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Quarantine Qapsule

Mentorship Program

Quarantine Qapsule (QQ) is a digital archive of the Asian Canadian experience during the COVID-19 pandemic brought to you by Tea Base in partnership with Myseum of Toronto. As a “time capsule” of the quarantine period, we are looking for creative contributions from all members of our community.

Do you want to participate in the Quarantine Qapsule (QQ) but are unsure how?

Tea Base will be curating a selection of collaborative projects led by mentors in the creative field.

Successful applicants to our mentorship program will work with our mentors to produce a unique contribution to the QQ.

Emerging artists and those without formal artistic training are invited to apply as a mentee.

DEADLINE: Oct 09, 2020


What will we remember during this time? Quarantine Qapsule (QQ) is a digital archive of the Asian Canadian experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a “time capsule” of the quarantine period, we are looking for creative contributions from all members of our community. We want to hear your stories of resilience, hope, and self-discovery!

Persons self-identifying as Asian Canadian (and living in Ontario) are invited to submit video, musical or visual art to the QQ. No fancy equipment required, art can be created anywhere in any style, creativity cannot be stifled!

There is no fee to submit. Selected pieces will be featured on the Myseum website and artists will receive a honorarium. Artists retain all rights to submitted pieces, but grant Myseum permission to present them in the QQ.

Please carefully read the terms and conditions below.


  • Must be 18 years and over to apply
  • Mentee must be a resident of Ontario and self identify as Asian
  • Absolutely no experience required!


  • Mentors and mentees will collaborate on a joint project to be completed by Oct 23, 2020.
  • Mentors and mentees agree to meet virtually at least once a week to discuss the project.
  • Must have access to the internet as all interactions with mentors will be on Zoom.
  • All films and art pieces created during the program will be screened or exhibited online through Myseum.
  • Mentee and mentors grant permission to use excerpts for promotional purposes.
  • Mentees that are accepted will receive a honorarium.


Keith Lock’s high school film, “Flights of Frenzy”, won the Best Super 8 award at the UNESCO 10th Muse International, Amsterdam,1969. His experimental feature,”Everything Everywhere Again Alive”, 1975, screened in TIFF’s Retrospective of Canadian Cinema,1984, “A Brighter Moon”, was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Short Drama,1987, “The Road Chosen: The Lem Wong Story”, received the NFB Innoversity Conference Award, 2002, “The Dreaming House”, 2005, received Best GTA Filmmaker Award at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. More recently, he created “The Secret”, 2017, a 360 Virtual Reality prototype for the NFB. Keith was cinematographer for Michael Snow’s, “Both Sides of the Story”, voted one of TIFF’s 150 Essential Works of Canadian cinema, 2017. Currently he is in development with a new feature film, “All the Stars We Can Not See”.

Nightingale Nguyen is a performer based in Toronto, Ontario and co-founder of non-profit organization, Bridging the Gap In Motion. Prior to Toronto’s lockdown, Nightingale was the lead in short film, “Wuhan-Toronto” to portray the isolation and discrimination during the pandemic which grabbed CityNews’s attention in the media. This has fuelled Nightingale’s need to unite the Asian Canadian community during this time of isolation. Nightingale also co-hosts, Talking With Our Mouths Full, a community podcast showcasing Toronto’s diversity through local eateries and its people. Finally, Nightingale strives to continue using her platform to promote her humanitarian initiatives, to encourage Asian representation in the community, and of course, fund her major mango obsession.

Click here to watch the Short Film, Wuhan-Toronto (Filmed in February).

Instagram: @night.nguyen

Joshua Aries is a filmmaker that makes the fan-favorite films. Utilizing his appreciation for movement, action, and comedy to make audiences want to watch them over again. An award-winning director and editor, he strives to tell stories that are bombastic and fun–while relaying messages of hope and honesty with his signature stylized direction. His experience has honed his skills in leadership and communication while strengthening his openness to collaboration.

Winner of Best Film and The Audience Choice Award at the Vancouver Quarantine Project 2020! 1st Place Winner at the Canada-wide Isolation Short Film Festival! Top 100 out of 2000 at the DaVinci International Film Festival! Click here to watch Five Fingers of Fury.

Instagram: @josharies

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