Daily Archives: March 10, 2010

Event: A Reading of Reconciliation By Andrew Binks, Foundry Theatre Company & Native Earth Performing Arts

  • March 29th
  • 7pm (Doors open at 6:30)
  • The Rearview Mirror
  • 193 ½ Baldwin Street
  • Tickets: PWYC

Long-time Member of Parliament Jim Jespersson seeks to raise his flagging popularity, and ultimately attain a cabinet position, by holding media whiz-kid reporter Sam Yam (who had allegedly slandered Jespersson) hostage until he has brainstormed Jespersson’s redemption. Sam stumbles upon a large skeleton at the Jespersson family marina, neglected since the Japanese internment in World War Two, and dating back to unsettled native land claims. When questions of property, ownership and love rear their needy heads, Jespersson discovers that some solutions aren’t a simple matter of reconciliation.

About the Playwright
Andrew Binks has worked, written, acted and taught across the globe, from Fringe Festival solo shows, to the Stratford Festival, to Da Vinci’s Inquest, to modeling in Paris, to teaching business English in Japan. Binks holds a BA in Drama from Queen’s University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. A finalist in the Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Contest and This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, Binks’ fiction, non-fiction, and poetry has appeared in Galleon, Prism International, Harrington Gay Men’s Literary Quarterly, Bent Magazine, the Globe and Mail, Xtra, Queen’s Alumni Review, Quill’s lust issue, and the Velvet Avalanche poetry anthology. He recently spoke on behalf of UBC at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in New York City on the challenges and benefits of multi-genre creative writing programs. After fifteen years in Vancouver, he has returned to Ontario.

About the Director
Yvette Nolan* is a playwright, director and dramaturg.  Her plays include BLADE, Job’s Wife, Video, Annie Mae’s Movement, the libretto Hilda Blake and the radio play Owen. Directing credits include The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (Western Canada Theatre/National Arts Centre), Annie Mae’s Movement, A Very Polite Genocide, Death of a Chief, The Unnatural and Accidental Women, Tales of an Urban Indian (Native Earth) and The Triple Truth, The Only Good Indian… (Turtle Gals), The Fasting Girl, Free’s Point (Nakai Theatre). She is currently the Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts.

*Foundry Theatre engages under the terms of the Independent Theatre Agreement, professional Artists who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.  firstdrafttoronto@gmail.com.


Event: 2010 Small Business Arts Forum,

presented by…
City of Toronto . Economic Development . Culture and Enterprise Toronto
in collaboration with…
Cultural Careers Council Ontario and UrbanArts Community Arts Council

featuring keynote speaker… FARLEY FLEX

Monday, March 22 @ North York Civic Centre (8:30am-4:00pm)

Bring your Art into Business and join us for a day full of inspiring presenters and informative topics.

The day will include a number of useful seminars presented by leading edge artists and key business personalities in our City. Don’t miss out on this FREE event!


  • Registration


  • Keynote Speaker – Farley Flex


  • Committee Room #1: Defining a New Path, Presented by: Robert Small, The Small Gallery
  • Committee Room #2: Branding: How To Make Your Art More Valuable. Presented by: Tom Beakbane, Beakbane: Retail Connections
  • Committee Room #4: Leveraging Social Media Tools For Your Small Business. Presented by: Erin Bury, Sprouter


  • Lunch Break in Member’s Lounge for Networking


  • Committee Room #1: Get it in Writing: A Discussion on Contracts. Presented by: Paul Sanderson, Sanderson Entertainment Law.
  • Committee Room #2: Design, Branding and Storytelling for Results. Presented by: Lionel Gadoury, President, Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD Ontario).
  • Committee Room #4: Making the Pitch. Presented by: Elizabeth Radshaw, Toronto Documentary Forum at Hot Docs


  • Committee Room #1: The Business of Art. Presented by: Amanda Mills, Artbooks & Loose Change
  • Committee Room #2: Find the Money for Your Small Business. Presented by: Irv Handler, Scotiabank, Small Business Banking
  • Committee Room #4: 20 Years in New Media… Stories from a Veteran. Presented by: Keith Durrant, Eccentric Arts


  • Member’s Lounge Networking. Presented by: Helen Tsotsos, Success Dynamics

Full program with schedule and speaker details here.


North York Civic Centre, Lower Level
5100 Yonge Street
Monday, March 22


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Margaret R Chan
Senior Arts Development Coordinator
Arts Services
Cultural Services
phone: 416.338.0491
email: mchan4@toronto.ca

Call for Submissions: Act NOW! National Playwriting Competition, NOW!

Are you an innovator passionate about the environment?  Do you want a challenge?  Do you love writing? Enter the Act NOW! National Playwriting Competition!

Who?   Dreamers and change-makers (Ages 14-26, divided into junior and senior categories)
What?  The Act NOW! Playwriting Competition! Write a short play on sustainability
When?  Deadline: March 31st 2010 (At the end of this month!)
Where?  All across Canada
Why?   Make a difference and push your creative boundaries

Plus, cash prizes ($500 for each winner), and the opportunity for your play to be performed all over Canada and filmed and aired by Sustainability TV, to an estimated audience of 10,000 people! Quality plays will be published in a free online sustainability play database for change-makers to ripple sustainability innovations.

About NOW!
NOW! inspires and empowers synergistic solutions toward social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Founded in 2006, NOW! is a grassroots non-profit organization run entirely by dedicated youth volunteers.  Please visit www.now-org.com for more information.