Event Category: Workshop

PREP for Inclusive Process & Performance

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Performers of all ages, bodies and histories. Hosted by AcrossOceans Arts.

PREP for inclusive process and performance with these leading innovative artists who continue to achieve excellence in arts that embrace the magic of diversity, despite attitudes and environments that attempt to limit them to the margins.

Nov 25: 4-7 PM:
SYRUS MARCUS WARE animating an Activist Sewing Circle (description below)syrusmarcusware.com

Dec 9: 4-7 PM:
ALEX BULMER on speaking, hearing, communicating with different voices (description below) http://www.alexbulmer.co.uk/teaching

Dec 9: 7:30-8:30 PM:
PERFORM: informal sharing of short performances, experiments, ideas (after Alex’s class). Propose to perform (details below) > info@acrossoceans.org

Admission Free
pre-register to guarantee a spot > info@acrossceans.org < Send Proposal to Perform (details below) to info@acrossoceans.org

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for all performers and interested people

NOV 25: Our Activist Sewing Circle

Join artist and activist SYRUS MARCUS WARE exploring activist aesthetics through the creation of a series of textile banners themed around disability justice & the movement for black lives.

Discuss processes for creating activist inspired art practices while creating a series of new collaborative works that will be donated to the movement for use in direct action.

Inspired by the Toni Cade Bambara quote about the role of the cultural worker from marginalized groups to make revolution irresistible, we will create beautiful textile pieces that address disability arts large scale.

For people of all ages, abilities and histories.

DEC 9: Speaking, Hearing & Communicating with different voices

ALEX BULMER will share her expertise in text & voice coaching and her experiences in how she has managed her creative life & career in the precarious world of performing arts.

Vocalizers of all forms are invited to attend including performers who speak through audio devices.

Bring a monologue, poem, text to a popular or children’s song you know well. We will explore how to express meaning and expression that is within the words and sounds, how we listen & receive a speech, ways to give feedback in groups & rehearsal environments, & discuss a life in the arts.

Dec 9: PERFORM > short, in-progress, new ideas of on inclusive performance > 7:30-8:30 after Alex’s class.

To PROPOSE: tell us about yourself, description & length of the work, people in it > info@acrossoceans.org

About the Artists

Alex Bulmer
Award-winning writer, director, performer, teacher, Alex divides her time working in Canada & Europe. Alex is co-Artistic Director of Common Boots Theatre in Toronto, Artistic Director of Invisible Flash UK, Artistic Director of Toronto’s Cripping The Stage, & co-founder of Picasso Project, a ground-breaking disability arts initiative.

Alex applies her knowledge & sensitivities to coach performers with all voices. She has taught at The Central School of Speech & Drama London UK, The National Theatre School of Canada, George Brown College, & Ryerson University.

In 2014, Alex was named one of the most influential disabled artists by UK’s Power Magazine. She recently shared a best actress award with co-lead Margot Carghill at the 2017 Moscow International Disability Film Festival for her performance in Awake. Alex was a UK Aria Prize finalist for her 2017 song driven radio feature Sounds Like She, & writer of the stage play SMUDGE, which earned two Best New Play nominations in Canada, & Time Out Magazine’s Critics Choice during its UK premiere.

Companies she has worked with include The Royal Court Theatre UK, Graeae (UK’s leading disabled-led theatre company) Buddies In Bad Times, The National Arts Centre of Canada, The Boy Choir of Lesbos, London 2012 Olympics, Toronto Drag Kings, BBC radio (winning an AMI award for her adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Common Boots Theatre & Channel 4 series Cast Offs (nominated for BAFTA & Royal Television Society Awards).

Syrus Marcus Ware
Vanier Scholar, visual artist, activist, curator & educator, Syrus uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks & black activist culture. His work has been shown widely, including at the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Art Gallery of York University, Art Gallery of Windsor & the curated content at Nuit Blanche 2017 (The Stolen People; Wont Back Down). Performance works have been in festivals across Canada, including Cripping The Stage (Harbourfront Centre, 2016), Complex Social Change (University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, 2015) and Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres (University of Winnipeg, 2015).

Syrus is part of the PDA (Performance Disability Art) Collective, co-programmed Crip Your World: An Intergalactic Queer/POC Sick & Disabled Extravaganza at Mayworks 2014. He is part of the Black Triangle Arts Collective (BTAC), a visual arts collective dedicated to exploring disability, racial & economic justice. Syrus’ recent curatorial projects include That’s So Gay: On the Edge, TSG: Fall to Pieces, TSG: Come Together (Gladstone Hotel, 2016, 2015 & 2014), Re:Purpose (Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 2014), The Church Street Mural Project (Church-Wellesley Village, 2013). He is also co-curator of The Cycle, a two-year disability arts performance initiative of the National Arts Centre.

Syrus is a facilitator/designer at The Banff Centre & for 12 years Coordinator of Youth Programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario Youth. He was the inaugural Daniel’s Spectrum Artist-in-Residence (2016/17). He is a member of Black Lives Matter-Toronto & Blackness Yes!/Blockorama. Honours include the TD Diversity Award (2017), “Best Queer Activist” NOW Magazine (2005) & the Steinert & Ferreiro Award for LGBT community leadership & activism (2012). Syrus is working on a PhD at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies.

ACROSS OCEANS ARTS has been producing platforms to deepen open & inclusive expression through the arts & humanities for over 25 years. PREP Master Classes & Perform platforms are facilitated by Maxine Heppner & MIchelle Silagy. Pilot Research leading to PREP has been supported by the City of Toronto through the TORONTO ARTS COUNCIL’s Open Doors program.

A Journey in Rainbow Moccasins

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Workshop: A Journey in Rainbow Moccasins with Teddy Syrette

This workshop is facilitated by a 2-Spirit storyteller who engages participants to have small and large group discussions about the intersectional beauty and barriers of 2-Spirit/queer-trans Indigenous people.

This event is $5 or FREE with a Naked Heart Festival Pass. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. There are also subsidized and free Festival Passes available.

More about Teddy:
Teddy is a 2-Spirit Anishnabek queer, gender fluid storyteller and queer-trans/Indigenous rights activist from Rankin Reserve of Batchewana First Nation. They currently love and live in Toronto.

Canada Council for the Arts Info Session

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Calling all artists working in the Toronto, Ontario area: join us at the AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario on November 13 for an information session about the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council’s funding programs. This session is designed to provide an overview on grants available to artists working across artistic fields of practice.

Presented in partnership with the Toronto Arts Council.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Laura Beks, Program Assistant, at: laura.beks@canadacouncil.ca.

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Textile Map-Making Workshops

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Throughout the 2018-2019 season, artist Kay Noele will be offering textile map-making workshops developed in dialogue with the MAI’s visual arts exhibitions. As part of these workshops, participants will be invited to create a map-tapestry using different techniques such as sewing, knitting, and embroidery. Working together, they will learn new skills, share stories, and gain a richer perspective of the issues addressed in the exhibitions.

Contact Pablo Rodriguez, (514) 982-1812, ext. 225 for more details.

More information on the MAI website

Access and the Arts

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A presentation and discussion led by artist Aislinn Thomas about access in art spaces.

So often we use the word “accessible” as a shorthand for wheelchair accessibility, which doesn’t affirm the variety of barriers people with disabilities (and those without named disabilities) face. What can we do as artists, institutions, and community members to be truly and radically inclusive? What accessibility features do we need in order to participate in public life?

Led by local artist, Aislinn Thomas, this presentation seeks to broaden the definition of accessibility, make the case for a relational approach to access, and speak to the imaginative potential available to those who wish to fold points of access into their work and spaces. It will include ample time for discussion and sharing.

Free admission.

This workshop is part of the Flourishing project at Tangled Arts + Disability.

More information about Access and the Arts at KWAG
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The Magician’s Nephew

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Relaxed performance.

This enchanting trip to Narnia is the must-see family show of the year! In Victorian London, young Digory and his new friend Polly stumble onto a magical portal into another world — but accidentally unleash a dark force that could destroy them all. Packed with stellar performances and spine-tingling music, The Magician’s Nephew is bringing audiences to their feet. Perfect for both Narnia lovers and first-time discoverers of this treasured literary series.

More information and tickets
Optional workshop before the show
About relaxed performance at Shaw Festival


A man in front of a yellow wall

The design studio La Casa de Carlota in Barcelona harnesses the unique skills of a creative team which includes members with Down syndrome and autism.

Followed by a workshop from 1:30 – 3:00 PM about universal design and accessible design elements.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reelabilities-toronto-presents-design-ability-at-the-design-exchange-tickets-45083483914

More information about the film: Design-Ability at ReelAbilities Film Festival

Bisexual Book Club

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Join us at Toronto’s first bi+ book club – open to all bisexual, pansexual, fluid, polysexual or other non-monosexual folks. Each month we pick and discuss a new book, from poetry to fiction, from non-fiction and memoir, and more. Friendly discussion over coffee, tea or drinks. Accessible space.

Constellation Cards Workshop

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Sunday March 25th, 4PM-6PM
Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE (We recommend purchasing in advance as space is limited.)

Under the instruction of Natalie Very B, a Toronto based illustrator and painter, you’ll make some Sunday magic happen. During this Constellation Cards workshop you’ll make 3 space-inspired greeting cards made strictly from the materials in the fabulous Constellation Card Kit.
Each card will be very different and highly customizable to match your creative goals. Give it to your love, partner, year-round-valentine, or best friend. Let’s inspire each other and enter the world of outer space.

We’ll draw, paint, collage… and write poems! In a positive, open, accessible, and friendly atmosphere where no discrimination is allowed, we will sip on tea and coffee and create something super giftable.

You can also frame it if you don’t want to part with your creation! 🙂

No experience necessary! All materials provided, but you’re encouraged to bring your own scissors and glue if you have any at home.

WORKSHOP FEE: $20 for workshop, includes all materials

Limited spaces available.

Visit www.natalieveryb.com for more information about the artist, or find her on instagram at @natalieveryb

See you all there! ♥

: Enhancing Accessibility in the Performing Arts

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Enhancing Accessibility in the Performing Arts 

A Free Workshop
Go beyond AODA, share experiences and gain new insight into how we can work together as a sector to proactively address obstacles and barriers to access.

 Presented by Canadian Stage and Luminato, this free one-day workshop will feature break-out groups focused on accessible venues, enhanced patron services and audience development; a panel discussion with artists and industry leaders; and collaborative activities to help arts professionals learn how to better serve and support communities of all abilities.

Facilitated by Christine Karcza (I Can Do This!).
Workshop schedule and guests to be announced soon.

To register, follow this link: goo.gl/a85Y1E

All Access is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited and registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Lunch will be provided for registered participants.

Canadian Stage and Luminato are committed to providing access to all of our events. Please contact the Canadian Stage Box Office (416.368.3110) to request accommodations in advance of the workshop.