Event Category: Artist talk

The SUM and Remains of ’69

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The west coast stop of Queer Media Database Canada-Québec Project’s touring exhibition series, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Omnibus bill. Exhbition runs from May 14 – August 17.

A naughty, nuanced and nerdy retrospective of queer lives circa 1969 and the partial ‘decrim’ of sodomy. As the powers-that-be celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Bill C-150, the Criminal Law Amendment Act, ‘69 positions is here to set the record queer.

Please join us for a panel on May 30, at 6PM: “The SUM and remains of 69” – a salon with co-curator Kaschelle Thiessen, MediaQueer’s Thomas Waugh, video artist Paul Wong, and other Vancouver luminaries.

More information on the SUM gallery website

True North

A black and white photograph of a group of people of various ages standing in a suburban street. The person in the centre of the group is holding a basketball

Making the National Basketball Association (NBA) is every young player’s dream, but for Toronto’s hopefuls, it seems the ultimate goal might be just a bit closer to reach. Next to USA, Canada provides more talent to NBA than anywhere else in the world, and Toronto is at the centre of this boom. The city’s programs and coaches are some of the country’s best, but what does it really take to make the ultimate hoop dream come true? This slick documentary series follows five of the city’s leading players, including Keone Davis, Malachi Ndur, Cordell Veira, Jalen Celestine and the world’s top-ranked 12 year-old Elijah Fisher. But as courtside cameras and intimate exchanges reveal, it takes more than athletic ability to navigate their paths to success. Strong communities, emotional bonds and mental focus don’t happen on the hardwood, but somewhere much deeper. As fast-paced and as engaging as the game itself, this striking series takes us into the very heart of Toronto’s basketball scene.

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Join us immediately after the film screening for The New Locker Room Talk – Healthy Male Community Through Sports, a FREE forum discussion with athletes and thought leaders.

In this forum, we dig deeper – in our current world, what are the resources, activities, and community support groups that men can utilize to build healthy communities while working towards a brighter future? How can we as a community reframe the “locker room” talk and build healthier interactions in sports? With input from a variety of facilitators working this field, as well as thought leader and athletes from True North, we’ll discuss the accountability and actions needed, from all genders.

Radical Forms in Comic Creation

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Opening night event! Join moderator Sloane Leong as she talks with creators Ben Passmore (Your Black Friend and Other Strangers, Upgrade Soul, BTTM FDRS), Vivek Shraya (I’m Afraid of Men, She of the Mountains, The Boy & the Bindi, Even This Page Is White, God Loves Hair, Death Threat), Cole Pauls (Dakwäkãda Warriors) and Kris Mukai about craft, cultural memory, collaboration, and their new comics.

The discussion will be followed by book sales and signing.

More information on the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival website
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Reel Access: Improving Accessibility at Toronto Film Festivals

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Reel Access is a project to improve accessibility at film festivals in Toronto (and area) for people who are Deaf or who have disabilities. Led by a working group of film festival representatives (Inside Out, Reel Abilities, HotDocs) and disability activists/consultants, Reel Access will bring film festivals together to address issues of access, learn about solutions and form networks of support.

JOIN US on May 27, 2019, at the Artscape Sandbox for a one-day Discovery Forum.

We’ll examine access in the areas of Technology, Programming, Customer Service, Event Production, Marketing/Outreach, Volunteers and Artists/Talent. We’ll hear from disability artists and activists and those who can talk about solutions. We’ll have food. We’ll take breaks. We’ll laugh. We’ll learn. We’ll leave with information, motivation, and a connection across the industry to make accessibility a REEL thing.

Opening Remarks: Sarah Jama, founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario


Organizations: bit.ly/2UVLNcC
(A modest fee is payable based on organizational size)

Individuals: bit.ly/2XIIXof
(A $10 individual fee is requested except free entrance for those with disabilities)

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Fault Lines: Leala Hewak and Laura Shintani

Left: Laura Shintani, Bodywashi!, 2019, installation view; Right: Leala Hewak, Clone, 2018, pigment print (detail)

A Featured Exhibition in the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

About the Exhibition
Acceptance of change and change through acceptance—Fault Lines explores processes emblematic of observant insight and growth gained from conditions of challenge and disruption. It approaches disturbance with openness and optimism and challenges the problematic and commonly accepted ideas about disability and aesthetics. Using altered photographs, video, fabricated materials, and immersive installations, artists Leala Hewak and Laura Shintani mindfully embrace ambiguity through spirited works that speak to lived experiences of neurodiversity and embodied difference. Reclaiming trauma and uncertainty, the artists explore ways of constructively reframing notions of recovery, adjustment, and adaptation. Fault Lines honours how these nuanced investigations of brokenness reconcile in relation to the unique formation of identities, experiences, and ways of being.

Fault Lines is presented by two of the leaders in disability and mental health in the arts: Tangled Art + Disability operates Canada’s first disability art gallery, and Workman Arts is a multidisciplinary arts organization that promotes a greater understanding of mental health and addiction issues through creation and presentation.

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Curated by Claudette Abrams and Sean Lee.

Image credits:
Left: Laura Shintani, Bodywashi!, 2019, installation view; Right: Leala Hewak, Clone, 2018, pigment print (detail)

Black Feminism: Sistas of the Struggle

Illustration in black and red on white of a woman with her head and eyes raised reading "Power to the People" and "Power & Equality"

A panel discussion examining the story of Black women who have led movements for social change during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Although Black women have played an important role – both behind the scenes and on the frontlines – in struggles for equality, women’s rights and social justice, they are generally excluded from historical narratives of the feminist movement. It is time their stories were told and their contributions to social justice acknowledged and recognized.

Delvina Bernard, Lynn Jones, Dolly Williams and Carolann Wright-Parks

Event Facilitator: Folami Jones
Panel Moderator: El Jones

With opening poetry by:
Dr Afua Cooper and Martha Mutale

More information on the Mayworks Halifax website

2019 Inkling Symposium

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A forum on intersectionality in the arts

The Inkling Symposium is a day of workshops, panel discussions, performances, installations, and art actions on disability, equity, and collaborative artmaking. Presentations are featured by a diverse working group of Deaf, disabled, hearing and enabled artists.

Come out to further the discussion on how we can make art together across abilities!


  • Alex Bulmer
  • claude wittmann
  • Dominique Ireland
  • Hanan Hazime
  • Jen Roy
  • Natasha Bacchus
  • Nur Abdulle
  • Sage Lovell
  • Shay Erlich
  • Steff Juniper
  • Tamyka Bullen
  • Wy Joung Kou

Admission is free. Donations accepted at the door.

More information and registration

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.

Digital Arts Services Symposium schedule and passes