Live Lunch Presents

Live Lunch Chats: This is Resilience features local artists daily on Instagram Live (12:30PM) as they reflect on their arts practice in the wake of COVID-19. 


Monday April 6: Alvis Choi aka Alvis Parsley, community artist

Tuesday April 7:  Leila Fatemi, Emerging artist and curator, and community arts worker at Gallery44 

Wednesday April 8: Naty Tremblay, SKETCH

Thursday April 9: Jason Samilski, CUE, MOEG & CARFAC

Friday April 10: Jessa Aglio, Arts Pond and I Lost My Gig



Alvis Choi aka Alvis Parsley

Alvis Choi a.k.a. Alvis Parsley, born and raised in Hong Kong, is a queer nonbinary stay-at-home artist whose artistic traces could be seen in Toronto, Montreal, Faroe Islands, Berlin, Cardiff, Seoul, and Hong Kong.

Alvis will share a few successful stories of unproductivity and how they turn their narrative of depression into a practice of retreat. 


 Leila Fatemi

Leila Fatemi is an emerging artist, curator and community arts worker based in Tkaronto/Toronto. Living between cultures, her work and curatorial endeavours stem from her daily experiences as a visible minority and aim to provide platforms and contribute alternative narratives to conversations of ethnic representation in contemporary art.

During the live, she will be discussing her COVID-19 relief cyanotype project and sharing some thoughts on creativity and community-building during a pandemic. 


Naty Tremblay

For over 20 years Naty Tremblay has been building an arts for social change practice that weaves multi-medium artwork, grassroots community organizing, and creative education to address urgent socio-political issues and contribute to social justice movements in Tkaronto across the Americas. Naty’s passion lies in innovative programming with youth, low income, indigenous & 2SLGBTQ communities exploring Transformative Justice, low budget technologies, community engaged arts, street arts & creative community care.

What has ‘organizing self & collective care’ looked like prior to this pandemic? How are we now leveraging and scaling up this grassroots work, largely done within the disability justice movements, to support our most vulnerable communities? How can we best use this socio-political moment to deepen our relationships to organized care & what are the roles community engaged arts can play in this?


Jason Samilski

Jason Samilski is a Co-Creative Director of CUE, and the Managing Director of CARFAC Ontario. He has spent the last decade with CUE creating cultural infrastructure for marginalized communities and artists including high-access grants, employment, mentorship, residencies, and exhibition opportunities, including the launch of the Margin of Eras Gallery in 2017. With CARFAC Ontario, Jason is leading the development of projects that focus on advocacy for marginalized artists, high-access resources and publications, pro-bono legal clinics, and resources created in collaboration with Indigenous artists in Northern Ontario. He and the CARFAC Ontario team are working hard to address the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the provincial arts and culture sector. 

You can reach Jason at


The COVID-19 pandemic is creating seismic impacts within the arts and cultural sector. While the situation is dire, there also lies ahead a great opportunity to restructure and reinvent conventional approaches to how art is created, funded, and presented. Now more than ever there is an urgent need for artists to come together in solidarity and advocacy to minimize collective losses, and rebuild the sector. Jason will share simple ways that we as artists can support and advocate for each other during, and after, the COVID-19 pandemic.


Jessa Aglio

Jessa Agilo is an integrated arts producer with a three-decade career in Canadian arts and culture. She is founder of ArtsPond, a non-profit boosting social, spatial, economic, digital, and equity justice in Canadian arts and culture. Since 2014, ArtsPond’s major actions include Groundstory, DigitalASO, Artse United, and I Lost My Gig Canada. Jessa was recognized with the Humberto Santos Award in Business and Administration in 2006. In 2019, she was honoured to be selected as a member of the Toronto Arts Council’s Leaders Lab.

This Friday,  join Jessa as she shares insights on I Lost My Gig Canada, a grassroots national movement founded in response to COVIID-19 in Canadian and arts culture in just 16 days.