This week, we’re talking about how we experience fear
and why making difference visible is so important.
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imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Still from Akornatsinniittut – Kiinappaplik (Among us – The masked man)

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My friend and I were trading stories about when we feel most vulnerable and I learned that, for him, the most vulnerable thing he can think of doing is singing out loud - that only when he’s completely alone or when the lights are out, will he even attempt it.

As someone who generates enormous joy from singing, I was shocked. It reminded me how different each of us experiences fear.

I’m learning that as artists, producers, and arts administrators, leading with difference and adopting accessible cultural practices can feel vulnerable. It requires us to sometimes put ourselves in unfamiliar and uncertain places and leaves us open to possibly getting hurt in the process.

In other words, we feel safer singing in the dark.

Connector is here to turn on the lights, make the unfamiliar familiar, and widen the spectrum of Deaf and disability arts culture so that you can witness and experience all the myriad ways leading with difference can take shape and how it can be done.

So without further ado, I’ll end there and let you jump in!

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Highlights from the Community

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imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2021
October 19 – 24

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is an international hub for the presentation and celebration of Indigenous media art, and plays a crucial role in providing platforms for Indigenous artists to reclaim their voices and express their perspectives. This year, enjoy six days of screenings, special events, networking opportunities, Industry activities, and more. Closed captioning and/or English subtitles and audio description are available for most films and videos. Transcripts available for all audio works and podcasts. Most panel discussions and Q&As supported with open captions, ASL and/or live captioning (CART).
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Open Call for Artists: Frictions of Futurity in Transplant Medicine
There's still time to apply - the deadline has been extended until October 15th! In collaboration with Tangled Art + Disability, the Frictions of Futurity in Transplant Medicine project invites disabled, crip, d/Deaf, Mad, Sick, and chronically ill artists to submit proposals for new commissioned works on the theme of futurity, curative imaginaries, and solid organ transplantation. They are especially interested in proposals from transplant recipients or their support persons. Two artists will be selected for a 6 month artist-in-residence with the Frictions project, and invited to create, construct, deconstruct, and challenge knowledge related to transplantation through their artistic practice.
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Luminato 2021: Love Letters to Toronto
Luminato is coming October 13th to October 17th - check out 5 days of art, music, dance, and theatre, combined with some digital magic! This year's offering for you is a multi-disciplinary international arts festival, full of love letters to Toronto. From Scarborough to Etobicoke, travel across Toronto’s neighbourhoods and explore the many worlds of the city’s culture-creators with a mix of live and online events. This year, Luminato has collaborated with Deaf artists Courage Bacchus and Gaitrie Persaud to imagine a variety of programs that highlight Deaf artistry and ideas, such as Deaf Black Women: Artists from Across Canada, Deaf Bramble Gallery, CRIP COLLAB Issue 3, and Golden Hour Episode 2.
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Artist Boot Camp Series
These free online workshops with Yvette Cenerini, hosted by Creative Manitoba and Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, are designed to help you to advance your art career. On October 13th, learn about Project Proposals; on October 20th, discuss Résumés, CVs and Biographies and on October 27th, learn more about Budget and Documentation Dos and Don’ts. Participants of all genders and artistic media are welcome. ASL interpretation is available by request.
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Rendezvous with Madness Festival
From October 28th to November 7th, Workman Arts hosts the Rendezvous with Madness Festival, the first and largest arts and mental health festival in the world. Using art as the entry point to illuminate and investigate the realities and mythologies surrounding mental illness and addiction, this year's festival programming spotlights the human capacity for endurance in the face of great challenges. There will be both in-person and virtual options for engaging with the festival. ASL interpretation will be available for select programs, and is available by request for others. Open captioning will be provided for all film programs, as well as live captioning for all Q&As, workshops and select panels.
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Accessible Activism
Accessible Activism is a guide created to help transform the way disabled people plan for and participate in multiple forms of activism with the support of community and fellow organizers. The guide hopes to contribute to the life-affirming and essential practice of interdependence within activism. Contributors to the guide include Anna Brenner, Andrea K, Shelby Lorman, Casey Metz Wait, Mariah Person, Mary @invalid__art, Shelby @AllKindsAccessibility, Brendan Tang and Leigh Witzling.
Finding the Magic in Reality: Writing Creative Nonfiction
On October 21st, join Listen to Dis' Community Arts Organization for Finding the Magic in Reality: Writing Creative Nonfiction with Adam Pottle, part of their Visiting Artist Series. In this free online workshop, you'll discuss how to approach nonfiction in an imaginative way, how to apply novelistic craft to memoirs and how to write imaginative essays and articles, touching on writing such as Esme Weijun Wang, Alicia Elliott, Jenny Heijun Wills, and Carmen Maria Machado. ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be available.
Writing Class with Emily GIllespie
ConnecTra is hosting a weekly writing workshop series with Emily GIllespie, every Wednesday through November 10th. Drop in for a session or attend them all! Closed captioning will be available.
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Spitting It Out: How To Write Frank, Engaging Reviews
Learn the art of writing reviews in this 2-session, introductory workshop hosted by VocalEye, with professional theatre critic, Colin Thomas. Session 1 will be held on October 16th and session 2 will be held on October 23rd. Between weeks one and two, participants will write a review of a full-length film. Members of the blind and partially sighted community can register for free. Additional subsidies are available for people who identify with a disability other than sight loss and for those in financial need.
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ReelAbilities Call for Submissions
Submissions are now open for the 2022 ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto. The general call for submissions seeks Canadian and International shorts, features, and documentaries about Deaf and disability cultures by filmmakers and actors with disabilities and/or who are Deaf. Emerging filmmakers are encouraged to submit! And, for students, the 3rd Annual Sandra Carpenter Memorial Student Film Award contest is now open to high school and post-secondary students with lived experience of disability and/or Deaf students. The deadline for all submissions is January 1st.
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Workshop: Captioning, Transcription and Non-Auditory Access
Registration is now open for grunt gallery's free online community workshop Captioning, Transcription and Non-Auditory Access on November 9th with Sparkle Plenty and Kay Slater. This workshop is aimed towards performers, dancers and festival events and will be presented on Zoom with live captions by
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The Walrus Talks at Home: Reimagining Resilience
On October 19th, join The Walrus to learn about how we as a society need to reimagine the meaning of resilience. Resilience is seen as a badge of honour, but shouldn’t it be a choice? Many communities are faced with systemic challenges that leave them with no choice but to be resilient. In part two of our resilience talks, our speakers will discuss the dichotomies that the first talk revealed, especially how resilience on an individual level can be healthy and useful, but as a driver of policy it exacerbates the barriers facing equity-seeking communities. With Sean Lee, Alison Tedford, Dr. Roberta K. Timothy and Anne Spice, and moderated by Sheyfali Saujani. Live captioning will be available.
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Lobby Chats: "I got the grant! What next?" for DIY Producers
The AFC, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and Generator present a panel discussion on DIY producing for artists on October 14th! Becoming a DIY producer comes with a lot of excitement and validation but also financial stress and uncertainty. This panel discussion will be helpful for anyone new to producing and managing project grants, as well as to those who have been doing it for a while but still feel like they have questions. With Kristina Lemieux, Rachel Krehm, Saman Shahi and Alyssa Martin. ASL interpretation and closed captioning provided.
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Inclusive Practices: Grant for Artists Who Are Deaf or Have a Disability
Are you an individual artist who is d/Deaf or has a disability? Are you part of an artists’ collective or organization with at least one member who is d/Deaf or has a disability? You may qualify for a financial grant from the Conseil des arts de Montréal to help you carry out an artistic project. The deadline is November 5th.
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Edon Descollines — Le magasin ferme
From October 20th to October 23rd, Joe Jack & John presents Le magasin ferme by  visual artist, poet, dancer and actor Edon Descollines. Le magasin ferme is a short piece merging performance art, installation, spoken word, dance, video and visual imagery. The melancholy and sadness of everyday life is palpable and we are drawn to the nostalgia at its heart: a longing for the pre-internet world, when stores were a theatre of meetings, of possibilities and of shared experience. Relaxed performance.
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Images Festival 2022 Call for Submissions
Images Festival invites you to submit works to their 2022 Call for Submissions. The 35th edition of the Images Festival will take place in April 2022. Filmmakers are encouraged to caption or audio describe their films whenever possible. The deadline for submissions is October 15th!
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Workshop: Starting and Operating Your Art Business
On October 21st,  Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival presents a workshop with Rob McNally from TD, who will talk about how to get your art business started and answer your questions about operating it. This free online workshop will include ASL and live captioning. There will also be a plain text version of the presentation available for those who request it.
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Call for Submissions: 2022 rEvolver Festival
Upintheair Theatre is now accepting applications for the 2022 rEvolver Festival, which will take place in May 2022. They invite submissions from artistically and culturally diverse companies and artists from across Canada to have their work considered. Artists of all ages, abilities, cultural practices, races, ethnicities, socio-economic status, genders, religions, and sexual orientations are invited to apply and to participate in the festival. The deadline for applications is October 15th.
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Kaffeeklatsch: Moneca Sinclaire and Ildiko Nova
On October 22nd, join Moneca Sinclaire, Nehinan (Cree) and guest Ildiko Nova, (Romani Hungarian) for a talk over coffee for the inaugural Kaffeeklatsch series, hosted by the University of Manitoba School of Art Gallery. Sinclaire and Nova are both self-taught Winnipeg based recycled artists whose art practices explore the intersections of identity, material application, community and storytelling. For both artists their shared histories treatment, displacement and genocide as Indigenous and Romani are critical to their work. ASL interpretation and live captioning available.
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Call for Submissions: Mayworks Kjipuktuk/Halifax 2022
Mayworks Kjipuktuk/Halifax seeks proposals that will speak of the working class experience. This can be extremely varied and can be contemporary or historical. Both amateur and professional performers may apply, and submissions need not be directly focused on work, labour or unions. Mayworks Kjipuktuk/Halifax programs works of art that address broad themes of social and environmental justice. Any submissions that address issues of inequality and injustice, or give voice to marginalized communities will be considered. The deadline for submissions is November 15th.
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Artist Talk with mel monoceros
On October 21st. join Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba for its AGM followed by an artist talk with mel monoceros, a poet and interdisciplinary artist exploring polysensory production and somatic grief through text/ile and film. ASL interpretation and live captioning will be available.
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Call for Artists: What Disability?
Outsiders and Others is looking for artists to participate in an upcoming show, What Disability? featuring works by artists that identify as living with a disability and are self-taught. The exhibition will be held in December, in honor of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Submit by October 31st!
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Annual Halloween Dance
You are invited to join Embrace Arts Foundation for their Annual Halloween Dance, being held online this year on October 23rd, and open to individuals of all ages and abilities from across the country. Join for a family-friendly evening of movement and connection hosted by your emcees, Emily McFarlane (of CNIB) and Tiffany Tjosvold (of Embrace Arts). Throw on a costume and boogie down!

Accessing the Arts Listings

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