Holding Space

for disabled and chronically ill opera artists in Canada

Against a textured light blue background, a purple line drawing depicts stylized speech bubbles. Purple text reads, "Holding Space for Disabled and Chronically Ill Opera Artists in Canada. A new online discussion series launches Thursday, November 4 at IndieFest 2021. Presented with automatic captions; ASL interpretation available on request. ASL sponsored by Tapestry Opera." At the top of the graphic are logos for Loose Tea Music Theatre, Opera Mariposa, Renaissance Opera, and IndieFest.

Thursday, November 4, 2021 on Zoom

at 1 pm PT / 2 pm MT / 3 pm CT / 4 pm ET / 5 pm AT

Loose Tea Music Theatre and Opera Mariposa are teaming up to present the first of four sessions in our ‘Holding Space’ series for disabled and chronically ill artists in the Canadian opera industry. Join us online to network, foster dialogue and build community in a safe, supportive space – or share your thoughts anonymously ahead of time!

Supported by re:Naissance Opera / #IndieFest and ASL sponsor Tapestry Opera.

Who is invited?

Canadian opera artists, arts workers, creators and students (at home and abroad) who identify as disabled/living with a disability or chronic illness. This includes artists with invisible disabilities or health conditions, including mental illness; neurodivergent artists; artists with undiagnosed disabilities; and artists who aren’t sure whether they’re “disabled enough” to participate.

Who should step back?

Non-disabled allies and professional company representatives. While we appreciate your allyship, our goal for these events is to create a space where underrepresented artists feel they can speak openly about their experiences.


This 90-minute event takes place on Zoom with automatic captions; links will be sent out by email the day before the event. ASL interpretation is available on request via registration by Thursday, October 28th. Attendees are encouraged to feel comfortable turning their cameras on or off as they prefer, and to take breaks as needed. Registration for this event is FREE.

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