Media Release: The Gathering

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

For Immediate Release (April 3, 2019)

What Happens When… 45 Artists and 56 Organizations Collaborate in an Arts Event?

(TORONTO,ON) 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.

Since 2016, the Gathering has been a very powerful, positive and supportive process geared towards sharing strategies in the engagement of Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled, mad, queer, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities since it was initiated by CPAMO. The event will feature performances by some of Canada’s leading arts organizations including MT Space, Compania Carmen Romero, Sampradaya Dance Creations, Newton Moraes Dance Theatre, Red Slam Collective, Das Faggot Mascheifet, Nova Dance, Shaunga Tagore, Sashar Zarif, Aluna Theater and much more. The panels and networking are central to the support, dissemination and showcase of equity, diversity and pluralist performing aesthetics in the arts with the hopes of leading to community building, organizational development, increased artistic capacity, with the aspiration of enlivening the many ways in which the Arts intersects with, and provides public impact and intrinsic civic engagement.

More info will be available here: – Tickets sale starts in two weeks! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Nia Centre for the Arts
General admissions:  Panels $10

Monday and Tuesday, May 27 – 28, 2019 at Native Earth Performing Arts  
General admissions:  Panels $10 | Performances $20, Students $15 

Wednesday, May 29 at Native Earth Performing Arts  
General Admissions: Panels $10 | Gala Performance $30 , students: $25


Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) is a movement of Indigenous and racialized artists engaged in empowering the arts communities of Ontario. CPAMO seeks to open opportunities for Indigenous and racialized professionals and organizations to build capacity through access and working relationships with cultural institutions across Ontario that will result in constructive relationships with Indigenous and racialized professionals and organization. Through their Advisory Committee, Roundtable Artistic Associates and the Pluralism for Organizational Change Organizations, CPAMO has coordinated at the national level with National Arts Services Organizations in a movement to equitable, diverse and inclusive change in the Arts supporting a pluralist framework. CPAMO’s current projects include: The Gathering which is a bi-annual event exploring issues related to the arts practices of Indigenous, racialized and other marginalized artists in a non-hierarchical space and CPAMOPOC (Pluralism and Organizational Change).

In collaboration with:

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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.