Event Category: Call for Submissions

The Storefront Theatre

The Storefront Arts Initiative is a not-for-profit arts organization that has created a cultural hub for the INDIE ART radicals in the Storefront Theatre at 955 Bloor Street West in Toronto. The Initiative provides opportunity to the independent arts field by providing affordable venues to creators and annually curating a distinctly unique selection of performances and plays reflective of the diversity of our province. Storefront curates work that is artistically risky and challenging while creating new jobs in the arts sector by establishing a new and radical engagement model.

SFAI is calling for thought-provoking, groundbreaking, experimental, original art from ALL mediums. SFAI wants musicians, performance artists, visual artists, filmmakers, dancers, theatre artists to apply with work that asks BIG questions and that seeks to CHALLENGE social and societal norms. Think of our Storefront Space at 955 Bloor St. West in downtown Toronto as an artistic sandbox and help make it THE hub for multidisciplinary art and a nurturing space for a variety of artistic voices.

SFAI is committed to the principles of social justice, inclusion and diversity. We acknowledge this is ongoing work and we are in a continual process of learning in order to create a space that is inclusive and welcoming for all artists. We strongly encourage artists and collectives from under represented and marginalized groups (Indigenous artists, artists of colour, D/deaf artists, disabled artists, mad artists, sick artists) to submit.

We are actively interested in working with, and developing relationships with, other independent theatre companies, artists and arts collectives whose projects and practices address any of the following topics and areas:

Speaks to issues of inclusion within the Canadian population, and especially Toronto audiences
• Engages with cross-cultural dialogues, themes, lifestyles and ideas
• Theatrically compelling and willing to be controversial, challenging and provocative
• Uses technology and theatrical conventions to create a strong scenographic vision.
• Work that is created by, or addresses lifestyles and issues faced by, D/deaf artists, disabled artists, mad artists, sick artists, artists of colour
• Addresses issues of environmental activism, pollution, global warming
• Work that is created by, or addresses lifestyles and issues faced by, Indigenous peoples in Canada or abroad
• Re-imaginings of narrative technique, non-narratives, interactive, immersive, events and happenings that offer something different or compelling with the theatrical form.
• Work that is created by, or addresses lifestyles and issues faced by, people who identify as LGBTQQIP2SAA
• New works and collective creations.
• Work that incorporates artists and practices from across generations
• Work that considers space, the ethos and politics of storefronts
• Work related to the politics of performance

Submission Requirements:

Please fill out this application by SUNDAY DECEMBER 18, 2016. If you have any questions or require assistance with this application, please contact sedina@thestorefronttheatre.com. Video submissions are also welcome.

Here is a pdf version of the application for reference purposes. Please fill out the online form.

Thank you for your interest in working with The Storefront Theatre, we are excited to work with you!

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The Disability Justice Issue

Often understandings of how to build accessible services, venues, and communities are incredibly limited. In so many cases accessibility is considered a hassle to organize and done last minute.

Beyond space, the ways we view and understand (dis)ablity impacts how we treat each other. It plays into who we validate, how we conceptualize attractiveness and what we believe we are capable of. The institutions we walk through each and everyday reinforce these barriers.

This is the world we live in.

In The Peak’s Disability Justice issue, we’ll explore questions like what does liberation actually look like? How are we building alternatives? How are building support networks? And how are we reframing the discussion around disability and ableism in our communities?

If you need any support in contributing to this issue please email us at peakcontent@gmail.com and let us know how we can best do that.

Submission deadline: March 3rd, 2017

Send Submissions to: peakcontent@gmail.com

Word Count: We recommend a maximum word count of 2000. If you have questions regarding this please contact us at: peakcontent@gmail.com

Please include a title, a short bio (25 words), a headshot, art to include with any article (optional) and you mailing address along with your submission.

Format: Submissions are accepted in OpenDocument (.otd), RichTextFormat (.rtf) and Document (.doc) formats.

Please note: The Peak is prioritizing voices and work of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Colour (BIPOC). If you are not BIPOC identified please contact us with your thoughts on what you would like to contribute to the magazine.

The Peak provides compensation for written work, photography, and illustrations selected for publication.

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