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CPAMO’s news Issue 20 - June 2013

Welcome to the 20th 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.

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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.

Last winter we conducted a survey of CPAMO members. One of the unmistakable responses to the survey was the extraordinary situation most members find themselves in at this time.Several CPAMOmembers are experiencing challenges in terms of their access to resources. With limited opportunities for increased grants support, a granting structure that does not fully support capacity building and few resources to dedicate to fundraising, marketing, administration and lack of time for skills development, grant


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writing and networking, it seems imperative that CPAMO undertake a collective effort with and on behalf of its members to create working and risk capital for these artists funds and to dedicate professional support to enable its members to enhance their administrative/organizational capacities and governance including accessing capable volunteers and board members who are dedicated and have a passion for the arts. New models for governance and collaboration may be needed to achieve results.

To move on this initiative, CPAMO is establishing an Advisory Committee that can give input to the development of such a project. Current membership on this Committee include: Jeff Melanson (Banff Centre for the Arts), Kathleen Sharpe (Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund), Tim Jones (Artscape), John Ryerson (former Director of Culture/Markham), Patty Jarvis (Prologue to the Performing Arts), Ken Coulter (Oakville Theatre), Eric Lariviere (Markham Theatre), Alicia Rose (Business for the Arts), Nathalie Fave (Canadian Dance Assembly), Carol Beauchamp (Theatre Ontario) and Warren Garrett (Community Cultural Impresarios). This group will also have membership from CPAMO’s Roundtable and others.

Advisory Committee Purpose: The Advisory Committee is a supportive body to CPAMO and its members that will address the challenges listed above through identification of resources and alternatives to enhance capacity and the services CPAMO can provide its members. The focus will be on two key areas: undertaking a collective or collaborative approach to fundraising to build working capital and organizational development initiatives aimed at supporting the individual and collective growth of CPAMO and its members. The Committee will provide advice and support to CPAMO‘s efforts to ensure the longterm health and stability of its members, many of whom are small arts organizations in music, dance, theatre and visual arts. The Committee will assist CPAMO in providing the tools and resources to enable its members to develop strong planning and financial skills, achieve organizational health and balance, and acquire and maintain a fund of working capital. The Advisory Committee will be comprised of individuals from arts services organizations, presenters, funders, centres for artistic development and members of CPAMO‘s Roundtable of creative artists. Advisory Committee Responsibilities: To achieve the purpose noted above, the Advisory Committee will:


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   Support and act as goodwill ambassadors for CPAMO. As ambassadors the members will help develop awareness and advance the vision for the program within their own respective constituencies. Act as ‗door openers‘ to key individuals within their own community, company, industry or institution where CPAMO may be seeking participation and support. Give advice and guidance to CPAMO where needed, and may be invited to participate on working committees.

Communications and Term of Commitment: The Advisory Committee will kept up to date on program developments and progress. Committee Membership will be for a three-year period, renewable for an additional four years, or until the completion of the program.Advisory Committee meetings will be held quarterly and working groups may be formed to address specific issues related to this initiative. Member Profile: Approximately twenty-five members will be drawn from leaders in the arts, business and the Greater Toronto community. This will include individuals who have distinguished themselves as supporters of Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists and will include representative members of CPAMO‘s Roundtable.

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. To support the WOW, partnerships have been formed with organizations that will host events that contribute to the objectives of the Welcoming Ottawa Week. These include: MASC (Multicultural Arts in Schools and Communities) Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) - Community Cup program Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) – Jewish Family Services of Ottawa University of Ottawa – Diversity and Equity Research Group


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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. On Thursday June 27 the focus will be on Volunteering and Board Member recruitment with Diverse Communities. Held in the Richmond Room at Ottawa City Hall, this event is orchestrated by CPAMO with several partners: CNCAC, MASC, Ottawa Art Gallery, GCTC, City of Ottawa, One World Dialogue, PAL Ottawa and Gallery 101. There will be two presenters in the morning, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The presenters will be Gabriel Jean-Simon, Chair of Business for the Arts/artsScene Ottawa-Gatineau chapter; and Will Coukell, Executive Director of Volunteer Ottawa which is working with the Maytree Foundation. In the afternoon, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm there will be an open session of cultural organizations displaying their work, and talking to visitors about volunteering. A second Town Hall on Pluralism in the Arts will be held on Friday June 28th at the in Ottawa will be held from 9:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m. at 240 Catherine Street, YMCA Newcomer Information Centre. This session will focus on collaborations in the arts to promote pluralism and inclusion. The session will consist of a keynote presentation, panel discussion and workshops. The key note will be delivered by Natasha Bakht who is an Indian contemporary dancer and choreographer trained in bharatanatyam under Dr. Menaka Thakkar for 20 years, touring internationally with her company. As a member of the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company in London, England, Natasha performed in celebrated venues around the world. She has also worked with choreographers Roger Sinha, Wayne McGregor and Yvonne Coutts. Her choreography includes several solos for herself and group works commissioned by the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company, the CanAsian International Dance Festival and Sampradaya Dance Creations. Her dance works Obiter Dictum and Dafeena were nominated for Dora Mavor Moore Awards in 2003 and 2010 for outstanding choreography. In 2008, she received the K.M. Hunter Artists Award, presented to artists in Ontario who have made a significant mark in their field. Her dances have been the subject of two films by Mouvement Perpétuel. She is a founding member of The Ottawa Dance Directive, a contemporary arts space for dance. Natasha has been described as ―a brilliant diamond‖ (Dance Current), a ―powerhouse‖ (Hindustan Times)…―all honed to the bone elegance and precision‖ (Vancouver Sun). She is also an associate professor of law at the University of Ottawa and mother to three-year old Elaan. The panelists are:  Lisa Zanyk who is currently the Arts Centre Programmer for the Nepean Creative Arts Centre, a City of Ottawa Cultural Services facility. In addition to her many years in arts administration and programming, she has a diversity of experience in radio broadcasting and writing (CBC Radio), writing for journalism and print, teaching; and in the arts of music, dance and drama. Lisa is also a


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writer, and co-Artistic Director and Producer of Chamber Theatre Hintonburg, who produce plays in taverns; and  Rima Zabian who is the Executive Director of Under One Roof (UOR), an exciting new registered non-profit organization that houses other nongovernmental organizations (NGO‘s) and progressive individuals created to meet their needs and get them out of isolation. UOR is dedicated to creating, for downtown Ottawa, an innovative workspace that, over the next few years, will house dozens of NGO‘s and progressive individuals to pool resources and foster an environment of collaboration, learning, and multi-sectoral knowledge. 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.

On Aril 24th, CPAMO, Canada Dance Assembly (CDA) and Dancemakers collaborated to present Dancing in Diversity which was held during National Dance Week with a focus on diversity, pluralism shape social cohesion. The performance will featured diverse artists presenting some of the most compelling contemporary work from Toronto's dance community. Some of Toronto's leading artists working in a pluralist model from creation to presentation; Little Pear Garden Collective, Sampradaya Dance Creations, Jasmyn Fyffe Dance, Sashar Zarif, Lua Shayenne and Company, KasheDance, Roshanak Jaberi, Lucy Rupert and Olga Barrios and Red Sky performed to a full capacity house. Different forms, varying approaches to presentation, a myriad of dance genres all under one roof it was indeed a celebration of Canada as a Dance Nation. See the highlight video here:

In 2012, the Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) worked with Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (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 place in Ottawa in October 2012 ( conference) As a result of this conference and based on research conducted by CPAMO‘s Project Lead, a report was submitted to the CDA Board of Directors ( This report recommended that the CDA initiate a number of actions, including: 1) Advocacy. It is clear that dance artists from diverse backgrounds confront inequities


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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 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. The CDA Advisory Council on Pluralism will 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. The CDA is seeking individuals and representatives of dance companies who have knowledge and experience in addressing issues of diversity, equity/pluralism in the dance community as advocates, in creating dance works (choreographers/dancers) and administrators of Aboriginal and diverse dance companies. The Advisory Council on Pluralism is open to CDA members and non-members in the broader dance community and aims to include representatives of small, mid-sized and large dance companies as well as individual dance artists of Aboriginal, ethno-racial and other backgrounds. To apply to be on this Council, interested applicants should forward their resumes to either: nathalie Fave – charles c. smith –


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Ravi Jain, Yvette Nolan Soheil Parsa, Trevor Schwellnus – what do they have to say to us about theatre today? Is what they have to say important? And if it is, why? This panel discussion, Diversity, Engagement and Inclusion in Theatre, is part of the timely conversations happening across Ontario. Co-sponsored by Theatre Ontario and Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), it takes place alongside conversations held by Magnetic North, CAPACOA, Community Cultural Impresarios, the Ontario Association of Arts Galleries, Flato Markham Theatre, MT Space and its biennial IMPACT Festival, and others who have been interested in exploring the challenges and opportunities of pluralism and diversity in contemporary Canadian arts. This conversation is part of the fabric of reflecting upon and creating content that addresses changes in Canadian society and innovations in theatre, looking at diversity in both form, the bodies we see on stage, and content, i.e., the stories revealed, their uniqueness and universality, how they open doors to histories and experiences of the world that come from the deep reservoirs of Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists, are central to our times and how we see the world through the lens of theatre. As well, this conversation is central to the drive to engage communities who want to see theatre that is immediate to them, that brings to the stage stirring content, enabling them to see the diversity of expression presented by artists from Aboriginal and diverse communities and, through this, to see the fullness of our society, its peoples and how they contribute to artistic expression in ways that are stimulating, challenging, sad, humourous – the full spectrum of human experiences. Held on Saturday, May 24, CPAMO was honoured to partner with Theatre Ontario to share ideas and thoughts that will likely emerge in this conversation. Together with the artists who will be on this platform, CPAMO and Theatre Ontario are committed to exploring and providing valuable insights into changes taking place within Canadian cultural activities and to inviting others into this conversation. Our collective goal is to highlight some of the key issues and models for developing and supporting the important contributions to theatre being made by Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists and how this enriches theatre and our communities. In convening this session, CPAMO and Theatre Ontario are looking to initiate a conversation amongst theatre practitioners that will grow over time and become a common reference point for the theatre community.


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ABOUT ARTSVEST artsVest™ is a matching incentive and sponsorship training program of Business for the Arts designed to spark new business sponsorship of arts and culture and to build capacity in Canada‘s cultural sector. The program will be open to Toronto arts and heritage organizations in Downtown, North York, Scarborough, East End, Lakeshore and Etobicoke. INFO SESSION & WORKSHOP Get the valuable tools you need to secure long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with local businesses. Information sessions and full-day sponsorship workshops will be held in Toronto on June 6 (North York) and June 14 (Downtown). For more information and to register, click here. artsVest Toronto is delivered with funding from Canadian Heritage and the Toronto Arts Council.

Effective Marketing / Sponsorship Strategies Workshop: The workshop was one of our most popular and saw members and many non members all enthusiastically delving into the topics. In the first of a new relationship, we teamed up with Business for the Arts and Sudarshan Jagganathan (a private consultant) to deliver our first workshop on the topic. 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. Effective Marketing / Sponsorship Strategies 2.0 coming early Fall 2013 and will be a half day hands on exploration process.

Crowd Sourcing Who: Understanding Crowd Sourcing / Online Fundraising Strategies Who is the crowd? Are they all over the world? Separated in cities, countries by language; connected only by you and your artistic product. The workshop will allow participants to utilize the information from our Smart Data and Effective Marketing / Sponsorship, to understand how Crowd Sourcing can be an effective alternative to traditional fundraising. What guides your sourcing? Who is the crowd? Do you know them? Do they know you? Have they interacted with you? How big is your ask? Are more small fishes easier than a few big fishes? Crowd Sourcing has been used to much


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success across the world maybe this can be an alternative method for you. June 20th, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Location TBA.

IMPACT (International Multicultural Platform for Alternative Contemporary Theatre) is a biennial international theatre festival organized by MT Space in Ontario‘s Waterloo Region. IMPACT is designed to stimulate the development of the indigenous and culturally diverse theatre landscape in Canada. The festival focuses on interdisciplinary, intercultural, and physical productions. IMPACT 13 will present some of the finest work locally, nationally and internationally. It will provide a unique platform to play, engage, rejuvenate and party with hundreds of performing artists from Waterloo Region and abroad. The festival runs from September 24–29, 2013 in Waterloo Region, Canada. Programming will be announced in early July. IMPACT 13 will also host a national symposium titled Staging Occupation: At the Crossroads of Multiculturalism and Indigeneity. Theatre professionals, artists and cultural leaders will converge on Waterloo Region from September 26-28. These sessions will be chaired by Donna Michelle St. Bernardand Yvette Nolan and will address themes related to: Occupying Time; Occupying Space; Occupying Taste; Occupying the ―Trojan Horse‖; Occupying ―Authenticity‖; Occupying Language(s); and Languages of the Stage CPAMO is honoured to be involved in the planning of IMPACT and will host three showcases during this event.

As we wrote in our last newsletter, CPAMO will be featuring members of its Roundtable who are staging performances throughout the year. CPAMO began with a very successful event convened by the Association of Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA) and its Red Revue of May 24th. This Red Revue featured: Cheri Maracle, an actress, musician, and a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nationbest 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; and Wabs Whitebird‘s whose 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


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Awards for Best Historical Recording 2009. He was born and raised in Toronto's inner city. CPAMO is currently planning other Artist Cafés in partnership with Ontario Contact, Aluna Café, AfriCan Theatre and FUSE Magazine. For more information, contact us!!!

Scarborough Film Festival Presented by: Scarborough Film Festival Jun 4 - 9, 2013 U of T Scarborough Campus Military Trail, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough ON FOX Theatre 2236 Queen Street East, Toronto ON A delicious combination of Local, Canadian and World Cinema inspired by passion, creativity and ingenuity. A volunteer-driven organization led by arts and culture-professionals and aficionados alike. The Scarborough Film Festival is an annual six day celebration showcasing Local, Canadian and World Cinema. Our goal is to enhance the Scarborough Cultural scene through the art of film. Cost: Individual Festival All Access Pass $120.00 | Dual Festival All Access Pass $200.00 | Single movie tickets are also available For more information and tickets: Emily Galaev Human Resources | | 416-861-9248 Meditation and Modern Buddhism: A Talk Presented by: Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada June 5, 2013 |7:30- 9:00 pm with doors open at 6:30pm Isabel Bader Theater, 93 Charles Street West, Toronto ON (Bloor and Queen's Park) Last January, the Isabel Bader Theater was packed to its full capacity by people of all ages, nationalities and faiths to hear about Meditation & Modern Buddhism. Join us on June 5th for another special evening with internationally renown guest speaker Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong. This time, come and learn how, through meditation and the application of Buddha‘s teachings, we can improve our mindfulness during our daily activities and our relationships with everyone we encounter.


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Gen-la Dekyong, the General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition, is loved and respected throughout the world for the sincerity of her practice and the power of her wisdom and compassion. Cost: $8 in advance | $10 at the door For more information: | | 416-7628033

Muhtadi International Drumming Festival June 8-9, 2013 Woodbine Park, Lake Shore Boulevard East and Coxwell Avenue Annual Muhtadi International Drumming Festival at Woodbine Park promises to be a 2 day family-friendly celebration full of multicultural performances and passionate, artistic people. This free festival has two Stages with over 50 performing groups. The Festival includes a Children‘s Play Area, ethnic cuisine, exotic arts and crafts, workshop programs and for the adults in the crowd a strategically placed refreshment area. Interactive Long & McQuade Drum Zone. Please go to the website for the latest news. The festival celebrates the drum, its universality as an art form, and its presence in all cultures around the world. Cost: Free For more information: | 416-848-3838 Afrofest Celebrates 25 Years Presented by: Music Africa June 12, 2013 Gladstone Hotel - The Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto ON Join us to hear the full 2013 Afrofest details including news about this year‘s artistic displays, marketplace, food and craft vendors, music workshops, the Main and Baobab Stages‘ musical acts, and The Children‘s Village. Many of the Afrofest performers will be in attendance at the event. Following the media launch, Music Africa and North by Northeast (NXNE) 2013 continue the evening‘s festivities with a concert featuring African music with performances by Njacko Backo (Cameroon), Madagascar Slim (Madagascar) Tich Maredza Band(Zimbabwe) and Foly Asiko (Nigeria) and Trinity (Botswana), with additional music by DJ Biggie Cost and times: 6:30 pm FREE Media Launch (all ages)


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8 pm (doors) Concert – Music Africa & North by Northeast (NXNE): Featuring African music. Tickets: $10 at the door or online For more information: | | 416-469-5336 Canada Philippine Fashion Week Presented by: Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Mary Kay Cosmetics June 10 - 15, 2013 Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto This will be a dazzling week of Filipino fashion, culture, entertainment, and philanthropy. It will feature headline fashion shows by top Filipino Fashion Designers from Canada and the Philippines, legendary exhibits ranging from the Fashion Statement of Jose Rizal, to a special Mangyan Tribes Exhibit, to Francis Libiran's Famous 100 Dress Collection. It will also feature an array of Filipino performances, film screenings, live music, entertainment, culture, art and food. Canada Philippine Fashion Week to benefit Kol Hope Foundation for Children. Cost: Varies | Ticket purchase URL: For more information: Kaye Penaflor | 416-893-5293

Potluck X Presented by: fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company June 15, 2013 at 8pm Saint Luke‘s United Church, 157 Carlton Street, Toronto Celebrate fu-GEN‘s 10 Anniversary by joining us for our annual playwriting festival featuring the work of the hottest established and emerging Asian Canadian playwrights. This showcase community event is the culmination of the year-long musings of our playwrights‘ Kitchen. The pieces are performed by either professional or up-and-coming actors and the evening concludes with a delicious potluck reception. This is the essence of what fu-GEN Theatre Company is all about — creating a home for the Asian Canadian artist. Cost: PWYC or $12 in-advance online For more information contact: | 416-920-2828 Toronto Japanese Film Festival Presented by: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre June 13 - 28, 2013 Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, Don Mills


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The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the finest Japanese films. This year's films offer everything from historical to contemporary dramas, comedies and action, literary adaptations, children's and animated films. Some of the films will also offer audiences an opportunity to enjoy authentic Japanese cultural performances. For times: please check listings at Cost: Non-members $12 | JCCC Members $10 | Children 16 and under $5 Ticket purchase URL: For more information contact: James Heron | |416-441-2345 Toronto Jazz Festival June 20-29, 2013 Various locations Turn up the jazz and explore the TD Toronto Jazz Festival as it plays nonstop for 10 days, from June 20 -June 29, 2013. Uniting half a million fans at more than 60 locations across the city, the Festival is the ultimate destination for music lovers. Make the Festival your meeting place this summer and take in a breath of fresh jazz. On Friday, June 21, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival will present its first-ever FREE-FORALL FRIDAY where admission to the entire Festival is on us! Visit any participating club, venue or restaurant that day and enjoy the music free of charge. For more information, visit Unburying Our Histories Presented by A Space Gallery May 31 - July 13, 2013 A Space Gallery (at the Main Gallery), 401 Richmond St W #110 Toronto, ON M5V 3A8 Artists: Alicia Coutts, Coco Riot | Essay by: Rachel Gorman Unburying Our Histories lays bare the devastating intimacy of political violence, and the centrality of its denial to our unequal social and political reality. In works that trace their families‘ histories in meticulous detail, Alicia Coutts and Coco Riot have created vivid, trans-generational archives of genocide that confront us with the violence of their disavowal. Coco Riot‘s Los Fantasmas (2013) documents the 200,000 civilians killed by fascist troops and buried in mass graves during the Spanish civil war of 1936-1939. Alicia Coutts‘s The House in which Florence Sabina Jantina Coutts-Zawadzki Grew Up (2009) takes up the post-war disavowal of Jewish identity, and the intimate enactment of racism within mixed families. Unburying Our Histories turns us toward the affective work of the political. We might think of these apparitions as matter out of place: European hauntings in a middle-class Toronto household; Spanish genocide reproduced on paper


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and placed on walls. These works prompt us to unbury our dead and acknowledge that their disavowal continues our unequal social and political reality. Cost: Free | For more information:

Ji-Hae Park: The violin, and my dark night of the soul About the speaker: In her quest to become a world-famous violinist, Ji-Hae Park fell into a severe depression. Only music was able to lift her out again -- showing her that her goal needn‘t be to play lofty concert halls, but instead to bring the wonder of the instrument to as many people as possible. Ji-Hae Park spreads the joy of classical to music to those who might not otherwise hear it -- and in the process shows that you can rock out on the violin. Link: html Peter Eigen: How to expose the corrupt About the speaker: Some of the world's most baffling social problems, says Peter Eigen, can be traced to systematic, pervasive government corruption, hand-in-glove with global companies. In his talk, Eigen describes the thrilling counter-attack led by his organization Transparency International. (Filmed at TEDxBerlin.) As a director of the World Bank in Nairobi, Peter Eigen saw firsthand how devastating corruption can be. He's founder of Transparency International, an NGO that works to persuade international companies not to bribe. Link:

BLACK: My journey to yo-yo mastery About the speaker: Remember the days you struggled just to make a yo-yo spin, and if you were really fancy, to ―walk the dog‖? You ain‘t seen nothin‘ yet. Japanese yo-yo world champion BLACK tells the inspiring story of finding his life's passion, and gives an awesome performance that will make you want to pull your yo-yo back out of the closet. Twice the world yo-yo champion, BLACK mixes dance, sport and performance to create unforgettable yo-yo moments. Link:


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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:  Anahita Azrahimi, Sparrow in the Room  Farwah Gheewala, Education Coordinator, Soulpepper Theatre  Denise Fujiwara, Canasian Dance  Charmaine Headley and Bakari Eddison Lindsay, Collective of Black Artists  Lata Pada, Sampradaya Dance Creations  Nova Bhattacharya, Nova Dance  Seema Jethalal, 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 Indigenous Theatre  Brainard Bryden-Taylor, Nathaniel Dett Chorale  Emily Chung, Little Pear Garden Theatre Collective  Spy Denome-Welch, Aboriginal Playwright  Sedina Fiati, Actor  Ravi Jain, why not theatre  Shannon Thunderbird, Teya Peya Productions  Olga Barrios, Olga Barrios Dance  Santee Smith, Kaha‘wi Dance  Menaka Thakker, Menaka Thakkar Dance Company  Kevin Ormsby, Kashedance  Sandra Laronde, Red Sky Performance  Mark Hammond, Sony Centre for Performing Arts  Ahdri Zena Mandiella, 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


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charles c. smith Project Lead of CPPAMO Lecturer, Cultural Pluralism and the Arts/University of Toronto Scarborough Victoria Glizer Project Assistant Website: Facebook: search ―CPAMO‖ or click here! Twitter: Mailing Address: 32 Costain Avenue Toronto, ON M4E 2G6 416-686-3039


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