Event Category: Workshop

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.

More information on Facebook

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
Access and the Arts on Facebook

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


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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.


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Over the last nine years the SummerWorks Intensive Leadership Program (S.L.I.P.) has functioned as an intensive program focused on the business of the arts, for a select group of emerging artists. This year, S.L.I.P. is continuing its growth to intersect with the wider arts community and evolving in response to the evolving performance ecology.

This year, SummerWorks, in partnership with Generator, b current, and Tangled Arts + Disability, are hosting public events about how to remove barriers and dismantle systems of oppression through artistic practice. These events are free and open to everyone!

Core Dialogue: Arts, Access, and Aesthetics
Barak adé Soleil, Artistic Director of Tangled Art + Disability and disability arts scholar Eliza Chandler will co-facilitate a core dialogue and presentation on the ways in which cultural production and accessibility co-exist. What is disability aesthetics? And, how does our understanding of aesthetics expand when we consider how people access and relate to our work?

Artscape Youngplace Studio 103 Tuesday, August 8, 10:00AM

(re)conciliation: Integrating Indigeneity and Decolonizing Performance Practice
The land acknowledgement perfunctorily performed by rote will not serve the fraught, complex project of reconciliation; indeed, it may, at the end of the day, render such an endeavor an exercise in futility. How do artists go beyond the learning of names, or geography, or historical fact to begin decolonizing their practice? How do we re-imagine our relationship with this land upon which we create? Cole Alvis (Métis) and Jill Carter (Anishinaabe-Ashkenazi) lead a workshop for artists on how we can more actively engage in (re)conciliation.

Artscape Youngplace Studio 103 Tuesday, August 8, 2:00PM

The Case for Relaxed Performance
Relaxed Performance (RP) as a cultural practice helps to make theatre spaces more comfortable and welcoming to audience members with autism spectrum disorders, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities. This workshop will explore how cultural producers, artists and arts organizations can more widely and independently integrate RP principles within their work and creative process. This workshop will be led by Access Activators, a Relaxed Performance pilot consulting project.

Artscape Youngplace Studio 103 Wednesday, August 9, 10:00AM

Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism Workshop
This workshop for artists explores the language, theories and practices of anti-oppression in depth. Institutional, community based and organizational strategies for building equity and unlearning oppression are central to the content and objectives of the workshop. Creative, technical and collaborative models for building equity and liberation will be explored. Group activities, case studies and discussion are critical tools to apply the learnings of this workshop.

Artscape Youngplace Studio 103 Wednesday, August 9, 2:00PM