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Christopher House: Ahead of the Curve

Documentary Film Screening and Artist Talk with Christopher House

Tuesday 6 January 2015 – FREE EVENT at NAC
Doors at 6:30PM / Film screening at 7PM
Niagara Artist Centre

Don’t miss this intriguing documentary about Canada’s modern dance maestro, the Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Toronto Dance Theatre, Christopher House. Following the screening there will be an artist talk with Christopher House, moderated by local writer/editor Jon Eben Field.

“If you’ve ever wondered about the point of dance, the answer is here.” – John Doyle, The Globe and Mail
“As profound as it is visually beautiful.” – Paula Citron, Dance International
“A rare glimpse into the creative imagination.” – Michael Crabbe, CBC Radio

Registration is recommended. Reserve your free ticket by contacting the Centre for the Arts Box Office at 905-688-5550 x3257.
Contemporary Dance Master Class with Christopher House
Wednesday 7 January 2015 at 7-9 p.m. – FREE
Dance Studio, Walker Complex, Brock UniversityJoin Toronto Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Christopher House for a master class in contemporary dance technique for professional and intermediate/advanced level dancers (ages 14+). Working with the sensory intelligence of the body, the class will focus on phrasing, spatial articulation and dynamic energy.REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP ONLINE HERE
Bad New Days: The Double
Thursday 15 January at 7:30PM
Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock UniversityDostoyevsky’s brilliant prose mixed with a quirky musical adaptation provides a hilarious (and painfully accurate) cautionary tale about one man’s desperate attempt to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ in a grotesque society and his descent into madness. This Dora-winning original adaptation featuring live double bass was created and performed by director Adam Paolozza, bassist Arif Mirabdolbaghi, formally from the progressive rock band Protest The Hero and acclaimed physical theatre actor, Viktor Lukawski.“…brilliant…dazzling…an engrossing, funny-sad study of a man slipping further and further from reality. I’d rush and get a ticket on the double.” – The Toronto Star“Hysterical. There’s a cabaret atmosphere to the whole production. It’s pure theatre, with none of the preciousness that term sometimes signifies and all of the exhilaration.” – National PostDISCOUNTED TICKET OFFER FOR NAC MEMBERS:
Use the “NIA-ARTS” promo code when purchasing to receive $20+hst tickets.*Your NAC membership card will be required at pickup.Reserve your tickets by contacting the Centre for the Arts Box Office at 905-688-5550 x3257 or order online at


Ontario Arts Council
Exhibition Assistance Program


What is the Exhibition Assistance program?
The Exhibition Assistance program provides grants of $500 to $1,500 to assist individual artists with costs related to presenting their work in confirmed, upcoming exhibitions. Artists apply to third-party recommender organizations located throughout the province. The recommenders are public galleries, artist-run centres and other visual and media arts organizations that administer the Exhibition Assistance program and make grant recommendations to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC).

What kind of exhibitions and expenses does this program fund?

Eligible exhibitions must be confirmed and scheduled to take place in locations that are open to the public. Your exhibition does not necessarily have to take place in a gallery that is a recommender. The following types of exhibitions are eligible:

  • Exhibitions taking place in Ontario, other provinces and international locations
  • Exhibitions in public art galleries, artist-run centres and commercial art galleries
  • Solo and group shows
  • Do-it-yourself (DIY) or self-presented public exhibitions
  • Exhibitions in alternative locations such as community centres, restaurants, rented space, on-line, etc.
  • Art or craft exhibitions, art fairs, collective studio tours

Exhibition Assistance grants can be used towards the following exhibition expenses, if they are your responsibility and not covered by the gallery:

  • Materials to prepare and install your work, including framing, hardware for mounting and installation, construction of structural elements specific to an installation, etc. NOTE: The purchase of materials to create the work is not eligible.
  • Audio-visual equipment to present your work, including rental or purchase of monitors, projectors, cables, synchronizers, computers, etc. Purchase of audio-visual presentation equipment is eligible where rental is not feasible. A detailed explanation must be provided to support purchase requests. Purchased equipment remains the property of the artist, not the gallery.
  • Crating and transportation of works of art
  • Fees for assistance in installation of the exhibition, including technical assistance
  • Exhibition promotional expenses, e.g. design, printing and mailing of invitations; web-site posting; paid advertising (in print or on-line)
  • Fees and rental costs, e.g. rental of exhibition space, booth fees
  • Insurance, e.g. for transportation of work, for the exhibition venue

For more information visit the OAC’s website



An Interactive Installation by Donna Akrey
Show Room Gallery at NAC
Opening reception: Friday 30 January 2015

I hope for this work to engage the public and encourage collaboration. This installation asks the viewers to take the controls and to consider from a closer perspective-the movement of the landscape (be it urban, suburban, industrial) and their hand in it—even if imaginary. It also revels in the chaos, beauty and possibilities of the spaces we live in.

Many of my questions and worries about our use of land, the displacement of the natural landscape, our obsession with borders, mass productions, the continued influx of suburban development, waste and our (at times) passive, armchair view of the world, are addressed in this project. I am looking forward to creating a work that is simple, engaging, active, humorous and thoughtful.

The word REMOTE means both the idea of place and the idea of chance. This installation/performance will hopefully be an opportunity to explore this collaboratively with the public in St Catharines.
NAC is looking for two reclining chairs for this installation. Please contact us at or 905-641-0331 if you’re looking to unload some. We’ll pick ’em up!


Plate Glass Gallery + Flea Market Gallery
On display until February 2015

We are VSVSVS (pronounced versus versus versus), a seven-person collective and artist-run centre based out of a warehouse in the portlands of Toronto, Ontario. Formed in 2010, our activities encompass collective art making, a residency program, a formal exhibition space, and individual studio practices. Our collective work focuses on the collaborative production of multiples, drawings, video works, sculpture, installations, and performance. An open framework allows each of us to play to our own interests and ends, while contributing to a common goal. Working with seven heads is an experiment in being together too much and making things constantly.

Current members include: Anthony Cooper, James Gardner, Laura Simon, Miles Stemp, Ryan Clayton, Stephen McLeod and Wallis Cheung.


Things on things on things

Plate Glass Gallery at NAC
On display until February 2015

As objects amass and come together, their similarities slowly emerge and they find ways to get close to each other. They spoon, they consume, they fit. These objects ebb and flow, combining and dissolving until they crystallize and assume their perfect arrangements. Culled from the collective archive, these clusters are our favourite objects so far.



Not for Sale

Flea Market Gallery
Open every Sunday 9:00AM – 4:30PM
46 Turner Cres, St. Catharines
On display until February 2015

VSVSVS has amassed many videos on many screens for your viewing pleasure. Weird movements, beautiful moments, and cats have been captured with cell phone cameras and put on display. We compiled these videos in an attempt to share our way of seeing the world. These are the tiny poetic pops that give life a little zing. We hope you find a few moments to enjoy in our display.