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Accessing Art With Amy
29 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Jenna Reid is an artist who identifies as a psychiatric survivor: her work is based in textiles and fabrics and is informed by memory, community, activism and the asking of questions around some big questions. Jenna shares with us her journey as an artist, and how it intersects with her life experiences. Follow Jenna on Instagram
25 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
The Blind B-Girl
We hear the term B-Boy a lot in regards to breakdance, but Robyn Gell identifies as a B-Girl. This is an energetic style of dance typically performed to hip-hop music and characterized by stylized footwork and acrobatic or athletic movements; the dancers were known as Break Girl’s, or B-Girls for short. Robyn invites us into their world as a B-Girl who is blind and living in the UK. Follow Robyn on Instagram
28 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Find Erin at kingstoncircusarts.com
25 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
What comes to mind when you think about adaptable clothing or fashion? For Carol Taylor, of Queensland, Australia, she was tired of the utilitarian shapes, the placement of seams and zippers that can cause pressure sores and the bland colours that were offered. Carol is changing the narrative, designing, what she calls “Inclusive Fashion,” based on her lived experience of quadriplegia. She creates her own patterns based on her painted artworks and prints them on fabric. All bodies are unique, and Carol wants to design with disability in mind and find a creative way to “solve” a problem; perhaps it’s adding a magnetic button to a shirt so that someone can change independently. Carol’s philosophy is that fashion should be available to everyone. www.caroltaylordesigns.com.au
29 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
The Art of Disability
Christine Bruno has embraced the arts, and is a trained actor and director who has graced stages and screens alike! In the most transparent way, Christine shares her journey through an education system that was, at times, unwelcoming to someone with Cerebral Palsy. Barriers be damned! Christine’s brilliant career in the arts and her understanding of the “system” in place has spurred her to make change, helping support actors and creators with disabilities find the roles they were meant to play!
29 minutes | May 27, 2021
Marilee Talkington is an accomplished actor and creator. Her professional training in the industry, her lived experiences as a person who is partially sighted, and her desire to see representation of disability on our stages, televisions and big screens spurred her passion to create a training program. The Access Acting Academy, which started as an in-person intensive for blind and partially sighted actors has pivoted to an online format and opened up classes to actors that identify with disability. Marilee is a true change maker! www.accessacting.com
26 minutes | May 13, 2021
At the age of 17, James Lake was diagnosed with bone cancer that resulted in many months of chemotherapy and the amputation of his right leg. It was also at this time that James developed his passion for art and chose to sculpt from a non-traditional sculptors material: cardboard! James believes in art for all; art beyond race, gender, age, ability and disability. His life-sized and beyond paper sculptures are detailed and realistic, and have popped up in public spaces all over the UK and Europe. www.jameslakesculpture.co.uk
32 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Sir Daniel and Lady Linda Smith take us on a journey back through time on their property near Three Hills, Alberta. Experience an unforgettable, immersive experience of all things Renaissance made fully accessible, including glamping, banquet feasts, costumes, swordplay and arts and crafts. This husband and wife team bring their passion for the period directly to guests in a way that they won't soon forget. Lady Linda is a wheelchair user, hence why it was so important for the couple to give accessibility a high priority. www.goodknights.ca
27 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Breath, Stretch, Repeat
What is Stop Motion Animation – its more than just cartoons. It can be done with any medium. Joining is from her home in Toronto, Cristal Buemi shared her journey is discovering movement through different mediums, even salt! We explore this universe through Cristal’s "behind the scenes" lens www.cristalbuemi.com
24 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
The Blind D.J.
Initially from Ghana, George Quarcoo discovered the art of the D.J. after moving to Canada. He became aware the available technology was relatively accessible for his low level of vision, and focused on the art of creating the sounds that excite him around a particular track and feeling the vibe of the crowd. Performing gigs in a variety of environments – weddings, night clubs, lounges, corporate events and private parties – George says “variety is the key” and that he doesn’t limit himself to a specific genre.
26 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Dancing with the Flames
Vancouver's Kristina Shelden is a singer-songwriter and performer who identifies with a disability and chronic pain. Kristina’s voice is packed with depth, power and vulnerability; she embodies a unique control over her voice and gracefully carries it from soft and delicate to an avalanche of sound. She is an integral part of the disability music scene and sits on the board of directors for Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS).
29 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Artist and actor David Roche was born with a vascular malformation on his face, neck, mouth and throat. Basically, "veins gone wild." The removal of the lower part of his mouth and heavy radiation caused this part of his face to stop growing and created purplish-coloured skin. David found his artistic talent later in life and has explored many art forms with interesting people. He recently starred in a feature film “Happy Face.”
28 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Greg Labine started freestyle rapping in his teens, and today is one of the most accomplished artists living with a disability on the rap scene. Laying down beats and creating lyrics from scratch is core to the creation of his many albums, including the newly-released "Trust the Process." Find his music on Spotify - 77 SpokesWatch and listen to the music video for his song No Data on Youtube
28 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli
Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli is the founder of Ill-Abilities International Dance Group. Exploring the challenges of choreography (both solo and routines), the group discovers the power of adapting their movements together into a distinctive vocabulary, one that inspires limitless possibilities. Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli joins us from his home in Montreal and shares his history of dance, reality TV show appearances and his motivational speaking business. Follow him: @BboyLazylegz and visit www.lazylegz.com.
31 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Toronto-based Kirsten Kirsch is a lyricist, songwriter, theatre professional and so much more! After a nation-wide search, Kirsten was announced as the Playwrite-in-Residence for Realwheels Theatre. Kirsten, who has cerebral palsy, channels her lived experiences into a new musical called GIMPY, which follows the lead character on her journey to become a musical theatre performer. Song written and composed by: Darin Meilleur and Kirsten Kirsch. Guitar: Darin Meilleur; Presley: Mason Temple; Soren: Kirsten Kirsch; audio production: Kimit Sekhon
31 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Out of the Ashes
After nearly losing his life in an apartment fire, Prince Amponsah made a decision to return to the stage. Identifying as a black, disabled actor, performer and creator, Prince has a passion for acting and performing which serves to fulfill a larger goal of increasing representation of disability in the media. Being in the room is the first step to gain equality in representation – so he kept auditioning and creating.
27 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
"The Ferrari of Comedy"
At 3’3″, Tanyalee Davis is the Ferrari of comedy – low to the ground and kind of racy. Canadian born, Tanyalee is now based out of the UK and continues making the stage her home by touring all over the world bringing the funny!Performance footage was provided courtesy of Tanyalee Davis www.tanyaleedavis.com@TanyaleeDavis
28 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
The Art of the Casting Director
When Russell Boast began his career in casting, he discovered the platform could offer so much more! While Russell does not live with a disability, he has spent his career advocating for actors with lived experience. He continues to ask, “Why don’t the characters on TV and in film reflect the look of our actual population?” In his role as the President of the Casting Society of America, Russell wants to effect changes by pushing other casting agents to seek representation of lived experiences in these characters and bring those actors into the room! Joining us from Los Angeles, Russell continues to move the needle forward in the goal of equal representation in media.
28 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
Corina Duyn joins us all the way from Ireland! She is a writer, artist and puppet designer whose work is reflected by nature and her life with a chronic illness, myalgic encephalomyelitis. Corina shares the deeply personal journey of how she has transformed her pain through puppetry into poetry. Follow her on Instagram @corinaduyn www.corinaduyn.com
28 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
The Sound of Storytelling
While Canadian sisters Tiffany and Inuk (Plqslq) don’t personally identify with disability, what they bring to the listener is an auditory sensation like no other, rooted in history and tradition and accessible to arts lovers with vision loss. Inuit throat singing, or katajjaq, is a form of musical performance uniquely found among Inuit peoples. Follow PIQSIQ on twitter @piqsiq Find their music at https://piqsiq.bandcamp.com/
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