Arts for Change workshop series

Here in Performing Arts at the City of Brampton, we’re highlighting artists who are making change through their work, who can inspire us to make change in our lives and in our communities. This is a special chance to spend time in a workshop with one of the artists, delving deeper into the practice, in a breakout room.

This workshop is on October 7, from 7-8:30 pm. It’s online, free, and open to all.

Here are the artists that participants will get to meet:

Deanne Hupfield 

Host of “How to Powwow Dance” on Youtube, Deanne Hupfield (Anishinaabe) has dedicated her life to re-claiming, sharing and teaching her culture, with community and Indigenous students. Deanne has been powwow dancing since she was a small girl. Taking on the traditional responsibility of becoming a dancer helped her reconnect to her community and live life based on teachings of minobimaadsawin- living in a good way. A former student of First Nation Technical Institute (FNTI)-Indigenous Governance program, Deanne has chosen to dedicate her time to working in the school system supporting Indigenous students. At the Toronto District School Board, she runs a successful Powwow Club for elementary-aged students. Prior to her studies at FNTI she studied with The Royal Conservatory of Music in the Learning Through The Arts program (LTTA). She completed a mentorship arts educator Nicole Fougere, where she further developed her skills working in the classroom using story, movement and examination. Currently she is working from home creating online content for her Youtube channel and various Indigenous communities.  

·         From Deanne: In this breakout session we will discuss positive ways to be an ally to Indigenous peoples, define cultural appropriation, and discuss the pros and cons of cultural tourism. 


Kevin A. Ormsby

Artistic Director of KasheDance and Program Manager at Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), Kevin A. Ormsby has performed with companies in Canada, USA, and the Caribbean. The Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch – Staunton Award recipient and TAC Cultural Leaders Fellow, Kevin has been a Guest Artist at the University of the West Indies (Mona), Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Northwestern University.  Kevin's research and creative practice through his company’s technical approach to dance exists in a space of constant interrogation and navigation of Caribbean cultural nuances toward a methodology of understanding space in creation, research, and presentation. He is on the Boards of Dance Collection Danse, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, and Nia Centre for the Arts. 

·         From Kevin: Discussing the 5 lessons learned from Creating, Working and Performing with and in Communities,  Kevin A. Ormsby will lead a breakout session speaking to some of the aspects to consider in Dance for Change and Social Artivism through Dance. The session will explore some basic tools with participants as we create Art for Change in the moment. 


Pandora Topp

Pandora is a bilingual, multidisciplinary artist-educator, and entrepreneur from Sudbury, ON and Mont St-Hilaire Quebec. She has performed in theatre, television and film, and has created and toured extensively with many music ensembles, the most celebrated being her homage to Édith Piaf, touring since 1998. She also tours the daycares with cellist Alexandra Lee, adapting childrens’ literature through music and drama, with Les Contes d’un violoncelle – Cello Tales. Pandora is pursuing a certification in Perceptive Education through l’Institut de formation SPP et fasciathérapie du Québec with Dr. Josée Lachance. In 2015 Pandora was honoured with the Northern Lights Festival Boreal Jackie Washington Award for her distinguished contribution to Northern Ontario's cultural life and she was a finalist for the 2018 Ontario Arts Foundation Artist-Educator Award and is currently a finalist for the Sudbury Celebration of the Arts Outstanding Achievement award.

·         From Pandora: We will work with emergent drawing, automatic writing, embodied voice and witness it through an audio-visual lens. Our intention: To proceed forward with presence into the unknown and to capture ephemera, movement, feeling through the four elements of drawing, writing, unrehearsed voicing, and the audio-visual record. No skills or experience required. In April, in the heart of the pandemic crisis, I said yes to an unsolicited opportunity to show up and create, which resulted in the unexpected emergence of my own singular, artistic voice, and a strong impulse to share it. This is Imperfect Poetry.


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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm