The Reception – Register Now


Register NOW for The Reception: November 29-30 in Hamilton, ON

The Reception is a two-day symposium intended to provide opportunities for shared learning and networking in the arts, specifically focused on BIPOC artists and cultural producers. The symposium opens on Friday, November 29th, with Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, who will perform Quantopia: The Evolution of the Internet, with a string quartet from The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the McMaster University Choir (in partnership with the Socrates Project).

Saturday, November 30th will feature a day of workshops, performances and performative lectures on rites of solidarity and activism, beginning with a morning workshop on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action, lead by David MacDonald, author of The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Genocide, Indian Residential Schools, and the Challenge of Conciliation. Afternoon workshop leaders include Elwood Jimmy, co-author of Towards Braiding, which “offers elements to consider when an organization seeks to engage with indigenous communities or individuals”; and Bernadette Arthur of A Shared Table, a transformational event company that uses food, stories and art to design inspiring cross-cultural experiences.

In the evening, Red Betty Theatre and Kiera Boult will perform before a catered relational dinner, which will feature talks by Marissa Largo on the Filipinx rites of the kamayan feast, and by Karonhya Katste, a mixed Haudenosaunee Mohawk woman of White Pines Catering, on Indigenous food sovereignty and food as medicine. Ending the day with a celebratory dance party, local musicians Shanika Maria and Mother Tareka will perform, followed by sets from Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, and DJ Shub of A Tribe Called Red.


Please note that each part of The Reception is ticketed separately.
Tickets for Quantopia (Friday, Nov. 29th ) can be reserved here:
Tickets for The Reception’s evening dance party (Saturday, Nov. 30th 8:00-11:30pm) can be reserved here:
Spaces for the Symposium workshops and dinner (Nov. 30th 10:00am-8:00pm) are still available! Please RSVP here:
All events are free. Venues will be accessible.

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The Reception’s steering committee acknowledges our partners, funders and sponsors: The Canada Council for the Arts, McMaster University’s School of the Arts and The Socrates Project, Centre[3] for Artistic + Social Practice, Centre for Margins, Coalition of Black and Racialized Artists (COBRA) Hamilton, the NEW Committee at the Hamilton Artists Inc., York University’s Department of Cinema and Media Arts, The Spice Factory, The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the McMaster University Choir. Paul D. Miller is represented by Sozo Artists Inc. +1 97 791 3680,

Image Credits: Dia Frid and Maya Huliyappa-Menon in Red Betty Theatre’s Rukmini’s Gold, (2015) photo by Radha Menon // Images of ‘Quantopia’ courtesy of Sozo Artists Inc. +1 917 791 3680, // Shanika Maria courtesy of artist // Mother Tareka courtesy of artist via Gill Breathing // DJ Shub courtesy of artist