Evolve! Performing Arts Program

Evolve! Performing Arts Program

Evolve! Performing Arts Program

North York Arts is thrilled to launch our pilot program: Evolve!

Evolve! is a program that gives new and emerging Toronto-based theatre and dance artists an opportunity to explore, develop, revise or complete a work using high quality, accessible space and services.

Evolve! is a response to gaps in resources that serve to support the developmental stages of artists or arts groups in dance and theatre in North York and the wider Toronto community. The goal is to build the capacity of participating artists while creating more opportunities for the public to access arts in North York.

This year, Evolve! will take place at the Meridian Arts Centre and the Aga Khan Museum.

 

2020 participating artists and arts groups:

NOTICE: Remaining rehersals and performances cancelled due to COVID-19.

Neetika Sharma
January 21-24, 2020 | February 14 & 18, 2020
Meridian Arts Centre

The Haniin Project (working title) is a reflective study of that transition period between holding on to a feeling/emotion/thought and letting it go. It is an exploration of a constant tug of war between emotions that arises right before something dear must be allowed to release and let go. The choreography is set in the roots and vocabulary of traditional classical dance form of North India called Kathak. Using poetry and classical rhythms, the piece celebrates and explores sentiments that are not always acknowledged or defined.

Born in Libya, to Indian parents, Neetika started her performance journey at the age of 10. Today, she is a passionate Kathak performer, choreographer, instructor, arts manager and Culture and Diversity advocate.  She has a keen interest in exploring various layers of traditional Kathak repertoire and presenting them with new and relevant interpretations through research, creation and performance.

Cacao Collective | CANCELLED 
Aga Khan Museum

Traditional song and dance celebrate the resilience and joy of Venezuela’s cacao farmers fighting to preserve their way of life in the face of industrialization and a national crisis. Developed between Venezuela and Canada, this project also shines a light on the global chocolate trade and diasporic identities.

Click here to learn more.

Cyborg Circus Project | CANCELLED 
Aga Khan Museum

A striking exploration of trust, vulnerability, and human limits. In this piece, wheelchair dancers Shay Erlich and Jenna Roy examine today’s pressure to appear hyper-competent in all areas. Their work subverts expectations, offering new ways of understanding disability and imagining how disabled and non-disabled people can create a new world that does not demand hyper-competence.

Click here to learn more.

Elsewhere by Anaya Bobst | CANCELLED 
Aga Khan Museum

Originally from Sweden, Anaya Bobst is a dancer, choreographer and arts administrator. She currently works for Canada’s National Ballet School, presents her own works and teaches dance. Anaya brings a diverse and holistic set of experiences to the dance field as she has collaborated with other artists and worked for festivals, educational organizations and companies in Canada, the United States, Switzerland and Sweden. Anaya has presented her own works in the United States and Sweden and pursued a B.F.A in Dance and a minor in Entrepreneurship from Point Park University, USA.
 
Elsewhere portrays Anaya’s personal experiences during a time of despair. By differentiating expectations from reality, Anaya hopes to create a world into which people can enter. A world that reflects universal emotions and conditions. Movement and text create  the framework for this piece that addresses themes of solitude, curiosity and frustration
  
To learn more click here.

Grupo Teatro Libre | CANCELLED 
Meridian Arts Centre

Grupo Teatro Libre has, as its mission, a collective and collaborative way of doing theatre.  We present works by Latin Amerian playwrights in Spanish, their original language.  We offer workshops, dramatized readings and theatre presentations.  The group is open for whoever wishes to participate, as long as they wish to work according to the group’s participative philosophy.

For more information, contact infogrupoteatrolibre@gmail.com.

2018/2019 Participants

Cinematoscape : August 20th - 26th 2018

Cinematoscape is a multi-disciplinary arts company based in Toronto. They believe in the power of stories to illuminate, inspire, educate, and engage through an immersive 'cinematic escape'. Check out our Snapd Arts Feature with with Cinematoscape where Simeon and Danielle discuss why they are excited for The Incubator!

To learn more about Cinematoscape click here

Victoria Mata: September 4th - 9th 2018

Victoria Mata is a Venezuelan-Canadian choreographer-dancer with a background in urban planning. Mata’s sensibility to inclusion and passion for border stories is due to her eclectic upbringing in three continents. Mata’s career was first sculpted by pedagogic, self-directed training, which proceeded with local and internationally renowned choreographers leading her to showcase her repertoire throughout out the Americas. An active member of Toronto's progressive arts community and the abolishment of violence against women, Mata's aspiration is to continue being a catalyst for artistic curiosity.

See some of Victoria's work:
https://vimeo.com/252869142
https://youtu.be/anfsqkAvnY4
https://youtu.be/8gMjAdSjW0A 

dance Immersion and Artists in Motion (AIM) Dance Company: January 21-24, 2019, February 27-28, 2019

North York Arts has partnered with dance Immersion, a not-for-profit organization that produces, promotes and supports dancers and dances of the African Diaspora. dance Immersion did an open call for artists and collectives who were interested in participating in Evolve!. AIM Dance Company, run by artistic director and choreographer Shameka Blake, was selected. They will be developing their work in January and hold workshop presentations in February.

To learn more AIM's performance and how you can get tickets, click here.

Possibilities of Dialogue: March 16-17, 2019, April 6-7, 2019

Conceived and activated by NYC-based dance artist Marielis Garcia and Toronto-based dance artist David Norsworthy, Possibilities of Dialogue is an exchange of energy and awareness. Inspired by the parallels between making a dance and having a conversation, the performance is an abstracted collaborative creative process; moments of listening, curiosity, disagreement and spontaneity unfold through movement and text. It is often playful, lively and physically virtuosic, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes surprising and almost always responsive to and inclusive of the audience. Audience members are welcome to observe and interact through the invitations that are offered.

To learn more about Marielis click here and David click here.

 

Love Notes by: ZESTcreative:  May 29 - 31, 2019

Love Notes is a medley of live music and movement to share our stories of infatuation, romance, family, and friendship. A soundtrack to fall in love to; and maybe you’re not listening alone.

ZESTcreative is a collective of emerging dance artists, Zoë Kenneally, Eva Connelly-Miller, and Sarah McLennan, with a vision for dance to be a part of peoples’ daily lives. The women behind the collective are graduates of Ryerson University’s dance program and are performance artists based out of Toronto. ZESTcreative strives to make dance accessible to everyone and create works that resonate with people outside of the dance community. The collective hopes to incorporate dance arts into popular culture by collaborating with artists from other disciplines. ZESTcreative is passionate about making dance a relatable form of expression for everyone to enjoy while staying true to the artists' points of view.
 
The collective is currently creating a full length work to premier at the Toronto Fringe Festival (July 3rd-14th, 2019). For more information about the collective and Love Notes follow @_zestcreative_ on Instagram and Facebook. Stay tuned for ticket information for the Toronto Fringe Festival!

Elsewhere by Anaya Bobst: August 22, 2019

Originally from Sweden, Anaya Bobst is a dancer, choreographer and arts administrator. She currently works for Canada's National Ballet School, presents her own works and teaches dance. Anaya brings a diverse and holistic set of experiences to the dance field as she has collaborated with other artists and worked for festivals, educational organizations and companies in Canada, the United States, Switzerland and Sweden. Anaya has presented her own works in the United States and Sweden and pursued a B.F.A in Dance and a minor in Entrepreneurship from Point Park University, USA.
 
Elsewhere, portrays Anaya’s personal experiences during a time of despair. By differentiating expectations from reality, Anaya hopes to create a world into which people can enter. A world that reflects universal emotions and conditions. Movement and text create  the framework for this piece that addresses themes of solitude, curiosity and frustration
  
To learn more click here.

October 2019 Participants 

This Fall, NYA will be hosting several artists for a variety of sort-term projects. The artists participating are:

  • Brant Matthews (otherwise known as Fireguy and Owner of Dispatch Talent)
  • Anaya Bobst (dancer, choreographer, and arts administrator)
  • MalPensando ( a bilingual comedy club and school that helps people become funny, authentic, confident speakers)

About Us

North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

Contact us 

North York Arts
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8

info@northyorkarts.org

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

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Mentor in Residence

Mentor in Residence

NYA partnered with Neighbourhood Arts Network to present Mentor-in-Residence Program. 

Due to COVID-19, many artists have been forced to cancel and postpone event based presentations and exhibitions, causing many barriers for artists in re-designing showcases and event-based artistic programs.

The Mentor in Residence program assists artists with developing community arts practices by providing mentorship support in career planning, project development and entrepreneurial skills through virtual consultation sessions with industry professionals.

Watch the video to meet the NYA Mentors Melissa Foster and Cecilia Garcia!

Other participating organizations are: Urban ArtsScarborough ArtsCyborg Circus ProjectWorkinCultureTangled ArtsAirsa, and Jessica Watkin

Visit https://neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/programs/mentor-in-residence for mentorship specialty areas, mentor bios, and more information.

Mentor meetings are being delivered over Zoom and phone calls while we observe social distancing. Let us know if there is a different method of technology that works best for you by emailing eva@torontoarts.org.

 

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About Us

North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

Contact us 

North York Arts
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8

info@northyorkarts.org

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

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Northbound Exhibition Program: Artist Open Call

Northbound Exhibition Program: Artist Open Call

North York Arts is excited to announce that Northbound Exhibition Program 2020 applications are now open!

Northbound Exhibition Program was created to support the professional development of emerging artists. Priority will be given to new-generation (18-29 year olds) artists/groups, newcomer artists/groups, and artists/groups with a connection to the North York community. Artists selected will receive FREE exhibition space at North York Centre in 2020!

Deadline to apply: November 17 2019, 11:59pm.

Northbound 2020 applications are officially CLOSED

Please read the application and guidelines thoroughly. If you have any questions, please contact Program and Volunteer Manager Cecilia at cecilia@northyorkarts.org or 416-733-9388 x 7067.

About Us

North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

Contact us 

North York Arts
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8

info@northyorkarts.org

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network

ThrowDown Dance Convention

ThrowDown Dance Convention

ThrowDown Dance Convention

UrbanArts is presenting the ‘ThrowDown’ Dance Convention– a 1-day annual urban dance platform aimed at promoting the importance of accessible and inclusive dance programs, highlighting the importance of physical literacy, offering new and exciting opportunities for growth and recognition to young performers, and encouraging community engagement through the vehicle of creative movement. Our 2019 theme is ‘Healthy Living through Dance’.

Through their dance showcase & competition, workshops & masterclasses, artist chats, and awards, ThrowDown promotes the development of artistic and life skills for youth in a supportive community atmosphere. Because of the generous contributions from key partners and supporters, Urban Arts is able to offer this dynamic dance platform 100% FREE for participants and attendees to experience.

Date: April 6th, 2019

Time: 10:30am – 5pm 

Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts

Price: Free

ThrowDown Dance Convention History

2018 ThrowDown Dance Convention

Date: May 13, 2018

Panel Discussion: “Creating A Balance As Communities Shift” – An expert panel will explore and exchange ideas on how to respond, advocate, and innovate in our schools, studios, and communities to provide dance programs and training for participants of all ages with different backgrounds, abilities, and evolving needs. How do we balance various cultural contexts, socio-economic conditions, and the varying landscapes in our communities? We welcome you for can-do thinking, deep discussion, and exchange of big ideas.

Dance Workshops & Masterclasses (For facilitators and dancers):  These workshops will focus on teaching dance-making skills to youth dancers, including creating movement themes and variations, exploring selected choreographic structures and utilizing elements of design to create exciting, meaningful and impactful work.

Community Dance Competition & Showcase: School & community dance programs, troupes, and local dance initiatives across the city come together to showcase in a main event that includes expert judges, hosts, prizes and loads of fun! ThrowDown will consist of a team dance/crew competition (16 teams). Performances will be scored by a panel of expert judges. (See ‘Rules & Regulations’ tab for scoring criteria). Various awards will be given out throughout the evening.

About Us

North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

Contact us 

North York Arts
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8

info@northyorkarts.org

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network

What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story? North York and Scarborough

Join in a celebration of reading and writing in North York and Scarborough hosted by award-winning author Catherine Hernandez.

Presented by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization, the Toronto Arts CouncilNorth York ArtsScarborough Arts and the Toronto Public Library.

Date: June 9, 2018

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Time: 1-4pm

Place: Victoria Village Library

Address: 184 Sloane Avenue, Toronto, ON

What's Your Story? 2018 Schedule

1:00 – 1:15 pm – A special presentation by Veronica Johnny.

1:15 – 2:15 pm – Author Readings

The What’s Your Story, North York writing competition winners read their North York inspired works.
– Author Lucy Black
– Author Sylvia Warsh

Introducing emerging North York writers:
– Laura Mullin
– Asheda Dwyer

The What’s Your Story, Scarborough writing competition winners read their Scarborough inspired works.
– Author and creative writing instructor Alexandra Leggat

Introducing emerging Scarborough writers:
– Natasha Ramoutar
– Petrose Tesfai
– Nicole Bayes-Fleming

2:15 – 2:30 pm – Refreshments

2:30 – 4:00 pm – Engaging Workshops for Writers

2:30 – Decolonizing Writing Practice with award-winning author Catherine Hernandez
This workshop will give participants tools to liberate themselves from the confines of “conventional” storytelling and find truth in their own literary voice. Participants can expect quick exercises to awaken and empower the writer within.

3:00 – Publisher Speed Dating
Writers, this is your opportunity to chat one-on-one with publishers: Quattro Books, Guernica Editions, Dundurn Press, Cormorant Books, ECW Press and Inanna Publications and get the inside track on what publishers are on the lookout for.

Words Rhymes and Life will be onsite and happy to chat about Saving the Novel.

These authors’ works have been published in an anthology that will be available for free to all attending.

What's Your Story? Winners

2018 Established Writer Winners:
Lucy E.M. Black
Sylvia Maultash Warsh

2018 Emerging Writer Winners:
Asheda Dwyer
Laura Mullin

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2017 Established Writers Winner:
Elyse Friedman

2017 Emerging Writer Winners:
Jennilee Austria
Robyn Hamilton
David Stokes

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2016 Established Writers Winners:
Domenico Capilongo
Richard Rosenbaum
Kenneth Sherman

2016 Emerging Writer Winner:
Sara Y. Cunningham

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Borders & Barriers: Creating Cultural Networks for Newcomers

Borders & Barriers: Creating Cultural Networks for Newcomers

Borders & Barriers: Creating Cultural Networks for Newcomers

Wed, 7 June 2017
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM EDT

Myseum of Toronto welcomes you to join us in conversation with Marta Keller-Hernandez, Co-Founder and Director of Programming at Paralia Newcomer Arts Network and Rupal Shah, Strategic Programs Officer of the Toronto Arts Council as we highlight avenues for support, and examine the challenges that newcomer artists, art administrators and cultural workers encounter when navigating an unfamiliar arts and cultural sector.

Representatives from Airsa Art & Thought Association, JAYU,LACAP, North York Arts, Sick Muse Art Projects, Toronto Arts Foundation and the Toronto Ward Museum will also be joining us as community connectors while we spend the morning networking, sharing resources, and discussing the importance of making space for newcomers in the city’s arts and cultural sector.

9 am: Doors open

9:30 am: Event starts

My City My Six

My City My Six

My City My Six

Tell your story in six words

My City My Six is a participatory public art project that will reveal Toronto and its residents in celebration of Canada 150, six words at a time. From January through May 2017, the My City My Six project will ask Torontonians of all ages and backgrounds to share something essential about themselves in six words.

Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a six word story. He responded with, “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn”, and the six word story was born.

Based on the six word story concept popularized by Smith Magazine, this project invites Torontonians to write and contribute six words that best tells their story. My City My Six will culminate in a city-wide exhibition in the public realm in the fall of 2017, showing the diverse lives that collectively make up this great city at this moment in time.

This project is led by Toronto Arts and Culture in collaboration with the city’s six Local Arts Service Organizations. Stories will be collected through emails, workshops, and events. A jury, including Toronto’s Poet Laureate Anne Michaels, will select stories to appear in the exhibition, which will include transit shelters, transit interiors, billboards, and other public spaces. Local galleries, businesses and public spaces will also be animated as part of the exhibition in September and October 2017.

See sample six word stories below: (Courtesy of 6 Words Minneapolis)

 

To Participate:

Please email culturalhotspot@toronto.ca and include:

  • your six word story
  • your first name
  • the name of your neighbourhood
  • your age

If you have questions about the My City My Six project, please contact Andrea Raymond-Wong, Community Cultural Coordinator at Andrea.Raymond-Wong@toronto.ca or 416-338-2469.

 

Dusty Roads
Low Salaries
Wonderful People
– Edith, 88 Downtown

Murals
Hip-hop
Uppercut
Boxing
Coffeeshop
– Alf, 17, North Mpls.

 

At Ninety-Nine, I’m still a Musician
– Gabrielle, 99 SW Seniors Ctr.

I was afraid, now I’m fierce
– Maggie, 38, N.E.

Go to the Park and Play
– Zara, 4 Fulton

All My Life, I’ve held on
– Anonymous, 18, Kingfield

My Art, My New Land

My Art, My New Land

My Art, My New Land

Cost: Free
When:  Wednesdays from August 3 – 24, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 1:30 pm
Where: North York Arts, 5040 Yonge St (Toronto Centre for the Arts)

This free improv workshop series has been created to help newcomer artists face and overcome challenges in a new culture by providing an opportunity to develop communication skills in authentic and dynamic situations.

My Art, My New Land is a spark project for this year’s Cultural Hotspot in partnership with Airsa Art and Thought Association, City of Toronto, Neighbourhood Arts Network and North York Arts.

ARTISTS EXCHANGE with PROLOGUE for the Performing Arts

ARTISTS EXCHANGE with PROLOGUE for the Performing Arts

ARTISTS EXCHANGE with PROLOGUE for the Performing Arts

Cost: FREE
Date: February 24th, 2016
Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts.

It will feature Kevin Ormsby (Founder/Artistic Director of KasheDance) and Fana Soro (Musician/Dancer/Educator), and will focus on artists touring schools, navigating the Ontario school system and highlight challenges faced by new Canadians in this realm.

RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/feb-24th-prologue-artists-exchange-tickets-21065928760