Event Category: Opening

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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Gala Opening Reception – Art Party!

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Join us for the Queer Arts Festival’s opening Art Party!, where art and conviviality converge at the grand opening of the 2019 Queer Arts Festival rEvolution.

Art Party! marks the opening night of QAF’s curated exhibition, Relational rEvolutions, curated by Elwood Jimmy; the Pride in Art Community Exhibition; and is the kick off for the incredible exhibitions, performances, and Satellite Academy outreach initiatives that make up the Queer Arts Festival.

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Opening Night Gala and Screening: Intelligent Lives

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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.

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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)

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.

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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.

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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.


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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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