Saturday, January 29, 2011

DO design- West- This show looks very interesting!

Luminato volunteer/ intern positions...

Website: http://www.luminato.com/


Position: Luminato Internships

Term: Internship

Location: Toronto

Salary:

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:

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS INTERN
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: http://www.luminato.com/about/30

DEVELOPMENT INTERN
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: http://www.luminato.com/about/31

SPECIAL EVENTS INTERN

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: http://www.luminato.com/about/32



MARKETING INTERN



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: http://www.luminato.com/about/28



LITERARY PROGRAMS INTERN



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: http://www.luminato.com/about/29



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 luminato.com.





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 luminato.com.

Date Posted: January 27, 2011



Thursday, January 27, 2011

Scarborough Arts Council's Twenty-Sixth Annual Juried Exhibition




ECCENTRICITY 2011:

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
Awards:
• 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: www.scarborougharts.com
For more information or a submission form contact Benedict Lopes at:

416.698.7322 or programs@scarborougharts.com

*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 mbuhagi@toronto.ca or call 416-395-6411
Volunteering:

If you are interested in volunteering at this event please contact Melodie Buhagiar at mbuhagi@toronto.ca or call 416-395-6411

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

Girls are I.T.: Free Courses in Photoshop and More




http://www.neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/news/girls-are-it-free-courses-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
GIRLS ARE IT

Register your girls now!!!!!!
Call 416 276 0852 or 416 744 3430
Email info@belkaecentre.com or community@belkaecentre.com
Dennis Keshinro
Belka Tech team
belkca@yahoo.ca



$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!

Michelle
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SUNDAY JAN 30th and FEB 27th 5-7pm
Processes Revealed – Voice Workshop:
BROULALA - A CAPPELLA IMPROVISED JAZZ
at
SOMEWHERE THERE
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!

1. http://culture360.org/opportunity/performing-arts-in-contemporary-asia-tradition-and-travel-call/
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
Website: http://home.wxs.nl/~chime/
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).

2.http://www.apogeephoto.com/writers.shtml
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.http://www.alternativeprocess.ca/
http://www.alternativeprocess.ca/category/events/upcoming  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 info@alternativeprocess.ca

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

http://artbridges.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/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.

Details:
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: http://nywc.org/programs/form_grp.html

For more information about the Dance Our Way Home and its Community Outreach initiative, visit http://www.danceourwayhome.com/community and don't hesitate to contact Twyla directly with any questions at mailto:twyla@danceourwayhome.com

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!
Michelle

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 sonia@afcy.ca.

Best,
Erin
. . . . . . .
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
erin@afcy.ca

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)
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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.

Panelists:

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, www.gayguidetoronto.com
Future Topics – Theatre, Astrology, Body, Travel, Fashion, Design, Cuisine, Art, Youth Culture, Elder Visions

Join our Facebook Page and be the first to know -

www.facebook.com/#/pages/TX-Productions/100984552111

**Please note our new location and time below**

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

TX Productions (Events - Happenings - Music - Art - Culture)

Website - www.themarsbar.com

Facebook - TX Productions

Twitter - TX_Productions

RSVP: info@themarsbar.com

Visit our Sponsors
proudfm.com
GayGuideToronto.com
Xtra.ca
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DEFYING THE TOMB: BOOK LAUNCH / PANEL DISCUSSION / HIP-HOP PARTY_
On the life, work, art & thought of revolutionary prisoner Kevin 'Rashid' Johnson - Minister of Defense, New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2010

Beit Zatoun - 612 Markham St.

Bathurst / Bloor, Toronto

7pm - Speakers and discussion

9pm - After party with hip-hop show

WASUN PERFORMING TRACKS FROM HIS NEW ALBUM PRISON NOTEBOOKS

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.

PANEL
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.
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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 (www.certaindays.org). As a member of the Toronto Anarchist Black Cross, she helps produce www.4strugglemag.org, 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

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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

Email: bnorton@indigenoustheatre.com

www.indigenoustheatre.com

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

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

Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
MODERATING PUBLIC EVENTS
10am-12noon
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.

CHAIRING MEETINGS (101 and 201)
1pm-4pm
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 (www.opirgtoronto.org) and Earthroots (www.earthroots.org).

*To register for workshops, please write to tools.change@gmail.com.

Most workshops take place in downtown Toronto. Transportation subsidies

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

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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
competition!

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 ocap.publication@gmail.com with the subject heading:
“video submission”.
Your video must be no more than 3 minutes in length.

Poster Category: Email your poster submission to:
ocap.publication@gmail.com with the subject heading: “poster submission”
as a jpg, tiff, or pdf file at no more than 300 dpi.
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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.
mangoswithchili.wordpress.com
http://www.brownstargirl.org/

ASL Interpretation provided.
Wheelchair accessible.
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Frankly Speaking- I Marcus Garvey Gala Fundraiser
04 February · 7:00 - 11:00 pm
Location
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 www.ticketgateway.com or call 416-750-1764 Ext 1 for reservations.
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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
Visit: www.elizabethruth.com
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

What I'm listening to right now

Hello All,
Listening to the amazing and free Arts and Healing Podcast. Learning about  Judith Selby-Lang and her husband Richard Lang and loosing my mind at how amazing they are!

For their website.

http://www.visibletrash.net/?page_id=3


Podcast
http://artheals.libsyn.com/judith-selby-lang-and-richard-lang-transforming-plastic-trash-into-art

Inspiration in all places!

BEYOND BRILLIANT!

OMG- we should email them and ask if we can hold a version here in Toronto! So brilliant!



** Call for Submissions **



So You Think You Can Dance Your Thesis? (Winnipeg)

Tired of not being able to explain your thesis/dissertation to your friends and family?

...Want to raise money for a good cause and compete for fabulous prizes?

Want an excuse to party on a Monday night?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we invite you submit a proposal to ‘So You Think You Can Dance Your Thesis!’

The Snowy Owl Monarchist Society, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, is organising this event as a fundraiser for the RebELLEs’ 2nd Pan-Canadian Young Feminist Gathering!

What we’re looking for:

* Performance pieces, 1 to 4ish minutes in length, about your thesis or dissertation.

* The author (you!) has to be in the piece.

* You can have props, costumes, other dancers, etc. to help you.

* Looking for inspiration? Check out http://www.youtube.com/user/lmbdampier for some performances from UNBC’s edition of SYTYCDYT.

When is this happening and where?

* Monday, March 7, 2011 at Gio’s Club & Bar, 155 Smith St., Winnipeg

Criteria:

* You just need to be a student currently working on (or relatively recently completed) a thesis or dissertation.

Judging:

* Three fabulous judges will award 50% of the points, while the other 50% will come from the audience vote (so bring your friends!). And there will be prizes for the top three performances!

Interested?

* Submit an overview of your thesis/dissertation (and the faculty you’re in), along with a brief description of your performance concept to danceyourthesis@gmail.com.

* Because of the show’s theme, some preference will be given to Women’s & Gender Studies students, but preference will also be given to students from as many fields as possible (this means you, Icelandic and Zoology students!)

* DEADLINE for submission is Sunday, February 14, 2011.

Hosted by the one and only Tyra Boinks (aka. Prof. Teera Boinkus, Doctor of Brazierology)

Please contact Craig and Owen at the e-mail address above if you have any questions!
And please, re-post and invite this far and wide!

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NOTE: This is call-out info only. Information on the actual event (happening on March 7!) will be sent out as soon as the call-out closes!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Winnipeg- Red Dress Project



Beginning in January 2011, the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies (IWGS) at the University of Winnipeg will be partnering with local Métis artist Jaime Black on an interdisciplinary on-campus art & education project. The REDress Project is a public art installation that aims to raise awareness surrounding the murder and disappearance of over 500 Aboriginal women across Canada. The aim of the project is to collect, by com...munity donation, 500 RED dresses to later install and display in public spaces in an effort to draw attention to this often overlooked national issue.



The campus-wide installation of the REDress Project will take place during International Women’s Week, from March 7-12, 2011. Along with the installation of 300+ dresses, we will be coordinating tours of the installation, educational materials, a movie screening, as well as a panel of speakers. It is our intention to provide an environment for students, staff, faculty and the general public to learn through engagement with the art, and to provide opportunities for conversation about the serious impact of this gendered and racialized violence on all of the peoples of Canada.


It is our hope that faculty and staff throughout the University, as well as community and government partners, will join with us in the weeks and months before the installation to create space in classrooms, in offices, and in workplaces to engage and educate students, staff and the wider public about this crucial issue.

How can you get involved with the REDress Project at the University of Winnipeg?

- Join us for the launch of the REDress project on campus on THURSDAY, FEB 3rd from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the 2nd floor Duckworth Lounge (DATE/LOCATION CHANGED)! We intend this launch to be an opportunity for folks to learn about the project, and pick up some educational materials about the issue that can be shared in the classroom, workplace, or home. We also hope that this will be a forum for brainstorming and idea-sharing on how our partners both on, and off, campus may be able to support, and continue, the educational and artistic goals of the REDress project.

- Donate! Collect new or gently used RED dresses of any size, length and style for donation OR offer your workplace as a donation drop-off location. The project will also gratefully accept cash donations for dress purchases or to offset the costs of installation.

- Educate! Start conversations in your classroom, your workplace, your communities, and your home on the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. If you need reading materials and other educational supports we will have resource kits available beginning in January 2011, however the Native Women’s Association of Canada has incredible resources available through their Sisters in Spirit project at www.nwac.ca

-Volunteer! We’ll need support installing the project, handing out educational materials and talking to folks about the project, as well as support at the various events during the week.

-Attend! Bring your friends and family to the REDress project on campus and then go home and have conversations with folks about what you’ve learned, and what you’re thinking about.

To support the REDress project please contact us directly in one of the following ways. We appreciate your support, and welcome your ideas and feedback.

Kim Hunter (IWGS Projects and Events Coordinator) iwgs@uwinnipeg.ca or 204.786.9921 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 204.786.9921 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Jaime Black (Artist + creator of the REDress project) kalikalay@gmail.com



INVITATION TO AUDITION- 519 Community Centre

INVITATION TO AUDITION

The AIDS Candlelight Vigil will take place on Thursday June 23, 2011in Cawthra Square Park, Toronto.

Performing in the Vigil honors, remembers and celebrates the lives of people who have died of AIDS, and supports a call for action now to end AIDS. Participation is voluntary. All volunteer performers must attend a live audition.
Performances in all languages are welcome, including music, poetry, dance and original readings. Artists are encouraged to reflect the diversity of people and cultures affected by HIV/AIDS, and to focus on remembrance, celebration, love or any other theme related to living with AIDS and remembering our losses.

People living with HIV/AIDS are encouraged to participate. This year the Vigil will reflect the theme of Families – chosen families, biological families, all families living with HIV/AIDS. Throughout the program, the diverse family relationships of the people hosting and performing will be honored.

Auditions - February 19, 2011
Rehearsal for selected performers – Thursday June 9 2011 – 2 weeks before the Vigil.
For more information and an audition time leave a message at
416-392-6878 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 416-392-6878 end_of_the_skype_highlighting x 4012 before February 14, 2011.







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Discussion- centralized North York Arts Service Organization- Please forward


North York Arts - Planning for Growth


The Toronto Arts Foundation in collaboration with Cultural Services, City of Toronto is currently conducting research to determine the feasibility and interest in a centralized North York Arts Service Organization to support and foster the arts in our neighbourhood. We are conducting community consultations to determine interests and needs.

Discussions will focus on such questions as
•What arts projects are you currently involved in?
•What services would be helpful for your current programming?
•What arts projects would you like to see more of? What services could allow this to happen?
•What are the strengths and challenges with respect to the arts in North York?
•Have you done any collaborations with other organizations in the community?

We truly value your input and appreciate any insight you can provide. We are conducting group sessions at the following times
Thursday February 3, 2011 3:00pm-5:00pm
Thursday February 3, 2011 5:30pm-7:30pm

Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: To respond, please click HERE indicating your preferred time and if you require childcare or TTC fare.

Looking forward to hearing from you,
cee robinson
Arts North York Pilot Program
Toronto Arts Foundation
t: 416.392.6802 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 416.392.6802 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, ext. 214
Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation. 416-392-6802 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 416-392-6802 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, mail@torontoarts.org

For a full calendar of Toronto arts events, visit www.torontoartsonline.org

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Capitalism & Culture Exhibit

With the recent economic “crash” the system of capitalism has come under increasing questioning by citizens.


Artists and community members respond to life within capitalism: the contradictions and ethical problems it presents, it’s impact on us as individuals and groups, as well as what we think about it. As individuals who survive capitalism we generate knowledge about and against it, which is conveyed through a space we have created to explore the language of art.

Multi media works are presented as in dialogue, to open up a public conversation about capitalism in the Junction where we share space.

The works span the mediums from photography, painting, sculpture, video, audio, installation, knitting and performance and embrace themes of ecology, class, history, war, homelessness, hope, nurturing, friendship, recognition, language, humor...and so much more.

Opening up TWWAN to helpers, volunteers and owners

I've been trying to process the first arts jury/ volunteer meetings that happened at my home on Sunday. For a year the research and development and planning of TWWAN has been done only by me supported by dear friends and family. It's been lonely, sometimes all consuming and frustrating.


On Sunday women came out and it was amazing.I am always touched when women in the city volunteer their time as we are so busy, juggling so much, working so hard. And volunteers with children I'm amazed they can find a spare minute in their day and that they are giving that time to me! I feel so thankful.


I had chatted with a few of the volunteers when another volunteer had arrived. I went into the kitchen to prepare tea when the volunteers began chatting with the new arrival, sharing what we had spoken about, my vision was being shared right there in my livingroom.

As the meeting emerged beautiful things happened women shared their struggles, their excitement and at the end of only two hours I felt as though the group had taken on ownership of the the org. They were excited about TWWAN email addresses and took their place in the org so smoothly so fluidly.


Just like that, I'm not alone anymore.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Breath Taking- Pay What You can Screening

TORONTO PREMIERE OF “BREATHTAKING”

February 24, 2011
7 PM
Royal Ontario Museum Theatre
100 Queen's Park (side entrance)
Pay-what-you-can (proceeds donated)

Discussion with director, family members and special guests to follow
Produced and directed by Kathleen Mullen, local filmmaker and programmer,

Breathtaking takes on the asbestos industry through a moving and personal
investigation into her father’s death from an asbestos-related disease and
the current present-day use of asbestos in Canada and internationally.

With moving clips of her dying father’s legal testimony, family photos and
Super 8 home movies as a narrative springboard, Mullen takes the audience on
an investigative journey from her family’s home in British Columbia to
Quebec, India and Detroit, painting a global, yet still personal picture of
the many lives affected by the continued use of asbestos.

Sponsored by The Occupational Health Clinics of Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and
the Planet in Focus Film Festival.

For more info: http://www.kathleenmullen.com/breathtaking/index.html

Wise Daughter's Anniversary! Mary has been so supportive to TWWAN- now let's go out to celebrate her success!

Wise Daughters is turning two!








Join us Sat, Jan 29 from 12 – 5 for our anniversary celebration

Adults and kids are invited to visit craft stations to make:

inner tube bracelets ($5)
beeswax candles ($5/pr)
cards ($5)
bookmarks ($2)
buttons (pwyc)

Enjoy a very special cake too!

3079B Dundas St. W. facing Quebec Ave. www.wisedaughters.com

Monday, January 17, 2011

Free weekly listing From Anna Williats- Rise Up Newsletter- Arts Specific info!

Porn is a contensious issue in feminism- check out some feminist porn then decide for yourself:)

1. Delicious: A Celebration of People of Colour in Erotic Film

21 January at 9 pm
Bread and Circus
299 Augusta Street
Toronto, ON

Good For Her Presents
Delicious: A Celebration of People of Colour in Erotic Film
(& A Fundraiser for the 2011 Feminist Porn Awards!)
Friday, January 21st
Bread and Circus (299 Augusta Avenue)
Doors 9pm
$12 at the door

Featuring Screenings From
Dangerous Curves
Rough Sex 2
Tight Places: A Drop Of Colour
Seven Minutes in Heaven: Coming Out
Plus Performances By
Masti Khor
Wrong Note Rusty
And Hosted By
CoCo La Crème

Accessibility Info: There will be a ramp outside the front door for the event. Please note that the bathrooms are on the main floor (no stairs) but they are on the small side, and do not have larger doors or bars in the stalls. If you have any other accessibility concerns or inquiries about this event please do not hesitate to contact alison@goodforher.com with your questions.

Thanks to Good Releasing, Vivid Films and Tristan Taormino for generously allowing us to show their films.

2. CanCon Danceparty! (and joint birthday party + LGBTQ fundraiser)

21 January at 10 pm
The Garrison
1197 Dundas St W
Toronto, ON

*** CANADIAN MUSIC DANCEPARTY ***
Join us January babies as we dance the night away and raise money to create Toronto's first shelter for LGBTQ youth.
BIRTHDAYS:
Michael Erickson
Nedal Sul
Karen Sun
Laura Clayton
Jordana Crawford
(is it your birthday? celebrate with us and add your name!)

MUSIC:
Want to know what you might hear? Check this out: http://tinyurl.com/CanConparty
80s Hits! Hip Hop! Rock n Roll! Electro! Pop!

FUNDRAISING:
It's a pay-what-you-can at the door (though $5 would be great). All the money goes to the project to create Toronto's first shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth.
djs, performers and special guests announced soon!
Doors at 10pm
... but you can grab a drink & hang out at The Garrison before that.

3. “The Economics of Happiness” screening

Date: Monday, January 24
Time: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: William Doo Auditorium, University of Toronto, 45 Willcocks Street

Cost: A $15 donation is greatly appreciated; no one turned away for a lack of funds.

Please join us for a special screening of ‘The Economics of Happiness’, a new documentary film by Helena Norberg-Hodge about the worldwide movement for economic localization. The film features a chorus of voices calling for systemic economic change, including Vandana Shiva, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Richard Heinberg, Rob Hopkins, Juliet Schor, Zac Goldsmith, Bill McKibben, and Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of Tibet's government in exile to name only a few of the exciting voices from the film.

The film will be preceded by a reception and exhibit of artwork by Sheridan College students entitled “Animating Good Food Ideas”. It will be followed by a discussion between producer Helena Norberg-Hodge, activist chef Joshna Maharaj, urban farmer Eric Rosenkrantz, moderated by author Wayne Roberts.

For more information contact: (510) 548 4915

economicsofhappiness@isec.org.uk and http://www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org/

Happy Monday,
Michelle

Friday, January 14, 2011

resource alert- free

This seems interesting.. First come first served....
Also check all upcoming events- be sure to register for most also be aware many are free and many are not....
http://www.marsdd.com/events/upcoming
Michelle


Event date: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Location: BA1180 @ THe University of Toronto- Downtown
Nicholas A. Christakis
Social Networks Offline
Professor, Department of Medicine, Health Care Policy, and Sociology, Harvard University. Master of Pforzheimer House, Harvard College

Dr. Christakis received his B.S. from Yale University in 1984, M.D. from Harvard Medical School and M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1989, and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. He is an internist and social scientist who conducts research on social factors (such as small and large social networks) that affect health, health care, and longevity. He is the co-author of Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives. He is 2006 Fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and is on the 2009 Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

* There is no registration for this event. Seating is limited, so arriving early is recommended.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

One year Anniversary!

I'm not the best at reflection. But wow what a crazy ride my first year has been! I couldn't have done it without the support of Dianne, Elvia, Caro, Deb, Wendy, Erika and Carey as my front line supports.

I also thank everyone who supported events and came out in the very beginning and is still supporting TWWAN now from yard sale donations to donations of products.
Also thank you to the Street Knit Crew for all the support with the world record attempt.

Thank you so much to our generous performers: Beverely Taft, D'Lishus, Alexandra Dallas, Alex Hickey, Erika Werry- Wes Neal and Macell Aucoin, Amy Medvick, Carey West, and all of you lovely magik makers.

Also to folks who took huge risks at our open mic nights- The next will be January 27th 7-9pm (plug, plug)

My biggest thanks goes to Mary Breen who has been so amazingly supportive, kind and generous with her space and time. She has modeled how to earn a living and truly support community but she is really hard to buy a thank-you gift for since she operates a store full of beautiful gifts:0) Any suggestions?

To year two,
Michelle

CALL FOR ARTISTS-Swap Sity!

From: Marta Nowinska


Date: Jan 11, 2011

Subject: Art Auction

To: 'SwapSity Artists' marta@swapsity.ca

Hello Artists,
We’re looking to auction off a piece of art in our upcoming barter auction. This opportunity is open to all artists located in the GTA. We’re seeking pieces under $300-$400. Those of you interested in having your art featured in our public swap auction, please contact me with picture(s) of your work.

You can view our current auction here: http://www.swapsity.ca/auctions/view/11.

Sincerely,
Marta Nowinska
Founder
http://www.swapsity.ca/

Swap Sity, Canada's Premier Swapping Community
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Meetup
Join our Swap Meets and bid on Barter Auctions
Win our January Giveaway!

yummy arts job for queer youth- hmm seems like 3 positions.....

Subject: Community Art Apprentice posting

Hello Friends and Colleagues,

We'd appreciate it if you would post, distribute, and otherwise transmit this employment posting through your networks. It's a short-call with applications accepted up to January 26.

You'll find it both appended and attached (Word and PDF).
with thanks,
Anna
____________

Anna Camilleri



EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY for LGBTTQ YOUTH
Community Art Apprentice Positions
Project runs: February – June 2010
Flexible/variable hours: afternoons and evenings (variable)
Remuneration: up to a maximum of $1333.00 (based upon $15/hour for 88 hours)

Red Dress Productions is proud to lead a new community engaged mosaic project with the Sherbourne Health Centre. The primary goal of the project is to conceive and create a large-scale outdoor public artwork for/with community members and program participants of the Sherbourne Health Centre.

The project is conceived in three phases:

1) February - March 2011: development of ideas/design with community members through brainstorming and art activities including storytelling and visual art workshops;

2) April - June 2011: mosaic build with community participants;

3) June 2011: unveiling and reception.

Three equity-seeking LGBTTQ youth (under the age of 25) will be hired as Community Art Apprentices to work directly with the Lead Artists. The apprentices will be involved in every stage of project development, and will play key roles as part of the artistic leadership team.

Roles and ResponsibilitiesApprentices will work with the lead artists to help run a safe, fun, and welcoming project environment. Responsibilities will include working with the lead artists on:o community meeting facilitation

o studio set-up and maintenance

o administrative tasks

o hands-on training and support to participants

o photos and other documentation of artwork and process

o post-installation finishing work

Skills and ExperiencesApplicants don’t need any prior experience/training/education in community art, visual arts, or facilitation, but must be interested in community art, be a reliable team member (which includes showing up on time, with a positive, and friendly attitude) and be prepared to learn and accept direction. Applicants must also:

o Openly identify as an LGBTTQ person who is under the age of 25;

o Be interested in working in an anti-oppression framework;

o Have knowledge of the Sherbourne Health Centre and its programs;o Be able to accept direction and guidance in an open studio environment;

o Have an ability to work with a diversity of community members;o Be interested in learning about all aspects of community engaged art, and particularly mosaic;o Be comfortable working as part of a team;o Have a sense of humour.

To apply:
Please submit an email application to with the following items formatted into one <.doc> attachment:

1) a letter of interest telling us why you’d like to work on this project, and any relevant skills or experiences you would contribute

2) your resume

3) the names and phone numbers of two employment or character references

The subject line should be titled “Hiring Committee – Community Art Apprentice”. Emails with a different subject line may be deleted without being considered.

More information about Red Dress Productions may be found at:

http://reddressproductions.blogspot.com

and

http://www.neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/members/red-dress-productions

NO EMAIL OR TELEPHONE INQUIRIES PLEASE.Application Deadline Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Late applications will not be considered.

Red Dress Productions actively encourages applications from members of all equity seeking groups. Short listed applicants will be invited to interview between January 29 – 31, 2011.

RED DRESS PRODUCTIONS creates and disseminates original interdisciplinary performance, and works with/in communities on large-scale, community-engaged public artworks.

__________________


Anna Camilleri

writer
performer
public artist

www.annacamilleri.com









Artistic Co-Director, Red Dress Productions



RDP blog: http://reddressproductions.blogspot.com

RDP Profile: http://www.neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/members/red-dress-productions

"Flux" 519 Community Engaged Public Artwork Video: http://vimeo.com/17684339

Email: reddressproductions@gmail.com

Sunday, January 9, 2011

weekly free low cost listings- Rise Up Newsletter

2 arts related postings- want to subscribe to Anna Wialliats full newsletter let me know:0)
Happy Sunday
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PINK INK- writing series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hello Everyone,

I am really excited to announce that Pink Ink will be starting up again on January 22, 2011. Pink Ink is an informal creative writing drop-in for queer, trans and 2-spirited youth aged 14-29. Pink Ink is held weekly from 2-4pm on Saturdays at the 519 Community Centre, on Church St just north of Wellesley Ave.
You don’t have to identify as a writer and you don’t have to worry about spelling.

Everybody's story is important. Nobody can tell your story but you.

Come MEET other queer, trans and 2-spirited artists from Toronto and all over the country!

Come LEARN solid writing, editing, performance and publication skills!

Come have FUN, CREATE, WRITE, LEARN and CHILL!

Snacks and tokens will be provided.

If you have any questions or ideas for Pink Ink activities or guest facilitators, please contact me - Karine!
Facilitator bio:

Karine Silverwoman is an artist, counselor and community activist. Her art focuses on poetry, video making and dancing. She has worked with Nightwood Theatre and performed her poetry at different events in Toronto such as Mayworks festival and at 'Granny Boots' . Her short video, 'Hello, My Name is Herman' won "best-liked video audience award, and received an honorable mention for jury selected best short videos at the Toronto Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Hello, My Name Is Herman was short listed for the Iris Prize in Wales (www.irisprize.org) and has screened in many festivals such as the New York and San Francisco Gay and Lesbian film festivals. She has worked as a youth counsellor for the Queer Youth Digital Arts Project through the Inside Out Gay and Lesbian Film festival and has been facilitating Pink Ink for the past three years. She is also currently doing her Masters of Social Work at Ryerson University

Email or call to register or just show up! For more info, contact: Karine @ ksilverwoman@hotmail.com or Clare @ SOY (416) 324-5077 soy@sherbourne.on.ca

http://www.soytoronto.org/

http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=232043242232
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Pride Call for Artists
PRIDE TORONTO IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2011 FESTIVAL!


Pride week 2011: June 24 to July 3

Online applications available: www.pridetoronto.com/festival/arts-entertainment-2011/

Pride Toronto, returning for its 31st fabulous year, is seeking submissions from artists of all disciplines to perform at its 2011 festival happening June 24 to July 3. Whether you’re a DJ, band, drag queen/king, dancer, comedian, community group or theatrical troupe, we want to hear from you!

Pride Week in Toronto is the third largest Pride celebration in the world and the largest festival in Canada. It takes place over 22 city blocks on 8 stages with hundreds of artists, 3 parades and hundreds of events at venues throughout downtown Toronto. The 2010 festival saw over one million people celebrating and supporting the lives and stories of Toronto's Queer communities. Pride Week is produced by Pride Toronto, a not-for-profit, community organization. It’s a FREE event supported and made possible by corporate sponsorship, public grants and Pride Toronto’s fundraising initiatives.

The festival features 10 days of arts and cultural programming, community activities, one of the world’s largest street festivals, the Pride Parade, Dyke March, Trans March, Family programming and much more.

Past performers include Cyndi Lauper, Kelly Rowland, Deborah Cox, Mel C, Esthero, Islands, Lesbians on Ecstasy, RuPaul, Divine Brown, Jully Black, Thelma Houston, Indigo Girls, Uh Huh Her, Dragonette, The Cliks, Kinnie Star, Carole Pope, Sandra Bernhard, Bitch, Rupaul, Crystal Waters, MEN, Suzanne Palmer, Martha Wash, Ultra Nate, ABC, Wang Chung, Cutting Crew, Missing Persons, Saidah Baba Talibah, Jonathan Peters, Lady Miss Kier, David Morales and Josie Cotton among hundreds of others! Performers participating in the Pride Toronto festival have the opportunity to be included in the Official Pride Guide, the Pride Toronto website (which averages 23.8 million hits in the four weeks leading up to the festival), coverage through our print, radio and TV partners and targeted marketing by our publicity professionals.
If you would like to be part of the BEST free event in Toronto go to: www.pridetoronto.com/festival/arts-entertainment-2011/ to fill in an online application form!

The deadline for submissions is February 4, 2011, so don’t wait!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

PH: 416-927-7433 ext.241

E-mail: tk@pridetoronto.com

Friday, January 7, 2011

consensus- trying to rent a video with more than two people or building a social movement

First maybe so you know where I am coming from I'll give you a little background.
1) TWWAN will soon be having a large group meeting of our jury members. It will be the first meeting, many (most?) of the attendees won't know each other. At the meeting we will have to make decisions on the full gamut of stuff from the submission process through to how work will be selected.

2) I'm reading- always dangerous!
Consensus- A new Handbook for Grass Roots Social, Political and environmental Groups- by Peter Gelderloos- 2006- A structured used by Food not Bombs

Here Comes Everybody- The Power of Organizing without Organizations-Clay Shirky-2008

The Global Activists Manual - Local Ways to Change the World-Mike Prokosch, Laura Raymond, Naomi Klein- 2002

Doing Democracy- The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements- Bill Moyer, Joann McAllisterr, Mary Lou Finlay, Steven Soifer- 2001

Tooo much education I think may be the real issue
*Should I have someone else to direct the meeting so that I am a participant and not in a power position- is power an issue or is a leader required?
  As the Director is power already implied?
What if I completely disagree with a group decision or it goes against the mandate that I have created for TWWAN?
Art is pretty volatile how far can we push? Can we set up boundaries of no sexism, racism etc. can it be so clear cut, what if an artist explorers these concepts n their work? Then is it censorship or oppression?

I need to turn off my brain........

Michelle

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Resource Alert! Free also spirtuality and $- what do you think?

http://www.socialentrepreneurempowerment.com/schedule/


This is a very interesting line up of folks, My biggest interest is in Tashka Yawanawa.

I'm skeptical- always, especially when spirituality and money are connected. The concept of my soul as a marketable commodity scares me.



These are folks I should technically feel are a piece of the puzzle,that I should be shouting from the roof tops over.
So why am I so skeptical?
Ethical and social commerce should cross paths with spirituality/ nature/ community/ social responsibility/ outreach etc. Shouldn't it? Or is their a need for separation of church and state, religion and politics, the personal and the political to be divided?

I think that an inclusive/ anti-oppression analysis maybe a missing piece? Does spiritual equal equitable and accessible?

How do folks feel about money and spirituality?Is this the answer, an answer, part of the answer? Let's chat!


Michelle

Monday, January 3, 2011

Resource Alert! Get your work critiqued!

Get your writing critiqued by author Elizabeth Ruth
Are you interested in writing literary fiction or have already started working on a piece? Get expert feedback from our Spring 2011 Writer In Residence, acclaimed and award-winning writer Elizabeth Ruth.

About Elizabeth Ruth
Elizabeth Ruth is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and writing instructor. She is the author of three works of literary fiction. Her first novel, Ten Good Seconds of Silence, was published in 2001 and named a finalist for the Rogers Writer's Trust of Canada Fiction Prize, the Toronto Book Awards, and the Amazon.ca Books in Canada Best First Novel Award.

Her second, Smoke, was published to critical acclaim by Penguin in 2005. The Globe and Mail called the book, "A virtuoso performance," and it went on to be a One Book One Community pick, sending it into early reprint.

In fall 2012, Elizabeth's forthcoming novel, The Matador, will be published in Canada by Cormorant.

Elizabeth Ruth teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto, English language at George Brown College, and mentors through the Humber School for Writers. She holds a BA and an MA from the University of Toronto.

For more information, please visit ElizabethRuth.com.


Submit A Manuscript

Manuscripts will be accepted from December 15, 2010 to January 22, 2011
Manuscript submissions:
Writers of literary fiction are welcome to submit novel or short story manuscripts for feedback.

Elizabeth Ruth will read your writing and meet with you to discuss what is working and what might need further development.

Submitting a manuscript does not guarantee a meeting with the Writer in Residence. Meetings are by appointment only. The Library also reserves the right to limit the number of manuscripts accepted.

Manuscripts should meet the following criteria:
Fiction excerpts of up to 10 double-spaced pages in length.
Typed or word-processed on 1 side of each page (handwritten manuscripts will not be accepted).
Use 12 point or larger Times New Roman typeface only.
1 inch margins all around.
No email copies accepted.
Please don't send in originals.
Please include: your name, address, email address and telephone number on your cover page. There is a limit of one submission per person.

Mail or bring to:
Writer in Residence Program
North York Central Library
Languages, Literature and Fine Arts Department (2nd Floor)
5120 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 5N9

The Toronto Public Library is not responsible for returning manuscripts. Please submit a copy of your work.
Questions?
E-mail gkelner@torontopubliclibrary.ca

Apply To Be Writer In Residence
Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 Info Coming Soon
Toronto Public Library typically hosts two residencies per year:

A longer residency, usually four months, from January to June
A shorter residency, usually two months, from September to December
Writers who have held residencies at the library include Gail Bowen, Chester Brown, Austin Clarke, Karen Connelley, Deborah Cooke, Rabindranath Maharaj, Robert J. Sawyer, Karl Schroeder, Allan Stratton, Sugith Varughese and Tim Wynne-Jones.

Check back soon for information about how to apply for the Fall 2011 residency.
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Link
http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/writer-in-residence/

new year- nearly one year of blogging!

Januray 11th 2010 it started with market research and self employment.

Now I'm in the midst of recruiting volunteers and jury members, creating a co-op space to ensure Women's Work can sustain itself and I'm bringing along others, hopefully up to 10 other small bizes or non profits with the direction and dedication of Ms. Keily Keiley.
Growth has been slow and sometimes painful, often mind blowing and always what I least expected. I'm not one for sentiment....

My next entries will be about
-the formation of my jury and the jury process we grow and develop as a group
-bringing others on board, working with others after a year of solitary development on the project
-bringing students on board
-creating a call for arts with the jury
-planning our next year
-researching the structures of co-ops and collectives as part of another project that will support TWW as well as local businesses
-figuring out insurance- once and for all
-creating a space with little/ no budget
-funding and fundraising (which I sorta suck at, this exact time and minute)
-taking help and guidance on fundraising and funding

I'm trying to decide if I should create a new blog and let this be it's own complete thing- one year done or keep adding to it?

Ford get your $#%^*^% hands off my library- or "Fight... for your right... to liiiiibrary"

Okay I'm trying to give up cursing for 2011, so I'll leave it up to you, use your imagination and fill in the blanks!Make it steamy for me;0) The idea of the Library being tampered with by Ford makes my head feel like the top is going to pop right off! The Library site has info on the board meeting where this decision will be made- public input is supposedly welcome, I'm calling tomorrow and doing all I can to be present and voice my opinion on the library. Please forward. Also check out the Toronto Star piece on the TPL.



http://www.thestar.com/news/article/914396--downtown-library-branch-threatened-with-closure


Notice of 2011 Toronto Public Library Board Meeting

January 1, 2011
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TORONTO (Saturday, January 1, 2011) Due to the City of Toronto’s Budget Committee timelines, the 2011 meeting schedule for Toronto Public Library Board has been adjusted. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the board room at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street.
The meeting schedule and agenda will soon be available at torontopubliclibrary.ca/about-the-library/board/meetings/.

Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 17.5 million people visit our 99 branches and borrow more than 31 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 416-393-7131 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
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Anne Marie Aikins, Manager, Community Relations, 416-393-7212 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 416-393-7212 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
aaikins@torontopubliclibrary.ca