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Desiring Diversity, but who can afford to work for free? We asked, and YOU voted on what's top of mind right now.

The desire to do work with more diversity, inclusivity and accessibility is strong in Toronto’s independent performance community but can our communities be truly inclusive if financial obligations keep many artists out of our rehearsal halls? Who has the ability to ride the financial risk of a career in the arts? What can creators with financial privilege do to shift the systemic classism in the arts?

Join #UrgentExchange on THURSDAY, JANUARY 4 at THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE (16 Ryerson Ave) from 7:00-9:00PM for a conversation with artists on class and the arts - the topic crowdsourced and voted on by you.

Michael Maranda, Jivesh Parasram and Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, plus a video instigation from Shaista Latif. For more info, visit the Facebook event or the Generator website .

#DesiringDiversity is one of two #UrgentExchange conversations happening at this year's Next Stage Theatre Festival . We'll be back at TPM on Saturday, January 6 from 1:00-3:30PM for UrgentExchange at NSTF: Who Is A Monster? What Makes A Monster? Am I Monster? #MeToo What Next .

In partnership with The Toronto Fringe Festival and Next Stage Theatre Festival, we host #UrgentExchanges on important and timely issues for indie artists. To ensure we are discussing the things YOU want to talk about, we crowdsource one of the topics using the hashtag #UrgentExchange, the other we pick from artists’ concerns we keep hearing. These are free events to attend in person and everyone is invited to participate in the conversations leading up to, during and afterwards through the hashtag and via Periscope through @GeneratorTO . Be part of the exchanges that engage artists from coast to coast debating indie arts issues!

Chairs will be set up lecture-style and mobility devices will be accommodated. There will be a live video stream via Periscope. Speakers will be miked. More info, including entrances, washrooms and assistive devices at Questions? Please contact us.

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