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CPAMO’s news Issue 19 - April 2013

Welcome to the 19th Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) newsletter. This is a regular digest that will introduce you to, and keep you updated on CPAMO‟s initiatives, and act as a portal to relevant research in the field of pluralism in the arts, innovative artists, and links to interesting talks about pluralism in the arts. The newsletter is intended to be your go-to resource for information on cultural pluralism in the arts. You have received this e-mail because you are a member of the CPAMO listserv. Please let others who share our professional and artistic interests know about this listserv and encourage them to subscribe by visiting http://tinyletter.com/Cultural-Pluralism-in-the-Arts-Movement-Ontario-CPAMO. The listserv is moderated and is for sending out newsletters and CPAMO updates. You may unsubscribe at any time. For more information, you can look us up here: Website: http://cpamo.posterous.com Facebook: search “CPAMO” or click here! Twitter: http://twitter.com/_CPAMO

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1) WHAT IS CPAMO? 2) WHAT’S UP IN OTTAWA a. SMART DATA SESSION b. FIRST PEOPLE’S ARTIST FORUM c. JUNE ACTIVITIES 3) COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING SESSION 4) CANADIAN DANCE ASSEMBLY – CPAMO NATIONAL DANCE WEEK 5) CANADIAN DANCE ASSEMBLY ADVISORY COUNCIL ON PLURALISM 6) UPCOMING CPAMO WORKSHOPS 7) THEATRE ONTARIO SESSION ON PLURALISM IN THEATRE 8) THE RED REVUE – ASSOCIATION OF NATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN THE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS 9) FRIENDS IN VANCOUVER a. THE GATHERING b. SANKASET 10) UPCOMING EVENTS 11) TED TALKS ON DIVERSITY 12) WHO WE ARE 13) CONTACT US

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WHAT IS CPAMO?
Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) is a movement of Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists working with presenters to empower the arts communities of Ontario. CPAMO seeks to open opportunities for Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists to engage with presenters - in theatre, music, dance, visual arts - across Ontario and to enable presenters to develop constructive relationships with Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists. CPAMO is supported by Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists who are involved in theatre, music, dance and literary arts. They are members of CPAMO‟s Roundtable and include representatives of Sampradaya Dance, Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Little Pear Garden Theatre Collective, Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Kaha:wi Dance, Sparrow in the Room, b-current, why not theatre, urban arts and backforward collective, TeyyaPeya Productions, Culture Days, Sheyanne Productions, Obsidian Theatre, the Collective of Black Artists, CanAsian Dance and others. With the involvement of artists from these organizations, CPAMO is working with Community Cultural Impresarios (CCI), Canadian Dance Assembly and their members to build their capacities, cultural competencies and understanding of pluralism in the arts so that these members engage artists from these communities and, thereby, enable audiences across Ontario to access artistic expressions from diverse communities on a regular basis. CPAMO gratefully acknowledges the funding support it has received for its activities from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

SMART DATA: GETTING YOUR DATA WORKING FOR YOU
While CPAMO worked with the Neighbourhood Arts Network (NAN) to deliver 8 sessions on data management for our members across the GTA in the fall of 2012 and in January 2103, CPAMO also provided an introductory session for the artists and arts organizations we are working with in Ottawa. This session was also delivered by Young Associatesand waa held on Thursday, February 21, 2013 2:00 - 5:00p.m. at the Council for the Arts in Ottawa - Micaela Fitch boardroom. This session covered the following topic: Managing Your Data: Making it Work for You and Your Organization:What is a database? What do I want to get out of it? What data is relevant? How can I create consistency? This 2 hour seminar from Young Associates is designed to provide an overview of good database management practices for the arts and cultural sector. The seminar will cover goal setting, policies and procedures, and tips and tricks, and is geared to those working in both a spreadsheet or relational database environment. This session was well-received by those who attended and CPAMO will be working with its supporters in Ottawa to offer other workshops on this important topic.

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CIRCADIA INDIGENA - FIRST PEOPLES’ ART AND PERFORMANCE IN CANADA’S NATIONAL CAPITALA WINTER VILLAGE ~ INDIGENOUS ARTS AND CULTURE FESTIVAL, 2013
In February, CPAMO supportedCircadiaIndigena in sponsoring this festival whichtook place within the traditional season of storytelling, and during the beginning and renewal of the year‟s ceremonial cycle. CircadiaIndigenais an organization devoted to the presentation of First Peoples‟ art and performance in Canada‟s National Capital Region. CircadiaIndigena is dedicated to developing, producing, and presenting outstanding visual art and performance by First Nation‟s, Inuit, and Métis artists. We produce and present works from all artistic disciplines which supports cultural exchange, transference, and learning through the arts. This festival offered exceptional multi-disciplinary arts and cultural programming, and was a platform for celebrating indigenous winter culture by highlighting the storytelling traditions of First Nations‟, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. Indigenous storytelling has many forms; Creation stories, history, visions, teachings, news, ceremony, messages, songs, and many more. This gathering will draw on these forms and showcase them through Elders, cultural presenters, and artists in a presentation and workshop format. The gathering was a space for the sharing of Indigenous knowledge through storytelling, cultural presentations and performances by First Peoples‟ artists. The event was free and open to the public and was held at the Richelieu Vanier Community Centre. Below are some of the highlights of what was presented. Friday, February 22
5:45pm - 6:15pm Winter Foods Teaching - Elder Kaheti:io (Jan) Longboat (Mohawk) 6:15pm – 6:30pm Opening Ceremony and Blessing - Elder Annie St. George (Anishinaabeg) Community Voices Drum Song - Women's Hand Drum Circle 6:30pm – 6:45pm Passage - Story and Choreography by Christine Friday-O'Leary (Anishinaabeg) Passage is a journey of discovering and defining ones true self. It explores how passion and forces of this world influences oneself. Traditional stories can parallel this inspiration and bring forth teachings and legends to the present time where ones own spiritual force and nature can become awakened. (Contemporary Dance) 6:45pm – 7pm Lighting and Teaching of the Kudlik or Qulliq, Inuktitut: ᖁᓪᓕᖅ 7pm – 7:40pm Sakahan- Greg Hill, Curator, National Gallery of Canada Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art, 17 May 2013 - 02 September, 2013 Sakahàn, meaning “to light a fire” in the language of the Algonquin, is the National Gallery of Canada‟s largest survey of recent Indigenous art. It will highlight over 100 works by more than 75 artists from around the world,

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including impressive installations created specifically for the project. Poetic, unexpected and challenging, the artworks document and interrogate distinct cultural, political and social issues. One of the G allery‟s most ambitious contemporary art exhibitions to date, Sakahàn will extend to partnering venues in the Ottawa region and abroad. 7:40pm – 8pm The Sharing Tree - Jaime Koebel (Métis) 8pm – 8:45pm Storytelling - Louise Profeit-Leblanc (Nacho N‟yak Dun, Yukon) Louise is a traditional storyteller from the Nacho N‟yak Dun First Nation of the Yukon. She has been living and working in this region for the last 11 years and is honored to be able to share some winter stories at this the first Winter Village Festival. The stories she tells are based on First Nations northern culture of the Yukon and are suited for all ages. 8:45pm – 9:15pm Winter Lodge Art Exhibit: Land, Nature and the Ancestors – Curator, Simon Brascoupe The Winter lodge is a time of storytelling around the communal fire. Ottawa and Algonquin artist‟s present works connected to land, nature, and our ancestors.

Saturday, February 23
1pm –1:20pm Opening Ceremony and Blessing - Elder Annie St. George (Anishinaabeg) Community Voices Drum Song - Women's Hand Drum Circle 1:20pm - 1:50pm Message from the Festival Director Winter Foods Teaching - Elder Kaheti:io (Jan) Longboat (Mohawk) 1:50pm – 2:45pm Storytelling / Spoken Word - Leanne Simpson (Anishinaabeg) 2:45pm – 4:30pm Visual Arts Panel - The Collective as Strategy for Artistic Development Moderator: Linda Grussani (KitiganZibiAnishinabeg) Panelists: Rosalie Favell, Barry Ace, Ron Noganosh, Leo Yerxa, and Frank Shebagaget This panel will be followed by an open discussion of 30 minutes. 5pm Dinner - Winter Stew and Bannock Ceremonial Blessing - Elder Annie St. George 6pm - 6:20pm Winter Foods Teaching - Elder Kaheti:io (Jan) Longboat 6:20pm – 6:30pm Community Voices Drum Song - Women's Hand Drum Circle 6:30pm – 8pm Wisakedjak, Play Reading and Presentation - Paula Sherman (Omamiwinini Algonquin), Alanis King (Odawa Anishnaabec), and Cast. Wisakedjak, original man, responsible for naming all life, aka: the trickster, returns home to the KijiSibi but his family, the Algonquin people, now only ignore him. Wisakedjak is bewildered by the change in his people and sets out on a journey through time and transformation, challenging historical figure - Champlain. Time is running out and he must decide to stay or leave them all behind forever – to a land void of culture, language or original people. This magical play portrays the story of an old way of life inspired from legends and clan relationship to natural law with a glimpse to the future.

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8pm – 9:15pm Gsinaa (It's cold!), Indigenous Short Film Program – Curator Howard Adler (Ojibwe)

Sunday, February 24
1pm – 1:30pm Opening - Elder Kaheti:io (Jan) Longboat 1:30pm – 2pm Storytelling - Lynda Brown (Inuit) 2pm – 3pm Storytelling / Reading - Maria Campbell (Métis) 3pm - 3:30pm Message from the Festival Director - Jerry Longboat Elders Blessing - Elder Annie St. George Grass Dance - Jody Becker (Algonquin Anishinaabeg, Temagami First Nation) Round Dance - All in Attendance

“CircadiaIndigena has been created to foster a gathering place where we can remember, reclaim, and create works that restore oral traditions, performance cultures, and visual arts aesthetics. We support indigenous artists to tell their stories through theatre, dance, film, music, and new media. Re-claiming, recreating, and re-telling the stories that reunite cultural history with the voices of today‟s First Peoples‟.CircadiaIndigena works with artists, Elders, youth and the broader community in creative partnerships. We produce festivals events, workshops, performances, and artists-in-residence programs throughout the year.” For more information contact: CircadiaIndigena@hotmail.com, or call (613)878-0119.

OTTAWA IN JUNE
The City of Ottawa is planning to host its first Welcome Ottawa Week (WOW) from June 25th to June 30th. Sponsored by the City of Ottawa in collaboration with the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) this week will convene a series of events and activities showcasing the growing diversity of the National Capital Region and its importance to the Ottawa community. As part of this week, CPAMO will be supporting MASC (Multicultural Arts in Schools and Communities) for a showcase of artists at the June 26thProclamation of WOW to be presided over by Ottawa‟s Mayor and members of Council as City Council Chambers. Following this, CPAMO will sponsor a volunteer recruitment event on June 27th and then convene its second Town Hall in Ottawa on Friday June 28th. The report on the first Town Hall is available on CPAMO‟s website and the second session will follow-up on the many issues, concerns and promising projects discussed then. STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION SOON!!!

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING
There has been considerable discussion about community engagement in the arts. Or, as put in the CPAMO toolkit, how arts organizations find themselves in the heart of the community. To support work on this, CPAMO linked up with the Neighbourhood Arts Network which also researched and published a toolkit on community engagement and recently Made in B.C. has released a draft Community Engagement Workbook. This was circulated at CAPACOA shortly after Doug Borwick made a presentation for Ontario Dances related to his recent book Building Communities, Not Audiences. These interests, concerns and strategies on community engagement have been a fundamental value to CPAMO since its creation. To this end, CPAMO has invited artists and presenters to discuss the ways they connect to communities and what they have learned in their efforts. CPAMO has also done considerable research on this topic and how it is being explored, developed and implemented in other countries and across Canada. These stories are included in the CPAMO publication Pluralism in the Arts in Canada: A Change is Gonna Come. Given the increasing focus on this topic, CPAMO consider it important to sustain the conversation and to provide opportunities to explore examples of community engagement activities in the arts and how this has enhanced the capacities of arts organizations that have gone this route. To this end. CPAMO convened a forum to discuss this on March 21. This session began with a keynote address by Sandra Laronde, Artistic Director of Red Sky Performance who discussed her company‟s work with developing and sustaining community connections through its Deep Waters project. Sandra‟s address was followed by a panel of experienced arts and community activists who shared their perspectives. These panelists were: JiniStolkwho discussed the Creative Trust Experience and the success of a shared platform on working capital for the arts; Professor NadiaCaidi who discussed access to information strategies used by diverse groups; a Beatriz Pisano, Artistic Director Aluna Theatre, who discussed community engagement in the Latino context; and Robert Daly who discussed the work underway for the Pan Am Games to support, develop and promote cultural activities in both the lead up to and during the happenings of the Games in 2015, and how this process will engage diverse communities.

The wrap up and next steps were provided by CPAMO‟s Project Lead, charles c. smith, editor of Pluralism in the Arts in Canada: A Change is Gonna Come. In the wrap up, charles addressed the importance of community engagement as evidenced in his book and introduced a challenge CPAMO will be engaged in with the support of JiniStolk and efforts to replicate the Creative Trust model for CPAMO members. To learn more about this and to participate, STAY TUNED!!!!

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NATIONAL DANCE WEEK:
Cultural Pluralism Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), Canada Dance Assembly (CDA), Dancemakers in conjunction with theNational Dance Week presents a unique showcase of culturally diverse dance artists called Dancing in Diversity, April 24th 2013, 7 pm at Dancemakers Center for Creation, 9 Trinity Street, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4.The performance will feature diverse artists presenting some of the most compelling contemporary work from Toronto's dance community. The presentation will feature some of Toronto's leading artists working in a pluralist model from creation to presentation. Artists include, Little Pear Garden Collective, Sampradaya Dance Creations, Jasmyn Fyffe Dance, SasharZarif, LuaShayenne and Company, KasheDance, RoshanakJaberi, Lucy Rupert and Olga Barrios.A special video by Red Sky Performance will open the showcase. Different forms, varying approaches to presentation, a myriad of dance genres all under one roof in the celebration of Canada as a Dance Nation. It‟s about dance and its potential to ignite, inspire and create bridges to und erstanding who we are; where tradition, diversity, pluralism shape social cohesion. Artists and companies from a wide array of practices will also have the opportunity to speak about their artistic practice and approach. Created by the Canadian Dance Assembly,National Dance Week / Semainecanadienne de la danseNational Dance Week leads up to International Dance Day as part of the “I love dance/J‟aime la danse” National Campaign. During the week, one theme will be celebrated each day across Canada to embrace the rich and varied landscape of Canadian dance. On April 24th the focus will be onpluralism, diversity and social cohesion in the efforts to engage communities across the country from diverse backgrounds and skill levels. The campaign is not just for dance professionals, it's for everyone who loves dance!

CANADIAN DANCE ASSEMBLY ADVISORY COUNCIL ON PLURALISM:INTERIM MEMBERSHIP
In 2012, the CDA worked with CPAMO to address issues related to pluralism in dance across Canada.This was one of the key focal points of the CDA‟s 2012 National Conference which took placein Ottawa in October 2012. As a result of this conference, a report was submitted to the CDA Board of Directors that recommended the CDA initiate the following actions: 1) Advocacy. It is clear that dance artists from diverse backgrounds confront inequities in terms of their access to resources, particularly funding, performance opportunities and in their incomes. The CDA should undertake to address this as a high priority and, with these artists, undertake raising the profile of these dance artists, the value of their contributions to dance and the need for their presence in Canada‟s dance milieu. 2) A CDA Advisory Council on Pluralism. This Advisory Council would be inclusive of diverse communities and be based on several factors such as race, culture, immigration status, regional location, physical ability and be of equal importance as the CDA Strategic Advisory Committee. The Council would meet monthly in its first years to develop an agenda, action plans and to contribute to developing and supporting CDA activities on behalf of diverse dance artists; 3) CDA Policy and Responsibility of all Standing Councils. The CDA should develop a vision to articulate its commitment to pluralism in all of its activities. This vision should be developed in 7

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consultation with the newly created AdvisoryCouncil on Pluralism and with all Standing Councils as well as the CDA Executive. This process of vision-statement development is integral to all parts of the CDA getting on board with this direction and to enable each Standing Council to develop an understanding of its roles and responsibilities in implementing a pluralistic approach in their workThis will ensure that all components of the CDA are engaged in this process and that a healthy dialogue cuts across the CDA on this timely issue. 4) Recruitment of New Members. As part of the roll out of the CDA initiatives to support pluralism in dance, the CDA should also focus on recruiting new members based on the issues it will be addressing. To kick-start this process, the CDA with CPAMO‟s support is looking to work with dance artists from Aboriginal and diverse communities. In this regard, the CDA will establish an Interim Committee to assist in developing this process. Dance artists interested in this should contact either Nathalie Fave, CDA Executive Director, and/or charles c. smith, CPAMO‟s Project Lead. CONTACT INFORMATION (or for a copy of the report):Nathalie nathaliefave@dancecanada.net; charles c. smith – charlescsmith@rogers.com Fave –

BUSINESS FOR THE ARTS AND UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
CPAMO is happy to announce that as part of our ongoing workshops to support our members‟ development, we will be working with Business for the Arts (Bfta).Bftais “Canada‟s only national association of business leaders who support the arts…(whose) mission is to strengthen the arts in Canada by helping arts and cultural organizations build strong partnerships with the business community as volunteers, investors and ambassadors for the arts.” As part of CPAMO‟s work, we will offer various workshops with Bftaaddressing such issues as: corporate fundraising, engaging business leaders as volunteers and board members, and enhancing the capacities of CPAMO members to engage in activities to attract and retain such resources. In building the relationships and capacities of CPAMO members, we are delving into a new series of workshops that will benefit our members and the general public. In this regard, CPAMO will be teaming up with Bfta and a private consultant to deliver our first workshop in mid May which will focus on Effective Marketing / Sponsorship Strategies. As capacity building and overall development are key points in our focus this year, the workshop will be a 2 phase process into how we brand, market, seek sponsorship and initiate fundraising strategies. Have you ever been asked: · · · · · So tell me about your work? Do you have a fundraising Strategy? What is your total reach and which clientele do you serve? Where in the city / province do most of your audience comes from? Are you familiar or have considered corporate sponsorship? If you could not answer clearly or hesitated on any two of these questions then do consider 8

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joining us. In our last workshop, we had a discussion on the changes to Arts funding and its impact on the artists. We reported also that the new artistic funding landscape would require that we seek other ways of supplemental funding of for our work. Effective Marketing / Sponsorship Strategies 101 can be a start. STAY TUNED!!!!

ASSOCIATION OF NATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN THE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS (ANDPVA) ---- THE RED REVUE FEATURING CHERI MARACLE AND WABS WHITEBIRD
Hosted by Andre Morriseau The Sister1554 Queen Street West, Toronto Friday May 24 Doors Open at 8 p.m.Pay What You Can As part of CPAMO‟s Artists Cafes which we introduced in our last newsletter, we will be supporting the ANDPVA Red Revue on Friday May 24 which will be releasing Cheri Maracle‟s CD, If I am Water and Wab's CD, The Urban Round Dance at the RED. Cheri Maracle is a Canadian actress, musician, and a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation. She is best known for her roles in the television series Blackfly and Moccasin Flats, the 2007 film Tkaronto and stage productions of Tomson Highway's Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout. As a musician, she has performed as a backing vocalist for Jerry Alfred and the Medicine Beat, Tamara Podemski and Sandy Scofield, and as both a lead and supporting vocalist for Tiyoweh and The Showbiz Indians. WabsWhitebird‟s newest album, The Urban Round Dance, is a reflection on the origins of music. A residential school song, Home, was nominated at the Native American Music Awards for Best Historical Recording 2009. He was born and raised in Toronto'sinner city. This will be an exiting program and CPAMO will be working with Community Cultural Impresarios to attract Ontario presenters to see and hear these and other amazing performers. CPAMO also looks forward to engaging with its other members who wish to participate in its Artists Café project.

THEATRE ONTARIO – PLURALISM IN THEATRE
As part of their creative process, contemporary theatres are working to gain a better sense ofcreative possibilities and to engage communities in all aspects of their operations. This has beenboth a rewarding and difficult challenge for theatre companies that are addressing such issues inthe context of diversity and pluralism, particularly in terms of making connections with Aboriginalpeoples, peoples of colour, persons with disabilities and others whose mother tongue is not one ofCanada's official languages and whose religious and/or spiritual beliefs fall outside of the dominantwestern belief systems. This session will assist theatre leaders in addressing these concerns and coming tounderstand how to begin to move their practices so that they are open and inclusive. Withpresentations, facilitated dialogue, problem-solving and sharing of work experiences, this sessionpromises to be a strong step toward 9

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enhancing what theatre organizations are doing to embed thevalues of pluralism into their every day practices. To engage in this effort, Theatre Ontario is pleased to welcome charles c. smith to their Annual Meeting on May 25, 2013 to lead a forum on diversity, pluralism, and inclusion in theatre. charles is the Project Lead for Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario, a Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Artistic Director of 'wind in the leaves collective', and a lecturer on Cultural Pluralism in the Arts at the University of Toronto - Scarborough.
 
 As part of their creative process, contemporary theatres are working to gain a better sense of creative possibilities and to engage communities in all aspects of their operations. This interactive panel will explore these ideas from Different Perspectives. The Panelists Are: Ravi Jain, Artistic Director Of Why Not Theatre; Yvette Nolan, Former Artistic Director Of Native Earth Performing Arts;SoheilParsa, Artistic Director Of Modern Times Theatre Company; and Beatriz Pizano, Artistic Director Of Aluna Theatre

FRIENDS IN VANCOUVER THE GATHERING – VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL
March 9 – 12, 2013 The Gathering was a conference focusing on marketing and networking strategies to help marginalized performing artists improve their abilities in developing touring opportunities for their creative work. This conference invited all interested artists, administrators, presenters, scholars, funders, and patrons of the arts to gather at the Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia to see diverse performances, talk about them, and use these experiences to enhance our abilities to encourage broader audiences to come to enjoy our artistry. While the focus of The Gathering was on performances by culturally diverse and Aboriginal dance artists, the marketing and networking strategies were of interest to all marginalized performing artists. The Gathering was presented by the Vancouver International Dance Festival and Kokoro Dance in association with The Dance Centre, and with the funding support of the Equity Office of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Vancouver Foundation. It offered opportunities to see both formal and informal performances by artists that either are performing at the current VIDF or who have performed in previous festivals. These includedKokoro Dance, Muriva Dance, Kitt Johnson – X-ACT, Anusha Fernando, Byron Chief Moon, battery opera, and Black Grace. Tickets to formal presentations at the Roundhouse and Vancouver Playhouse will be available to The Gathering delegates at a 50% discount upon registration. We are also hosting two dance parties for delegates to get loose, dance, and become acquainted with one another socially. Keynote speakers were charles c. smith, CPAMO‟s Program Lead and Lecturer, Cultural Pluralism and the Arts/University of Toronto Scarborough; Jane Cox, founding principal and the Managing Director of Cause+Affect, a visionary and catalyst, with over 12 years‟ experience in consulting and design in Canada and the UK across a wide variety of sectors including real estate development, fashion and consumer products, and cultural events and infrastructure; Neil Ieremia, Black Grace founder and Artistic Director, who is in the vanguard of New Zealand‟s most accomplished choreographers; and Barbara 10

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Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi, founding directors of Kokoro Dance and the Vancouver International Dance Festival.

SANKASET MARCH 26 – PRACTICES OF DIVERSITY & PLURALISM
This session was part of a series of conversations initiated by Katherine Lemieux entitled SANKASET which discussed policies and practices of diversity and pluralism in the arts using the Toronto Arts Foundation‟s Neighbourhood Arts Network„s “Arts & Equity: A Toolkit for Community Engagement”. This toolkit is published in Pluralism in the Arts in Canada: A Change is Gonna Comecomplied and edited by charles c smith and published by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. SANKASET featured two speakers – Margaret Grenier and Joel Klein. The evening began at 5:00pm with a 45-60 minute dialogue and was followed by a larger group discussion. A video recording is available of this session and will soon be on CPAMO‟s website.

Photographer: Ana Pedrero Margaret Grenier – dance artist. Margaret is of Gitxsan and Cree ancestry. She is the Executive and Artistic Director for the Dancers of Damelahamid which is dedicated to revitalizing and presenting Aboriginal dance. Margaret holds a Masters of Arts in Education at Simon Fraser University, focusing on inclusion and diversity in educational practices and embodiment of Aboriginal identity through dance.

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Joel Klein, arts manager, is a reformed opera singer from southern Saskatchewan and Alberta, Joel Klein has devoted the last 20 years to the creation and dissemination of art, and to the creation of a positive and thriving art-based culture in Canada. Executive Director of Made in BC – Dance on Tour since 2011, Joel leads a network of presenters, developing and implementing community-engaged dance activities in diverse communities across British Columbia. He is also very active as Board President of Vancouver‟s Queer Arts Festival, an annual 3-week multi-disciplinary professional performing and visual arts festival. As a working artist (continuing a 10-year classical singing career) Joel remains a fervent innovator, encouraging the creation and performance of new work, with a specialization in performance art and interdisciplinary projects.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Sung Ja Kim Chisholm: Hope March 30 - April 21, 2013 loop Gallery, 1273 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1X8 Gallery Hours: Wed - Sat 12 to 5 pm and Sun 1 -4pm. Kim‟s latest body of work endeavours to formally translate the concept of hope. The journey through life is a quest to come to know ourselves through our relationships with family and friends. These relationships are shaped by happiness, disappointment, bitterness, lightness, darkness, excitement, and occasionally even by despair. In all circumstances, hope is a sustaining force that allows us to transcend these emotions and continue moving forward. In Hope, Kim captures a concept tied to the future and suspends it in the present for a momentary aesthetic consideration. Kim is a Toronto-based, KoreanCanadian artist, graduate of OCAD University and long-time member of loop Gallery. Don‟t miss the Artists‟ Tea Party at loop Gallery on Sunday, April 14th from 2-4PM. Admission is free | For more information: 416-516-2581 | loopgallery@primus.ca | www.loopgallery.ca Brazilian Beat: Canada Dance Congress 2013 Presented by: Brazil Dance World April 17 - 21, 2013 Casa do Alentejo, 1130 Dupont Street, Toronto The 3rd Annual Brazilian Beat Congress is the biggest celebration of Brazilian dance in Canada. If you have ever wondered about Brazilian Dance this is the event you cannot miss! The Congress is open to anyone who would like to learn, watch and experience the different styles of Brazilian Dance. Brazilian Beat will offer workshops given by world renowned instructors and nightly breathtaking performances from international and local Brazilian dance professionals. Tickets cost varies, to purchase tickets: http://www.brazilianbeatcongress.com/wordpress/the-congress/tickets/ For more information: 647-201-3974 | brazilianbeatcongress@gmail.comwww.brazilianbeatcongress.com Fifth Annual Sakura GalaStart April 20, 2013 | 5:00-11:00pm Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5 The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre‟s Sakura Gala features the best of Canadian and Japanese entertainment and cuisine, in recognition of exceptional contributions made by individuals to the promotion and exchange of Japanese culture and enhancing awareness of Nikkei heritage within Canada and abroad.We are very proud to announce the recipient of this year‟s Sakura Award is internationally13

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acclaimed Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa. Mr. Ozawa‟s leadership of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in the 1960s very much paralleled the rise of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. It was time when Nikkei community was in the early stages of re-establishing itself as a leading cultural contributor to Canada; Mr. Ozawa‟s accomplishments were a great source of pride and confidence and signalled the Nikkei‟s re-emergence on the national stage artistically. For more information: Sarah Burd | 416-249-0788| sarahb@jccc.on.ca | www.sakuragala.com National Dance Week 2013 (NDW) April 22-29 April 22- 29, 2013 The Historic Distillery District, 15 Case Goods Lane, Studio 312, Toronto National Dance Week 2013 (NDW) April 22-29, is a distinctive part of our national campaign "I love dance/J'aime la danse". The I LOVE DANCE campaign was created to bring all dance styles and supporters together in a movement to raise the profile of dance in Canada. Cost: Free For more information: Ronna | 416-515-8444 | info@dancecanada.net | www.ilovedancecanada.ca Dancing in Diversity Wednesday April 24, 2013 | 7 - 9:30 PM Dancemakers, 9 Trinity Street, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4 A Canada Dance Assembly (CDA) and Cultural Pluralism Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) National Dance Week Initiative in partnership with Dancemakers. Held on National Dance Week's focus on pluralism, diversity and social cohesion, Dancing in Diversity emerges out of CPAMO's work with the CDA in creating partnerships, advocacy and community engagement and will feature diverse artists presenting some of the most compelling contemporary work from Toronto's dance community. The presentation will feature some of Toronto's leading artists working in a pluralist model from creation to presentation. Artists and companies from a wide array of practices will also have the opportunity to speak about their artistic practice and approach. Artists and Companies: Sandra LaRonde / Red Sky, Lua Sheyenne and Company, LataPada / Sampradaya, Olga Barrios, Little Pear Garden, RoshanakJaberi, Jasmyn Fyffe, SasharZarif, Nova Bhattacharya, Kevin A. Ormsby / Kashedance. A conversation with the audience will follow the presentation Cost: Free International Dance Week Participatory Folk Dance Event Presented by: Ontario Folk Dance Association (OFDA) & The University of Toronto International Folk Dance Club (IFDC) Friday April 26, 2013 | 8:00-11:00 PM University of Toronto Schools, 371 Bloor St. West at Spadina, Toronto 14

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Celebrate National Dance Week! Featuring York University Balkan Musical Ensemble and special set of Russian folk dances taught by Ekaterina Pyatkova and others. Dances from many other countries will also be taught. Refreshments. Beginners welcome Cost: $5 at the door For more information contact: Helen Winkler | winklerh@hotmail.com|www.ofda.ca/events.html

Artist Talk by Duane Linklater Presented by: The Power Plant Wednesday May 1, 2013 at 7:00pm The Power Plant , 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto Duane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario and he is currently based in North Bay. Many of Linklater's projects often involve elements of collaboration between himself and his friends, artists, musicians, and curators. Linklater‟s work is featured in the exhibition Beat Nation, currently on view at The Power Plant. During this talk, Linklater considers the metaphor of the treaty medal to explore themes of negotiation, cooperation and collaboration. Tickets: FREE for members and $12 for non-members | To purchase http://thepowerplant.org/ProgramsEvents/Programs/Other-Programs/Duane-Linklater.aspx For more information contact: 416-973-4949 | info@thepowerplant.org | www.thepowerplant.org Ken Fukushima Exhibit May 2 - June 29, 2013 Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5 Architect, artist, black belt judo sensei and JCCC Board Member, Ken Fukushima is a remarkable person. A graduate of the esteemed Cranbrook Academy of Art outside Detroit and mentored by world stararchitect Daniel Libeskind, Fukushima had designed multiple building projects including the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Fredericton Convention Centre and the Actors Conservatory for the Canadian Film Centre. Most recently his architectural projects include a number of public library facilities and youth resource centres. His accomplishments, modesty and multiple contributions to the community sometimes overshadow his art projects. Overshadowed no longer, on May 2 at 7:00pm, the JCCC Gallery will unveil a one person exhibition focusing on the art of Ken Fukushima. Besides his bold Japanese-landscape inspired drawings that have shown in Canada and the United States, Fukushima is launching new work that expresses his outlook on life in a series of art boxes. Inspired by the writing of novelist Kobo Abe who wrote, “Instead of leaving the box, I shall enclose the world within it. Now the world must have closed its eyes.” Fukushima has been continuing his exploration of “near and far” in a series of mixed media constructions that will line a wall of the gallery. Fukushima‟s exhibition is a powerful reflection of a sansei artist who thinks, philosophises and does. With the clean lines of a crisp kimono, his work reminds us to lead a life with perspective, determination and memory. 15 tickets:

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“Near and Far” the Art of Ken Fukushima runs from May 2 to June 29, 2013 at the JCCC Gallery. The opening is May 2 at 7:00pm and the artist will be present. All are welcome. The JCCC gratefully acknowledges financial support from the NAJC Endowment Fund for this project. For more information: www. jccc.on.ca Toronto Reggae/ Ska Explosion Vol. 1 Presented by: World Entertainment/Omnimedia May 4-5, 2013 | 7:00 pm – 3:00 am The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street, Toronto ON Presenting the living legends of reggae &ska, from Jamaica to the U.K. to Toronto! World Entertainment Omnimediapresents in association with Sunspot Records: TORONTO REGGAE/SKA EXPLOSION VOL. 1 with Big Youth, Dennis Alcapone, Dawn Penn, (Leon) Delroy Williams &Willi Williams + Toronto‟s own Jason Wilson Band, Dizzy & The Arsenals And House Of David Gang. DJs: Ron Nelson, Chocolate, Patrick Roots, KZar& Dub Connection & General Eclectic Tickets: $42.50/$56.50/$60.00 | To purchase tickets: http://tktwb.tw/13KT0dl For more information: Sebastian Cook | 416-573-8055 | sebastiancook@gmail.com

TED TALKS:
Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen! About the speaker: When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur. Ernesto Sirolli got his start doing aid work in Africa in the 70's -- and quickly realised how ineffective it was. Link: www.ted.com/talks/ernesto_sirolli_want_to_help_someone_shut_up_and_listen.html AlwarBalasubramaniam: Art of substance and absence About the speaker: AlwarBalasubramaniam's sculpture plays with time, shape, shadow, perspective: four tricky sensations that can reveal -- or conceal -- what's really out there. At TEDIndia, the artist shows slides of his extraordinary installations. Sculptor, painter and printmaker AlwarBalasubramaniam makes work that crosses the boundary between art, perception and life Link: www.ted.com/talks/alwar_balasubramaniam_sculpture_of_substance_and_absence.html AparnaRao: High-tech art (with a sense of humor) About the speaker: Artist and TED Fellow AparnaRaore-imagines the familiar in surprising, often humorous ways. With her collaborator SorenPors, Rao creates high-tech art installations -- a typewriter 16

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that sends emails, a camera that tracks you through the room only to make you invisible on screen -- that put a playful spin on ordinary objects and interactions. A part of the Bangalore-based artist duo Pors&Rao, AparnaRao works with electro-mechanical systems and interactive installations. Link: www.ted.com/talks/aparna_rao_high_tech_art_with_a_sense_of_humor.html

WHO WE ARE
CPAMO ROUNDTABLE MEMBERS
As a resource to plan and coordinate its activities, CPAMO has set-up a Roundtable comprised of individuals involved in the performing arts from ethno-racial and Aboriginal creation-based arts organizations and those involved in performing venues.The members of the Roundtable are:                                AnahitaAzrahimi, Sparrow in the Room FarwahGheewala, Education Coordinator, Soulpepper Theatre Denise Fujiwara, Canasian Dance Charmaine Headley and BakariEddison Lindsay, Collective of Black Artists LataPada, Sampradaya Dance Creations Nova Bhattacharya, Nova Dance SeemaJethalal, Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture Cian Knights and Anne Frost, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts/University of Toronto Scarborough University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Phillip Akin, Obsidian Theatre Marilo Nunez, Almeda Theatre Mae Maracle, Centre for IndigenousTheatre BrainardBryden-Taylor, Nathaniel Dett Chorale Emily Chung, Little Pear Garden Theatre Collective Spy Denome-Welch, Aboriginal Playwright SedinaFiati, Actor Ravi Jain, why not theatre Shannon Thunderbird, TeyaPeya Productions Olga Barrios, Olga Barrios Dance Santee Smith, Kaha‟wi Dance MenakaThakker, MenakaThakkar Dance Company Kevin Ormsby, Kashedance Sandra Laronde, Red Sky Performance Mark Hammond, Sony Centre for Performing Arts AhdriZenaMandiella, b-current Jenna Rogers and David Yee, fuGEN Theatre Sandra LeFrancois, Cahoots Theatre Cindy Yip, Korean Canadian Dance Studies of Canada Wanda Nanabush, Association for the Development of Native Arts Michelle Kopczyl, Fuse Magazine charles c. smith, wind in the leaves collective Lua Sheyenne Productions 17

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charles c. smith Project Lead of CPPAMO Lecturer, Cultural Pluralism and the Arts/University of Toronto Scarborough charlescsmith@rogers.com Victoria Glizer Project Assistant info.cpamo@gmail.com Website: http://cpamo.posterous.com Facebook: search “CPAMO” or click here! Twitter: http://twitter.com/_CPAMO Mailing Address: 32 Costain Avenue Toronto, ONM4E 2G6 416-686-3039

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