents Inkling Enacted Digital

2 photos taken by Dahlia Katz at the performance of "A Creature, Untamed" at The Buddies and Bad Times 2020 Rhubarb Festival. They feature Steff Juniper as the alien-bat creature, a costume consisting of a black morph suit, bat wings, bat gloves and black leather jazz shoes. Audience members sit on the floor in the background. The first photo shows Steff with wings spread wide, facing the camera head on. Yellow text on a black strip across the photo reads "INKLING ENACTED" on one line and "PROJECT SPOTLIGHTS" on the next line.

Red Dress Productions presents
Inkling Enacted Digital
November 16th – December 11, 2020

“Introducing the Inkling Enacted Project Spotlight series! Inkling Enacted is a festival of new performance and works-in-progress. Originally set to take place in the Spring of 2020, and postponed due to COVID-19, Inkling Enacted follows a suite of creative projects: the Inkling Incubator, Inkling Symposium, and Inkling of Appreciation.

At its root, Inkling asks: What arises when Deaf, disabled, hearing, and enabled artists collaborate at the ‘inkling’ phase of a creative project and experiment with creative problem solving? Over the summer and fall, 40 artists spanning 8 different projects have leaned into creative processes, distanced collaboration, and a mix of digital and analog explorations.

We’re going digital, in lieu of an IRL festival! The Inkling Enacted Project Spotlight series will highlight these 8 projects over 4 weeks via video highlights, process photos, artist profiles, and artist interviews shared on Red Dress Productions’ social media channels. Tune into our Facebook and Instagram pages between November 16th and December 11th to get to know the artists, their projects, and their undertakings in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and access-oriented artistic processes.

The 2nd photo shows them in the same pose but with their back to the camera. Yellow and white text at the bottom of the image reads in all capitalized letters “40 artists. 8 projects. Nov 16 - Dec 11 on Facebook and Instagram, presented by Red Dress Productions

Red Dress Productions gratefully acknowledges support from the Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts.

Special thanks to the Inkling Enacted team: Artistic Co-Directors Anna Camilleri and Tristan R Whiston – Digital Engagement Animators Wy Joung Kou and Annanda DeSilva, Stage Manager Aidan Morishita-Miki – Production Lead Katie Yealland – ASL Interpreters Rogue Benjamin, Amanda Hyde, April Holtam, Latasha Lennox, Amy Lawson, and Scout Huston – Support Workers Blaze Rafferty, Stevia Arthur, and Becky Gold.

For more information, please visit:

-from Red Dress Productions

Call for Applications: Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival

“The Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival will be very different from other Fringe Festivals. NIFF is an Indigenous-led project based in a holistic approach to creating a community of support for Indigenous artists rooted in culture and building for a sustainable future. For this reason, the Festival will include the Knowledge Sharing Project – an extensive commitment to the development and transmittal of cultural knowledge and creative practice.

Sharing food, spending time in the Traditional Area (Tipi, Sweat Lodge and Medicine Garden) on the Trent University campus, connecting with local Elders and sharing cultural practices will be central to the project. The project has also been invited by the Band Council to travel to the nearby Curve Lake First Nation to share with the community.
Throughout the project, artists will be supported in leading their own learning. Festival performers will be offered the option of mentorship with either Drew Hayden-Taylor or Muriel Miguel in a format which may include the mentor’s attendance at rehearsals, script or performance development exercises or other interactions. 

Skill development in production and arts administration will also be addressed. There will be specific workshops in tour management and “how to Fringe” led by experienced producers Deb Ratelle and Lee Bolton. Unlike other Fringes, where companies are left on their own to manage their technical needs and work to the very tight schedules of the festival, mentorship will be offered to all performing companies by Nozhem Technical Director Don White.”

For more information, please visit: Please read the guidelines before applying:

-from Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival

Focus on Nature Fest (Nov 16-20)

Focus on Nature Fest! Join us for a 5-day celebration of children’s photography and our shared connections to the natural world.

Get ready for five days of festive fun with Focus on Nature online!

Register now and join the party! No purchase necessary but a donation to support our work would be appreciated.

Once registered, we’ll invite you to the opening of our new Photo Exhibit, to our Wednesday Webinar, and to our fabulous Silent Auction table. We’ll have giveaways, lively conversations and a new set of greeting cards for you too!

Keeping kids connected to nature is more important now than ever. And we need your support to keep reaching more children, encouraging them to get outside and get creative. We can’t work in schools right now but with your support we will make Focus on Nature available to children everywhere in Canada through our new online program. More about that at the Fest!”

For more information and to register, please visit Focus On Nature’s Event page.

-from Focus On Nature

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival & Reel Ideas Symposium

“The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival® is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by East, South and Southeast Asian artists in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world. As Canada’s largest Asian film festival, Reel Asian® provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada.

Reel Asian offers exciting live events where you can engage with filmmakers, artists, and other audience members in real-time. We have Q&As, artist talks, panels, and special events every day of the festival! Click below to see each day at a glance, and open up further details about each event to help you plan your watching windows and make the most out of your festival experience.

The Reel Ideas Symposium – On World-Building responds to a growing momentum of digitization initiatives and strategies through dialogue with artists, community organizers and industry professionals. These sessions gather visions of radical world-building that mobilize, engage and strengthen creative communities, to usher in better presents and futures.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Reel Youth Film Festival Online Premiere

“For the first time everthe Reel Youth Film Festival is premiering online! We are so excited to be able to invite our international youth filmmakers, international youth jury, and any one else who missed the Vancouver International Film Festival premiere to join us!

The Reel Youth Film Festival pulls together an insightful, diverse, compelling and humorous collection of short films from across the globe – all made by youth. Chosen by an international youth selection panel from over 1300 submissions and almost 100 countries around the world, this collection will show you the world through the eyes of an incredibly gifted emerging group of filmmakers. Whether it’s a Black woman’s story of attending a predominantly white college, a young man with autism enduring a bus ride, or stories of youth around the world adapting to COVID, laughter and learning are guaranteed at the Reel Youth Film Festival.

Saturday Nov. 7 at 5pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)”

For more information, please visit:

-from Reel Youth

Silver Scenes Film Festival (Nov 5-7)

“The festival, aimed at a multi-generational audience, will take place between November 5th November 7th, and is free!

The films reveal a deep intuitive understanding of the older person.

The impetus for this festival is concern about the serious problems faced by our elderly population which is increasing in age and numbers. Could the strongly embedded ageism in our culture have contributed to the neglect of our elders in long term care facilities?

A small group of volunteers has come together, in record time, to plan and program the first Silver Screens film festival.

Please visit for more details and to register for free programming.”

-from Silver Scenes Film Festival