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Community Engagement in Covid-19: A Practitioner-led Panel (April 29)

Join community-engaged practitioners in conversation about adapting participatory work to online and remote contexts.

“Learn how community-engaged practitioners working across the fields of participatory research, participatory visual methods, community arts, and community facilitation have adapted their participatory work and facilitation to online and remote contexts, and the unique ethical and pedagogical opportunities and tensions that arise. There will also be opportunities to network with others.

This event is open to students, community-engaged practitioners, community artists, participatory researchers, and anyone interested in the field.

Speakers will include Ananya Banerjee, Adam Barrett, Jessica Bleuer, Lori Chambers and Khari McClelland, and the event will be moderated by Sarah Switzer. Speaker details can be found below.

The event Zoom link will be sent closer to the date. For registration questions, please contact naima.raza[at] For questions about the project, please contact sarah.switzer[at]

Flyer created by Andrea Vela Alarcon (@its.allegra)

This event is co-sponsored by the Youth Research Lab at OISE, Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention at New College, Neighbourhood Arts Network, the Centre for Community Partnerships, and a group of community-engaged practitioners working across community and academic fields. The event is funded by the New College Initiatives Fund (NCIF) at New College, University of Toronto.

This event is part of a 2-part event series. On May 20, 2021 from 3:00-5:00pm we will launch some audio-visual resources to help practitioners think through remote/online facilitation with communities. We will also present findings from an affiliated study about how community-engaged practitioners are adapting their participatory practice as a result of covid-19. Join us in our community of practice to learn more!”

For more information, please visit:

Call for Black Artists: Black Brilliance 2.0 (Reel Youth, online)


We stand in solidarity with the call for Black liberation. In light of recent movements to address police brutality and anti-Black racism across the world, we’ve been looking at how to do our part.

Building on the success of our first Black Brilliance program, BLACK BRILLIANCE 2.0 is a 6-day online filmmaking workshop for young Black artists! Participants will create an original film, with the mentorship and support of professional Black artists and youth workers.

This program is a Black space for youth of African descent and no previous experience is necessary!


In this FREE program, you will:                                                                                  

          • Learn how to plan, shoot, and edit a short film, all from home
          • Create art in an all-Black space
          • Receive a FREE 6-month software license for Adobe Premiere Rush
          • Receive a $100 honourarium
          • Work creatively with a group of peers
          • Have a ridiculous amount of fun!

You are:

          • Of African descent
          • Excited about filmmaking and interested in using film for social change
          • Curious to try a new model of collaborative, pandemic-era filmmaking
          • Between the ages of 15 and 30
          • Available for ALL 6 program sessions listed below
          • Able to access a computer or laptop that can run Zoom (details) and Adobe Premiere Rush (details).

This will be an all-Black space. We welcome any level of experience, and youth who are female-identified, LGBTQ2S+ or who have disabilities or face systemic and structural barriers are highly encouraged to apply and will be prioritized.

Up to 20 young people will be chosen to participate in this project. Your films will be featured at a virtual gala after the program, submitted to the Reel Youth Film Festival, and distributed on Telus Video-on-Demand,  YouTube, social media and the Reel Youth website.”

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from Reel Youth

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

UNMUTE: The Impact of a Pandemic on Gender-Based Violence (online play)

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.

UNMUTE is 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.”

For more information and show dates, please visit:

-from Theatre of the Beat

Unscripted: Cultivating Languages of Access & Storytelling

“An online panel series exploring ideas around accessibility, decolonization and various approaches to performance and storytelling.

Co-produced by Red Dress Productions & Theatre Passe Muraille
April 7th, 8th & 9th 2021 -Via Zoom

Unscripted: Cultivating Languages of Access & Storytelling is an online panel series exploring ideas around accessibility, decolonization and various approaches to performance and storytelling. With a roster of artists approaching storytelling from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, the Unscripted series hopes to amplify conversations between artists who are engaging creatively with elements of sensory-based, linguistic and cultural accessibility.
Panel Co-Curators: Becky Gold and Wy Joung Kou
Panel Coordinator: Rinchen Dolma”

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from Red Dress Productions

Isle of the Arts Festival (Gabriola Arts Council, online)

“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.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Gabriola Arts Council

Creator’s Night with Ritche Perez (BIPOC Creators Collective, Eastern Edge Gallery)

“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, Perez Photos on Facebook, and IG @ritche.perez!”

For more information, please visit:

-from Eastern Edge Gallery

iAM Registration is Open! JAYU: youth-led arts & social justice mentorship to anyone ages 12-26, across Ontario

“Welcome to the registration page for the iAM Program!
The iAM Program provides youth-led arts & social justice mentorship to anyone ages 12-26, across Ontario, Canada.

All programming is currently ONLINE. We will continue to review programming formats
during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are you interested in making art? Growing your storytelling skills? Incorporating social justice into your creative process?
Sign up to participate in our FREE iAM Program. We will provide you with the creative toolkit you need to develop social justice focused artwork. 

To see examples of what you might create during the iAM Program, check out the work of previous iAM Graduates:

iAM registration is open to anyone who is interested. However, priority will be given to equity-seeking individuals. 

Equity-seeking individuals are those who identify as having barriers to equal access, opportunities and resources due to disadvantages and discrimination. This includes: 

  • Black and racialized people
  • People with disabilities
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Trans, Queer and 2-Spirit (LGBTQ2S+)”

For more information, please visit:

Free Interactive Community Plays on Senior Mental Health (Mixed Company Theatre, online)

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.

Event Details  
Presentation Date: Tuesday March 23rd, 2021  
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (ET)  
Price: Free!  
Location:  Online via Zoom  

Registration: Please email to receive the Zoom link for the event 

Content Warning: The presentation makes subtle references to suicide.  

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 by new 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)  

Registration “

For more information, please visit:

-from Mixed Company Theatre