I'm wistful and excited for the day we can get together again and share a live experience.
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EVERYSEEKER 2021 (through June 19)
Chris Binkowski - Bucko Art Machine

Connector Weekly

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Highlights from the Community
Accessing the Arts Listings

Free and Broken is dedicated to the rebels, the weirdos, the misfits, the queers, the ones who find each other, who don’t fit into a box and who don’t want too…..It is a song about personal and generational convalescence and resilience and the cycles of living and dying….” - LAL

I read online that LAL has been long listed for the Polaris and I got really excited. The first time I saw Rosina Kazi and Nicolas Murray perform was at the ballroom at the Gladstone Hotel on Queen Street, Toronto.

I remember it was bitter cold outside but inside, the walls were glowing and the floor was radiating with beautifully dressed misfits, crips, spoonies and wallflowers.

It’s hard to describe music and I probably shouldn’t even attempt it so I'll be brief. 

Rosina’s raw and soothing voice combined with Nicolas’s electronic sounds, a mixture of industrial and classical instruments is intoxicating and when seen and felt live, it is an evocative and deeply collective experience. 

I must have looked spellbound because a stranger turned to me and yelled out over the low bass: “It's like alchemy in here tonight!” I looked around me and smiled and nodded in agreement.

I hope they win this time.

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Highlights from the Community

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Featured Event: EVERYSEEKER 2021
Through June 19th

EVERYSEEKER presents contemporary music and sound in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. They approach curation with an open-minded, genre-fluid curiosity, responding to both local communities and international dialogues in underground and experimental sonics. For EVERYSEEKER 2021, expect to be moved into celebration, to (re)believe in magic and spell-casting of the sonic variety, and called into responding to rhythm - beat - melody - experimentation. Events will be hosted over Zoom with automated closed captions. ASL interpretation will be provided for all workshops. Video releases will be closed captioned and uploaded to the the EVERYSEEKER YouTube channel.
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Creative Accessibility Series
Don't miss the next two artist talks as part of Creative Accessibility, a series of online webinars and panel discussions that will explore disability art, the experiences of artists with disabilities and how to make art accessible. Tomorrow is No Labels Please with E.J. Howorth and June 26th is What I Wish I’d Known with Andrea von Wichert. All Creative Accessibility workshops will have ASL interpretation.
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Call for Applications: Screenwriting Fellowship
The Inevitable Foundation Screenwriting Fellowship gives disabled screenwriters $25,000 in unrestricted funding to advance their careers and projects. The fellowships are for disabled screenwriters who are creating mainstream stories, which may or may not include disabled characters or be about disability. Fellowships are awarded on a rolling basis so you can apply at any time. International entries are accepted.
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Accessibility in Theatre Venues Self-Audit
Realwheels Theatre and Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture teamed up to explore accessibility
in Vancouver theatre venues for artists, backstage workers, and patrons with disabilities. One outcome of this work is a refined audit checklist, created to support theatre operators or users to conduct their own self-audits. You are invited to use it, share it and support efforts to reduce barriers to cultural accessibility!
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Access as a Creative Catalyst
Have you ever been present in a creative space and noticed the many ways it was designed to function and who it was intended to serve? Perhaps it was created to welcome a wide range of people and communities or one community specifically. On July 8th, this panel discussion, Access as a Creative Catalyst, explores how accessibility in public spaces can spark creativity and inclusion. With panelists Michel Dumont, Adrianna Alarcon, Yvette Cenerini, and Sean Lee. Closed captioning will be provided. ASL interpretation is available upon request.
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Article: 'Reimagine the World': An accessible post-pandemic theatre world
Read more in The Link about the Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI) summer residency, Et si on réimaginait le monde II (Reimagine the World), which wrapped up on June 4th. The residency focused on artists living with visible and invisible disabilities and artists living with forms of neurodivergence.
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The Prelude: Thurga Kanagasekarampillai & Dr. Jenelle Rouse
Tomorrow, Theatre Passe Muraille presents the final edition of their Prelude community events for this season, with Deaf Tamil Queer artist Thurga Kanagasekarampillai and educator and visual body-movement artist Dr. Jenelle Rouse in conversation about artistic and community resilience during this time of staying-at-home. This conversation will be in both ASL and English with ASL-to-English interpretation and English-to-ASL interpretation.
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The Other Side of the River
Theatre in the Park is an original play offered free of charge in neighbourhood parks around Saskatchewan each July. This year’s offering, a family friendly rock opera about two sides of the same river, is based on a story by Yvette Nolan, and created in response to Indigenous Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter and the international movement towards racial equity and anti-racism. The Other Side of the River transports the audience on a joyful journey to a place they never expected to be. Every performance will feature ASL interpretation. Audio description will be provided at selected performances.
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Public Reading: Before They Cut Down Our Tree
On June 25th, join Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (vAct) for a reading of Before They Cut Down Our Tree by Jenna Masuhara. Two ex-friends find themselves forced to deal with their past and with each other when they are unexpectedly reunited. It’s been ten years – what’s changed, what hasn’t, and what secrets have both been hiding? ASL interpretation will be provided.
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The Gap - Deaf Queer Women: Where is Their Space?
On June 22nd, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents The Gap - Deaf Queer Women: Where is Their Space? Courage Bacchus is joined by three Deaf women artists – Tamyka Bullen, Thurga Kanagasekarampillai, and Gaitrie Persaud-Dhunmoon – for an open discussion of their journeys through queerness and art-making, and the barriers that they’ve had to overcome. This conversation will be held in ASL, with English interpretation.
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Aesthetics And Artistry Town Hall: Disability Aesthetics
On June 23rd, Dance/NYC hosts a conversation on Disability Aesthetics with Jerron Herman, Kayla Hamilton, Laurel Lawson, and Yo-Yo Lin. As disabled artists and dance companies continue to develop and codify their artistic methods, Disability Aesthetics will consider the evolving aesthetic frameworks within disability artistry and how disabled artists are challenging existing notions of technique, training and cultural practice. ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be provided.
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Visit the Digital Carnival Z
Join Kudoz and Cinevolution Media Arts on June 24th and visit the Digital Carnival Z! Regan from Cinevolution Media hosts an evening to deep-dive into Reflection of ME by Natasha “Courage” Bacchus, part of the Digital Carnival Z. Reflection of ME is in ASL with English captions and a music soundtrack. Also available is a version with extended audio description.
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ASL Hour of Entertainment
In partnership with Deaf Spectrum and Outside the March, Pride Toronto presents an ASL Hour of Entertainment on June 26th. Your favourite detective, Connor Yuzwenko-Martin, returns with a queer flair to help a local Edmontonian solve a seemingly mundane - or should we say, cisnormative - mystery. Acting opposite Thurga Kanagasekarampillai, Connor will take Mel Schneider on a quirky and questionable quest through her life in order to crack the case of Random Requests for Repairs! Performed in ASL with English captions and voiceover.
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JAYU STAGES: Pride Edition
For Pride Month, join JAYU on June 29th to celebrate storytellers from the LGBTQ2SI+ community. In partnership with True Stories (Told Live) and Queers In Your Ears, join in for an evening of inspiring stories from a variety of amazing speakers. ASL interpretation is provided for all events at Last Tuesdays.
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As part of the group exhibition Groundwork, Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal-based artist Ileana Hernandez Camacho will debut a new dimension of her CORPS ROCA project in a live performance on June 22nd, presented by Critical Distance Centre for Curators. Part of an evolving and ongoing work, it centres Hernandez Camacho’s performances where she embodies and gives voice to a rock. In this live performance which will be screened via Zoom, Hernandez Camacho will explore and show us characteristics of the soft species, from the perspective of the rock. ASL and captioning will be provided. The performance will be Live Described and presenters will describe themselves.

Accessing the Arts Listings

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