Native Earth announces artists for 30th Weesageechak Begins to Dance!

Native Earth Performing Arts, based out of Toronto, has announced an incredibly exciting line-up of artists and their works in development for the 30th anniversary of Weesageechak Begins to  Dance Festival!

The festival runs November 15th to 25th, 2017 at the Aki Studio. Learn more about Weesageechak Begins to Dance 30 here.

Included in the festival line-up is Sarah Gartshore’s Survivance which will be presented on Tuesday, November 21stSarah is a resident artist with Dream Big North 2017 partner, Pat the Dog Theatre Creation.

Dream Big North 2017 and Pat the Dog Theatre Creation is very proud to present a production another work written by Sarah Gartshore, Streetheart which will be presented on Monday, December 4th to kick off Dream Big North 2017 at The Citadel Theatre (December 4th-5th, 2017). Learn more about Streetheart by Sarah Gartshore here.

REGISTER FOR DREAM BIG NORTH 2017!

RED RIDE TOUR

May 27th @ 7pm at the Capitol Centre Theatre

Derek Miller – Vancouver to Winnipeg
Guitarist and singer/ songwriter Derek Miller is a journeyman musician with eclectic taste and a knack for roots inflected rock. Born on the Six Nations of the Grand River, Mohawk Territory, in Canada, Miller became interested in music in his early teens, and by the late ’90s had not only toured with iconic Canadian vocalist Buffy Sainte-Marie but was also garnered a Juno for both his debut album, and sophomore album in 2008. Derek’s latest album takes us to the heart of Native Americana romanticism. It uses vintage tones and aesthetics of 50’s rock and roll with a modern twist, telling the story of a mythical man who has a blind moment of insanity and the events that got him to that point. The development in his newest recordings describe in a metaphoric way, the trials and tribulations of the artist.

Kristi Lane Sinclair (Vancouver to Montreal)
Fierce and feisty, Haida/Cree singer-songwriter Kristi Lane Sinclair is emblematic of a new wave of Canadian indigenous artists who are turning perceptions upside down. Raised in British Columbia’s backwaters, and drawing more from a DIY/indie aesthetic than traditional or mainstream music, Sinclair’s musical roots create a darkly intoxicating mix of grunge, folk and classical. Her smoky folk is rich and orchestral, underpinned with alternately snarling guitars and warm strings. Her new album Dark Matter (produced by Derek Miller) will be released at the Vancouver opening date of the tour. The six-part documentary series Face the Music follows Kristi’s journey as she releases and plays the Red Ride Tour.

Cris Derksen – Winnipeg to Montreal
Performing from Norway to Australia, Cree cellist and composer Cris Derksen is known for building layers of sound into captivating performances. Her music braids the traditional and contemporary in multiple dimensions, weaving her traditional classical training and her aboriginal ancestry with new school electronics, creating genre-defying music. Derksen’s critically acclaimed debut solo album, The Cusp won the 2011 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for instrumental album of the year. Her third album will feature what Cris is calling orchestral powwow and will be released later in 2015. Cris has toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist and performing her own compositions with Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq.

Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon (Aurora, ON)
Binaeshee-Quae is a singer songwriter from Pic River First Nation. Her musical style is a jazzy-alterna-folk mix that has been described as haunting and unconventional. Her first album Ooof will be released this winter with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council. This onomatopoeically crafted album is inspired by life events of trauma and joy that have left a mark. Ooof is the sound of that impact. Although often a solo act, it is not uncommon for Binaeshee-Quae and her mother, Bonnie Couchie, to share the stage. Bonnie’s deep, rich sound with Binaeshee-Quae’s bright vocals makes for a captivating combo.

Free information session for Northern Ontario artists and arts organizations

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Capitol Centre
150 Main Street East,
North Bay, Ontario

(This session will be in English – we are happy to address questions in French.)
The presentation is presented in collaboration with the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • learn about grant programs
  • understand how applications are assessed.

For information
Christian Mondor
1-800-263-5588 (toll free) ext. 4681
TTY: 1-866-585-5559
christian.mondor@canadacouncil.ca

Wheelchair accessible
Municipal parking at rear entrance
Transit terminal at Oak Street

Please contact us to request access-related supports by May 12. The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural, linguistic and regional communities, and from people who are Deaf and/or have disabilities.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) New Investment Strategy

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) has a new investment strategy and new investment streams! An information session targeted specifically to eligible OTF applicants (incorporated not for profit and registered charitable organizations, municipalities with populations 20,000 and under, as well as First Nation, Metis, Inuit and Other Aboriginal communities), who have an arts, culture or heritage based initiative to carry out in Ontario, will be delivered in conjunction with The White Water Gallery’s Dream Big Northern Ontario Arts Sector Conference. 

When: Wed May 27th 1-3:30 p.m. 

Where: The Capitol Centre, 150 Main Street East North Bay ON 

Seating is limited; registration is required. To reserve your seat at this free information session, PRIOR TO MAY 22nd, register at: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P566TNX 

IMPORTANT: 

– You need not be registered to attend the Dream Big Conference to attend the free OTF information session 

-A separate registration IS required to attend one or both events. 

Information about, and registration information for the Dream Big Arts Conference can be located at http://dreambignorth.com/about-the-conference/ 

Mission Building healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by strengthening the capacity of the voluntary sector, through investments in community-based initiatives. www.otf.ca 

If you are not able to attend the session, please visit our website regularly for up-to-date information about OTF’s new investment strategy and investment streams at www.otf.ca The website will soon also include information about other OTF information sessions (English and French) planned across the Province. http://www.otf.ca/events-calendar 

Research Project: Connectivity

What comes to mind when you think of the North Bay arts community? Perhaps you think of the gallery hops that happen bi-monthly throughout the downtown area. Maybe you think of work by local artists displayed in store windows. Or it could be that you didn’t even know North Bay had an arts community. Whatever your impression of the local art world, there is always knowledge to be gained and opportunities for growth. This is why we need your help. You can play a role in the arts community helping it to thrive in our city, increasing its impact upon the public.

The White Water Gallery is hosting the Dream Big Conference, May 27-30th, 2015. We want to connect with our own arts community as well as other Ontario communities in order to assess the state and effectiveness of our cultural sector. This is where you can get involved. The White Water Gallery is conducting research leading up to and during the conference. This project will take a critical look at the current state of our arts community and allow people to reflect upon their personal ability to improve it. Representatives of WWG will be administering a brief survey during the conference to gather information to be published in the follow-up publication after the conference is completed.

Art is __________________.

The “Art is _________” video booth will be on-site at the Dream Big Conference with Lindsay Sarazin collecting videos in support of local arts advocacy.

Art is essential. Art is freedom. Art is passion. Art is expansive. Art is…you fill in the blank. Ultimately art is important. It is a part of life that cannot be ignored, and it plays a vital role in our communities. Arts and culture helps to sustain and enrich the economy bringing many jobs, leisure activities and experiences to people in any community.

The city of North Bay has acknowledged its rich cultural heritage and the importance of the arts. They have implemented plans such as the Cultural Plan in 2011. They have had roundtable discussions, speaking about the next steps the city could take to improve the community through the arts. However, the greater community is still very much unaware of the things happening in our city with regards to arts and culture. There are up to 15 spaces in our town that display art regularly. However, many individuals who are uninvolved in the arts are completely unaware that local art galleries and public art spaces even exist. This needs to change.

Artists should be having an impact on the community at large, not just a selected few individuals who share similar interests. My vision for North Bay’s art community is that arts organizations would band together more often. When we visit local restaurants or hotels there would be paintings on the walls by local artists, promoting the diverse and unique talent that only our city has to offer. I have a dream that art galleries would be full of visitors hungry to experience a great show of talent and intellect. Lets bring art onto the streets; lets have young artists avidly creating to make the city look beautiful. Lets get the word out about the opportunities and experiences that are currently available to the public!

People of North Bay, my challenge to you is to address the issue of this underground arts scene in North Bay. What is your vision? What would you like to see? How can we make a difference that results in a real positive change in our community? Don’t be afraid to dream big. Let your voice be heard!

Statement by White Water Gallery Coordinator, Lesley Lane

Creating a Vibrant LGBT Cultural Centre in the North

In order to build strong and sustainable communities in Northern Ontario, Art and culture must play a new and prominent role. Northern Ontario communities, many of which are small, rural and remote, face unique challenges. Art and cultural initiatives bring opportunities and help support conditions necessary for economic growth and development. In its initial phase and under the direction of arts administrator and artist Roy Mitchell, a province-wide feasibility study has been initiated that will lead to the creation of an LGBT Cultural Centre in a selected Northern Ontario city. The creation of a dynamic and localized LGBT Cultural Centre supports the lauded theory of Richard Florida, University of Toronto Professor and visionary writer. Florida’s theory asserts that regions with high concentrations of technology workers, artists, musicians as well as lesbians and gay men add to a higher level of economic development in any region. Florida refers to these groups collectively as the “creative class” and posits that the creative class fosters an open, dynamic, personal and professional environment that in turn, attracts creative people, businesses and capital. Roy Mitchell, who grew up in Northern Ontario, believes in a vibrant Northern Canada and North Bay has been selected to be the first city to participate in the assessment study researching the state of queerness in the North and developing an understanding for LGBT Cultural Capacity and is honoured to participate in the Dream Big Conference.  Researchers will be on-site interviewing people of their experiences followed a presentation of the study’s preliminary findings as a brief overview of the project in a publication following the conference.

Roy Mitchell is an arts administrator whose practice includes video and performance.  He also writes and since leaving Toronto for a century-old farm north of Bancroft, Ontario has been working as a consultant for arts organizations and government agencies.

Lindsay Sarazin

Lindsay Sarazin: Is an Algonquin artist and filmmaker living and working in North Bay, Ontario. His practice pursues a higher level of understanding by exploring the world around us as he builds and improves his skill set. A student of Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Lindsay has worked within many local schools teaching dance and promoting traditional teachings. He has worked with Aanmitaagzi for several years and participated on projects such as “Dances of Resistance”, “When Will You Rage” and their “Aanmitaagzi Summer Arts Program”. Lindsay founded his own photography and film company, Wolf Eye Productions, which has conducted dozens of projects throughout the region. He is a skilled photographer, dancer, actor as well as working in visual and media arts.