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In this edition of The Bulletin:

  1. Unpopular Arts Film Series > TONIGHT!
  2. The Assembly Line of Babel by Eric Schmaltz > Fri 25 Sept 7:30PM
  3. BLACK AND INCONGRUOUS HEADLINES by Anna Sflarski > Sat 26 Sept 8:30PM
  4. n-e-o trio collective > Sat 26 Sept 9PM
  5. CALL FOR ARTISTS: In the Soil Arts Festival
  6. Chef Andrew takes second place at the Garland Canada International Chef Challenge in Prince Edward Island

Unpopular Arts Film Series presents

Hosted by Jonathan Culp
Thursday 24 September 8PM at NAC
PWYC! Popcorn!

An independently financed (no tax shelter here) and directed by Brian Damude, this is one of the best Canadian films of the era, a successful transplanting of Hitchcockian shock techniques to a pastoral southern Ontario milieu. The mostly unknown cast really knocks it out of the park, and there’s clever pacing tricks and brilliant use of props – a telephone, a milk jug.

– Jonathan Culp

an exhibit by Eric Schmaltz

Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery, Niagara Artists Centre (NAC)
354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

Doors @ 7:30pm, Performances @ 8:30pm
FREE EVENT; children are welcome.

With performances by

Eric Schmaltz
Eric Schmaltz is a language artist, writer, & researcher. Born in Welland, Ontario he now lives & works in Toronto, Ontario. Eric’s work has been featured online & in print across Canada & internationally including Jacket2, Lemon Hound, Rampike, The Capilano Review, CTRL+ALT+DEL, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, & Open Letter. His visual work has been featured in galleries across Canada including Havana Gallery (Vancouver) & Rodman Hall (St. Catharines). Website:

Zoe Alexis-Abrams and David Jones communicate with aliens in their creative duo Manticore. Bandcamp:

Kaie Kellough
kaie kellough is a word-sound systemizer. his systems originate in the inchoate swirl of vowels, consonants, misspellings, shapes, stammerings, and emerge as audio recordings, books, visual entities, volumes of letters, and performances that verse and reverse utterance.
kaie’s work fuses formal experiment and social engagement. kaie is the author of 2 books of poetry and 2 sound recordings. he has performed and published internationally. kaie lives in montréal, where he works on new and old ideas.

Kasia Smuga
Kasia Smuga is a visual artist predominantly working with video and installation art.

The Niagara Artists Centre is wheelchair accessible.
Seating is available.

by Anna Szaflarski
Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace at NAC
Saturday 26 September 8:30PM

The Niagara Artists Centre presents a reading and three newsbox installations by
Niagara-born, and Berlin-based, artist and author Anna M. Szaflarski.

NAC will present a reading by Anna from her bi-weekly journal Letters to the Editors on Saturday 26 September. In addition to writing essays, short stories, and conceptual pieces, Szaflarski invites artists or writers from around the world to contribute to each issue of this journal. Eventually, all the issues of Letters to the Editors will be compiled and published in book format.

The reading will take place on the evening of Saturday 26 September on the Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace at the Niagara Artists Centre at 8:30PM. The reading will be in advance of a musical performance by N-E-O Trio accompanied with projected visuals.

As part of Anna’s return to St. Catharines, three newsbox installations will be on display from Sunday 4 October until Sunday 6 December 2015:

(1) at the Niagara Artists Centre at 354 St. Paul Street
(2) at the NAC Flea Market Gallery at 46 Turner Crescent
(3) at the Golden Pheasant at 244 Ontario Street

At each newsbox location poster editions of A Man’s Job by Anna will be available for
pick-up. The poster is comprised of a chronological collection of newspaper headlines tracking the relationship between the employees and the auto industry in Niagara that spans over sixty years (1940-2011). As Anna explains,

“I was researching in the library archives for another project, but quickly noticed the frequency of headlines pertaining to GM; unions, lay-offs, which rotated from hopeful to pessimistic with regularity like the wheels of a mill…Together the fluid back and forth begins to lose all meaning; an eventual entropic disintegration.”

The title of the poster edition is a reference taken from a newsletter by Columbus McKinnon, an industrial firm eventually taken over by General Motors. A passage of rhetoric from the same McKinnon newsletter of the 1930s is included on the poster and reflects expectations of the relationship between a man and his employer. An image from the 1980s accompanies the text and depicts laid-off workers during the first major economic recession to impact GM.

This poster edition, A Man’s Job, investigates the expectations from both sides in the disintegrating love-affair between industry and its workers.

Born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, Anna Szaflarski is currently based in Berlin, Germany where she works predominantly as an art writer and artist-book publisher.

n-e-o trio collective
thomas craig oliver terrace at nac
vfx by stephen remus
saturday 26 september 2015

under the stars

$10 at the door // licensed event


30 April – 1 May 2016

Application Deadline
Monday 2 November 2015 @ 11:59pm

3 Days! Music, theatre, film, installations, one-time happenings, street art, comedy and more.

In the Soil is now accepting applications for our eighth annual Arts Festival, celebrating the unique artistic talents of Niagara and beyond. There are showcase opportunities for music, theatre, media, film, dance, streetscape, interactive art and more.

In the Soil Arts Festival nurtures the creation of new work, showcases talent, encourages innovation, and provides intimate and uncommon platforms for audiences to experience work by contemporary performing and literary artists, musicians and media artists. ITS encourages projects from both emerging and professional artists. In the Soil is Niagara’s homegrown arts festival and is working to make a Niagara that is self-determining and culturally distinct.

Congrats to Chef Andrew McLeod

For those how dined with us on Thursday 10 September, this will come as little surprise: Chef Andrew took second place at the Garland Canada International Chef Challenge in Prince Edward Island on Saturday! Of course Andrew was also one of the participating chefs at NAC’s MOVE ON UP! recent fundraising diner on the Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace. Andrew and Partner Kyle Paton are currently working on opening their new downtown restaurant, bolete.

Stay tuned for a subscription dinner series beginning next spring with more great live music, more epicurean treats, and more delicious Niagara wine. We’re also going to pull similar one-off events over the winter, popping up in unlikely locations. NAC throws good party.