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 | 3-6pm | 
Please note time change – this session starts at 3pm. 
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.


In collaboration with:

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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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CPAMO’s Art in Conversation Interview with Mateo Galindo Torres and Sashar Zarif

We are excited to have Mateo Galindo Torres Dance and Sashar Zarif perform at our upcoming Gathering on the evening of Monday, May 27, 2019. Check out the interviews with them on youtube as part of CPAMO’s Art in Conversation interviews series. The Gathering’s evening performance on May 27 will also feature Compañía Carmen Romero and Adrenalin performed by Ahmad Meree – for more information and to register to visit our website!

Watch now -> Mateo Galindo Torres – https://youtu.be/9wKv-026Pq0


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

Gala Performances on May 29

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

Gala Performances Featuring:
Sampradaya Dance Creations, Red Slam Collective,
DFM Bassoon Quartet, and KasheDance

Aki Studio
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Doors open at 7pm | Performances 7:30-9pm | After party starts at 9pm
Catering and Cash Bar! 

General Admission: $30 |  Students $25
Special offer – all evening performances May 27-29 for $60
Register on Native Earth’s Box office.

In the photo left to right: CanStage Territorial Tales, Red Slam Collective, DFM bassoon quartet, KasheDance, and Sampradaya Dance Creations.

The evening will include:

Land Acknowledgment by CanStage Territorial Tales.

Charting displacement through the intertwined narratives of 6 young immigrants – Territorial Tales explores the voice of youth, the true nature of home and our collective relationship to the place where we reside.

Directed by: Autumn Smith | Performers: Sepehr Reybod, Charles Manzo Alicia Plummer, Anna Markovic and Bilal Baig.

 
Opening performance by:  

Workman Arts’ Bruised Years Choir adds magic to any event! Composed of members who identify as having mental health or addiction experience, their repertoire of contemporary songs is a wonderful way to entertain guests AND make a meaningful social impact.

Established in 2016, the Bruised Years Choir is led by Dora Award-winning artist Jim LeFrancois and musician Rob Joy and performs an assortment of contemporary selections, accompanied by piano and guitar. The Bruised Years Choir has performed at events such as the Invictus Games, the 5th Annual Patrick Conner Awards (Theatre Centre), CAMH’s Phase Three Ground-Breaking Ceremony, the Luminato Festival and the Rendezvous with Madness Festival.

 
Gala Performances by: 

Sampradaya Dance Creations is an award-winning dance company that has shifted the paradigm for South Asian dance in Canada. Under the visionary leadership of its Artistic Director, Lata Pada, SDC has redefined the classical movement discipline of bharatanatyam to be a contemporary expression responding to current realities and relevance. SDC creates dance that is bold and thought provoking while being compelling and engaging.  The company has successfully created unique inter-cultural and multi-disciplinary dance works that challenge how South Asian dance is perceived.

Today, it is also recognized as a vital sector builder advocating for, nurturing and supporting the culturally diverse dance ecology in Canada. Ranging from personal autobiographical narratives to the immigrant experience, from historical to political, from sport to popular culture, the Company’s work spans a diverse range of solo and ensemble work. Celebrating 30 years, SDC has positioned itself at the forefront of South Asian dance in Canada, creating new benchmarks of artistic excellence.

Kindred – Inspired by women who share a journey of individual and collective challenges and navigating a world of social pressures, Kindred re-imagines and contemporizes the bharatanatyam aesthetic to speak of female connections and bonds. Choreography: Suma Nair.

Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml’ga’t Saqama’sgw (The Woman Who Stands and Walks In The Light),  a TD Arts Diversity and KM Hunter Award finalist, is a Haudenosaunee Kanien’kehà and Mi’kmaw; Drum Talk Poetic Rapologist; slam poet, musician, hip-hop emcee, recording artist, arts educator, keynote speaker, artist mentor, festival curator, theatre artist, and emerging knowledge keeper and medicine carrier. She is the Director of Programming for Neighbourhood Impact for the Centre for Learning & Development in Regent Park and founding member of Red Slam an Indigenous Art 4 Social Change Movement. Published in 9 literary publications and two music recordings. In 2018 she opened for Alma Clooney at the Luminato Festival, and was a featured performer for the inaugural Nuit Blanche in Scarborough, at the Scarborough Civic Centre. In 2019 she joined the cast of The Daughters Of Lilith, while featuring at Aga Khan Museum, The Fiddlehead Festival, The London Poetry Slam Finals and the FOLD Literary Festival in Brampton. Awe:ri is an Unapologetic Cultural Arts Leader engaged in social change movements across Turtle Island, with a focus on access & equity for BIPOC & LGBTQ2S humans.

DFM is the world’s first and only electric bassoon band. This genre-bending ensemble reimagines your favourite tunes from the 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond…on electric bassoons.

Since 2011 DFM has been smashing the bassoon’s boundaries through acoustic and electronic sound modifications, creating new and unique sounds with familiar melodies. DFM cannot be contained by your typical symphony orchestra, and has performed for thousands at Yonge-Dundas Square, appeared at the Northern Lights Festival Boréal, and played to standing-room only crowds at pubs, cabarets and fundraiser events in the Greater Toronto Area.

With three bassoons sharing the vocal and lead guitar lines, contrabassoon laying down the bass line and a drummer keeping time, this atypical cover band is an unforgettable listening experience.

KasheDance. In its 10th Anniversary and hailed as embodying artistic diversity in technique, form and choreography, KasheDance echoes in a new genealogy of Afro contemporary dance grounded in three main processes – Creation, Research, Presentation supported by Outreach initiatives in community and in education. We engage and creates within a three-pronged CRP model where Creative / Research / Presentation model, is supported by further deepening with the Critical Response Process pioneered by Liz Lerman / Dance Exchange and grounded in collaboration, representation and partnerships.  KasheDance finds inspiration from visual arts, music, mixed media and spoken word and is creatively and socially curious about how dance can fuel focused and progressive conversations around our practice while situating people and audiences in cross-cultural engagement. The company has performed for dance Immersion, at the Canada Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival,  Moving Inspirations Dance Festival (Winnipeg), and at the Lt. Governor of Ontario Suite in a collaboration between the Office of Lt. Governor for International Dance Day 2014 among other venues. KasheDance’s last production FACING Home: Love and Redemption was voted Top 10 performance in Madison, Wisconsin, was in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Madison Dance Department and has toured to seven cities in US, Canada and the Caribbean. This June, the work will be the main performance event of the US Virgin Islands St, Croix Pride 2019.


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:

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: