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Call for Submissions: Crip Café

The Disability Collective
February 6, 2024
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The graphic for Crip Café, featuring a dark blue background with snow drifting through the sky, reading “Crip Café, The Disability Collective”. The text is on either side of a cozy, brick cartoon café with brown, white, and teal features. To the left of the café is a potted pine tree and to the right is a black lamppost.

[Image Description: The graphic for Crip Café, featuring a dark blue background with snow drifting through the sky, reading “Crip Café, The Disability Collective” in white font. The text is on either side of a cozy cartoon café with a brown and white striped awning topped with snow, brick walls, a window that peers in to reveal fairy lights and hanging pendulum lights, as well as a muted teal-coloured door printed with a white steaming coffee mug. To the left of the café is a small potted pine tree and to the right is an
ornate black lamppost]

The Disability Collective is seeking submissions from queer and disabled artists to perform at Crip Café, a space for disabled and queer folks to gather and connect after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. This open mic-style event will take place on Saturday, March 9 at 8 PM at Glad Day Bookshop.


The Disability Collective (TDC) is the only fully disability-led performing arts organization in Toronto. Dedicated to celebrating and showcasing work created solely by disabled artists, TDC strives to de-stigmatize disability and challenge perceptions of disability by providing disabled artists with paid opportunities to share their work.



ASL interpretation will be provided throughout the show. ASL volunteers will be available to assist at Front of House.⁣ The venue is fully accessible. Access and venue guides will be released on our website by mid-February.


The safety of our attendees, artists, volunteers, and staff is our number one priority.

Masks are required for all attendees, artists, volunteers, and staff  but may be removed temporarily for drinking and eating. Masks should fit snugly against the face without gaps; cloth masks should have at least two layers of fabric. Neck gaiters and bandanas are not permitted. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.


We are looking for queer and disabled artists to perform at this open mic-style event. Artists can submit for a 5 minute slot or a 10 minute slot. Examples of acts could include, music, poetry, comedy, spoken word, and more.

Artists performing a 5 minute slot will be paid a $100 CAD honorarium, and artists performing a 10 minute slot will be paid a $200 CAD honorarium.

Please submit using the Google Form at the bottom of this page.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 9, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday, February 14, 2024.

We want to remove any barriers you might experience in the submission process, and we strive to meet all access needs to support every submission. For access support, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at


The Disability Collective is committed to reflecting the diversity of our community, and will make every effort to identify and remove any barriers to inclusion. We welcome and encourage submissions from individuals of any ethnicity, age, gender identity or expression, colour, country of origin, citizenship status, language, physical and mental ability, size, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or any other characteristics that make our communities and individuals unique. We recognize that disability has a compounded impact on those at the intersection of other marginalized communities, such as Black, Indigenous, and 2LGBTQIA+ communities, people of colour, women and femmes, fat people, religious minorities, and more. The Disability Collective seeks to empower disabled folks from all communities, and to break down barriers and stereotypes of what it means to be disabled.

We look forward to reviewing your submissions! Thank you for your interest. 

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