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 . . .

Reimagining our History

Diaspora Dialogues invites you to join us for a weekend of readings reimagining Canadian history. Our country’s defining attributes are its multiculturalism and inclusivity. Yet, we tend to tell Canadian history through the eyes of the white settler . . .

Spurring the Spoken Word


Omar Musa, a Malaysian-Australian author, rapper, and poet kicked off the entire festival. We were so thrilled he joined us all the way from Queanbeyan, Australia to regale us with his melodic spoken word readings—even weathering the unusually frigid April temperatures . . .

DD at Spur

Spur Festival

Diaspora Dialogues is pleased to announce it’s programmed a number of established and emerging spoken word artists and poets to open Spur Toronto’s panels. Omar Musa will be reading his work at the opening session of Spur festival on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m . . .