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Indigenous voices at the NAC, CityFolk celebrates original music and destination art on the city’s new LRT line.

Indigenous Arts Rising

This is a game-changing display of music, dance, visual arts and theatre from Indigenous artists from across the country; curated and presented by Indigenous directors, writers and designers. 

Mòshkamo: Indigenous Arts Rising will fill every nook and cranny of the National Arts Centre with performances, workshops and demonstration of Indigenous culture until the end of September.

It’s hard to believe Métis-Dene playwright Marie Clements wrote The Unnatural and Accidental Women 20 years ago, long before the tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls became part of our national consciousness. 

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Set in the mean streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, it’s a surreal, poetic tale told by the mothers, sisters and daughters who vanished, and the people who loved them. 

“It’s such a strong powerful work,” said actor and playwright PJ Prudat, who plays Rebecca, a young woman in search of her mother.

“It’s about the women themselves and their stories, so it’s a powerful piece of reclamation, of taking back our voices.”

  • Where: Babs Asper Theatre, NAC, 1 Elgin St.
  • When: Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The play runs until Sept 21.
  • Cost: Tickets run from $15 to $89 and can be purchased here.

Legendary singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie performs in Southam Hall on Sunday evening as part of Mòshkamo.   


Robert Plant musical joined forces with the Sensational Space Shifters in 2012. (Joel Ryan/Associated Press)

CityFolk is a beautiful festival nestled on the great lawn at Lansdowne Park, where the emphasis in on original music of all stripes.

The last time former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant played Ottawa, it was clear he’d retained a whole lotta his formidable stage presence. Plant resumes his reinvention Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. on the City Stage with his band the Sensational Space Shifters.

Critically acclaimed L.A. singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell has created a fervent fan base by writing little gems of introspection wrapped in hummable tunes. Her latest set of songs is inspired by the intimate workshops she gives twice a week to female inmates in the California prison system.

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“I wanted to open up to them like they opened up, so trust was built,” Mandel said. “Writing songs is so personal, I couldn’t demonstrate it without revealing myself.”

Mandell conducts a songwriting workshop Saturday at 1 p.m. at Fourth Avenue Baptist Church, 816 Bank St.. After that she’ll head over to the Ravenlaw Stage for a 4 p.m. concert.

  • Where: CityFolk on the great lawn at Lansdowne Park,  1525 Princess Patricia Way.
  • When: Festival runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Last performance starts at 9:30 p.m.
  • Cost: General admission day passes start at $69. Festivals passes can be purchased here.

Destination art

Màmawi Together features 100 paddles, each hand-painted by Algonquin-Anishinaabe artists and arranged in the shape of a canoe on the ceiling of Pimisi station. (City of Ottawa)

Jump on board and ride the rails through a tour of impressive art when the Confederation Line finally opens on Saturday.

It’s the biggest investment in public art the city has ever made — 13 brand new stations adorned with murals, installations, sculptures and mosaics. From Tunney’s Pasture to Blair stations, artists and designers will be on hand at each stop to discuss the ideas behind their creations. 

Expect live music at each station, too, Mayor Jim Watson said Friday.

A police officer stands next to the public art at Lyon station during the inaugural run of Ottawa’s 12.5-kilometre Confederation Line on Aug. 23, 2019. (Joanne Chianello/CBC)

  • Where: LRT Confederation Line.
  •  When: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Cost: The price of a ticket to ride $3.50, $3:45 with a Presto card.

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Ice sheets, pool, arts centre identified in Kamloops draft master rec plan – Kamloops This Week




The City of Kamloops should consider building a performing-arts centre, a new pool facility and a trio of ice rinks in the future.

On Tuesday, city council was given an update on its new recreation master plan being drafted by consultant RC Strategies.

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A non-profit society is working with arts groups and the community to advance the arts centre project, with tasks identified: developing a new business case, communications strategy, enlisting community support through a membership drive, providing input into design of the project and fundraising.

Consultant Stephen Slawuta of RC Strategies said the city should continue to explore the viability of an arts centre.

“See where it leads and move forward based on the directive of that business case initiative,” he said.

An arts centre was identified as a top priority following community input in the draft plan, Slawuta said.

He added that visits to city pools has been increasing over the past four years.

While RC found the city does a good job providing most aquatic services, leisure aquatic activities was identified as a gap area.

The master plan suggests exploring adding another indoor aquatics facility with leisure activities as the focus and taking a deeper dive into details of such a development such as whether the pool should be a standalone or multi-use facility, costs, impacts on other city pools and a location in an area of the city where this type of service is lacking.

When it comes to ice rinks in Kamloops, Slawuta said RC’s investigation into usage suggests their are some challenges.

“In this case, your facilities are at or over capacity and that would suggest there is a need to increase the provision of ice,” he said, noting the city will need to invest in upgrading its existing ice rinks over time.

Slawuta said RC’s analysis shows bringing the city’s prime time ice usage — evening and weekend hours between September and March — down to 85 per cent from the current 100 per cent would require at least three more sheets.

“And 85 per cent prime time utilization is still a very high level of utilization, but we think that is a reasonable target,” he said.

The master plan suggests adding one or two new ice rinks in the next three to seven years, and another one or two sheets in seven to 12 years.

In the medium term, the plan suggests exploring adding more indoor dry floor field space when considering building any arenas or aquatics facilities, Slawuta said.

In the short term, the plan recommends continued engagement with the school district to ensure community access to those facilities.

Slawuta said the city should continue to monitor usage at spirts fields and ball diamonds and focus on quality over quantity of those spaces.

On a case-by-case basis, the city should explore its opportunities to make improvements and enhancements to those facilities such as adding washroom, seating and improving playing surfaces.

As for the city’s two curling rinks, Slawuta suggested the city continue to support those operations as long as they are viable.

“At some point, it’s likely something is going to call viability into question,” Slawuta said, noting possibilities such as a drop in participation or a major repair of one of the city’s curling facilities.

If and when this happens, Slawuta said, it would be prudent to discuss consolidating the clubs and retrofit one of the two facilities for a different, dry floor surface sport.

The master plan recommends the city more closely monitor its court spaces to determine if sports like tennis and pickle ball are in high demand and require further study, Slawuta said.

Indoor play spaces were also looked at, Slawuta said, noting those spaces should be considered when exploring future development and multi-use facilities.

The city should consider ensuring its existing recreational infrastructure is sustained before contemplating new development, Slawuta said.

Multi-use spaces should be prioritized along with inclusion and access, he said.

Feedback collected on the draft plan will be incorporated into the plan and brought before council for adoption at a later date.

The public will have a chance to give its input on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at Sports Central Lounge in the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre and on Oct. 3 at Heritage House in Riverside Park, at 100 Lorne St.

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Hibernation Arts hosting poetry reading on Thursday night – OrilliaMatters.Com




Hibernation Arts, a local gallery in the Arts District, is proud to announce the resumption of its Wordsmith Series, with a poetry reading by Dave Armishaw and Josh Poitras on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

These two local poets have markedly different styles which actually complement each other. The Wordsmith Series started last winter, but took a hiatus over the summer.

This series will resume one evening a month until winter sets in, at which time the readings will be presented one Sunday afternoon a month. The $10 admission includes light refreshments, and the poets will have some of their work for sale.

This is a good opportunity to listen to poetry in an intimate environment enjoyed by both listeners and poets.

Hibernation Arts is also proud to announce the first of its house concerts with Sean Patrick and Darrin Davis, to take place on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The music will be unplugged or minimally amplified, so it is a good opportunity to listen to music in an intimate environment enjoyed by both listeners and musicians.

These concerts will be presented once or twice a month. The $20 admission includes light refreshments. Hibernation Arts is at 7 Peter St. S. in the Orillia Arts District.


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Love the arts in New West? Here's how you can help – The Record (New Westminster)




Love the arts community in New Westminster? Have some time to lend a hand?

The Arts Council of New Westminster is looking for volunteers to help out with a number of upcoming events. Among them:

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RiverFest Pop Up Exhibition:

A reception attendant and bartender are needed to help out on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Fraser River Discovery Centre, at the opening reception for this exhibition featuring the work of nine local artists.

On Thursday, Sept. 19, gallery attendants are needed to help supervise the artwork between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., or 1 and 4 p.m.


Culture Forward New West:  

On Saturday, Sept. 28, an outreach ambassador is needed to work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth floor at Anvil Centre. You can share your stories and your passion for the arts.


Gallery attendants:

Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis to help at The Gallery at Queen’s Park from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays or Sundays. You can volunteer on either day, once every two weeks. Volunteers are needed to help ensure the gallery can stay open on weekends.


Email for information or to volunteer.

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