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Creation & Performance for Social Change: A Forum Theatre Intensive Workshop (Mixed Company Theatre, Toronto)

Dates + Time: July 18th to July 22nd (5 days), 10AM to 4PM (with an hour break) 
Location: In Toronto in person. A specific location will be announced closer to the date.
Facilitated by Simon Malbogat  

Cost of Workshop* 
General Admission: $678 
CAEA Members, Students, & Underwaged Arts Workers: $508.50 
PWYC – Pricing available for limited number of participants 
*All prices include HST 

Creation and Performance for Social Change is a five-day, Forum theatre intensive facilitated by Simon Malbogat. Forum Theatre is an interactive approach that involves the audience in developing real-time strategies for dealing with social and personal issues. In a Mixed Company production, a story representing an issue is created with community members, rehearsed, and performed.

Over the course of the week, Simon will take participants through the steps involved in shaping and refining a Forum play as distinct from other forms of theatrical presentation. By the end of the week, attendees will have hands on experience with the process of Forum Theatre creation, performance, and direction.

While this workshop is for artists of all mediums, actors will have a chance to perform in productions in order to learn the technicalities of Forum Theatre acting, performance, and improv. Directors will have the opportunity to direct a typical Forum Theatre play to learn how it’s different from other forms of theatre or production.  

Learning objectives for this workshop include:  

  • Introducing participants to the basics of Forum Theatre (FT) 
  • Identifying key differences between performance, script, and character arcs in FT vs other forms of theatre 
  • Learn key process and ideas behind scene creation and conflict escalation  
  • Learn and practice character development as oppressors, oppressed, bystanders, and other common FT roles
  • Learn steps for directing FT and how Masks can be used to develop oppressors & bystanders 
  • Identify differences between FT intervention and improv; learn to respond to community interventions  
  • Use sample script excerpt to workshop direction & performance  

This workshop will not be covering how to facilitate/take on the Joker role in Forum Theatre, as those are skills that require their own separate workshop that MCT will be offering at a later date!  

This workshop is an opportunity for artists to JOIN the Forum Theatre community both in Toronto and abroad, in order to start practicing and participating in Forum events and productions. Forum Theatre is a practice that exists at the intersection of artistic creation and social change. As a company, we seek to Educate, Engage, and Empower our audiences, our participants, and our artists, and equip them with the tools they need to create meaningful change in their communities and in the world. To these ends, we encourage individuals from all walks of life to sign up for our workshops, or get in touch with us to find out how else you can be involved!”

To register for this workshop, please visit

For more information, please visit:

-from Mixed Company Theatre

Call for Submissions: If You Ask Me, Youth Filmmaking Program (Workman Arts)

“If You Ask Me (IYAM) is a free program that supports emerging filmmakers with mental health and/or addiction experiences to develop a short film in the company of like-minded peers in a supportive environment. Over the summer, a small group of filmmakers will be selected to engage in workshops led by industry professionals and receive mentorship from IYAM alumni. Workshop topics include: developing a script, production, directing, editing, sound, distribution, and film festivals. This is a paid opportunity and Filmmakers will have an opportunity to screen their work at the 30th Annual Rendezvous with Madness Festival currently set to run October 27 – November 06, 2022.

IYAM will run virtually. Filmmakers are expected to take a self-directed approach to create their own films and will receive support and strategies throughout the program. All genres of film are welcome such as documentary, experimental, fiction, and animation; all devices for filmmaking are welcome whether it is phone, tablet, or any variety of camera!

The due date for applications is July 8, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT.

For more information, please visit:

-from Workman Arts

Annual Traditional Pow-Wow (Na-Ma-Res)

“After a two-year hiatus – we are thrilled to announce the 2022 Pow-Wow is being held at Fort York on Saturday, June 18th. It is a community festival in celebration of National Indigenous People’s Day.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Start time is Noon for the Grand Entry with the spectacular parade. Enjoy a delicious shared feast, watch hundreds of vibrant drummers and dancers perform, participate in activities and meet First Nations crafters and vendors.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Na-Ma-Res

Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnerships Fund (Toronto)

“The Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnerships Fund supports partnerships and collaborations that create new opportunities and visibility for Indigenous-led arts and culture. The fund aims to spark new relationships between Indigenous artists, arts and culture leaders and professionals, and potential partners at both the grassroots and institutional levels.

Toronto has been an important site for gathering, trading and celebration for Indigenous people for thousands of years. It is the treaty territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit and its land and waters have been stewarded by the Haudenosaunee, the Huron Wendat and the Anishinaabe. Toronto continues to be home to many diverse Indigenous peoples, whose artistic and creative contributions are vital to the fabric of the city. The City of Toronto recognizes the rich Indigenous history of this land, and our responsibility in fostering strong relations between the municipality and the First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who call Toronto home.”

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 7 at 4 p.m EST. 

For more information, please visit:

-from the City of Toronto

Workman Arts Satellite East (A partnership with East End Arts in support of mental health)

Workman Arts Satellite East
A unique ongoing partnership in support of mental health
Various Locations, Ongoing

Thanks to a $1 million investment over four years from the Slaight Family Foundation, Workman Arts is expanding its art training programs throughout the GTA by partnering with East End Arts, and the city’s other LASOs.

Over the coming years, we will be able to offer a great range of exciting new programming through this incredible partnership that tackles the prevalence of social isolation in individuals with mental health issues and the lack of opportunities to build lasting social connections through meaningful engagement outside of the mainstream mental health system. Workman Arts’ art training programs are unique in the mental health sector because they do not treat the art class as secondary to the mental health benefits. High-quality art classes across all disciplines are facilitated by instructors with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction issues.

Here at East End Arts we are firm believers in the power of the arts to heal. Early in 2021 we had the opportunity to learn about how the science behind that idea works (hint: it’s real science and it really works), and we are thrilled to be able to work with the experts at Workman Arts to bring incredible opportunities to support the mental health of the communities we serve.

Deadline to Apply: June 23, 2022
Artists, do you have a fun, unique idea for an online or in-person community art class? Do you live in one of the 6 LASO neighbourhoods? (South Etobicoke, North/Central Etobicoke, York/Weston, East Toronto, North York and Scarborough ). Apply with your class ideas by June 23, 2022! Priority is given to applications that are culturally specific, present unique/uncommon art forms, and are classes that can be taught in languages other than English! Learn more HERE

Deadline to Apply: June 24, 2022
Community members: Are you interested in assisting with our Satellite arts workshops through a unique, peer support or active listening role? Do you live in one of the 6 LASO neighbourhoods? (South Etobicoke, North/Central Etobicoke, York/Weston, East Toronto, North York and Scarborough). Apply to be a Workman Arts Satellite Peer Support by June 24, 2022! No experience is necessary, and training is provided! Learn more HERE.”

For more information, please visit:

-from East End Arts

Community Arts Award (Neighbourhood Arts Network, Toronto)

Celebrating the vital contributions that artists and organizations make in Toronto’s communities.


About: The Community Arts Award is a $10,000 cash prize presented by Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network. This award celebrates an arts organization or collective that has made a significant contribution in Toronto by working with, in and for communities, while creating access and inclusion to arts and culture. Finalists are also awarded $1000 each in recogition of their practice.

The Community Arts Award is part of our Vision Awards, presented in the fall of each year. This award is generously sponsored by MOD Developments Inc

Eligibility Criteria:
To be eligible for the award, all nominees must demonstrate a commitment and/or focus on community-engaged arts and access to arts and culture in Toronto. The nominee may not be awarded more than one Toronto Arts Foundation award within any given year.

In addition, the nominee must:

  • be a Toronto based organization/collective that has been in operation for one year or more;
  • have contributed significantly to the arts and culture of Toronto
  • demonstrate a commitment to or focus on community-engaged arts
  • may only receive the award once (this does not preclude a recipient from being considered for a different Toronto Arts Foundation award in the future)
  • not be serving as board or committee members of the Toronto Arts Foundation or Toronto Arts Council
  • nominees are welcome to nominate themselves

DEADLINE: JULY 18, 2022 @11:59PM

For more information, please visit:

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network

Variety Village Community Mural Painting Days (Mural Routes)

“Mural Routes and Variety Village are pleased to invite local community members to contribute to the outdoor Variety Village Community Mural Project by registering to participate in one of the following mural painting hands-on workshops that the lead artists Jakarundi Graphics will be facilitating on June 9th and June 11th, 2022. Participants will move through an orientation to painting and have an opportunity to learn and share their experiences participating in the Variety Village Community Mural Project. We strongly encourage families and friends of the Variety Village community to register for these workshops.

Thursday June 9th:
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm for Variety Village Friends and Families – click here to register

Saturday June 11th:
10:00 am – 12 noon for Variety Village Friends and Families – click here to register
1:30pm – 3:30pm for Variety Village Emerging and Novice Artists – click here to register

Participant Limit: 15 people
Registration deadline: June 7th, 2022, at 11:59pm

*Priority will be given to Variety Village members and staff.

For more information, please visit:

-from Mural Routes

Newcomer Week 2022 (Neighbourhood Arts Network, Toronto & online)

“Neighbourhood Arts Network is pleased to spotlight newcomer artists from May 24-27, 2022.

A week of in-person and online activations showcasing films, music, and discussions by newcomer artists, Newcomer Week will showcase and honour the vibrancy that newcomer artists bring to Toronto’s cultural landscape.

Neighbourhood Arts Network will convene organizations including MUSE Arts, STEPS Public Art, North York Arts, Artworxto, imagineNATIVE, and recipients of our Newcomer Artist Award to present dynamic performances, talks and activations.

For more information about Newcomer Week, please visit:


Join us at the Artworxto- Cloverdale Mall Hub for an exhibition tour and artist talk of HOME(LAND). For more information on HOME(LAND):
Time: 5:30-6:30 @ Cloverdale Mall
Register here:


All Torontonians are invited to join the City of Toronto’s Newcomer Office in welcoming newcomers in Toronto with activities and entertainment at this showcase of Toronto’s diverse communities!

Neighbourhood Arts Network is pleased to be a co-curator of the Main Stage Performances. Join us in person at 12:30 pm to see talented musician and past Newcomer Artist Award* Recipient Borelson perform with special guests.
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.
For more information:


Created by internationally-known artist, Shalak Attack and her mentees Edan Maxam and Kseniya Tsoy, Daily Migration is a community-engaged public art project sharing stories of movement across urban spaces and nature, human relationships to the animal world, and the ties that connect us.


Networking for Artists and Arts organizations, presented by HAPPENING Multicultural Festival.

HAPPENING was created by community artists, giving center-stage to the talent and skills of immigrant, newcomer, and refugee artists.

Join us on May 26 from 2:30-5:50 at Earlscourt Park for an Arts Networking Event. This event provides an opportunity for artists to
meet the vast array of organizations offering crucial programming.


Creative Lab Opening by Muse Arts

Time: 6:00pm @ 1369B St. Clair Ave West

Creative Lab Opening in Muse’s new community arts space and the first day of Happpening! Multicultural festival, this celebratory gathering will provide access to one of Toronto’s newest community arts spaces that is dedicated to celebrating immigrant, newcomer, and refugee talent whose work spans contemporary music, dance, visual arts, community-engaged arts, storytelling, spoken word, and poetry. 

For more information on full lineup for Happening Festival, please visit:

For more information about Newcomer Week, please visit:

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network

Call for Course Proposals (Workman Arts Satellite)

Call for Course Proposals – Deadline Jun 23, 2022

“Workman Arts Satellite invites artists to submit course proposals for this upcoming Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 terms. We are looking for artists who live in one of the following 6 neighbourhoods, this includes – South Etobicoke, North Etobicoke, York/Weston, East Toronto, North York and Scarborough. 

Who should apply?

Anyone who has an idea of an artistic course they would like to teach and lives in one of the 6 LASO neighbourhoods, and who also has lived experience and/or familiarity with Mental illness and/or addiction. We encourage applications that are culturally specific, taught in other languages, unique/uncommon art forms etc.”

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Call for Senior Participants: TAPESTRY (East End Arts)

“East End Arts invites senior participants to join us for TAPESTRY! We are looking for up to 25 seniors throughout east Toronto and beyond to join us in this at-home art program. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.

August 2022 – March 2023
Taking Place Online through Zoom, and in-person for an exhibition!
FREE to Participate (register here)


Are you a local senior with a passion for textile arts, community, and storytelling? East End Arts is looking for a group of creative, passionate seniors to join us for our newest program called TAPESTRY!

TAPESTRY is an at-home art program that takes place online via Zoom for up to 25 seniors. The goal is for participants to learn different textile arts skills, increase digital literacy skills, and contribute to a a series of collaborative quilts, inspired by the famous Names Project AIDS quilt conceived in 1985 by Cleve Jones. Each quilt panel will celebrate a loved one or neighbour, an abstract concept, or even a local beloved business lost during this contemporary pandemic.

The program will take place over the course of six months – August 2022 to February 2023, and will feature different textile workshops each month, all led by different textile artists. At the start of the program, participating seniors will receive a kit of materials including fabrics, patterns, and the necessary materials to create textile art, as well as a journal in which to write about and share their insights into the themes explored in each monthly textile workshop. During the course of the program, participating seniors will also receive a combination of creative prompts to help keep inspiration and creativity high to contribute to their collaborative quilt, as well as other textile creations to keep themselves.

This program will culminate with an in-person exhibition at St. Matthew’s Clubhouse to share these phenomenal quilts and textile creations with community, and seniors will also be given a chance to share their writing about the topic of loss & their relationship with community in the pandemic. This program is entirely FREE to join. Join us in creating something magical and meaningful together!”

For more information, please visit:

-from East End Arts