Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from your friendly neighbourhood artist-run centre!

NAC’s shutting down for the holidays and will reopen on Tuesday 10 January with new winter hours (listed below).

There’s still time to pick up a STILT CITY print and support the Alice Crawley Fund for Women Artists (we’re open until 9PM tonight!) and/or to pick up the gift that keeps on giving (for a year anyway) – a NAC membership! (Also available online)

Lots coming up in the New Year – so rest up!

NAC Winter Hours
Tuesday – Friday 12PM-5PM, or often by chance


Ontario Arts Council / Exhibition Assistance Programme
Deadline for applications: Friday 20 January 2017

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).

The program aims to reflect the range of artistic practices in the visual arts, media arts and craft communities and to support excellence, regional activity, linguistic and cultural diversity and Aboriginal and Franco-Ontarian identity.

APPLICATION DETAILS CAN BE FOUND HERE

2016: It’s Almost Over! Renew your NAC membership!

In this edition of The Bulletin

1. 2016: It’s Almost Over! Renew your membership today!
2. Holiday Gift Idea #1 > Stilt City Prints for sale
3. Holiday Gift Idea #2 > Film House Membership


2016: It’s Almost Over!
Renew your NAC Membership

And that means wrapping up the 2016 tax season too. Why not finish the year off with a membership renewal – and maybe even a charitable tax receipt! – at your friendly neighbourhood artist-run centre. NAC memberships are affordable (cheaper than food) and last the whole year. Want a charitable tax receipt? No problem. Upgrade your membership to a Sustaining ($100), Patron ($240), or Champion ($300+) and we’ll write you up a CRA approved receipt!

NAC members travel the inside track on good things happening (3 Show Room exhibits, 4 Flea Market Gallery exhibits, 3 Plate Glass Gallery exhibits, 20+ members gallery shows, killer roofdeck music shows, film screenings, literary events, and some of the best downtown hip-drops and shin-digs). We’ve also got a brand new studio and storefront on St. Paul Street that will take shape in the New Year with a fully equipped print studio available at discounted rates to NAC Members.

We’re here for the rest of the week (Thursday and Friday 10 until 9) or you can renew online here twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.


Stilt City Prints – Holiday Gift Idea #1
Based on the original pen and ink drawing by Alice Crawley

This print, entitled Stilt City, was created based on an original pen and ink drawing by my mother, Alice Crawley, circa 1972. The drawing was used as the cover for the fourth edition of Twelve Mile Creek magazine, a magazine of art and literature edited by Alice that served as a forum for local, national, and international artists and writers. In particular, contributors to the noted edition were R. Johns, John Miller, David McFadden, Dennis Tourbin, Ted Dixon, Catherine Hraber, John B. Boyle, Samual Robinson, and Ivan Jirous.

Alice was the matriarch of Niagara’s artists, with a career beginning in the 1950s and continuing until her death in 2011. She was one of the founding members of the Niagara Artists Co-operative, now the Niagara Artists Centre, along with Dennis Tourbin, John Moffat, and John B. Boyle.

In 2001, for my 60th birthday, mom presented me with the original ink drawing and I became its honoured caretaker. It has hung in a place of prominence in our home ever since.

My wife Gaby and I have made the decision to share this work with the help of the Niagara Artists Centre. We commissioned NAC printmakers Stephen Remus, David Legge, and Natasha Pedros to create a limited edition of fifty hand-screened prints on Arches watercolour paper depicting this view of downtown that has since disappeared, but more importantly, to create a legacy for my mom. We are offering this print for sale with all proceeds donated to the Alice Crawley Endowment, a fund held by the Niagara Community Foundation that will support exhibit fees for women artists showing at the Niagara Artists Centre.

Each numbered edition of the print is offered for sale at the price of $400+hst (unframed). They are available at NAC, open Wednesday to Friday 10AM to 5PM, Saturdays 12NN to 4PM, or often by chance. Please contact NAC in advance if you’d like to purchase one.

John Crawley
NAC Champion Member


Film House Memberships – Holiday Gift Idea #2

The Film House (at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre) is simply the best place in Niagara to experience the rich world of cinema. Great films, cold beer and fine Niagara wines make a good mix with a piping hot bag of popcorn!

Film House members are trendsetters | A NEW PERK FOR FILM HOUSE MEMBERS: attend the first screening of any new feature run film (any film screened three times or more) and you qualify for a buy-one-get-one-free discount. As an added bonus, members also receive a voucher for an additional two free tickets to any subsequent screening of that film during its run to give to friends.

Become a Film House MEMBER today or buy a membership for that special film-loving someone!

•   $25+HST. Valid for one year from date of purchase.
•   $7 entry to all films (2 tickets limit per membership)
•   VIP access to meet and greets, artist chats and receptions

GENERAL ADMISSION SEATING:
$9 – general admission
$7 –  film house member  // 13 and under

Monday 19 December 2016

In this edition of The Bulletin

1. NAC’s Annual General Meeting + Potluck / tomorrow night!
2. Swizzle Studio in the Plate Glass Gallery
3. Gift Idea #1 – Stilt City Prints for sale
4. Gift Idea #2 – NAC Memberships make great stocking stuffers!


NAC’s Annual General Meeting + Potluck
Tuesday 20 December 7PM
At NACs New Studio Space on St. Paul
433 St. Paul Street, downtown

Grab hold of your work stations!

All members are encouraged to attend our year in review. Come witness just how far we’ve had our heads up our filing cabinet. Highlights include power point (with animations), motions to vote on, an election of board directors, and everyone’s favourite, adjournment. A bag of chips has been passed off as a contribution to the buffet in the past, but some members actually try.


The Swizzle Circus

A puppet installation by
Christine Cosby + Rob Elliott (Swizzle Studio)

Plate Glass Gallery at NAC
On view until 31 December 2016
Twenty-four hours a day!

This bright and dynamic installation is inspired by Alexander Calder’s “Circus”, department store holiday windows, and Swizzle Studio’s ongoing fascination with spectacle.

The centerpiece, “The Cowardly Lion Tamer”, is flanked by such circus mainstays as clowns, wild animals, daredevils, and roustabouts. Above the fleeing lion tamer, a human cannonball flies and acrobats soar through the air.

Gasping at the wild scene is an audience of puppets created by the members of Puppet-A-Go-Go: Christine Cosby, Rob Elliott, Alexa Fraser, Clelia Scala, and Trisha Lavoie. Swizzle Circus is the third of four Plate Glass Gallery installations for Puppet-A-Go-Go’s “In The Park” series. Swizzle Circus can be seen 24 hours a day until New Year’s Day.


Stilt City Prints – Holiday Gift Idea #1
Based on the original pen and ink drawing by Alice Crawley

This print, entitled Stilt City, was created based on an original pen and ink drawing by my mother, Alice Crawley, circa 1972. The drawing was used as the cover for the fourth edition of Twelve Mile Creek magazine, a magazine of art and literature edited by Alice that served as a forum for local, national, and international artists and writers. In particular, contributors to the noted edition were R. Johns, John Miller, David McFadden, Dennis Tourbin, Ted Dixon, Catherine Hraber, John B. Boyle, Samual Robinson, and Ivan Jirous.

Alice was the matriarch of Niagara’s artists, with a career beginning in the 1950s and continuing until her death in 2011. She was one of the founding members of the Niagara Artists Co-operative, now the Niagara Artists Centre, along with Dennis Tourbin, John Moffat, and John B. Boyle.

In 2001, for my 60th birthday, mom presented me with the original ink drawing and I became its honoured caretaker. It has hung in a place of prominence in our home ever since.

My wife Gaby and I have made the decision to share this work with the help of the Niagara Artists Centre. We commissioned NAC printmakers Stephen Remus, David Legge, and Natasha Pedros to create a limited edition of fifty hand-screened prints on Arches watercolour paper depicting this view of downtown that has since disappeared, but more importantly, to create a legacy for my mom. We are offering this print for sale with all proceeds donated to the Alice Crawley Endowment, a fund held by the Niagara Community Foundation that will support exhibit fees for women artists showing at the Niagara Artists Centre.

Each numbered edition of the print is offered for sale at the price of $400+hst (unframed). They are available at NAC, open Wednesday to Friday 10AM to 5PM, Saturdays 12NN to 4PM, or often by chance. Please contact NAC in advance if you’d like to purchase one.

John Crawley
NAC Champion Member


Give the Gift that Keeps on Keeping On – Holiday Gift Idea #2

Stymied as to what clutter you can inflict on your loved ones to mark this year’s celebration of materialism?

Hey, buck the ‘thing’ thing and give the gift of what the heck: membership in your friendly neighbourhood artist-run centre. NAC memberships are affordable (cheaper than food) and last the whole year. NAC members travel the inside track on good things happening (4 Show Room exhibits, 4 Flea Market Gallery exhibits, 3 Plate Glass Gallery exhibits, 20+ members gallery shows, killer roofdeck music shows, film screenings, literary events, and some of the best downtown hip-drops and shin-digs). Get someone out of the house and have them enjoy cut-rates and first dibs.

Come see us this week if you want to gift a membership (we’re open Wednesday from 10 until 5, Thursday and Friday 10 until 9) and we’ll pack it all up with some great NAC publications and other weird-ass paraphernalia perfect for ritualistic unwrapping.

Friday 9 December 2016

In this edition of The Bulletin

1. Annual General Meeting / Tues 20 Dec 7PM
2. See The Music at The Film House / Sat 10 Dec + Sat 17 Dec 9:30PM
3. Studio Sale / NAC Member Sandy Middleton / TONIGHT!
4. Bond Street Studio Sale / Sat 17 Dec 11AM-5PM


NAC’s Annual General Meeting + Potluck
Tuesday 20 December 7PM
At the Niagara Artists Centre

Grab hold of your work stations! All members are encouraged to attend our year in review. Come witness just how far we’ve had our heads up our filing cabinet. Highlights include power point (with animations), motions to vote on, an election of board directors, and everyone’s favourite, adjournment. A bag of chips has been passed off as a contribution to the buffet in the past, but some members actually try.


SEE THE MUSIC AT THE FILM HOUSE

Saturday nights were made for music, from rock ‘n’ roll to jazz and all the beats in between. Bring your eyes and your ears to THE FILM HOUSE Saturday nights at 9:30PM for music docs, music themed films, and musicals all presented with the extraordinary fidelity of THE FILM HOUSE’s state-of-the-art 7.1 sound system–the first of its kind installed in Canada! Music is at the heart of life. These movies are selected from across genres and time periods to present the best films focused on melody, rhythm, and groove. Come to THE FILM HOUSE, settle in, and let film take you on a musical journey to concerts, recording sessions, and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the world of music.

BOB DYLAN: DON’T LOOK BACK
USA 1967. Directed by D.A. Pennebaker. 96 min. 14A
Sat 10 Dec / 9:30 PM
Get your tickets here

Don’t Look Back was filmed during a three week concert tour of England in the spring of 1965. More than a view of an extraordinary concert tour, Don’t Look Back is an intimate portrait of one of the most influential songwriters of our times.

Much of the film affects an air of being unplanned, and one has the sensation at times of being allowed to peep on the private lives of public idols. There is lots of uninhibited hard talk.

– Donal J. Henahan, The New York Times

GIMME SHELTER
USA 1970. Directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, & Charlotte Zwerin. 91 min. PG
Sat 17 Dec / 9:30 PM
Get your tickets here

Featuring the original rude boys of British rock, The Rolling Stones, this spectacular documentary features a tour of America that culminates in a death at Altamont. This breathtaking film is critically acclaimed (100% on Rotten Tomatoes) and provides insight into the the whirlwind world of the Rolling Stones on tour at the height of their fame.

The Rolling Stones are here, pursuing their grail, live on film, dead on film, drenched in the boreal red (read “rage”) of a portable spotlight. “Gonna get us a little satisfaction,” sings Mick Jagger and generations scream their ecstasy.

– Vincent Canby, The New York Times

The Film House at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Downtown St. Catharines
FILM HOUSE MEMBERS: $7
REGULAR: $9


Studio Sale
NAC Member Sandy Middleton

36 James Street
Oddfellows Hall
studio #202

Friday 9 December 7-11pm
Saturday 10 December 12noon – 4pm

Stop by to shop, have a cocktail,
and a nibble.

Fine art Photography, plywood prints and encaustic mixed media work, something for everyone.

Check out her website HERE


Bond Street Studio Sale
Saturday 17 December 11AM-5PM
3 Bond Street (Middle Door)
Downtown St. Catharines

You know the routine, it’s the X-mas drop in with Bev’s baking, rum, and art for sale by Melanie MacDonald and the Bond Street crew!

www.melaniemacdonald.ca

Wednesday 30 November 2016

In this edition of The Bulletin

  1. Hirings Announced for Studios
  2. This week at The Film House (PAC)
  3. Rodman Hall Alliance / The Barlow Report / Wed 7 Dec 7PM
  4. Don’t Read This if You’re A Woodpecker / Melanie MacDonald / Thurs 8 Dec 5PM
  5. Studio Sale / Sandy Middleton / Fri 9 + Sat 10 Dec
  6. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party / St. Catharines Museum / Fri 2 Dec 6:30PM
  7. Seeds of New Hope / Silver Spire United Church / Sat 3 Dec 7PM

Hirings Announced

NAC has hired two part-time positions for our studio venture at 443 St. Paul Street East.

Greg Berkhout and Jesse Matthews applied for the pair of part-time positions as a pre-existing team being both long-time friends, bandmates, and co-workers.

Greg began working as an artist assistant for Thrush Holmes in 2003. Jesse joined the Thrush Holmes Empire in 2007. Both Greg and Jesse were part of Holmes’ successful gallery at the corner of Queen and Dovercourt in Toronto. This artist-run factory, studio, and commercial gallery space was one of Toronto’s more innovative and interesting cultural enterprises.

Greg has a visual art’s degree from Brock University as well as retail experience. Jesse has a BFA in Inter-Media from NSCAD University in Halifax and has worked in a variety of capacities in the cultural sector. Both are NAC members and artists.

Greg will assume the responsibilities of the retail manager while Jesse will work as the studio manager.

They have commenced work on organizing an opening event and art sale to be held at the studios before Christmas.


This week at The Film House
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Equity
USA 2016. Directed by Meera Menon. 100 min. 14A
Thurs 1 Dec 9:30 PM / Thurs 8 Dec 7:00PM / Fri 9 Dec 9:30PM / Sun 11 Dec 4PM

Equity’s main claim to fame is that it’s the first female-dominated depiction of the cutthroat dealings that define greed-is-good, ethics-are-overrated Wall Street.
-Susan Wloszczyna, Roger Ebert.com

My Left Foot
Ireland, UK 1989. Directed by Jim Sheridan. 106 min. PG
Fri 2 Dec 7:00 PM

My Left Foot is a great film for many reasons, but the most important is that it gives us such a complete picture of this man’s life. It is the story of a stubborn, difficult, blessed and gifted man who was dealt a bad hand, who played it brilliantly, and who left us some good books, some good paintings and the example of his courage.
-Roger Ebert

Elf
USA, Germany 2003. Directed by Jon Favreau. 97 min. G
Sat 3 Dec  1PM

The guy to get you through those midwinter woes is Will Ferrell’s Buddy in Elf. No one else could pull this off. Every year I introduce new people to Elf. They all love it.
-Kate Abbott, The Guardian

The Handmaiden
South Korea 2016. Directed by Chan Wook-Park. 144 min. 18A
Sat 3 Dec 7PM / Mon 5 Dec 8PM / Thurs 8 Dec 9:30PM / Fri 9 Dec 7PM / Sat 10 Dec 4PM / Mon 12 Dec 8PM

Exquisitely designed and sexually liberating, this is a hugely entertaining thriller that has shades of Gaslight, Les Diaboliques and last year’s Duke of Burgundy, but thankfully no grey.
-Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

The Harder They Come
Jamaica 1972. Directed by Perry Henzell. 103 min. R
Sat Dec 3 9:30 PM

The Harder They Come stars Jimmy Cliff, who is a Jamaican pop star, and parts of it seem to have been drawn from his own early experiences. They’re the best part; we meet a young, unsophisticated character who comes to the city and gets taken.
-Roger Ebert

Westworld
USA 1973. Directed by Michael Crichton. 88 min. PG
Sun 4 Dec 7:00 PM

I am happy to report that this Westworld is a seamless marriage of western and dystopian sci-fi corporate thriller.
-Tim Dowling, The Guardian


RODMAN HALL & THE BARLOW REPORT
Wednesday 7 December at 7PM / Oddfellows Hall 36 James Street

FREE EVENT / Register here

This event is an opportunity to learn about what has come to be known as The Barlow Report. At recent community consultations conducted on behalf of Brock University, it appears that this report – titled Rodman Hall: Planning the Future, a preliminary planning process – has been disregarded, despite it having been approved by Brock Board of Trustees in September 2015.  The Barlow Report offers a clear alternative to the controversial notion put forth by Brock’s consultant that a new art gallery to replace Rodman Hall should now be considered.

The report proposed to cultivate partners for Rodman’s four core businesses (public art museum; learning centre; historic site; public gardens) to sustain future operations, develop an endowment, and safeguard Rodman’s assets and enable fundraising through establishment of a community property trust. This event is an opportunity to listen to consultant Janis Barlow review the report, ask questions and engage in a community discussion about its recommendations.


Don’t Read This if You’re a Woodpecker
By NAC Member Melanie MacDonald
Niagara Falls History Museum
5810 Ferry St, Niagara Falls, ON

Opening Reception Thursday 8 December / 5PM-7PM

So happy that this show is gonna be seen so close to home and that the 36 foot piece (that is part of it), will be temporarily liberated from my ma’s basement.

As well, we are putting out a sweet catalogue to accompany the show. Best friend and amazing book designer, Ernest Harris Jr has been working away on this publication (that includes a couple of short essays by Dennis Soron and Roslyn Elizabeth Pivarnyik).

The catalogue is possible through the gracious support of Allie Hughes of Hughes & Co, Tammy Ziegler and the Out of the Past crew, and of course, The Niagara Falls History Museum. Please come out to the reception on December 8th 5-7pm!

– Melanie MacDonald


Studio Sale
NAC Member Sandy Middleton
36 James Street Oddfellows Hall studio #202

Friday 9 December 7-11pm
Saturday 10 December 12noon – 4pm

Stop by to shop, have a cocktail,
and a nibble.

Fine art Photography, plywood prints and encaustic mixed media work, something for everyone.

Check out her website HERE


Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canal Centre
Friday 2 December 2016 / 6:30PM

The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre is proud to present the final installment of the 2016 First Fridays series, co-presented by the Museums of Niagara Association.

In 2016 First Fridays toured through 7 of Niagara’s museums with fun parties, music, art, and local food-legend Smokin’ Buddha.

First Fridays and the St. Catharines Museum hits the height of tackiness with an Ugly Christmas Sweater party, with food and drink by Smokin Buddha (cash only), with music by DRFTR/Oscar Anderson Shortt (7pm-8pm), and DJ Tanner (8pm-10pm).

Holiday themed prizes for best Ugly Christmas Sweater to be awarded at 9pm.

Tickets are $10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at: http://www.firstfridaysniagara.ca/

Doors open at 630pm. Cash only.

“250 strands of lights. 100 individual bulbs per strand for a grand total of 25, 000 imported Italian twinkle lights.” – Clark Griswold describing the Ugly Christmas Sweater party.

See you there!


SEEDS OF NEW HOPE
SILVER SPIRE UNITED CHURCH
Saturday 3 December at 7PM

Seeds of New Hope, an event to support the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) which works to turn the tide of HIV and AIDS in Africa, is being held at  Silver Spire United Church on Saturday 3 December at 7:00PM.

The guest speaker is Ilana Landsberg-Lewis and performing artists are the WomEnchant Chorus and Drummers.  Landsberg-Lewis is a human rights lawyer and CoFounder/Executive Director of SLF.  WomEnchant Chorus and Drummers are directed by Laura Thomas.

Tickets are $20.00 each are available through Silver Spire church office, 905-682-8328, or by calling Elizabeth Agnew 905-684-9440.

Wednesday 23 November 2016

In this edition of The Bulletin

  1. Screening of The Complete Works based on the work of bpNichol – TONIGHT AT NAC!
  2. The Last Night at the Albert Street Motel / Amber Lee Williams
  3. Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC Sat 26 Nov 7PM
  4. Spencer Burton and Marine Dreams / Sun 27 Nov 8PM at NAC
  5. Basia Bulat / Tues 29 Nov 7:30PM at the PAC
  6. ELEMENTS / The Gallery Players of Niagara / Fri 2 Dec at the PAC

The Complete Works
Based on the work of avant-garde author bp Nichol
Film Screening TONIGHT at NAC

Please join Director Justin Stephenson and professor Gregory Betts for a very special, private screening of The Complete Works, a film about the work of avant-garde author bpNichol, at the NAC. The event is free and open to the public.

https://thecompleteworks.ca/


The Last Night at the Albert Street Motel
A solo exhibition of Photographic work created in the darkroom by Amber Lee Williams
Saturday 26 November 7PM

The works are presented in three segments.

1. The Last Night at the Albert Street Motel: A body of work consisting of 13 photographs and blind contour drawings captured in a single evening to explore themes of identity, time, and place.

2. Family portraits: Photographs of distant and unknown relatives (100+years and found in a family album) double exposed and hand painted to create and discover relationships within the family (past and present).

3. Books: Double exposures of my mother and daughter, two areas of my life that will never meet. Altering books to encase these personal and precious “memories”. To open the book is to accept the invitation to look. To close the book is to accept reality.

Amber Lee Williams is a St. Catharines based artist and a student at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. For 7 years she has worked with encaustic paint, combining other mediums such as; sculpture, collage, oil sticks, etc. Within the past 2 years Amber has become interested in creating blind contour drawings of people she encounters in her life. Her recent work is experimental analog photography. The photographs are hand manipulated in and outside the darkroom. Through both figurative and abstract work, some of the themes she explores are; identity, family relationships, birth and death, etc.


IndoorShoes Presents
Spencer Burton & Marine Dreams at NAC
Sunday 27 November 8PM

SPENCER BURTON | Niagara, ON
www.facebook.com/spencerburtonmusic

“Spanning a musical life with hardcore beginnings (Attack In Black), to the somber strings of his acoustic guitar in the realm of country-folk (Grey Kingdom) and collaborative years of writing and performing live in City & Colour, Spencer Burton is a mainstay musical virtuoso. Co-produced by his longtime friend and collaborator, Dan Romano, Don’t Let The World See Your Love pulls from the southern sounds of folk and country of yore, like a tired old soul’s night at the Opry with more contemporary melodic musings.”

with:

MARINE DREAMS | Toronto, ON
www.facebook.com/Marine-Dreams-281814055170520


FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre presents
BASIA BULAT with THE WEATHER STATION
Tues 29 NOV 2016 at 7:30PM
Partridge Hall / FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is set to welcome three time Polaris Prize-nominee Basia Bulat to Partridge Hall on Tuesday 29 November 2016. The critically-acclaimed songwriter is known for her beautifully melancholic folk songs often accompanied with eclectic instruments like dulcimer and autoharp. However, Bulat’s new album, Good Advice finds the singer stepping out of her comfort zone by crafting smart and intricate pop songs.

In the summer of 2014, Bulat borrowed her mom’s car and drove nine hours to Kentucky to record her fourth LP. Initially, she was going to create a breakup album full of sad songs and sorrow. However, that idea shifted with help from producer Jim James (My Morning Jacket). “I love the folk tradition, and gospel and soul…but I have such a strong urge to keep changing, and not make the same record again and again.” Bulat told Exclaim! in February.  While Good Advice’s lyrical content deals with heartbreak and regret in an honest way. The music is radiant, contemporary, upbeat and “lit up with a bottle-rocket of liberated, faintly psychedelic sound.”

This past summer, Good Advice was shortlisted for a Polaris Music Prize. Not only does this mark the third nomination in four albums for the Montreal-based musician, but Bulat joins the ranks of Caribou, Drake, Metric, Shad and Owen Pallett as the only artists to appear on Polaris’ coveted Short List on three separate occasions.

Opening for Basia Bulat will be The Weather Station, led by singer-songwriter and actress Tamara Lindeman. Pitchfork Music has described her music as elegant and intricate, “her songs feel very much like attempts to understand and appreciate the world in spite of its bitter ills.”

TICKET INFO: Regular: $30 + HST | HOT TICKET members  and University/College students $25 + HST. Basia Bulat’s appearance is part of the Roots & Boots Music Series sponsored by Outlet Collection at Niagara.

For more information about the 2016/17 HOT TICKET Season, visit our website at www.FirstOntarioPAC.ca or contact the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office by phone 905-688-0722, email BoxOffice@FirstOntarioPAC.ca, or in person at 250 St. Paul Street,  St. Catharines. Box Office hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-2pm.


Gallery Players presents
ELEMENTS

Friday 2 December 7:30PM
Robertson Theatre / FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Tickets only $13 for NAC Members
Call 905-468-1525 to book your tickets!
galleryplayers.ca

Experience the beauty and drama of Earth, Air, Fire and Water through a kaleidoscope of stunning visuals, evocative live music, and interactive dance. Stimulating all the senses, you will be surrounded by the profound power of nature. Five of Niagara’s finest artists join forces to create a one-of-a-kind performance piece. The Gallery Players’ popular movie series musicians join dancer Jena Slingerland, who will interact with an array of projected visuals designed by Luke Gillett.

kill two birds with stone / Thursday 10 November 2016

kill two birds with one stone

Fig. to solve two problems at one time with a single action.

John learned the words to his part in the play while peeling potatoes. He was killing two birds with one stone. Then John renewed his NAC Membership and he got a $20 discount on his Voix de Ville ticket. It was another double bird kill.

That’s right. Renew your NAC Membership TODAY (or during gallery hours or any time online) to get your NAC MEMBER DISCOUNT CODE and save big on your Voix de Ville tickets!


NAC Members have been working around the clock to realize the ambitious and extravagant set designed by none other than Shary Boyle – Canada’s Representative at the 2013 Venice Biennale. We’re pumped to have Shary on board, not only as our fearless set designer, but as part of the show where she’ll be rocking the Voix de Ville stage with her inimitable live visual projections.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Canada’s best contemporary artists in Partridge Hall amidst the barely bridled acrobatics, comedy, dance, outrageous wearable art, and fantastic sets of The Voix de Ville Extravagonzo.

A true revival of the popular vaudevillian tradition–to be undiscerning in dropping jaws–our show guarantees to make good on the familiar boast of having something for everyone!

About Shary Boyle
Shary Boyle works across diverse media, including ceramics, sculpture, painting, installation and drawing. She maintains a dual practice alternating between her studio and collaborative touring of projection/sound performance projects.

www.sharyboyle.com 

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

Wednesday 2 November 2016

In this edition of The Bulletin

  1. ATTIC DADDY at NAC / Fri 4 Nov 8PM
  2. Voix de Ville Extravagonzo / Fri 18 Nov + Sat 19 Nov
  3. The Future of Rodman Hall / Community Consultations continue
  4. Voix de Ville Volunteers!

Attic Daddy at NAC!

It’s the Voix de Ville KREWE KOMPRESSOR
(that means pre-party at NAC)

Friday 4 November 2016
Doors at 8PM / Show at 8:30-ish

$5 to get in or FREE for wearable artists, set-builders, performers and Voix de Ville volunteers!

Make your claim loud and proud at the door: Get me in, I’m working on this damn thing!
Voix de Ville Krewe also receive two complimentary drink tickets. If this thing hasn’t driven you to drink already, it will soon enough.

Get your Voix de Ville Extravagonzo – The Evolution of Strutt tickets today!

A VOIX de VILLE KREWE DEKOMPRESSOR will follow, provided we all survive.


Niagara Artists Centre presents

The Voix de Ville Extravagonzo

In partnership with FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

>> NAC Members! You’re promo code is GONZO to get the discount <<

Outrageous wearable imaginings
Sublime electro-sonic exploits
Kinetically-charged choreographic wonders
Sensational visual tableaus of ‘Je-ne-know-what-the-heck?’
Formidably phunny farceurs!

A cavalcade of talent has been invited to amaze and astonish audiences in novel ways. Ringmaster of Ceremonies Bruce McCulloch—­everyone’s favourite Kid in the Hall—will orchestrate the riot of WTFery from centre stage. Canada’s representative at the 55th Venice Biennale, Shary Boyle will transform Partridge Hall with beguiling projections and an exhilarating set design. On stage, the action of dancers and acrobats dressed in one-of-a-kind wearable art creations from the bizarre to the sublime will be propelled by a reconstituted Shadowy Men on Shadowy Planet, often called the Best Canadian Instrumental Band of All Time. The show is directed by Suitcase in Point’s Artistic Director Deanna Jones.

Partridge Hall 
*Friday 18 November 7PM
Saturday 19 November 7PM
*Saturday 19 November 9:30PM

*Robertson Theatre – AFTER PARTY
Friday 18 November at 9:30PM DJ Tanner & DJ Styles
Saturday 19 November at 11PMThe Sadies


THE FUTURE OF RODMAN HALL
Community Consultations continue this week

Wed 2 Nov 6:30PM-8:00PM – TONIGHT
Cairns Recital Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
RSVP here: http://interkom.ca/rhacconsultation/gncc/

Thurs 3 Nov 6:30PM-8:00PM
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts / MW211
RSVP here: http://interkom.ca/rhacconsultation/miwsfpa/


Voix de Ville Volunteers!
Voix de Ville Volunteers!
Voix de Ville Volunteers!We are looking for extraordinary volunteers to help with an incredible event.
Get a behind the scenes look at this years most outlandish occasion in Niagara, The Voix de Ville Extravagonzo.

We are looking for:

> Bartenders and servers (with Smart Serve)
> Help with set-up
> Crafters and/or metal workers

> Backstage help

Please email us at artists@nac.org with the subject line “Voix de Ville Volunteer” if you’re interested.

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Wednesday 26 October 2016

In this edition of The Bulletin

  1. We need tin cans and you can help!
  2. Community Consultation / Rodman Hall > Wednesday 26 October
  3. Voix de Ville Extravagonzo / Fri 18 Nov + Sat 19 Nov
  4. 5 x 2 > Tuesday 1 November at Mahtay

We need tin cans and you can help!

We’re looking for your help building the Voix de Ville Extravagonzo set!

Its simple.

1) Find a recipe calling for canned goods.

2) Empty canned goods into pot/pan/dish as instructed.

3) Clean tin can and remove label.

4) Enjoy new found recipe.

5) Drop off collection of cans to NAC by Thursday 3 November at 9PM.

6) Come to the Voix de Ville Extravagonzo on Fri 18 Nov or Sat 19 Nov to see where your tin can ended up. See Bulletin item number three for more info.


COMMUNITY CONSULTATION
Future of Rodman Hall

Wednesday 26 October 6PM at NAC
TONIGHT!

On behalf of Brock University, you are invited to participate in an upcoming community consultation session to provide input on the future of the Rodman Hall Art Centre, beyond the expiry of the current agreement in 2023 to fund operations, upkeep, and maintenance.

NAC members are welcome to participate on Wednesday 26 October from 6:30PM – 8PM at Niagara Artists Centre (354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines)Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by clicking on the link: http://interkom.ca/rhacconsultation/nac/ or by calling 905 332 8315.
WHAT: Community consultation regarding the future of a sustainable Regional Public Art Gallery in St. Catharines

WHEN & WHERE: 
Wednesday 26 October 6:30PM – 8:00PM; Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines L2R 3N2

WHY: In 2003, Brock University entered into an agreement to purchase the Rodman Hall Art Centre assets from a community organization and to maintain these assets until 2023. Now, Brock University is looking at other options for the future of the RHAC. It is trying to explore a community-based option for the Centre with a not-for-profit ownership model.


Niagara Artists Centre presents

The Voix de Ville Extravagonzo

In partnership with FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

>> NAC Members! You’re promo code is GONZO to get the discount <<

Outrageous wearable imaginings
Sublime electro-sonic exploits
Kinetically-charged choreographic wonders
Sensational visual tableaus of ‘Je-ne-know-what-the-heck?’
Formidably phunny farceurs!

A cavalcade of talent has been invited to amaze and astonish audiences in novel ways. Ringmaster of Ceremonies Bruce McCulloch—­everyone’s favourite Kid in the Hall—will orchestrate the riot of WTFery from centre stage. Canada’s representative at the 55th Venice Biennale, Shary Boyle will transform Partridge Hall with beguiling projections and an exhilarating set design. On stage, the action of dancers and acrobats dressed in one-of-a-kind wearable art creations from the bizarre to the sublime will be propelled by a reconstituted Shadowy Men on Shadowy Planet, often called the Best Canadian Instrumental Band of All Time. The show is directed by Suitcase in Point’s Artistic Director Deanna Jones.

Partridge Hall 
*Friday 18 November 7PM
Saturday 19 November 7PM
*Saturday 19 November 9:30PM

*Robertson Theatre – AFTER PARTY
Friday 18 November at 9:30PM DJ Tanner & DJ Styles
Saturday 19 November at 11PMThe Sadies


5 x 2
Image Maker Conversations

Tuesday 1 November 5:30 – 6:30 pm (please note new time)
Mahtay Café, 241 St. Paul Street, St Catharines

Artist Facilitator: Elizabeth Chitty
FREE

Join us on the first Tuesday of each month for an informal discussion about art and visual culture. Based on the PechaKucha model, artists, architects, designers and other image-makers are invited to contribute to the conversation by sharing 5 images and speaking about each for 2 minutes. Show us what you are working on, what inspires you, or just come for the conversation. Everyone is welcome!

Contact Danny Custodio dcustodio@brocku.ca to reserve your presentation date. We also encourage non-presenters to attend and share in the conversation.


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Opportunities for Artists

Employment Opportunities
Two part time NAC jobs

NAC’s shared studio and retail space project is underway! Thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation NAC Member artists are moving into our new facility on St. Paul Street. We’re building a print studio that’ll be available for rent to all NAC Members in the New Year and we’re setting up a retail shop geared to open just in time for the holidays.

In order to make it happen we’re hiring two part-time positions to run the space for the first year of the project.

Interested in applying? Please submit a CV and cover letter to NAC no later than FRIDAY 28 OCTOBER at 9PM. If you’re emailing your application, please include the title of the job you are applying for in the subject line.

RETAIL MANAGER
20hrs / week
Responsibilities include (and not limited to):

  • Design and implement the creation of an attractive retail space for the sale of art work by NAC members.
  • Work with studio tenants to organize and promote receptions, open houses, special exhibitions, and studio visits.
  • Manage social media platforms for the promotion of studio storefront events and activities as well as the work of studio tenants.
  • Manage the refurbishment of the studio storefront and facade in cooperation with the property owner.
  • Develop mechanisms for the sale of art work by studio tenants and NAC members at the studios.
  • Refine NAC’s online sales platform and populate it with art work by NAC members. This will include developing systems for transactions and the delivery of art work to purchasers.a
  • Develop an art rental program for the leasing of art work by NAC members to private residences and businesses.
  • Develop a policies and procedures manual for the sustainable operations of the physical and online retail spaces by studio tenants and NAC members.
  • Share the responsibility of establishing hours for the studio retail space with the cooperation of studio tenants. Facilitate discussion and build through consensus systems for how the studio retail hours will be kept.
  • Develop opportunities for the sub-leasing and consignment of the studio retail space, as well as develop a selections process for the consignment of art work by non-tenant NAC members.
  • Report to board of directors and work under the direct supervision of the Minister of Energy Minds and Resources and the Minister of Communications

STUDIO MANAGER
20hrs / week
Responsibilities include (and not limited to):

  • Provide support to the studio tenants and lease with the property owner regarding the maintenance loo the physical spaces.
  • Manage security of the building, distribute keys, manage pass codes for studio access.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of the studio property, clean and remove debris from the exterior of the building including snow removal and salting.
  • Act as the liaison between tenants and between tenants and the property owner to ensure a safe and clean environments conducive to the creation of art work.
  • Manage the sub-leasing of the studio spaces, issuing leases, maintaining records and collecting
  • rents.
  • Manage and promote (in cooperation with the store manager) the rental of the print studio.
  • Manage and maintain the print studio so that it is equipped and functional.
  • Contribute to the policy and procedures manual system for the management and sustainability of the print studio.
  • Assist the store manager in the design of the storefront facade.
  • Provide light construction skills for the installation and building of store fixture, facade improvements working closely with the store manager to install artworks for the purpose of exhibit, display and special events.
  • Work with artists to develop the policies that will guide the harmonious collective use of the shared studio space so that it will be conducive to the creation of artwork for all tenants.
  • Manage the utilities (water, electricity, internet) for functionality and in the interest of conservation.
  • Install artwork in businesses and private residences for the art rental program.
  • Report to board of directors and work under the direct supervision of the Minister of Energy Minds and Resources and the Minister of Communications

MEDIA WORKSHOPS
Attention: Technically Qualified Digital Video Artists

The Niagara Artists Centre will be hosting a series of workshops in October and November to foster expertise for Niagara-based digital video artists. The workshops, funded by NIC (Niagara Investment in Culture), will bring the expertise of staff from Keyframe Digital to lead Niagara-based video artists in learning the required skills for large-scale digital video and media projection projects. The topics covered in these workshops are: pixel-mapping, knowledge about the specific codecs and file formats required for large scale digital video art installation, formatting and porting video files from one platform to installation specific parameters, as well as use of digital video manipulation software at an advanced level.

These workshops will be run to provide the requisite information for participation in a large-scale digital video projection project. The workshops are designed to help produce material that will be projected on the Oakes Hotel in Niagara Falls. The Winter Festival of Lights has purchased the equipment and recruited the technical services to present large format video projection on the side of the building.

QUALIFICATIONS
In order to participate in these workshops, participants must be established digital video artists who have expertise and fluency in the use of Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier, Adobe Photoshop, The Foundry’s Nuke Studio, After Effects, or other significantly sophisticated digital media manipulation editing and production suite, as well as a body of digital video work for consideration for and/or use in the workshops.

SCHEDULE
The workshop schedule will be established once the program participants are selected. The NIC grant supports the workshop program as well as provides for artist fees for participating workshop members. The workshops are designed to create a collaborative

Please submit a resume detailing past experience in digital video and digital media arts to:

The Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3N2
artists@nac.org*
(905) 641-0331

* Please include MEDIA WORKSHOPS in the subject line


In the Soil Arts Festival
Call for Submissions

Application Deadline
Friday 4 November 2016 @ 11:59pm

More info here

In the Soil Arts Festival is now accepting applications for the 9th annual multidisciplinary artsfestival set to take over downtown St. Catharines from 28-30 April 2017.

Artists of all levels of experience are invited to apply. This year, In the Soil will present 150+ dance, film, media, music, theatre and interdisciplinary works over the 3-day festival. We are seeking out new artistic work and out-of-the-box ideas. We want you to dream big with us as we create a happening in downtown St. Catharines like no other.

Applications are due by Friday 4 November 2016 @ 11:59pm.

Celebrating its 9th year, In the Soil Arts Festival brings new and unique art experiences to audiences with an original program of live theatre, poetry, music, dance, media and special streetscape and interactive art throughout the St. Catharines downtown core. Last year over 500 artists and 5000 festival patrons came together to celebrate the arts of Niagara and beyond. This year, we continue in our aim to contribute to a Niagara that is self-determining and culturally distinct.

Downtown St. Catharines is in the midst of a renaissance with the completion of new dedicated facilities for the performing arts. The festival has already begun developing plans with Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and looks forward to exploring these state of the art buildings for the 2016 edition.

In the Soil Arts Festival is proudly brought to you by Suitcase in Point Theatre Company, and is steered by a committee with partners at Niagara Artists Centre, Greenbelt Arts and WOW! Recording Studio & Creative Music Space.

More information and applications are available for download at inthesoil.on.ca/apply-now

Dig in.

For more information, contact:
Deanna Jones, Artistic Director
P: 289.477.1025 // E: deanna@suitcaseinpoint.com


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