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

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: 


– 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 

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

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 The website will soon also include information about other OTF information sessions (English and French) planned across the Province. 

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.

Alejandro Ronceria

Alejandro Ronceria is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning director, choreographer, producer based in Canada. He has created and produced large – scale productions nationally and internationally, including the United States, Mexico, New Zealand and Colombia.
Most recently, he was the choreographer for segment of the Welcome from the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada for the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The spectacular live event was aired on ten international broadcast channels in a total of 11 languages. It was the most watched Canadian television event in history with 23 million viewers. In the USA, there were 32.6 million viewers, thus the second-most watched non-American Winter Olympics and 3.5 billion viewers worldwide.

Ronceria is the co-founder/founding artistic director of the first Aboriginal Dance Program in North America at The Banff Center for the Arts. The groundbreaking program brought together diverse Aboriginal/Inuit dancers from Canada, the USA, Mexico and Greenland. From 1996-2001, he served as the artistic director. This program was the incubator for developing a new generation of choreographers working in Canada and abroad and served as a model for various schools for indigenous dance internationally. One of the productions from the Banff program grew into Bones: The first Aboriginal Dance Opera (2001), collaboration with Sadie Buck and choreographed by Ronceria.

Ronceria was one of the pioneers of dancefilm as a unique medium in Canada. In 1996, his dancefilm “A Hunter Called Memory” was an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Clermont – Ferrand and Sheffield.

Ronceria’s other credits include: Nunavut Opening Gala (Nunavut), Spirits in the Sun: First Canadian Indigenous Arts Festival (Phoenix) The Aboriginal Achievement Awards (Calgary). In 2009, Ronceria was commissioned to choreograph a work “Convergence” by the City of Toronto for Nathan Phillips Square’s Olympic Torch Celebration. He was also commissioned to choreograph “Seven” for the Victoria Symphony’s Emily Carr project” in Victoria in 2011.He was artistic director/ producer/ choreographer for the cultural gala for the Arctic Winter Games 2012, artistic director/ choreographer for Spirit of the Drum, White Horse, Yukon Territory 2012. He was the Director/ dramaturge/ choreographer for Wezoowaad Anang by Barbara Croall whit the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Windsor Ontario and directing the opening gala and the Spirit of the Drum/Northern Scene Festival for the National Arts Centre of Canada in Ottawa 2013. He was the director, producer and choreographer for the Assembly of First Nations Gala In Whitehorse, Yukon 2013. He was the co-director / dramaturge/ choreographer of the play Wisakedjak Ontario tour 2013. He co-direct/dramaturge “Pure” by Charles Koroneho in Peterborough, New Zealand and Montreal 2013.

In 2004, he was nominated for a Dora Mayor Award for Best Choreography for “The Art Show”. He has since been awarded numerous Canada Council for the Arts awards and served on juries for dance. In 2010, Ronceria was the first recipient to graduate with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from York University in Dance Dramaturgy and the first to hold this degree from a Canadian university.

North Bay Cultural Town Hall

Thursday, May 28th a 7pm City Hall Council Chambers
The City of North Bay’s Cultural Round Table in partnership with the Coordinating Body of Arts, Culture and Heritage (CBACH) are conducting a Cultural Town Hall. We are seeking cultural workers, administrators, board members, artists of all disciplines and backgrounds as well as anyone interested in the development of North Bay’s cultural sector. Through a series of break out sessions aspects of North Bay’s Cultural Plan will be examined and all participants will have a chance to contribute towards how the plan evolves moving forward. We are looking to you to bring ideas and express your needs as a community as the future of the North Bay Cultural Sector will be determined through this event.

Amanda Burk

Amanda Burk is an artist from Ontario whose practice is centred in drawing. She received her MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and her Honours BA Fine Arts Specialization from the University of Waterloo. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her work is represented by Halde Galerie in Switzerland and Graphite Galleries in New Orleans. Currently she is based in North Bay, Ontario where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Nipissing University. She is also the owner/curator of Line Gallery – an independent gallery dedicated to exhibiting contemporary Canadian drawing. In addition to producing exhibitions, the gallery supports artist talks, interviews and maintains online records with the goal of documenting Canadian drawing.

Sophie Edwards

Sophie Edwards is the founder of 4elements Living Arts, a non-profit community arts organization. Since 2002 4e has been creating and delivering innovative creation, education and research projects with a focus on land, art and community. Sophie has a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies and a PhD (ABD) in Cultural Geography. An artist, curator, and writer, her creative work engages questions of belonging, land, and identity within settler/indigenous ‘contact zones’.