CONTEMPORARY ABORIGINAL ART: Resources for All The Talent

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre performing The Honouring at Fort York, Toronto. Image by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag. Experiencing “The Honouring” by Kaha:wi Dance Theatres It was a mad dash to Fort York from the MacMillan Theatre just coming out … Continue reading

ASINABKA CELEBRATES 5 YEARS: #Indigenous #Film #Media #Arts #Festival on #Algonquin #Territory #Ottawa

Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival returns to Ottawa for another year of unique programming. This year Ottawa’s locally minded but internationally connected Film and Media Arts Festival, Asinabka, turns five. I have been attending this annual festival for the … Continue reading

MORE ART & RECONCILIATION AT THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE OTTAWA: Going Home Star, Florent Vollant, & 100 Years of Loss Exhibit closes a full month of Indigenous programming

TRC Commissioner Marie Wilson moderates a panel of cultural provocateurs speaking on Art & Reconciliation.  “It’s time for the rest of Canada to do the heavy lifting” ~ I Lost My Talk composer John Estacio On Thursday, January 14 the … Continue reading

ART & RECONCILIATION: A Tribe Called Red kicks off an important week of Indigenous Artists at the National Art Centre Ottawa

As the Truth and Reconciliation closes the NAC implements the Calls to Action. This past Saturday night A Tribe Called Red along with US Girls, Mehdi Cayenne and The Lionyls kicked off what will be an important week at the National … Continue reading

KICKSTART THE MONTH OF MAY: Contact Opens, Jane’s Walks’ Weekend & the NAC Features “huff”

How one woman changed a community then went on to change the world. So much of the way we think and act around neighbourhood, community and city building in the 21st Century is because of the ideas of a single … Continue reading

THE LIGHTNESS OF DANCE: The National Arts Centre in Ottawa Reveals Their 2014 – 2015 Season

The best of National and International dance in Ottawa. The most uplifting and ecstatic times of my life have been spent in the presence of dance. Dance is the adventure you take to travel to new worlds and find uncovered … Continue reading

LOUIS RIEL DAY: Featuring Cree Métis Visual Artist Jason Baerg

Honouring the spirit of Louis Riel and cultural resiliency. Today, Manitobans are celebrating Louis Riel Day in remembrance of Riel’s political and social impact for the province of Manitoba. “Louis Riel was the driving force behind Manitoba becoming Canada’s fifth … Continue reading

CLOSING THIS WEEKEND: Micah Lexier @ The Power Plant & Beat Nation @ Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Image of Micah Lexier and More Than Two courtesy The Power Plant. Polar opposites in the continuum of contemporary art.  Beat Nation and One, and Two, and More Than Two lie at the contradictory ends of Contemporary Canadian Art and within … Continue reading

MAKE YOUR WORDS AS SWEET AS STRAWBERRIES: And Other Great Work at The ImagineNATIVE Art Crawl

Âhasiw Maskegon-Iskwew, isi-pîkiskwêwin-ayapihkêsîsak (Speaking the Language of Spiders), Website, 1994, screen capture courtesy of ImagineNATIVE. It’s a great feeling to be in a crowded room and seeing that you are surrounded by people whose passion is making this world a … Continue reading

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY: Is Canada Doing Enough?

Image from Kaha:wi Dance Theatre performing “The Honouring” tonight & tomorrow @ 9:15 pm @ Fort York, Toronto, Performances are Free. No. Days of recognition are always problematic. There are celebrations for everything from Water to Women. In an age … Continue reading