Arts and Culture

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Art Gallery of Ontario

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Art Gallery of Ontario

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) located in Toronto, Ontario is one of the favourite spots to visit by the Together We Rock! team.  The AGO is one of the largest art museums in North America with an estimated 95,000 works including the renowned collection by the Group of Seven.

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Stratford Festival

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Stratford Festival

The Together We Rock! team attended the production of “To Kill a MockingBird” at the Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario. This large ensemble drama delivers a powerful performance and is a timely reminder that racism still exists in our contemporary world.

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Feast of the Fields

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Feast of the Fields

Feast of the Fields was an awesome field-to-fork experience at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (CFF) at Durham College, Whitby Ontario. This event featured food stations manned by aspiring student chefs. The melon boats, zesty shrimp and eggplant with maple syrup were some of the amazing sample dishes showcasing produce grown in the CFF gardens. The students from the Food and Farming program led tours through the gardens and fields.

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Oeno Gallery and Huff Estates Winery

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Oeno Gallery and Huff Estates Winery

The Oeno Gallery and Huff Estates Winery are located in the heart of beautiful Prince Edward County in Ontario, Canada. The gallery represents and exhibits exceptional original contemporary artists. The grounds of the gallery feature a unique sculpture garden and is next door to the Huff Estates Winery. This state-of-the-art winery features a tasting bar, restaurant with an indoor seating area and an outdoor patio that overlooks the vineyard.

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Come From Away

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Come From Away

Come From Away is a remarkable story of how a small town welcomed the world. The Together We Rock! team attended this heartfelt musical at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a brilliant production in every way and a fitting way to thank the people of Gander, Newfoundland for their extraordinary efforts during the 9/11 tragedy to open their runways and hearts to 7000 stranded travelers. Come From Away and Gander, Newfoundland Rocks!

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Oshawa Wine Festival

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Oshawa Wine Festival

The Business Improvement Association (BIA) recently hosted a Wine Festival at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (accessible venue) in Oshawa, Ontario. This evening hosted ten wineries from over 200 located in the Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie, North Shore, Pelee Island and Prince Edward County in the Province of Ontario.

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!  The Together We Rock!  team is proud to be citizens of the “True North Strong and Free.” Amid all of the festivities, let us take a moment to acknowledge that this great land is First Nations land. As a nation, all of us need to raise our voices to ensure that this reality is never forgotten. We are also a county that welcomes and is strengthened by our diversity. Canada Rocks!

We Rock! Summer Accessibility Adventures

We Rock! Summer Accessibility Adventures

This summer John Draper and the Together We Rock! team will be visiting a number of events to experience the awesome “sights and sounds” of the Province of Ontario. This week we were in the amazing city of Toronto and stopped by the Amsterdam Brewery Barrel House in the Leaside neighbourhood.

The Art of Inclusion

The Art of Inclusion

Roger Ideishi is a pioneer in the Philadelphia area for transforming public places into welcoming spaces, especially for families of children with disabilities. During the past four years, Ideishi has focused his work of transforming the city’s theatres, museums and concert halls from places where families with special needs children felt isolated and scrutinized, into welcoming havens where no one is judged.

 

Accessible Performances

Accessible Performances

The live theatre experience has become a little more accessible for people with disabilities in the Regina, Ontario, Canada. The Globe Theatre recently reacted to a request from one of the city’s residents to adopt audio-described performances for people with visual impairments.

Accessibility Services at Performance Venues

Accessibility Services at Performance Venues

There is something special about experiencing a live performance, whether it be a pop concert, an opera, a stage-play or a ballet. But, for people with disabilities, especially those with hearing or vision challenges, these performances have often been inaccessible for them to share the enjoyment. However, due to technology advancements, an increasing numbers of venues now offer a range of complimentary accessibility services to promote more inclusive experiences.

The Art of Inclusion

The Art of Inclusion

When we consider how to create buildings and activities that are inclusive to all, we might not think of art galleries. But the people at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, in Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada, have not only thought about it, they’ve written a book. And it’s available to download for free.

Accessible Media Inc.

Accessible Media Inc.

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a Canadian, not-for-profit media organization dedicated to providing media for people “who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted.” This applies to print, broadcast and online media. AMI operates three broadcast services: AMI-tv, in English; AMI-télé, in French; and AMI-audio, in English.

Game Accessibility Guidelines

Game Accessibility Guidelines

Games have the ability to improve people’s quality of life. Not only are they intended to be entertaining, but many have a social aspect and/or are part of a particular culture or subculture. Games can provide escape from pain and from reality, as well as provide a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. 

The Sparkle Effect

The Sparkle Effect

The Sparkle Effect is a non-profit organization based in Bettendorf, Iowa in the US. Its goal is to empower students to initiate inclusive school-based cheerleading and dance teams. To date, it has supported 180 teams, involving 3,600 youth.