Actor Yvonne Addai keeps the conversation about diversity in theatre, film and tv through a social takeover Friday. (Jaclyn Vogl)
Continuing the Conversation
Friday – 12:30p.m.
It was a call out that grabbed the public’s attention after #BlackOut Tuesday. Actors Yvonne Addai and Logan Martin-Arcand led the charge here in Saskatoon by speaking out about the lack of inclusion and diversity in our local theatre community and in particular, at Persephone Theatre. The group gathered more than 150 signatures on an open letter calling for changes to the company’s hiring, casting, training and education. The letter resulted in the resignation of Persephone’s artistic director Del Surjik and artistic producer Johnna Wright. Other organizations are taking a long look at how they practise as well. That’s why Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan has handed the reigns of its Instagram Live feed to artists for a chat with people industry and the audience they entertain. Addai will be joined by Martin-Arcand, Yulissa Campos and Blessing Adedijo in what Addai hopes will be honest conversations about how to move forward as artists and creatives in spaces that include and represent all.
He’s a Saskatoon favourite and a living legend on the Canadian Blues scene. Big Dave McLean has had a career that’s spanned 50 years with his latest album Pocket Full of Nothing earning him both 2020 Juno nominations and most recently nominations for the Western Canadian Music Awards. McLean was in Saskatoon to play at show at The Bassment this past January and, lucky for us, it was recorded. You can check out Big Dave McLean in a this virtual concert. All you have to do is click this link to register.
It’s Canadian Multiculturalism Day and to celebrate Rock Against Racism Saskatchewan is hosting a special night of music guaranteed to bring us closer together. This is a virtual concert that celebrates diversity in our community with performances by acts like Dean Smith, Sarah Hunter, Eliza Doyle and Shayne Lazarowich. Tune in to the Facebook page for an evening of stories by great local acts.
The world’s stars are uniting to raise money for the fight against COVID-19. This is a worldwide music and entertainment spectacle featuring artists like Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Shakira. This show will highlight scientists, health workers, activists and organizations all battling the pandemic to find a cure and help those affected. The event will be hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with guest appearances by Chris Rock, Hugh Jackman and Olivia Colman, just to name a few.