Upcoming DD Workshop!

Check out “The Orchard” by 2016 DD playwright Sarena Parmar. The workshop, a play adapted from Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”,  is playing this Saturday, December 10th at 2:3opm. Admission is free but a ticket is needed to get into the Young Centre during the Christmas Market without paying for entry . . .

‘Belief’ by Mayank Bhatt

Congratulations to 2009 Mentee Mayank Bhatt who has officially launched his first novel ‘Belief’! There is coverage of Mayank’s reading and journey in the Toronto Star and Metro newspapers. For more information click on this link: https://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2016/11/21/an-immigrant-security-guards-triumphant-homecoming.html  . . .

‘Rootless’ a Workshop by Tijiki Morris

On October 30th, in the TPM Backspace, 2016 Diaspora Dialogues Playwright Tijiki Morris along with her dramaturge Jivesh Parasram will be presenting ‘Rootless’ as part of Theatre Passe Muraille’s Buzz Series. The workshop: Spinning with djin (spirit), nostalgia and half memories, Rootless follows Roya as she tries to ground herself and her mother years after they have come to a new country . . .

Diaspora Dialogues Returns to Nuit Blanche 

Diaspora Dialogues Returns to Nuit Blanche  Due to the success of Women on the Wall at Nuit Blanche last year, Diaspora Dialogues is proud to officially announce we will be returning on Saturday, October 1 for 2016! This year will feature NY-based, Canadian artist Alex Sheriff will illuminate the Artscape at 401 Richmond Street with an ecological video installation depicting the necessity of treating all matter with the same respect and care we reserve for humans . . .

Word On The Street

On Sunday, September 25th, from 3 to 5 pm, Diaspora Dialogues is participating in the Word On The Street Toronto Festival! Hosted by Aparita Bhandari and featuring Judy Fong Bates, Marjorie Chan, George Elliott Clarke, and Cherie Dimaline, this year’s panel will explore the multifaceted question: How would one write Toronto in the future? Based on the city’s current trajectory, would a book or a play taking place in 2030 or 2040 Toronto be a dystopian piece or utopian? What characterizes each fate in the context of the city? Our panel will also have an interactive component, allowing audience members to partake — in which a select few will have the chance to write a paragraph to be critiqued by the panelists . . .

Fortune Telling at Camp Wavelength

Diaspora Dialogues is proud to announce our presence at the second annual Camp Wavelength, Toronto’s only music festival to offer overnight camping! From August 19 to 21, come explore a huge array of musical acts, from indie rock to hypnotic psychedelic, on the beautiful Toronto Island at Artscape Gibraltar Point . . .

Diaspora Dialogues Celebrates Indigenous Literature at the Evergreen Brick Works

Sunday June 19, 2016, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. North Pavilion sharing Circle at the Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave Join Diaspora Dialogues for National Aboriginal Day at Evergreen Brick Works, for an afternoon of literature showcasing the works of Indigenous writers, poets and spoken word artists and their contributions to Canadian culture and heritage . . .

A Word of Advice on Grant Writing

Grant Writing Intro

With the June 15th TAC Grant for Writers fast approaching, Diaspora Dialogues asked TAC Dance Officer and Literary Officer, Timea Wharton-Suri, a few questions. 1. What is your role as a Literature Officer for the TAC? The Officer helps guide applicants through the entire application process, answering questions before the deadline, providing feedback on draft applications, and then answering questions after the results are released . . .

Reimagining our History—DD at Doors Open

Reimagining Our History

Canada’s defining attributes are its multiculturalism and inclusivity. Yet, we tend to tell Canadian history through the eyes of the white settler. For Doors Open 2016, Diaspora Dialogues has invited some of the city’s finest writers, spoken word artists, and playwrights to explore a moment or figure from Canadian history reimagined in a more diverse and inclusive lens . . .