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.

A Salon Discussion
Friday, February 10 at 5:30pm at La Cité Francophone
Please note: this salon will be in French

Comment dire les vérités douloureuses de notre histoire tout en créant un espace de joie? Une conversation sur l’art qui vous nourrit. How do we tell the painful truths of our history while, at the same time creating space for joy? A conversation on making art that feeds you.

A Salon Discussion
Saturday, February 11 at 5:30pm in the ATB Financial Arts Barns Lobby

A discussion on the bridges connecting the poetic and political within Black life. *Please note: observation is open to anyone. Participation by and for Black folk only.

A Salon Discussion
Sunday, February 12 at 5:30pm in the ATB Financial Arts Barns Lobby

Dramaturgy can be an essential part in the overall cohesiveness of a new piece. Often representing the audience, they offer their responses to the creators to help them clarify the intentions and meaning of a piece. But what tools does a dramaturg use to receive and interpret a new piece, specifically one based in movement? What exactly is Dance Dramaturgy?  What can it be? Is every Dramaturge/Choreographer relationship different? Join us as we dig into this often vital, and sometime shadowed, aspect of new creation.

A Salon Discussion
Tuesday, February 14 at 5:30pm in the ATB Financial Arts Barns Lobby

A celebration of stories and the myriad ways they are expressed across our globe – through the body, through song and through rhythm.  A cross-cultural performance party intersecting languages, traditions, and artistic practices.

A salon discussion
Wednesday, February 15 at 5:30pm in the ATB Financial Arts Barns Lobby

A conversation on Black Legacy. A chance to honour those who have worked, are working, and will continue to work towards free, Black art.

Sponsored by The Edmonton Heritage Council.



It’s All DATT
A salon discussion
Thursday, February 16 at 5:30pm in the ATB Financial Arts Barns Lobby

Join the cast of Theatre Passe Muraille’s “Ultrasound” as they discuss the newly implemented Deaf Artists and Theatres Toolkit (DATT). The DATT is a project undertaken by Cahoots Theatre to find ways to integrate both Deaf performers with professional theatre companies, as well increase engagement with Deaf audiences. The guidelines were developed over the course of a year and around the staging of TPM’s “Ultrasound” and in collaboration with Toronto’s Deaf community. Join the discussion on the impact of this new initiative and the current state of Deaf theatre in Canada.

A salon discussion
Friday, February 17 at 5:30pm in the ATB Financial Arts Barns Lobby

There are Artistic Directors, and there are General Managers, and NOW many companies have Artistic Producers: administrators who are also in charge of the art of their companies. In training facilities around the country, students are given skills to prepare them as artists, but after graduation they often discover they also require skills to succeed in the business of the art they are creating. This salon will discuss the question: “how do I make a show, and how do I get people to see it without losing the focus on the art?”

The Future of Arts Coverage
a salon discussion
Saturday, February 18 at 3pm  in the ATB Financial Arts Barns Lobby

With the loss of arts-coverage in many major news outlets and the decline in print media – how do arts organizations get into the news cycle? Is the online world a new haven for arts promotion or a cluttered mess of opinions and white noise? Join What It Is podcast host Taylor Chadwick as he leads a panel of arts-promoters, fans and creators to see if they can get to the bottom of how audiences and artists connect with each other through media. Feedback and questions from the crowd attending will be encouraged.