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MP Terry Sheehan announced today, on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, that the Algoma Fall Festival will receive additional annual federal funding through to 2022.

The Algoma Arts Festival Association will receive $47,300 for 2020-2021 and a further $43,000 in 2021-2022 season for the Algoma Fall Festival.

The funding is provided through the Celebrate Canada program, the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program, and the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. Since 1972, the Algoma Arts Festival Association has organized the annual Fall Festival in Sault Ste. Marie, bringing various exciting visual and performing artists to the Sault.

Continued funding will enable the Association to continue with their work in bringing some of Canada’s most talented and diverse artists to Sault Ste. Marie and to highlight local artists, artisans and performers.

The Sault Ste. Marie Community Theatre Centre will be receiving an increase in funding through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund in support of their Over the Rainbow Children’s
Entertainment Series. The Theatre will receive an additional $1800 for 2019-2021 on top of the previously announced $18,000 of federal funding for that time period.

“Both the Algoma Fall Festival and the Sault Community Theatre Centre Children’s Entertainment series, are made possible by the incredible time and effort of volunteer organizers.” said Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie. “Their dedication to presenting our community to incredibly talented artists and performers, is part of what makes the Sault such a vibrant community. I am pleased the continued federal funding will allow both the Arts Festival and the Over the Rainbow program to promote arts and culture in Sault Ste. Marie.”

“We are thrilled to have the continued support of the Celebrate Canada program and the Canadian Arts Presentation Fund. This funding is vital to our organization and helps us to bring incredible talent to Sault Ste. Marie for our local, regional and provincial audiences in October and to our schools for over 5,000 students each year in our Festival of Learning.”
said  Donna Hilsinger, Executive Director, Algoma Fall Festival

“Festivals are wonderful occasions to celebrate our culture and heritage with family and friends.” The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism “Our government is proud to support festivals that showcase our communities, our diversity, and the incredible talent of Canadian artists. These festivals also stimulate the creative economy throughout our country. My message to all Canadians is: go out, explore and have fun!”

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Art and science come together in new exhibition – Canadian Jewish News




Myriam Nafte has her feet in two worlds: she’s a visual artist, as well as an adjunct professor in anthropology at McMaster University.

Her current show, Archive, reflects both her visual arts skills, as well as her science background. The two disciplines are integrated in this retrospective of her Judaic work, which is now showing at the Sheldon Rose Gallery in Toronto.

Nafte says the works celebrate the Jewish contribution to the arts and sciences, which will also be the topic of a talk she will be giving at the gallery on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.

Through archival research, Nafte discovered that the Jews from 11th century onward contributed a significant amount of research in such fields as anatomy, botany, math, medicine and astronomy.

“The exhibition is about reclaiming the Jewish presence in the medieval arts and sciences, (as) so much has been eradicated by history,” she says.

Nafte integrates her knowledge of human anatomy, science and Hebrew into her visual art, within layers of paint that add texture and luminosity to her work.

The gallery’s owner, Sheldon Rose, says he’s been interested in mounting an exhibition of Nafte’s work since he first encountered it back in 2007. “To see scholarly interests integrated into artwork of such a high calibre is truly rare,” notes Rose.

Nafte’s technique is quite unusual, as she paints with natural pigments that she mixes herself. “I love using natural organic elements. There’s something alive and dynamic about using them,” she says.

“It looks better. I can also control the range of colours and textures a lot more, and I can layer the colours more effectively.”


The focal point of her piece, Fire, is an armillary sphere, a Jewish invention that calculates the movement of celestial bodies.

Element 109 pays homage to Lise Meitner, an Jewish-Austrian physicist, as well as Italian chemist and author Primo Levi. Nafte utilizes the Renaissance motif of concentric circles, while integrating a quote from Levi that’s written in Hebrew.

In Faith or Truth, the dominant colour orange is accented by a deep burnt orange, a shade achieved through a cochineal dye.

In the centre of the canvas, four deep-blue, diamond-shaped forms are each framed in finely lettered Hebrew text, while a larger circle of Hebrew surrounds them.

The text contains quotes from Primo Levi, Levi ben Gershon, a 14th century mathematician and astronomer, and Maimonides, the medieval Jewish philosopher, physician and astronomer.

“These men represent 800 years of Jewish research and thought between them,”  says Nafte.

She learned to do the precise Hebrew lettering from her late father, Max Benshabat, an Orthodox sofer (scribe). “I apprenticed with him for two years to learn how to do halakhically correct Hebrew text. He was very supportive of me as an artist,” she says.

Nafte also studied anatomy, so that she could integrate anatomically correct human forms into her art.

For her master’s degree, she researched the demographics of Jewish community life in North Africa. Through her archival research, Nafte discovered Hebrew manuscripts, old documents and letters that turned out to be treatises on math and medicine. “I was intrigued by them,” she says.

She points out that for 900 years, Hebrew was considered to be a language of science, noting that, “Many scientific treatises were translated from Hebrew into Greek and Latin.”

Nafte’s show runs until the end of November. On Nov. 24, from 2-4 p.m., a violinist and harpsichordist will play Baroque and Renaissance music inspired by Nafte’s art exhibition at the gallery.

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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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