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In this edition of The Bulletin:

  1. Relaxing & Rehearsing: Rare Photographs and Film of Duke Ellington
    Thursday 28 July – TONIGHT!
  2. STUDIO SPACES AVAILABLE beginning 1 September!
  3. Regan Peacock Fung Memorial Art Fund: Applications due Friday 16 September 5PM
  4. OAC Exhibition Assistance: Applications due Friday 30 September 5PM
  5. What’s on at The Film House / FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Relaxing and Rehearsing:
Rare Photographs and Film of Duke Ellington
In the Dennis Tourbin Gallery and on the Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace
Thursday 28 July Opening Reception 7:30 pm / Film Screening 9:00 pm

Photographs on display from Saturday 23 July – Saturday 6 August


By Claude Miles

In conjunction with the Niagara Jazz Fest, the Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of photographs taken of Duke Ellington during a visit to CBC studios in Toronto in September 1964. Taken by Claude Miles for the now-defunct Toronto Telegram, the pictures show an infrequently seen side of Duke Ellington, a man known for his polish and panache. This black and white documentary photo-essay presents unique insights into an Ellington rehearsal including the inner workings of Ellington’s renowned orchestra, as well as rare glimpses of the bandleader in relaxed dress and manner.

Claude Miles was born in 1922 and discovered the art of photography while processing prints for shipmates on merchant navy tankers during WWII. He went on to study journalism at Ryerson University and worked as a journalist for several newspapers. Introduced to jazz as a twelve-year-old through a Louis Armstrong concert at Shea’s Hippodrome, Toronto’s major vaudeville theatre, Miles became devoted to this musical genre. Miles’ approach to photography is both candid and intimate, while presenting access to a rarely seen side of Duke Ellington’s persona.

A Documentary Screening (60 min)

One Time Only! Thursday 28 July, Screening begins at 9:00PM on Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace at NAC.

In collaboration with Niagara Jazz Fest, NAC invites you to enjoy a free public screening of a rarely seen 1965 CBC documentary entitled The Duke. Shot at the CBC television studios after the September 1964 rehearsals that Claude Miles photographed, this documentary highlights Duke Ellington at the piano (at one point playing the very first song he wrote), as well as demonstrates the tremendous synchronistic talents of his big band. Aired only a couple of times since its production, this documentary screening presents an opportunity to see footage of one of the most elegant piano players and significant musical visionaries of the 20th century in the beautiful open air setting of NAC’s rooftop terrace. Don’t miss this chance to catch this one-time only screening.

Refreshments at the reception and screening will be provided by Mahtay Café.


Travel Assistance for Professional Visual, Media, and Craft Artists
Applications due: Fri 16 Sept at 5PM
Details and application available here

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.

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.

Ontario Arts Council
Exhibition Assistance Programme

Deadline for applications is Friday 30 September 2016

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.

More info available here

What’s on at The Film House
At the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

12 Monkeys
Thursday 28 Jul 2016 – 8PM
Imprisoned in the 2030s, James Cole (Bruce Willis) is recruited for a mission that will send him back to the 1990s.

Sing Street
Friday 29 July 2016 – 8PM
Set in 1980s Dublin, this new film from John Carney follows 14-year-old Cosmo as he deals with being the new kid in school.

Love & Friendship
Saturday 30 July 2016 – 7PM / Monday 1 August 2016 – 8PM
In this comedic adaptation of a Jane Austen novel, beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Sunday 31 July 2016 – 4PM
“E.T. phone home.” This iconic and generation-defining filmic experience is a timeless story of intergalactic friendship.

Blue Velvet
Sunday 31 July 2016 – 7PM
David Lynch’s classically bent and hallucinogenic adventure in a world where surfaces are veneers of hypocrisy and seedy underbellies abound.

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