View this email in your browser
CPAMO's News

Welcome to the 23nd Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario  (CPAMO) newsletter. This is a regular digest that will introduce you to, and keep you updated on CPAMO’s initiatives, and act as a portal to relevant research in the field of pluralism in the arts, innovative artists, and links to interesting talks about pluralism in the arts. The newsletter is intended to be your go-to resource for information on cultural pluralism in the arts.
You have received this e-mail because you are a member of the CPAMO listserv. Please let others who share our professional and artistic interests know about this listserv and encourage them to subscribe by visiting: . The listserv is moderated and is for sending out newsletters and CPAMO updates. You may unsubscribe at any time. 


Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) is a movement of Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists working with presenters to empower the arts communities of Ontario. CPAMO seeks to open opportunities for Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists to engage with presenters - in theatre, music, dance, visual arts - across Ontario and to enable presenters to develop constructive relationships with Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists.
CPAMO is supported by Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists who are involved in theatre, music, dance and literary arts. They are members of CPAMO’s Roundtable and include representatives of Sampradaya Dance, Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Little Pear Garden Theatre Collective, Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Kaha:wi Dance, Sparrow in the Room, b-current, why not theatre, urban arts and backforward collective, TeyyaPeya Productions, Culture Days, Sheyanne Productions, Obsidian Theatre, the Collective of Black Artists, CanAsian Dance and others.
With the involvement of artists from these organizations, CPAMO is working with Community Cultural Impresarios (CCI), Canadian Dance Assembly and their members to build their capacities, cultural competencies and understanding of pluralism in the arts so that these members engage artists from these communities and, thereby, enable audiences across Ontario to access artistic expressions from diverse communities on a regular basis.
CPAMO gratefully acknowledges the funding support it has received for its activities from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Back to top 


During the winter months, CPAMO held and supported a number of activities.  These were Making A Successful Pitch and two projects led by Circadia Indigena (Ottawa) as well as Aluna Theatre in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts. 

CPAMO provided a session for its Roundtable members and others interested in learning best approaches to making a ‘pitch’ to presenters to stage their works. Over the past years, CPAMO Roundtable members such as Manifesto, KasheDance, FuGen Asian Theatre, Sampradaya Dance Creations, IMAGINATIVE Film Festival, Red Sky Performance, South Asian Visual Arts Collective, why not theatre and others have made successful ‘ptiches’ to Luminato, University of Toronto Scarborough, Hart House, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Rose Theatre (Brampton) and other venues. 
This session paired CPAMO members with the presenters across the GTA and featured the following speakers:
  • Lata Pada, Sampradaya Dance Creations;
  • Naomi Campbell, Luminato Festival;
  • Ronnie Brown, Oakville Centre for the Arts;
  • Ravi Jain (tentative), why not theatre; and
  • Daniel Northway-Frank, ImagiNative Film Festival. 
“We will meet at the intersections of Culture, Story, Tradition and History…”
Coordinated by Jerry Longboat, Artistic Director of Circadia Indigena, the second Winter Village of Aboriginal Culture was held in Ottawa over the weekend of    .  The Festival was a Cultural Gathering bringing together Aboriginal Orators, Traditionalists, and Cultural Presenters within a traditional storytelling format. The objective was to create an open, welcoming and intimate space for sharing traditional stories and culture at the time of mid-Winter, the First Nation’s “New Year”, which marks the return of the sun with ceremony and thanksgiving.
The vision for the Festival vision was to:
  • Connect, share, and engage in meaningful discussion and dialogue inspired by Aboriginal story and oral traditions;
  • Highlight the diverse and distinct cultures of First Nation’s, Inuit, and Metis peoples in the region; and
  • Respond to the City of Ottawa, Council-approved renewed action plan for arts, heritage and culture.
The Festival included such events as:
  • Ame Papatsie - Inuit Stories
  • Children’s Story by Wendi Reed , Rebekah Wilson
  • Christopher Folz - the Language of the Winter Season (Ojibway Language Speaker)
  • Neal Freeland - Storytelling / Spoken Word with images 
  • Children’s Indigenous Film
  • Elder Kaheti:io (Jan) Longboat – Winter Teachings
  • Geronimo talks about his Sound Art and Spins Tunes
  • Gsinaa (It's cold!), Indigenous Short Film Program – Curator Howard Adler (Ojibway)
For more information, see -

ALUNA THEATRE and panamerican ROUTES
Aluna Theatre in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts held the second edition of panamerican ROUTES | RUTAS panamericanas: an International Festival of Performing Arts, February 27 and March 9, 2014, at the newly opened Daniels Spectrum. This theatre event brought together Canadian, Indigenous and Latin American artists from across the Americas including Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, the United States and Canada.
The series of activities during this festival included main stage performances, gallery exhibits, installations, concerts, and master classes with international artists and an engaging four-day conference on performance and human rights where artists, academics and activists met with the public to discuss how art can mobilize social change.
“Since our first festival in 2012 we’ve traveled around the Americas to find some of the most fascinating and controversial performers,” says festival director Beatriz Pizano. “These artists have incredibly strong messages and are not afraid to shatter the status quo.”
For more information, please see:

Back to top 


Since being formed in 2013, the Advisory Committee has been meeting quarterly to give input into CPAMO project development and to meet with public and other funders to secure support for these projects. After our last newsletter, the Advisory Committee has been joined by:
  • Soheil Parsa, Modern Times Theatre
  • Bea Pisano, Aluna Theatre
  • Jason Ryle, ImagiNative
  • Lata Pada, Sampradaya Dance Creations
  • Ravi Jain, why not theatre
  • Millie Knapp, Association of Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts
  • Rebecca Belmore, Playwrights Guild of Canada
 The Advisory Committee has given input to projects CPAMO is developing to continue its work.  These projects, a mentorship program and a collaborative shared service model, are discussed below.  For more information on the Advisory Committee click here.

Back to top 


As a follow-up to its 2012-3 Roundtable member survey and interviews, CPAMO is responding to the issues, concerns and needs expressed in these data gathering processes.  Elements of these were addressed in CPAMO’s 2013 Annual Report and in its 22nd newsletter released in February 2014 (   
Two projects that have been developed to meet the needs expressed by CPAMO Roundtable members are for a Mentorship Project and a Collaborative Shared Practice model.  These two projects are discussed briefly below as well as information on how CPAMO Roundtable members and others might contribute to their development.
In the spring, 2013 Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) developed a pilot project entitled Advancing Pluralism in the Arts.  With the involvement of the CPAMO Advisory Committee, this project has been developed to build the capacities of CPAMO’s Roundtable Members and other Aboriginal and ethno-racial arts organizations who live and work in Toronto.  The components of this project seek to enable these arts organizations to develop organizational resilience through a combined approach of individual and group learning and knowledge-sharing to address such key organizational functions as:
  1. data management for financial controls and reporting, sponsor and audience engagement;
  2. governance structures and processes, including board and volunteer engagement;
  3. mentorship and knowledge-sharing between small and large arts organizations; and
  4. curriculum development for community and/or school-based programs.
These issues were identified as important to CPAMO Roundtable members in a survey completed in December 2012 and interviews with 15 CPAMO Roundtable members from January – June 2013.  Based on the survey and interviews, the areas of most need included:
  • Developing promotional/marketing, community engagement and audience development strategies aimed at connecting with diverse communities, particularly Aboriginal and ethno-racial communities interested in the arts;
  • Enhancing understanding of how to attract private sector foundations and corporate sponsors interested in the arts; and
  • Providing organizational support to enhance the effectiveness of financial and administrative systems, including data base management.
This survey clearly indicated that there is a gap impacting on the creative success of small Aboriginal and ethno-racial arts organizations in Toronto. CPAMO’s approach in addressing this gap is to take lessons from initiatives by our many partners and by engaging these resources to build a program that will effect real change in capacity and equity. The CPAMO Advisory Committee’s participation is indicative of the recognition of need for new ways to achieve a positive outcome for these organizations that are at the leading edge of Canadian cultural development in Toronto. CPAMO’s work over the past four years has reinforced the need  for new ways of doing business  and helping create success. This has been further reinforced in recent reports by the Metcalf Foundation on “Shared Platforms” and “Choreographing our Future” and further through CPAMO’s participation in Ontario Non-Profit Network and Laidlaw Foundation working groups on platforms.

Further, CPAMO’s work with large arts organizations, arts presenters and umbrella organizations has demonstrated that there is a significant opportunity to create a reciprocal approach to meeting needs that will create a more sustainable environment for creative development. To provide a mutually beneficial exchange, the survey and interviews indicated that Aboriginal and ethno-racial arts organizations can offer the following to large arts organizations:
  • Information on how to connect with Aboriginal and/or diverse communities through community engagement, programming and community media;
  • Standards of excellence and artistic practices stemming from Aboriginal and ethno-racial communities; and
  • Access to volunteers from diverse communities.
This one-year project proposal focuses on one component of these identified needs – mentorships.  The purpose of mentorships is to engage Aboriginal and ethno-racial arts organizations with large arts organizations to develop a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and skills and to initiate collaborations between them.

It is designed to support Aboriginal and ethno-racial arts organizations and large arts organizations in their efforts to address some immediate needs in tangible and measureable ways.  As such, this project proposal identifies a strategic approach to bringing these arts organizations together to develop and implement resource sharing for mutual benefit.

The Proposed Approach:

This project aims to deliver opportunities for Aboriginal and ethno-racial arts organizations to:
  1. develop their administrative functions in such areas as database management, reporting and financial controls;
  2. stage their performances in venues operated by larger arts organizations;
  3. enhance their understanding of the decision-making processes regarding submission of proposals for performances; and
  4. develop their understanding of fundraising and revenue strategies for capital and/or program purposes.
This project also aims to deliver opportunities for larger arts organizations to:
  1. enhance their understanding of diverse communities and how they access information about available cultural activities and resources;
  2. enhance their entry points into diverse communities for purposes of building relationships  that will support marketing and community/audience development;
  3. develop collaborative promotional mechanisms and programming with Aboriginal and ethno-racial arts organizations ;
  4. attract volunteers, advisory participants, board members  and other resources from diverse communities.
The methodology of this project is to focus on mentorships engage Aboriginal and ethno-racial arts organizations with large arts organizations to develop a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and skills and to initiate collaborations between them.
There are four (4) components to this project:
  1. Outreach and Set-up
  2. Matching Organizations and Developing Knowledge-Sharing Activities
  3. Learning Circles and Collaborative Knowledge-Sharing
  4. Assessment and Next Steps
For each of these approaches to be successful, there must be at the outset the building and establishment of mutually respectful and beneficial relationships. In this context, this project makes the fundamental assumption that all participants are willing and able to receive and share knowledge and skills that are important to their organization’s operations.

Based on this, Goals, Objectives, Activities, Timelines, Outcomes and resource requirements are identified for each of these project components.  For more information on this project proposal, see:

At the end of 2012, CPAMO completed a survey of its Roundtable members.  This survey provided information that led to the implementation of CPAMO’s programs and services in 2013 and the development of activities for 2014.  The survey results and CPAMO programs and services are summarized in the 2013 Annual Report (

One of the key issues evident in the recent survey has led CPAMO to developing The 'Advancing Pluralism' program, an important part of CPAMO’s initiative moving forward. A copy of the CPAMO consultation document on this program is attached as reference for this survey which seeks to acquire from you more detailed information of our service offering and it’s relevance to Aboriginal and ethno-racial arts’ organizations. We need your help to ensure the future of CPAMO program development meets your needs. This will address current models of shared services and the feasibility of these models to support the proposed 'Advancing Pluralism' program. 

The information received will also determine the best organizational model for CPAMO to support you. In the last year, CPAMO has been participating in discussions with funders about shared services and shared platform models to allow artists to focus on their art.  CPAMO has also developed a strong Advisory Committee to give input into our future growth and to build connections that advance the interests of Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists (See Terms of Reference and Membership -  The Advisory Committee has given CPAMO very valuable advice on what is needed to support the pending Advancing Pluralism Program e.g., arts incubator, collaborative/co-op model or 'Shared Platform' and how this will inform current and future models promoting pluralism in the arts.

To provide your thoughts on these new projects, you are invited to attend consultations on the Advancing Pluralism Program held on Tuesday, June 3 from 2-5 p.m. and June 4 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  If you wish to attend, please register:

Tuesday, June 3:
Wednesday, June 4:

The consultation document can be seen at
Now in its draft stages, CPAMO is putting forward a framework to discuss the development of a project entitled Advancing Pluralism – Developing A Collaborative Community of Practice to Support Aboriginal and Ethno-Racial Arts’ Organizations. This process will explore the feasibility of the proposed CPAMO project, including ways to establish and attract the funding to sustain it. 

CPAMO has been in operation since 2009 and has worked in partnership with a number of organizations to promote pluralism in the arts and to support Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists and arts organizations.  This has been done through workshops, collaborations, public forums, research, publication and knowledge-sharing. 
To support and assist in the development of this project, CPAMO established an Advisory Committee. The project is on the CPAMO website: The purpose of this consultation document is to receive feedback from CPAMO members and other interested organizations on this project proposal.  This will assist CPAMO in preparing for its next phase of activities.

Guiding Principles: Since its establishment in 2009, CPAMO has been guided by a commitment to equity and shared learning in the arts.   With the involvement of Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists, CPAMO works to build relationships, capacities, cultural competencies and understanding of pluralism in the arts to enhance the profile of Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists, build the interest and capacities of presenters and enable audiences across Ontario to access high quality artistic expressions from diverse communities on a regular basis.
Through its initiatives, CPAMO has identified several challenges that are impacting the broader goal of equity and pluralism in the arts.  CPAMO has convened numerous workshops, Town Halls, conducted research and issued reports on these matters.  Several of these can be viewed on CPAMO’s website ( which has documented these sessions, many of which have been conducted with CPAMO members as workshop resources and performers.  CPAMO has also included art services organizations and major funders in the planning and implementation of these activities.

In developing the Advancing Pluralism project, CPAMO seeks to continue its work in this process of capacity building, shared learning and contributing value within the arts ecology.

Since its beginnings, CPAMO has been a project aimed at enhancing the profile of Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists and arts’ organizations.  While this has served CPAMO’s activities well in the past, particularly its approach in working in partnership with Ontario Presents (formerly named Community Cultural Impresarios), we are now feeling the need to incorporate and establish a formal board of directors and members, including varying member fees. 
This will allow CPAMO to apply for funds directly and to put in place the standard accountability structures, including a board of directors, that guide most arts organizations.  It will also clarify questions we’ve been receiving about the purpose and nature of the Creator’s Roundtable, how to join CPAMO and the ongoing work of the CPAMO Advisory Committee.
We’ll keep you informed about this process as we aim to have it in place by the beginning of 2015.

Back to top


Many of you may have heard that the so-called largest Canadian performing arts organizations gather every year for a Summit.  Supported by Business for the Arts (Bfta), this Summit brings together the artistic directors, chief executive officers, general managers, board chairs and others of such arts organizations as the National Ballet (company and school), the Royal Ontario Museum, Ballet B.C. and Alberta Ballet, Roy Thompson Hall, the McMichael Gallery, TIFF and several others.
To broaden the conversation, this year a call for nominations was sent out by Bfta to involve artists in smaller organizations to participate in the three –day event held in March at the Banff Centre for the Arts.  Seven ‘Community Fellows’, as they were called, were chosen and CPAMO’s Project Lead, charles c. smith, was one.  The Summit was also ‘live streamed’ to well over 700 people across Canada.
As part of his contributions to this Summit, charles raised several of the concerns articulated over the years by CPAMO Roundtable members and through CPAMO initiatives, e.g., its workshops, Town Halls, correspondence and showcases.  A particular concern charles raised was regarding the mismatch between those who normally gather for this Summit and the rapidly growing number of Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists/arts organizations as well as the changing demographics of Canadian cities, large and small.  Of equal concern, charles spoke to the funding and resource challenges many Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists/arts organizations are facing and that providing access to increase funding for these groups is vital to the growth and development of Canadian arts and culture.
For more information on the Summit, click here.     

Back to top


The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) came into existence in  a few years ago.   Comprised of representatives of arts organizations across Canada, the CAC actively supports and makes presentations to the federal government, the Canada Council for the Arts and other bodies concerning its views about the state of the arts in Canada and what needs to be done to improve.
As is stated on its website, “The CAC was originally assembled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canada Council for the Arts and to advocate for the Government of Canada to further invest in stable, long term support that increases the Canada Council’s budget by an additional $100 million per annum. We believe the Canada Council is fundamental to the cultural infrastructure of Canada as the key public vehicle for supporting the promotion and development of the arts in Canada. In 2007, we applauded the federal government for a $30 million permanent increase to the Canada Council for the Arts.”
 CPAMO’s Project Lead was invited to join the CAC Steering Committee in 2013 and has been an active member since that time, providing input on concerns expressed by CPAMO members and the research conducted by CPAMO. 
One of the key activities of the CAC is to reach to local members of parliament in their communities to express the concerns of artists.  This is called Campaign 308.  The CAC also provided a section to the Alternative Budget developed and submitted each year by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (  In each of these, CPAMO has worked with the CAC to reflect the concerns of Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists are shared with CPAMO through its research, consultations, workshops and Town Halls.
You may wish to receive information directly from the CAC.  If you do, please contact Melissa Gruber at and she will place you on the CAC’s list-serve where you will receive regular updates on the CAC’s activities.

Back to top


The City of Ottawa in collaboration with the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership will be convening its second Welcome Ottawa Week (WOW).  WOW is a week-long festival of various activities – forums, arts performances, sports events – that will be held from June 23-30, 2014 in various locations across the City of Ottawa. CPAMO’s Porject Lead is on the steering committee for this series of activities and, as a follow-up to last year’s contribution, CPAMO will host three events this year.  These are: the MASC Monday Cabaret; a Town Hall on Collaboration and Resource-Sharing in the Arts; and Indigenous Walking Tours
MASC Monday is an informal coffee house, developed as an opportunity for MASC artists to get together in a casual space to share their talents, talk, eat and drink.  Reaching a larger audience in the neighborhoods we serve, our artists meet their public.  Performances are 15 minutes or so each, depending on the number of artists wishing to perform in any one evening.  A collaboration may erupt with sounds and sights across disciplines and styles, played together, creating new and unpredictable experiences for the audience and artist alike!  This will be held on Monday June 23, 2014 from 7 – 10 p.m.
 The Town Hall on Collaborations and Resource Sharing is a forum for artists and arts organizations to develop strategies on how to work together in supportive and joint projects.  This session will be a follow-up to those held in June and November 2013 () and will assist the local planning group in mapping out its activities for the 2015-2018 years.  The will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at OLIP offices at 219 Argyle Street.
Indigenous Walks is a fun yet educational way to learn about Indigenous Peoples experiences in Ottawa. This guided walk and talk provides a layer of knowledge of the Nation’s Capital through the eyes of an Indigenous person.  On the land of the Algonquin Peoples called Turtle Island, this tour will guide participants through Indigenous social, political, cultural and artistic spaces. From the totem pole in Confederation Park to the Three Watchmen sculpture near Major’s Hill Park, you will get to know Ottawa like you have never known it before!  This tour will be held on Tuesday June 24, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. The tour will begin at the Canadian Tribute to the Human Rights Monument in front of the Ottawa City Hall near Elgin. Email ahead to book a spot.  From time to time, Indigenous Walks participants will become special guests to generous hosts of this land through spot talks given by local Indigenous storytellers and knowledge keepers.

Back to top



The Canada Council for the Arts recently announced that Kevin A. Ormsby, CPAMO’s Project Coordinator, is one of the seven winners of the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton awards, worth $15,000 each, which recognizes outstanding mid-career artists in the seven disciplines funded by the Canada Council: dance, inter-arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts and writing and publishing. The prizes were created in 1967 using funds from a generous bequest made by the late Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton to the Canada Council. The winners were chosen from the pool of applicants from the Grants to Professional Artists programs during the 2013‑14 fiscal year.
Artistic Director of KasheDance, Kevin A. Ormsby works as a dance teacher, choreographer, movement coach and arts marketing consultant. He danced with Garth Fagan Dance (N.Y.), Ballet Creole and in works by Marie Josée Chartier, Allison Cummings, Ron K. Brown, Menaka Thakkar, Mark Morris and Bill T. Jones. As the Project Coordinator for Arts CPAMO, he delivers programming in professional and organizational development. Ormsby is a published author in Pluralism in the Arts in Canada: A Change is Gonna Come by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and is a Board Member of Prologue to the Performing Arts, Nia Centre for the Arts and now sits on Toronto Arts Council’s Dance Committee.

Back to top


Since 2002, CPAMO’s Project Lead, charles c smith, has been the Lecturer, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts at the University of Toronto Scarborough.  During this time, he taught courses in Arts Management on equity and diversity in arts organizations and coordinated various lectures and performances featuring Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists.  As of July 1, 2014, charles’ will assume new duties as the Cultural Liaison in the Dean’s office where he will coordinate the Snider Lecture Series and the Robert Ho Foundation program in Buddhism and society.  He will also be teaching two new courses – one in Historical and Cultural Studies and an interdisciplinary creative writing Course in English.
Since 2004, charles has published four books - 'Feminism, Law and Inclusion' (co-edit), 'Conflict, Crisis and Accountability: Racial Profiling and Law Enforcement in Canada', 'Anti-racism in Education: Missing in Action' (write/edit), 'Pluralism in the Arts in Canada: A Change is Gonna Come' (write/edit). charles also has had numerous poems and articles published in various literary and scholarly magazines and books, e.g. Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, Alberta Law Review, Stanford Law Review, U. of T. Press, Captus Press. In addition, he began the 'wind in the leaves collective' - an interdisciplinary performance group - in 2009 and this group has performed in several spaces, including a showcase at 2013 Ontario Contact.

charles new book of poetry, ‘travelogue of the bereaved’, will be published by TSAR Publications and appearing soon.  In the fall, his book on the criminalization of Black youth is scheduled to be out. 

Back to top


The Graphic Art of Hajime Sawada
May 5-30, 2014
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre 
6 Garamond Ct  Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5
The Arts Committee of the JCCC is very pleased to announce an exhibition of the works of the community’s very own Hajime Sawada – long time volunteer and supporter of the Centre, and former Art Director at the CBC.

Over the span of 28 years with the CBC, Mr. Sawada had a hand in the creation of much of the art and illustration work featured across the CBC’s many platforms, from a time before advanced computer technology. From portraiture of former CBC Presidents, to illustrations of CBC favourites Mr. Dressup’s Casey and Finnegan, the approximately 60-piece show will feature Mr. Sawada’s works spanning a wide range of mediums and topics.

At 2:00pm on Sunday May 25, 2014, the Arts Committee will host a reception and artist talk with Mr. Sawada, to enlighten visitors on his experiences – on Canada becoming his “second mother country”, to the 28 years he spent with the CBC, to which he still feels “extremely lucky!” to have had the opportunity.

Dear Armen: Audience Immersive Theatre
Presented by: Saboteur Productions
May 25, 2014 at 8pm
The Cabaret @ Buddies in Bad Times
12 Alexander Street, Toronto, ON
Inspired by the life of Armen Ohanian. Featuring Armenian dance, erotic performance, spoken word & live music.
An audience-immersive theater experience inspired by the life of Armen Ohanian, an enigmatic Armenian dancer and poet who survived early 20th-century anti-Armenian pogroms. Integrating Armenian dance, erotic performance, spoken word, and live music, Dear Armen follows young researcher Garineh as she delves into the life and art of Ohanian in search of a role model and mentor; unraveling questions about her own gender, sexuality, ethnicity, family, and the role of the artist in modern life.
Cost: Tickets are available at the door. General: $25 | Pre-reserved: $20 | Students: $15
For more information contact: Kamee Abrahamian | 514-262-5879 | |

Ballet Creole - Spring Rites
May 22-24, 2014 at 8pm
Fleck Dance Theatre
207 Queens Quay West 
Ballet Creole celebrates spring with artistic director Patrick Parson’s resurrection of his classical piece, Spring Rites. Mozart, Haydn and Schubert provide the musical score as dancers explore the relationship and interactions with the elements of nature in spring and the freedom and joy this season represents in Canada. Combining jazz, contemporary and Afro-Caribbean dance, Spring Rites is truly a multi-cultural Canadian celebration of our unique climate.
Associate choreographer Gabby Kamino will also provide a bold new choreography pushing the boundaries of movement and evoking the emotions of the dancers and the audience.
In anticipation of Ballet Creole’s 25th anniversary, Spring Rites will demonstrate the longevity and quality of this contemporary Afro-Caribbean dance company and provide an exciting evening of dance which seeks to build upon Ballet Creole’s ground-breaking legacy of providing a unique Canadian/Afro-Centric style that is accessible, entertaining, and thought provoking dance for all to enjoy.
Tickets:  $20-$45 | To buy tickets:

Scarborough Film Festival 
Presented by: University of Toronto
June 3 -8, 2014

Prepare yourself as Scarborough Gets Cinematic!

The 2nd annual Scarborough Film Festival will take place across multiple venues in Scarborough and East York to present and showcase the best and newest cinema from across the Globe. Films, guests, special free screenings, workshops, parties and of course more films, all is set to unfold during the most exciting 6 days in Scarborough's history! 
We hope you join us as we set to showcase Scarborough through the power of international films and multicultural cinema!

Costs: $10 - $19
Event takes place in multiple locations, please check the website for venue and scheduling information for each screening:
For more information contact: |  416-887-1516 

Akram Zaatari: The End of Time
June 28 - September 1, 2014
Opening Party: Friday, June 27,  2014 at 8pm
The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay West 
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8 
Artist Akram Zaatari examines how our individual experiences are deeply intertwined with specific cultural and political histories by collecting and recontextualizing a wide range of personal documents, including photographic archives, audiotapes and amily photographs for his narrative video and photo installations. 
Curator: Valerie Velardo
Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari examines how our individual experiences are deeply intertwined with specific cultural and political histories. Zaatari’s practice is rooted in collecting and recontextualizing a wide range of personal documents, including photographs, notes, audiotapes and other recordings, in order to create video and photo narratives. For his exhibition at The Power Plant, Zaatari will explore questions of memory, time, sexuality and human intimacy through his installationTime Capsule Simulation (2013) and his video The End of Time (2013). 

Zaatari first produced Time Capsule Kassel as a site-specific installation fordOCUMENTA (13) in 2012. The work offers a possible preservation scenario for the Arab Image Foundation, a non-profit organization co-founded by Zaatari in 1997 and holds more than 600,000 photographs from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab diaspora. Zaatari will couple Time Capsule with the video installation The End of Time; a work that poignantly examines the birth and the disappearance of desire, an endless chain with successive beginnings and endings enacted by three figures. Together, the works presented at The Power Plant highlight human connection to preservation: of life, love and desire. 

For more information:

Forbidden City at The Royal Ontario Museum 
Presented by: The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation
March 8 - September 1, 2014
Royal Ontario Museum 
100 Queen's Park, Toronto ON

For over 500 years, the gates of the world's largest imperial palace were closed to all but the emperor, his family and servants. This stunning new exhibition invites you to cross the threshold to see over 200 national treasures from Beijing's Palace Museum – some travelling outside China for the first time. Compelling characters, engaging stories, and family adventure frame these extraordinary objects as you journey from the gates of the outer court, through the inner court and into the emperor's private spaces, revealing the everyday lives of all those who paid a price to live inside The Forbidden City. 

Costs: $20 - $29 | Guided tours available for an extra $5. 

For more information: 416-586-8000 | |

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and Ustad Sukhwinder Bharj
Presented by: Kamaljit Kvirk
Jun 7, 2014 | 7pm-9pm
Lester B. Pearson Theatre
150 Central Park Drive, Brampton, ON
SPK Academy of Music proudly presents two of India's finest music legends – sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, and the dynamic tabla talent Ustad Sukhwinder Bharj
When the lyrical genius of the sitar meets his percussive complement on the tabla, it takes the performance art of Indian Classical music to new heights. 

Join us for an unforgettable evening for music lovers.
Cost: Tickets will vary from $25, $35, and $75 to $100 depending on seating section.
Ticket purchase URL:
For more information contact: Kamalji Kvirk | 647-262-2742 |

Muhtadi International Drumming Festival
Presented by: Muhtadi International Drumming Festival
Jun 7 -8, 2014
Woodbine Park, NE corner of Coxwell & Lakeshore Avenue E, Toronto
The Muhtadi International Drumming Festival is an annual event that celebrates the drum, its universality as an art form, and its cultural relevance today in communities around the world. The Festival is free to the public and accessible to everyone. The 2014 festival will celebrate their 15th anniversary. Where all cultures come together, drumming and dancing to one beat! 40+ local and national Drum Groups, Long & McQuade Drum Zone, interactive area and much more.
Cost: Free
For more information contact: Bruce Bradley | 416-848-3838 |

Back to top


Hetain Patel: Who am I? Think again 
About this talk: How do we decide who we are? Hetain Patel's surprising performance plays with identity, language and accent — and challenges you to think deeper than surface appearances. A delightful meditation on self, with performer Yuyu Rau, and inspired by Bruce Lee.
About the speakers: Hetain Patel  in his compelling stage works, Hetain Patel uses powerful imagery and storytelling to examine questions of identity.
Yuyu Rau's dance skills span a wide range, from ballet to contemporary to Chinese classical.

Anna Deavere Smith: Four American characters
About this talk: Writer and actor Anna Deavere Smith gives life to author Studs Terkel, convict Paulette Jenkins, a Korean shopkeeper and a bull rider, excerpts from her solo show "On the Road: A Search for American Character."
About the speaker: Anna Deavere Smith's ground-breaking solo shows blur the lines between theatre and journalism, using text from real-life encounters to create gripping portraits.

Back to top


As a resource to plan and coordinate its activities, CPAMO has set-up a Roundtable comprised of ethno-racial and Aboriginal creation-based arts organizations and individual artists from these communities.The members of the Roundtable are:
  • Anahita Azrahimi, Visual Artist
  • Denise Fujiwara, Canasian Dance
  • Charmaine Headley and Bakari Eddison Lindsay, Collective of Black Artists
  • Lata Pada, Sampradaya Dance Creations
  • Nova Bhattacharya, Nova Dance
  • Seema Jethalal, Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture
  • Anne Frost, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts/University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Phillip Akin, Obsidian Theatre
  • Marilo Nunez, Alameda Theatre
  • Mae Maracle, Centre for Indigenous Theatre
  • Brainard Bryden-Taylor, Nathaniel Dett Chorale
  • Emily Cheung, Little Pear Garden Theatre Collective
  • Spy Denome-Welch, Aboriginal Playwright
  • Sedina Fiati, Actor
  • Ravi Jain, why not theatre
  • Sinara Perdomo-Rozo, alucine latino film festival
  • Shannon Thunderbird, Teya Peya Productions
  • Olga Barrios, Olga Barrios Dance
  • Santee Smith, Kaha’wi Dance
  • Menaka Thakker, Menaka Thakkar Dance Company
  • Kevin Ormsby, Kashedance
  • Sandra Laronde, Red Sky Performance
  • Ahdri Zena Mandiella, b-current
  • David Yee, fu-GEN Theatre
  • Cahoots Theatre
  • Bea Pizano, Aluna Theatre
  • Korean Canadian Dance Studies of Canada
  • Millie Knapp, Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts
  • Gina Badger, Fuse Magazine
  • Harvey Weisfeld, wind in the leaves collective
  • Lua Shayenne Productions
  • Sheniz Janmohamed, Ignite Poets
Back to top


charles c. smith, Project Lead of CPPAMO
Lecturer, Cultural Pluralism and the Arts/University of Toronto Scarborough
Victoria Glizer, Project Assistant
Mailing Address:32 Costain Avenue, Toronto, ON M4E 2G6
Phone: 416-686-3039

Back to top
Copyright © 2014 Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp