The Gathering – May 2019

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The Gathering 
Celebrating 10 years of showcasing, convening and support
for equity and pluralism in the Arts

Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) celebrates 10 years of working with providing services to and facilitating learning forums for artists and arts organizations in equity, diversity, inclusivity and pluralism. Through centering their work around empowering the arts communities of Ontario with a focus on galvanizing opportunities for Indigenous and racialized professionals and organizations, CPAMO will convene the arts community around a  four day event, The Gathering: Celebrating 10 years of showcasing, convening and supporting equity and pluralism in the Arts. The Gathering offers an interactive space where arts organizations, artists and attendees dedicated to advancing equity, diversity, inclusivity and pluralism in the arts can share dialogue on common purposes and strategies in shaping how contemporary intersections in artistic practice influence diverse Canadian cultural expressions.

Schedule: 

Please note you need to register for the May 21 session on Eventbrite and for sessions and performances on May 27-29 on Native Earth Performance Arts’ Box office. 

The Gathering: Black Arts Mentorships 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 1-5pm
Nia Centre for the Arts
524 Oakwood Avenue, Toronto, ON M6E 2X1
Panel General Admission:  $10 – Register on Eventbrite

Curated by Parul Pandya in collaboration with Nia Centre for the Arts, Dance Immersion, Coco Collective, City of Toronto Anti- Black Racism Committee, RISE Edutainment

With charismatic community and arts leaders in diverse disciplines, this session will dive into how Black arts leaders and community activists are supporting and enabling Black youth to grow in their artistic and life practices.  With perspecting ranging from spoken word, dance, mixed/multi-media and community activism, this session will provide valuable information to those interested in mentoring Black youth and Black youth looking for mentorship and wanting to understand how it can enable them to grow as full artists and beings.

Participants: Vivinne Scarlett, Dance Immersion | Coco Murray, Coco Collective | Aina-Nia Ayo’dele Grant, City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit | Alica Hall, Nia Centre | Dwayne Morgan | Randell Adjei, RISE.


The Gathering: a convening of Choreographers in collaboration with Choreogrpahers’ Network Toronto (CN-T) 
Monday, May 27, 2019 | 10am-12pm
Regent Park Film Festival (2nd Floor)
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Panel General Admission:  $10 – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.

Getting Grants: From Application to Performance + Beyond: Geared towards choreographers, the discussion will focus on practical considerations for project granting, using your grants to develop your projects/career strategically and how to plan a career in the arts diversely.

Choreographers’ Network Toronto CN-T is an intentional network composed of choreographers. They meet to discuss issues of relevance to the work and life of Toronto-based choreographers and organize Action Projects to work towards development and change in areas of concern for the group. 165 choreographers have signed on.  Several Action Projects are in progress and center around issues with arts funding grants, professional development, developing rehearsal residencies and development for international touring. Choreographers are invited to attend and participate in discussion and learning.

Moderator: Denise Fujiwara


The Gathering: Writers in Conversation
Monday, May 27, 2019 | 2:30-6pm 
Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Panel General Admission:  $10 – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.

A collaboration with Literary Press Group, The Writers Union of Canada, Playwrights Guild Canada, League Of Canadian Poets, Festival Of Literary Diversity, and OCAD U BIPOC Writers.

This session will explore the changing landscape of Canadian literature and what organizations involved in it are doing to increase the presence of Indigenous, racialized and other marginalized writers.

Participants:  Siobhan O’Conner, Rebecca Burton, Lesley Fletcher, Jael Richardson, Lillian Allen, and Mandy Bayrami.

The Gathering Readings by Sheniz Janmohamed, Michael Fraser, and Bänoo Zan


The Gathering Performances features Sashar Zarif Dance, Mateo Galindo Torres Dance, Compania Carmen Romero and Adrenalin by Ahmad Meree
Monday, May 27, 2019 | 7:30-9pm with doors open at 7pm 

Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Performance General Admission: $20 |  Students $15  – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.


The Gathering: Staging Change, A Conversation on Diversity in Dance in collaboration with Diverse Dance Initiative
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 2-6pm

Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Panel General Admission:  $10 – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.

What does diversity mean to you? What are some misconceptions about diversity? How do we deepen our understanding of viewership? What are some of the politics around creating as a IPOC artist?  Why is this conversation still relevant? What are some of the circumstances that continue to fuel the divide in the contemporary dance community in Toronto? Panelists will speak about their various artistic practices and address the continued barriers faced by IPOC artists in Toronto. We aim to put forward some approaches explored by the Diversity Dance Initiative to combat these systematic challenges.

Participants: Kevin A. Ormsby, KasheDance – Moderator | Roshanak Jaberi | Sashar Zarif, Sashar Zarif Dance | Laurence Lemieux, Citadel | Nova Bhattacharya, NovaDance | Carmen Romero, Compania Carmen Romero | Robert Sauvey, Dance Umbrella of Ontario.

Performance by Ronald Taylor Dance


The Gathering: Conversations with Local Arts Services Organizations
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 2-6pm 

CSI Daniel Spectrum
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Panel General Admission:  $10 – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.

Curated by Parul Pandya in collaboration with Muse Arts, East End Arts, Art Starts, Scarborough Arts, North York Arts, Urban Arts, Arts Etobicoke, Lakeshore Arts, and Jumblies Theatre.

With the involvement of the leaders of local arts services organizations and other dynamic community-based arts organizations, this session will explore the important role such grassroots organizations play in connecting marginalized and other communities in the arts.

Participants: Ruth Howard, Paola Gomez, Shana Hillman, Bruce Pitkin, Lila Karin, Wendy Rading, Kim Dayman, Marlene McKintosh, and Derek Spooner.

Performance by Shaunga Tagore Theatre.


The Gathering Performances features Newton Moraes Dance, The Seat Next to the King, Nova Dance, and Alluvial Plain
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 7:30-9pm with doors open at 7pm 

Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Performance General Admission: $20 |  Students $15  – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.


The Gathering: A Conversation on Disabilities and Artistic Practice
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 1-4:30pm 

CSI Daniel Spectrum
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Panel General Admission:  $10 – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.

In collaboration with Workman Arts and Tangled Arts.
Involving Toronto’s highly regarded arts organizations working with the Deaf and Disabled communities, this session will explore in depth the workings of such artists and the role these organizations play in presenting and advocating for increased recognition of Deaf and Disabled Artists, their arts practices and stories.

Participants: Andrea Thompson, Sean Lee, and Cyn Rozeboom.
Performance by Cahoots Theatre


The Gathering: Indigenous Activism in the Arts
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 2-6pm 

Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Panel General Admission:  $10 – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.

In collaboration with IPAA, Native Earth, and Aboriginal Curatorial Collective.
There has been much discussion publicly about the central importance of Indigenous peoples to how Canada sees itself.  Much of this has been fueled by Indigenous artists in different disciplines who have been actively engaged in building their arts practices within diverse Indigenous cultural forms and creating some of the most exciting works in contemporary Canadian arts.

Participants: Cynthia Licker-Sage, Clayton Windatt, Camille Georgeson-Usher, Cole Forrest, and Ryan Rice.

Performances by Unsettled Scores


The Gathering Fundraising Event, After Party and Gala Performances Featuring Sampradaya Dance Creations, Red Slam Collective, DFM bassoon quartet, and KasheDance
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 7:30-9pm with doors open at 7pm 

Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Performance General Admission: $30 |  Students $25  – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.


Accessibility: Aki Studio Theatre, CSI and Regent Park Film Festival are accessible. Nia Centre for the Arts is partially accessible.

We aim to host a fragrance-free event. Please do not wear perfume, cologne, or other scented products.


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CPAMOPOC participants:

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CPAMO is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Propeller Project, the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the Applegath Group, CIBC Wood Gundy and English Testing Canada.

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Help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary!

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CPAMO will be celebrating its 10th year anniversary in 2019! Help us celebrate by contributing to our next year Gatherings!

As part of CPAMO’s ongoing commitment to discuss and showcase works of art by Indigneous, racialized and historically marginalized artists, we’re raising funds!!!

We call it ‘The Gathering’ as we believe this allows those attending to bring themselves to our events and explore issues related to the arts practices of Indigenous, racialized and other marginalized artists in a non-hierarchical space.  A simple title that exemplifies our values of pluralism in which every participant is important and has a contribution to make that should, and will, be heard.

CPAMO has invited such artists in theatre (Modern Times, Aluna, Cahoots, Native Earth Performing Arts), in music (Small World Music and Polyphonic Ground), in dance (Sampradaya Dance Creations, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Collective of Black Artists, dance Immersion)  and many individual Indigenous and racialized artists, to participate in The Gathering: CPAMO Turns 10 – A Celebration. These artists engage Indigenous, racialized, queer and intersectional communities as well as those interested in arts practices coming from these communities.

The Gathering is a series of artists’ talks and performance showcases highlighting Indigenous, racialized and other marginalized groups’ arts practices. These are open forums aimed at educating artists, arts administrators, curators/programmers, agents and the public about the vibrant arts practices emerging from those communities engaged as panelists and/or performers. This Gathering will help to define and raise the importance of arts practices based on values and traditions made contemporary and shaping the arts scene of today and tomorrow.

This is a unique opportunity for you to contribute to an event that showcases a broad range of artistic practices. The funds we receive will be to support payments to artists and speakers who are part of The Gathering: CPAMO Turns 10 – A Celebration.

Please support our next Gathering by making a contribution to our fundraiser!

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A Conversation on Disabilities and Artistic Practice – May 29

The Gathering 
Celebrating 10 years of showcasing, convening and support
for equity and pluralism in the Arts

The Gathering: A Conversation on Disabilities and Artistic Practice
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 1-4:30pm 

CSI Daniel Spectrum
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

In collaboration with Reelabilities, Workman Arts, and Tangled Arts.

Involving three of Toronto’s highly regarded arts organizations working with the Deaf and Disabled communities, this session will explore in depth the workings of such artists and the role these organizations play in presenting and advocating for increased recognition of Deaf and Disabled Artists, their arts practices and stories.

Participants: Andrea Thompson, Sean Lee and Cyn Rozeboom.
Performance by Cahoots Theatre.

Panel General Admission:  $10
Register on Native Earth’s Box office.

Bios:

Andrea Thompson is a writer, educator and spoken word artist who has been publishing and performing her work for over twenty-five years. In 1995 she was featured in the documentary Slamnation, as a member of the country’s first national slam team. In 2005, her spoken word CDOne was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award, and in 2009 she was awarded the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word’s Poet of Honour. She is the author of the novel Over Our Heads and co-editor of Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out (both Inanna Publications). Thompson currently teaches at Workman Arts (CAMH), as well as through the Ontario College of Art and Design University and The University of Toronto’s Continuing Studies departments.

Sean Lee is a part of a new generation of artists, curators, and arts leaders bringing fresh perspectives to the contemporary art field through an intersectional disability arts praxis. His methodology reframes embodied difference as a distinct resource that resists aesthetic ideals. Orienting towards a “crip horizon”, Sean leads with disability in his curation for its transformative possibilities.

Sean is the Director of Programming at Tangled Art + Disability. Previous to this role, he was Tangled’s inaugural Curator in Residence (2016) as well as Tangled’s Gallery Manager (2017). In addition, Sean  is an independent lecturer and holds a B.A. in Arts Management and Studio from the University of Toronto, Scarborough. He currently sits on the board of the8Fest, Creative Users Projects and is a member of the Ontario Art Council’s Deaf and Disability Advisory Group.

Cyn Rozeboom (Tangled Art + Disability Executive Director) has over 25 years experience in the non-profit arts sector as a fundraiser, communications specialist, artist, and administrator. Career highlights include founding the Art of the Danforth festival; serving as the inaugural Managing Director of East End Arts; helping establish the Next Stage Theatre festival during her tenure at the Toronto Fringe; and three years with Hospital Audiences Inc. a group which provides innovative arts-access services in New York City. She has an MA in Communications, a Certified Fundraising Executive designation, and a college diploma in Radio & Television Arts. Cyn is Mad-identified and is particularly interested in the contradictions of human nature, construction of identities through story-telling, and the fluid dynamics of power within social structures.

Performance by Cahoots Theatre:

Kirsten Kirsch

Gimpy was born out of frustration and what I felt was misrepresentation. I was tired of disability being seen as supplements or catalysts to other stories. We have stories too. It’s important to me because I think too often, we are an invisible minority, and because I can remember being small and not seeing myself in media anywhere and it really upset me. I wanted to write something for all the young aspiring artists who are looking for themselves.

I’d love to be in your stories and would totally be open to doing a takeover! I can take over Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday (or a combo… whatever you’d like)


Accessibility: Aki Studio Theatre and Regent Park Film Festival are wheelchair accessible. NIA Center for the Arts is partly wheelchair accessible.
We aim to host a fragrance-free event. Please do not wear perfume, cologne, or other scented products.


The Gathering on May, 21 and May 27-29 is in collaboration with:

The Gathering: Indigenous Activism in the Arts

The Gathering: Indigenous Activism in the Arts
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 2-6pm 

Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Panel General Admission:  $10 – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.

In collaboration with IPAA, Native Earth, and Aboriginal Curatorial Collective.
There has been much discussion publicly about the central importance of Indigenous peoples to how Canada sees itself.  Much of this has been fueled by Indigenous artists in different disciplines who have been actively engaged in building their arts practices within diverse Indigenous cultural forms and creating some of the most exciting works in contemporary Canadian arts.

Participants: Cynthia Licker-Sage, Clayton Windatt, Camille Georgeson-Usher, Cole Forrest, and Ryan Rice. Performances by Unsettled Scores.

Participants Bios:

Cynthia Lickers-Sage is a Mohawk, Turtle Clan visual artist from Six Nations and is currently the Executive Director of the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance. Following her graduation at the Ontario College of Art and Design she Co-Founded The Centre for Aboriginal Media, imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival and is the sole proprietor of Clickers Productions. She has spent the last 25 years working in the not-for-profit arts sector as the Executive Director at imagineNATIVE and ANDPVA and the General Manager at Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. She has also served as an arts officer at the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Cynthia serves on the board of directors for CAPACOA and Ontario Presents and has served on a variety of volunteer boards and commitees at arts organizations both Nationally and Internationally. Cynthia is the proud recipient of the Toronto Aboriginal Business Association’s – Aboriginal Business Women and the Year award and is a recent recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross from the Governor General of Canada.

Clayton Windatt is a Métis non–binary multi-artist working between Sturgeon Falls and Toronto, Ontario. Clayton holds a BA in Fine Art and is a certified Graphic Designer. With an extensive history working in Artist-Run Culture and Community Arts, Clayton now works as Executive Director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC-CCA). Clayton works with arts organizations on national and global issues relating to relationships and the intersecting points between many peoples. Clayton maintains contracts as a critical writer and columnist for various publications. Clayton is an active film director with recent works featured in festivals such as ImagineNative and the Toronto International Film Festival. Clayton works with community, design, communications, curation, performance, theatre, technology, consulting, and is a very active writer, filmmaker and visual-media artist.

Camille Georgeson-Usher is a Coast Salish / Sahtu Dene/ Scottish scholar, artist, writer, and Director of Programming for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective from Galiano Island, BC which is the land of the Pune’laxutth’ (Penelakut) Nation. Usher completed her MA in Art History at Concordia University and is currently a PhD student in the Cultural Studies department at Queen’s University. She has been awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarship for her research-creation work around urban Indigenous experiences within Indigenous communities, groups, and arts collectives through both little and big gestures that activating public spaces. She was awarded the 2018 Canadian Art Writing Prize and most recently has had work exhibited in Soundings: an exhibition in five parts at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, ON.

Cole Forrest is an Ojibwe artist and spoken word poet originally from Nipissing First Nation near North Bay, Ontario. He strives for compassion and acceptance within the arts. By always seeking new horizons and pushing to be the best he can be, Cole is forever learning new techniques to hone his craft.

Cole has trained and honed his craft at the “Big Medicine Studio” while working with the group Aanmitaagzi. Cole has worked with the group Aanmitaagzi for several years on various performing arts pieces at the local, provincial, and nation-wide levels. Cole has written, directed, and acted in various student/independent short films as well as fringe festival theatre pieces, and, a musical. Cole is a recipient of the Ken and Ann Watts Memorial Scholarship of “Sears Drama”. Cole’s play “Speaking Mind Spoken Word” was shortlisted for the Wayne Fairhead New Play Award. Cole’s other play “Life Anishinaabe Youth” was the recipient of the Outstanding Original Work award at the On The Edge Fringe Festival (2017). Cole is also a recipient of the James Bartleman Indigenous Youth Creative Writers Award. Currently, Cole works with the nation-wide music education group Coalition for Music Education in Canada as an ambassador for their Youth4Music Program, sits as a co-chair on their National Youth Council, and leads their First Nations, Metis, Inuit Projects. As a film student, Cole continues to write, direct, create, while attending George Brown College for their Video Design and Production Program.

Cole Forrest is regarded as an emerging cultural leader of Northern Ontario. He is proficient in movement, theater, media, music, and most notably, writing.

Ryan Rice, Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawake, is an independent curator whose career spans 25 years in museums and galleries, including posts as Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and the Indigenous Art Centre. He received a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University. His writing on contemporary Onkwehonwe art published in numerous periodicals and exhibition catalogues, and he has lectured widely. Rice is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Liberal Arts/School of Interdisciplinary Studies at OCAD University.

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Unsettled Scores was co-founded in 2006 by Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan, and together they have created and presented solo, chamber, orchestral and opera compositions, as well as theatrical and multimedia works. They have also presented at conferences and festivals, and conducted workshops on topics such as intercultural collaboration, and decolonizing through music.


Accessibility: Aki Studio Theatre, CSI and Regent Park Film Festival are accessible. Nia Centre for the Arts is partially accessible.

We aim to host a fragrance-free event. Please do not wear perfume, cologne, or other scented products.


The Gathering on May, 21 and May 27-29 is in collaboration with:

CPAMO is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Propeller Project, the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the Applegath Group, CIBC Wood Gundy and English Testing Canada.

The Gathering Evening Performances May 28: Newton Moraes Dance, The Seat Next to the King, Nova Dance, and Alluvial Plain

The Gathering Performances features Newton Moraes Dance, The Seat Next to the King, Nova Dance, and Alluvial Plain
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 7:30-9pm with doors open at 7pm 
Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Performance General Admission: $20 |  Students $15
Register on Native Earth’s Box office

Newton Moraes Dance

Newton Moraes was born in Porto Alegre – Brazil. At an early age he started dancing Samba, playing soccer and then pursued studies of Physical Education at the Unisinos University in Porto Alegre. Later he studied Afro-Brazilian Dance, Jazz and street dancing. In 1991 he decided to move to Toronto with his late partner Robert Shirley Professor of Anthropology at University of Toronto and he studied Modern and Contemporary Dance at the Professional Programme at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and became a alumni student. His dance company Newton Moraes Dance Theatre performed to public and critical acclaim in Canada, Germany, Brazil, Colombia and Cuba. NMDT received support from Foreign Affairs Canada, Canadian Embassy, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts, Laidlaw Foundation, Goethe Institute in Toronto.

Moraes has choreographed more than fifty works, both for himself and other dancers. Newton has collaborated with choreographer Patrick Parson in “Orixás Voice” and Dancing Spirits” two new dances created by the Ballet Creole for their season at the Premiere Dance Theatre at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Newton also collaborated with Terrill Maguire in “Crazy to be born” at the World’s Fare Festival at Harbourfront Centre and Alexandro Ronceria in “Agua” at the Planet IndigenUS Festival in the water at the Harbourfront Centre.

Some of Newton’s mentors include Jean Sasportes from Pina Bausch Wuppertal Tanztheater, Fred Traguth, David Earle, Patricia Beatty, Danny Grossman, Marcelo do Nascimento and José do Nascimento (Brazil). Further studies were made in Releasing Technique with Stephanie Scura, Improvisation and butoh with Denise Fujiwara, Natsu Nakajima, Yomiko Yoshioka, Kurt Jooss Technique with Fred Traguth, Afro-Brazilian Spiritual Dance with Pai Beto do Xangó Aganju, gaga dance with Alvin W. Collantes and James Viveiros. Newton Moraes was part of the jury for the Dora Moore Awards 2017/2018 and SummerWorks Festival. One year MFA scholarship student student in choreography at York University. He is very happy with the celebration of NMDT 20th Anniversary season and the collaboration with Sharon DiGenova and his incredible talented performers: Ryan Kostyniuk, Andrea Rojas, Shakeil Rollock, Deltin Sejour and Katherine Semchuk.

Check out our interview with Newton Moraes 

 

The Seat Next to the King

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In September of 1964, a chance meeting between two men reveals the bond they share and the ties connecting them to America’s most powerful leaders in playwright Steven Jackson’s stirring The Seat Next to the King.

Behind the door of a public washroom in Washington, D.C., two lives linked to the country’s most influential figures collide when a white man seeking a sexual encounter meets a black male stranger. Winner of the 2017 Toronto Fringe New Play contest, a festival Patrons’ Pick and a sold out run, this affecting work of historical fiction returns to tackle race, sex, identity, and the cost of reconciling each for two disparate human beings with a shared innate need.

Steven Elliott JacksonSteven Elliott Jackson is an award-winning playwright. His play, The Seat Next To The King won Best New Play and Patron’s Pick at The Toronto Fringe in 2017. The State Of Tennessee placed second in the same contest in 2007. The Seat Next To The King was published by Scirocco Press in April 2018. His new play, Statue Of Limitations will be premiering at Storefront Fringe in Kingston in July 2019 and The Seat Next To The King will be playing in Kitchener and Buffalo in June this year.

Nova Dance

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Led by Founding Artistic Director Nova Bhattacharya, Nova Dance is a radically imaginative, contemporary dance company dedicated to reflecting the evolution of Indian classical dance on the Canadian scene. Over the past decade, the company has presented critically acclaimed works, arts events for all ages, and created a context for South Asian dance artists to take space with their art as an integrated part of Canadian cultural expression.

Alluvial Plain

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Alluvial Plain is a Toronto-based acoustic band featuring vocals, upright bass and drums. Lead singer Aruna Antonella Handa writes the songs, revealing eclectic influences including French chanson, classical Indian music, tango, folk, the blues, Motown and art song. Songs about elephants, riots, love, outer space, crickets, addiction, inner space and virtual space focus on vocal texture and textual rhythm. Currently the band is working on a debut EP, Of Bones and Addicts, and preparing a new show Voyage to Anthropocene, as part of the Future Food Salon series.

Check out the interview and performance by Alluvial Plain

 


Accessibility: Aki Studio Theatre, CSI and Regent Park Film Festival are accessible. Nia Centre for the Arts is partially accessible.

We aim to host a fragrance-free event. Please do not wear perfume, cologne, or other scented products.