Candid Conversations: Collaboration
May 22

Candid Conversations: Collaboration



In this Candid Conversations panel, we dive into what it takes to build ambitious partnerships and maintain meaningful collaborations. We will hear first-hand stories of collaborations and common pitfalls directly from each of our speakers while also exploring questions such as:

  • What should a successful partnership feel like?
  • How does one solicit partnerships with brands, artists, and organizations?
  • How does one source and pitch a potential partner?
  • When should you collaborate or do it yourself?
  • How do I have difficult conversations when collaboration is failing?
  • What tools and strategies are available to use while collaborating with your partners?

Moderated by Anna Wiesen (Somewherelse fka Young Offenders), we'll be joined by Anna Bediones (A to the Bed), Dwayne Kennedy (The Collections, RE/SET), and Alia Rasul and Maricris Rivera of the Tita Collective. 

Following the panel discussion, join us for a session on knowledge mapping, networking and a guided conversation that digs deeper into the theme of collaboration in a small-scale, intimate workshop. 


Please see the agenda for the day below:

6:00 - 6:30 PM  Doors Open + Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Framework
6:45 - 7:45 PM  Panel Discussion
7:45 - 9:00 PM Knowledge Mapping + Guided Conversation
9:00 - 9:30 PM Mix & Mingle! + Optional Launchpad Tour


Anna Wiesen is co-founder and creative director at Somewherelse (fka Young Offenders), a Toronto-based creative agency that uses the power of collaboration to produce experiences and events. She’s worked on hundreds of artist collaborations and often acts as the bridge between creators and top lifestyle brands such as Red Bull, Spotify, Absolut, and more. She takes a human-centred approach to projects and believes empathy and compassion are key elements in creating meaningful work.


Anna Bediones is a creative consultant specializing in brand development and art direction. On the side, Anna loves sneakers which she credits as the starting point for many of her opportunities. She began as a contributor for Complex Media's Sneaker channels in 2013 which later opened the doors to working with some of her favourite brands such as Nike, Jordan, Finish Line, Foot Locker, Champs Sports and more, not just on social media partnerships but also in developing strategies, content and brand experiences.

Dwayne Kennedy is a fashion director and producer based out of Toronto. He co-founded THE COLLECTIONS is 2010, a designer platform that focuses on building and supporting Canadian designer both locally and internationally. His styling work has been featured in Vogue, WWD, Elle, Purple, and he has worked internationally producing designer shows in New York, London, Paris, and Dubai.

The Tita Collective is an all Filipina collective of multidisciplinary artists based in Toronto composed of award-winning playwrights, comedians, musicians, dancers, theatre-makers and actors. We explore different mediums to tell the stories of the Filipinx diaspora. Individually, the Tita Collective are: Ann Paula Bautista (Disenchanted US Tour), Belinda Corpuz (Prairie Nurse), Isabel Kanaan (CBC’s Air Farce), Alia Rasul (Just For Laughs Solo Sketch Showcase), and Maricris Rivera (A New World Being Born). They recently won the 2019 Steamwhistle Producers’ Pick at Toronto Sketch Fest and were named some of the 19 Asian Millennial Women You Should Know.


Launchpad Learning offers tiered pricing to support creatives of all levels of experience and stage in your creative practice. You are encouraged to select the option that best reflects where you are in your entrepreneurial journey: early, emerging, established, or intrapreneur. Launchpad members enjoy 25% off registration fees! Register now! Space is limited.

About Candid Conversations

Candid Conversations is Launchpad Learning's new, mixed-format learning series that goes beyond the panel and takes an honest look at the broad themes related to your creative practice. 

Want to learn more? 

If you're inspired, do a deep dive into the lessons learned from the discussion through follow-up workshops offered in ways that put the focus directly on you and your creative practice.

Thursday, May 23, 2019
The Tita Collective: Powered by Community
7:00 - 10:00 PM  / Starting Price: $55.00

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Monday Nights and The Theatre Centre: Residency and Collaboration
3:00 - 5:00 PM  / Starting Price: $35.00


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.


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