This weekend Electric Circuits, Kingston’s festival of electronic music, performance and digital art, will be taking place virtually, in collaboration with The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.
The festival, which was cancelled in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be broadcast on Friday Oct. 16 and Saturday Oct. 17, 2020 as part of Bader’s Digital Concert Hall series.
“We were all ready to move forward with our 2020 festival on April 3rd and 4th,” explained Shannon Brown, co-founder and Artistic Director of Electric Circuits, “Posters were hung and everything! When we realized we had to shut down we were all devastated. But, we stayed optimistic and now we are excited to collaborate with the Isabel on this presentation, which will allow these artists to find audiences all over the world. It’s a thrill to be able to bring the beauty of the Concert Hall to our audience too. Kingston shines with this showcase of ground breaking and nationally known artists, it also allows our local performers to find themselves in the spotlight too.”
Bader’s Digital Concert Hall series lends a perfect outlet for this virtual festival, and Electric Circuits brings something innovative and new to the series with their world class line-up of DJ’s, visual artists and performers. This Concert Hall series was created by the Isabel Bader as an effort to present high quality entertainment to fill the void people are feeling from the inability to attend live concerts and festivals.
“The best thing about throwing a streaming event is being able to showcase unique talent, not just DJs. There is a lot on offer for the casual electronic music fan enjoying from home. Tunes that will move your body and mind,” says Clint House, programming lead for the festival. “The only drawback is not being able to experience the music on the dance floor. There is a lot to be said for a DJ that reads the crowd and elevates the party atmosphere.”
According to event organizers, a grant from the Ballytobin Foundation had allowed Electric Circuits to utilize the Isabel Bader Centre as the venue for this year’s festival.
“This is a tremendously creative festival and I applaud the organizers for brilliantly programming such diverse talent and activities,” says Tricia Baldwin, Director, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. “Our expert production team will bring the entire festival online this year to audience members near and far. The Festival’s fantastic DJ team and artists will have us all dancing the night away in the comfort of our own homes.”
Brown adds that more than half of this year’s lineup consists of female identifying performers, including headliners Monika Janek aka DJ Elektra and queer, Ethiopian/Eritrean, Polaris Prize nominated singer-songwriter Witch Prophet.
“At Electric Circuits we strive to showcase diverse, BIPOC and women artists who create ground-breaking beats and performances that you often can’t find outside of big cities,” she says. “The event is entirely free, so this is an accessible online event for everyone, whether you are a seasoned electronic music lover or someone new to the genre. Find a place to dance in your home and tune in, you will be blown away by these two evenings of presentations.”
Friday’s line-up includes DJs Kakow (Kingston) and Melo-T (Ottawa), Indigenous hoop dancer Theland Kicknosway and live painting by Kingston’s Francisco Corbett performing with visuals by Josh Lyon (AKAFLK Productions, Kingston) between 7pm and 9pm. From 9pm – midnight Clint House (Brockville), Matt and Mark Thibideau (Toronto), and DJ Elektra spin to the mind bending projections of Diagraf (Montreal) and performances by Kingston Freestyle Dance.
Saturday Night Electric Circuits welcomes Witch Prophet, DJ SunSun, Korea Town Acid, and Moaad & Daura will with the stunning digital art of SEKS (Toronto) and VJ BunBun (Montreal). Performances on Saturday include flow arts with Katie Gütz and performances by Erin Ball / Kingston Circus Arts.
All performances for this Electric Circuits festival will be broadcast online from the main stage of the concert hall at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts from 7 p.m. to Midnight on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 as part of the Digital Concert Hall performance series. Access to the live steam will be available on Electric Circuits social media accounts and at https://www.isabeldigitalconcerthall.queensu.ca/live-streams.
The line ups:
Friday, Oct. 16
- Kakaow 7 p.m.
- Melo-T 8 p.m.
- Clint House 9 p.m.
- Matt & Mark Thibideau 10 p.m.
- DJ Elektra 11 p.m.
- Theland Kicknosway 7 p.m.
- Francisco Corbett 8 p.m.
- Kingston Freestyle Dance 9-11 p.m.
- Josh Lyon 7 – 9 p.m.
- Diagraf 9 p.m. – midnight
Saturday Oct. 17
- Witch Prophet 7 p.m.
- SunSun 7:30 p.m.
- Korea Town Acid 9:00 p.m.
- Moaad 10 p.m.
- Daura (back to back w/Moaad)
- Katie Gütz 7:30 p.m.
- Katie Gütz 10 p.m.
- Erin Ball & Kingston Circus Arts 8:30 p.m.
- SEKS 7 – 9 p.m.
- VJ BunBun 9 p.m. – midnight
To read more about the artists, please visit https://electriccircuits.org/2020-lineup/
ABOUT ELECTRIC CIRCUITS
Electric Circuits was developed by four local Kingston women (Shannon Brown, Julia Krolik, Kristiana Clemens and Claire Grady-Smith) in 2015 in order to provide a performance space for trans, Indigenous, female and artists of colour working in the genres of electronic music and digital art. The festival has grown over the past four years (its inaugural festival being held in 2017) and aims to represent and nourish a culture of acceptance and experimentation on the shores of our converging rivers, on unceded Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory. To find more information visit www.ElectricCircuits.org
Resilient Art YQL program offering a different experience at Lethbridge Soup Kitchen – CTV Toronto
The Lethbridge Soup Kitchen helps provide hot meals and a place in out of the cold for many of those in need in the community.
Thanks to an idea from a volunteer at the kitchen, and a Lethbridge College student, an art program called Resilient Art YQL has now been created for those who frequent the kitchen.
“I saw this huge need in this population for leisure and meaningful activity because I feel like we’re fulfilling these basic needs of food, water and shelter,” Resilient Art YQL founder Tannis Chartier said. “But we weren’t getting higher up on the chain to provide activity and meaning to their lives which is such a catalyst for bigger change.”
The artists who participate create pieces once a week which are then sold on the program’s Facebook page.
It’s only been in operation since August, but those who’ve attended a session say there are many benefits associated.
“It helps with dexterity in my hands and it keeps my mind from wandering about to other things like drugs and alcohol,” Chad Calfrobe, a participant at this week’s session, said.
The program not only provides entertainment and activity for those who partake, but it also has a tangible benefit.
The proceeds from the sales of the pieces go directly back to the creator to help them out.
“They don’t have a place to store their artwork so we sell it on the Resilient YQL page and the funds go back to their needs. So, I’ve helped people pay for medication, clothing, the odd Tim Horton’s card, lots of stuff like that since getting started,” Chartier said.
Organizers are trying to raise awareness about both the Facebook page for the broader community, as well as for those who come through the doors to try and grow the program to help more people.
Soup Kitchen executive director Bill Ginther says they’re always looking for different ways to get their clients involved in meaningful activity, and this new art program is a good step in that direction.
“It gets them off the street into a building where its warm, especially with this weather. I just think it’s great when we can collaborate in a way that can enhance the lives of our guests and that’s really what it’s all about.”
Art at the Gate festival moving online in effort to give art lovers a show – SaltWire Network
When people can’t go and see artists there is only one recourse to making things right.
You bring art to the people instead.
Enter the 2020 version of the Art at the Gate Festival taking place virtually from the scenic coastline of Twillingate and New World Island.
After a successful first run of the Art at the Gate Festival in 2019, organizers wanted to keep things going in 2020.
That was before a global pandemic and the subsequent restrictions snuffed out any semblance of a normal festival season.
Still, organizers were keen.
“We wanted to keep the name alive,” said festival chairperson Kathy Murphy-Peddle. “We wondered if we could come up with something creative.”
This year’s Art at the Gate festival is vastly different than its first edition.
With the inability to gather in person and appreciate the work being done by artists in the province, the festival turned online.
Work started in August to put something together for this fall.
As such, the Art at the Gate Festival is giving supporters the chance to paint along — or just watch — two of the province’s finest Plein air (outdoor) painters do what they do best.
In September, well-known landscape artists Jean Claude Roy and Clifford George visited Twillingate and completed an outdoor session in the region.
That session was recorded for the Art at the Gate Festival. Both of those sessions will be launched in the next week as the festival kicks into gear.
Each will be free for anyone who registers at the festival’s website. After you register, you will be emailed a YouTube link to each session that you can access on and after the launch day.
Roy’s session will air virtually on Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. Newfoundland time, while the session featuring George is scheduled to go online on Nov. 1 at the same time.
At time of writing, the Art at the Gate festival had more than 300 people registered, some of them will be viewing the sessions internationally.
“The interest is amazing,” said Murphy-Peddle.
George’s session landed him in Jenkin’s Cove portion of the region. He said there was strong wind as he got about to painting and shooting.
“If there is a plus (to the pandemic) is that it forced us to think outside the box. We’ve probably reached a bigger audience.”
“It was excellent,” he said of the session. “It was a wonderful place for scenery.”
When George was asked to be a part of the event, he was quick to say yes and lend his style.
The idea is for the viewer to be completely immersed in the painting as it unfolds in front of them.
Murphy-Peddle said how people choose to enjoy the experience is completely up to them.
They are encouraging people to settle into their studios or their homes and paint along. There will be reference photos posted on the festival’s website to help with that process.
Those who do paint along are being encouraged to send in photos of their completed works.
For those who might not be artistically inclined, they’re being encouraged to sit back and enjoy watching the paintings slowly come into focus.
“If there is a plus (to the pandemic) is that it forced us to think outside the box,” said Murphy-Peddle. “We’ve probably reached a bigger audience.”
Nicholas Mercer is a local journalism initiative reporter for central Newfoundland for SaltWire Network.
New Downtown Public Art to Support #MississaugaMade – City of Mississauga – City of Mississauga
Those travelling through Mississauga will notice new public art in the form of light pole banners stretched throughout the City’s downtown core. This temporary installation by Mississauga-born artist and illustrator, Pranavi Suthagar, celebrates Mississauga’s diversity and cultural identity.
Much of 2020 has been spent reacting and adapting to a new reality brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new street banner public art also helps to promote local businesses, products, artists and activities through the City of Mississauga’s #MississaugaMade online initiative developed by Tourism Mississauga.
“Being born and raised in Mississauga, I am grateful to be a part of this campaign,” said artist Pranavi Suthagar, who was commissioned by the City’s Public Art Program to create new artwork for the Mississauga Made campaign. “I remember seeing all colourful banners decorating the city growing up and I always wondered who created them. To be selected for this campaign, and given the opportunity to share my perspective on how I view the city is a full circle experience.”
“Tourism Mississauga is very proud to be a part of this year’s street banner campaign, in collaboration with the City’s Public Art Program. Not only are the banners a great way to show our support within the community, but they also offer us an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the work of a local artist”, said Tej Kainth, Manager of Tourism Mississauga. “Mississauga Made is a campaign that supports all our local businesses and the arts, and we encourage residents and visitors alike to join the movement and support our local talents, and all Mississauga has to offer.”
The street art was installed on Friday, Oct. 16 and will remain on the following streets until mid-January 2021:
- Living Arts Drive
- Duke of York Boulevard
- Prince of Wales Drive
- Princess Royal Drive
“Mississauga Made is a great local initiative that supports our small business community. During these difficult times, more than ever, we need to stand together and support our entrepreneurs and our local businesses”, said Bonnie Brown, Director of Economic Development Office. “During the month of October, the City has been celebrating Small Business Month, and the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre continues to offer free webinars and events to celebrate entrepreneurship and help people start and grow their business.”
The next time you visit Mississauga’s downtown, take a closer look at this important artwork and reflect on your own connection to Mississauga.
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