Artists and arts appreciators gather in the salon to discuss process and purpose. All Salons are free and open to the public. Salons take place in the ATB Financial Arts Barns Lobby.

Grab a drink and get up close and personal with the artists behind the work. These free discussions bring artists and community together in an open dialogue about the state of art in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and beyond.

All Salons take place in the ATB Financial Arts Barns Lobby at 5:30pm.

Evolution or Extinction: Alberta’s Dance Community

Friday, February 9
A discussion about what our provincial dance community needs to flourish and the challenges that must be overcome.

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Mind the Gap: Encountering Latixperience in Community

Saturday, February 10
This salon explores the different types of experiences Latinx people encounter in the West. We will discuss how we as a Latinx community can work toward holding space for each other, while celebrating and maneuvering around our differences and similarities.

The Sky Talks

Sunday, February 11
Experts explore the societal systems that are challenging us and the innovations in thought and practice that will lead the way towards solutions as we fly towards change.

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What It Is Podcast Presents: What is this Conversation?

Tuesday, February 13
Hosted by Taylor Chadwick, Chris W. Cook & Brian Bergum
Join the dudes from What It Is Podcast for a live recording of an  all-new episode of the award-winning arts-interview podcast live at Chinook. Featuring an off the cuff discussion with artists from Edmonton, games, and promotion of upcoming projects – it is what it is! | @whatitispodcast

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Stage Fright

Wednesday, February 14
Who are our monsters? Can being revolting become a revolution? Is there place in the theatre for violence, gore, the supernatural, unsettling themes, and more? Join theatre creators with a bent for the horrific as they discuss the process of creating stage frights.

American Sign Language Interpreting in Canadian Theatre: Token Effort, Accessibility, and Actual Inclusion

Thursday, February 15
A historical brief and discussion on how to engage ASL Interpreters and ensure the welcoming of the Deaf Community through inclusive means in “hearing” based theatre. What are the experiences and current barriers to making universal invitations happen? ASL interpretation provided.

Solidarity Through the Arts

Friday, February 16
What keeps us from working and creating as a community? What does solidarity look like within the artistic practice? How does collaboration fit in to our experience as Black artists? A conversation on cross-cultural solidarity and collaboration.

State of the Union: Deaf Theatre in Canada

Saturday, February 17
A discussion with special panelists on the current state of Deaf performance in Canada. Canada is experiencing a steady growth of opportunities for those in the performing arts. Join us while we look at the happenings, trends and the future of Deaf performance in this country. ASL interpretation provided.