Hello everyone! As much as we tried and prayed and hoped, we realized that we just couldn’t do an in-person Cahoots Festival this year. But never fear, we are still striving to engage with you, our beloved community.
This year we are embarking on some new online adventures. The one coming soon is our Take Action Series. The first in this series is an online workshop lead by Jesson Reyes called “Migrant Rights During The Pandemic”. Join us on May 27 @ 7pm (est)
The Migrants Rights During the Pandemic is a call to action for migrants who face health and safety risks due to their immigration status. Jesson Reyes, managing director at Migrants Resource Centre Canada, will talk to us about what MRCC and Migrants Rights Network have been doing to put pressure on the government for permanent residency status for so called “temporary foreign workers,” who stay in Canada for years and work for unfair wages in dangerous jobs. Jesson will also be talking about COVID concerns amongst migrants during the pandemic, and the overall structure of why this systemic issue exists. Canada is lucky to have migrant workers, not the other way around. Join us as we advocate for those who farm the foods that end up on our tables, take care of our children, and do more essential jobs. The workshop will contain 15 minutes of speech, 5-10 minutes of Q&A, and 25 minutes of action.
Inspired by the crowd of people left out, left over, left behind, and gathered by God around a manger in a sleepy small town, we imagined Cahoots Christmas Leftovers, an online gathering to allow our community to connect during Christmas this year.
But wait, I’m busy at Christmas! – Don’t worry, friend! Christmas is a season, not just a day! We’re meeting on Tuesday December 29, at 6:30pm (Eastern), and we hope you’ll be there!
I’ve never gone to Cahoots festival, will I feel awkward? – yes, you’ll definitely feel awkward, we’re a bunch of awkward people. It’s built in. Come be awkward with us – share some silly and profound activities. It would be a real gift – welcoming new people at Christmas is a whole stable vibe, after all.
So I don’t get it, is this a church service or a hangout? – YES! We love going beyond binaries! We’ll sing some songs, pray some prayers, maybe make a craft, invite people to play a game. You can decide how and how much you participate.
How is this helpful? Sounds self-indulgent to be praying & playing while people are facing sickness & eviction. – Good challenge! We resist the myth of superhero labour; that the problems of the world are the result of us not working hard enough, or caring enough. We know that many of us are burnt out and exhausted, and stuck without their usual ways of recharging. This is our way of helping bring some restful, festive power. For us, prayer produces action – and action is rooted in spiritual work. Come pray with us – whatever that means to you. And then let’s work together to change this system!
Do you have a super duper poster and maybe a registration link? – you betcha! Click https://tinyurl.com/cahootsxmas to register, and then tell your friends. Can’t wait to see you.
Are you entitled? Have you ever been entitled? This is one of those questions that lands very differently depending on your social location – the particular balance of privileges and oppressions that any given individual can be assigned by social power.
To help us think through these questions, Lane Silas Patriquin adapted their workshop, originally intended for the in-person Cahoots, into an online session Cahoots Transfigured. we were blessed with several workshops originally pitched for the in-person festival.
Now we are pleased to present the full workshop video, to help us consider these important interpersonal/communal dynamics. Many thanks to Lane, to Emma for facilitating, and Lyf for editing!
Cahoots has always been something of an economic experiment. Can we create a space where everyone’s needs are met, and where we don’t need to worry about money – even for a few short days each year?
Our answer is – let’s try!
This year, Cahoots Transfigured heard from Jessie Golem about the possibilities of Basic Income to support us all in a changing world. And now, activists and advocates are working to transform the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit into a permanent guaranteed livable income!
We are proud to share Jessie’s workshop video with you! Thanks to Jessie, Chris for facilitating, and Lyf for editing!
With great sorrow we must cancel the 2020 in-person Cahoots festival.
We recognize that this will be a great loss for many and we assure you that we are working through our own sorrow as well.
Because we love you and couldn’t bear a year without seeing you, we are creating Cahoots Transfigured on Saturday May 23rd – a free virtual gathering. The day will involve sessions, music, and reflection. We will be using Zoom as our online platform and we hope this notice will give you some time to figure out how to use it. We will send an email and update our website and social media platforms with the details as we iron them out.
Cahoots Transfigured will have free registration. If you already purchased a ticket for 2020 Cahoots, we will refund your money in the coming weeks.
It is our sincere intention to return to our usual four-day festival in May 2021, all being well.
We wish you great peace and hope amidst these difficult times. Awit, Chris, Emma, Kateri, Kathryn, Lyf, Peter, Core Organizing Group
So excited to be able to share the date and location of the 2020 Cahoots Festival! Please mark it in your calendars and ask your friends to do the same. Drumroll…
Thursday May 21 – Sunday May 24, 2020 Pearce Williams, Fingal ON
That’s right! We had such a great experience at Pearce Williams that we’re thrilled to return, and we hope that you’ll be there with us, sharing your joys, sorrows, skills, calling and conviction.
Please sign up to our email list and/or follow our Facebook page to get more updates towards the end of the year when we put out the call for workshops. But for now please do put it on your calendar. If you’re part of a faith community, share a ‘save the date’ announcement!
With gratitude and excitement (and signing off for now)
Just a quick post to celebrate another successful Cahoots festival!
Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who came, made donations, volunteered, led workshops, drove food, picked up trash, cleaned, stargazed, played music, made fires, checked for ticks, and helped out.
We had a great time at beautiful Pearce Williams. Thank you to a dedicated staff for all their support before, during and after. It was a wonderful way to be in community with God’s good creation – bugs, trees, stars and rain!