STRUTT HOTEL PACKAGES

STRUTT HOTEL PACKAGES
Saturday 22 November 2014

Best Western – Stay and STRUTT
Prices from $89.50 per person*
Contact 905-688-2324 and ask for the STRUTT Package!

OR

Holiday Inn – Stay and STRUTT 
Prices from $99.50 per person*
Contact 905-934-8000 and ask for the STRUTT Package!

It’s the largest wearable art show in the nation, and there’s nothing like it, nowhere nohow.

You can have your spectacles in all kinds of ways – catastrophic weather, arena rock, NASCAR roll-over wrecks – but there’s nothing like what you get when you tap the underutilized creativity of a mid-sized North American city, pack the energy dense and tight like a C4 charge and detonate it in a big old factory for one colossal night of mayhem.

STRUTT’s got provocative gyrations to smack down a Nicki Minaj menagerie and electromagnetic kinetics to rival the generators churning in the whitewater froth of the Niagara. Combined, it makes for something weirder than Portland or Austin would ever dare to dream. Forget the prevailing square imperatives, STRUTT is the single, annual occasion where Niagara surprises the hell out of itself.

The fifteenth edition of this orchestrated riot of art, music, and performance reaches its crescendo on Saturday 22 November.

Packages Include:

  • Guestroom Accommodations
  • 2 General Admission Tickets to STRUTT Wearable Art Show**

* Rates are subject to availability and standard taxes apply, based on double occupancy.
** Absolutely the cultural event of the year!

 

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AVANT CANADA

AVANT CANADA > 5-7 NOVEMBER

the sound of roy’s typewriter
the image of your face
this sense of place which is canada
everything strung out in a line
narrative runs thru
all life a sphere we move within
poets friends lovers saints
caught up in
caught out on
the current of a we which is history
language our currency
banked in time
laying down the base for what’s to come

— bpNichol, The Martyology Book 3

Avant Canada: Artists, Prophets, and Revolutionaries is a three-day conference to be held at Brock University in November 2014. The event will include two days devoted to the historical, current, and emerging avant-garde in Canada interrogating the interfusion of experimental poetics and radical, disruptive politics, followed by one day devoted to the English Canadian avant-garde poet, publisher, and cultural innovator bpNichol (1944-1988). This Editing Modernism in Canada event, hosted at Rodman Hall and the Niagara Artists Centre in downtown St. Catharines, will serve as a marquee event of Brock University’s 50th anniversary. It will include plenary speakers, roundtable discussions, special topics panels, practical-skills workshops, an exhibition of First Nations digital art by Skawennati, a keynote address by Stó:lō author and philosopher Lee Maracle that is free and open to the public, and a creative evening of poetry readings, musical performances, and wearable-arts.

 


SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY at Rodman Hall
Wednesday evening keynote address by Lee Maracle.

THURSDAY at Rodman Hall
Thursday evening conference banquette at the Niagara Artists Centre, followed by a screening and artist talk of the Indigenous Futurist mini-series TimeTraveller™ by Skawennati

FRIDAY at NAC
Friday evening launch of the new Telephone Books edition of bpNichol’s Translating Translating Apollinaire, followed by a poetry reading,  and a ‘Dance Your Cares Away’ party with DJ Marinko Marinkov. Readers include: Christian Bök, a rawlings, Natalie Simpson, derek beaulieu, Stephen Cain, Margaret Christakos, Adeena Karasick, and more to be announced.

 

ZOLF/BLONK: ADAPTATIONS II

ZOLF/BLONK: ADAPTATIONS II
Tuesday 7 October 2014 at 7PM
Niagara Artists Centre

An Evening of Adaptations, Appropriations, and other extra-literary Interventions featuring Jaap Blonk, Rachel Zolf and sound artist Radiodress.

Rachel Zolf and sound artist Radiodress perform a live sound-text adaptation of Zolf’s new book Janey’s Arcadia (Coach House 2014) – an aversive, conversive reckoning with the ongoing errors of North American settler-colonialism. Zolf will also screen her 11-minute video adaptation of Janey’s Arcadia, edited by Aleesa Cohene and with soundscape by Radiodress.

Jaap Blonk is a vocal improvisor, self-taught composer and poet. Inspired by Kurt Schwitter’s sound poem, Ursonate and American free jazz, Blonk has been performing since the early 70s and has worked with The Ex, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, Michael Zerang, John Tchicai, Tristan Honsinger and many others.

STRUTT Wearable Art Runway Show

STRUTT WEARABLE ART SHOW
Saturday 22 November 2014
WS Tyler: 225 Ontario Street, St. Catharines

Doors Open for Niagara Exotic Bazaar at 8:00PM
STRUTT Runway show at 9:00PM

>> For all things STRUTT related, visit the website here

You can have your spectacles in all kinds of ways – catastrophic weather, arena rock, NASCAR roll-over wrecks – but there’s nothing like what you get when you tap the underutilized creativity of a mid-sized North American city, pack the energy dense and tight like a C4 charge and detonate it in a big old factory for one colossal night of mayhem.

STRUTT’s got provocative gyrations to smack down a Nicki Minaj menagerie and electromagnetic kinetics to rival the generators churning in the whitewater froth of the Niagara. Combined, it makes for something weirder than Portland or Austin would ever dare to dream. Forget the prevailing square imperatives, STRUTT is the single, annual occasion where Niagara surprises the hell out of itself.

The fifteenth edition of this orchestrated riot of art, music, and performance reaches its crescendo on Saturday the 22nd of November. It’s the largest wearable art show in the nation, and there’s nothing like it, nowhere, nohow.

 

TICKETS
General Admission Seating: $40.00 Adults / $25.00 Students/NAC Members
Curators Row: $85.00
Tickets can be purchased through Centre for the Arts at Brock University

TABLES
Tables of Eight: $1,000.00
Tables can be purchased through the Niagara Artists Centre at 905-641-0331.

The Grey Border Reading Series: Season Premiere

The Grey Borders Reading Series
Friday 26 September at 8PM
Poetry reading featuring Jimmy McInnes, Jess Taylor, Dave Haskins, and Natalee Caple

The Grey Borders Reading Series is back for another incredible schedule of readings! We are very excited to be featuring the emerging and established talent of: Jimmy McInnes, Jess Taylor, Dave Haskins, and Natalee Caple.

Come join us for this event! The night will be filled with excitement, and to bump up the fun we will be making an open and collaborative renga!

Jimmy McInnes was born and raised on Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula. His first chapbook, Begin Speech With, was released by Ferno House in the Fall of 2013. His poetry has appeared in various journals, including This Magazine, ditch, The Puritan, Descant, and the Capilano Review Web Folio. His work has been short-listed for the Great Canadian Literary Hunt, and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. He lives in Toronto, where he completed his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph, and is currently employed as a political hack. His first book-length work of poetry, A More Perfect, is forthcoming from BookThug in Spring 2015.

Jess Taylor is the host and founder of The Emerging Writers Reading Series. She writes poems, stories, novels, and songs. Sometimes she draws and paints. She co-edited Echolocation Magazine and blogs for The Puritan’s Town Crier. Most recently, her work was published in Little Brother, Little Fiction, Great Lakes Review, and Emerge Literary Journal. Jess just graduated from The University of Toronto’s English in the Field of Creative Writing Master’s Program.

David Haskins is published in over thirty literary journals, anthologies, and books, and has collected his earlier poems in the book Reclamation. He has won first prizes from the CBC Literary Competition, the Canadian Authors Association, and the Ontario Poetry Society. He lives in Grimsby, Ontario.

Natalee Caple is the author of seven books of poetry and fiction and the co-author of several incarnations of a full-length play titled irobot (based on jason Christie’s work of poetry) with theSwallow-a-Bicycle Theatre Collective. Her most recent novel, In Calamity’s Wake was publihed to international acclaim in Canada and the US in 2013. Her collection of poetry, A More Tender Ocean, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Natalee teaches literature and creative writing at Brock University.

Don’t miss out St. Kitts – this is going to be a great beginning to a huuuuuge year!

Cold Iron Is A Titanic Comedy: Film Screening

FILM SCREENING
COLD IRON IS A TITANIC COMEDY
Tuesday 16 September  2014 at 8PM
Five Bucks or pay-what-you-can
FREE POPCORNCold Iron Is A Titanic Comedy is a kabuki opera digital art film playing in artist run centres, screening collectives and film festivals across Canada!

 
“Cold Iron Is A Titanic Comedy” is a made in Canada digital art film created and released by the artist group 253469. Starting Wednesday, June 25, 2014, this feature length film will tour 9 provinces and territories across Canada. The tour includes screenings at artist run centres, collectives and film festivals from Prince Edward Island to North West Territories. Artist run centres on different sides of the country will pair up in some cases to show “Cold Iron” on the same night during the summer and fall months. Screenings will be held at Eastern Edge Gallery, St Johns, aceartinc., Winnipeg, Niagara Artist Centre, St Catharines, Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna, Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre & The Screening Room, Kingston, Art Zoo Studio, Toronto, this town is small & Island Media Arts Festival, Charlottetown, Iqaluit Library, Nunavut, NSCAD, Halifax, University of Alberta, Edmonton and the Yellowknife Artist Run Community Centre, North West Territories.

Not to be found at the big box movie theatres, “Cold Iron Is A Titanic Comedy” will appeal to audiences interested in the experimental, risk taking and absurd aspects of film art making. Structured on kabuki opera principles and shot largely in black and white, this film’s challenging, fragmented narrative and cinematic aesthetics stands out in a sea of independent productions and champions film as something more than a vehicle for story.

Described by director Wesley Rickert as a “tin-foil road-trip to Florida & the British Museum, in faster Chinese that dialogues over the electric kettle of Toronto’s City Hall and rotates in perpetual stillness towards a tsunami of row-boat performances”, this 72 minute project was independently made and pursues abstraction, surrealism, dada, performance art, neoism and the absurd. The film premiered January 23, 2014 at CineCycle Cinema in downtown Toronto and according to film and performance reviewer David Bateman “There is never a dull moment as this fun, sexy, surreal, thought provoking seventy minute tour de force floats seamlessly through a titillating and mind blowing consciousness of sight and sound.”

For a complete listing of the cross country screening venues, dates and times please visit: http://www.253469.com/cold-iron-is-a-titanic-comedy.html

Fall Garage Sale

FALL GARAGE SALE
Saturday 20 September 2014 9AM
Corner of St. Paul and Bond Streets
Downtown St. Catharines

NAC and Suitcase in Point Theatre Company are teaming up for a BIG ole garage sale. We’re taking over the corner of Bond and St. Paul Sts and we’ve got LOADS of stuff up for grabs.

Furniture
Kitchen wares
Clothing
Records
Electronics
and more!!!

There are TONS of retro finds, great deals to be had.

Suitcase in Point will be moving to our new studio and NAC needs to unload some of their great finds so this is an everything-must-go type scenario.

Come for the deals, stay for no reason!

***RAIN OR SHINE***

The Muted Note

The Muted Note
Extensive Autumn Tour for Multifaceted Poetry + Music + Dance Project
Based on Poems by P.K. Page

Wednesday 24 September 7:30pm at NAC
FREE EVENT

The Muted Note is a striking accomplishment. It ultimately resonates like P.K. Page’s galvanized language itself.”  –Stuart Broomer, Musicworks

Montreal composer and trombonist, Scott Thomson, and dance artist and vocalist, Susanna Hood, will perform The Muted Note, a suite of songs and dances based on poems by P.K. Page, 40 times and in 9 Canadian provinces in the autumn of 2014.

Scott composed the suite, a hybrid of jazz and artsong, and Susanna subsequently choreographed the songs on three other dancers with live music by Scott’s quintet, The Disguises. Susanna’s dances, like Scott’s songs, are made to be extended through improvisation, and the creative input of their superb collaborators will animate and activate Page’s beautiful verse, the core of this provocatively unconventional Poetry + Music + Dance show. (See personnel below.)

The stage work will premiere with a run at Toronto’s Citadel Theatre, 5-7 September, and then at Montreal’s Monument National, Studio Hydro-Québec, 2-5 October, a co-presentation of Tangente and L’OFF Festival de Jazz.

Apart from these shows, throughout the autumn, Susanna and Scott will tour extensively throughout Canada to play The Muted Note as a duo, the unconventional combination of Voice + Dance + Trombone, performing in cafes, art galleries, bars, dance studios, theatres, classrooms, lofts, and even outdoors. Susanna and Scott will be touring to support their duo CD, also called The Muted Note (&records 2013), and their presenters range across the fields of music, dance, and literature, as well as in universities.

Susanna Hood is an award-winning dance artist renowned, especially, for her synthesis of dance and vocal improvisation, as well as her beautifully crafted choreography. In performance, she sings the song lyrics with tremendous poise and intention, and animates them with her singular improvisations characterized by both their focus and wild abandon. As part of their duo, Scott switches freely from accompanying Susanna to soloing in a vocal, extroverted style reminiscent of his teacher, the great American trombonist, Roswell Rudd.

Patricia Kathleen Page (1916-2010) is one of Canada’s most celebrated literary figures, and wrote some of this nation’s finest poems. She was also a visual artist, working as P.K. Irwin, whose artworks are in the collections of major museums including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Wade Hunt – EP Release

Wade Hunt – EP Release
Presented by IndoorShoes and NAC
Friday 25 July 2014 8:00 PM at NAC

$10 IN ADVANCE | ALL AGES | LICENSED

>> Tickets available at Rock Universe July 2nd
>> Online: www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/616825

WADE HUNT | St. Catharines, ON
http://wadehunt.bandcamp.com/

After working and re-working several songs over the last three years, Wade Hunt is set to release his debut Tent / Igloo / [Canoe] EP via IndoorShoes. This eclectic mix of songs merges folk, punk and alt-country with an artistic sensibility.

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THE PENSKE FILE | Burlington, ON
www.facebook.com/thepenskefile

CHRIS RIKKERINK | St. Catharines, ON

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Summer Media Camp

Monday 21 July – Friday 25 July
Full day camps run 9AM – 3PM

*Half days or extended pick-up / drop-off times available upon request.

Located in the heart of Downtown St. Catharines, children and youth are submerged in an active arts community where they are instructed by professional artists to learn about music video and short filmmaking with an emphasis on the magic of stop motion.

We create several projects throughout the week that lead up to a final project. Children get to meet professionals in the industry of media arts and film and take a tour of a facility where real movies are made. We wrap up the week with a party and screening of the final projects in a professional art gallery setting for friends and parents to come see. Kids get to take copies of their works to share at home!

Great for students with a keen interest in building a portfolio and for those creative minds who are ready to let their imaginations soar!

Stop Motion
One of the funnest forms of new media, stop motion brings to life inanimate objects through the magic of a camera
Music Videos
Introduction to video making through the free-for-all form of video – the music video! Create videos to any song from start to finish!
Short Films
Short narrative filmmaking allows participants to write, shoot and edit a short film of their creative design, sending you home with your very own short film!

>> SIGN UP HERE