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Members of Belleville council meet Monday, September 9, 2019 in Belleville, Ont. Luke Hendry/The Intelligencer/Postmedia Network

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Members of Belleville council has made another – though informal – pledge to support the local arts scene.

Quinte Arts Council executive director Janet Jarrell spoke to council during Monday’s meeting. Her update included the recent Plein Air festival, which drew artists from across Ontario to paint in local outdoor locations.

“We had over 350 local students participate,” Jarrell said.

She said the change of its publication, Umbrella, from a newspaper format to that of a magazine, was “a big leap forward.”

Jarrell said a revitalized arts council has new staff and is working to increase its student bursary program.

Yet the board and staff are also to be a financially-sustainable organization while providing funding to students and others.

“We should be paying the artists properly,” Jarrell said. It’s essential if they’re to continue their work, she said.

Council members praised the arts group’s efforts to date.

“We will continue to have your back in any way, shape or form,” Coun. Chris Malette said.

“Not only are we behind you but we are putting our money where our mouth is,” said Mayor Mitch Panciuk. “It is going to good use … and we will continue to do that.”

The arts council’s annual awards will be held Sept. 19 at Dinkel’s restaurant on Bridge Street East just east of Front Street. Its leadership is also working with Empire Theatre officials on a December arts council fundraiser.

Other items on Monday’s agenda included the following.

• Naming policy: Council adopted a policy governing the naming of city assets.

“The current policy is completely an ad-hoc one,” said Panciuk. Naming was decided as situations arose.

The new policy is intended to provide consistency and clear rules for the process.

• Code of conduct: Council tabled a motion to enact a new code of conduct for council and its committees, opting instead to consult the city’s integrity commissioner prior to a final vote.

• Contracts: Council voted on several contracts, including one to redesign the city’s website and workflow management system.

Council awarded the contract, worth $139,500 plus HST, to eSolutions Group Ltd., deeming the firm’s bid to be the most qualified proposal.

Information services manager Marc Coyle said the city is adopting a proven platform that’s already been built and is now in use by 350 municipalities. It will allow users to pay online for more services and include other benefits, including online forms and more compliance with Ontario’s accessibility law.

“It’s spectacular,” he said.

“That’s how the big boys play and it’s how we’re going to be playing, too.

“We’re going to make sure we can compete on all platforms.”

No timeline for the work was immediately available.

• New firefighter: Mayor Panciuk and Fire Chief Mark MacDonald administered the firefighter oath to newly-hired fourth-class firefighter Mark Pagel.

• Liaison honoured: Council honoured city business owner Simon Kang, who serves as interpreter, cultural advisor and event planner during the city’s exchanges with the city of Gunpo, South Korea.

Kang and his late father were essential in creating the relationship with Gunpo. It in turn led to the establishment of a Halla Climate Control plant (now Hanon Systems Canada Inc.) in Belleville.

Panciuk presented Kang with key to the city, council’s highest honour.

Former mayors Ross McDougall and Neil Ellis, now the area’s member of Parliament, joined in the praise, with Ellis presenting a plaque of appreciation.

“Simon was absolutely the creator of the relationship and the cultural exchange,” said McDougall.

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Mayor's Art Awards ceremony set for Dec. 2 – The Kingston Whig-Standard




Local artists are to be recognized at the third annual Mayor’s Arts Awards event on Monday, Dec. 2.

The 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony and reception will start at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall at City Hall, 216 Ontario St., and is open to the public.

The event will be hosted by Mayor Bryan Paterson and will unveil the five recipients of the 2019 program and celebrate their contributions to the arts in Kingston. A post-reception event will follow at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall with a performance by local pianist Ian Wong.

The goal of the Mayor’s Arts Awards is to recognize and celebrate artistic achievement and extraordinary contributions in and to the local arts by “increasing the profile and appreciation of the arts, the awards enhance the cultural vitality and civic identity of Kingston,” according to a news release.

Through this program, the city affirms the value of the arts in city life, and nurtures and inspires sustained development of the cultural sector to the benefit of all its citizens.

“This program aims to build the profile of the arts community across the city and increase awareness of the arts among its citizens,” Danika Lochhead, manager, arts and sector development, said. “Each of the 2019 recipients has contributed to establishing Kingston as a place where creative life is valued and innovation is embraced and we’re looking forward to celebrating their work and legacies.”

This is a free event. Refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be open during the reception. ASL translation will be offered during the ceremony.

The 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards winners will also be formally recognized by city council at its Dec. 3 meeting.

Mayor’s Arts Awards categories:

Creator Award: Recognizes living artists, artistic collectives, or arts organizations. Three Creator Awards will be given each year to honour artistic merit and/or innovation that advances the arts in the city, contributes to the development of the art form and expresses the cultural vitality of Kingston.

Arts Champion Award: Recognizes a living individual, organization or corporation making an extraordinary, leading contribution to the arts in Kingston as a volunteer, advocate, supporter, sponsor and/or philanthropist.

Limestone Arts Legacy Award: Recognizes individuals from the past whose sustained and substantial contributions have built the artistic vitality of the city, nurturing and enabling forms of creation, participation, presentation and enjoyment, whose leadership has inspired others, and whose influence has been felt in the region and beyond.

To learn more about the Mayor’s Arts Awards and view past recipients, go online at

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Eight arts events to check out in Vancouver this winter – Business in Vancouver




The Dancers of Damelahamid perform Mînowin at the Cultch Nov. 20 to 24 | Photo: Anna Springate Floch

There’s no shortage of arts events to keep you warm this winter. So bundle up and get out there.

Exploring Indigenous identity through dance

Indigenous dance gets a contemporary twist Nov. 20 to 24 via a performance dubbed Mînowin. Performed by the Dancers of Damelahamid, the show is described as “an innovative multimedia dance work about rebirth and transformation.” The performance piece marries narration, movement, song and projections as the dancers connect coastal landscapes with contemporary perspectives on Indigenous dance and culture.
Nov. 20 to 24 at the Cultch, 1895 Venables St.

East Van Panto returns with Pinocchio

East Van Panto: Pinocchio runs Nov. 20 to Jan. 5 at the York Theatre.

Every journey into adulthood inevitably includes run-ins with a fox, a cricket and an orca, and this year’s East Van Panto reflects that timeless truth. East Van Panto: Pinocchio follows an old ice cream seller named Gelato, the “mysterious Beckwoman of Commercial Drive” and a potential cappuccino war. Very Vancouver. Back for its seventh year, this rendition of the East Van Panto is written by Marcus Youssef and directed by Stephen Drover.
Nov. 20 to Jan. 5 at the York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr.

Nutcracker remounts for holiday season


Alberta Ballet’s Nutcracker runs Dec. 28 to 30 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Photo Darren Makoivichuk

If a production of the Nutcracker isn’t happening somewhere in Vancouver, can it truly be the holiday season or are we living in an alternate reality? You have until Dec. 28 to ponder this existential question, when Alberta Ballet’s production kicks off at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The choreography comes courtesy of Edmund Stripe, while Emmy Award-winning designer Zack Brown takes care of the costumes. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra takes care of Tchaikovsky’s musical score. Expect all the other bells and whistles as well: the Sugar Plum Fairy, a Mouse King and Russian princesses.
Dec. 28 to 30 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St.

Look busy, the Messiah is coming


The Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Vancouver Cantata Singers perform Handel’s Messiah Nov. 30 at the Chan Centre.

Fun fact: it took George Frideric Handel just 24 days to write the Messiah back in the 18th Century.
Fast forward almost 300 years, and the three-part performance about all things Jesus lands Nov. 30 at the Chan Centre. Early Music Vancouver brings the show to town alongside guest conductor Ivars Taurins, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Vancouver Cantata Singers. Guest soloists include Joanne Lunn, Krisztina Szabó, Thomas Hobbs and Peter Harvey.
Nov. 30 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Rd.

Make the angels dance


The Chor Leoni men’s choir perform their Angels Dance program Dec. 21 at the Orpheum.

The Chor Leoni men’s choir is going to make the angels dance on Dec. 21. The evening’s program for Angels Dance includes traditional holiday music from across Europe, Canada, the southwest and Appalachia, along with dancers from the Arts Umbrella Dance Company. Musicians getting in on the act include Tina Chang (piano), Vivian Chen (harp), Ed Henderson (guitar) and Katie Rife (percussion).
Dec. 21 at the Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St.

Sadness reigns in FADO


The Firehall Arts Centre hosts Elaine Ávila’s new play, FADO, running Nov. 21 to Dec. 14.

Ghosts and the holiday season go together like two peas in a pod. The Firehall Arts Centre hosts Elaine Ávila’s new play, FADO, beginning Nov. 21 and the show is described as a “tale of love and ghosts” set against the “saddest music in the world.” Billed as part concert and part theatre, FADO follows the story of a young Portuguese woman confronting her country’s fascist past and her own identity. In a related plot twist, Fado is the national music of Portugal and translates to the English word for “fate.”
Nov. 21 to Dec. 14 at Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova St.

Europe in 10 days



Winters Brothers screens at the Cinematheque as part of the European Union Film Festival Nov. 22 to Dec. 2.

You can enjoy all the culture of Europe without the 10-hour flight through the Cinematheque’s 22nd annual European Union Film Festival. Films from 25 countries will be featured during the festival’s run, including heartwarming titles such as Metal Heart, Me, Myself and My Dead Wife and Eternal Winter.
Nov. 22 to Dec. 2 at the Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St.

Disney on Ice gives it 110 per cent


Disney on Ice’s Mickey’s Search Party skates across Pacific Coliseum Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.

There was a time when the mere appearance of Mickey and Minnie on a sheet of ice alone would bring the crowd to its feet. But in 2019, Disney’s go-tos simply won’t do in isolation. And so, Disney on Ice’s Mickey’s Search Party is now a multi-level performance piece including acrobats, aerial stunts, video projections, skeletons and even stilts. The storyline for Mickey’s Search Party features Mickey and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map for clues to find Tinker Bell after he attempts to capture her magic. Clever cross-promotion dictates that the whole slate of Disney-Pixar characters be involved somehow, so be prepared for guest spots from the likes of Coco, Frozen, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Toy Story and the Little Mermaid.
Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 at Pacific Coliseum, 2901 East Hastings St.

Vancouver Courier

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Over $857000 in grants for 24 Delta sport, arts and culture organizations – Surrey Now-Leader




Twenty-four sport, arts and culture organizations in Delta are receiving a share of $857,850 in funding from the provincial government’s community gaming grants program.

In 2019-2020, more than 700 not-for-profit organizations throughout the province are receiving approximately $18.3 million in community gaming grant funding to support participation in visual and performing arts, literature, festivals, and Indigenous and cultural programs, according to a government press release.

“These art, culture and sport programs provide opportunities for people to build community, foster artistic expression and engage in healthy activities,” Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare said in a press release. “Our government is proud to support these organizations to deliver programs that support inclusion and benefit people of all ages and backgrounds in communities across B.C.”

The province is also providing approximately $27 million to more than 800 community-based sports organizations for programs such as soccer, swimming, hockey, biking, martial arts, skiing and Special Olympics.

“These organizations strengthen the fabric of our community and I’m proud our government is able to support them,” Ravi Kahlon, MLA for Delta North, said in a press release.

Five arts and culture organizations and 19 community sports organizations in Delta are receiving community gaming grants. They are:

• Wesburn Wranglers of Burnaby Teen and PreTeen Square Dance Club: $3,750

• Young People’s Opera Society of BC: $6,500

• Delta Community Band Society: $4,500

• Delta Community Music School Society: $9,000

• Sidekick Players Club: $15,000

• British Columbia Ball Hockey Association: $40,000

• Delta Minor Ball Hockey Association: $35,000

• Delta Sungod Swim Club: $62,000

• Delta Thistle Curling Club: $13,900

• North Delta Football Association: $17,000

• North Delta Minor Hockey Association: $95,000

• North Delta Soccer Club: $55,000

• Sungod Skating Club: $64,000

• West Coast Junior Lacrosse League: $77,000

• Boundary Bay Bluebacks Swim Club: $32,500

• Delta Deas Rowing Club: $13,500

• Delta Gymnastics Society: $90,000

• Delta Skating Club: $23,700

• Ex-Britannia Red Lions Athletic Association: $7,500

• Ladner Minor Baseball Association: $25,000

• South Delta Minor Hockey Association: $119,000

• Tunnel Town Curling Club: $18,000

• Winskill Dolphin Swim Club: $20,000

• Winskill Otters Masters Swim Club: $11,000

RELATED: More than $208,000 in grants for North Delta PACs

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