Schedule Changes for Digital Tools Professional Development Series

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have to postpone the Essential Digital Tools – Day 2 on Friday, October 9. 

Essential Digital Tools – Day 2 workshop will take place on October 23 and the Essential Digital Tools – Day 3 workshop will take place on October 30. Essential Digital Tools – Day 4 workshop is rescheduled and we will let you know as soon as the new date is confirmed. 

We apologize for any inconvenience which this may cause. If you registered for a workshop your registration was transferred automatically to the new date (e.g. you registered to Day 2 on Oct. 9 and you are now automatically reiterated for Day 2 – Oct. 23); if you need to change your registration please email us at

The updated schedule below: 

Day 2 – Friday, October 23, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST 
Day 3 – Friday, October 30, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST 
Day 4 – TBD 
Update: Day 4 – Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST

Producer Jessa Agilo (Founder, ArtsPond) provides a whirlwind but fun and informative introduction to the essential digital tools and software in her front and back pockets for managing time, money, people, building creative programming, and engaging community. Learn from her 30 years of experience combining free, open source, and low-cost tools and applications to manage small to large teams from home on a tight budget.

Day 2 – Friday, October 23, 2020

Compare the benefits and challenges of popular design and communications suites like Adobe with open source, free/low-cost alternatives to amplify your public outreach, accessibility, and interactivity on-the-ground and in-the-cloud. Explore CPanel and WordPress website hosting for non-developers without breaking your brain or emptying the bank. Look at free and open source constituency relationship management (CRM) options with CiviCRM, SuiteCRM, and MailChimp, livestreaming to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Instagram and other services with OBS Studio and YellowDuck, accessibility services with and other alternatives, research support with Zotero, strategies for sharing remote desktops, cloud and onsite digital asset backups, best practices for Zoom video conferencing and other alternatives.

DAY 3 – Friday, October 30, 2020

Become a power Quickbooks and spreadsheet user for managing people, time, and money. See examples and learn how to build all the tools that you need. Explore how just a few spreadsheet features (filters, pivot tables, mail merges) and functions (VLOOKUP, SUMIF, IFS and more) can boost efficiency and automation of everyday business activities. Gain access to sample financial, HR, and activity reporting templates from ArtsPond’s office and learn how to build them on your own. Ask questions about financial and project management challenges and received thoughts or recommendations on how to improve or do things differently.


Update: Day 4 – Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST

A hand’s on workshop for non-developers to learn how to install and powerup a multi-user Office365 environment and a new WordPress website on a custom domain with CPanel hosting (or hosted by WordPress). For Office365, setup and use SharePoint, Teams, Planner, Yammer, OneNote, OneDrive, and more.  On WordPress, learn how to install themes, create and update content, address site SEO settings, backup and keep it secure, migrate content to another location, set up a testing server on your local machine for play before launch, choosing between the best of free and paid plugins to extend functionality, examining options for hosting ecommerce or social networking functionality, setting up multiple user accounts with permissions, syncing up content and contact lists with Mailchimp and social media. Explore SSL certificates, hosting other open source software solutions to extend functionalities, and choose a hosting plan that works for you for the future.  

For this workshop, if you do not already have access, participants from nonprofit organizations in Canada are encouraged to request accounts for Microsoft Office365 E2 for Nonprofits from TechSoup Canada. Approval process can take 10 days. For those that are unable to do so, a temporary account will be provided to participants by ArtsPond for 90 days to explore the platform.

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Speakers announced for Literature in the Spotlight – Voices Unleashed session

 The Gathering: Online
 Literature in the Spotlight – Voices Unleashed

October 15, 2020 | 1-4pm via Zoom 

Inspired by Dane Swan’s book “The Changing Face of Canadian Literature” The Gathering Online 2020 hosts a conversation on Literature in the Spotlight – Voices Unleashed which seeks to broaden the conversation on Canada’s literary history with a focus on IBPOC writers to arrive at the nuanced nature in which writers are speaking of, writing about various perspectives of IBPOC Canadians.

We hope you can join us. It is our intent to offer further a space for networking with artists and organizations, asking the same questions about IBPOC visibility, inclusion and their intersections with artistic/organizational practices while speaking to many perspectives in the arts and the changing demographics of audiences and participation within the Arts sector.

– Bänoo Zan
– Anthony Bansfield
– Charlie Petch 
– Jessica Kirk 
– Gavin Barrett
– Lesley Fletcher
– Dane Swan



Bänoo Zan is a poet, librettist, translator, teacher, editor and poetry curator, with more than 200published poems and poetry-related pieces as well as three books. Song of Phoenix: Life and Works of Sylvia Plath, was reprinted in Iran in 2010. Songs of Exile, her first poetry collection, was released in 2016 in Canada by Guernica Editions. It was shortlisted for Gerald Lampert Memorial Award by the League of Canadian Poets in 2017. Letters to My Father, her second poetry book, was published in 2017 by Piquant Press in Canada. She is the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series (inception: 2012). It is a brave space that bridges the gap between communities of poets from different ethnicities, nationalities, religions (or lack thereof), ages, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, poetic styles, voices and visions.

Anthony Bansfield, aka the nth digri, is a spoken word poet inspired by the African griot tradition and his Caribbean-Canadian heritage. He has performed in Canada, the US, the Caribbean and Africa, and has published numerous print and audio-visual productions of his work. He is National Coordinator of the Northern Griots Network, and currently producing a virtual celebration of Black Canadian spoken word poetry called ‘WordLife20.’

Charlie C Petch is an award winning playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. They have an upcoming poetry book with Brick Books in Fall 2021, a libretto “Medusa’s Children” launching with Opera Q, and their multimedia play “Daughter of Geppetto” is forthcoming with Wind In The Leaves. Petch was the 2017  Poet of Honour for Spoken Word Canada, winner of the Golden Beret lifetime achievement in spoken word with The League of Canadian Poets, is a Youth Mentor with TDSB Creates and is the founder of Hot Damn it’s a Queer Slam.

Jessica Kirk is a cultural curator and researcher based in Toronto, whose creative practice is rooted in racial justice and community care. Jessica is the current Membership, Equity, and Engagement Coordinator for The Writers’ Union of Canada where she initiated BIPOC Writers Connect, a literary mentorship program for emerging Black, Indigenous and racialized writers. She co-founded multidisciplinary collective Way Past Kennedy Road and is the co-founder of Black Graduation at the University of Toronto. Jessica also holds a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Social Justice Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, where she submitted her thesis entitled Mapping Livable Geographies: Black Radical Praxis within and beyond Toronto. Jessica’s writing also appears in The Canadian Geographer, Cartographies of Blackness and Black Indigeneities, and This Magazine. 

 Gavin Barrett’s new poetry collection Understan (Mawenzi House, 2020) is a CBC  Books recommendation. Born in Bombay, he lived in Hong Kong before immigrating to Canada. His poetry has been anthologized and published in reputed literary journals and he co-curates the Tartan Turban Secret Readings which centres BIPOC writers. He sits on the Canadian Authors Association—Toronto Branch Advisory Board and is an associate member of The League of Canadian Poets.

Lesley Fletcher is the Executive Director of the League of Canadian poets. Lesley has worked throughout the publishing industry as a community organizer, editor, bookseller, social media manager, and program coordinator. She also acts as a freelance writer (with a variety of pennames) and her work has been published on websites around the world.  She cannot resist a bookstore, a library, a dog, or a new houseplant.

Dane Swan is a Bermuda-born, Toronto-based spoken word artist, former slam poet, musician, author, and emerging editor. A former remedial English student, he is now an author of both fiction and poetry. Dane’s second poetry collection, A Mingus Lullaby, was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in 2017.

IBPOC Digital Strategy – Phase II: Digital Accessibility in the Arts sessions Nov/Dec 2020

Registration is now open for Digital  Accessibility in the Arts sessions: 
Presented by Victoria Anne Warner and Sean Lee, Tangled Arts
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 11am-2:30pm EST
Thursday, November 26, 2020 | 11am-2:30pm EST
Thursday, December 3, 2020 |1pm-4:30pm EST
Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 1pm-4:30pm EST

Join Tangled Art + Disability in an exploration of crip culture and disability aesthetics. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with Tangled staff members that will discuss the following topics: Disability Arts, the social vs. medical model of disability, accessible curatorial practices and digital ways of engaging access.

Day 1: Join Sean Lee and Kristina McMullin in an educational session that charts the emergence and swell of the Deaf and Disability Arts sector in Canada, and what it looks like to not only curate disability arts, but to develop the cultural aesthetics of access. This includes a brief overview of disability arts in Canada, current and future approaches to accessible curation, inclusive approaches to marketing, and communication as a tool for building community.

Day 2: Drop-in sessions – bring us your questions, your plans and your ideas as they relate to Day 1 and we can workshop together during an open drop-in session on access.

Day 3: Join Jack Hawk and Victoria Anne Warner in a discussion around the possibilities of access as a cultural phenomenon. Participants will learn about digital tools and protocols in addition to outreach possibilities that exist in the digital sector.

Day 4: Drop-in sessions – bring us your questions, your plans and your ideas as they relate to Day 3 and we can workshop together during an open drop-in session on access.

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Sean Lee is an artist and curator exploring the notion of disability art and accessibility as the last avant-garde. His methodology reframes embodied difference as a means to resist traditional aesthetic idealities. Orienting towards a “crip horizon”, Sean gestures towards the transformative possibilities of a world that desires the way disability can disrupt.

Sean holds a B.A. in Arts Management and Studio from the University of Toronto, Scarborough and is currently 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). Sean was involved with the launch of Tangled Art Gallery, and has been integral to countless exhibitions and public engagements throughout his tenure at Tangled Art + Disability.

In addition to his position at Tangled, Sean is an independent curator, lecturer, and advisor, adding his insights and perspectives to conversations surrounding Disability Arts across Canada and the United States. Sean currently sits on the board of CARFAC Ontario, Creative Users Projects and is a member of the Ontario Art Council’s Deaf and Disability Advisory Committee and Toronto Art Council’s Visual and Media Arts Committee.

Victoria Anne Warner (Research Coordinator) has been working in Disability Advocacy and Justice for over a decade. She discovered her passion for analysing, taking apart, and rebuilding access policies in the sci-fi convention world, and hasn’t stopped since. She has worked with CUPE Ontario as the first Equity Representative for Workers with Disabilities, and her research led to the creation of new courses for union members across Canada on disability and ableism. She is currently interested in how to disrupt traditional power structures, and how she can implement those values in her work while making sure that previously unheard voices are not only brought to the table but valued.