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Dames Making Games

Writing Dialogue For Games

2019-05-29T18:00:00.000-04:00 2019-05-29T21:30:00.000-04:00 **Interested in the function of dialogue in games? Want to craft more effective dialogue in your interactive projects? Curious about what it takes to prepare to engage voice actors?** In this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of writing dialogue specifically for games. We will focus on different types of dialogue (ambient, interactive i.e. branching), the function of each, and examples of how to successfully craft purposeful and effective dialogue for your games. We will also delve into thinking about writing for voice actors (or not!), and how to craft usable documents for your team members (or for your own records). You do not need to be a writer to attend! This workshop is open to anyone who is interested in how dialogue functions in a game and how to get the most out of including dialogue in your game. Instructor: Kaitlin Tremblay Kaitlin is a narrative designer at Ubisoft Toronto, and was the lead writer on the narrative-driven game A Mortician’s Tale (Laundry Bear). They are the author of the book analyzing storytelling in the Borderlands franchise Ain’t No Place For A Hero: Borderlands (ECW Press, 2017). They’ve worked on many different games, including indie, mobile, VR, escape games, massively multiplayer ARGs, experimental, and AAA. Kaitlin is a co-director of DMG. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1556731737-maxresdefault.jpg CONFIRMED
May 29, 6:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Aura Freedom International

Walk a Mile in My Shoes

2019-05-29T19:00:00.000-04:00 2019-05-29T22:00:00.000-04:00 An event to raise awareness of gender-based violence and human trafficking in Toronto through art, music, culture and food. What to expect: * Art & Music * Food & Wine * Social Justice and Gender Equality * Inspiring Torontonians making a difference "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" is a free experiential learning event to raise awareness of the root causes of sexual exploitation and human trafficking and honour survivors and their family members. The event will explore how marginalized communities in Toronto (women and girls; Indigenous, Black and LGBTQ2S youth; Newcomers, etc.) are more vulnerable to sexual violence and exploitation and how communities can empower each other to break the cycle. Guests will also learn how Aura Freedom's Peer Prevention Project is addressing these issues. The interactive event will use art and music to communicate powerful messages to attendees and will be run by our youth team who have various lived experience. Survivors of sexual exploitation/human trafficking will be honoured at the event by their peers, raising awareness of just how prevalent exploitation is and creating community solidarity. Attendees will also learn what services are available to them in Toronto through our community partners and where/how they can safely seek help for situations of sexual violence/exploitation. *Supported by the Department of Justice Canada* https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1540408014-prism.png CONFIRMED
May 29, 7:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World

VRTO 2019

2019-06-01T10:00:00.000-04:00 2019-06-03T19:00:00.000-04:00 This year VRTO will feel like a mastermind symposium for the leaders and new stars to this powerful new medium. A recalibration after the 5 year wave unlike any other VR or AR conference. Does this mean we will launch banana splits out of a cannon? Probably not. But hey, you never know... VRTO - Virtual and Augmented Reality World Conference is a unique forum for philosophers, ontologists, creators, technologists, distributors and investors to come together under one roof and work towards developing a framework and process to contend with the insane pace of today’s technology. From media moguls to psychedelic researchers, from Stanford academics to Brooklyn social activists, VRTO introduces the media veterans to the fresh new minds and creates an environment where new pathways can be forged. These are the conversations you won't find anywhere else! Here's just a very early sneak peek at #VRTO2019 speakers (subject to change and some big announcements to follow): - Tipatat Chennavasin (The VR Fund) - Amelia Winger Bearskin (Studio Amelia) - Richard LeMarchand (USC Games, Naughty Dog Studios) - J Lee Williams (Occupied VR) - Laura Mingail (eOne Entertainment/Secret Location) - Lee Vermeulen (Alientrap Games) - Brave Williams (Husson University, New England) - Kent Bye (host of the Voices of VR Podcast) - Ian Kelso (Impossible Things - award-winning artistic AR developers) For more information about the show check out the website. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1553734300-2019-03-2720-51-24.png CONFIRMED
June 1–3
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON

Past events

events since April 2018

Spiral Film Philosophy

Artificial Nature: Haru Ji & Graham Wakefield

2019-05-17T19:00:00.000-04:00 2019-05-17T20:00:00.000-04:00 Join us for Spiral Artist Talk with Haru Ji and Graham Wakefield on May 17, 2019, 7PM. The installations can bee seen between 9AM and 8PM on May 17 and May 18 in Gamma Gallery and Small Gallery. There is a limited number of seating available so please register by May 16. Haru Ji is a media artist and co-creator of the research project “Artificial Nature”, exploring the subject of life in art through artificial life worldmaking. She holds a Ph.D. in Media Arts and Technology from UCSB and is an assistant professor in DPXA & the Digital Futures programs at OCAD University. Her work has been shown in art festivals, conferences, and venues including SIGGRAPH, ISEA, EvoWorkshops, La Gaite Lyrique, ZKM, CAFA, MOXI, the AlloSphere, and Seoul City Hall, and recognized in the 2015 VIDA Art & Artificial Life competition and the 2017 Kaleidoscope Virtual Reality showcase. Graham Wakefield's research has evolved from computer music composition to the generation of open-ended environments for exploratory experience, emphasizing continuation over closure. This work is expressed through software design for creative coding and immersive artworks of artificial ecosystems. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University, where he runs the Alice Lab for Computational Worldmaking. Graham played a central role in the development of software systems and authoring content for the AlloSphere and he is a software developer for Cycling '74. His works and publications have been performed, exhibited and presented at international events including SIGGRAPH, ICMC, NIME, EvoWorkshops and ISEA. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1557540375-587933655997323604960365210057683830308864o.jpg CONFIRMED
May 17, 7:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Dames Making Games

May Speaker Social: Later Alligator!

2019-05-11T17:00:00.000-04:00 2019-05-11T20:00:00.000-04:00 Join us for a special speaker social, featuring a lively Q&A with the team behind Later Alligator and moderator Kaitlin Tremblay! Featuring the classic hand-drawn animation style of SmallBu Animation and the work of Pillowfight (the developers behind WE KNOW THE DEVIL and HEAVEN WILL BE MINE), Later Alligator is a playable cartoon about a doofus named Pat in a big, 2D animated city. The team is at TCAF with Comics × Games and will join us at DMG for a info-packed Q&A about the business of indie game studios! About the Speakers Lindsay Small-Butera won an Emmy Award for her animation on Adventure Time, and is now learning the challenges of creative directing her first game. Jo Kreyling released Heaven Will Be Mine last year, the most recent of four visual novels led by women. Kaitlin Tremblay is a narrative designer at Ubisoft Toronto, and was the lead writer on the narrative-driven game A Mortician’s Tale (Laundry Bear). They are the author of the book analyzing storytelling in the Borderlands franchise Ain’t No Place For A Hero: Borderlands (ECW Press, 2017). They’ve worked on many different games, including indie, mobile, VR, escape games, massively multiplayer ARGs, experimental, and AAA. Kaitlin is a co-director of DMG. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1556827857-finalchedckers-0001.png CONFIRMED
May 11, 5:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Charles Street Video

360: Shooting, Directing, Producing

2019-04-23T18:00:00.000-04:00 2019-04-23T21:00:00.000-04:00 This workshop will serve as an introduction to creating for the 360 video format. 360 video production has similarities to regular video production but there are numerous new hurdles that must be accommodated to create a good immersive experience. Participants will be introduced to various production workflows and have a chance to try various cameras and see the results. Once participants are familiar with the process, we will produce a 360 video from start to finish for everyone to understand how the process works and how they can evolve it for their own projects. Processes introduced will be stitching, motion graphics, tripod removal, and stabilization. Cameras available will include Insta360, Ricoh, Nikon, Samsung, and Xioami. ### Instructor: Hiep Vu Hiep Vu is a commercial video producer and photographer with 20 years experience. A leader in cutting edge technologies, Hiep has been working in the immersive content field for over 6 years, having led training and production on projects for numerous commercial and institutional clients. Hiep’s expertise in VR and immersive technologies is leading him to explore interactive content production and emerging content platforms as means to distribution. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1554499580-vcrxlqusqcqon5txlf2ufullvr-and-ar-in-education-focus-on-strategic-vision.jpg CONFIRMED
April 23, 6:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Charles Street Video

360 Degree Video Primer

2019-04-16T18:00:00.000-04:00 2019-04-16T21:00:00.000-04:00 You will be introduced to the medium of 360 video. 360 video is an immersive and new technology that can used for artistic, educational, or documentary purposes. This workshop will allow you to try 360 experiences from various sources including PC tethered headsets to mobile solutions. We will discuss how assets are acquired and assembled and do an overview of video capture and post techniques. We will touch on video stitching, motion graphics, and distribution platforms. Participants will be able to experience passive as well as interactive experiences. We will be demoing experiences on the Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality, Google Daydream, and Oculus Go/Samsung Gear360 platforms. This workshop is an introduction to the field of 360 immersive media and would be helpful to anyone interested in virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality. ### Instructor: Hiep Vu Hiep Vu is a commercial video producer and photographer with 20 years experience. A leader in cutting edge technologies, Hiep has been working in the immersive content field for over 6 years, having led training and production on projects for numerous commercial and institutional clients. Hiep’s expertise in VR and immersive technologies is leading him to explore interactive content production and emerging content platforms as means to distribution. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1554499067-kvztb8rtqz64k2cuqglxfull465174081949982238370332113162904961810432n.jpg CONFIRMED
April 16, 6:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Charles Street Video

Introduction to Adobe After Effects (2)

2019-04-18T18:00:00.000-04:00 2019-04-18T21:00:00.000-04:00 A survey workshop on After Effects, covering video and animation sequences, composition, timelines, keyframes, wireframes, masking, titling and applying effects. Participants would benefit by having some knowledge of video editing and graphics applications. ### Instructor: Hiba Ali Hiba Ali is a new media artist, scholar, musician, and curator from Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Her performances and videos concern music, labor and power. Her performances as H1BA sample her immigrant, black, brown, and refugee ancestry. She conducts reading groups addressing digital media and workshops with open-source digital applications. She is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queens University, Kingston, Canada. She has presented her work in Chicago with Her Environment, at Digital Art Demo Space, Threewalls, Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center and the Art Institute of Chicago, in Stockholm at radiorakel, in Toronto at Whippersnapper with SAVAC, VTape, and Trinity Video Square, in Kingston at Modern Fuel, in New York at Bossa Nova Civic Club and Lot Radio, in Istanbul at UMAM D&R, in Detroit with Project Prospera at Allied Media Conference, in London at the White Cube, in Riga at the National Arts Museum, in Dubai at Alserkal Avenue, and in Austin at the Museum of Human Achievement, Capital Factory and Visual Art Center, in Vancouver with the Digital Carnival Festival, and in Portland at S1 with homeschoolpdx and Ori Gallery. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1554498777-cb77ea60.png CONFIRMED
April 18, 6:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Charles Street Video

Introduction to Adobe After Effects (1)

2019-04-11T18:00:00.000-04:00 2019-04-11T21:00:00.000-04:00 A survey workshop on After Effects, covering video and animation sequences, composition, timelines, keyframes, wireframes, masking, titling and applying effects. Participants would benefit by having some knowledge of video editing and graphics applications. ### Instructor: Hiba Ali Hiba Ali is a new media artist, scholar, musician, and curator from Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Her performances and videos concern music, labor and power. Her performances as H1BA sample her immigrant, black, brown, and refugee ancestry. She conducts reading groups addressing digital media and workshops with open-source digital applications. She is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queens University, Kingston, Canada. She has presented her work in Chicago with Her Environment, at Digital Art Demo Space, Threewalls, Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center and the Art Institute of Chicago, in Stockholm at radiorakel, in Toronto at Whippersnapper with SAVAC, VTape, and Trinity Video Square, in Kingston at Modern Fuel, in New York at Bossa Nova Civic Club and Lot Radio, in Istanbul at UMAM D&R, in Detroit with Project Prospera at Allied Media Conference, in London at the White Cube, in Riga at the National Arts Museum, in Dubai at Alserkal Avenue, and in Austin at the Museum of Human Achievement, Capital Factory and Visual Art Center, in Vancouver with the Digital Carnival Festival, and in Portland at S1 with homeschoolpdx and Ori Gallery. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1554498777-cb77ea60.png CONFIRMED
April 11, 6:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre + SAVAC + re:assemblage collective

Yeh Freedom Life/This Freedom Life

2019-04-09T19:00:00.000-04:00 2019-04-09T21:00:00.000-04:00 Screening to be followed by conversation between Priya Sen and Aisha Jamal Filmed over the course of a year in a dense, working-class area in South Delhi, Priya Sen's "Yeh Freedom Life/This Freedom Life" invites us into the world of Sachi and Parveen, two women in love with other women, whose desire is to live and love outside of the constant scrutiny and sanction of society and family. PRIYA SEN is a filmmaker and artist working across film, video, sound, and installation. Her work has largely centered around questions of form, urban ethnographies, music, and migration–mainly in New Delhi, a city in which she chooses to situate her practice. Priya Sen will be present for this screening. AISHA JAMAL is a Toronto-based filmmaker, film programmer and college professor. Her short documentaries have screened at festivals and venues worldwide. She recently finished her first feature-length documentary called “A Kandahar Away”. Aisha programs Canadian films for the Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival and the Syria Film Festival. She teaches film theory and history at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. Along with Maya Bedward, she hosts a monthly podcast on gender, race and representation in cinema called “The Gaze.” https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1553891369-5339287923987066868610832947921374217240576n.jpg CONFIRMED
April 9, 7:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre

Re-Joyce Opening Reception

2019-04-04T18:00:00.000-04:00 2019-04-04T21:00:00.000-04:00 Featuring: *The Truth Booth Presents: Invest and Protect* Conceived by Kiera Boult, The Truth Booth in its latest iteration addresses land ownership. By using the trope of the therapy booth, Truth Booth: Invest and Protect will feature the artist as facilitator for members of the general public who wish to hold private, shame-free conversations about land ownership in relation to race politics, class and intersectional feminism. Readings by **Lee Maracle** and **Lisa Robertson** Lee Maracle will be reading from *Hope Matters*, a new collection of poems written with her daughters Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter, focusing on the journey of Indigenous people from colonial beginnings to reconciliation. Maracle states that the book "is also about the journey of myself and my two daughters." During their youth, Bobb and Carter wrote poetry with their mother, and they all decided that one day they would write a book together. This book is the result of that dream. Written collaboratively by all three women, the poems in Hope Matters blend their voices together into a shared song of hope and reconciliation. (From Book\*hug Press) Lisa Robertson’s *Wide Rime* is a lyric sequence opening a space of rhyme and echo between Joyce Wieland’s film Birds at Sunrise, and birds in the dawn poems of the troubadours, in 12th C Aquitaine. The film traces a vulnerable space for survival in the face of suffering; so too do the poems. The lyric lens insists that the daily celebration of minor, collective joy is an urgent resistance. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1553704713-truth.jpg CONFIRMED
April 4, 6:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre + EMILIA-AMALIA

Abolitionist Dreams: Jackie Wang + Nasrin Himada in conversation

2019-04-02T19:00:00.000-04:00 2019-04-02T21:00:00.000-04:00 **EMILIA-AMALIA launches a year-long collaboration with CFMDC with two events featuring Jackie Wang** ### About Nasrin Himada Nasrin Himada is a Palestinian writer and curator based in Tio'tia:ke (Montréal), in Kanien'kehá:ka territory. Their writing on contemporary art has appeared in Canadian Art, C Magazine, Critical Signals, The Funambulist, Fuse Magazine, and MICE Magazine, among others. ### About Jackie Wang Jackie Wang is a Black studies scholar, poet, multimedia artist, and PhD candidate in African and African American Studies and History at Harvard University, specializing in race and the political economy of prisons and police in the US. She recently published a book titled "Carceral Capitalism" (Semiotext(e)/MIT Press, 2018) on the racial, economic, political, legal, and technological dimensions of the carceral state. Her interest in this topic is rooted in her experience of having an imprisoned brother who was sentenced to juvenile life without parole as a teenager. She is the recent recipient of a fellowship at the Schlesinger Library, where she conducted research on the life and legacy of Angela Davis. She has also published a number of punk zines, including "On Being Hard Femme" and a collection of dream poems, titled "Tiny Spelunker of the Oneiro-Womb" (Capricious). https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1553017006-5384310619253018642662134927031957637824512n.jpg CONFIRMED
April 2, 7:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Workman Arts & CAMH Foundation Gifts of Light

Art Cart Reception featuring Mindful MCs Live

2019-03-20T18:00:00.000-04:00 2019-03-20T20:00:00.000-04:00 Art Cart is a partnership between Workman Arts and Gifts of Light, which pairs established Workman Arts member artists with CAMH client services to provide peer-to-peer arts programming with professional materials. The weekly workshops connect clients with artists in recovery through art instruction. The Art Cart program engages clients in a process of creation that not only provides recreational richness, expressive agency and quality of life, but allows clients to create pieces that are theirs to keep. The entire unit benefits from the personalization and beautification of clinical spaces. **Featuring work by participating CAMH programs:** Early Psychosis Unit, General Forensic Units 1-2/1-3/2-5, Engaging Consumers in Opportunities for Recovery Education (ENCORE), Concurrent Addiction Inpatient Treatment Service (CAITS), Integrated Rehab Unit, Mood and Anxiety Inpatient Unit, Concurrent Outpatient Medical & Psychological Addiction Support Services (COMPASS), Learning Employment Advocacy Recreation Network (LEARN), and Complex Care and Recovery **Artist facilitators:** Apanaki Temitayo M, Claro Cosco, Ella Mitchell, Hanan Hazime, Laura Shintani, Lorette Luzajic, Steven Lewis https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1549409304-workman-arts-art-cart-postcard-front.jpg CONFIRMED
March 20, 6:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Dames Making Games

Building Safety, Inclusivity and Trust at the Table

2019-03-20T19:00:00.000-04:00 2019-03-20T21:00:00.000-04:00 ## Interested in creating a more inclusive and safe tabletop community? Want to learn about tools for trust you can bring to to your group? This is the talk series for you! #DMGRPG presents talks from local community organizers, experienced GMs and game designers Kate Bullock and Daniel Kwan! ### Kate Bullock Creating safer spaces extends from conventions to communities to our game table. Kate will talk about different safety tools, what safety means, what it feels like in game, and how to gain the trust of your players to make your games and your GMing more than it has been before. She will also invite you think about what your game says about you, the community you function in, and how you can make sure your games reflect your core values and the values of your community. Kate is a game designer, community organizer and so much more! Learn more about her work at bluestockings.ca ### Daniel Kwan Join podcaster and game designer Daniel Kwan for a discussion of best GM practices at the table, building a culture of safety, and creating the most inclusive game you can. Daniel is the co-host of the Asians Represent podcast and one of the co-founders of Level Up Gaming, an organization that provides adults with autism and other disabilities opportunities to develop their social skills through group gaming experiences. Through Dundas West Games, Daniel is publishing Ross Rifles, a storytelling game about the horrors of the First World War. Learn more about his work at [levelupgaming.ca](http://levelupgaming.ca), [danielhkwan.com](http://danielhkwan.com), [dundaswestgames.com](http://dundaswestgames.com) https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1552063375-46c08b9f53494131a045b710b50c6995.jpg CONFIRMED
March 20, 7:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Making Sense of Movements

Free Money Graphic Novel Launch

2019-04-07T17:00:00.000-04:00 2019-04-07T19:00:00.000-04:00 Join us for the launch of FREE MONEY, a graphic novel story by Balkhis Hashi, Abigail Ralph and Naomi Ralph, illustrated by Janine Carrington! ### Event Details The evening will include a reading from Free Money & a conversation between the authors and special guest - writer and sociologist, Eve Ewing. Remarks will begin at 5:30PM and refreshments will be served. Copies of the Free Money graphic novel will be sold at the event. ### About Free Money is the story of best friends - Ruth and Alina - who live in Toronto when a new program called Free Money is launched. The program promises Black and Indigenous peoples free housing, education, guaranteed employment, and other social benefits. However, receiving "Free Money" requires that one loses their right to protest, forfeits existing land claims, and loses the ability to make land claims in the future. With training and help from Alina, Ruth transforms into a superhero, Afro-Afro, and together they try to save the people they love from the Free Money scheme. The Toronto Media Arts Centre (TMAC) is a presenting partner for this event. The space is wheelchair accessible. If you require ASL interpreters, or have any specific accessibility needs, please email [sefanit.habtom@mail.utoronto.ca](mailto:sefanit.habtom@mail.utoronto.ca). https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1550522483-a543d71f.jpg CONFIRMED
April 7, 5:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Canceled Wavelength Music Series

Navigating Unwritten Codes

2019-02-12T19:00:00.000-05:00 2019-02-12T21:00:00.000-05:00 Presented in partnership with City Hall Live Panelists: * Carmen Elle (DIANA) * Rosina Kazi (Bricks & Glitter, Unit 2, LAL) * Daniel Mack (Unit 2) * Kayla McGee (The Music Gallery) * Les Seaforth (FiveDollar RapShow, More Or Les) * with moderator, Emma Bortolon-Vettor (Wavelength, Bonnie Trash, FPOP) Plus! [Live set by HEAVEN](https://soundcloud.com/hvnheart) (cosmic avant-pop) FREE admission (seating first come, first served) Plus free coffee/tea & cookies! So you started a band, eh? Maybe a new theatre company, or a dance troupe. How do you break into the scene in your city? Who do you talk to, and what are these unwritten rules and codes that we abide by and for some reason, tend to conform to? Maybe you don’t like these rules and this scene and so you start a new crew for a new scene. Let’s write down these unwritten rules and stand them on their heads. It’s time for us to crack these codes and bake a cake with one hell of a recipe. DIY scenes are built on unwritten codes in how we construct and negotiate scenes, and for a ton of reasons: economics, demographics, and geography are a few of the heavy hitters. Others might be a lack of documentation or mentorship, or different expectations of what constitutes fairness. What is the situation like in Toronto and how does it differ from a smaller community? How have these sometimes secretive ways of DIY culture benefitted or limited growth of an arts culture and its subsets of expression? We have invited guest panellists to share their stories and expertise. This discussion aims to objectively quantify the parameters of these unwritten codes around collaboration, networking, knowledge/expertise, and finance. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1548297168-506902482108321982548027451211049161457664o.jpg CANCELLED
February 12, 7:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Canceled Dames Making Games

Teen Larp Night: The Slumber Party

2018-12-15T18:00:00.000-05:00 2018-12-15T21:00:00.000-05:00 Do you know or are you a teen interested in live-action roleplay? Does learning more about playing and making games that are about real-life situations and problems interest you? Want to play a game about teens with teens? The Slumber Party is for you! Among young girls, there is one ritual that has been sacred forever: The Slumber Party. A place of growth, secrets, friendship, independence, and exploration, the slumber party is often a place where girls learn about themselves and others. Set in 1997, this is a larp about a group of friends from an American city that is heavily diverse. Growing up there means you often have friends who deal with multiple marginalized identities. Marginalized identities are social identities that are put at the fringe of a society. For example, it is hard to be a first-generation immigrant, but the oppression begins to stack up when you are first generation, impoverished and a woman. Each player plays a girl (of any experience) who deals with multiple marginalized identities, and navigates them every day. At 12 they are the “losers,” however their lack of popularity is not important to them as they have forged a strong solidarity with each other despite their various identities and differences. They’ve come together for their friend’s 13th birthday, celebrated with the girls’ first slumber party. All the characters will reveal secrets, deepen their friendships, and share in the magic of growing up. Facilitator: Nicole Winchester will facilitate this game by American designer Jonaya Kemper from #Feminism 2nd Printing. It deals with: coming of age, intersectional feminism, multiple marginalized identities, sexuality, dancing, intergroup dynamics, racism, immigration, sexism, friendship, and LGBTQI themes. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1542162268-slumber-party.png CANCELLED
December 15, 6:00 PM
2018
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Carolyn Wu

Queer + Trans BIPOC Shorts Night - Round 3

2018-12-07T18:30:00.000-05:00 2018-12-07T22:00:00.000-05:00 Celebrate local queer & trans Black / Indigenous / people of colour filmmakers by catching some free short films! All films feature queer and trans BIPOC in major roles in front of or behind the camera. Free admission, but donations are happily accepted FEATURING FILMS BY: * ADALYN DÍAZ * AJ * ASHLEY CARANTO MORFORD * AYO TSALITHABA * ENNA * EVELYN PAKINEWATIK * JL WHITECROW * JUSTIN * LU ASFAHA * MARVELLOUS GROUNDS & MINSOOK LEE * RHONDA LUCY * SAMAY ARCENTALES CAJAS * TAMAI KOBAYASHI * THOKO MASIKINI * XICA DADIVA PLUS, support local artists: * ANGELO LUU * [CASSIE “POETIC” TRUTH](https://www.instagram.com/the_poetictruth/) * [COMPRAAR](https://www.instagram.com/compraar/) * [GRRRL SPELLS](http://www.instagram.com/grrrlspells) * [MELANCHOLY QUEERS CLUB](https://www.instagram.com/melancholyqueersclub/) * SAMAY * [SOMETHING NICE SUPPLY](https://www.instagram.com/somethingnicesupply/) * [TONI MARLOW CLOTHING](https://www.instagram.com/toni_marlow_co/) * [WY JOUNG KOU](https://www.instagram.com/okkouu) * ZAHRA BAKHSH ### About the organizer [Carolyn Wu](http://www.carolyn-wu.com) is a cis queer Chinese filmmaker and community organizer. When she’s not writing, directing, or drinking bubble tea, she seeks new ways to champion both her community and the work of other queer and trans BIPOC creators. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1541019010-qtbipoc-shorts-night-round-3cover-photo.jpg CONFIRMED
December 7, 6:30 PM
2018
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Charles Street Video + Siggraph

VR/360 Weekend Workout!

2018-11-30T18:00:00.000-05:00 2018-12-02T18:00:00.000-05:00 TONE UP YOUR VR/36O MUSCLES at our VR/360 weekend workout! Over the course of this weekend workout workshop, you will get hands-on training of both camera gear and production software, allowing you to level up your media skills, or dive into it for the first time. We will feature industry speakers discussing new approaches to creative and production processes, and there will be training on camera gear and editing/compositing software. Through each stage of instruction there will be hands-on experimenting, with an end product that is shot and edited on site. Whether you are just getting started, or are looking for tips and tricks to help you create the best experience, you’ll get to exercise your muscles. Our keynote speaker on Friday evening is Nancy Eperjesy, Co-Founder and CEO of Mettle, the software company that developed the newest editing and compositing plugins adopted into Adobe Creative Cloud for AfterEffects and Premiere. She will share insights on the VR/360 industry, and how these new tools are standardizing production and making it accessible to users, creative and technical alike. Saturday will feature instructor Mike Dopsa, who will give an overview on the VR/360 production process, camera gear, and shooting 360 footage. He will then give an introduction to the Mettle plugins in AfterEffects and Premiere. Later in the day, he will give specific instruction on the cameras we will be using for the workshop, and then we will be going out to shoot footage in and around the Toronto Media Arts Centre. Sunday features Mike Dopsa again, giving more in-depth and hands-on instruction for the Mettle plugins, which will then be used to import the footage you shot on Saturday, experiment with editing techniques, compositing effects, and export for viewing. Additional concepts will be discussed throughout the weekend, including 360/VR storytelling techniques, sound design and volumetrics. Beer and snacks will be served Friday evening. Light snacks in the morning and lunch will be served Saturday and Sunday. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1543014466-mettlemantravrsiggraph.jpg CONFIRMED
November 30–December 2
2018
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Gamma Space Collaborative Studio

Friends Play Games #112

2018-10-01T18:30:00.000-04:00 2018-10-01T21:30:00.000-04:00 Friends Play Games (formerly Games With Friends) is our monthly, inclusive, free and open to the public game playing event at Gamma Space's new home in the Toronto Media Arts Centre! Come play video, tabletop and social games of all kinds. Bring one with you, or jump into something unfamiliar when you arrive. We have extra screens and controllers on hand if you need some extra help getting things running. Friends Play Games has ambassadors from the Gamma Space and Dames Making Games community present to help you get into the game, and will help organize some of the activities. If you have any questions, they’ll be happy to get you sorted out. Friends Play Games is about the shared social experience and opportunity to play, so bring an open-mind and leave your work at the door. If you’re a game dev, you’re welcome to bring your work-in-progress games to show and play test. When you’re finished, take some time to process what you observed, and hang out at another game. We have a companion event monthly called Friends Make Games that you and come talk shop and workout ideas with like-minded game devs. Running for over five years, Friends Play Games is a great way to meet some of Toronto’s game development community and those who support them. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1526222449-fpg-picatic.png CONFIRMED
October 1, 6:30 PM
2018
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Early Monthly Segments

Early Monthly Segments #102 = Karel Doing in person!

2018-07-11T20:00:00.000-04:00 2018-07-11T22:00:00.000-04:00 Early Monthly Segments is pleased to return with program #102 featuring Karel Doing from the Netherlands in person at the magnificent new Toronto Media Arts Centre in Queen West. Currently living in the UK, Karel Doing is in Ontario teaching a course at LIFT and participating in the Film Farm Independent Imaging Retreat . Doing has been working as an experimental + documentary filmmaker and performer since 1990, with a particular interest in materiality, semiotics and environmentalism. He will present two performance pieces and four 16mm films on July 11 at EMS. The evening’s first performance Pattern/Chaos (2016) is a negotiation between the unpredictability of organic processes and the regularity of frames, optics and motors. Meni features an obsessive unravelling of dance movements that were edited into frenetic patterns and undulating rhythms. Maas Observation, a collaboration with Greg Pope, demonstrates their fascination in the bizarre landscapes of the port of Rotterdam, a stretch of 'neo-nature' with little place for humans, where huge machines seem to move around according to a logic of their own. Whirlwind, a collaboration with Greg Pope, Bea Haut & Ben Hayman is an assemblage of footage shot during performances by Loophole Cinema. The group used lights, lenses, projections and bodily interventions to create immersive cinematic experiences. Energy Energy, a collaboration with Pierre Bastien is a found footage film made from industrial, educational and promotional films from the early 20th century, presenting progressive technological development. This utopia is disturbed by the destructive power of the human mind and the greedy nature of the status quo. Doing’s closing performance Symbiogenesis (2017) consists of a series of repetitive and rhythmical musings on nature and culture, often superimposing the two. 16mm projection is combined with live sound, a layering of optical (found) tracks, a collection of rare records played on a prepared dance-set and sounds produced live via voice and percussive instruments. The title derives from the work of Lynn Margulis and her notion that the convergence of species – rather than their divergence – is driving evolution. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1530054776-35885438101606087933651651573395040493895680n.jpg CONFIRMED
July 11, 8:00 PM
2018
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Gamma Space Collaborative Studio

Friends Play Games #110

2018-04-30T18:30:00.000-04:00 2018-04-30T21:30:00.000-04:00 Friends Play Games (formerly Games With Friends) is our monthly, inclusive, free and open to the public game playing event at Gamma Space's new home in the Toronto Media Arts Centre! Come play video, tabletop and social games of all kinds. Bring one with you, or jump into something unfamiliar when you arrive. We have extra screens and controllers on hand if you need some extra help getting things running. Friends Play Games has ambassadors from the Gamma Space and Dames Making Games community present to help you get into the game, and will help organize some of the activities. If you have any questions, they’ll be happy to get you sorted out. Friends Play Games is about the shared social experience and opportunity to play, so bring an open-mind and leave your work at the door. If you’re a game dev, you’re welcome to bring your work-in-progress games to show and play test. When you’re finished, take some time to process what you observed, and hang out at another game. We have a companion event monthly called Friends Make Games that you and come talk shop and workout ideas with like-minded game devs. Running for over five years, Friends Play Games is a great way to meet some of Toronto’s game development community and those who support them. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1526222449-fpg-picatic.png CONFIRMED
April 30, 6:30 PM
2018
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON