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Who inspires you? Nominate an artist or arts organization today! | Qui vous inspire? Proposez la candidature d’un artiste ou organisme artistique aujourd’hui!

In Writing (all kinds) on October 6, 2017 at 4:54 PM
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Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario

2018 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

Submit your nomination by December 5, 2017!

Are you inspired by an outstanding Ontario artist or arts organization? Show them how much impact they’ve had on you and your community – nominate them for the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts!

These awards have two categories: an artist award of $35,000 and an arts organization award of $50,000. You can nominate an artist or arts organization engaged in any art form or artistic practice, including:

  • book and magazine publishing
  • cultural industries (such as digital media, film, television and sound recording)
  • craft
  • dance
  • film
  • literature
  • media arts
  • music
  • theatre
  • visual arts

NEW FOR THIS YEAR: Nominations are now submitted online using Nova, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC)’s online application system. Nominations are due December 5, 2017 at 1 p.m.

We hope you consider submitting a nomination. Please feel free to forward this message to others who may be interested.

For more information

The OAC manages the nomination and adjudication process for the awards on behalf of the Government of Ontario.

Questions about how to use Nova,
how to submit your nomination,
or for technical support:
General questions about the
Premier’s Awards for
Excellence in the Arts:
Rohana Buzamlak
Administrator
416-969-7416
1-800-387-0058 ext. 7416
rbuzamlak@arts.on.ca
Carolyn Gloude
Associate Officer
416-969-7423
1-800-387-0058, ext. 7423
cgloude@arts.on.ca

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2016-17, OAC funded 1,657individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.8 million.

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Prix de la première ministre pour
l’excellence artistique de 2018

Proposez un candidat avant le 5 décembre 2017!

Êtes-vous inspiré par un artiste ou un organisme artistique remarquable de l’Ontario? Témoignez de l’importance de cette personne ou de cet organisme pour vous et votre collectivité en proposant leur candidature pour les Prix de la première ministre pour l’excellence artistique!

Il y a deux catégories de prix : un prix Artiste de 35 000 $ et un prix Organisme artistique de 50 000 $. Vous pouvez proposer la candidature d’un artiste ou d’un organisme artistique qui travaille dans n’importe quelle forme ou discipline artistique, y compris :

  • Édition de livres et de périodiques
  • Industries culturelles (médias numériques, cinéma, télévision et enregistrement sonore)
  • Métiers d’art
  • Danse
  • Cinéma
  • Littérature
  • Arts médiatiques
  • Musique
  • Théâtre
  • Arts visuels

DU NEUF CETTE ANNÉE : Les candidatures sont maintenant soumises en ligne dans Nova, le système de demande en ligne du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario (CAO). Les candidatures doivent être soumises au plus tard à 13 h, le 5 décembre 2017.

Nous espérons que vous envisagerez de proposer un candidat. N’hésitez pas à transférer ce message aux personnes que ces prix peuvent intéresser.

Pour plus de renseignements

Pour obtenir des renseignements généraux au sujet des Prix de la première ministre pour l’excellence artistique, sur l’utilisation de Nova et les modalités de mise en candidature ou pour obtenir une assistance technique, communiquez avec :

Rohana Buzamlak
Administratrice
416-969-7416
1-800-387-0058, poste 7416
rbuzamlak@arts.on.ca


Cela fait plus de 50 ans que le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario joue un rôle de premier plan dans la promotion et l’aide en matière de développement des arts au profit de tous les Ontariens. En 2016-2017, il a octroyé des subventions totalisant 50,8 millions de dollars à 1 657 artistes et 1 089 organismes dans 212collectivités de la province.

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A Different Booklist Cultural Centre – Upcoming July Events

In Writing (all kinds) on July 21, 2017 at 6:09 PM
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UPCOMING JULY EVENTS

Blackhurst Gallery Exhibition

THE ART OF CARNIVAL

“THE ART OF CARNIVAL”, is the first annual Art exhibition presented by the Festival Management Committee of Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival, celebrating 50 years of Carnival in the City of Toronto. This is a unique opportunity to view artwork by Kenrick Ayow, Rosslyn Berot-Burns, Daryl Chang, Georgia Fullerton, Ian Grant and Jennylynd James, all artists of Caribbean descent. The exhibit reflects the multifaceted Caribbean culture in Toronto and will encourage dialogue while celebrating the importance of our creative artists.

The exhibit can be viewed during regular A Different Booklist Cultural Centre hours Monday – Saturday.

Contact: 416 901 7720.

Pop-Up Shop

Live It Wear It Pop Up Photo Shoot

July 23, 2017 12:00pm – 5:00pm

In collaboration with A Different Booklist, LIWI68 is pleased to have created the design for the 5th annual Freedom Underground Train ride happening on July 31, 2017. Participants in this years’ event can pre-order this memorable t-shirt online and pick it up at LIWI68’s annual customer appreciation happening this year on July 23 at 779 Bathurst Street Toronto Ontario.

LIWI68 is once again, proud and humbled to be involved in such a special event created for the community and by the community.

Like always, this event is to acknowledge and thank all of the wonderful people that have and continue to support the LIWI brand and movement.

Selected t-shirts will be available for purchase at a discounted rate along with the new 2017 Freedom Train shirt. Limited shirts and sizes will be available for purchase in advance online or by pre-order so that those who want to participate in the photo shoot can have the opportunity to secure their spot.

Please send all pre-orders to adbcc777@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Book Launch

Greetings, Leroy

With author Itah Sadu and illustrator Alix Delinois

July 27, 2017 6:00pm – 8:30pm

5th Annual Underground Freedom Train

July 31, 2017

Assembly 10:45 PM (SHARP)

A Different Booklist Cultural Centre

779 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON

416-538-0889

416-901-7720

adifferentbooklist.com

adbcc777@gmail.com

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Stuart Jackson Gallery is Now on Queen Street West!

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 24, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Check out its new location on their website:

http://www.jacksonarts.com/


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COBA’s home season opens this week

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on February 20, 2014 at 6:58 AM

Join us at the studio for our 2014 home season performances
a retrospective of traditional and contemporary African dance works
featuring Maa Keeba (2009), Portrait (1993) and Doun Doun Dance (2008)

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COBA Home Season February 2014

Calling All Volunteers

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 14, 2013 at 3:00 AM
Hello Volunteers,
BIG NEWS! Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY) is taking on a HUGE mural project this month and we need many artistic hands on deck! Read the rest of this entry »

AFCY’s “Art Responsibly” is showcased on subway platforms‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 12, 2013 at 3:00 AM
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Pattison Onestop showcases Art Responsibly by Toronto Youth on subway platforms

Toronto – July 31, 2013 – Pattison Onestop in partnership with Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY) present Art Responsibly, a series of hand-painted subway posters created by children and youth from Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods, on select subway platforms across Toronto. Art Responsiblyposters share these youths’ thoughts and feelings about “being responsible by being artful.” Read the rest of this entry »

Art, Architecture and Food in Bologna Italy

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Please check out this great article on Italy by John Gower:

http://artbyborsheim.blogspot.it/2013/06/art-architecture-and-food-in-bologna.html

AFCY benefits from AWOL’s Square Foort Art Show‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM
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Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY),
401 Richmond St. West, Suite 230
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
416 929 9314  http://www.afcy.ca
Greetings!
Arts for Children and Youth is grateful for the support of AWOL Gallery.  Please accept this invitation sent to you on behalf of AWOL Gallery. Here’s your chance to purchase an AFCY original: this is our first time to have some artwork for sale at the show.
YOU ARE INVITED TO
THE ORIGINAL SQUARE FOOT ART SHOW
TENTH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION
At Twist Gallery, Toronto
You are invited to join us on Friday, August 3rd at 7pm for the Press & Collectors Gala. Ticket sales support the efforts of the Daily Bread Food Bank and Arts For Children & Youth. Advance Tickets are $25 online or $30 at the door.
You are also invited to attend the Artists Reception on Saturday, August 4th at 7pm. Admission is Free!
PRESS & COLLECTORS EVENING GALA
Friday, August 3rd, 7pm – 10pm
This is a ticketed event in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank and Arts For Children & Youth
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: HERE
ARTISTS EVENING RECEPTION
Saturday, August 4th, 7pm – 11pm
FREE admission
Location: Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen Street West, Toronto (Just West of Dovercourt)
AWOL Gallery celebrates this very special Tenth Anniversary of The Original Square Foot Art Show
Collect Visual Art by New & Established Artists at this huge group art show. 
                                                                  More than 600 Artists & Over 1500 pieces of Art! 
All artwork 12×12 inches & Collectible at $225. 
JOIN US IN CELEBRATION OF ART & ARTISTS! HELP MAKE THIS YEAR’S SQUARE FOOT SHOW A GIANT SUCCESS!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
EXHIBITION DATES: Saturday, August 4th – Sunday, August 19th, 2012
PRESS / COLLECTOR PREVIEW GALA: Friday, August 3rd, 7 pm – 10pm (ticketed event)
ARTISTS RECEPTION: Saturday, August 4th, 7 pm – 11pm (FREE admission)
GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday 12-7pm & Sunday 12-5pm
Follow AWOL Gallery & The Original Square Foot Art Show on Twitter:
@AWOLgallery
@AWOLsquarefoot
Please visit 

the AWOL GALLERY SQUARE FOOT website:www.awolgallery.com/square_foot/

For further inquiries, please email us at sqft@awolgallery.com
Advanced Gala Ticket Sales Online HERE
AWOL Gallery Supports the efforts of:
Arts For Children & Youth – www.AFCY.ca
Daily Bread Food Bank – www.dailybread.ca
AWOL Gallery is grateful for:
ABOVEGROUND Art Supplies – www.abovegroundartsupplies.com
Pixel Print – www.pixelprint.ca

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Book Review: Mikaya Heart’s My Sweet Wild Dance

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on June 30, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Rachel Muenz Does a Review of Mikaya Heart\’s My Sweet Dance – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

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By Rachel Muenz

Mikaya Heart’s My Sweet Wild Dance is not an artistic masterpiece, nor is it meant to be. It is, however, a clear, well-written and honest coming of age story that most readers should find interesting at the very least.

Based on Heart’s own life, the book follows the main character Christine as she grows from a confused, frustrated child in Scotland, to a young angry teen and finally, to a spiritually calm middle-aged woman living in California. Through this journey, Christine overcomes gender and class stereotypes, the demands of her parents, childhood sexual abuse and her own negativity by discovering her sexual identity as a lesbian and through travel and spiritualism.

The story begins with something of a warning that though it is a “true story,” it is only Heart’s version of the truth. She says the book is not meant to have a moral but to show Christine’s path through the difficulties of life and to inspire and entertain others. Overall, My Sweet Wild Dance succeeds in that goal.

After the preface, a prologue and the first chapter introduce us to Christine as a self-confident adult before leading into a mostly chronological account of her life from about age five to her 50s. The first half of the book is set in the U.K. and the second half covers Christine’s life in the U.S.

Told in short chapters broken into smaller sections, the book is easy to get through and should appeal to those who like their reading material in small doses. However, the fragmented structure can sometimes be a bit disorienting. There are times, especially in the latter half of the book, where some sections in a chapter don’t quite relate to each other or flow as nicely as they could. The structure isn’t a disaster but some readers may find it too choppy for their liking.

Also, some scenes don’t seem necessary to advance the plot while others leave us wishing Heart had stayed with them longer and fleshed them out a bit more. A good example of one of these beautiful scenes is the stream Christine plays in as a child. Here, Christine learns “what will feel solid when [she] touch[es] it and what (such as the weeds or the illusory water itself) will disappear between [her] fingers like air.” This scene mirrors the contrast of how polite the adult world is supposed to be with how harmful it is to Christine in reality, a major theme in this part of the book.

Yet, often, we don’t get as strong a sense of the people and places in the book as we would like because these scenes begin and end suddenly. Characters and places flash into Christine’s life like sparks and disappear just as quickly. But, as the preface states, the book is about Christine working through and exploring her feelings rather than bringing settings and characters to life. It is Christine’s bravery and gutsiness in facing great difficulty that keeps us reading in spite of her flaws.

Throughout the book, Christine refuses to give in.

She battles through the effects of her father’s bullying to finally stop submitting to men and avoids conforming to her mother’s idea of an upper-class Scottish lady by becoming a hippy, political activist and, later, an agricultural mechanic and kiteboarder. Lastly, she overcomes the grief and anger of her experience with sexually abusive men through a heightened spiritual awareness and through her world travels, the beauty of nature and the love she finds with women.

Heart, like Christine, also shows courage in her use of language in the book.

For the most part, the language is plain and uncensored though it tends to be almost raving during Christine’s spiritual and sexual experiences, matching the emotional intensity of these events. Heart leaves nothing back in describing Christine’s sexual relationships and the sexual abuse she suffers as a child. As a result, the first half of the book and the flashbacks in the second are tough to get through because of the number of upsetting abuse scenes. However, the book is also filled with plenty of humour to lighten things up and Christine’s eventual triumph over this abuse makes up for the pain.

Finally, though readers may also find parts of the book repetitive – Christine’s constant cycle of falling in love with new women and then losing interest is one example – the spiritual growth and power Christine attains is just too interesting to pay much heed to the book’s few problems. As Christine says near the end of the book, “From the perspective of All-that-is, things aren’t so serious. Often they are simply experiences.” Ultimately, My Sweet Wild Dance is a record of both simple and extraordinary spiritual experiences that should leave all but the most cynical of readers uplifted.

MAC Appointment: Alexandre Taillefer, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM

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MONTREAL, May 17, 2012, /CNW Telbec/ – The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is proud to announce the appointment of Alexandre Taillefer to a five-year term as Chairman of its Board of Directors. The appointment was approved by Quebec’s cabinet yesterday, May 16, 2012.

A keen contemporary art collector, patron, and businessman, Alexandre Taillefer initially became involved with the Fondation du Musée d’art contemporain, notably as Honorary Chair of the 2010 Annual Ball. He now takes the helm of the Board of Directors and will sit on all of the museum’s committees. Upon assuming his new duties, Mr. Taillefer announced, “I am very pleased with the appointment. It is a new and extremely interesting challenge for me. Contemporary art could not be more relevant and necessary today. The MAC has a duty to become even more open and welcoming to and representative of the exceptional work of artists from here and elsewhere. I would like to commend my predecessor, Marc DeSerres, on his work over the last eight years as he guided the Musée to renewed popularity. A number of important decisions will need to be made regarding the future of our museum and I intend to work closely with the other Board members and do my utmost to contribute to the Musée’s development.”

A senior partner since 2011 with XPND Fund L.P., an investment fund with interests in technology, media, and entertainment companies, Alexandre Taillefer is a born entrepreneur who has made a name for himself in the development of new technology companies. After studying computer science at the Université de Montréal and administration at the École des Sciences de la gestion at UQAM and at HEC Montréal, he became the founding president of Intellia in 1993, later Nurun, a leader in web development in Canada. In 2001, he founded Hexacto, which in just two years became the leader in mobile games before being bought by Jamdat Mobile and then Electronic Arts. In 2007, he co-founded Stingray Digital, a company specializing in digital entertainment.

Today, Mr. Taillefer sits on the board of numerous companies, including C2.mtl, gsmprjct, Lumenpulse, BeHaviour and iPerceptions, and is a member of the Montréal, Cultural Metropolis steering committee. His involvement in the culture sector began in 2005 with his successive appointments to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ acquisition committees for Canadian and the international art. He was also Chairman of the Board of the Opéra de Montréal from 2006 to 2012.

Director Paulette Gagnon and all of the museum’s staff are delighted with the appointment and extend their sincere congratulations to Mr. Taillefer. The Musée takes this opportunity to thank outgoing Chairman Marc DeSerres for his dedication and support over his two terms of office. The Musée would also like to thank François Mario Labbé, who is completing his term on the Board, as well as Vice-Chairman Robert-Jean Chénier and Treasurer Nathalie Pratte, who will complete their terms on July 2, 2012.

New members are joining the MAC Board of Directors for three-year terms. The Musée warmly welcomes Eleonore Derome, lawyer and partner at McCarthy Tétrault, François Dufresne, partner with Ernst & Young and also President of the Fondation du Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and, starting on July 2, Sylvie L’Écuyer, senior advisor at Société Pierre Boucher Inc., and Jean Claude Baudinet, President of the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont Foundation and Chairman of the MAC’s Comité consultatif de l’immeuble et des équipements. Dominique Lanctôt, Lillian Mauer and Céline Robitaille Lamarre return to the Board for second three-year terms.

The museum extends its sincere congratulations to all.

Image with caption: “Alexandre Taillefer, new Chairman of the Board of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (CNW Group/Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal)”. Image available at http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120517_C8832_PHOTO_EN_13875.jpg

For further information:

Danielle Legentil, MACM
Director of Communications
danielle.legentil@macm.org
Tel.: 514 847-6236

Wanda Palma, MACM
Head of Public Relations
Wanda.palma@macm.org
Tel.: 514 847-6232

AFCY’s Workshop: Engaging Arts Funders

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on April 20, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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My Books Available @ Accents on Eglinton – 1790 Eglinton Avenue West @ Dufferin Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on March 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

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Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/events/452277591496604/

 Accents Bookstore on Eglington at 1790 Eglinton Ave. West is having a Pop-Up Shop on Saturday, December 15th from 1-6pm. The pop up shop will feature art, books, fashion, beauty products and more highlighting the work of diasporic African, Latin, and Caribbean people. We are contacting you to find out if you’re interesting in vending and selling your products at this pop-up shop.

I will be there selling my books, as well as How To Talk To Crazy People.

It is also available at: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/kakonged?searchTerms=How+To+Talk+To+Crazy+People and soon on Amazon.

Also find out more about the event here:

Looking for that special gift for the holidays? Or just want to check out what your local artisans and entrepreneurs are doing?

 

Accents Bookstore on Eglinton Av W (@Dufferin) is having a Pop Up Shop on Saturday, December 15th from 1-6pm. The Pop Up Shop will feature art, books, fashion, beauty products and more highlighting the work of diasporic African, Latin, and Caribbean people.

PLEASE remember to invite your friends, fans, clients, and customers to the event. Post on your facebook page, social media, blog, twitter etc. The Facebook link is provided below. 

http://www.facebook.com/events/452277591496604/
Featuring: 
Cha’coal
Be Classy Boutique

Asikere Afana

Art Card (Prints of original paintings by A.Itwaru & Natasha Ksonzek)
Black Empowerment

Disfiyu (Professional Skin Care)
Donna Kakonge (writer)
Guillermina Castillo
Love Jewelry and Accessories
Luze.Arte
Max International
Reflection Designs

Global Wealth Trade
Thelma Nozzaci (writer)
Tray Arts
Wild Moon Jewelry

Bernard & Andrea Richards (art)

Gregory Frank (drummer)

Cuban Coffee &(Cubita+Serrano+Turquino)+ Music

Children Books
+ more

Special !!!!! Accents’ Gift Cards available!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
1-6pm

Accents Bookstore
1790 Eglinton Ave W
(@ Dufferin)

Phone: 647-352-8558.

Winnipegger wins national photography prize despite blindness July 14, 2011 @ 11:30PM

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 19, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Winnipeg Woman Who is Blind Wins Photography Contest – Photo Courtesy of CNW

 

TORONTO (Ontario) – CNIB has announced Tara Miller, a Winnipeg resident who is blind, as the winner of the organization’s national Eye Remember photo contest.

Miller’s stunning photo, entitled “Fortuitous Twilight,” captured the attention of CNIB’s celebrity photographer judges, who were not aware the entrant had any vision problem whatsoever, let alone having only 10 percent vision in her left eye.

Miller’s photo, which was voted to win by more than 2,000 Canadian users on the contest’s website, was one of 128 submissions by people who are sighted, partially-sighted and blind across the country.

Winning Photograph – Photo Courtesy of CNW

Miller, who began to lose her vision to glaucoma in childhood, says she takes photos by using what little sight she has to plan and frame the shot. Once shooting is complete, she hooks her camera up to a large 27-inch monitor and blows the image up to 200 percent so she can see the results.

“People with vision loss can do the same things as sighted people, but just in a different way,” says Miller.

As the contest winner, Miller and a guest will be heading to Quebec City, Quebec, later this year for a free weekend hotel stay and an opportunity to explore and photograph the historic city.

As a CNIB client who has taken advantage of many of the charity’s rehabilitation services for Canadians with vision loss, Miller says she has learned the skills she needs to live independently despite her blindness. Working one-on-one with CNIB’s specialists, Miller learned to travel on the bus independently, use a computer, and take care of her home and family.

“I am so proud of myself for my abilities and I thank the staff at CNIB for helping me,” says Miller.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer, CNIB’s Eye Remember photo contest is designed to educate Canadians about the importance of detecting glaucoma early in life and to remember to be proactive about their vision health.

Otherwise known as the “silent thief,” glaucoma usually progresses slowly and painlessly; therefore, it’s possible to have glaucoma without noticing any symptoms or major changes to your eyesight. Glaucoma is the second most common cause of irreversible vision loss in seniors and affects more than 250,000 Canadians.
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About CNIB
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills, and opportunities to fully participate in life. To learn more, visit cnib.ca or call the toll-free CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642.

About Eye Remember
Eye Remember is a photo contest and glaucoma awareness campaign launched in 2011 by CNIB. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer, the contest is designed to educate Canadians about the importance of detecting glaucoma early in life and to remember to be proactive about their vision health. To learn more about glaucoma and its risk factors, visit eyeremember.ca.

Painting of Black Woman with Afro embodied by a Rose and Based in Water is Art

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on October 21, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Donna Kakonge\’s Painting – Photo Courtesy of Donna Kakonge

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After the Caribana Exhibit in July, I contacted Joan Butterfield, the curator to congratulate her on the exhibit.

She invited me to submit to their next exhibit when I expressed a personal interest in art. I had the paints and 30 X 40 canvasses ready according to the submission guidelines and the deadline to submit is May 2011. I painted the picture above to prepare for the 2011 Caribana Exhibit.

The painting is on a 20 X 30 stretched canvas and is a black woman with an afro, surrounded by a red rose with two different bodies of water. Above the afro in some of the corners are flashes of yellow. Below are flashes of orange just above the crimson red rose. The body of water to the left is dark, rich blue. The body of water to the right is about three shades lighter. It took me three days to do this painting.

First, I sketched the outline using sharpies. This was on the first day and my arms were in pain at times, so I needed to take breaks. The following day, I used oil pastels to fill in the colour. I discovered that you really need to paint hard with the used oil pastels I was using; almost as though I would be painting the walls in the house my father lives in now. This was a different kind of painting.

On the final day, I added the definition with the lines under the eyes, the eyebrows, the nose, accented the lips and defined the eyelashes. I also was aiming to add more texture to the canvas, unlike what I had helped to do with my father’s walls, and added more paint to all of the colours to give a thickness to the appearance.

Dewey (1934) says impulsions start from a need and are the beginning of artwork in a given environment. Dewey (1934) goes on to explain that the experience of art is a high form of the human experience. I felt a great need to do this painting when I saw Toni Daley’s “Blame it on Boogie” at the Caribana Exhibit. Her painting is of a nude black woman, framed from the chest up and encased in light and dark shadows and reminds one of the disco eras and dancing from dusk until dawn. I decided that with my piece I wanted to make a statement along the lines of how Daley’s piece impressed me, by bringing beauty to the afro, however by replacing the body with a rose, deemphasizing the importance of the size or shape of the body. The rose replacing the body to me was as beautiful, as naturally sweet-smelling and sometimes thorny as we grow older, as the body can be (Springgay, 2008).

Dewey (1934) discusses how the impulsion goes through many obstacles and challenges once out of the body (Dewey, 1934). Challenges include whether there is an audience for it? Worries about how it will be perceived? In this case, I received many favourable comments from friends and family.

hooks (2000) says that many black people do not see the visual arts as important in the struggle of black folks, they instead turn to the media arts. Is my art currently hanging in my bedroom changing the world? Is it causing people to think differently? This is what the artwork of Mierle Ukeles does with her mechanical, industrial and environmental artwork (Oregon Public Broadcasting, 1997). My artwork started a surge of the participants in my online course expressing themselves artistically.

I took three photos of the painting and I posted them up for participants in my politics of black hair online course. I received some favourable comments. It encouraged a discussion about art, as well as some participants searching for other artistic material to add to the online course content, such as poetry by Una Marson Kinky Hair Blues (1931). It also encouraged the daughter of one of the participants to agree to have her poem Do You Hair Me? (Oshibajo, 2006) posted up on the course content. As well, Remi Oshibajo gave me permission to use her poem for my dissertation.

Dewey (1934) notes that the purpose of art is to create more order and unity – this is exactly what my art accomplished through my online politics of black hair course which had at that time in late August about 24 active participants. The majority of the participants are black females that feel positively about natural black hair. Abreu (2009) expresses what he has managed to create through the art of music with his youth orchestra in South America. My online course started in July of 2010 and I have already seen participants getting jobs and feeling the inspiration to create their own jobs, as well as express their creativity. It is an ideal environment for the participants to feel safe to express themselves.

As Dewey (1934) goes on to say, I felt a great feeling of happiness at the completion of the work of art. It was difficult however during the process, as I know the creation process I am most familiar with when it comes to writing.

This painting is an expression of my light (Lorde, 1968/1984). It a creation out of my soul and represents my magic within. It has been shared with others and well received. It is indeed art.

References

Abreu, José. (2009). On Kids Transformed by Music. TED Talks. [Video].
Butterfield, Joan. (2010). From the Soul COLOURblind 2010 Royal Ontario Museum. [Art Exhibit].
Dewey, John. (1934/2005). Art as Experience. New York: Perigee [AE].
hooks, bell. (2000). Art is for everybody. In D. Chasman and E. Chian (eds.), Drawing us in, (pp. 96-104). Boston: Beacon.
Lorde, Audre. (1968/1984). Poetry is Not a Luxury. In Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, (pg. 36-39). New York: Norton, Quality Paperback Book Club.
Marson, Una. (1931). Kinky Hair Blues. Kingston: Gleaner.
Oregon Public Broadcasting. (1997). A World of Art: Works in Progress. Annenberg Media Initiative. Mierle Ukeles.
Oshibanjo, Remi. (2006). Do You Hair Me? The Politics of Black Hair Online Course. July 19, 2010 to present.
http://affiliate.kickapps.com/_Do-You-Hair-Me/blog/2631461/107952.html
Springgay, Stephanie. (2008). Body knowledge and curriculum: Pedagogies of touch in youth and visual culture. NY: Peter Lang.

Highway of Heroes Unveiled by TPS

In Beauty, Business, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 12, 2010 at 7:00 AM

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Media advisory, Thursday, August 12, 2010, 11 a.m., Coroner’s Building laneway, 25 Grenville Street Highway of Heroes Mural Unveiling

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 – 5:00 AM
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On Thursday, August 12, 2010, at 11 a.m., in the laneway at the rear of the Coroner’s Building, 25 Grenville Street, Jessey Pacho, Mentor Artist, and youth mural artists from Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services will unveil their Highway of Heroes tribute mural.

The mural is located at the rear of the Sushi Sky Restaurant, 478 Yonge Street.

The theme of the mural is a call for peace and to respect and honour our fallen soldiers and their families.

Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne and members of the Canadian Army Veteran (the C.A.V.) will be present for the unveiling.

Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services would like to thank the Toronto Police Service Legal Graffiti Art Coordinator Constable Scott Mills and the City of Toronto Graffiti Transformation program for funding the mural. The Graffiti Transformation Program is an annual community investment program addressing youth unemployment and opportunities as well as neighbourhood improvement.

Please visit Facebook and YouTube for more information.

Constable Wendy Drummond, Public Information

Through the Eyes of an Artist

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on May 26, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Being an Artist – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 26, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Drawing has always been a passion for me, it releases my creative energy and puts me in a calm and focused state. Being a very visual person, I appreciate the beautiful art brings to this world and I am happy to be a part of it.

Art is a strong point for me; I have always excelled in it and enjoyed it. I had pursued cartooning classes as a child and looked forward to visual arts classes throughout my school career. To this day, I continue to doodle here and there, although I would love to make drawing a bigger part of my life again.

For those of you who love producing visual art in whatever form, be it painting or sketching, it is important to make time for it, even if it’s only once a week. If you feel as though you want to improve your artistic abilities or be more involved in the artistic community, take art classes or join an art group. You may not be the next Picasso, but if your passion for art is strong enough, you could be headed for success.

Instead of rambling on about what you should do, I plan on following my own advice and bringing art back into my life. Who knows, maybe it’s the hidden key to a new path for success and fulfillment.

Susan McConkey Profile

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 13, 2010 at 7:59 AM

Alice Hoang Does a Profile on Susan McConkey – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alice Hoang - April 13, 2010

By Alice Hoang

Being a designer and having an eye for art and fashion, “she knows what looks good,” says Michael McConkey about his wife.

With the innate ability of designing, 51-year-old Susan McConkey’s, skills and talent are a great asset when it comes to home décor and renovations, as she knows what colours to choose and what furniture to buy, said Michael McConkey.

“I would always make [pillows and duvet covers] – I never buy it because I can never find anything I like. I have a picture in my mind, so I have to make it,” said Susan McConkey with a chuckle.

Her walls are painted dark blue while her rugs are a rust colour, as she likes the “bold” and “dramatic” look.

Susan McConkey, who has worked as a designer for 11 years, currently works at Kats Design where she designs costumes for performers including dancers, rhythmic gymnasts, and figure skaters.

She always designed for fun throughout her teenage years, while she took a home economics class in high school. She then went to design school for eight years before she began her career as a designer.
Her husband said she would listen to music that customers provide her and from there, her creative juices would flow.

“She knows what she wants,” Michael said. “It’s quite unusual. She’s someone who you just tell her something and let her listen to music and she makes something – it’s a gift.”

If someone is doing a skating routine, they’ll give her the song they’re using and a rough idea of what they want, he said.

“You just have to use your imagination,” Susan McConkey said. “You have to have an understanding of fashion history and what people are looking for.”

Her co-worker, Kim La, who does the sewing, said she admires her knack for matching fabrics and appliqués, and the precision that is put into designing costumes.

“The American costumes she makes for solo performers are very nice,” La said. “I like the ones with a lot of detail – like the ones with seaweed designs.”

She has various sketches that haven’t been used, which are organized into different binders.

“A lot of times I’d show people two sketches and they’d pick one, and the other one goes into the sketchbook,” Susan McConkey said. “I’ll go through there and see if there’s anything I can use or change to update it or make it more suitable for a theme.”

Susan McConkey said a design can sometimes take her minutes to do, while other times it may take hours.

She enjoys designing rhythmic suits best, as more work is put into them because they require lot of detail,

“The rhythmic ones I would colour in because there are so many pieces – up to 200,” McConkey said. “So when it goes from me to the pattern maker, they have to be able to look at the picture and know where the patterns are going, where the fabrics are going.”

She has also designed her own outfits for special occasions, including bridesmaid dresses.

“If I’m going to a wedding or anything, I’ll do a design,” Susan McConkey said. “I have a girl I know who would do the pattern, and I know someone else who would do the sewing at home for me.”

“I’d make things for her ever since she was little up to when she was graduating. I made her prom dress,” Susan McConkey said.

Although her specialty is designing, she knows how to do everything “from start to finish” in the production of a costume.

She said in design school you learn everything and then see what you’re best at.

“They’ll decide if they’re better at pattern-making than drawing or sewing,” Susan McConkey said. “It depends. Everyone finds their niches by the end of the course.”

While she inherited her talent for drawing from her dad, she said her mom “can’t even sew a button on or draw a stick figure”, although she seems to have passed down her talent to her son, whom she describes as “a very good artist”.

“I think it’s something that’s built into your [genetic] make-up because when I was little, all I wanted to do was draw or sew,” said Susan McConkey.

Engine Gallery

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on January 22, 2010 at 10:38 AM

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Engine Gallery Update

Welcome to our latest issue of Engine Gallery Update. We are very excited to invite you to our latest exhibition. We will be featuring artwork by Drawnonward in a multi-artist exhibition titled ‘New work’.

Drawnonward is a collaborative group of seven extremely talented artists who take on adventures, as they follow their journeys and paint of experiences that have inspired them. Predominantly landscape paintings, this exhibition will contain each individuals’ interpretation of how each adventure has moved them.

We will be featuring work from all seven artists throughout the 3-week show. Join us for an opening reception where all seven artists will be in attendance. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet the artists, discuss their art and hear about some of the amazing paths each has chosen to follow. We’ll be hosting the event on Thursday, February 4, 2010, from 6pm to 10pm.

We would also like to mention that one of our regular artists, Mitchell F. Chan, will be exhibiting a live and interactive display/performance titled ‘Visions of the Amen: Kinetic Sculpture Installation’, at The Spoke Club. In the coming year, this critically acclaimed installation will be on display at some of the most prominent museums of modern art in the world—like the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC for example! Take this opportunity to see it now, before the tour starts.

Hope to see you there!

P.S. As always, if you’d like to view any of our current or past exhibition artists’ collections, visit the Gallery Artists page on our website.

Distillery • Drawnonward Feb 4 to Feb 21

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“Drawnonward as a group has covered a lot of terrain over the past 15 years. Although the vast majority of our experiences have ranged from great to amazing to awe-inspiring, we have also met our share of adverse conditions on our travels. We have though, collectively discovered an ability to keep things in perspective – to find either humor or illumination in our missteps. It is our shared lens of positive outlook and our ‘hilaritas’ that has allowed us to continue along our path.

Adventure Canada proved to be kindred spirits, and over the past few years, members of Drawnonward have taken part in voyages throughout the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Labrador, and Newfoundland. Six unique adventures in four years that have brought, and continue to bring, Canada to the forefront of our creative expression.
– David Marshak

About Adventure Canada
Adventure Canada specializes in quality group experiences. With an emphasis on small ship expedition cruising in Canada, their company offers excursions on the west, east, and Arctic coasts of Canada. Entering their twenty-second year they have expanded their offerings to include programming in Europe, South and Central America, Africa, Antarctica and the Oceania.

In addition to ship based travel programs, they offer a series of land-based art, photography, wildlife viewing and cultural programs. Over the last twenty plus years, along with their guests, they have discovered that there is so much that is extraordinary about the places they travel, from the landscape, wildlife and culture to the history, art and archeology that is unique to every destination.

Exhibition:
February 4, 2010 – February 21, 2010

Opening Reception:
Engine Gallery
37 Mill Street, Bldg #37
Distillery District
Thursday, February 4, 2010
6pm – 10pm
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Mitchell F. Chan January 22, 2010

Visions of the Amen: Kinetic Sculpture Installation’
An architectural-scale immersive installation of string and brass bars, which is brought to life as soprano Ashleigh Semkiw, performs a piece by Oliver Messain. As her voice moves through different pitches, the different strings in the cage are excited, and the louder the pitch is delivered, the faster each string rotates, and the resultant shape carved out becomes wider and shorter.

The exhibition also features two series of images mounted on the Spoke Club walls: the first, a set of concept and design “sketches” pertaining to the project, executed by Chan as full size paintings in encaustic, oil, string and collage on linen; the second, a series of drawings presenting mechanisms and concepts of the architectural absurd, by Tom Ngo.

Mitchell is currently attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Art & Technology) as he pursues his Master of Fine Arts degree.

View a video of the installation here.

Exhibition:
January 22, 2010

Reception/Performance:
The Spoke Club Gallery
600 King Street West, 4th Floor
Friday, January 22, 2010
7pm – 10pm

The Historic Distillery District A great destination!

Toronto’s first pedestrian-only village was at one time the largest distillery in the British Empire, the 13-acre site has been redeveloped and dedicated to the promotion of arts, culture, and entertainment.

If you’ve never been to the Distillery District (map), make your way to Parliament St. and Mill St., and you’ll find galleries, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, artist studios, workshops, jewellers, theatres, retail stores, offices, ample parking and a truly unique vista, all within the historic Gooderham & Worts distillery.

For more information visit http://www.thedistillerydistrict.com.

Our contact information is below (note that we’ve discontinued the old Distillery number):

Engine Gallery
37 Mill Street, Bldg #37
Distillery District
Toronto, ON M5A 3R6
(416) 531-9905
info@enginegallery.ca

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Stephen Carroll’s Installation

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Education, Entertainment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on December 15, 2009 at 3:29 AM
Stephen Carroll - December 15, 2009
Hello Friends and Family,

I hope you are all doing well.

I want to invite you to an opening that I am having for a piece that I’ve been working on for 6 months and an accumulation ideas I’ve been developing the past three years.
It is an installation of a vinyl print that is 4ft.by5ft, with paint on the wall and a epoxy caste of the original work beside. The series the work belongs to is called “Unconscious Collage.”

The work will be installed for viewing as of this Tuesday December 15th and I will be on site for friends and family on Saturday afternoon. If you can’t make it on Saturday be sure to stop by, the work will be up until January 11th.

Thank you for all your support, I really hope to see you,
or hear your feedback about the work,
please forward this info to any relevant lists, institutions or organizations,

Thank you,
Best,
Stephen
it’s at 52 McCaul Street. 1st Floor.
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