Monday, June 27, 2011


June was a bit of a challenge for That's Women's Work Arts Network, with the highlight being having this blog frozen for indecent/ harmful content. We spoke and it seems the world noticed! Funny how speaking our mind can still scare some folks. Mary Breen and Alex Hickey your anarchist thoughts of crafting and getting over rejectionn shook the world. Congrats!

Red tape galore but worked through that.. and wouldn't you know it happened right during our guest blogger party?

That's Women's Work will be closed June 27th (today) until July 9th for me, Michelle, to get married.

When I return we'll sort it all out and ensure everyone gets an opportunity to post at a time that is best for them. Until then I'm in the land of dial-up and won't be available for emails.

Here's hoping that this gets posted and all of you will be able to read it!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011


As the statistics for childhood obesity rise, so does the concern of the health practitioners, educators and parents. Michelle Obama talks of an epidemic. We Google for information; we do our research to get the numbers and gasp at the sheer volume of it all. Thirty per cent of the children in the United States are either overweight or obese. The majority of our children are not eating the right kinds of foods, nor are they getting enough exercise. They live a sedentary lifestyle, sitting and playing computer games for hours on end.

We need to look at the epidemic of childhood obesity and teach children about proper nutrition and support them to live active lifestyles. As adults, we need be role models and encourage our children to become energetic.

The statistics show us the numbers. Let’s look beyond the statistics and the numbers and see how obesity affects children in their day-to-day activities.

What about the personal struggles these young overweight children have? They are often being bullied or teased, and self-esteem is more often than not low.

A friend of mine, Annette, is a fifth grade teacher, and one day she told me a story that made me feel sad. I thought back to when I was a lonely overweight child.

One sunny afternoon, Annette brought her class outside to play dodge ball. The children were laughing and running, happy to be outside. One of the children, an overweight girl, tagged along behind the group, her head bent as she scuffled her feet along the pathway. She was short of breath and stopped a few times before she caught up with the rest of the group.

“Okay, kids, let’s form two groups. Jason and Kaitlyn, you can be the group leaders. Come, choose your teams,” said my friend, Annette.

The other children formed a line. Their faces were beaming with anticipation of being chosen. They were eager to play; this was fun!

Biting her lip and looking up and down the line, Kaitlyn finally pointed to a boy with brown hair. “Kyle!” she called out.

It was Jason’s turn to choose.

“Andrea!” called out Jason. Andrea, an active girl with a blond ponytail, bounced towards Jason with a big grin on her face.

One by one, the children were chosen for their teams.


The line got smaller and smaller, and the overweight girl patiently waited her turn to be chosen. Every time another child’s name was called, her face showed how disappointed she was. She seemed to shrink into the background, trying to be invisible. She wasn’t chosen yet.

“Alex!” called out Jason. With his hands waving through the air, Alex ran towards Jason.

Then the most horrifying and embarrassing moment a child could experience happened. The young, overweight girl stood all alone in the middle of the field. No one had chosen her. The teacher looked at the groups, and then looked at her.

“Okay, Allison, you can be on Kaitlyn’s team.”

“Ah, Miss, does she have to be on our team?” groaned Kaitlyn. More groans rose from her group.

“Yes, Kaitlyn,” said Annette.

Quietly, with her head bent, Allison walked over to Kaitlyn’s team and stood at the back of the line. She knew she was not wanted in this group.

As Annette told me this story, I felt my heart go out to young Allison. I knew exactly how she felt. This happened to me while in grade school.

With a sigh, I sent a prayer to give Allison the strength to become active and learn about healthy eating. I wished Allison all the luck in the world to lose her extra weight and grow up to be a beautiful and successful woman, with only a distant memory of what it was like in grade school, to be the chubby one in the class.

In my book "Freddy's French Fries Fiasco" you will meet a sparrow, named Freddy and his friends. Freddy eats too many french fries and cannot fly any more. I wanted to address the isue of childhood obesity and help give the children an understanding of being healthy and dynamic in life.
You can read an excerpt of my book at

DiDi LeMay

Friday, June 3, 2011

My Aesthetic awareness, it’s an evolutionary process ...

I often find myself thinking about how I am representing women in my art, am I placing them in positions of victims or objectifying them, allowing for potential crazies to fantasize on female models in my drawings and paintings who, in some case, may seem to be inviting abuse ?

I cannot say in all honesty that I succeed in this as some of my pieces revel in the erotic representation of women and their bodies, not for the enjoyment of sick minds but because I paint what I am interested in and enjoy or feel a need to speak out on. My awareness of women and our bodies is of course quite subjective. For me, it is often a play/struggle between an aesthetic and a political sense and value. I find myself speaking on both, sometimes in the same painting.

I do not reject the technical knowledge handed down through time and mostly invented by men, no more than I do of any language I make use of in order to properly and effectively communicate with the world around me, I use it to express my personal understanding of the world from my own experiences as a woman. I do think that I impart a certain organic, feminine cognitive part of me through my art, it can be understood and felt, depending on the topic and/or subject of a given piece. My sense of what it means to be a female and a woman differs from others, my take on eroticism and how I represent human emotions and experiences are also personal even if similar in many ways to anyone else’s.

I bring with me an aesthetic very much my own, yes it is female but also born of a life in the wrong body and thus subjected to years of seeing through the world of the opposite gender and sex. My aesthetic sense, my awareness speaks to survival, to female eroticism and to the extraordinary queerness of life. I create some pieces that, in contrast to their obvious erotic content, speak of pain, and of othering, of being on the outside looking in. Being a woman of transsexual experience has permitted me to better understand oppression and prejudice, even as a woman by other women. I am conscious of myself, my sexual identity, my gender and my orientation. I am aware of communicating my hopes and fears, my joy and my anger as well as my sadness, my chaos.

If anything, my art, is a reflection of my path and I hope it has some impact, brings some pleasure and happiness but also introspection and much questioning.


New surroundings, new opportunities in Keswick

Well, we bought our new house in Keswick, Ontario because I really wish to live closer to my sister Jeanne and also because I feel my art might do somewhat better there. This is a little more complex that it may seem at first, we presently live in a small village in the Lanaudière region of Quebec called St-Alphonse-Rodriguez, some 90 minutes north east of Montreal. It’s a big move and even though we know ( my Dany and I ) it’s the right one, it’s still daunting and even a little scary at times. It means, after a half century living mostly in Quebec, we are taking on this adventure, eyes wide open, with some trepidation and lots of excitement and joy.

For me, as a queer femme-artist, this means beginning anew, putting in place a new studio space as quickly as possible as I already miss painting ( most of May without a brush ), connecting with local artists in the greater Toronto, knocking on Gallery doors to see which ones might be interested in representing my art as it isn’t exactly your garden variety type. See, I happen to create drawings and paintings that are sometimes erotic in nature or often feminist and queer friendly, which just seems to fall outside what is socially acceptable.

Mind you, I am very proud and happy to create pieces that I find important to speak out about, to put out there and incite questioning and reflection and so, I’m not regretful or being whiney, just trying to be clear and open about where I’m coming from as a woman artist. Oh, did I mention that I’m also of transsexual origin, oh well, there you go then.

I’m really hoping to meet up with other women artists, queer women and in fact pretty much any woman who thinks we could work together on projects, swap experiences, and find support. Like, where are all the cool women spaces in Toronto, what spaces might be good to show my art, who’s art should I know about in the Toronto women’s art world ? Maybe an eventual group show of women artists could be put together and help other women in need, this is certainly something I would feel honored to be part of.

Although these few lines of mine aren’t exactly filled with the kinda stuff I imagine a real, expert blog might comprise, what I’m saying here is basically that I’m coming to Ontario well grounded but also with the hope and desire of meeting new friends and contacts.

For those of you who might be curious as to what sort of art I create, then you can visit my website at: , it is sometimes pretty in your face topics such as my vagina series which was inspired from Eve Ensler’s play “ The Vagina Monologues “, so please only visit if you aren’t offended by nudity.

Warmest regards,

Joëlle Circé

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Facing the Risk of Rejection (Guest Blog #1)

Welcome to Guest Blogging Month at That's Women's Work. My name is Alex Hickey and I'm a folksinger-songwriter who lives & works in rural Nova Scotia. 

I have days when it feels like the biggest (and most difficult) part of my job as an artist is to find the strength and courage to open myself up to the risk of rejection. It's the part of my work that looms ominously on days when I've promised myself that I'll spend some time contacting people to ask them to book me to play shows. Or come see a show. Or stock my CDs in their store. Or review my songs in their magazine or on their blog. Or play my songs on the radio.

The process of asking people to support my work entails asking them to listen to it and evaluate it, and that always feels like it teeters on the edge between two things. On the one hand is the hope that my work will resonate with another person and give them an experience that might motivate them to help the songs along on their journey out into the world; on the other hand is the fear that my work will be met with disinterest, dismissal or out-and-out hostility.

And that can be scary for me.

I've often resorted to shielding my vulnerability by shutting down emotionally, but that strategy has an unfortunate side effect: it interferes with doing good work. (I believe that authenticity is the most important component of artistic work, and vulnerability is a vital part of my authentic self). My other big temptation is to avoid the risk of rejection by not doing the work of trying to put my music out into the world. As long as I don't ask, no one can say "No". The unfortunate side effect of that, though, is that they don't get a chance to say, "Yes", either.

Lately, I've been experimenting with some different strategies when facing the risk of rejection and I offer them to you here:
  1. Take the long view (tell yourself that you have plenty of time and you don't have to push yourself beyond what you can handle at any given moment; if you feel you've already missed your chance to be an artist, you might find it helpful to read this article by Malcolm Gladwell)
  2. Take it easy (do as much as you can, as you're ready for it; suit your pace to what you feel you can handle. If you're not ready to tackle something, be kind to yourself about it)
  3. Get help (whether hired help or help from friends and colleagues, learn how to identify the help you need, and how ask for it, take it in and appreciate it)
  4. Team up (Join with a friend or friends to swap complementary skills and strengths. Form a co-op for the difficult jobs and/or create a group for mutual support and inspiration)
  5. Find a role model or mentor (Find someone who's journey inspires you and, if possible, ask them if they will mentor you)
  6. Redefine "success" (Success doesn't have to look the same for everybody; set goals that align with your values and work toward them)
  7. Treasure positive feedback (it's hard to resist shutting down in the face of rejection; remember that keeping your heart open can also let in a lot of light; keep positive feedback on hand, where you can refer to it as often as you need to)
  8. Embrace opportunities (when opportunity knocks, be sure to take it as a sign that your work needs to be out in the world; rise to the occasion and do what you have to do to meet each opportunity with your best work)
  9. Fight the power (don't buy the lie that success in your field will only come with recognition from the establishment)
  10. Show up (even when the outside world feels like a hostile place, keep showing up for your own work so you don't lose sight of why it has meaning for you)
  11. Make the world a better place for other artists (make a point to respect and honour other people's work and their vulnerability around it; be a celebrater!)

Friday, May 27, 2011

URGENT Toronto city survey forward far and wide asap!

Toronto Survey- You fill out and submit to ensure services win over cuts! More info below on public meetings!

Register online ( to attend a free information session on's Citizen's Guide to the City of Toronto's Core Service's Review.

With an anticipated 2012 budget gap of almost $800 million, Toronto is headed toward deep cuts to vital services, drastically changing the face of our city. There is no time to waste – we need everyone to speak out to protect our city.

The City of Toronto is embarking on three major ‘reviews.’ The Core Services Review (to identify what services are “core” and what can be cut), the User Fee Review (to identify how to make users pay the full cost of services they use) and the “Service Efficiency Studies (to identify which city functions could be privatized, delivered differently). The results of these will determine what services are delivered by the city, how they ard delivered, and who pays for them.

These three reviews are taking place over the next few months, with limited opportunities for public consultation. The Consultation process has just been released. You can check it out here.

‘One Toronto’ is developing a “Citizens Guide” to these initiatives and the consultation processes related to them, and will be conducting a number of information sessions on them over the next three weeks.

The last two sessions are scheduled for:

Tuesday, May 24, 7:00-9:00 PM, Labour Council (15 Gervais Drive, 4th Floor)

Tuesday, May 24, 7:00-9:00 PM, Birchwood Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre (93 Birchmount Road, Scarborough)

All sessions are FREE.

These sessions will be of interest to anyone interested in participating in the consultation process as an individual, as part of an organization, or in promoting engagement and dialogue in your community. They will focus on the fiscal and political context for the consultations, the consultations themselves, and the ways in which individuals and communities can be effectively engaged in the process.

You can register online at or by phone by calling Mary Micallef at 416-351-0095 x 251.


A very simple guide to Social Fiance

Thursday, May 26, 2011

With spring comes a new vibrancy and energy

Women's Work is gearing up for a lush and full summer. Hang in for more details! In the meanwhile please enjoy these updated postings and calls!
TWWAN is now adding screen shots to be sure you get connected to the correct link, we love the web but we also know it can be a challenge to follow links and find info. Let us know if you think they help. Happy hunting!


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Women's Health and Art!

Aangen Spring Yard Sale
Time Saturday, May 28 · 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location Aangen Community Centre

868 Dovercourt Road

Toronto, ON

More Info Bring your family and friends and see what fun treasures we have - by donation. Aangen is now accepting donations of kids clothes, books and toys to support Aangen's Families in Need Marketplace & all the other causes we support at Aangen - including Naz India HIV/AIDS Orphanage & Animal Rescue Programs.

Please call to book a drop-off 416.519.9800
Please join Aangen's FB group to be updated regularly or our newsletter at

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

where in the world has that's women's work gone?

Hi all,
We haven't ceased to exist we are simply in a state of ceasing to know where anything is... The move from a three floor house to a two bedroom apt has been really overwhelming and tiring. We are still emptying boxes and trying to assemble a life, it's been over a month and I found my contacts yesterday!
The office is not set up yet, but I'm doing my best to get that up and running this week. Back to full time work, a one year contract nice to have some money in my pocket but I feel exhausted when I drop in the door at night, I'm sure once the learning curve isn't straight up I'll have more time.

We aren't outta the picture still in hiatus and still unpacking boxes, yes after over i month still opening boxes, found plates and bowls today so exciting! TWW will reemerge soon, please continue to hang in with us:)


P.s. I would love to take a picture of boxes piled to the ceiling to share with you BUT I can't find my camera:)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Call for Submissions: Day of Delight

Location Dufferin Grove Park
Created By Clay and Paper Theatre, Clay AndPaper

More Info Clay & Paper Theatre is preparing for our most romantic Day of Delight to date! Our 9th annual celebration of love, courtship and desire, set to passionately unfold on the afternoon of Sunday June 19, 2011, will culminate this year in an amorous and authentic wedding that will be celebrated by all our fanciful festival revelers in Dufferin Grove Park.

We are seeking sexy collaborators of all artistic disciplines to contribute wor...ks to tell a love story from first glance to wedding vows. Will your work tell the tale of the first date? The courtship? The stag and doe? Be creative! Be delightful! While this wedding tale will form the core of the festival, we also welcome submissions that respond more widely to Day of Delight’s overarching themes of Love, Courtship and Desire. Works of all artistic disciplines are encouraged. This includes theatre, music, dance, spectacle, poetry, performance art, installation, puppetry, participatory works… we dare you to surprise us!

Offerings can be large or small, new or old – but must be suitable for outdoor space and relate to telling our central love story or respond to the themes of love, courtship and desire. We have found that works of about 15 minutes in length seem to work best, whereas dialogue-driven works of a realistic nature seem to work the least. A modest honorarium will be offered to all participating individuals or groups. Please note that you are responsible for providing all requirements for your production, ie: cast, director, set pieces, etc., although we will provide whatever support we can.

BYOA (Bring your own Access): Clay & Paper encourages applications that integrate access solutions into the performance, such as someone performing in American Sign Language, featuring a wheelchair performer, or including integrated audio description to increase accessibility for the blind or visually impaired. Use your imagination and BYOA!

Deadline for Submissions: Friday April 15 at 5 PM. Those accepted will be notified by April 21. Please submit your proposal to The proposal can be in whatever form you think best describes your project and ability to carry it out; this can include an artist statement, script, photographs, video, audio, participant CV’s, etc. If you want to do things old-school, you can mail your proposal to: Day of Delight Submissions, Clay & Paper Theatre, 163 Concord Ave. Toronto, ON M6H 2P2. Feel free to email or call if you need more information: (416) 708-3332.

Image by Barbara KlunderSee More

Audition Notice: CYCLOPS Performers + Musician

Date  Friday, March 11 at 11:00am - March 28 at 5:00pm


Location The streets of Toronto
Created By Clay and Paper Theatre, Clay AndPaper
More Info Audition Notice – Cyclops Performers & Musician

Clay & Paper Theatre is looking for three cycling-enthusiastic performers and one musician/composer to intern with us as part of Cyclops: Cycling Oriented Puppet Squad.
Wage: $16.50/hour, 35 hours/week
May 2 to October 31, 2011
Highly variable schedule including evenings and weekends, must be available all days and times.

Please do not apply if you have other commitments over the course of the summer and fall i.e., Fringe, Summerworks, another part time job etc.

Summary of Position: Cyclops interns are responsible for developing bicycle-based theatre pieces to perform in public venues and at community, cycling and environmental events, as well as a full-length mobile production based in Dufferin Grove Park. Interns must be cycling enthusiasts, have a strong performance background and an interest in developing skill sets in other creative or administrative areas, such as administration, producing, writing, design, building, costuming, etc. Bicycle and gear will be provided, as well as training in bike maintenance, safety and street performance techniques. Animators, puppeteers, dancers, clowns, buskers, singers and musicians are invited to apply.

Duties for all four include:

* Develop theatre pieces to be performed in public space using the bicycle as a key element in transportation, music, design, set, props, etc.

* Animate community, cycling and environmental events with theatrical performances; busking at various locations throughout downtown Toronto

* Perform at our annual Day of Delight and Night of Dread festivals and as part of our summer production, Human Power: An Epic Tale Of Modernity

* Lead community workshops on bike trailer building, bicycle decoration, bicycle puppets, etc.

* Organize volunteers and group bicycle ride

* Perform other administrative, promotional or production tasks as needed to support the Squad, the project and Clay & Paper Theatre

For Musician:
Composition and accompaniment for a wide variety of performances with instrumentation and voice
For Performers:
Physical theatre, puppetry, and musical collaboration and performance
* Strong performance background (non-Equity only), with experience in developing original work in a collaborative environment
* Physical ability to cycle regularly and for long distances in city traffic
* Highly motivated and responsible, must be able to work independently
* Outgoing, personable, good sense of humour
* Enthusiastic about urban cycling and environmental issues
* Must enjoy interacting with the public and not be afraid of asking strangers for money

Clay & Paper encourages applications from people of diverse backgrounds.
Submit your resume, head shot, and a short statement of why you would like to join Cyclops to by Monday March 28, 2011 at 5 PM. Please put CYCLOPS APPLICATION in the subject line. Auditions will take place April 4 – 8 from 9am to 3pm. Short listed applicants will be required to take part in a group audition April 11 – 13. We thank you for your application, but only those selected for an audition will be contacted.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

That's Women's Work- time for a wee break

A new job 4 days per week to help fund the TWWAN start-up and now the sudden need to move. It's Saturday March 5th and TWWAN is taking a wee break of two weeks time. We won't be returning emails or calls while we pack up a three story house, relocate, work and sometimes sleep:0) We'll be back and up and running soon. Please check out our IWD programming at Wise Daughters.

Michelle van Looy

Monday, February 28, 2011

Filles D'action teleconference

Conference Call Info Session – LIGHT A SPARK & YOU!
more info;

The LIGHT A SPARK campaign has created quite a buzz within the network. You’ve gotten some updates by email, newsletter and even snail mail, but we want to make ABSOLUTELY sure that you have all of the information that you need to take part and benefit from all aspects of the campaign.

Join us for the LIGHT A SPARK conference call next Thursday MARCH 3rd at NOON EST to get answers to all of your questions and to learn more how you can get involved.

Please send notice of your interest to before Wednesday March 2nd at NOON EST, and you will receive a confirmation email with instructions to call-in for the info session.

In case you missed it, view the attachment for detailed information about the LIGHT A SPARK campaign and YOU!

FREE SCHOOL! sunday night art postings from anna williats rise up newsletter

10 Amazing postings!!!! Enjoy- Michelle

1. Call for Submissions – The Annual – SAVAC's juried members' exhibition
14 February at 09:00 - 22 April at 5:00 pm
Living Arts Centre, Mississauga

SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) in partnership with the Living Arts Centre is pleased to announce an open call for The Annual, SAVAC’s members’ juried group exhibition. The Annual is a platform to showcase the broad range and scope of critically engaged artwork being produced by artists from SAVAC’s membership.

SAVAC invites proposals for new and innovative artworks that exp...lore current issues and ideas shaping South Asian identities and experiences. We encourage applications that engage a range of themes that examine our fast-paced and changing contemporary culture. SAVAC invites artists to submit proposals for completed works in all formats including painting, drawing, print-making to photography, sculpture, film, video, sound and new media installations.

The exhibition will take place at the Living Arts Centre gallery from 9 July – 21 August 2011.
Submissions will be juried by guest jurors including Toronto-based multi-media artist, writer and educator Sarindar Dhaliwal; Curator and Residency Co-ordinator of the Living Arts Centre gallery, Cole Swanson; and members from SAVAC’s Programming Committee.
SAVAC encourages all member artists to apply. Non-members may apply by purchasing a SAVAC membership ($30 for practicing artists). For more info on membership visit:
Deadline for proposals: 22 April 2011.

 All submissions must include:

 1. Your name, address, telephone number and email contact.
2. A short artist's statement outlining the general themes of your artistic practice.
3. A half page proposal describing the work you intend to submit for the exhibition.
4. 2-3 images of the work that you intend to exhibit (sketches and studies of the work if it is a new work to be completed is acceptable). Please send 72dpi jpegs on CD or DVD. No slides.
5 images or documentation of previous work. Please do not send originals.
 6. Biographical information and CV.

Please send all applications to:
 SAVAC – The Annual
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 450
Toronto, Ontario, M5V3A8

Submissions will only be returned if the package includes a self-addressed stamped envelope (with Canadian postage) or send a cheque payable to SAVAC for the return postage amount.
All deliveries from international participants must be marked:

"NO COMMERCIAL VALUE." Please do not claim any monetary value over $50 on your package for insurance, or you will be charged customs, duties and taxes.

All submissions must be sent prepaid. SAVAC will not accept collect or C.O.D. shipments and will not accept shipments incurring expenses for duties, taxes or customs brokerage.

All work accepted for the exhibition must be submitted ready for display (i.e. properly framed or mounted; media-based artists must submit screening quality DVDs etc). Artists must provide all artworks with appropriate hanging or installation hardware attached or included.

 Please note that SAVAC will only contact selected artists.
For enquiries contact Srimoyee Mitra, Programming Coordinator, / 416-542-1661

2. Toronto Free School Update:
Spring is in the Air!!!

At long last Toronto Free School’s spring semester is set to go. Over the course of the next week many of Free School’s spring classes will be beginning, and time is running out to register. Below you will find information on the courses offered, and the specifics in terms of where and when first class meetings will be taking place. From gardening to sex talk, from art journaling and decolonizing Spanish, to men and patriarchy, and many more, Free School is offering an exciting and diverse range of classes this spring semester. Whether you interested in developing practical skills, expanding your horizons, or engaging in more theoretical pursuits, Toronto Free School has something to offer.

 For more detailed information on classes, you can visit our website:
Also – if you use google calendar features, add our class calendar which will feature scheduling and location information on all classes, with regular updates for periodic workshops!

 Looking forward to learning with you!

Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Location: OISE rm. 5-250 (252 Bloor St. W.)
Class type: workshop series, registration required
Message from facilitator:

 I am pleased to say that Art Journal sessions begin this Monday, February 28. We will meet in a space at 252 Bloor Street West, in the University of Toronto OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) building. The room booked is 5-250, and I have been told it is quite nice!

There is no need to bring any materials at all. Additionally, you are welcome to bring a friend if you like, but I must insist that you let me know by Sunday at 9:00pm if you are bringing a friend so that we have enough materials for everyone.

 I look forward to meeting all of you, if you have any questions at all, concerns, or feedback you are welcome to call me at 416-946-7154 or email me here
Autumn Chilcote

Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: OISE rm. 2-289 (252 Bloor St. W.)
Class type: discussion group, registration required
Facilitator contact:

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Parliament and Wellesley, contact facilitator for specifics.
Class type: Drop-in, no registration needed.
Facilitator contact:

Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Dufferin Collective Space, contact facilitator for specifics.
Class type: Discussion group, registration required.
Facilitator contact:

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: OISE rm. 5180 (252 Bloor St. W.)
Class type: Discussion group, drop-in (no registration needed).
Facilitator contact:

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Dufferin Collective Space, contact facilitator for specifics.
Class type: Drop-in (no registration needed).
Facilitator contact:

FREE SOFTWARE (2.0) – tentative start date:
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Linux Caffe, 326 Harbord St.
Class type: Drop-in (no registration needed).
Facilitator contact:

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Dufferin Collective Space, contact facilitator for specifics.
Class type: Discussion group, drop-in (no registration needed).

URGH I want to go to this but have to work! Anyone want to take notes for me:0) Michelle
When - Tuesday, March 1 at 4PM
Where - William Doo Auditorium, New College, University of Toronto
45 Willcocks St, Toronto ( north of College St., east of Spadina Ave )

What drives community building in Toronto?
What fosters and sustains community engagement?
What works? What doesn't? Who is doing it? What about you?


  • Alex Dow - Youth advocate and campaign organiser. Alex is currently Project Coordinator at Malvern Family Resource Centre/United Way Toronto and Manager of the Malvern Action for Neighbourhood Change.
  • Ruth Howard - Artist involved in various forms of popular and participatory arts and theatre. Ruth is Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre, which creates large-scale arts and theatre projects with urban communities.
  • Dave Meslin - Toronto-based artist, community organizer and rabble-rouser. Dave has instigated several urban projects on public space, bikes and voting reform. He is co-editor of Local Motion: The Art of Civic Engagement in Toronto.
  • Uzma Shakir - Community-based researcher and activist. Uzma's work focuses on anti-racism, immigrant and refugee rights, and critical multiculturalism. She is an Atkinson Economic Justice Fellow and was past Executive Director of Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) and the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO).
 Contact -
 Rebecca Wolfe
 Coordinator, Community Development
 Centre for Community Partnerships
 University of Toronto
 569 Spadina Ave, Suite 315B
 Tel: 416 946 3758
 Fax: 416 978 2817

 * if you have an accommodation need for a planned meeting or program, please email me directly and I will do my best to make appropriate arrangements.*

4.Maharaja Mash Up: Contemporary South Asian artists in conversation
02 March · 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Wednesday March 2nd, 2011
6-8pm FREE

Join the AGO Youth Council as they host a night of thought-provoking performances, discussion, and music related to contemporary South Asian artistic practice in Toronto. Each of the featured performances and artwork by LAL, Gitanjali Lena, Srimoyee Mitra, Zanette Singh and Kaspar Saxena respond to the exhibition *Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts*.

About LAL:
LAL is a musical ensemble that started in 1998. LAL is about music and social change. We are a collective that represent Uganda, Bangladesh, Barbados, India and everything in-between. We sound like everything, thus we sound like nothing. Some of us are activists, some of us are not, but we respect each others' opinions and we love like family. We believe in creating a strong independent music movement and we will continue to make music as long as we can.

About Kaspar J. Saxena
Kaspar Jivan Saxena AOCA is an independent filmmaker, media artist, writer and curator. Since graduating with honors in 1991, he has authored 10 short documentaries, new narrative videos and animated films which have screened at numerous international, theatrical and grassroots festival venues, galleries, museums and on local and national broadcast networks. Kaspar will present an excerpt from a new media multi platform documentary work in progress he has been researching called "The Monster Gardens".

The AGO Youth Council meets weekly at the AGO to design artistic programming that is relevant and responds to the needs of youth in the GTA. The council's past projects include: The Living Room Project; Hype I, II, & III; and Metro AGO-GO: Youth Propositions for an Ideal City. The AGO Youth Council is a project of Teens Behind the Scenes at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The AGO is always FREE AFTER THREE (3pm-close, Tuesday-Friday) for all high school students and youth associated with a youth organization. It is also always FREE after 6pm on Wednesday for the general public. Come visit the show again and again!

The AGO Youth Council and Free After Three are programs organized by the AGO’s Teens Behind the Scenes and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Lead Sponsor: Ericsson
Generously supported by: The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation
Tippet Foundation
Free After Three
Generously supported by: The Volunteers of the AGO
The Joan and Clifford Hatch Foundation

5. This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) presents
A Celebration of the Launch of FARZANA DOCTOR's novel "Six Metres of Pavement"
in conversation with SUSAN G. COLE
March 7, 2011
Doors open at 7:00 for a 7:30 start.

Admission is $5.oo; FREE with a book purchase.
FARZANA DOCTOR’s first novel Stealing Nasreen" received critical acclaim
and earned a devoted readership uon its release in 2007. Her second novel
"Six Metres of Pavement," a story ofone man’s tragedy and redemption, has
been praised by Publishers Weekly as “... paean to second chances.”

SUSAN G. COLE has been contributor to NOW Magazin, Canada’s most
influential news and entertainment weekly, since its inception i 1981 and
became a senior editor in 1998. Read Susan weekly in the print editio of
NOW and online every Thursday, when she writes a weekly post at Susan is an outspoken commentator on media issues. Hear
her debate media matters every Thursday morning at 9 amon radio Talk 640’s
Media And The Message panel.

Both will take to the stage fo an intimate conversation about writing,
neighbourhoods, and how we get over th worst mistakes of our lives.

Joining us in the second half will be fabulous locl musician Sarah Greene

6.Rally and March: International Women's Day Toronto
International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the
economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and
future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria,
International Women's Day is a national holiday.

IWD has been celebrated for more than 100 years. In Toronto, IWD has
traditionally been a rally and march, and is organized by a committee of
social justice, labour, health and women's rights activists.

The theme this year:
Our City, Our Services, Our Future - Women Take on the Fight!
Rally, 11AM, OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor St West
March, 1PM
Fair, 1:30PM, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould St.
More Info:
7.Vagina Monologues
08 March · 7:00 - 10:00 pm
OISE Auditorium, Main Floor, 252 Bloor St W, Toronto

Vagina Monologues
The Year's Sexiest Play, by Eve Ensler
OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor St W, Toronto(above the St George Subway)

...March 8, 2011, 7pm
Tickets $15

Tickets available in advance at the CWSE, 2-225, 252 Bloor W, in person Monday through Thursday, 12pm to 3pm.

Or get your ticket at the door, 6-6:45pm the day of.
Presented by the Centre for Women's Studies in Education (CWSE) and 360 Productions

CWSE and 360 Productions brings you the year’s sexiest and most powerful play The Vagina Monologues. This multiple-award winning play by Eve Ensler is given a fresh new twist by Loretta Chen, PhD, award-winning director of the internationally acclaimed 251 and the Asian Premiere of the Broadway classic Victor/Victoria. It is produced by Telly Award recipient and Hollywood fight choreographer, Jennifer Phillips (Salt, Eclipse).

Boasting a stellar cast of 33 diverse, talented, and dynamic women, The Vagina Monologues is a powerful collection of anecdotes celebrating all things feminine - part therapy, part informative, wholly electrifying!

Leave your inhibitions at the door as you laugh with the women recollecting their first love, virgin sexual encounter and horror stories of their first period! Or, weep and be livid with them as they share painful childhood experiences, traumas of abuse and stories of sexual violation. Finally, revel in awe and wonder as we pay tribute to our mothers - the single most important woman in our lives.

Whether you are a Man from Mars or Woman from Venus, join us in this Earth-shattering, no-holds barred theatrical experience! So make this your mandatory night out as we celebrate all things wild, wonderful and women!
Get ready, get set, get wet!

Starring (in alphabetical order)
Melanie Adamsons
Kaitlyn Alexander
Sharise Alonto
Iva Berlekovic
Rebecca Boyce
Jillian Challoner
Loretta Chen
Josephine Cox
Christine D’Angelo
Gloria Er-Chua
Tanya Filipopoulos
Safia Gahayr
Rebecca Gail
Lorena Gajardo
Stacey Gawrylash
Afshan Golriz
Linda Ham
Fran Kohi
Guida Man
Izyan Mellyna
M. Kaur Mucina
Rica Night
El Nina
Jennifer Phillips
S. Resplandor
Ali Richardson
Tamon Scarlett
nne Shepherd
Sheila Stewart
Michelle Sutherland
Irma Villafuerte
Chiamaka Ugwu
Candi Zell
Loretta Chen, PhD, Creative Director
Jennifer Phillips, Executive Producer
Jamie Ryckman, Producer
Iskandar Ismail, Music Composer
Chia Meng-Koo, Multi-Media Designer
Nickie Lee, Graphic Designer
Ima Barbosa, Production/Stage Manager

8. SOY/BQY IS HAVING A BLACK HISTORY EVENT -------------------------- IN MARCH 2011





MARCH 9th, 2011
5pm -- 9pm
333 Sherbourne St.

Catering By BQY’s own: Jason Sinclair
9.IWD 2011 Cultural Event
11 March · 18:00 - 21:00
The 519 Church Street Community Centre
519 Church Street
Toronto, ON

Celebrate with us, as we unite together to MOBILIZE for International Women's Day 2011.
"our strategy should not be only to confront empire [patriarchy or any oppressive empire that undermines it's people], but to lay siege to it. to deprive it of oxygen. to shame it. to mock it. with our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness- and our ability to tell our own stories. s...tories that are different from the one's we're being brainwashed to believe. the corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling- their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. remember this: we may be many and they may be few. they need us more than we need them. another world is not only possible, she is on her way. on a quiet day, i can hear her breathing." - arundhati roy...

One of the reasons we are having this event is to highlight the local female talents and outreach to other groups that are interested in joining our collective in solidarity against imperialism.

Join us and experience what resonates in our hearts through the gifts that we are blessed with. The powerful talents that remind us that we are resilient and we will continue to organize!

**RWC – Our objectives are to organize and mobilize ourselves to be more visible as an anti-imperialist working class women’s collective, to provide an opportunity to educate ourselves and others on the struggles of working-class women here in Canada and abroad and to initiate activities for which we will mobilize our respective networks to work towards building a women’s mass organization.**

**** If you would like to perform or showcase your artwork, please give us a quick email at****

10.Call for Submissions AQSAzine Issue #4 Ancestors and Descendants
Dear family, sisters, brothers, allies and revolutionaries -
Submit and spread the word about AQSAzine Issue #4 Ancestors and Descendants “Where’d you come from/Where are you going?”

Why Submit?
Because you cannot but know what your roots are, where you came from and how you came to be. Because you cannot be present here without knowing about “back there”. Because you have yet to learn who your ancestors are and what were their journeys. Because you want to carry forward the stories of your great grandparents. Because you want to share your origins with your children. Because sometimes its too painful to know and other times its all that you know.

Because your history has been submerged, erased, disjointed or cut off you. Because you want to understand how your present came to be. Because underneath all the silence is a rich history of lessons learnt that would be helpful in guiding you. Because you are proud of your lineage. Because the question of where you are from is complicated and a simple answer boxes you in. Because your history is multidimensional just like your identity. Because you fear that you are losing your connection to home through language, memories, stories. Because your descendants might have all your struggles in common.

Types of Submissions:
• Stories (fiction or non fiction);
• Poetry;
• Artwork;
• Graphic arts;
• Photography;
• Visuals;
• Media reviews;
• Interviews
• Any other form of personal art or writing under 1,500 words
Confidentiality: Submissions will not be reprinted without the author’s permission. You can use your first and/or last name, a pen name, or even remain completely anonymous. We want you to feel safe in making a contribution.

Send us your submissions with short bio along with questions, resources, information to aqsazine at

Peace, love and hugs

AQSAzine Team

Monday, February 21, 2011

CHILD CARE NOW- flash mob!

FUN! Oh if I wasn't working I'd so be there! Please pass this on!

National Child Care Now!

Flash Mob & Rally
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Yonge & Dundas Square

To support this event you can:
1. Pass on this info over listservs and to your contacts. Email me to receive the event poster for this purpose.
2. Attend the rally. Join the Facebook event ( and invite your friends.
3. Volunteer to help make it happen - email for more info.

In solidarity,
Lauren Snowball
Campaigns Coordinator • Coordonnatrice des campagnes
Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario • Fédération canadienne des étudiantes et étudiants-Ontario
t: 416-925-3825 x 611
c: 416-878-7129
f: 416-925-6774

Christiane Amanpour hosts LAUNCH OF UN WOMEN LIVE WEBCAST

This will be amazing!

Please Join Us for Our

from United Nations Headquarters in New York

Thursday 24 February 2011
6:30–8:00 p.m. EST (GMT–5)

Honouring the Past – Envisioning the Future for Women and Girls
Emcee Christiane Amanpour
and other distinguished speakers and performers

Visit UN Women for more information at

Friday, February 11, 2011

Vagina Monologues call for performers- today and friday!!!!!!!!!!!/event.php?eid=146135668779623&index=1

Thursday, February 10 at 9:00am - February 11 at 3:00pm

Location Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE)

252 Bloor St W, Room 2-227 (second floor, end of the hall, by the CWSE)

Toronto, ON
Created By CWSE
More Info AUDITION CALL for Vagina Monologues

360 Productions & The Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE) are looking for actresses from ages 18-80 for a staging of Eve Ensler’s critically acclaimed play, The Vagina Monologues. This charity fundraiser will be staged as part of the centennial International Women’s Day celebrations presented by CWSE at OISE, University of Toronto on March 8, 2011.

Directed by the award-winning and pr...ovocative Dr Loretta Chen (251, Victor/Victoria), the play will be produced by Jennifer Phillips (Salt, X-Men, 300) with multi-media installations by film-maker Chia Meng Koo (Man in a Snow Globe, NDP 2010). The soundtrack will be composed by internationally acclaimed maestro, Iskandar Ismail.

We are looking for a diverse range of women regardless of age, size, height, race, sexuality, or language to fill a myriad of roles. In addition, we also welcome group auditions. So, if you are part of a choir, dance ensemble, or artist collective, we would like to meet you too. As long as you identify with being female, we want YOU! Experience is preferred but Passion is a Must!

Auditions will be held at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, room 2-227, 252 Bloor St W (above the St George subway), Toronto.

Two dates:
Thursday, February 10, 9am—11am, or
Friday, February 11, 1pm—3pm

Interested applicants, please contact Jamie Ryckman at to arrange a time for your audition.

Please come with a monologue of your choice (not necessarily from The Vagina Monologues), or a song (if you wish) or any other skill/expertise you wish to share. Please bring your resume and dress comfortably.

Whether you are a Man from Mars or Woman from Venus, join us in this Earth-shattering, no-holds barred theatrical experience! Make this your mandatory night out this March 8, 2011 as we celebrate all things wild, wonderful and women!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

I promise to do a blog entry soon on me and the biz- hang in there!

I promise to do a blog entry soon on me and the biz- hang in there! Second year of start up not so much blogging about start-up... I'll get on it, it is after ll only February! So much exciting stuff!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Forward widely!

Frontline workers - we're busy getting other people's lives in order but our own financial situations may be falling apart.
· Our taxes may not be paid - maybe for years.
· We can't imagine ourselves with having enough money
· or even having money to spare
· We turn pale when the conversation turns to numbers

If you relate to any of the above then this workshop series is for YOU!
Frontline Workers: Get Your Dollar$ In Order
Free FPYN Workshop Series at our new location - 720 Bathurst St. (just south of Bloor)
2nd Floor Meeting Room. All workshops held from 6-8pm - RSVP required

1. THIS Thursday February 3 - Enough in the R.E.A.L.M. of Money

Facilitated by Amanda Mills of Artbooks and Loose Change:

***RSVP by Wednesday February 2nd - 8pm to

In this session we will be talking about the following questions:What does money mean to you? What strengths do you bring to your money practice? What is enough - for you?

Facilitator Bio: Amanda Mills, founder of Loose Change, has 20 years experience as a management consultant for small business and the arts. She is also is a Certified Financial Counsellor, a tax professional, a financial trouble-shooter, crisis counselor and co-author of a best selling book on trauma.

2. Thursday February 10, 2011 Ritual for everyday life: setting intentions and creating prosperity Facilitated by Jamiena Shah***RSVP by Monday February 7th to

How do you set intentions for yourself and actualize them in a practical way? Join Jamiena as she shares the steps to making your intentions real by creating, actualizing and grounding ritual for everyday life. Please RSVP to as an email and what to bring will follow.

Facilitator Bio: Jamiena Shah feels very strongly about working and supporting social change initiatives and community/ capacity building both locally and abroad. She has over five years of management and communications experience with community-based organizations based in Canada, The United States, Brazil, Israel, Japan and India. She recently completed a one-year contract, working with Women of Vision, a non-profit peace organization based in Boulder, Colorado. She successfully co-organized and implemented an interactive art-therapy multimedia event and a 5-day peace conference in Nahariya, Israel, focusing on new and innovative ways to heal conflict and implement initiatives in peace-building among 150 Jewish and Arab women leaders living in Israel.

3. Thursday February 17, 2011- Planning Your Financial Future

Facilitated by Dimitris Stubos:***RSVP by Monday February 14th

Facilitator Bio: Dimitris Stubos has always been interested in helping his clients to better understand, manage and utilize their money. For the last three years he operated Base Nine Financial - an accounting firm that specialized in serving the Arts and Non-profit communities. Today, as a consultant with Investors Group he lends his accounting experience to the process of comprehensive financial planning.

4. Thursday February 24, 2011- Getting Conscious About Abundance

Facilitated by Amy Johnson: ***RSVP by Monday February 21st

For the last evening of the prosperity series Amy will lead some simple exercises, share some insights about abundance and money that she's gained through her healing work, she will also energy-read questions from participants (can be general or specific and personal) on the topic of prosperity. Think about what you would like to understand about prosperity in your own life, and come and pose your questions! Please bring a pen and paper.

Facilitator Bio: Amy Johnson is a counsellor, coach and consultant who uses her highly developed intuitive healing skills to support people in consciously creating abundant lives.

**For Questions: contact Clarissa Chandler, Sector Support if you have any questions at

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cool event alert! LIVE / My Barbarian: Post-Living Ante-Action Theatre

LIVE / My Barbarian: Post-Living Ante-Action Theatre
February 20, 2011

Los Angeles-based performance art group My Barbarian will lead local artist-participants through workshops and a public performance of “Post-Living Ante-Action Theatre,” an original performance form developed by the company, which evolves from their own interdisciplinary practice as well as two avant-garde collectives of the 1960s: New York’s Living Theatre and Munich’s Action-Theater. The performance will draw on current events and political situations. This is the Canadian premiere following Post-Living Ante-Action Theatre projects in New York and Cairo.

Co-presented with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre's Rhubarb Festival in partnership with b current, Cahoots Theatre Company, fu-GEN Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts and The Centre for Study of Drama, University of Toronto.
Pay What You Can: (Limited Seating) Sunday, February 20, 2011
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street , Toronto ON

P.s. Thanks Steve Khan for this info! You are a great resource thank you for sharing!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

DO design- West- This show looks very interesting!

Luminato volunteer/ intern positions...


Position: Luminato Internships

Term: Internship

Location: Toronto


Start Date:

Job Description

For 10 extraordinary days in June, Toronto’s stages, streets, and public spaces are illuminated with arts and creativity at the annual Luminato Festival.

Luminato is currently seeking talented, energetic, and dedicated interns for the 2011 Festival. Current positions include:

The Corporate Partnerships Intern will be a vital part of the Corporate Partnerships team and support the Development Department. The intern will provide administrative and on-site support with responsibilities specific to servicing and reporting to the Festival’s corporate partners. The Corporate Partnerships Intern will assist with the on-site integration and servicing of the Festival’s corporate partners, as well as post-Festival reporting. Submission deadline: Feb. 25

See the full posting at:

The Development Intern will engage with the public sector and donor relations of the Festival’s Development Department. The Development Intern will be a vital asset in compiling the data and research required by Luminato’s supporters at all levels of government, and servicing the Festival’s extensive donor base. Submission deadline: Feb. 25

See the full posting at:


The Special Events Intern will provide administrative support to the Development team, with responsibilities specific to the administration and on-site support at Luminato’s receptions and private events. The Special Events Intern will provide vital assistance in servicing the Festival’s extensive donor base as the department hosts and entertains its VIP guests. The intern will be an asset on-site and in coordinating suppliers and venue administration. Submission deadline: Feb. 25

See the full posting at:


The Marketing Intern will support the Marketing and Communications department in various capacities and assist in the implementation of the Marketing and Communications strategy for the 2011 Festival.

This position requires interaction and coordination with other departments and Luminato partners. The Marketing Intern is responsible for trafficking marketing collateral, assisting with media relations projects, contest and promotion execution, on site event assistance during the 2011 Festival, administrative and other duties as required. Submission deadline: Feb. 18

See full job posting:


As a vital part of the Luminato programming team, the Literary Programs Intern will report directly to the Curator. The Literary Programs Intern will primarily assist with maintaining author and moderator relations prior to and during the Festival period, in addition to facilitating Literary Programming outreach within the city. The LPI will provide administrative support to the Curator and the Programming team. Submission deadline: Feb. 11

See full job posting at:

Additional Information

Luminato internships are full-time positions and receive a small bi-weekly honorarium. Some evening work may be required in May and June before the Festival. During Luminato, June 11-20, a full commitment including evenings and weekends is expected and appreciated.

For full job descriptions and submission details, please visit

Send Submissions To:

Organization Description

For 10 extraordinary days in June, Toronto’s stages, streets, and public spaces are illuminated with arts and creativity. Now in its fifth year, Luminato is an annual multi-disciplinary celebration of theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual arts, fashion, film, and more.

Luminato is a charitable, not-for-profit, cultural organization whose vision is to commission and present significant local, national, and international programming that reflects the city of Toronto as a diverse and accessible city that engages domestic and international audiences. Luminato brings Toronto's light to the world, and the world's light to Toronto.

Luminato takes place June 10-19, 2011. For more information, visit

Date Posted: January 27, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Scarborough Arts Council's Twenty-Sixth Annual Juried Exhibition


Scarborough Arts Council's Twenty-Sixth Annual Juried Exhibition

As artists we're renowned for our quirks – our peculiarities, strangeness, weirdness, oddities and idiosyncrasies. We're all a bit strange. How does that translate? How is that manifest in your artwork?

Deadline for submissions: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

General Information:

Exhibition Dates: March 30 – April 17, 2011

Exhibition Location: Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills 67 Pottery Road

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 31, 2011 – 6:00 – 8:00pm
• Viktor Mitic Award for Fine Art + Scarborough Arts Council Membership
• Frank Faubert Memorial Award for Art – City of Toronto purchase Award
• other awards TBA

To download an application form visit:
For more information or a submission form contact Benedict Lopes at:

416.698.7322 or

*Work in all media is eligible, but must be equipped to hang on a gallery wall

Call for submissions: seeking performance artists & musicians

Cultura Festival seeks artists, musicians, and volunteers

Call for submissions: seeking performance artists & musicians

Cultura International Street Festival
Dates: July 8th - August 12th, Friday nights
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge St.)
Status: Non-profit

Cultura will be returning for its second year at Mel Lastman Square every Friday night this summer from July 8th – August 12th. The festival includes a selection of great international food, buskers, music, performance art, and an outdoor movie. The event raises money each week for a local charity.

Musicians & Performance Artists:

Every Friday night will consist of 2-3 musical performances at stage level and a designated area of the square for on-going performance artists. We are seeking local musicians and performance artists. This is a great opportunity to showcase your talent with possible media exposure. If you are interested in participating at this event please contact Melodie Buhagiar at or call 416-395-6411

If you are interested in volunteering at this event please contact Melodie Buhagiar at or call 416-395-6411

FREEEEEEE computer classes for girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Girls are I.T.: Free Courses in Photoshop and More
Girls In I.T.: Get the Training You Need

Girls Are IT
Girls In IT
Girls working IT
Girls & NANO Technology
Girls Website designing skills
Girls & Photoshops skills

Information Technology Courses now available: web design; video editing; games; computer graphics.

Certificates for participants and volunteers; bus tickets, volunteer hours and stipends.

Snacks, drinks, T-shirts and gifts for all participants
Locations: 95 Eddystone (Unit 4); Oakdale Community Centre, Mobile Computer Centre

Register your girls now!!!!!!
Call 416 276 0852 or 416 744 3430
Email or
Dennis Keshinro
Belka Tech team

$8 for an evening with the lovely Andrea Kuzmich- opportunity to join in!

We love love love Andrea, she was a supporter of That's Women's Work in the very beginning when we where not yet a non-profit, just starting out and calling ourselves gogather and hadn't found our place yet. See you there!

SUNDAY JAN 30th and FEB 27th 5-7pm
Processes Revealed – Voice Workshop:
227 Sterling Road Unit 112 (just south of Bloor on Ruttan St.)
$8 (discounted student price $5)

Broulala is Andrea Kuzmich’s most recent project which features a great group of singers who improvise over cool arrangements of the standards and venture into some of the more shady areas of jazz.

As part of the Processes Revealed – Voice Workshop, Broulala will be performing a set, workshopping some new arrangements, and opening the floor up to questions. If interested, scores will also be made available. For those interested in a cappella singing, improvisation, or jazz, this is an excellent opportunity to gain new insights!

Somewhere There is a venue for creative music in Toronto, often featuring improvised music and interdisciplinary performances. (Dance and art installations are often part of the venue’s makeup.)

The singers joining Andrea on Jan 30 are:
Christine Duncan (Barnyard Drama/Records, founder/leader of the improvising choir Element, instructor in vocal jazz dept at UofT)
Tyson Kerr (pianist, composer, vocalist)
Juliet Palmer (clarinetist and composer (VOICEBOX)
Jocelyn Barth(vocalist)
Jessica Stewart (The Jessica Steward Few, composer, guitarist, vocalist)
and Simmon Li (vocalist)

Another session will be held on February 27 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

RESOURCE ALERT A SLEW OF YUMMY YUMMY CALLS for Artists, Conferences and general goodness!

Performing Arts in Contemporary Asia: Tradition and Travel / CALL

Asia, China, International, Open Calls, Opportunities
Contributed by: Ramona David
Date Posted: Wednesday, 12th January 2011
Deadline: March 20, 2011
Folk musicians in Southern Jiangsu, China

Royal Holloway University of London, in partnership with CHIME (European Foundation for Chinese Music Research) and the APAF (Asian Performing Arts Forum) presents the 16th International CHIME Conference Performing Arts in Contemporary Asia: Tradition and Travel on 6 – 9 July, 2011, at Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL), Egham, Surrey (UK).

Article Submissions & Photojournalism

Do you write about photography?
Have you ever thought about writing photography articles?

Apogee Photo is interested in providing an electronic forum for high quality work from photographic writers and photographers. We will accept articles up to 2000 words on any photographic subject geared towards the beginning to advanced photographer. Articles must have a minimum of 3-4 photographs accompanying them.

You must hold the copyright and/or have a copyright release from a 3rd party and you must have signed model releases where applicable for any identifiable person or persons which appear in your photographs.

3.  list of workshops
APPS: Alternative Process Photography Symposium 2011

Symposium Dates: May 8- 13, 2011
Keynote Address and Panel Discussion: Monday, May 9, 2011
About APPS:

The Alternative Process Photography Symposium (APPS) is a joint initiative of Lonsdale Gallery, Elevator Digital, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, and 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education. It runs from May 8-13, with a gala keynote address on Monday, May 9 at 918 Bathurst.

For all inquiries, please contact Stanzie Tooth, Lonsdale Gallery, 410 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON, 416-487-8733

4. Conference: Art For All Canada, March 5-6th (Toronto)

Opportunities to show work for free- seems conference costs start at $199.00 but do check it out!

Free freestyle dance group for all women!

Thursday, February 3 at 1:00pm - March 10 at 3:00pm

Location North York Women's Centre
2446 Dufferin

Created By Dance Our Way Home

More Info Twyla, DOWH's Outreach Director, will be facilitating a 6-week closed group at the North York Women's Centre this winter that is open to any interested women.

The group is cost-free to participants and childcare is included.

The sessions will offer guided relaxation, imagery and gentle dance that are specifically tailored for the group's participants.

Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00pm
Feb 3 - Mar 10, 2011
Location: NYWC main site, 2446 Dufferin St. (at Eglinton)

Pre-registration for the course is necessary and is done through NWYC.

To register call the NYWC at 416.781.0479  between the hours of 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.

Or use their online registration form:

For more information about the Dance Our Way Home and its Community Outreach initiative, visit and don't hesitate to contact Twyla directly with any questions at

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A sleepless night! Yahhoo!

I tried to put myself to bed early, midnight, but it is one of those nights where I just can't sleep. As an entrepreneur reading anything from books to online articles everyone talks about the dreaded sleepless nights....
My sleeplessness is usually from pure excitement, very rarely have they been from stress, yes once or twice but rare, I swear.

Meeting today with Kelli and Virpi. Looks like everyone is on board for the creation of a co-op rental space that will function as a larger collective. We easily have our ten folks interested but committing to the dotted line and down payment will probably quickly separate the dreamers from those ready to step forward at this very time. Doesn't in anyway mean the dreams won't be ready at a later time, dream time is important.

So my next blogs will be about the creation of a co-op, the legal ramifications, how folks come together, how folks work etc. etc.

It's amazing to think that we can change the structure of how capitalism/ our businesses work!
Now go to sleep!

Monday, January 24, 2011

WORKSHOP: Arts Educators Workshop: Reinforcing Tolerance & Positive Behaviour in Arts Education

We are excited to pass along details for the next Arts Educators Workshop: Reinforcing Tolerance & Positive Behaviour in Arts Education. This one is taking place on Thursday, February 3 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Lillian H. Smith Branch Library, 239 College Street. Please feel free to share the attached flyer with any artists who might be interested. All are welcome. To register, please contact Sonia Briglio at 416-929-9314 x 109 or

. . . . . . .
Erin Glover
Program Director
Arts for Children and Youth
401 Richmond St. W., Suite 230
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
t. 416-929-9314 x 111
f. 416-929-3681

Weekly Arts Related Postings From Anna Williats Rise-Up Newsletter

High rent, traffic, poverty, crowds the list goes all about all Toronto's shortcomings-these activities remind me why I live here!

Michelle :0)
Bent – An Evening of Queer Expressions.
A monthly event that showcases community members who discuss their knowledge and expertise on various chosen topics that change each month. A moderated panel discussion is followed by an open format Q&A with the audience, creating an educational and interactive experience.

This month we present Bent Community, discussing topics that are of importance and concern to LGBT individuals. These w...ill range from health and wellness, accommodations, aging, entertainment, networking, employment, and more.


Church Wellesley BIA - David Wootton

Xtra - Matt Mills

Queer Parenting - Chris Veldhoven

Queer Ontario -Nick Mulé

Pride Toronto - Evan Dean

Moderator: Andrew Vail, writer, The Middle Edge,
Future Topics – Theatre, Astrology, Body, Travel, Fashion, Design, Cuisine, Art, Youth Culture, Elder Visions

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The Details: Tuesday January 25th- O'Grady's Upstairs Lounge, 518 Church Street, 416 323 2822 – 7pm to 9pm – PWYC (Suggested $5) – All Welcome -

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On the life, work, art & thought of revolutionary prisoner Kevin 'Rashid' Johnson - Minister of Defense, New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter.


Beit Zatoun - 612 Markham St.

Bathurst / Bloor, Toronto

7pm - Speakers and discussion

9pm - After party with hip-hop show


w/ DJ'ing from Revolutionary Love

$20: book, panel, hip-hop show, party

$5: panel, hip-hop show, party

Drinks will be served after 9:30

KEVIN 'RASHID' JOHNSON - From a gangster to prison house lawyer torevolutionary artist, theorist, and leader in the New Afrikan Black Panther Party - Prison Chapter (NABPP-PC) for the past five years Kevin 'Rashid' Johnson has been advocating for and rebuilding the United Panther Movement in the spirit of the original Black Panther Party, which was an internationalist, anti-imperialist, and communist organization. The NABPP sees its role as organizing the black proletarian masses and urban poor, alongside other oppressed nationalities and proletarians in Amerika. The Prison Chapter sees its role as creating the nucleus of the United Panther Movement, and turning Amerika's concentration camps into schools of liberation.

Dr. Chris Harris (a.k.a. Wasun) Discussing the history of the Black Panther Party and communist politics in the black working class in U.S. and Canada.

Sara Falconer - Introducing Kevin 'Rashid' Johnson and the dire situation he's facing at Red Onion State Supermax Prison, Virginia.

STEVE DA SILVA - Introducing Defying the Tomb, the thought of Kevin 'Rashid' Johnson and the ideology of the NABPP.
DR. CHRIS HARRIS, A.K.A. WASUN is a long-time community organizer, a former member of the Black Action Defense Committee, a leading revolutionary rapper in Toronto, and has just attained his PhD from OISE on the topic of the history of communist politics in the African-Canadian working class.

Sara Falconer is a Toronto-based journalist and social media specialist. She is part of the collective that produces the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar ( As a member of the Toronto Anarchist Black Cross, she helps produce, an online and print zine of writings and analysis by and for political prisoners and their supporters.n editor of 4Struggle Mag, Certain Days Political Prisoners Calendar... Karen Emily has been working with Rashid for years.

STEVE DA SILVA is the Education Officer of and a people's journalist with BASICS Community News Service as well as radio show host with the program Radio Basics at CHRY 105.5 FM. Steve has been following, working with and popularizing Rising Sun Press and the NABPP since discovering the work of Rashid two years ago.

Organizers: BASICS Community News Service, Anarchist Black Cross - Toronto


The Centre for Indigenous Theatre is pleased to announce our annual Storyweaving Presentation January 28 and 29, 2011 at Factory Studio Theatre.Outta the Woods, a collaborative creation between our senior students, is the gripping tale of a group of crash survivors who have one last chance at redemption before it’s too late.

We are pleased to welcome back Muriel Miguel as the creative director for our Storyweaving Presentation. The annual Storyweaving Production is an opportunity for our senior students to develop and perform an original ensemble work under the direction of a seasoned professional.

Renowned actor, director, writer and choreographer, Muriel Miguel (Spiderwoman Theater, New York) is a pioneer in the development of an Indigenous performance methodology. She guides the students through this collaborative and creative process to help shape and lift their stories to the stage. Muriel works as an instructor of Indigenous Performance at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and is the Program Director for the Summer Program in Lethbridge, AB.

The production is supported by a group of extremely skilled professional who have numerous theatre and dance credits to their names as well as being instructors at the Centre.Choreography is by Penny Couchie; Set and Lighting Design is by Andy Moro, with Costume Design by Leida Englar. Production Management is by Deborah Ratelle.

Come out and join us January 28 and 29, 2011 at the Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street (at Adelaide). Show starts at 8:00pm, and admission is $10 or by donation.

The Centre for Indigenous Theatre embraces the spirit, energy and inspiration derived from the culture, values and traditions of Indigenous people. From these roots we seek to build on contemporary Indigenous performance culture through training and professional development opportunities for emerging and established Native theatre artists.

For more information please contact:

Brian Norton,

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Centre for Indigenous Theatre

Phone: 416-506-9436

Fax: 416-506-9430


P.S. Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook.

The Centre for Indigenous Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of the following:

Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training, Baagwating Community Association of the Mississaugas of Scugog First Nation, and BMO Financial Group


Grassroots Facilitation workshop (Tools for Change workshop)
Date: Saturday, January 29

Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Grassroots activism involves many public speaking events. While most audience attention is focused on the speakers at these events, effective presentations and rallies are only complete with an attentive and confident MC. This person holds the event together by making guests and speakers feel welcome, providing clear introduction to the issues, coordinating discussion, and ensuring that events are inspiring! Learn how to MC any event, from beginning to enthusiastic end.

A major part of movement building is lots of meetings. Meetings can be inspiring, hellish, or somewhere in between. The quality of a meeting depends a lot on good facilitation. Facilitators aren’t supposed to run the show, and they do more than keep track of who wants to speak. Come learn and share strategies for fostering good communication, equity, active listening and effective decision making for meetings of all shapes and sizes.

101: For people with some or no facilitation experience.
201: For experienced facilitators looking to improve.

TOOLS for CHANGE is a series of skills-sharing and skills-building workshops designed to help you gain the tools for doing research, education, and action for social and ecological justice. This series is collaboratively organized by the Ontario Public Interest Research Group ( and Earthroots (

*To register for workshops, please write to

Most workshops take place in downtown Toronto. Transportation subsidies

are available for workshop participants. All venues are wheelchair accessible.


Art Activism
Commie Pinkos Go Viral!!

You-Tube Video and Poster Contest
The Year of our Ford is upon us. And it's not gonna be pretty.
Rob Ford swept to power on his populist “working man” appeal, despite the
fact that he is a millionaire and is gearing up to slash the very services
we depend on most. Less than two weeks in, he's already preparing to blow
$15 million a year on new cops that even the police chief doesn't want and
costing us millions and millions of dollars by scrapping Transit City for
his asinine subway expansion wet dream...

Here's a chance to help inform, inspire, and energize the growing
opposition to Ford's agenda.

Stick it to Ford!
Win Fabulous Prizes!
Submit an entry to OCAP's “Commie Pinkos” You-tube video and poster

The themes:
•Cut the cops and fund services
•Ford's no friend of the working class
Points to be awarded for creativity, factual accuracy, and wit and
please... spare us the fat jokes!

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2011

Read on for important contest details:
Video Category: Upload your video to You-Tube and email us the link,
at with the subject heading:
“video submission”.
Your video must be no more than 3 minutes in length.

Poster Category: Email your poster submission to: with the subject heading: “poster submission”
as a jpg, tiff, or pdf file at no more than 300 dpi.

Leah Lakshmi at the AGO
02 February · 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON

Come to a night of performance and art about disability activism, anti-colonialism and the many ties that connect these movements.
Featuring Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.

About Leah:
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled Sri Lankan writer, teacher and cultural worker. The author of Consensual Genocide, her work has been widely anthologized. She co-founded Mangos With Chili, the national queer and trans people of color performance tour, is a lead artist with Sins Invalid and teaches with June Jordan's Poetry for the People. In 2010, she was named one of the Feminist Press' 40 Feminists Under 40 and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her life's work is at the intersection of community accountability, disability justice, queer and trans people of color artistic community and teaching for liberation.

ASL Interpretation provided.
Wheelchair accessible.

Frankly Speaking- I Marcus Garvey Gala Fundraiser
04 February · 7:00 - 11:00 pm
164 Evans Street (south of the Gardiner @ Islington)
Etobicoke, ON

Frankly Speaking- An evening of Caribbean comedy and the oral traditions. Headlining the evening are comedians Marc Trinidad, Jean Paul, Rhoma Spencer, Blakka Ellis and Jean Hodgkinson. Come celebrate Black History month in an evening of laughter and soul food while raising fun(ds) for the play I Marcus Garvey by Edgar Nkosi White and Directed by Rhoma Spencer.

Admission $50 (includes show and dinner) Tickets online at or call 416-750-1764 Ext 1 for reservations.

This is the first in a series of free writing workshops to be offered by the 2011 Writer in Residence at the Toronto Public Library. Space is limited and going fast.
If you would like to register please see information below:

Character Building & Creating Conflict:

Discover the key elements in writing successful literary fiction. This intensive workshop is intended for writers with a project in progress. A basic understanding of plot, dialogue, character development, point of view, and tense will help you get the most out of the workshop. This class will focus on building effective characters in your fiction and on developing your understanding of dramatic tension (conflict) through lecture style instruction. Come prepared to take notes and ask questions! Call Languages, Literature and Fine Arts Dept. to REGISTER: 416-395-5639.

Thursday February 24, 2011, 6:30-8:30 PM at North York Central Library.

Writer in Residence: Elizabeth Ruth