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New program trying to share more diverse voices in P.E.I. arts community –



Two P.E.I. organizations are trying to amplify diverse voices within the arts community.

Film P.E.I. and Music P.E.I. are asking members of the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities, under the age of 25, interested in making music or films, to submit an application to the Diverse Voices program.

The program is offering three filmmakers and three musicians the opportunity to create a music video — a service valued at $2,500.

“Film P.E.I. is very focused on diverse voices within our film community, so is Music P.E.I., so we decided we wanted to do a stronger outreach to the youth of those communities,” said Renee Laprise, executive director of Film P.E.I.

She said for emerging filmmakers music videos are a “great first project” because they don’t have to focus on sound.

“For the emerging musicians they actually get to have their own song professionally recorded,” Laprise said, adding the three musicians can be solo artists or bands.

Renee Laprise, executive director of Film P.E.I. says the Island needs more BIPOC and LGBTQ representation behind and in front of the camera. (Submitted by Renee Laprise)

She said musicians applying for the program have to submit a demo — a recording of the song, but it doesn’t have to be professional quality.

“What’s going to happen is three musicians and three filmmakers will be chosen and then they will be partnered. The music will be recorded professionally, then a music video will be created,” she said.

Film P.E.I. will provide the equipment, space and a full crew, Laprise said.

She said it is important to help people from diverse communities be heard and get their art out to the public and she hopes the program helps.

“Within the film industry we need to see more people behind and in front of the camera from both communities,” she said.

The Island is good at promoting things like Anne of Green Gables, but John Kimmel, chair of Pride PEI says for the arts sector to move forward more diverse stories need to be promoted. (AnnetheSeries/Facebook)

John Kimmel, chair of Pride P.E.I., thinks the program is “exactly what the creative sector on P.E.I. needs.”

He said now is a time in history where more voices from the BIPOC, LGBTQ and other underrepresented communities needs to be heard.

“I think the Diverse Voices program has the opportunity to really bring a lot of people who may not have had traditionally either access to support, or who might be thinking about putting out some of their art and performance into a broader space.”

Sharing creative performances

He said it is a great opportunity to share creative performances from underrepresented communities with the general public.

“I’m really hoping people … from the BIPOC community from the 2SLGBTQIA+ community do apply for the program,” he said, adding he would like to see the program expanded.

Kimmel said P.E.I. is great at putting up big billboards of Anne of Green Gables — and that is a great story — but stories about diverse Islanders need to be promoted to keep the arts sector moving forward.

Musicians looking to apply for the program can do so at the Music P.E.I. website. Filmmakers looking to apply can head to the Film P.E.I. website. The deadline is Aug 28.

Funding comes from the Canada Council for the Arts, ACOA and the province’s department of economic growth, tourism and culture.

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Art exhibit captures memories of a changing landscape through COVID-19 pandemic –



We began lockdown toward the end of winter; still cold, we stayed inside. As spring opened up to possibilities, many of us took to the outdoors, walking our only contact with the broader community, awkward though those encounters might be, hailing neighbours at a careful distance.

Alliston, Ont., artist Gary Evans has been creating throughout the pandemic; some of his paintings are now being shown in an exhibition titled “Daylight” at the Paul Petro gallery in Toronto.

He, too, experienced the strangeness of the world and the way he was moving in it, differently. “Avoiding the few people out there and really relishing the freshness of the air and changing conditions of the spring, the walks and sights of the town and surrounding landscape became the subject of paintings,” he says. “I found myself trying to express the different textures of the landscape, capture a mood and witness change on a daily basis.”

A fence. A tree changing shape and the changing light.

“Intersections of architecture and nature always seem to catch my eye, and the painting ‘Alley’ is based on the view of a neighbour’s fence that runs beside a parking lot and an arena building. The small maples that peek over the fence mark the space or distance between the viewer and architecture.”

“Often I will start to paint an actual image, then slowly add marks and imaginative or abstract patterns and colours to complete the image in a more expressive and personal manner. I’m trying to create a dialogue between our inner world of feeling and subjective reality and the generic landscape we inhabit together.”

And now, we enter fall. The days shorter, the air crisper, the shadows longer. We’ll observe more carefully, wanting to etch moments in our mind. Some we’ll want to remember clearly, some framed, perhaps, with simply a sense of colours and lines and feelings. Memories to sustain us through a long winter indoors.

You can see the entire exhibition at the Paul Petro Contemporary Art gallery at

Deborah Dundas

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10-year-old Anishinaabe photographer makes art show debut at skatepark exhibition –



Ella Greyeyes came across photography by accident, when she filled in for a photographer who was supposed to take her dad’s headshot, but cancelled at the last minute.

The 10-year-old was instantly hooked. She started snapping more pictures: some of her mom, others of nature scenes. Her parents posted them on Instagram and Ella soon drew the attention of local artist Annie Beach, who suggested Ella get involved with Lavender Menace, a mentorship opportunity that will culminate in an art show at The Plaza skatepark at The Forks.

“I’m feeling really excited and just happy that I’m going to have my photos at The Forks,” Ella told CBC’s Weekend Morning Show host Nadia Kidwai on Sunday. “When people see my photos, I hope they feel joy in them.”

For Ella, photography was a new way to see the world around her.

“When I see something, I just like to frame it,” she said. “And I love to take pictures of nature. It just feels so good and relaxing.”

The photo Ella took of her dad, Alan Greyeyes, that kicked off her budding photography career. (Ella Greyeyes)

The show organized by Graffiti Art Programming gets its name from a term rooted in the American lesbian women’s movement for inclusion within feminism, said Chanelle Lajoie, a Métis artist who mentored Ella ahead of Sunday night’s opening reception. Lajoie said Lavender Menace was a chance to create space for Indigenous people and learn from each other.

“Working with Ella provided for me that intergenerational knowledge-sharing, because it was very much reciprocated on both ends,” Lajoie said. 

“Ella really enjoying taking photography of nature … seemed [to] really fit well with the project of providing natural elements to a predominantly concrete space, and so it was a really perfect fit.”

Ella — who is Anishinaabe from Peguis First Nation and lives in Winnipeg — said she learned so much about photography from Lajoie, from how to use the different settings on her camera to how to make a person comfortable in front of her lens.

“You have to be happy when you take them,” she said. “You have to take them with some joy, because then it will make the person, the model, feel really good and smile and not be grumpy in every photo.”

Ella took this photo of her mom, Destiny Seymour. (Ella Greyeyes)

Lajoie said the show at The Forks is meant to start a conversation about representation of Indigenous, LGBT and two-spirit people in a space so deeply rooted in Indigenous histories.

“That conversation will include us. It’ll bring up some uncomfortable realities. [But] our representation is also going to encourage inclusion and build community further,” she said. 

“So I hope anyone who is at the show, whether it’s tonight or in the future, if they’re having difficulty seeking out their queer selves or their Indigenous selves, that they see this and see themselves in us.”

The Lavender Menace group art exhibition launches Sunday at 5 p.m. The event will run until 7 p.m., though the art will stay until next year.

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POLICE BRIEFS: Fatal crashes, high-end art stolen – The North Bay Nugget



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North Bay rider dies in ATV crash

Ontario Provincial Police say the rider from North Bay was pronounced deceased at the scene of a single vehicle all-terrain vehicle crash on a snowmobile trail in Phelps Township at noon Saturday.

The collision occurred when the ATV veered off the trail.

The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the Office of the Chief Coroner, an OPP Traffic Collision Investigator (TTCI) and a Collision Reconstructionist. A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place Tuesday.

More information will be released when available.

Motorcycle rider dies in crash

Ontario Provincial Police say the rider was pronounced deceased at the scene of a single vehicle motorcycle crash on Highway 518, near Forestry Road, in Kearney at 11 am Saturday.

OPP say the motorcycle left the roadway.

The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the North East Region OPP Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement (TIME) Team.

More information will be released when available.

Highway 518 has reopened.

One person was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries following a single-vehicle collision on the same highway, near Kallio Road, at 4 am Saturday.

Two other people suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the North East Region OPP Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement (TIME) Team.

More information will be released when available.

High-end art stolen in North Bay

North Bay police are investigating the theft of high-end art from a residence on Silver Lady Lane, off Trout Lake, early Saturday.

The stolen items include a 2’x3′ Jan Van Kessel painting, Limoges casket, 6″ blue/gold plate and 6″ aventurine brush washer.

Please call with any information.

Anyone with information that may assist police with this breakin can call the North Bay Police Service at 705-497-5555 and select option 9 to speak to an officer.

Car kicker gets a date in court

A Sturgeon Falls man faces charges after OPP responded to two mischief complaints on John Street at 12:45 pm Sept. 16.
OPP allege the accused was seen kicking two vehicles, causing excessive damage.
The 32-year-old faces charges of mischief under $5,000 and mischief over $5,000. He is to appear in North Bay court Nov. 10.

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