This week, we're unpacking some of our luggage and getting you the scoop!
A black and white sketch of the Blurring the Boundaries team: Gift Tshuma, Charles Matthews and David Bobier
What Is A̶c̶c̶e̶s̶s̶i̶b̶l̶e̶ Acceptable Music Technology?
Part of Sled Island Music & Arts Festival. Image credit: Blurring the Boundaries

Connector Weekly

In This Edition
Highlights from the Community
Accessing the Arts Listings

Mornings are when I’m compelled to “unpack” and I don’t mean luggage. Well, maybe I do. Figuratively, that is.

Standing at my usual spot at the kitchen counter nursing my coffee and staring down my thirsty-looking cactus, I face the hum of that existential, but relevant question: So what?

Our motto these days is: “we’re working it out”. We’re asking lots of questions, sending out lots of surveys (sorry!) and getting our walls sticky with layers of post it notes, all with that question nagging us along the way: “Why are we doing this?”

We know the world is dramatically changing, our environment is changing, our communities are changing and our culture is changing and you - maybe, up to here with all this bloody change - are changing too!

In his artist handbook “Keep Going”, Austin Kleon says: “To have hope, you must acknowledge that you don’t know everything and you don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s the only way to keep going and the only way to keep making art: to be open to possibility and allow yourself to be changed.”

I watched a beautiful Ted Talk this week by Andrew Solomon, and he said something that stuck with me:

“Identity involves entering a community to draw strength from that community and to give strength there too.”

This is why we want you to help build Network Connector because we believe art is a channel for us all to tell our stories and build identity.

Since you last heard from us, we’ve been doing something called “secondary research”, searching the wide web for a Network-Connector-look-alike. Nowhere have we found a space where, as artists, we can tell our stories, connect with others like us, and access opportunities that can help us thrive (if we’re wrong, please tell us!)

So we’ll keep unpacking the “so what?” and stay open to possibilities. We’ll keep searching for stories to forge our network and be part of changing the world.

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Highlights from the Community

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What Is A̶c̶c̶e̶s̶s̶i̶b̶l̶e̶ Acceptable Music Technology?
Part of Sled Island Music & Arts Festival
August 16th

Join Stefana Fratila of CRIP RAVE Collective and Gift Tshuma & Charles Matthews of Blurring the Boundaries as they offer insights and perspectives on accessible music technology, musical environments, and music culture. Each panelist brings a unique perspective on accessibility within music and will expand on the importance of access-first approaches to instrument, infrastructure, and program design. Presented in partnership with Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, Byta, and National accessArts Centre. ASL interpretation will be provided for this event.
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Virtual Coffee Chats with Sean Lee
OCAD University's RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers presents a Virtual Coffee Chat with Sean Lee on August 26th. Sean Lee is an artist and curator exploring the notion of disability art as the last avant-garde. Orienting towards a “crip horizon”, he is interested in the transformative possibilities of crip community building and accessible curatorial practices that desire the ways disability can disrupt. Auto-captioning will be available, and ASL interpretation can be requested by August 16th.
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Part of the Edmonton Fringe, which runs through August 22nd, don't miss Deafy by Follow The Signs Theatre - a collaboration between Deaf actor Chris Dodd and hearing director, Ashley Wright. The show follows Deaf public speaker, Nathan Jesper, as he leads the audience on an unexpected journey of what it really means to belong. The pre-recorded digital performance can be viewed any time during the 10-day festival. The show features spoken English, ASL and surtitles.
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Method Acting Made Simple with Louise Seidel
On August 19th, Listen to Dis' Community Arts Organization will be hosting an online acting workshop, part of their Visiting Artist Series. In this free workshop, drama teacher and theatre director Louise Seidel will help you prepare a short script for performance, learn simple steps to create your own character, and understand keys to build an exciting and believable performance. You will be working in small groups in breakout rooms, with opportunities to perform for the entire group. ASL interpretation will be provided.
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Extended Deadline: Disability Writes
There is still time to submit your writing to The Disability Collective's next initiative, The Disability Writes Project. This project will feature plays, poetry, short stories, scripts, songs, novels, and more from writers with disabilities. Over the coming months, these works will be presented in a variety of ways, including workshops, readings, and more. All selected artists will be paid an honorarium for their participation in this initiative. The extended deadline for submissions is August 15th.
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Extended deadline: Program & Access Assistant
ReDefine Arts (formerly Red Dress Productions) is seeking a Program & Access Assistant to join a small staff team supporting the work of the organization. ReDefine Arts creates and presents interdisciplinary performance and public artworks that embed social engagement and collaborative artistic practices atop a scaffold of community partnerships. BIPOC, disabled/disability identified, d/Deaf, Blind, and LGBTQ2S+ spectrum candidates are encouraged to apply, and to self-identify if they wish to do so. The extended deadline for applications is August 30th.
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Tea with Me Series: Episodes 2 & 3
Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf presents the next two episodes in their Tea With Me series with Kamil Burnat, Deaf Youth Canada President and Gary Malkowski, Deaf Leader. Available on YouTube in ASL, LSQ and English voiceover with auto-captions.
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Call for Participants: Playwriting Circle
Calling all writers and playwrights for Realwheels Theatre's Fall 2021 session! Online sessions will lead participants through the playwriting process with a focus on story, dramatic action, character and dialogue. Participants will regularly share their writing and receive ongoing feedback and support in preparation for a public reading (online) with professional actors. This program is offered free of cost to beginning and emerging playwrights (or writers who would like to transition into playwriting) who identify with disability. While this session is open to all Canadian residents, priority will be given to those living in BC. Applications will be assessed and accepted on a rolling basis.
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Twelfth Night
Inside Out Theatre's Good Host program is collaborating with Pine Tree Players in Canmore to provide an audio-described performance of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare on August 21st, part of the Canmore Summer Theatre Festival. Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s best romantic comedies and involves themes of gender, miscommunication, unrequited love, and desire. The production is set in the Regency Period and features a talented cast of female and non-binary actors. The performance on August 21st will be audio-described.
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Collective Margins: Activating Inclusion Within Emerging Digital Landscapes
This anthropological research, conducted by Madelaine Lekei at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, explores the ways that individuals and institutions articulate activism and how their orientation towards disability, accessibility, and self-advocacy influences the ways that people enact activist work and social change within digital and physical environments. Because accessibility is one component that defines how people interact within digital spaces, it is important to gain insights into how disability activists, organizations, self-advocates, and their allies are working together to improve digital accessibility. You will receive a $25 gift card upon completion of your participation.
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An Artist Encounter/Rencontre d’artistes: Brian, Elizabeth, Harmanie, Shay
On August 19th, the Canadian Dance Assembly offers a meeting space to encounter four incredible dance artists as they embrace the places where their practices intersect and diverge. In this one-hour online space, you’ll meet Brian Solomon (Northern Kanadario/Ontario and Tkaronto/Toronto), Elizabeth Winkelaar (Odawe/Ottawa), Harmanie Rose (Coast Salish Territories/Vancouver), and facilitating artist Shay Erlich (Tkaronto/Toronto).  This event has a flexible end time and will come to a natural finish around the listed end time. ASL and CART will be available.
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Art of Disability Festival: The Remix
Independent Living Nova Scotia presents the Art of Disability Festival: The Remix from August 16th to August 20th. The online festival will feature their virtual artist catalogue as well as virtual events including a paint-along, bingo night and a dance-a-thon.
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Seeking Writers with Disabilities: Explore Possible
Do you have lived experience of disability or facing barriers to full and equal participation? Manitoba Possible would love to hear from you! They are accepting submissions for Explore Possible, a thought leadership initiative bringing stories of lived experiences to Manitobans and the world. Honorariums will be provided.
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RAMPD - Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities
Attention musicians! RAMPD's mission is to serve as a resource for disabled recording artists and music professionals and their allies by amplifying disability culture, promoting inclusion, and advocating for accessibility in the Music Industry. RAMPD was launched by a team of disabled music professionals like Lachi, Ryan Nelson, 4 Wheel City, Stephen Letnes, Gaelynn Lea and others. Early sign up is available at
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Job Opportunity: Coordinator, Audio & Music Programs
National AccessArts Centre (NaAC) in Calgary is seeking a Coordinator, Audio & Music Programs. This position will support the artistic needs of NaAC participants and a majority of time will be spent coordinating the efforts of their Digital Music Project. This position will require flexibility to work on-site and remotely. The deadline to apply August 15th.
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Call for Musicians
The Phenomenological Research/Remedies on Employment & Disability (PROUD) Project is a multi-year research initiative studying disability and employment. The study compares the experiences of disabled employees, employers who hire people with disabilities, and their coworkers, across five countries: Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Belgium. They are currently producing a podcast mini-series about disability and employment, and looking for music to use in their introduction and conclusion. Interested musicians should contact by the extended deadline of August 31st. This is a paid opportunity.

Accessing the Arts Listings

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Connector is a newsletter highlighting accessible arts in Canada. In each edition, we connect artists and audiences with different organizations in regions across the country to get the word out about programming that has been curated with different bodies in mind. Our goal is to foreground Canada’s accessible arts culture by getting information out!

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