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MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE (12e édition du 8 au 18 juillet 2021)

“C’est avec une belle fébrilité et un intense bonheur que MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE, un festival TOHU, présenté par Loto-Québec, tiendra sa 12e édition du 8 au 18 juillet 2021. Pour l’occasion, la TOHU connaîtra un foisonnement inégalé, avec la présentation de sept grands spectacles en salle, sous chapiteau, dans les jardins et sur la terrasse du siège social international du Cirque du Soleil ! Bourdonnant d’animation — avec « bulles » pour piqueniquer et service de BBQ aux tables ! —, cette ZONE MULTICOLORE du pôle TOHU de MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE promet une expérience cirque multiple et festive. Un lieu de retrouvailles attendues et de célébration de la vie dans un plaisir total et partagé !

On dévoile aujourd’hui les détails de ces sept spectacles, créés par de grandes troupes québécoises, reconnues pour leur inventivité, leur rigueur et leur folie. Les billets sont mis en vente ce 27 mai, à 9 h.

« Nous nous réjouissons d’accueillir les artistes et le public pour cette 12e édition de MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE. Grâce à la créativité, à la grande efficacité et à la détermination de nos équipes, nous pourrons offrir un festival haut en couleur, riche en découvertes et en émotions, que nous avons très hâte de partager. » — Nadine Marchand, directrice de MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE.

Du 8 au 18 juillet 2021, Montréal découvrira, s’étonnera, rêvera et s’émouvra.”

Pour en savoir plus : https://montrealcompletementcirque.com/

-source : MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE

Call for Expressions of Interest: What does Anti-Racism look like to you? Mural (BIPOC Artists in Newfound & Labrador)

“Application Deadline: Friday, June 25th by midnight.

Calling all BIPOC visual artists! In partnership with the newly forming BIPOC Creators Collective, Eastern Edge Gallery would like to commission a visual artist or artist duo to create a public mural that visualizes anti-racism practices in Newfoundland & Labrador. The mural will be outside of Eastern Edge and will be unveiled during the HOLD FAST Contemporary Arts Festival in late August. Possible themes include the importance of anti-racism work, sharing BIPOC stories and lifting BIPOC voices, and promoting diversity, inclusion, and respect in our communities. In tandem with the mural’s unveiling, the artist(s) will have the opportunity to host an artist talk and lead a collaborative community project with the support of the BIPOC Creators Collective and Eastern Edge. 

The selected artist will be paid $2000 for the completion of the mural, plus fees for additional programming. All materials will be provided.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a BIPOC visual artist.
  • Must currently live in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

For more information, please visit: https://easternedge.ca/mural-opportunity-call-for-expressions-of-interest/

-from Eastern Edge Gallery

Call for Submissions – UNLOCKED: Young people ages 9-25 are invited to submit their original artwork inspired by the pandemic for a Virtual Art Exhibit

  • One year into the Covid-19 pandemic, the creative and emotional lives of our youth matter more than ever. Young Canadian artists need to be seen, encouraged, and their talent recognized.
  • UNLOCKED is a virtual art exhibit that shines a spotlight on art created by young Canadians in response to the global pandemic.
  • Submissions are invited at www.unlockedproject.ca until September 1st, 2021

UNLOCKED, an art project that sheds a spotlight on the personal and creative response to the COVID-19 global pandemic by young artists throughout Canada, launched today. UNLOCKED is an online art exhibit, featuring visual arts, music, poetry, photography and video. Young people ages 9-25 are invited to submit their original artwork through the project’s website www.unlockedproject.ca. Selected artworks will be published on the UNLOCKED website and will be promoted on UNLOCKED’s social media platforms as well as through a wide range of art organizations across the country.

UNLOCKED values diversity and the representation of minorities from coast to coast to coast. Its goal is to create a vibrant community of young artists across Canada – inspire creativity and through the beauty of their art give a bit of hope in these difficult times.

UNLOCKED has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of several important Canadian youth organizations actively engaged in art programs that bring social change and justice to their communities. Project collaborators include ArtBridges, Field Trip, VIBE Arts, inPath, Yellow Pad Sessions, Ink Movement, JAYU, Youth Ottawa, and LOVE (Québec).

The deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2021. Members of the jury include Jennifer Dorner, Executive producer of POP Montreal, Kristian Manchester, Executive Creative Director at Sid Lee, and Arthur Gaillard, Head of Art & Design at MASSIVart.

UNLOCKED is a Montreal-based project founded by Josette Gauthier, documentary film producer.
For more information, please visit www.unlockedproject.ca.”

-submitted by UNLOCKED

Mistatim Virtual Performance (June 21, Red Sky Performance)

“Red Sky Performance brings a thrilling virtual performance of our award-winning Mistatim to audiences across Canada.

Mistatim
Mon, June 21, 2021
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

Out of the gate for National Indigenous Peoples Week, Red Sky Performance brings a thrilling virtual performance of our award-winning Mistatim to audiences across Canada.

Our fast-paced horse, Mistatim, will gallop from one end of the country to the other on this digital tour-de-force. Following the performance, join us for a live Social Round Up in the chat room with artists.

An unforgettable story of reconciliation, Mistatim is about the taming of a wild horse and the truest of friendships. Under a prairie sky, a simple wooden fence is all that separates Calvin on his ranch and Speck on her reservation. In many ways they are worlds apart, that is, until a wild horse named Mistatim turns their worlds upside down.

Ideal for children from 6 – 12 years, parents, teachers, presenters, and all audiences.

This event is FREE within Canada.”

For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mistatim-tickets-158034905657

from Red Sky Performance

Call for Nominations: Community Arts Award (Neighbourhood Arts Network)

“Celebrating the vital contributions that artists and organizations make in Toronto’s communities.

Nominations Open: June 1, 2021
Deadline to nominate: August 16, 2021 @ 11:59PM

About: The Community Arts Award is a $10,000 cash prize presented by Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network. This award celebrates an artist that has made a significant contribution in Toronto by working with, in and for communities, while creating access and inclusion to arts and culture. 

The Community Arts Award is part of our Vision Awards, presented in the fall of each year. This award is generously sponsored by MOD Developments Inc

Eligibility Criteria:
To be eligible for the award, all nominees must demonstrate a commitment and/or focus on community-engaged arts and access to arts and culture in Toronto. The nominee may not be awarded more than one Toronto Arts Foundation award within any given year.”

For more information, please visit: https://neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/community-arts-award

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network

Health Empowerment & Arts Leverage (H.E.A.L.): Next Generation ARTS

“In partnership with the City of Toronto – Community Crisis Response Program, Next Generation Arts presents H.E.A.L. (Health Empowerment & Arts Leverage), a specialized initiative for youth ages 12 to 29 in Scarborough, specifically the Woburn community who have been impacted by violence, trauma or grief. As part of the Community Violence, Wellbeing and Recovery Pilot, H.E.A.L. aims to enhance and streamline access to recovery supports for individuals impacted by community violence. Participants in this specialized program will have the unique opportunity of using the arts as a vehicle to heal towards health and wellness through musical and painting expressions. Each workshop will include trauma debriefing as well as artistic workshops in either painting or music, with music workshops concluding in a recording session at Phase One Studios.

This specialized program is free and is hosted in a safe space with trained trauma-informed arts facilitators. Though the program prioritizes youth from the Woburn, Scarborough community, youth from all communities are welcomed. All program materials are provided. Participants do not need any previous artistic experiences to join the workshops. At this time, all workshops are online. Music cohorts will conclude with a recording at a professional recording studio.”

For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.nextgenerationarts.ca/happening-now

-from Next Generation Arts

Profil à découvrir : PAAL Partageons le monde

À mesure que notre répertoire de l’art communautaire prend de l’ampleur, nous réalisons qu’il devient un peu lourd de parcourir tous les profils… Nous avons donc pensé qu’en soulignant certains profils dans notre blogue, de temps à autre, nous vous permettrions de découvrir des projets que vous n’auriez pas encore vus. Merci de nous informer si vous connaissez des projets ou des organismes d’art communautaires canadiens qui ne se trouvent pas encore dans notre répertoire. Cette ressource se construit grâce à vos contributions! -l’équipe d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts.

PAAL Partageons le monde (PAAL) est un organisme d’économie et d’innovation sociale qui éduque et sensibilise le public à la diversité culturelle, à l’égalité et à l’inclusion dans l’optique de prévention du racisme et l’exclusion en offrant des activités artistiques et culturelles. 

Nous vous invitons à lire le profil complet de PAAL Partageons le monde (PAAL) dans notre répertoire de l’art communautaire.

Appel aux artistes – UNLOCKED : Exposition d’art virtuelle réalisée par de jeunes Canadiens inspirés par la pandémie

  • Un an après le début de la pandémie de Covid-19, la vie créative et émotionnelle de nos jeunes compte plus que jamais. Les jeunes artistes canadiens doivent être vus, encouragés et leur talent reconnu.
  • UNLOCKED est une exposition d’art virtuelle qui met en lumière l’art créé par de jeunes Canadiens en réponse à la pandémie mondiale.
  • Les candidatures peuvent être déposées à l’adresse www.unlockedproject.ca jusqu’au 1er septembre 2021.

UNLOCKED lance aujourd’hui un projet artistique qui met en lumière l’art de jeunes Canadiens en réponse à la pandémie mondiale de COVID-19. UNLOCKED est une exposition d’art en ligne, misant sur les arts visuels, la musique, la poésie, la photographie et la vidéo. Les jeunes âgés de 9 à 25 ans sont invités à soumettre leurs œuvres originales sur le site Web du projet, www.unlockedproject.ca. Les œuvres sélectionnées seront publiées sur le site web d’UNLOCKED et feront l’objet d’une promotion sur ses plateformes de médias sociaux ainsi qu’à travers multiples organisations artistiques à travers le pays.

UNLOCKED valorise la diversité et la représentation des minorités d’un océan à l’autre. Son objectif est de créer une communauté dynamique de jeunes artistes à travers le Canada – inspirer la créativité et, par la beauté de leur art, donner un peu d’espoir en ces temps difficiles.

UNLOCKED a été rendu possible grâce à la collaboration d’importantes organisations de jeunesse canadiennes. Ces organisations sont toutes engagées activement dans des programmes d’art qui apportent un changement social et une justice à leurs communautés. Les collaborateurs du projet sont : ArtBridges, Field Trip, VIBE Arts, inPath, Yellow Pad Sessions, Ink Movement, JAYU, Youth Ottawa et LOVE (Québec).

La date limite pour le dépôt des oeuvres est le 1er septembre 2021. Les membres du jury à ce jour, sont Jennifer Dorner, productrice exécutive de POP Montréal, Kristian Manchester, directeur exécutif de la création chez Sid Lee, et Arthur Gaillard, responsable des arts et du design chez MASSIVart.

UNLOCKED est un projet montréalais fondé par Josette Gauthier, productrice de films documentaires.
Pour plus d’informations, veuillez consulter le site www.unlockedproject.ca.”

-source : UNLOCKED

Call for Nominations: Indigenous Artist Award (Toronto Arts Foundation)

Celebrating and supporting individual Indigenous artists and collectives.

Deadline: August 16, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST

About: The Toronto Arts Foundation Indigenous Artist Award is a $20,000 cash prize, with professional artist mentor/Elder or mentee/protégée designated by the Award Recipient to receive $5,000. The award recognizes an Indigenous professional artist or artist collective working in traditional or contemporary practices and who have contributed significantly to arts and culture in Toronto and have demonstrated an ongoing association with Toronto.

Established in 2021, the award is supported by K.M. Hunter Foundation. The award is presented every year at an event co-hosted by Toronto Arts Foundation and a Toronto arts organization with a mandate to support Indigenous artists.”

For more information, please visit: https://torontoartsfoundation.org/initiatives/awards/hidden-pages/indigenous-artist-award

-from Toronto Arts Foundation

Call for Submissions – UNLOCKED: Virtual Art Exhibit by Young Canadians Inspired by the Pandemic

  • One year into the Covid-19 pandemic, the creative and emotional lives of our youth matter more than ever. Young Canadian artists need to be seen, encouraged, and their talent recognized.
  • UNLOCKED is a virtual art exhibit that shines a spotlight on art created by young Canadians in response to the global pandemic.
  • Submissions are invited at www.unlockedproject.ca until September 1st, 2021

UNLOCKED, an art project that sheds a spotlight on the personal and creative response to the COVID-19 global pandemic by young artists throughout Canada, launched today. UNLOCKED is an online art exhibit, featuring visual arts, music, poetry, photography and video. Young people ages 9-25 are invited to submit their original artwork through the project’s website www.unlockedproject.ca. Selected artworks will be published on the UNLOCKED website and will be promoted on UNLOCKED’s social media platforms as well as through a wide range of art organizations across the country.

UNLOCKED values diversity and the representation of minorities from coast to coast to coast. Its goal is to create a vibrant community of young artists across Canada – inspire creativity and through the beauty of their art give a bit of hope in these difficult times.

UNLOCKED has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of several important Canadian youth organizations actively engaged in art programs that bring social change and justice to their communities. Project collaborators include ArtBridges, Field Trip, VIBE Arts, inPath, Yellow Pad Sessions, Ink Movement, JAYU, Youth Ottawa, and LOVE (Québec).

The deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2021. Members of the jury include Jennifer Dorner, Executive producer of POP Montreal, Kristian Manchester, Executive Creative Director at Sid Lee, and Arthur Gaillard, Head of Art & Design at MASSIVart.

UNLOCKED is a Montreal-based project founded by Josette Gauthier, documentary film producer.
For more information, please visit www.unlockedproject.ca.”

-submitted by UNLOCKED