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Profile Highlight: Spring Pulse Poetry Festival (Cobalt & Temiskaming Shores, ON)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

“We are Northern Ontario largest and only poetry/arts festival. Since 2008, we strive to bring together the poetry community with invitations to participate from our tri-cultural Anglophone, Francophone, and First Nations communities.”

Spring Pulse Poetry Festival – May 31 to June 2, 2018
“Celebrate the legacy of physician/poet William Henry Drummond. Northeastern Ontario’s largest poetry/arts event. Experience poetry, music, and fun in creative community. Various venues throughout Cobalt and the City of Temiskaming Shores.

Check out our website for further details.”

To read more about Spring Pulse Poetry Festival, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture: International Day of Persons With Disabilities (Dec. 3rd, Vancouver)

Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture is a registered charitable non-profit society that supports and promotes artists with disabilities. We do so by creating high quality cultural events that features works by these artists, and we pay them for the work they do. These events include visual art exhibitions, artist talks, concerts, literary events, and performance works, to mention a few. We present cultural events all year round.

To learn more about us and the artists we support, please visit our website at www.kickstartdisability.ca. We will be organizing our 2nd Annual Outdoor Public Gathering. Our gathering will take place at the Robson Street Plaza (Vancouver, BC) in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday December 3rd from 12-2pm. This event will not have tables or booths set up with organizations distributing information; it is a casual gathering.”

-submitted by Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture

Profile Highlight: Mikw Chiyâm Arts Concentration Program (Montréal)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

Mikw Chiyâm is an interdisciplinary arts program that was commissioned by the Cree School Board in 2015. The program aims to increase student retention and attachment to school by providing an alternative space for creative learning. Mikw Chiyâm aims to inspire youth by creating contexts for students to collaborate with professional Canadian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and express their personal and collective voices through artistic expression.”

To read more about Mikw Chiyâm Arts Concentration Program, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: DanceNL (St. John’s)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

“Now in our fifth year we, DanceNL, present annual events and programs, provide benefits to our members and announce new plans and initiatives throughout the year. DanceNL is Newfoundland and Labrador’s sectoral dance association. Our mandate to preserve, promote and support all forms of dance and dance activity throughout the province. ”

To read more about DanceNL, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

SHINE Music Bursaries (Deadline: Nov 30, 2017)

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“The SHINE Music Bursary is an annual financial award intended to support young musicians who wish to further their study or practice of traditional or folk music. Award amounts vary, up to a maximum of $2,000. This bursary is available to youth who:

  • Face financial barriers which impede their practice and/or study of music
  • Are between the ages of 16 and 24
  • Are seeking to further their study or practice of traditional or folk music
  • Are living in the Greater Toronto Area

Funding for the SHINE Music Bursary is raised through our annual SHINE! Concert and through generous donations from individuals and groups. Donations are welcome throughout the year and can be made by clicking on the Donate Now button.

Candidates wishing to apply may do so at any time throughout the year. Applications received by 30 November will be considered for this year by our Selection Committee, made up of music industry professionals, performers and youth agency workers, among others. This year’s award(s) will be announced early in the new year and will be presented at the next SHINE! concert fundraising event. Applications received after the 30 November submission deadline will be considered among the following years’ applications.

Info and application guidelines available here: www.shineconcert.ca,

Deadline is Nov 30, 2017

-from SHINE website

SPARK Disability Art Festival (Nov 27 – Dec 8, Calgary)

City-wide festival is one of the largest and longest running visual arts festivals for artists with disabilities.

“SPARK celebrates creative self-expression by artists pan-disability, including emerging and professional artists with developmental, physical, or sensory disabilities, mental health barriers, brain injury, and/or chronic illness. Artists are encouraged to explore authentic interpretations of the disability experience. SPARK provides exhibition and advancement opportunities and advances a creative vision of equality.

SPARK is presented by Prospect/Studio C. This year’s festival runs from November 27th to December 8th in 6 public venues across Calgary.”

“Studio C is proud to present the 2017 SPARK Disability Art Festival, Calgary’s longest running festival for artists with disabilities. The festival kicks off next week Monday November 27 and takes places in 7 different venues across the city. This year’s festival includes juried exhibitions with international talent from across Canada, the United States and United Kingdom, as well as public programs and other events presented in partnership with the University of Calgary Department of Art, Nickle Galleries, Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association and artist Dick Averns.

SPARK EXHIBITIONS:
SPARK is excited to present a series of visual art exhibits that will ignite the mind & spark the imagination. This year’s Festival features over 110 pieces juried of art in all media from international artists pan-disability. Exhibits will be hosted at ACAD, Arts Commons, cSPACE King Edward, the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and Studio C from November 27 to December 8.

SPARK SATELLITE EXHIBITIONS:
SPARK 2017 has an exciting lineup of satellite art shows presented in partnership with the University of Calgary, including student work on display in the Sculpture Gallery on the theme “Adapt… Ability… Disability”. At Nickle Galleries, a significant retrospective exhibition “RAGE HOPE” addresses the theme of mental wellness and features the work of Edmonton artist Richard Boulet.

SPARK is also proud to promote the ACADSA Hear/d Residency, a pilot project developed by the Alberta College of Art + Design’s Students’ Association. The residency has its own central theme of resilience relating to the journey of mental health issues currently experienced by many post-secondary students. Drawing on this theme, the Hear/d Residency program invites participants to explore concerns that are affecting post-secondary students in a creative and innovative way. Artistic outcomes from the residency will be exhibited alongside SPARK artwork with a joint reception occurring November 30.

SPARK PUBLIC PROGRAMS:
At the Lightbox Studio in Arts Commons, don’t miss “Recognition… Validation… Reassurance…  Art + Mental Wellness“, a collaboration between artist Dick Averns and SPARK to utilize spaces in and around Arts Commons: engaging public audiences on the topic of mental wellness. The installation hopes to address feelings of invisibility and isolation that often accompany mental distress. The exhibition space includes an evolving display of artwork generated through community workshops: collage, drawings and text-based art comprising personalized depictions fostering mental wellness. Contact Studio C for more more information about workshop opportunities available.

Finally, SPARK is proud to promote the Nickle at Noon discussion panel “Mental Health in Museums and Art Galleries” presented at the University’s Gallery Hall on November 30. From 12-1:30pm, join Dick Averns, Paul Freeman, Tamara Pringsheim, Richard Boulet and other special guests to discuss the relationship between mental health, museums, art galleries, art and artists. The discussion will be followed by the relaxed reception for the exhibition, Richard Boulet: RAGE HOPE. For details, visit http://nickle.ucalgary.ca/

CLOSING RECEPTION:
The closing reception for SPARK 2017 will be hosted in conjunction with the ACADSA Hear/d Residency on November 30 from 6 to 8pm. All are welcome!”

The complete SPARK program, with a list of events, see below or visit https://www.sparkdisabilityartfestival.com/ for more information.

New Constellations: Nation(s)wide Tour of Music & Arts

13-City Nation(s)wide Tour NEW CONSTELLATIONS Brings Together Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Artists for Multi-Disciplinary Celebration of Music and Arts, November – December, 2017

“Kicking off on November 23, 2017 in Saskatoon and culminating in Toronto on December 20, 2017, NEW CONSTELLATIONS is a nation(s)wide tour of music and arts, featuring special guest appearances by an interstellar lineup of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists coming together for the first time. The tour builds on an increasing national interest in Indigenous music: from three of the last four Polaris Music Prize winners being Indigenous women (Lido Pimienta, Tanya Tagaq, and Buffy Sainte-Marie), to the success of Gord Downie’s Secret Path project, to A Tribe Called Red’s MMVA win for Video of the Year, Indigenous artists and stories are taking the spotlight as they never have before. NEW CONSTELLATIONS offers an unprecedented celebration of the Indigenous Next Wave.

This half-music, half-literary, national tour is the first of its kind: a unique tour travelling to cities, towns, and Indigenous communities featuring a core roster of Indigenous artists alongside a rotating cast of some of the country’s most celebrated musicians, writers, and poets. NEW CONSTELLATIONS offers an intimate evening of song and storytelling featuring alternating sets by musicians and writers. The tour includes a two-part mentorship program where established artists connect with Indigenous youth online and in a series of community-based arts and music workshops. NEW CONSTELLATIONS offers new possibilities for creative collaboration across communities.

Featuring an extraordinary lineup of established and emerging Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists from across the country, musicians and poets set to take the stage in various cities and communities, include: award-winning and international superstar Feist, Polaris-nominated Indigenous DJ/producer crew A Tribe Called Red, pop rockers July Talk , 2017 Polaris Prize-winning Afro-Indigenous musician Lido Pimienta, acclaimed Anishinaabe writer and musician Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, renowned author and journalist Naomi Klein, Montreal rocker Sam Roberts, singer-songwriter and member of Broken Social Scene Jason Collett, melodic indie pop band Stars, east coast songwriter Joel Plaskett, Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Leonard Sumner, Wolastoq vocal artist and composer Jeremy Dutcher, Indigenous hip-hop duo Mob Bounce, Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, Griffin Prize-winning Nisga’a poet Jordan Abel, electronic indie-pop artist Rich Aucoin, celebrated Montreal novelist Heather O’Neill, Broken Social Scene alum and Quebec-based vocalist La Force, and many more. For a full list of performing artists, please see newconstellations.ca.

With a commitment to giving back to the Indigenous community, NEW CONSTELLATIONS features a two-part mentorship program — The online Music Mentorship program allows Indigenous youth from across the country to submit music to be mentored by established artists like Anishinaabe electronic musician DJ NDN, Iraqi-Canadian hip-hop artist, educator, and MMVA award-winning video director Narcy, Afro-Indigenous musician Lido Pimienta, Cree/Dene musician IsKwé, and singer Jasmyn Burke (Weaves). Community-Based Workshops are also hosted at six stops, including two Indigenous communities, for Indigenous youth to learn creative writing, songwriting, music creation, and DJ/production skills with artists from the tour and local mentors. Indigenous artists and youth can apply to participate in both parts of the mentorship program at newconstellations.ca/mentorship.

NEW CONSTELLATIONS, is the brainchild of The Basement Revue and Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), two successful music organizations that have partnered to co-curate this national celebration of creative collaboration. The Basement Revue’s 2014 Benefit Show for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women inspired the original idea for the tour, which now features many of the artists who were on the original bill. The project will also include a tour documentary produced by Antica Productions, the producers of Gord Downie’s Secret Path project, and directed by Mohawk filmmaker and documentarian Tracey Deer (co-creator of “Mohawk Girls”). The tour is presented with support from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba and the Government of Canada.

“Besides being a rotating roster of festival-style performances, NEW CONSTELLATIONS is an intimate opportunity to listen to voices of resurgence — of what is clearly an Indigenous Next Wave,” said Jason Collett, musician from Broken Social Scene, and founder of The Basement Revue. “The momentum is palpable, and it’s inspiring to be a part of such a special celebration.”

“The power of NEW CONSTELLATIONS is in the new relationships and creative connections that are being made”, said Jarrett Martineau, Cree/Dene media maker and co-founder of RPM. “Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists rarely perform or create together, so this is an amazing opportunity to see what happens when they do. With where we are in this country’s history, that collaboration is more important than ever.”

“NEW CONSTELLATIONS is an incredible platform to support collaboration between artists across a range of literary and musical genres,” said Damian Rogers, poet and co-curator of The Basement Revue. “We’ve always had great writers perform alongside musicians with The Basement Revue, but bringing this lineup of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists together is something really special.”

TICKETS
Tickets for NEW CONSTELLATIONS go on sale on Thursday, October 26 at 10 a.m. local time . Tickets start at $25 (plus service charges) and are available in person and online. For more information and for specific lineups at each stop, visit newconstellations.ca.

TOUR DATES
11/23 – Saskatoon @ The Broadway Theatre
11/24 – Calgary @ The Gateway
11/25 – Edmonton @ The Starlite Room
11/26 – Prince Albert @ The E.A. Rawlinson Centre 11/27 – Winnipeg @ West End Cultural Centre
11/28 – Thunder Bay @ Port Arthur Polish Hall
11/29 – Wiikwemkoong @ Debajehmujig Creation Centre 12/6 – Halifax @ Spatz Theatre
12/7 – Fredericton @ Playhouse Theatre
12/8 – Montreal @ L’Astral
12/9 – Ottawa @ Bronson Centre
12/10 – Kitigan Zibi @ Kitigan Zibi Community Hall
12/20 – Toronto @ Opera House

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Twitter: @newconstell
Facebook: @newconstellationstour Instagram: @newconstellationstour Website: newconstellations.ca

About NEW CONSTELLATIONS
NEW CONSTELLATIONS is a nation(s)wide tour of music and arts, featuring special guest appearances by an interstellar lineup of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. The tour is curated and produced by The Basement Revue, a live series with a proven track record of bringing together some of the country’s best music and literary talents on the same stage, and Revolutions Per Minute, a global Indigenous music platform and record label that promotes and celebrates the Indigenous Next Wave. NEW CONSTELLATIONS is the first of its kind: a half-music, half-literary, national tour travelling to cities, towns, and Indigenous communities featuring a core roster of Indigenous artists alongside a rotating cast of some of the country’s most celebrated musicians, writers, and poets coming together for an intimate evening of song and storytelling. The project includes a 13-stop tour, a mentorship program and community- based arts and music workshop series for Indigenous youth, digital curriculum, and a tour documentary film.

For more information on NEW CONSTELLATIONS, please visit newconstellations.ca

Profile Highlight: Adäka Cultural Festival (Whitehorse)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

“Adäka means “coming into the light” in the Southern Tutchone language. The Festival is committed to shining a light on the creative spirit of Yukon First Nations people, helping to preserve and revitalize our arts and culture, while inspiring artists and youth to take pride in their heritage and communities. With unique opportunities like Adäka our artists will undoubtedly continue to set new standards of quality and excellence in the arts and cultural sector!”

To read more about Adäka Cultural Festival, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Obsidian Theatre Company (Toronto)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

Obsidian is Canada’s leading culturally specific theatre company. Our threefold mission is to produce plays, to develop playwrights and to train emerging theatre professionals. Obsidian is passionately dedicated to the exploration, development, and production of the Black voice.

Obsidian produces plays from a world-wide canon focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on the works of highly acclaimed Black playwrights. Obsidian provides artistic support, promoting the development of work by Black theatre makers and offering training opportunities through mentoring and apprenticeship programs for emerging Black artists. ”

To read more about Obsidian Theatre Company, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Spectrum Productions 8th Annual Gala and Screening / 8e Gala-Bénéfice Annuel (Montréal)

“Come support Spectrum Productions and celebrate the work of over 60 youth on the autism spectrum who participated in Spectrum’s summer camp programming. A selection from the 90 short films created will be screened at this family-friendly event along with food, drinks and a silent auction. This unique screening gives you a glimpse into the creativity and talent of these young filmmakers.

Venez célébrer le travail de plus de 60 jeunes atteints d’un trouble du spectre de l’autisme qui ont participé à nos camps de jour en 2017. La projection de 80 courts métrages créés sera projetée lors de cet événement familial. Le tout agréablement accompagné d’un délicieux en-cas , de cocktails et d’un encan silencieux.

Venez nombreux!

Sun, 19 November 2017
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Rialto Theatre
5723 Avenue du Parc
Montréal, QC H2V 4H2″

-from Spectrum Productions
To read more about Spectrum Productions, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map