In partnership with TO Live
The core of our artistic offerings, sensory-friendly Xenia Concerts are designed to be inclusive and welcoming for all listeners, especially children with autism and other exceptionalities. We work with our artists to design concerts that are fun, casual, and engaging, and we transform the listening environment to be sensory-friendly.
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In partnership with National accessArts Centre
Developed in partnership with the National accessArts Centre and supported by The Canada Council for the Arts and Unity for Autism, Sound.colLAB is an unprecedented collaborative project that provides an opportunity for eight neurodivergent artists to co-create an original piece of music with the support of eight professional musicians.
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Concerts for Seniors
In partnership with Sunshine Centres for Seniors
Sunshine Centres for Seniors provides a welcoming, friendly atmosphere where “…seniors from all walks of life find friends and community.” We’ve teamed up to provide accessible, free-of-charge concerts to groups of seniors in their multicultural and 2SLGBTQ+ friendly community.
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In partnership with Alzheimer Society of Toronto and TO Live
Since 2019, our dementia-friendly concerts have provided top-quality listening experiences to people with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their caregivers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve adapted to online performances so that listeners can enjoy interactive concerts over Zoom from the safety of their homes.
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Artist Training Program
In partnership with Erin Parkes, phd, and t.o. Live
Xenia Concerts and Erin Parkes are developing a training program that teaches musicians how to design and deliver sensory-friendly concerts. Through a series of webinars, a guidebook, and group discussion, artists will learn how to consider diverse accessibility needs and create multiple points of access to listeners who face barriers to inclusion at typical arts events. We will provide this training to Xenia artists in 2022-23, and to the greater arts community in future years.
ASD Youth Advisory Council
In partnership with alexandra prefasi
Xenia Concerts is launching the ASD Youth Advisory Council (YAC) in 2023 to connect directly with Autistic youth, identify barriers to inclusion, and co-design autism-friendly concert experiences. The goal of this project is to integrate the voices of young Autistic* music-lovers into the design and creation of Xenia Concerts’ programming, and to integrate their insights into Xenia’s artist training resources.
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