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Wavelength Music Series

Building Bridges in Grassroots Arts

2019-09-25T19:00:00.000-04:00 2019-09-25T21:00:00.000-04:00 Join Wavelength Music Series for this animated discussion at Toronto Media Arts Centre regarding bridge-building for communities in the DIY/grassroots/underground space. In an interconnected world increasingly dominated by a handful of powerful media and social media companies, what does it mean to be a grassroots or niche organization? Can you still have an impact and make a difference? Is bridge-building the key to how grassroots communities and organizations survive and thrive? Wavelength's guest curator Ian Steaman moderates a panel of cultural creatives, attempting to examine these questions and others. Join panelists Riaz Charania (Myseum of Toronto, Wavelength Board of Directors), Josephine Cruz (DJ Jayemkayem, ISO Radio), Max-Hol Mechanika Sosnowiec (Unit 2) and Chris Penrose (WatrVision Creative) for discussions on topics such as: * How important is bridge-building? Is it a key part of your organization’s mission statement or core agenda? * Where does bridge-building fit into the strategic growth and development agenda of your organization? * What does forging ties, developing relationships, building allies or forming partnerships look like for your organizations in practical terms? * What have been the challenges, successes, lessons learned from this process? * How does this process look like moving ahead and what is the future for community, niche organizations that “go it alone” rather focus on bridge-building? "This is an opportunity for frank discussion, speaking truth to power, sharing best practices amongst community organizations representing grassroots, niche, marginalized, underrepresented, underground and/or non-mainstream music and arts organizations," says Jonny Dovercourt - Artistic Director of Wavelength Music. Arrive early -- there will be an opening performance by [Heaven](https://soundcloud.com/hvnheart) (Scarborough avant-pop). https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1568737637-7039425324877984246003795952658749079420928o.jpg CONFIRMED
September 25, 7:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre + FADO Performance Art

International Visiting Artists: Liina Kuittinen (Finland)

2019-09-20T19:30:00.000-04:00 2019-09-20T23:00:00.000-04:00 *I am on my four. I am next to the ground. I see the surface from very close distance, the small particles and the space between them. I have to move my whole body closer to the object if I want to see it more clearly. I can not take the object in my hand and bring it closer to my eye. As an artist I am on my four and my hands are not swinging freely.* *I am eating ice-cream while writing this text. I am eating ice-cream for real, not just writing about it. I am eating it and it gives me great pleasure. Ice-cream goes through my digestion and my body knows how to turn the sugar into energy and to use the proteins and to get rid of the leftovers. Digestion is process that involves the body with other processes, one point in the circle of matter. Performance operates on the same plain with digestion. Performance and process of digesting are equally real. They are meeting points for material flows, actual events transforming material into other.* A new performance by Liina Kuittinen will be presented. ### ABOUT VIVA! ART ACTION www.vivamontreal.org _Image credit: Helene. Liina Kuittinen. 2018. Photo by Peter Rosvik._ https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1562628308-liina-kuittinen.jpg CONFIRMED
September 20, 7:30 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre + FADO Performance Art

Liina Kuittinen & Marita Bullmann

2019-09-21T13:00:00.000-04:00 2019-09-21T15:00:00.000-04:00 Artists: Marita Bullmann, Liina Kuittinen FADO is pleased to welcome Liina Kuittinen (Finland) and Marita Bullman (Germany) to the International Visiting Artists series. This series seeks to bring exceptional artists from the global performance art scene to Toronto, to present a new work (September 20) and give an artist talk (September 21) about their own practices and the contemporary performance art ecologies of their home cities/countries. Liina Kuittinen and Marita Bullman's appearance in Toronto is in collaboration with VIVA! Art Action, one of FADO's enduring partners. FADO and VIVA! have partnered several times (2013: Tomasz Szrama / Poland, Macarena Perich Rosas / Chile; 2015: Victoria Gray / UK, Dorothea Rust / Switzerland) over the years to share the presentation of international artists to both platforms in order to bring exceptional artists and their work to audiences in both cities; in addition to giving visiting artists the unique opportunity of engaging with performance communities in both Toronto and Montreal. _Image credit: untitled (another small matter). Marita Bullman. 2017. Photo by Rebekah Dahlia._ https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1562627890-marita-bullmantalks-pic.jpg CONFIRMED
September 21, 1:00 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre + FADO Performance Art

International Visiting Artists: Marita Bullmann (Germany)

2019-09-20T19:30:00.000-04:00 2019-09-20T23:00:00.000-04:00 Marita Bullmann's works are engagements with everyday objects: familiar materials, actions, spaces and places. In her performances, she seeks a direct encounter between body and space. Her working method can be understood as a temporally ephemeral, site- and situation-specific process. With her actions she creates her own realities and scenarios, which strengthen the awareness for object, material, body and space. Visual, temporal, haptic or acoustic elements determine the effect and perception of her performance. The way she creates abstract interpretations allows us to perceive and observe the things around us in a new way. The interpretation takes place through experience. The objects and materials she uses are by no means neutral, but connect with our sensual and emotional world of experience. Bullmann's intention is to influence the usual mechanisms of seeing and perceiving far away from cultural imprints and to create a new 'space' that lets us become aware of the act of seeing. She combines the constructed experiences with a search for images and actions that make the phenomena of curiosity and peculiarity visible. ### ABOUT VIVA! ART ACTION www.vivamontreal.org _Image Credit: untitled. Marita Bullmann. Photo by Svetlana Lopato._ https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1562627403-marita-bullmann.jpg CONFIRMED
September 20, 7:30 PM
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON

Past events

events since April 2018

Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre + EMILIA-AMALIA

Walk a Mile in My Moccasins

2019-09-07T13:00:00.000-04:00 2019-09-07T15:00:00.000-04:00 EMILIA-AMALIA continues its year-long collaboration with the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), titled HOLES AND HOW TO FILL THEM, through a program of curated screenings. Inviting emerging artists and curators to respond to EMILIA-AMALIA's programming, and to the CFMDC film collection, these screenings activate holes, gaps and omissions as artistic and political strategies. Curated by Adrienne Huard, "Walk a Mile in My Moccasins (Then Slide Them Off and Come Lay With Me)" is a program featuring a film and a video project that engage the intersections of Two-Spirit identity, queerness, Indigenous feminism, gender expression and sexual autonomy. In "Positions" (2018) by Justin Ducharme and "Honey Moccasin" (1998) by Shelley Niro, perspectives on queerness, tradition and Indigenous understandings of gender playfully expand on Two-Spirit representations. These films normalize Indigenous experiences and subvert the settler colonial gaze. Ducharme and Niro reject the notion that Indigenous queerness is steeped in pain and brokenness and, alternatively, they dismiss the desire to overcompensate for this negative affect through the use of unrealistic, jubilant tones. Neither pleasure-based nor steeped in colonial trauma, they show Indigenous lives existing in a world that was imposed on them. This program celebrates cultural and gender identities through a neutral perspective—with humour, drama, subtlety and unapologetic NDNness. Featured works: * "Positions" by Justin Ducharme (Canada 2018 12 min. digital) * "Honey Moccasin" by Shelley Niro (Canada 1998 47 min. 16mm ) Total Runtime: 1 hr The screening is free and the venue is fully accessible. Adrienne Huard is an Anishinaabekwe born in so-called Winnipeg and is currently based in Tkarón:to/Toronto. She is registered at Couchiching First Nation, Fort Frances, Ontario. After graduating in 2012 from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in photography, she decided to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in art history at Concordia University in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Huard graduated from Concordia in April 2018 and is currently attending OCAD University’s graduate-level Criticism and Curatorial Practice program. EMILIA-AMALIA is a feminist working group based in Toronto. Initiated in 2016, E-A activates modes of informal knowledge sharing and experimental writing to explore relationships of mentorship, collaboration and indebtedness between generations of feminist artists, writers, and curators. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1561400976-6478878620744372260193421490547522240774144n.jpg CONFIRMED
September 7, 1:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Dames Making Games + ImagineNATIVE

On-Screen Protocols & Pathways

2019-09-07T09:00:00.000-04:00 2019-09-07T16:00:00.000-04:00 In the Spring of 2019, imagineNATIVE launched On-Screen Protocols and Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories. The Guide is for screen storytellers and production companies wishing to feature First Nations, Métis or Inuit people, content or concepts (traditional or contemporary cultures, knowledge or intellectual property) in their films, television programs and digital media content. This all-day workshop has been specially designed to help companies in the digital and interactive field utilize the Guide in a meaningful way. Learn with imagineNATIVE staff why Indigenous protocols are vitally important, and how the incorporation of the protocols can lead your company to greater creative and artistic heights. All participants will receive a print copy of the guide to take home. Those who register before Friday, August 23rd will receive a complimentary Industry pass to the 20th anniversary imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct. 21-27, 2019). **Schedule** * 9am – Coffee and Breakfast/Registration Opens * 9:30am – Indigenous Representation in Games * 10am – Using the Guide Lecture * 11am – Workshop: Developing Your Protocols * 1pm – Lunch * 2pm – Workshop: Case Studies * 4pm – Final Thoughts and Questions https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1564080653-pathways-and-protocols-768x320.jpg CONFIRMED
September 7, 9:00 AM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON

Colour Theory: a 2S + queer + trans + BIPOC short film night

2019-07-13T19:00:00.000-04:00 2019-07-13T22:00:00.000-04:00 CELEBRATE 2S / QUEER / TRANS + BLACK, INDIGENOUS, PEOPLE OF COLOUR FILMMAKERS by catching some FREE SHORT FILMS!!! doing it again for ROUND 4(!) with more shorts that are ALL created by Two-Spirit, queer and trans BIPOC. big change 🚨 this event will be brought to you by a whole group of 2SQTBIPOC filmmaker organizers this time! 🙌 this is NOT a festival environment. we are committed to upholding a space that is welcoming, safe, and judgement-free for all filmmakers & artists. WANNA SCREEN A FILM? CHECK THE DISCUSSION! TIME: Doors - 7pm, Screening - 8pm WHERE: 2nd floor, Main Gallery, Toronto Media Arts Centre @ 32 Lisgar St, Toronto, ON (Queen/Dovercourt) *** admission is FREE as always *** ... but PWYC donations are encouraged! all proceeds will go directly to the filmmakers and towards continuing to put on these events. if you are not BIPOC *AND* 2SLGBTQQIA and you choose to come, please be mindful of the space you take up. if it's a full house, please give up your spot! ### FEATURING WORK BY: Alex Tse Chloe Kirlew-Geddes Conilyn Herrera Emily Gutierrez Evelyn Pakinewatik JL Whitecrow Kalil Haddad Lu Asfaha M.C. Cruz Mari Ramsawakh melannie monoceros Wapahkesis Excited to have Milo of [Comiditas](https://www.instagram.com/foodbycomiditas) who will be vending movie-friendly snacks! https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1560728105-64328657102121055847492983660037895470710784o.jpg CONFIRMED
July 13, 7:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
CWA Canada/Canadian Media Guild

Remaking Game Work Public Forum

2019-07-17T19:00:00.000-04:00 2019-07-17T22:00:00.000-04:00 Studio closures, harassment, crunch time, rumblings of unionization - game labour issues currently have unprecedented public profile. Join us at a public forum with game developers, media work researchers, and digital labour activists to discuss working conditions and social inequalities in the video games industry and strategies to improve conditions in digital media. The forum will be moderated by Austin Walker, the Editor of VICE Games. Six speakers - game workers, union organizers, and researchers - will participate in a moderated conversation, followed by Q&A and refreshments. This event launches “Contested Formations of Digital Game Labor,” a special issue of the journal Television & New Media, currently freely available as an open-access publication. ### Guests Dan Joseph, PhD is an organizer with the Game Workers Unite Toronto chapter, a freelance writer, and researcher of game work, apps, and platform capitalism. Katherine Lapointe is an organizer with CWA Canada/Canadian Media Guild, this country’s only all-media union, with members at VICE, BuzzFeed, CBC, Canadian Press and other outlets across the country. Maggie McCaw is a documentary visual researcher and was the first Branch President of the VICE Canada Union from 2016-2019. Austin Walker is the Editor of VICE Games and the host of the podcast Friends at the Table. Before his career as a critic, he studied the intersection of play and labour at the University of Western Ontario, where he was a Research Associate in the Digital Labour Group. Johanna Weststar teaches at Western University. She researches working conditions in the video games industry and partners with the International Game Developers Association to conduct developer satisfaction surveys. Jennifer R. Whitson teaches at the University of Waterloo. Her research centres on game developers, as well as digital media surveillance and social influences on software development. Sagan Yee is an animator, experimental game designer, and Executive Director of the Hand Eye Society, a video game arts not-for-profit organization. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1562639275-8c954bd3-9617-42f3-a332-016f2f33bcf4.JPG CONFIRMED
July 17, 7:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Charles Street Video

Projection Mapping - Light, Form & The Stage

2019-07-21T12:00:00.000-04:00 2019-07-21T17:00:00.000-04:00 This hands-on course teaches students to customize graphical content (video, image) and then map this content on to physical 3D objects using Isadora*. Students will have the opportunity to put these techniques to use by workshopping with assigned actors, playwrights, and other key players in the professional arts and theatre industry. * Working knowledge of Isadora is a requirement to take this course. Successful completion of the "Projection Mapping for Artists 101" course will suffice. See the work of past students that have taken this course here: http://projectionmappingworkshops.com/student-work ### Learning Objectives * Theory: best practices for digital augmentation in a physical world, projection art, principles of light, colour theory and interaction design. * Learn the basics of GPU codecs ideal for multiple simultaneous playback in a real-time environment. * Image/Video Production: make digital content your own through filters, compositing, special effects, editing, masking, keying. * Projection Mapping & Interaction: map your own customized images and videos onto 3D surfaces, and develop manual & live input as actuators. * Conceptual Development: learn to articulate and execute a raw idea from inception to a real-world exhibition. * Industry Engagement: deliver an innovative and sustainable production in collaboration with industry partner. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1559955576-projectionmapping7-1.jpg CONFIRMED
July 21, 12:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre

Shai Heredia presents Uday Shakar's Kalpana

2019-06-26T19:00:00.000-04:00 2019-06-26T21:30:00.000-04:00 A special screening of the new restoration of Uday Shankar's KALPANA (1947) by Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project. Presented by curator Shai Heredia. “A great work of hallucinatory, homemade expressionism and ecstatic beauty, Uday Shankar’s KALPANA (Imagination) is one of the enduring classics of Indian cinema. Shankar, the brother of the great Ravi Shankar, was one of the central figures in the history of Indian dance, fusing Indian classical forms with western techniques. In the late 30s, he established his own dance academy in the Himalayas, whose students included his brother Ravi and future filmmaker Guru Dutt (who worked as an assistant on Kalpana). After the closure of the academy in the early 40s, Shankar started preparations on his one and only film, many years in the making. "Kalpana, with an autobiographical narrative of a dancer who dreams of establishing his own academy (starring Shankar and his wife, the great Amala Shankar – the film also marks the debut of Padmini, who was 17 years old at the time), is one of the few real 'dance films' – in other words, a film that doesn’t just include dance sequences, but whose primary physical vocabulary is dance. A commercial failure when it was released, the film is now regarded, justifiably, as a creative peak in the history of independent Indian filmmaking.”- Martin Scorsese Shai Heredia is a filmmaker and curator of film art and founder and director of Experimenta India. She was programmer for the 2019 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar and has curated experimental film programs at film festivals and art venues worldwide, including the Berlinale, Germany and the Tate Modern, London. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1560901007-6487132625333697700614402956599810905341952n.jpg CONFIRMED
June 26, 7:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Somewherelse

A Piece Of Me

2019-06-22T14:00:00.000-04:00 2019-06-22T22:30:00.000-04:00 Somewherelse presents a special one-day immersive exhibition to launch international filmmaker Sara Elgamal’s latest documentary film “A Piece Of Me.” Shot in the breathtaking desert of the Afar region in Ethiopia, “A Piece Of Me” is a visually stunning campaign that celebrates the strength and stories of women who refuse to be defined by their past trauma. Produced in collaboration with UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, “A Piece Of Me” tells the story of Zahra, Abida and Khadija, three survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM), with the aim of raising global awareness of the urgent need to take action to help end FGM. This special one-day exhibit produced by Somewherelse will bring to life “A Piece Of Me” via multimedia, site-specific installations to inspire and educate. ## Schedule Daytime Exhibit runs from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM and guests are welcome to drop in any time. “A Piece Of Me” is a short film series and will be running on a loop throughout the exhibit. Evening Reception starts at 7:00 PM and is 19+. This is a private event, to request tickets please RSVP at the Eventbrite link. Somewherelse is a Toronto-based, artist-to-brand experiential team. We are thrilled to partner with Sara and UNFPA to bring "A Piece Of Me" to life, immersing attendees in the experience of this truly necessary conversation. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1560037009-6185027310715930996925614082946445886357504o.jpg CONFIRMED
June 22, 2:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Gamma Space Collaborative Studio + Toronto Lit Up

Toronto Lit Up: Meat and Bone

2019-06-27T19:00:00.000-04:00 2019-06-27T21:00:00.000-04:00 Join [Conundrum Press](https://www.conundrumpress.com/new-titles/meat-bone/) and the Toronto International Festival of Authors in celebrating the release of Kat Verhoeven’s *Meat and Bone* through Toronto Lit Up! ### ABOUT THE BOOK A queer slice-of-life drama about dating and eating. Anne thinks that getting a new place with her two best friends will be a fresh start — then she meets Marshall, the girl downstairs. Their friendship will trigger body image issues she thought she had left behind. Meanwhile, Gwen tries out polyamorous dating and Jane practically moves into the gym, where she quietly works through her problems and those of her friends. In Meat and Bone, Kat Verhoeven winds these threads into an unflinching, beautifully illustrated exploration of how three Toronto women define themselves. ### ABOUT THE AUTHOR Kat Verhoeven is a Canadian cartoonist living in Toronto. She received a degree in illustration from OCAD University, where she made her first zines, including "The Artichoke.” Her first graphic novel, Towerkind, was nominated for a Doug Wright Award and an Ignatz Award, and her work has been featured in a range of publications including 3x3 Magazine, Broken Pencil, and Creative Quarterly. Her most recent book is Meat and Bone, a queer slice-of-life drama about dating and eating. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1559662512-mb-cover-3.jpg CONFIRMED
June 27, 7:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre + EMILIA-AMALIA

simultaneities in reflexivities

2019-06-13T19:00:00.000-04:00 2019-06-13T21:00:00.000-04:00 EMILIA-AMALIA continues its yearlong collaboration with the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), titled HOLES AND HOW TO FILL THEM, through a program of curated screenings. Inviting emerging artists and curators to respond to EMILIA-AMALIA's programming, and to the CFMDC film collection, these screenings activate holes, gaps and omissions as artistic and political strategies. Curated by Calla Durose-Moya, "simultaneities in reflexivities: absence/presence ⋆ seer/seen" is a program that engages with and revisits performance-for-camera work made by women and non-binary video artists in Canada. Through a variety of methods and materials, these artists’ works demonstrate that vulnerability is not only an affective modality, but also a political statement. Featuring works by Sylvia Laliberté, Emily Vey Duke, Bridget Moser, oualie frost, Camila Salcedo, Kate Craig, Susan Britton and Martha Davis. Run time: 1 hour 22 min. Selected films: * "Papillon cerise" by Sylvie Laliberté (1997) * "The Fine Arts by Emily Vey Duke (2002) * "Asking For A Friend" by Bridget Moser (2013) * "ADinHD" by oualie frost (2019) * "Tear Gas (Bombas Lacrimógenas)" by Camila Salcedo (2016) * "Delicate Issue" by Kate Craig (1979) * "Why I Hate Communism No. 1" by Susan Britton (1976) * "Applying and Removing" by Martha Davis (1979) The screening is free and the venue is fully accessible. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1559573676-6141524320349930232970967081980903043366912o.jpg CONFIRMED
June 13, 7:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
IntersectTO

Building BIPOC Careers in Tech: A day of Portfolio-Building & Mentorship

2019-06-15T13:00:00.000-04:00 2019-06-15T16:00:00.000-04:00 Building BIPOC Careers in Tech is an opportunity for early-career folks who identify as Black, Indigenous, and POC to work on building or strengthening their online portfolios/resumes, and connect with experienced BIPOC individuals in the tech industry. Participants will have the opportunity to: * Work on building their online portfolios or resumes with tips and guidance from BIPOC mentors working in the Toronto tech field * Connect with, and receive career mentorship from, professionals in various areas of the technology industry (UX, product management, development etc.) * Get a professional portrait taken for your website or online portfolio ### About the day The afternoon will kick-off with a 30-minute mini-workshop on building your online portfolio. Participants can then split up into two breakout rooms with the following activities: Portfolio Coworking Time: Work on your online portfolio amongst fellow BIPOCs - whether it’s building one from scratch, or strengthening an existing one! We’ll have volunteer mentors available to give you tips and guidance if needed. “Lightning” Mentorship Sessions: Want to learn more about the different aspects of the tech industry? We’ll have BIPOCs with experience in areas including UX, product management, web development and others available to chat with you in a series of 10-minute 1:1 sessions. Details on how to sign up for a mentorship slot in advance will be sent upon registration, and there will be opportunity to sign up on the day-of as well! Portrait station: We’ll have a professional photographer on-site for 10-minute portrait photography sessions. Details on how to sign up for a slot will be provided the week before the event, so please keep an eye on your inbox! Priority for portraits will be given to Black, Indigenous, QPOC, WOC and disabled BIPOC job-seeking individuals. What should you bring? Yourself and a positive, inquisitive mind! Definitely bring your laptop if you are interested in spending the afternoon working on your online portfolio. We can also provide guidance if you have your resume or portfolio available in digital format on your phone or tablet. If you are interested in receiving a professional headshot in our booth, feel free to dress appropriately for that as well. Interested in getting involved as a mentor or volunteer? ### A BIPOC-only event This evening of community talks is intended to be a safer, dedicated space for BIPOC to share ideas and learn. Please register for the event only if you identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a person of colour. https://www.datocms-assets.com/5128/1540408014-prism.png CONFIRMED
June 15, 1:00 PM
2019
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON
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
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
2019
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
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
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
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/5128/1560616544-tmac-promotion.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/5128/1560616544-tmac-promotion.png CONFIRMED
April 30, 6:30 PM
2018
Toronto Media Arts Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto
ON