The Gathering: Pluralism in Arts Practices – Contemporary Intersections

We are very pleased to annouce that we are joining forces with Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), Aboriginal Curatorial Collective/ Collectif des commissaires autochtones, Polyphonic Ground, OCAD University, Feminist Art Collective, The Proscenium Club to produce “The Gathering: Pluralism in Arts Practices- Contemporary Intersections”

Join us May 29 to 31, 2018 in Toronto at Aki Studio & OCAD University

This Gathering will feature:
Panels and sharing of strategies
Performing arts showcases
An interactive and transformative convening of academics, creatives and arts leaders

Geared towards sharing strategies in the engagement of Indigenous, racialized, disabled and mad, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities since it was initiated by CPAMO in the Spring 2016. The Gathering is a very powerful, positive and transformative convening of academics, creatives and Arts leaders in the creative industry.


Dream Big North is Postponed

Dear Friends, 
Sometimes dreams do come true.  
We’re writing today to share with you the wonderful news of our partnership with Native Earth and the Centre for Social Innovation for the Dream Big Conversation. We’ve dared to vision vast and epic and have been rewarded.  However, like all earth-bound realities, time has been needed for reflection, and to ensure that everyone who has indicated interest in the divide between rural and urban theatre creation and production can take part.
To make this dream a reality, we have decided to reschedule our conversation to May 29-30 from our previous scheduled dates of Dec. 4-6.  We’re currently aligning teleconference and live-streaming to ensure that the maximum amount of Northern ON artists possible can join us in our conversations.  
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  For those of you who have already registered, we will be in touch to either issue a refund or re-register you for the May 28-30 date. 
Thanks for being a part of the conversation.  We’re excited!
Jane A. Smythe

Conference Coordinator, Dream Big North 2017


Attention #theatre #artists!

Playwrights Guild of Canada will be facilitating a Creator Exchange as a part of Dream Big North 2017, a low pressure and informal networking event for theatre creators to talk about the work they are doing or the work they would like to do!

Learn more about the Creator Exchange happening at Dream Big North 2017 here. 

Register for Dream Big North 2017 – theatre summit to reserve your spot – tickets are only $25 for the whole event:

Creating a Vibrant LGBT Cultural Centre in the North

In order to build strong and sustainable communities in Northern Ontario, Art and culture must play a new and prominent role. Northern Ontario communities, many of which are small, rural and remote, face unique challenges. Art and cultural initiatives bring opportunities and help support conditions necessary for economic growth and development. In its initial phase and under the direction of arts administrator and artist Roy Mitchell, a province-wide feasibility study has been initiated that will lead to the creation of an LGBT Cultural Centre in a selected Northern Ontario city. The creation of a dynamic and localized LGBT Cultural Centre supports the lauded theory of Richard Florida, University of Toronto Professor and visionary writer. Florida’s theory asserts that regions with high concentrations of technology workers, artists, musicians as well as lesbians and gay men add to a higher level of economic development in any region. Florida refers to these groups collectively as the “creative class” and posits that the creative class fosters an open, dynamic, personal and professional environment that in turn, attracts creative people, businesses and capital. Roy Mitchell, who grew up in Northern Ontario, believes in a vibrant Northern Canada and North Bay has been selected to be the first city to participate in the assessment study researching the state of queerness in the North and developing an understanding for LGBT Cultural Capacity and is honoured to participate in the Dream Big Conference.  Researchers will be on-site interviewing people of their experiences followed a presentation of the study’s preliminary findings as a brief overview of the project in a publication following the conference.

Roy Mitchell is an arts administrator whose practice includes video and performance.  He also writes and since leaving Toronto for a century-old farm north of Bancroft, Ontario has been working as a consultant for arts organizations and government agencies.

Lindsay Sarazin

Lindsay Sarazin: Is an Algonquin artist and filmmaker living and working in North Bay, Ontario. His practice pursues a higher level of understanding by exploring the world around us as he builds and improves his skill set. A student of Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Lindsay has worked within many local schools teaching dance and promoting traditional teachings. He has worked with Aanmitaagzi for several years and participated on projects such as “Dances of Resistance”, “When Will You Rage” and their “Aanmitaagzi Summer Arts Program”. Lindsay founded his own photography and film company, Wolf Eye Productions, which has conducted dozens of projects throughout the region. He is a skilled photographer, dancer, actor as well as working in visual and media arts.

Alejandro Ronceria

Alejandro Ronceria is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning director, choreographer, producer based in Canada. He has created and produced large – scale productions nationally and internationally, including the United States, Mexico, New Zealand and Colombia.
Most recently, he was the choreographer for segment of the Welcome from the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada for the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The spectacular live event was aired on ten international broadcast channels in a total of 11 languages. It was the most watched Canadian television event in history with 23 million viewers. In the USA, there were 32.6 million viewers, thus the second-most watched non-American Winter Olympics and 3.5 billion viewers worldwide.

Ronceria is the co-founder/founding artistic director of the first Aboriginal Dance Program in North America at The Banff Center for the Arts. The groundbreaking program brought together diverse Aboriginal/Inuit dancers from Canada, the USA, Mexico and Greenland. From 1996-2001, he served as the artistic director. This program was the incubator for developing a new generation of choreographers working in Canada and abroad and served as a model for various schools for indigenous dance internationally. One of the productions from the Banff program grew into Bones: The first Aboriginal Dance Opera (2001), collaboration with Sadie Buck and choreographed by Ronceria.

Ronceria was one of the pioneers of dancefilm as a unique medium in Canada. In 1996, his dancefilm “A Hunter Called Memory” was an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Clermont – Ferrand and Sheffield.

Ronceria’s other credits include: Nunavut Opening Gala (Nunavut), Spirits in the Sun: First Canadian Indigenous Arts Festival (Phoenix) The Aboriginal Achievement Awards (Calgary). In 2009, Ronceria was commissioned to choreograph a work “Convergence” by the City of Toronto for Nathan Phillips Square’s Olympic Torch Celebration. He was also commissioned to choreograph “Seven” for the Victoria Symphony’s Emily Carr project” in Victoria in 2011.He was artistic director/ producer/ choreographer for the cultural gala for the Arctic Winter Games 2012, artistic director/ choreographer for Spirit of the Drum, White Horse, Yukon Territory 2012. He was the Director/ dramaturge/ choreographer for Wezoowaad Anang by Barbara Croall whit the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Windsor Ontario and directing the opening gala and the Spirit of the Drum/Northern Scene Festival for the National Arts Centre of Canada in Ottawa 2013. He was the director, producer and choreographer for the Assembly of First Nations Gala In Whitehorse, Yukon 2013. He was the co-director / dramaturge/ choreographer of the play Wisakedjak Ontario tour 2013. He co-direct/dramaturge “Pure” by Charles Koroneho in Peterborough, New Zealand and Montreal 2013.

In 2004, he was nominated for a Dora Mayor Award for Best Choreography for “The Art Show”. He has since been awarded numerous Canada Council for the Arts awards and served on juries for dance. In 2010, Ronceria was the first recipient to graduate with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from York University in Dance Dramaturgy and the first to hold this degree from a Canadian university.

Amanda Burk

Amanda Burk is an artist from Ontario whose practice is centred in drawing. She received her MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and her Honours BA Fine Arts Specialization from the University of Waterloo. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her work is represented by Halde Galerie in Switzerland and Graphite Galleries in New Orleans. Currently she is based in North Bay, Ontario where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Nipissing University. She is also the owner/curator of Line Gallery – an independent gallery dedicated to exhibiting contemporary Canadian drawing. In addition to producing exhibitions, the gallery supports artist talks, interviews and maintains online records with the goal of documenting Canadian drawing.