Event Category: Opening

Opening Night Gala and Screening: Intelligent Lives

Naieer from Intelligent Lives in art class, in front of a wall of colourful artwork, wearing a red shirt and painting with a paintbrush

Join us as we celebrate the launch of the 4th annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: Toronto, dedicated to showcasing Disability and Deaf cultures through film.

The night begins with cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres at Artscape Daniels Launchpad at 7:00 PM, with honoured guests, artists, filmmakers, and activists in attendance.

Following the screening we will be joined via video-conference by special guests from the feature film.

The exciting documentary Intelligent Lives launches the 3rd Annual Festival.

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From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes Intelligent Lives, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. Three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities — Micah, Naieer, and Naomie — challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.

Thank you to our community partners for co-presenting Intelligent Lives, Inclusive Education Canada and Community Living Toronto. And to our RAFFTO 2019 partner, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. And our venue partner, Daniels Launchpad.

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.

Fault Lines on Facebook

Curated by Claudette Abrams and Sean Lee.

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

Mayworks Halifax 2019 Opening Reception

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Our opening reception will feature a medley of short presentations giving a glimpse of what’s to come in our 2019 festival.

Bread and Roses!
Treat yourself to some FREE bread from LF Bakery and Raspberry & Rose flavoured ice cream and sorbet from Dee Dee’s Ice Cream. Yum!!

Luyos MC
You’ll also be treated to the precolonial Kulintang sounds of artist and musician Luyos MC. Based in Southern Ontario, Luyos MC explores the traditional Indigenous music of the Maharlikan lands (which now includes colonized Philippines) to revitalize the appreciation of these disappearing sounds.

More information on the Mayworks Halifax website

Outliers on Tour

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Outliers on Tour is bringing the outsiders in. Bridging the peripheries of both Toronto’s borders and the ways in which Disabled artists must operate on the margins. Tangled Art + Disability is disrupting the dominant narratives of who is invited to define the city through a reflection of their Tangled on Tour program. How do our experiences as outliers help us shape new perspectives of an inclusive city future?

As part of the opening reception, there will be a performance by artist Michel Dumont. The opening remarks will be live streamed on Tangled Art + Disability’s facebook page starting at 6:45.

Outliers on Tour – Opening Reception on Facebook
Outliers on Tour – Artist Talk on Facebook

Black Futures Month Pop Up Opening – Toronto

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Opening event: February 17.

Join us for the Toronto edition of BlackLivesMatter’s Black Futures Month Pop Up, running from February 17 – March 3. Featuring live feeds from the rest of the global pop up- in Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Black Futures Month Pop Up – Toronto on Facebook

Featuring work by:
Gloria Swain
Diseye Thomson
Kike Otuije
Kyisha Williams
Jasmyn Fyfe
Ravyn Wngz
Rodney Diverlus
Pete Owusu-Ansah
Kim Ninkuru
Karen Miranda Augustine

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Shorts Screening Series

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Please note that this event is a part of the Opening Night Reception and is only accessible with a ticket to TransMilitary, the Opening Night Film.

More information on the Human Rights Film Festival website


How to Disarm a Fighter Jet: Early one January in 2017 a priest and a quaker activist were discovered midway through a break-in at an airbase in the north of England. Their plan was to destroy British made fighter jets bound for the war in Yemen. These jets were part of a multibillion pound weapons deal with Saudi Arabia: a deal that politicians, legal experts and NGOs have deemed illegal. Charged with criminal damage, the pair gambled their liberty for a chance to put the arms trade on trial.

Over the Wall: A coincidental meeting between two kids from both sides of the separation wall catches them by surprise, as they learn that reality is different than what they’ve been told.

We the Children: We the Children is a short documentary about childrens’ thoughts and feelings on politics. Sparked by the 2016 elections results, we witness how a group of children, ages 7 to 11, at a democratic school in Harlem, New York City, responds to their concern about the direction their country might take as a result of Donald Trump elected as president. Through an ongoing journey that involves their own civic law education, community involvement, and activism, they ultimately question the general perception of children’ s limited role in politics and open the door for further discussion.

Timbó: Construction of dams by energy companies in the Brazilian Amazon would destroy the heart of the world’s largest rainforest, and severely affect the community of the indigenous people in the area. If built, the dams would flood an area the size of London, Paris and Amsterdam combined. The flood would also cause a large amount of toxic plants to dissolve in the water, leading to severe poisoning or even death among the local tribes. These plants are commonly known as Timbó.

Gaze: On her way back from work a woman witnesses something happening in the bus and she has to decide if she reveals it or not.


A person running on a gravel road through a wooded area, with a black t-shirt and shorts, with Army in yellow letters

Based on outdated and discriminatory medical policies dating back to World War II, transgender people were banned from serving in the US military until July 2016. While an estimated 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. armed forces, transgender service members have had to conceal their identities due to the military gender-based restrictions. TransMilitary follows Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace and First Lieutenant El Cook as they work together to repeal the ban on transgender troops. Putting their careers and families on the line, they fearlessly confront the top brass Pentagon officials, demanding justice and inclusive policies. While they succeeded to lift the ban in 2016, the Trump administration continuously attempts to block transgender people from serving. In the midst of Trump’s effort to erase transgender rights, TransMilitary is a powerful reminder of the resilience and perseverance of the US transgender troops and transgender community at large.

Ticket also includes access to the Opening Night Reception + Shorts Screening Series.

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Flourishing: Somewhere We Stay Authentic

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Featured Artists
Richard Harlow and Maanii Oakes

FLOURISHING: SOMEWHERE WE STAY AUTHENTIC is the second exhibition in this 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.

Drawing from the senses to invigorate new ways of experiencing visual art, this joint exhibition embodies an interdependent exchange of processes that uproot the narrative of the gallery setting. Oakes uses the performance of skin stitching and handpoke tattooing, as well as sculpting with artificial red and black sinew sewn through raw deer hide. Harlow uses painting to evoke and invite new sensations through touch. The two met for the first time at the Flourishing artist retreat in Halifax and quickly connected as artists and friends. What started as a reciprocal interest in each other’s disparate experiences progressed to sharing sculptural painting techniques and Indigenous teachings. Their 3D butchery scene is a tactile combination of their exchange of skills and knowledge.

More information on the Tangled Art + Disability website
Flourishing: Somehow We Stay Authentic on Facebook

Exhibition Dates: November 2 – December 19, 2018
Opening Reception: November 9, 6:00-8:00 pm
Second Saturday Social: November 10, 2:00-4:00 pm
Artist Talk with Richard Harlow: December 8, 2:00-4:00 pm

The Song and The Sorrow

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Open captioned.

Legendary Canadian songwriter, Gene MacLellan is best known for his hits from the 1970s, including “Snowbird,” “Put Your Hand in the Hand” and “The Call.” Juno-award-winning musician, MacLellan gained national attention as one of the most brilliant songwriters in the Canadian music industry but he was never comfortable with being in the spotlight. After struggling with depression, MacLellan took his own life in 1995.

The songwriter’s daughter and musician Catherine MacLellan was only 14 when her father committed suicide. Years after his death, Catherine revisits her father’s past trying to understand his life-long battle with depression. The Song and the Sorrow captures Catherine’s personal struggle to reconcile her family’s tragedy and break the silence surrounding mental illness.

Accompanied by live performances from Catherine MacLellan and Workman Arts’ Bruised Years Choir. Q&A with the director following the screening.

42 minutes. Toronto premiere.

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