Event Category: Workshop

Project Disruption

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Email TheCyborgCircusProject@gmail.com by May 31 to register! See below for alternate ways to get in touch.

The Cyborg Circus Project Presents: PROJECT DISRUPTION
A Cultural Hotspot SPARK project in partnership with the City of Toronto, and the Ontario Arts Council

What: A FREE movement based performance program exclusively for disabled youth ages 16-25
When: Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m., starting June 12
Where: Jumblies Theatre, 132 Fort York Blvd.

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No previous dance or movement experience is necessary! We are going to start off slow and explore what movement and dance looks like in our bodies. We believe in making dance accessible to everyone, and there is no minimum level of functioning or physical activity required to participate.

Honoraria provided for all involved for the final performance. The final performance will take place the week of September 18th, at Artscape Weston Commons. We will decide on the date for the final performance together!

This program is particularly geared towards disabled youth who experience multiple marginalizations. Priority in registration is given to those who are aged 16-25 (though registrations are accepted for young people up to age 30), and to those who identify with one or more marginalization in addition to being disabled.

If you have any questions or are unsure if you qualify for the program please get in touch!

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Program Description

Project Disruption has a few goals. The first is to create a disability-positive space where disabled people can explore what movement looks like in their own bodies. Too often disabled people are asked to ignore aspects of their bodily experience (such as pain, discomfort, or unease about an activity) for the comfort of non-disabled people. We want this to be a space that interrupts this pattern, and gives disabled people the chance to explore how their bodies move in ways that feel good for them. We also want to make sure that in doing this we make space for everyone to bring their whole identity to the room, so that if you have multiple identities (i.e. disabled and queer, disabled and trans, disabled and IBPOC) you don’t have to leave one or more behind at the door to be fully included in our space. The second goal of the program is to create short individual or group dance pieces that represent the kinds of movement that we will explore as a group. There is no pressure to be a professional level dancer for this performance, just the opportunity to share something about your body or your experience of moving in the world with an audience. As a group, we will work together to figure out how to translate the movements we will be experimenting with into something that we can perform. The performances can also be interdisciplinary and incorporate texts, storytelling, and we might be able to use video as well.

Each week will follow a similar format. We will all arrive, have a snack and check in with each other about how we are doing, and share any updates we need to know to prepare for the final performance. We will then warm up together and work with our guest instructors, who will be helping us explore movement and develop our pieces. We will have some time to explore movement and experiment on our own, and then we will come back for a closing circle and check out. There will be a minimum of two breaks during the program. We expect to dance for about 90 minutes of the three hours each week.


Shay Erlich
Shay is a wheelchair dancer and child and youth care practitioner with a masters in Child and Youth Care. Shay is also queer, genderqueer, hard of hearing and multiply disabled. Shay co- founded the Cyborg Circus Project with Jen in 2018 because they believed in the importance of disabled people having their own places to explore the arts in environments that support them. Jen and Shay have been working together as community arts facilitators and performers since late 2017. Their goal is to create spaces where disabled people can be empowered to love their bodies and minds in a world that doesn’t always let disabled people do that. This is the first time they have run a program like this, and they are very excited to work with everyone!

Jen Roy
Jen is a wheelchair dancer and has their bachelors in social work. Jen is queer, and have multiple disabilities that impact how they move, think, feel, and interact with the world. Jen’s hope for the Cyborg Circus Project and this project specifically is to create a space where disabled young people can bring their whole selves to the project and their artistic explorations and feel support for all parts of their identities. Jen is very excited to see how participants will bring themselves to the program, and the possibilities that will emerge when we are all creating together.

Guest Instructors
(More information and bios to come)
Sze-Yang Ade-Lam
Jessica Watkin
Aria Evans
Ty Sloane

Queer Signs – American Sign Language Workshop

Cost: $25.00 Cash at the Door. Please have exact amount.
Register: info@nicaconsolidated.ca

Sage Lovell is a queer Deaf nonbinary artist, activist, and educator. They attended Gallaudet University where they realized that Deaf Accessibility was twenty years behind in Canada. They returned to their roots and focused on advocacy where they’ve been working closely with various communities since developing awareness. Sage established “Deaf Spectrum”, where the focus is on promoting the accessible usage and recognition of sign language. Sage was on the board of Ontario Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (ORAD) for three years. They’ve coordinated and taught Queer ASL for HANDS ON ASL! Since 2012, Sage has been providing workshops and training on the inclusivity of Deaf Queer & Trans Folks for hearing-based Queer & Trans organizations, for the Deaf Community, and for ASL/English Interpreters.

Amorena Bartlett is originally from British Columbia and moved to Edmonton in 2009. She is currently an ASL sessional instructor at MacEwan University and works at Alberta Deaf Sports Association as Administrative Assistant. She has a degree in Criminology and is currently completing her diploma in Paralegal Studies at MacEwan University. Her goal with her studies and various roles within the Deaf community is to become a strong advocate for Deaf rights within the criminal justice system. She has a passion to embrace new opportunities that come her way that allow her to explore the world outside her comfort zone. She recently provided ASL Coaching for SONGS MY MOTHER NEVER SUNG ME which premiered at The 2019 SOUND OFF FESTIVAL and is nominated for a Mayor’s Award.

Thurga is a Deaf Tamil-Canadian Queer Artist. She recently graduated with Honours in the Acting for Media program at George Brown College, Torotno. Thurga has worked as Deaf Interpreter in theatre and as an ASL performer with Cahoots Theatre for “The Enchanted Loom” (2016); Red Dress Production for “Drift Seeds” (2017); and “Speculation” (2018). In February 2019, she was in Toronto’s Rhubarb Festival and the Sound Off Festival in Edmonton to perform with “Deafies’ Unique Time”. She is currently working under the expert Direction of Josette Bushell-Mingo on “The Tempest”, cast as Miranda and thrilled to join NICA for this “Queer Signs” workshop.

Connor Yuzwenko-Martin has nurtured a lifelong passion for theatre and accessibility, and you’d be hard-pressed to find him working on one part without the other. Recent accomplishments include serving as the Deaf Consultant for Concrete Theatre’s production “Songs My Mother Never Sung Me” (2019). In the past, Connor has performed on stage in Nina Raine’s “Tribes” (2015) and Coming Out Monologues presented by the University of Alberta. Connor supports several local theatres and organizations in improving their engagement with the Deaf community. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Alberta (2014), he is currently pursuing a Public Relations diploma at Macewan University with the ultimate aspiration of transforming the landscape in Edmonton and Alberta to one of complete and radical inclusion. As a descendant of settlers, he is humbled and grateful to accomplish his work on Treaty 6 Territory.

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Art as a Healing Tool: Printmaking Workshop

Printmaking supplies and a finished print of daisies with green stems against a black background with a yellow sky, laid out on a black cutting mat with a grey grid.

You’re invited to explore the fun and creative process of linocut printmaking!

“Art as a Healing Tool” is a printmaking workshop facilitated by Geoff Cwiklewich. The process of creating a print can be quite meditative: from your inspiration to the transfer of the idea to the block, the careful carving, the rolling of ink, and finally, the satisfaction of transferring the image to a print. Learn how to carve your artwork and make multiple prints!

More information on the National AccessAbility Week website

Afternoon Shift

A photograph of two people at a table; one is holding a paintbrush and painting on a piece of paper. The photo is frame with a light blue triangle in the top right and a yellow ink stripe on the bottom left. There is a block of light green and a strip of textured fabric in green and blue to the right. "Afternoon Shift" appears in white lettering on the right side.

In partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Wonder’neath is pleased to announce a free, drop-in pilot program, Afternoon Shift, that is open to youth, their families, friends, and support networks. The atmosphere of the program is relaxed and supportive, with several artist facilitators on hand to guide you through specific techniques or help you get started on an independent project.

Materials are aplenty with a range of drawing and watercolour painting supplies in one area, textile supplies including hand sewing, embroidery and needle felting in another area, and a third table with a changing focus from mixed media collage to printmaking to painting.

Healthy snacks including veggies and cookies are supplied by Pavia Galleria.

More information on the Wonder’neath website

Reclaim, Recover, and Rebirth: A Focus on Black Identity

Promotional image for Reclaim, Recover and Rebirth: A Focus on Black Identity workshop with a person facing out of the frame, and their shoulder and neck on the right of the image

Calling Black-identified creatives and the creatively inclined!

Ever wondered what it would be like to make art in a therapeutic way while in a culturally relevant environment? Want to explore more deeply Afro-Caribbean healing rituals and your own communities’ knowledge?

Are you curious about the possible ways eastern mindfulness practices and western psycho-education intersect? Want to do so in a queer/trans/gender non-binary friendly space?

Join us for a 5-part visual art technique workshop series exploring these themes, Tuesday nights, May 24 – June 16, from 6 – 8pm, at Tangled Arts + Disability. 401 Richmond St. West. Limit of 12 participants. No art experience needed.

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COST: Free
All art materials provided.
Refreshments will be served.

The Program
Reclaim, Recover & Rebirth: A Focus on Black Identity is a series of 5 art-based wellness workshops that feature visual art-making techniques, opening meditations and thematic guided discussion, sharing Afro-Caribbean ancestral healing rituals as well as Western psychological frameworks and education. It is facilitated by Belinda Ageda and Robin Akimbo, in collaboration with Workman Arts and Tangled Arts + Disability.

Artist facilitators Belinda Ageda and Robin Akimbo will provide gentle, expressive and effective tools to self-healing, helping to widen your path to personal empowerment and self-awareness.

Robin Akimbo is an artist, advocate, and educator. She serves LGBTQ BIPOC communities through her visual art, multi-disciplinary performance and as an Equity and Inclusion advocate and educator.

Belinda Ageda is an artist, creativity coach and mindfulness guide at Beesworks Studios. She locates herself as a queer, neuro-atypical, Afro-Caribbean mixed-race, cis-gender woman. She designs and delivers workshops that emphasize self-care and mental wellbeing for racialized people.

Reel Access: Improving Accessibility at Toronto Film Festivals

A row of icons (a half rainbow/half film reel, a figure walking with a cane, sign language, and a person using a wheelchair) with "Reel Access" in black block letters, and "Improving Accessibility at Toronto Film Festivals" in black letters below

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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Home Made Visible Tour: Scarborough

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Location: Discussion Room
Facilitator: Fiona Raye Clarke
Capacity: 15 (Please register in advance)

‘Making Home’ is a two-hour creative writing workshop based on the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) Method developed by Pat Schneider. It is designed to allow for safe creative expression and to reinforce the unique voice and self-esteem of the writer. Throughout the workshop, participants will explore their stories of home, celebrating what makes them feel at home, and envisioning what home looks like to them, real or imagined. Participants will create a suite of creative writing pieces through a process of timed writing exercises, sharing, giving positive feedback, and art-making using homemade poetry prompt templates, visual art, and collage materials.

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Home Made Visible Tour: Vancouver

A photo illustration on a magenta background, with cutouts from vintage photos of a person wearing glasses, a person in a hat and plaid shirt, a hockey team, and a person leaning against a vintage car, all with pale yellow outliness and light blue squiggly lines behind them. "Home Made Visible" is in the centre in white lettering with a dark grey drop shadow.

A theatrical screening of all six commissioned films, with a discussion following the program Project organizers Ananya Ohri and Elizabeth Mudenyo, and filmmakers Aeyliya Husain and Maya Bastian. Learn more about the artists at homemadevisible.ca/artists. Presented inn partnership with DOXA Documentary Film Festival.

Screening: RSVP on Eventbrite
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Workshop: RSVP on Eventbrite
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Program Description
Indigenous, Black and People of Colour communities are disproportionately underrepresented in all media. How do past images unearthed from personal and institutional archives come to shape new stories?

The Home Made Visible tour brings a personal lens to Indigenous and visible minority archives through FREE exhibitions, screenings, and workshops in libraries across Canada. Visit HomeMadeVisible.ca/Tour

Industry Workshop with AMI

Calling all filmmakers and content creators! Are you interested in making your media available to the widest audience possible?

Join AMI media accessibility specialist, Simone Cupid, as she explains the art of Integrated Described Video (IDV) and provides media accessibility tips and feedback. Attendees will learn how to ensure their production is accessible from inception right through to the finished product, using examples from a ReelAbilities film.

Attendees will leave this workshop with a fuller understanding and appreciation of why media accessibility should never be an afterthought.

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