Phoenix The Fire: Music Workshop for Deaf & Hearing Artists

Join Kickstart & Facilitator Gaitire Persaud-Dhumoon
in a 2hr session exploring music and how it is still
widely inaccessible to the Deaf Community.


September 19, 2021
12:30pm-2:30pm PST
Hosted on Zoom
ASL & Live Captioning Available

FREE for Kickstart Members (membership will be confirmed upon registration)
$10 for General Public
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This workshop is designed as a response to the misperception that music is an art practice solely for hearing artists. Due to the current inaccessibility of the music scene, Deaf artists are excluded from music performances, music lessons, and artistic collaborations.

In this workshop, Gaitrie will work with both Deaf and hearing artists to learn that Deafness shouldn’t be a barrier to enjoying and making music.

This workshop is designed for both Deaf and hearing artists to increase music opportunities by teaching both Deaf and hearing artists to use music to work together, build confidence, develop communication skills, and provide an outlet for self-expression. Understanding music as universal, this workshop aims to bridge communities and enrich lives.

Some of the topics covered within this workshop: the role of music in the Deaf Community, current practices in music workshops, and an exploration of how Deaf and hearing artists can work together to learn about the process of practising music, making music, and performing music differently.

This workshop has limited capacity and will include 10 artist5 who are Deaf and 5 who are hearing.

In order to be considered for participation in this workshop please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line/ heading “Participant for Workshop With Gaitrie Persaud”.

In your email please include 1-5 sentences indicating if you identify as a Deaf or hearing artist, and why you would like to be considered for participation.

Decisions will be made in consultation with the workshop facilitator and the Artistic Director of Kickstart.

Submissions must be received no later than September 10, 2021

About The Facilitator

Gaitrie Persaud-Dhumoon is one of Canada’s most accomplished ASL music Deaf performers and actress. Gaitrie’s original ASL musical interpretations and acting performances are featured on social media, live-performances and music videos heard all over the world.

Gaitrie was involved in Toronto Creative Music Lab in Toronto. She was one of the two Deaf participants involved in the Music lab along with 14 hearing musicians/ composers.

In 2014, Gaitrie received an email from Deaf Spectrum to join the LAL music group as ASL music performer. It began a decades long association including Gaitrie consulting their music for LAL and remains her ASL Musical consultant to this day.

2015 saw the beginning of Gaitrie’s career as the #1 top call ASL Music performer in Toronto. Her passion and ASL-INTERPRETATION has enhanced the recordings of LAL, MANCHILD, SUMMON DESTROYER and BORELSON a.k.a T’Challa.

CBC entertainment saw her emergence as a prominent ASL Music Performer. They interviewed her regarding her experiences as an ASL Music performer and how to improve the music concert to have better accessibility for the Deaf community.

2019 saw Gaitrie’s natural acting boosted when she was involved in “The Two Natashas” with Courage Bacchus at SOUND OFF festival in Alberta. They were interviewed with CBC Alberta about their play. Right now, They are currently working on a new play together.

Gaitrie was proud to have a big role with Assembly theatre’s A Covid Carol with two hearing actors.

The last few years have seen Gaitrie’s acting passion for making creative acting workshops and live performances. She has contributed to and/or produced a recent experiment which is called “SPLITTING THE LENS” with two Deaf actors and Four hearing actors, hosted by Buddies in Bad times.

She now owns a theatre hub “PHOENIX THE FIRE”, it provides workshops, resources, facilitating partnerships to leverage QTIBPOC Deaf artists and their endeavours.


About Kickstart Disability Arts

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture is a Vancouver based arts non-profit that supports and promotes artists who identify as living with disabilities.

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