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The 19th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival


Tantoo Cardinal stars in Falls Around Her

Where: Various downtown locations including – Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Ted Rogers Cinema, TIFF Bell Lightbox
When: October 17-21, 2018
Cost: Tickets for single screenings and events go on sale October 1. Call 416.599.TIFF (8433) or Online – TIFF Festival Partners and Third Party Events 
In Person – TIFF Box Office at 350 King St W

Details: The 19th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will present 153 individual media artworks, including 10 dramatic feature length films – the most in imagineNATIVE history. This year’s Festival features work by 156 Indigenous artists representing 109 Indigenous nations from Canada and around the world; 55% of the works have female directors with 42% male and 3% non-binary or Two-Spirit.

imagineNATIVE’s Opening Night Gala on October 17 will be Darlene Naponse’s Falls Around Her at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. On October 21 the Closing Night Gala will be Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

For the first time, imagineNATIVE will present the iNdigital Space, a large-scale presentation of digital and interactive work in a newly curated space on the main floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

The imagineNATIVE Art Crawl will be on October 19 with stops at six art galleries within the 401 Richmond building including Current Terrain (opening September 18), an exhibition curated by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective. This exhibition investigates a range of works by Indigenous artists currently living in Alberta whose work activates the province’s variable territories and geographies, all connected by extensive bodies of water.

imagineNATIVE’s music showcase The Beat, co-presented by Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), returns Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Lee’s Palace with live performances and the $10,000 iN Bullseye Prize award presentation. The Beat will feature live performances by 2018 Polaris Music Prize short listers Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Inuit throat-singing and beat mashup Silla + Rise, Indigenous rapper from Guanajuato by way of Oakland Chhoti Maa, and Winnipeg producer DJ Boogey the Beat.

More Info: Full schedule for the 19th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is now available online at  Twitter and Instagram: @imagineNATIVE

The Men in White at Factory Mainspace

Factory Mainspace, 125 Bathurst Street at Adelaide
When: October 13 – November 4, 2018
Cost: Ticket prices start at just $20 for previews and range from $40-$50 for regular performances and Student and Senior prices also available. Play Pass prices range from $84 for a 3-Play Mid-Week Pass
to $180 for a 6-Play Anytime Pass. Can be purchased at

Details: Factory presents its 49th Season “Canada at Your Doorstep,” six provocative works in the Mainspace that challenge and interrogate popular narratives of Canadian identity. The 2018-2019 season begins with the return of Dora Award-winning playwright Anosh Irani (Bombay Black) to Factory, and the Toronto premiere of his latest play, The Men in White, directed by Philip Akin.

Abdul’s Vancouver cricket team wants to end its losing streak by recruiting his younger brother Hasan, a talented “all-rounder” from India. One problem is that he is a professional chicken cutter from the wrong side of town – a fact not lost on some of his teammates, let alone the immigration authorities. Bringing Hasan to Canada will take more than just a plane ticket, and not all of the team agree it is worth the cost.

Alternating between the Dongri neighbourhood of Mumbai, and a Vancouver locker room, this touching and funny story follows a charming band of feisty misfits as they discover that home can be found in a sport, and unite family across nations.

 The Men in White is a heartwarming tale of love, life, and how to hit a googly!

More Info:   @FactoryToronto 

Waterlicht – Experience the Power and Poetry of Water 

The Bentway
When: October 12-14, 2018. Due the unique nature of the installation, Waterlicht can only be viewed after sunset, 7pm-11pm.
Cost: Free

Details: Waterlicht, designed by acclaimed Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, is The Bentway’s first site-wide artistic endeavour. This large-scale light installation illustrates the universal power, poetry, and danger of water and will have its Canadian premiere in Toronto. The dream landscape is created through the imaginative use of LEDs, special software, and lenses. Larger-than-life, cascading waves of blue light will soar underneath the Gardiner Expressway, simulating a virtual flood and calling attention to rising water levels along Toronto’s shoreline.

Originally, Waterlicht was created for the Dutch District Water Board. As a travelling exhibition, site-responsive versions have been staged in Amsterdam’s Museumplein, London’s Granary Square, and Paris’ Parc Clichy-Batignolle. The work will have its Canadian premiere at The Bentway and will embrace the unique physical features of the site while acknowledging its past as the original shoreline of Lake Ontario.

To foster a city-wide conversation about the importance of clean water, the environment, and climate change, The Bentway is working with numerous partners. This additional programming includes: a panel discussion with the Art Gallery of Ontario; a youth ambassador program with Ryerson University’s School of Professional Communication and Ryerson University’s Urban Water Centre, and Waterlution; and a two-part educational workshop with the Ontario Climate Consortium and OCAD University.

Additionally, a customized soundscape accompanies Waterlicht, including local stories about Toronto’s waterfront by prominent civic figures, historians, artists and others. Waterlicht Radio will focus on pressing issues and personal memories related to Toronto’s waterfront. The stories will live on as an enduring legacy of Waterlicht’s appearance in Toronto and serve as a stirring call-to-action for a city-wide conversation around clean water initiatives and climate change.

Waterlicht is the signature piece within The Bentway’s fall public art exhibition, “If, But, What If?” The exhibition explores what could be, what perhaps should be, and what may never be in the ever-evolving city of Toronto, while positioning The Bentway as a leader for innovation in art and public practice. “If, But, What If?” runs September 14 through November 30, 2018.

“If, But, What If?” includes works from Michael Awad (Toronto), Steven Beckly (Toronto), Wally Dion (Upstate New York / Haudenosaunee territory), Mani Mazinani and Sanaz Mazinani (Toronto and San Francisco), Alex McLeod (Toronto), Sans façon (Calgary), and Jon Sasaki (Toronto).

More Info: @TheBentway #TOBentway #Waterlicht

Kevin Morris at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre


Where: Tallulah’s Cabaret, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street
When: October 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
Cost: $20 Advance or $25 at the door. To purchase tickets log on to

Details: “He’s back – For One Night Only! Kevin Morris returns to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre with a brand new cabaret. Backed by a band, led by the incredible Donavan LeNabat, with the glorious vocals of Tess Barao and Christian Baes, Kevin catches up on the last year of adventures, lost love, new love, and hopes for the future. Featuring great songs from artists, including Sara Bareilles, Matt Alber, Taylor Swift, and a Broadway tune or two, you’re set for a night of killer voices, tons of laughs, and maybe a tear or two.”

More Info: @buddiesTO  @buddiesto

The Nether at Coal Mine Theatre

Designed by Kostis Petridis

Where: Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Avenue
When: October 7 – November 4, 2018
Cost: All Tickets $42.50 + hst (previews $25 + hst). Coal Mine Season Pass $140 + hst. To purchase visit or

Details: Coal Mine Theatre and Studio 180 Theatre join forces to produce Jennifer Haley’s electric and groundbreaking play The Nether, directed by Coal Mine alumni Peter Pasyk (Killer Joe, Poison).

The production is an immersive virtual world. Log in, choose an identity and indulge in every whim, in every dark desire. When a young detective uncovers this disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers a grim battle over technology and human desire. The Nether is both serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out one’s private dreams. It is a daring and scandalous look at what is real, and what is legal; it is sure to virtually shock, and rock, its audiences.

The award-winning out-of-this-world cast includes: Katherine Cullen (Stupidhead! A Musical Comedy / Theatre Passe Muraille, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play / Outside the March); Hannah Levinson (Matilda / Mirvish Productions, Fun Home / Mirvish   Productions and Musical Stage Company); Mark McGrinder (You Will Remember Me / Studio 180 and Tarragon Theatre, Clybourne Park / Studio 180 and Mirvish); Robert Persichini (Superior Donuts, Category E / Coal Mine, The Winter’s Tale / Groundlings and Coal Mine); and David Storch (Picture This / Soulpepper, The Boy in the Moon / Crow’s Theatre).

Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether received its world premiered in Los Angeles in 2013, followed by productions in London in 2014 and in New York in 2015. Coal Mine and Studio 180 have come together with a knockout cast and an incredible design team to give Toronto the premiere it truly deserves!

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