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A Pair of Mixed Messages from the Cluttered Desk of the Minister:

What the STRUTT?

NAC’s infamous orchestrated riot of art, music, dance, and performance has been homeless since its last incarnation at WS Tyler in November. We’ve been wandering like a lost tribe through a desert of options (imagine a band of oddly attired freaks shuffling across an arid landscape and scrutinizing the horizon for a place to be that had more substance than a shimmering mirage). In our search to find somewhere to set up camp there was only one beauty of a dovetailed fit: The spanking new FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

We’re pleased as stiff rum punch to announce that the STRUTT mothership of weirdness has officially confirmed coordinates for touchdown. We’ll be taking the FOPAC at 250 St. Paul by storm this November.

WORD UP!  A call for submissions is coming next week. Put on your mind muddling thinking caps to conjure up wig-flipping wearable art ideas. Zappitty-Do-Dat!

NAC Bonzo Dog Softball

This Sunday 23 August, and every Sunday till the fat lady sings
At Walkinshaw Park, 

A rag-taggle collection of kNACkereds have been convening at Walkinshaw (over by Ritalin College) for real laid all the way back softball contestaments (Winning is for Losers, dig?). We have bats, we have balls, we have bases, we have gloves, we have fresh bags of sunnies; looking for a few fielders between the ages of seven and eight-eight.


Stephen Remus
Minister of Energy, Minds, and Resources

Shine On You Crazy Mosaic
Tony Cepukas

Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC
Opening Reception
Saturday 22 August 2015  2PM-4PM
On display until Friday 4 September

Tony Cepukas, a recent retiree, is a self-taught emerging artist working primarily in mosaics with other multimedia endeavors. Inspiration for his work comes from his love of music, pop culture and all things vibrant. In the exploration of figure, he is engaged to deconstruct what celebrity is and to reconstruct in his own vision.

Version Heights

Saturday 22 August / Doors at 8:30PM
Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace at NAC
Featuring music by Dragon (noise toys), Marinko (dub & reggae),
Heiki (dubby electronica / Toronto) with video by Mar Ink Co

Heiki (Hey-Key) is a veteran of the Toronto electronic music scene. Since 1987, Heiki Sillaste has released an impressive catalogue of well over 45 synthesizer-based records and made over 150 compilation appearances.

Heiki began his musical career fronting the internationally acclaimed industrial-tekno group DIGITAL POODLE in the late 80’s and early 90’s while running the now famous Shadow Canada label.

In 1995, he went on to co-found nice+smooth ultramedia, an independent electronic music label that has produced great records by fellow musicians such as Roy Davis Jr., Jordan Fields, Teknostep, as well as Heiki’s own groups KINDER ATOM, LAZER CAPS and LES FONTAINES.

Heiki’s collaborative and remix work has been wide reaching, including work with the likes of dreamSTATE, Teknostep, Visionary, seminal ambient composers Rapoon and Zoviet France, Dead Voices on Air, as well reggae superstars Michael Rose and Musical Sniper.

Heiki currently works as a graphic designer and he owns and operates the Toronto based paper+sound record label.

>> Listen to some of Heiki’s music here


Travel Assistance for Professional Visual, Media, and Craft Artists
Deadline for Submissions: Friday 11 September at 5PM

Regan Peacock Fung took tremendous joy in the world around her. Her courageous spirit, keen judgment and infectious laughter enriched the lives of those who knew her. Regan’s passing in September 2011, from Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia, was a devastating loss.

Regan had a love of art since kindergarten, when her drawing was published in the children’s section of our newspaper. She pursued her interest in high school and then attended Concordia University, earning a degree in studio art and art history. She had a studio at home and spent her free time, when possible, painting large canvasses. When she became ill, it was her painting that gave her focus and solace. Her art hangs on the walls of family and friends, proof of its enduring importance. We cannot think of a better way to honour her life than through an endowment for Niagara Artists Centre.
– Claudia Peacock

The Regan Peacock Fung Memorial Fund has been established by Regan’s parents, Bob and Claudia, and brother, Erik, to honour her memory and two of the passions that enriched her life: art and travel. Money raised through the fund will provide assistance to professional visual, media and craft artists living in Niagara. Annually, an artist will be awarded $1000 toward their travel expenses artist in Canada or abroad to attend, or participate in, activities related to their work as an artist.

Past recipients:
2013 – Carrie Perreault (Artist-in-Residence [AIR], Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan)
2014 – Mori McCrae (Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland)

Download application requirements here:

Submit proposals to
Regan Peacock Fung Memorial Art Fund
c/o Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul Street
St. Catharines ON L2R 3N2