The Gathering Divergence Day 2

Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Spring 2023

May 16 & 18 online | May 19 in-person 

Location: Winchester Street Theatre
80 Winchester St, Toronto, ON M4X 1B2 

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The Gathering Divergence Interdisciplinary Festival & Conference is a festival and conference with a specific focus on Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically – marginalized arts communities. Held over 3 days, GDMAF/C features performances, literary readings, panels, workshops and creative investigations from diverse practices.

Join us for Gathering Divergence Day 2 tomorrow (May 18) via Zoom. Featuring:

SESSION: Understanding Managing Money And Investments In The Arts 
Date: May 18, 2023 at 11:10 am via Zoom

In the arts, we know that financial precarity impacts our livelihood and families. We often work later, harder and consistently without benefits. Where do artists / organizations learn and understand managing money or possibly investing through a career.

  • Are there things we should be thinking about that will mean better financial security?
  • Are there ways we can think about investments even facing financial precarity
  • What are some measures though facing increased financial security can we begin to take into consideration?
  • How do artists begin to think about saving for retirement?

WORKSHOP: Grant Writing with Jessica Singh 
Date: May 18, 2023 at 1:00 pm via Zoom

In an ideal world, as artists and arts professionals the projects we conceptualize would paint the blue sky in all the hues possible. But in reality, it is limited by budgetary constraints and in many cases, we don’t even have the seed money to start building on our ideas. It takes months, often years to make these projects financially sustainable. The Canadian government supports the arts, artists, and arts-based organizations primarily through grants.

Using experience gained in grant writing specifically in the arts and culture sector. Jessica Singh will conduct a workshop on Grant Writing for Artists and Arts organizations and share her learning with attendees with specific focus to the needs of the IBPOC Artists / Arts  Organizations

SESSION: Networking Session with Programmers / Presenters  for IBPOC Artists 
Date: May 18, 2023 at 2:00 pm via Zoom

CPAMO started as an organization that catered to the needs of artists offering workshops based on responses from surveys and convenings. Geared towards IBPOC artists and companies, the session is an invitation to meet various organizations that support the work of artists; from presenters, festivals, arts service organizations to companies who work with artists. Its also a session to hear from the IBPOC arts communities about their emerging needs coming out of the pandemic.


Gauri Sharma | Time: 12:40 pm

Faith Jade | Time: 3:00pm 

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General admission (per day): $15
Accessibility pricing (per day): $5

The full schedule is available here.

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Meet Our Artists – Day 2!

Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Spring 2023

Register today!
May 16 & 18 online | May 19 in-person 

Location: Winchester Street Theatre
80 Winchester St, Toronto, ON M4X 1B2 

The Gathering Divergence Interdisciplinary Festival & Conference is a festival and conference with a specific focus on Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically – marginalized arts communities. Held over 3 days, GDMAF/C features performances, literary readings, panels, workshops and creative investigations from diverse practices.
Artist Showcase: Gauri Sharma 

Date: May 18, 2023 at 12:40 pm via Zoom

Gauri Sharma has been a dancer and a dance teacher for 15 years. She was Dr. Santosh Vyas’ student and has masters in Indian Classical Form-Kathak. For the last 5 years, Gauri has been teaching dance at local festivals, dance groups and school across the GTA including Guelph, Cambridge, and Kitchener. She performed and choreographed creative dances, Indian folk, classical form – Kathak and Bollywood in Canada.

Artist Showcase: Faith Jade

Date: May 18, 2023 at 3:00 pm via Zoom

Faith Jade is a dance artist, choreographer and educator in Toronto, Ontario. As an accomplished performer, Faith Jade works professionally as a choreographer and commercially as a dancer across the GTA. She is a proud graduate of York University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Dance and Education, Bachelor of Education program, and is currently completing a Masters of Education focused on Blackness in Arts Education.

Faith Jade’s recent dance film titled “Feel” centres the connection between blackness, police brutality and mental health. This work captures the duality between outer perception and inner turmoil that often contribute the intersections of Blackness. This short work was presented at Toronto’s annual fundraising gala for mental health called “Let The Elephants Dance” in 2022.

Her passion for arts education and Black liberation through the arts stems form a desire to use her gift of creation to facilitate and hold space for underrepresented voices. As a Black-identifying dance artist, Faith Jade recognizes the need for black-affirming, excellence driven spaces and opportunities in order to elevate Black art within the Toronto community.

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General admission (per day): $15
Accessibility pricing (per day): $5

The full schedule is available here.

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Meet our artists – Day 1!

The Gathering Divergence
Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Fall 2022

Visioning Canada’s IBPOC Artistic Transformation:
Then and Now

Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, 2022
In-person at Aki Studio (Toronto) and via Zoom 

The multi-Arts Festival and Conference; a positively impactful  and supportive convening in the Arts sector. The festival’s specific focus is on Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically – marginalized artists’ communities.  Geared towards meaningful conversations, professional development and sharing strategies in the Arts, this year’s theme for Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Fall 2022 | Visioning Canada’s IBPOC Artistic Transformation: Then and Now.

Meet our artists:

Maria Victoria and Y Josephine
Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 12pm 

Maria Victoria Mata
Venezuelan-Canadian Dancer, Choreographer and Director with a background in expressive arts therapy.  Mata’s career was first sculpted by pedagogic, self-directed training, which proceeded with training under internationally renowned choreographers. As a settler in T’Koronto, Mata’s sensibility to inclusion and border stories are due to her eclectic upbringing across three continents before the age of fifteen. Mata’s contemporary genre/style is rooted in Afro-Indigenous Venezuelan genres, harness/aerial dance and installation dance. She received an MFA in Contemporary Choreography from York University and has been a beneficiary of the Metcalf Foundation as well as a finalist of the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award. Since recently completing her second self-produced, full-length dance/theatre production “Cacao | A Venezuelan Lament,” Mata is working on a number of independent works with Toronto Choreographers Charles Smitt, Lucy Lupert, Roshanak Jaberi, Rosina Kazi and Irma Villafuerte. Each of these choreographers  committed to working on projects that centre the arts as core and tangible modes of sustaining and transforming paradigms of exclusion. /

Y Josephine
Y Josephine is a Venezuelan singer/songwriter, percussionist, writer, and visual artist. She has presented and published her work throughout Venezuela, Aruba, Spain, UK and Canada. Best known for her distinct vocals and cajon-playing, Y has worked with musicians such as Rigel Michelena, Gustavo Dal Farra (El Rabo del Ojo), Joan Tena, Kabanayen and Charanga del Norte. In a 4-star review in December 2007, Edinburgh’s The Skinny (magazine) said, “Y Josephine. plays guitar, somehow gets a whole drum kit out of a Peruvian fruit box, and sings in a sweet, smoky, untouchably cool voice.”
In addition to her work as a performing/recording artist and as a poet, Y Josephine studied visual arts at Telford College in Scotland. Since 2013, Y Josephine has been recording, performing and teaching in Ontario as part of the duo Amai Kuda and Y Josephine, otherwise known as ‘Y and Amai.’ Their new CD, AfroSoul VolumeII:MaZai, has been described by CBC’s Errol Nazareth as “Earthy and rootsy and good for your ears.” You can find them at
Josephine has worked with a variety of artists, such as Nourbese Philip; performing for poetry readings of Zong!, Sofi Gudino; composing and performing for Taura, recently showcased at Augusto Bitter’s theatre production ‘Good Housekeeping’ with her paintings, part of B’atz’ Recinos’ theatre offering ‘TAOS’ (The Art Of Storytelling), as the musical director, and currently part of Victoria Mata’s theatre production “Cacao” -a Venezuelan lament-. Y Josephine is the co-founder of the band Baoba, an all-female percussion group, playing an Afro-latin, funk, samba, soul fusion, and has also recently become part of the Salvadorian Cumbia group Cachada Band, and the rock cover band All That and a Bag of Chips.

Lillian Allen
Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 12:30pm 

Lillian Allen – Godmother of Everything

Lillian Allen is an acclaimed foremother of Canadian Poetry. She is a poet, writer/performer, and a long-time arts activist. She is an international exponent of dub poetry with its politically charged reggae-infused aesthetic of resistance, a call to poetic arms. Lillian has also been a successful Cultural Strategist who played a key role in transforming the Toronto and Canadian cultural landscapes and is a mentor to the mentors, mentoring individuals and groups across many cultures. Termed a ‘cultural de-programmer’ in the arts, she imagined initiated and led community-building BIPOC youth-supporting programs such as Fresh Elements and Fresh Arts as well as net works and programs such as Groundings and Minquon Panchayat. She has received numerous accolades and awards and is the recipient of The Toronto Cultural Champions Award, The Margo Bindhardt Award for significantly impacting the arts in Toronto through both creative work and activism, the William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations. Lillian is the author of Make the World New- selected works, old & new, edited by Ronald Cummings, WLU Press 2021, other books include Women Do this Every Day, Psychic Unrest, plus books and recordings for children and young people. Also a globally recognized recording artist, Ms. Allen is a two-time Canadian Juno award winner for her recordings Conditions Critical, and for Revolutionary Tea Party which was recently nominated for the prestigious Polaris Heritage Prize in Canada. A creative writing professor at OCAD University, she initiated and led the development of a BFA in Creative Writing Program that acknowledges community connected writing, traditional and new writing forms and writing as possibility as service and transformational possibilities. 

Photo credit: Lillian Allen at the Edmonton Poetry Festival. Photo by Randall Edwards

Jaz ‘Fairy J’ Simone
Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 2:00pm 

Jaz ‘Fairy J’ Simone, formerly known as Jasmyn Fyffe, is a Barbadian-Canadian multi hyphenate artist based in Toronto ON. She started her career in 2007 and for the past 15 years has been building her career as a performance artist, choreographer, movement director, dancer, singer/musician, outside eye/creative mentor, group facilitator and more recently, handmade skincare small business owner. 

Jaz ‘Fairy J’ has created over 30 original dance works, presented in Toronto, Montreal, North Bay, Brooklyn NY, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Berlin, Birmingham UK and Sinop, Turkey. Her choreography has been commissioned by Toronto Dance Theatre, Art Gallery of Ontario, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Cawthra Park Secondary School, Dance Immersion, Etobicoke School of the Arts and the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival. She made her debut as a movement director and choreographer for theatre in 2011, working under the direction of Philip Akin and Obsidian Theatre. In 2017 she worked with Soulpepper Theatre as the Co-Choreographer for “For Coloured Girls” under the direction of Djanet Sears. In 2019 she had the opportunity to work under the direction of Mumbi Tindyebwa as the Movement Director (MD) for “The Brother’s Size” and she made her return to the theatre post pandemic, working with Mumbi again as the MD of “Is GOD Is”(2022) through Obsidian Theatre, Canadian Stage and Necessary Angel Theatre. This past summer was jam packed for Jaz.

She made her debut with Stratford Festival as the Choreographer for “Death and the King’s Horseman” under the direction of Tawiah BenEben Mfoafo-M’Carthy. In addition, she also made her debut at the Shaw Festival as the MD for Just to Get Married directed by Severn Thompson. She was the co-choreographer for Bahia Watson & Liza Paul MASHUP pon di road and her solo “open light” was presented by the Yensa Dance Festival created by Lua Shayenne Dance Company. This Fall she premiered her interactive art experience titled “The Reception” at Nuit Blanche, performed on tour with “Wannabe” Spice Girls Tribute band, and she to be the choreographer for the 20 year anniversary of “da Kink”.

 The schedule is available here!


Tickets $5 – $10 | To register to attend in-person or over Zoom the day sessions:

Attend online via Zoom:  Register on Eventbrite

Attend in-person at Aki studio:
Location: Aki Studio
585 Dundas St E #250, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

Register at Aki’s online box office (select [3] CPAMO on the left side menu). 
Covid protocols: People attending the event in peson need to follow Aki Studio’s vaccination and mask policy – please read before registration:

To register to attend the Reception and Publication launch at the CSI Community Living Room: 

To register to attend the Reception and publication launch click here, please note the Covid policy is different for this event, for more information click here.

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