Event Category: Artist talk

Digital Arts Services Symposium 2019

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As technology progressively transforms every facet of society, there is a pressing need for the arts and culture sector to jointly take ownership of its own digital futures.

The 2019 Digital Arts Services Symposium / Symposium des services d’arts numériques (DASSAN19) offers constructive, cross-sectoral dialogues and alliance-building opportunities inspired by pioneering keynote speakers, community salon sessions, professional industry exchanges, hackathon competition with a $5,000 grand prize, and a bootcamp for fledgling devotees to the digital world.

Presented by ArtsPond in association with Agilo Arts and BeMused Network, DASSAN19 is designed to nurture valuable insights for both emerging and experienced producers and technologists alike, with the goal of building a critical digital practice within the arts and culture sector in Canada.

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Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival

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Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival is Room magazine’s annual literary festival, a celebration of diverse Canadian writers and artists which takes place every March on the traditional, unceded, and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples (Vancouver, British Columbia).

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Funny Feminists
Red Gate Revue Stage, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Punch up at the patriarchy with an afternoon of witty poetry and prose featuring some of the most incisive and hilarious writers in the country—Ivan Coyote, Molly Cross-Blanchard, Jo Dworkshack, Eden Robinson, Hana Shafi, and Lindsay Wong. Hosted by Jocelyn Tennant.
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The Vast Inscape: Writing About Mental Health
Native Education College, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

To write is to reflect and ruminate, to follow the twists of one’s inscape and mine its vulnerabilities—this can be healing, but it can also intensify the wounds. Four writers—Meghan Bell, Amanda Leduc, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, and Lindsay Wong—discuss the complexities and challenges of writing about mental health: how it can be both a source of inspiration and one of the greatest barriers to a writer’s “productivity” (ugh), how the ways we talk about “mindfulness” and “self-care” in popular culture can do more harm than good, and how to write responsibly about mental health in a culture that stigmatizes, marginalizes, and gaslights people who are struggling to stay “sane”—if there can be such a thing—in our mad and maddening world. Moderated by Lydia Kwa.
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Body & Soul
Native Education College, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Join us for the launch of Body & Soul, with featured readings by contributors Sharon Bala, Betsy Warland, Meharoona Ghani, and Amanda Leduc. Edited by Susan Scott, the anthology invites women from marginalized or misunderstood communities to speak to faith, practice, religion and ceremony, to confess our sublimely unconventional modes of spiritual yearning. It’s about asking those who have been so often excluded from conversations about spirituality, to step up, to lead, dare to ask those questions and break that silence. Hosted by Susan Scott.
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Earthline Tattoo Demonstration and Discussion

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The Earthline Tattoo Collective, in partnership with IOTA Institute, will be hosting a public tattoo demonstration. The event will start at 2 PM with an introduction from Dion Kaszas and will feature a hand poked tattoo demonstration done by Jordan Bennett.

The demonstration will be followed by a conversation with the cultural tattoo practitioners of Earthline Tattoo Collective: Jordan Bennett, Amy Malbeuf, Dion Kaszas, and Amberley John. This event takes place one month after the new Safe Body Art Act has come into action in Nova Scotia and will be followed by a conversation and question period on health and safety practices and the creation of safe spaces when teaching traditional Indigenous tattooing.

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Round Table Discussion with the Citadel’s “The Tempest”

A discussion with the cast and creative team of the Citadel Theatre’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest which will be directed by Josette Bushell-Mingo, past artistic director of the Tyst Theatre, Sweden’s National Theatre of the Deaf. The production will feature a collaboration between hearing and Deaf actors. Join the conversation as they examine the unique considerations of interweaving Shakespeare and ASL and the dynamics created by the joining of these two different groups on stage.

Presenters: Cast and crew of the Citadel’s The Tempest

More information on the SOUND OFF Festival website

Cripping the Arts

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Cripping the Arts 2019 is three days of programming – panel discussions, co-creative workshops, exhibitions and performances – animating how Deaf, Mad, and Disability arts and activism changes how we experience art and culture as well as the ways our sector contributes, and leads to, the achievements of disability rights and justice movements.

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We invite you to join us as we explore, debate, and share emerging ideas and practices that relate to themes of representation and new models of leadership, disability culture in an increasingly digital world, and working in solidarity between disability rights, racial justice, decoloniality, and Indigenous sovereignty.

Panel discussions will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person.

Cripping the Arts 2019 is co-hosted by British Council, Creative Users Projects, Tangled Art + Disability, Ryerson University, and Harbourfront Centre.

Generously funded by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, TD, Canadian Heritage, Re-Vision: Centre for Art and Social Justice and Bodies in Translation.

Youth Assembly

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The Youth Assembly is a one-day FREE performing arts conference just for young people. Whether you’re curious or passionate about pursuing careers in the performing arts, you can explore various areas of interest through workshops, presentations, and conversation. This is your chance to share ideas, network and build community with fellow emerging arts professionals.

Visit pushfestival.ca/youth for details, or contact Youth Program Coordinator Natalie Tin Yin Gan at youth@pushfestival.ca.

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An Intimate Moment with Maanii Oakes

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Join artist Maanii Oakes for an intimate community session and discussing topics including maintaining authenticity in creative practices, the works and arts practice involved in FLOURISHING: SOMEWHERE WE STAY AUTHENTIC, and the disability arts community as a whole. Taking place on December 3 to recognize International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Tangled Art Gallery will be open 12:00 – 5:00 pm.

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About the Artist
Maanii Oakes is a working nineteen year old Swampy Cree Anishnabek and Kanienkehaka cultural tattoo practitioner and visual artist in the mediums of skin stitch, handpoke, pencil crayon and most recently rawhide sculpture. Her work is influenced by her home of Eeyou Istchee, as pressed by her late grandfather in enacting Cree ways of governance and being. She tattoos both traditional and contemporary designs pulling from her own archival research and the strong material culture of her ancestors including bulrush weaving patterns and the painted caribou blankets of James Bay. In contrast her figurative pieces address recent history and present day colonialism, not pandering to loss of what she never had but rather looking to engage the stark reality of living culture seeping through layers of assimilation. Her practice also includes a variety of public speaking engagements and mentorship in community arts centering environmental justice and indigenous stewardship demonstrating her commitment to community and cultural exchange.

About the Exhibition:
FLOURISHING: SOMEWHERE WE STAY AUTHENTIC is the second exhibition in the FLOURISHING series, featuring Maanii Oakes and Richard Harlow. Hailing from opposite sides of the country, these two artists converge to present work illustrating the inescapable impact of one’s environments, natural and human. SOMEWHERE WE STAY AUTHENTIC offers the audience glimpses into the artists’ efforts to navigate potentially overwhelming terrain, negotiating their own versions of landscapes in which they are able to thrive. We can never truly escape our past or the forces that have brought us to the here and now, but perhaps in looking honestly and unflinchingly at who and where we are, we open ourselves up to the potential of co-creating of what will be.