The Gathering : May 29-31

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The Gathering | Pluralism in Arts Practices: Contemporary Intersections

May 29th at Aki Studio Theatre – Native Earth Performing Arts
585 Dundas St. E, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

May 30th – May 31st at OCAD University
100 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1

CPAMO, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Small World Music/Polyphonic Ground,  Humber College, Feminist Art Collective and OCAD University collaborate on addressing pluralism in the arts. 

Geared towards sharing strategies in the engagement of Indigenous, racialized, disabled and mad, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities since it was initiated by CPAMO in the Spring 2016. The Gathering is a very powerful, positive and transformative convening of academics, creatives and arts leaders in the creative industry. The Gathering | Pluralism in Arts Practices: Contemporary Intersections will explore frameworks for understanding contemporary expressions of Indigenous / racialized, disabled and other marginalized identified art making and its intersections. Held over three days, the symposium will showcase artists through performances, visual arts exhibitions, plenary sessions aimed at building organizational and artistic capacity, with the aspirations of enlivening community conversation in the arts.

The Gathering offers an interactive space where arts organizations, artists and attendees dedicated to advancing pluralism in the arts, can share, dialogue and exchange strategies supporting the social and civic engagement in the arts.

How do we achieve systemic change more effectively through collective, creative action while sharing approaches to understand arts practices? At the core of the Gathering is understanding how contemporary intersections in artistic practice shape diverse Canadian cultural expressions.

What we hope to achieve? We hope that everyone arrives at a better understanding of diverse realities of indigenous / ethno-racially identified artists / organizations supporting a heightened awareness of arts practices working in a pluralist lens.

View the schedule

REGULAR $50 three days | $20 per day
ARTIST $25 three days | $8 per day
STUDENT $20 three days | $5 per day


*** The Gathering attendees will receive complimentary tickets to “The Life and Death of John & The Milkman” ONLY for the performance on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018. Tickets for other dates can be purchased by attendees. ***

We would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Propeller Project, and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration for their support.

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Support our next Gathering!

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!!!

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 Pluralism and Aesthetics Gathering. These artists engage Indigenous, racialized, queer and intersectional communities as well as those interested in arts practices coming from these communities.

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.

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What we need and what you get

The Pluralism and Aesthetics 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 – Pluralism and Aesthetics – 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 CPAMO’s gathering on Pluralism and Aesthetics.

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


Lua Shayenne Dance Company seeks an Assistant Coordinator – deadline: May 9, 2018

Assistant Coordinator
Lua Shayenne Dance Company
Start Date: May 22, 2018
Salary: $20,280 – Part Time Position

Lua Shayenne Dance Company (LSDC) is a charitable not-for-profit African based dance company whose work delves into the physical investigation of neo-traditional and contemporary African dance forms and mirrors its African-Canadian social and cultural context. LSDC’s work expands the genre’s profile while offering audiences a different dance experience.

LSDC presents dance works that explore current subject matters with the aim to be a source of social good and spiritual progress. Artistic Director, Lua Shayenne, draws on the aesthetics and values of West African dance and culture and creates dance pieces that seek to upset and challenge multiple conventions and stereotypes. LUA SHAYENNE DANCE COMPANY promotes community development as well as cross-cultural exchange and collaboration with national and international artists.

LSDC has been performed venues and festivals including:  Fall for Dance North, Centre Culturel Français Frontenac, Porch View Dances, and Ryerson University’s Parodos Festival, to name a few.

LSDC company dancers receive professional training that advances the Mande dance practice and innovation within this dance form. Mande is a family of various ethnic groups from West Africa. LSDC focuses primarily on dances that originated in the Malinke and Awkar empires (partly today’s Mali, Guinea, Ghana etc.).

Job Description:

The Assistant Coordinator will report directly to the Artistic Director, working closely to complete all aspects of the position. The successful candidate will be a self-starter, producing all materials on behalf of LSDC as well as maintaining company records and files. The Assistant Coordinator provides support to the AD for all company activities. The candidate will work out of Dance Umbrella of Ontario’s (DUO) offices for the duration of the contract, though some off-site work is required. The successful candidate will receive training and mentorship from the staff at Dance Umbrella of Ontario and this will be a key component of the contract.

The Assistant Coordinator will work with the AD to deliver all company programs, performances, outreach and educations activities. This one-year contract can be extended beyond one year for the right candidate. The successful candidate will execute the following;


  • Assist with writing and submitting grant and foundation applications and final reports
  • Manage the contracting process for all artists and vendors
  • Assist with the operating budget; tracking expenses and revenues to the projections and provide reports to assist in decision making
  • Liaise with Marketing and Communications team to support the execution of their work and execute a distribution plan for marketing collateral.
  • Attend board meetings and take minutes.
  • Research performance opportunities including; festivals, presenters and touring options
  • Work on all aspects of the Company’s Community Outreach programs
  • Working with the Artistic Director, liaise with the Technical crew regarding scheduling, logistics and equipment
  • Other duties as required


  • One to three years administrative or producing experience in the performing arts sector
  • A passion for African dance forms and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people in a different of situation
  • An ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, set and balance priorities, manage time wisely, and meet deadlines
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills; strong editing skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • An understanding of the principles of government funding in the arts
  • Computer literacy, particularly in Word and Excel in an Apple environment
  • Competency in French is considered an asset

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated self-starter looking to increase their skills and knowledge as an arts manager, with some experience in the non-profit sector. The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in arts administration, or equivalent experience.

  • Experienced in project management, including, budgets, government funding and reporting and deadline oriented
  • Excellent computer and typing skills and knowledge of software programs including; Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel).
  • Post-secondary education (college or university).
  • Minimum 2 years experience in arts administration.

Personal traits/requirements:

  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to build rapport with vendors, artists, board and technical staff.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Professional maturity and judgment.

How to Apply:
Please submit your resume, cover letter and 3 references to;

Please ensure the email subject line reads LSDC Assistant Coordinator

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Those selected will be contacted within one week of the submission deadline. No phone calls, please.

Deadline to submit an application is 5pm on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.