ArtsLink AGM & Atlantic Vernacular Panel to be held in Saint Andrews

ARTSLINK AGM AND ATLANTIC VERNACULAR PANEL TO BE HELD IN SAINT ANDREWS

ArtsLink NB is hosting their annual general meeting in Saint Andrews Oct. 14th, at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre.

 

SAINT JOHN, N.B. Sep. 19, 2018 ArtsLink NB is hosting their annual general meeting October 14th in St. Andrews. The AGM will be followed by a panel discussion asking what is the “Atlantic Vernacular”? What are the materials and motifs defining artists of this region? Both events will take place at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, 1 Lower Campus Rd, St. Andrews, on Sunday, Oct.14th, from 10-4 p.m.

 

Attend the AGM to find out what your provincial professional artist’s association – ArtsLink NB – has been up to. You’ll also have a good look at what programming and projects we are planning for the year ahead. This is a chance to connect with your fellow artists, give the organization feedback, and get more involved with arts initiatives in New Brunswick.

 

We’ll switch gears in the afternoon, and host both a panel and group discussion about regional identity in the arts. ArtsLink NB is embarking on a multi-year project dedicated to exploring the “Atlantic Vernacular”, and we’d love member input in planning a larger symposium and publication. Come share your experiences will art colleagues from around the province.

 

Saturday’s multidisciplinary panel features:

SARAH JOHNSON POWER, JERRY ROPSON, CHARLIE GAFFNEY, and SHOSHANNA WINGATE

 

The event is free and open to the public. Please register beforehand. 

 

About ArtsLink NB

ArtsLink NB is a province-wide, membership based organization representing artists of all disciplines. We work to help artists build robust careers in New Brunswick through providing professional opportunities, public programming, specialized training, and advocacy work. We are working to grow the arts sector to meet national standards of excellence and economic output.

 

For additional information, please contact:

Julie Whitenect, Associate Director

ArtsLink NB

julie@artslinknb.com

(506) 608-9914

 

ARTSLINK ARTS WRITING INTENSIVE TO BE HELD IN SAINT JOHN

ArtsLink NB hosts an Arts Writing Intensive in Saint John, Oct. 12-13th.

[SAINT JOHN, N.B. Sep. 10, 2018] ArtsLink NB is offering a two-day arts writing intensive aimed at increasing the number of contributors writing about the arts in New Brunswick. The training will take place at the Britt’s Pub & Eatery, 42 Princess St, Saint John, on October 12th and 13th from 10-4pm. This session will be led by Merray Gerges, and Yaniya Lee, editorial staff from Canadian Art magazine.

ArtsLink NB is pleased to present a two-day arts writing intensive workshop in Saint John, NB, on October 12th and 13th from 10-4pm. Lead by Canadian Art magazine staff Merray Gerges and Yaniya Lee, this workshop will teach participants how to write reviews and essays about the arts. Participants will learn how to describe and evaluate arts for various audiences and publications. Participants will also learn how to pitch arts writing, and will benefit from one follow up editing session from the course instructors. $50 to attend; catering provided. Applicants must be available for the full day both days of the workshop.

The arts sector has indicated loud and clear that New Brunswick needs more people producing professional arts writing; be it for art magazines, our newspapers, exhibition catalogues, and increasingly online publications. This writing gives NB artists visibility and helps us to tell the story of who we are in the world. ArtsLink NB’s two-day arts writing intensive will equip twelve participants with critical knowledge of how to create affective and insightful critical arts writing. Understanding how to talk to artists about their own work, how to contextualize work (in contemporary arts discourse, via one’s local influences, the meanings embedded in form etc.), and understanding your audience or market are all integral to taking up the task of writing for the arts. This course is suitable for emerging arts writers, journalists who would like to develop their ability to cover the arts, and those in curatorial roles such as the directors of galleries and performing arts companies. The course will cover reviews, catalogue writing, press releases, and essay writing for journals and online arts publications.

About ArtsLink NB

ArtsLink NB is a province-wide, membership-based organization representing artists of all disciplines. We work to help artists build robust careers in New Brunswick by providing professional opportunities, public programming, specialized training, and advocacy work. We are working to grow the arts sector to meet national standards of excellence and economic output.

For additional information, please contact:

Julie Whitenect, Associate Director

ArtsLink NB

julie@artslinknb.com

(506) 608-9914

ARTSLINK AGM AND ATLANTIC VERNACULAR PANEL TO BE HELD IN SAINT ANDREWS

ArtsLink NB is hosting their annual general meeting in Saint Andrews Oct. 14th, at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre.

SAINT JOHN, N.B. Sep. 10, 2018 – ArtsLink NB is hosting its annual general meeting October 14th in St. Andrews. The AGM will be followed by a panel discussion asking what is the “Atlantic Vernacular”? What are the materials and motifs defining artists of this region? Both events will take place at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, 1 Lower Campus Rd, St. Andrews, on Sunday, Oct.14th, from 10-4 p.m.

Attend the AGM to find out what your provincial professional artist’s association – ArtsLink NB – has been up to. You’ll also have a good look at what programming and projects we are planning for the year ahead. This is a chance to connect with your fellow artists, give the organization feedback, and get more involved with arts initiatives in New Brunswick.

We’ll switch gears in the afternoon, and host both a panel and group discussion about regional identity in the arts. ArtsLink NB is embarking on a multi-year project dedicated to exploring the “Atlantic Vernacular”, and we’d love member input in planning a larger symposium and publication. Come share your experiences with art colleagues from around the province.

Saturday’s multidisciplinary panel features:

SARAH JOHNSON POWER, JERRY ROPSON, CHARLIE GAFFNEY, and SHOSHANNA WINGATE

The event is free and open to the public.

About ArtsLink NB

ArtsLink NB is a province-wide, membership based organization representing artists of all disciplines. We work to help artists build robust careers in New Brunswick through providing professional opportunities, public programming, specialized training, and advocacy work. We are working to grow the arts sector to meet national standards of excellence and economic output.

For additional information, please contact:

Julie Whitenect, Associate Director

ArtsLink NB

julie@artslinknb.com

(506) 608-9914

Launch of a new agency for artists in music in Moncton : COOL CATS AGENCY

(MONCTON – Wednesday, September 12, 2018) – Independent artists manager and agent, Christine Dubé officially launches her first and brand new agency based in Moncton: Cool Cats Agency.

Cool Cat Agency is a bilingual agency that offers services of management and booking to artists in music. Two local artists have already signed with the company: indie-folk singer-songwriter Ryan Hillier and outlaw-country band The Divorcees. Owner Christine Dubé testifies to her passion: “By closely following local musicians, I noticed that there were not enough resources for artists to develop their full potential: managing themselves and finding shows. As a lifelong music lover myself, I found the opportunity perfect. It’s an industry of passion, Cool Cats Agency simply brings together what I love most in life: Music and artists. ».

 

Visit their website here.

Read full article about Cool Cats Agency here on Music NB’s website.

Win a whole year of Tin House, Granta, Black Warrior Review, EVENT and Arc Poetry!

Theatre New Brunswick launch 50th anniversary season with world premiere by New Brunswick playwright

Theatre New Brunswick launch 50th anniversary season with world premiere by New Brunswick playwright

Any Given Moment by Kim Parkhill will tour the province September 4-9 before a six performance run in Fredericton at the Open Space Theatre.

Directed by Natasha MacLellan

(Fredericton, NB) Theatre New Brunswick kicks off its 50th anniversary season in September with a world premiere production by New Brunswick-born playwright Kim Parkhill. In the spirit of artistic collaboration, her new play Any Given Moment will be produced as a co-production with Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.

Featuring a three actor cast which includes Fredericton’s own award-winning actor Wally MacKinnon, Any Given Moment examines the culture of fear that exists in the world today through three unique perspectives.

“I created three characters who are, by all appearances, starkly different from each other in age, education, economic status, and life experience, with the intention of getting them somewhere together, somehow, and seeing what happened,” said Parkhill.

In the play, a troubled teen, a helicopter mom and a homeless man become trapped together after police lockdown the neighbourhood. Assumptions are challenged and new relationships made as three complete strangers debate the situation and the potential dangers of the outside world. Through their interactions,audiences will be treated to a touching, hilarious and unexpected look into the culture of fear, challenging our expectations of what we think we know.

Parkhill was encouraged to write the play after a conversation with former TNB Artistic Director Thomas Morgan Jones. In an unexpected twist of fate, the production is being directed by TNB’s incoming Artistic Director Natasha MacLellan, who has been with Ship’ Company Theatre for the past six seasons.

“What I love most about this play is how beautifully human the three characters are,” said MacLellan. “They are at times brusque, at times funny, at times vulnerable and at times compassionate. The play  moves fast, it’s tense but also has moments of quiet and humor. It’s surprising, touching, funny and suspenseful. I think the characters are the strength of it, how very real these people seem.”

Parkhill’s choice of setting for this play, a church in an unnamed small Canadian city, came from a conversation she had with Jones about the many concerts that happen at Fredericton’s Wilmot United Church as part of the annual Shivering Songs festival.

“In one of my chats with Thom, he mentioned these church concerts in Fredericton and that became the inspiration for the setting and part of the chain of inciting events. The church in the play is modeled on Wilmot United Church.”

Any Given Moment also features actors Claudia Gutierrez-Perez, a recent graduate of the Fountain School of Performing Arts program at Dalhousie University; and Alexis Milligan, an actor, movement coach and director who has spent eight seasons with Two Planks and a Passion Theatre and has worked on several TV and film projects.

Produced as a co-production with Ship’s Company Theatre, Any Given Moment is supported by the work of several award-winning designers including sound designer Aaron Collier who worked on Theatre New Brunswick’s incredibly successful 2017 holiday production of A Christmas Carol.

Any Given Moment opens August 8 in Parrsboro and will run until September 2 before touring to several New Brunswick communities. The complete run includes a total of 41 performances with the final six shows happening in Fredericton at the Open Space Theatre, September 12-16.

Tickets are now on sale at the Fredericton Playhouse box office or online at tnb.nb.ca

For further media inquiries or to request an interview with Kim Parkhill or Natasha MacLellan, please contact TNB Director of Development and Communications Matt Carter at communications@tnb.nb.ca or 506.460.1381 Ex113.

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Theatre New Brunswick is proudly supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, Province of New Brunswick, Picaroons, Crowne Plaza Fredericton, and McCain Foods.

About Any Given Moment:

A world premiere co-production with Ship’s Company Theatre.

A troubled teen, a helicopter mom and a homeless man become trapped together after police lockdown the neighbourhood. Assumptions are challenged and new relationships made as three complete strangers debate the situation and the potential dangers of the outside world. In this world premiere by New Brunswick playwright Kim Parkhill, Any Given Moment presents a touching, hilarious and unexpected look into the culture of fear and challenges our expectations of what we think we know.

Production Details:

Written by Kim Parkhill Director: Natasha MacLellan Featuring: Claudia Gutierrez-Perez, Wally MacKinnon and Alexis Milligan Light Designer: Ingrid Risk Sound Designer: Aaron Collier Costume Designer: Cathleen McCormack Set Designer: Katharine Jenkins-Ryan Stage Manager: Kirsti Bruce

Performance Dates:

September 4 | Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts | Sackville, NB | 7:30 p.m. September 5 | Bathurst High School | Bathurst, NB | 7:30 p.m. September 6 | théâtre l’Escaouette | Moncton, NB | 7:30 p.m. September 7 | BMO Theatre | Saint John, NB | 7:30 p.m. September 8 | W.C. O’Neill Arena Theatre | St. Andrews, NB | 7:30 p.m. September 9 | Weldon Matthews Theatre | Florenceville-Bristol, NB | 7:30 p.m. Fredericton September 12 | Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 7:30 p.m. PAY WHAT YOU WISH PREVIEW September 13 | Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 7:30 p.m. September 14 | Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 7:30 p.m. September 15 | Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 2:00 p.m. September 15 | Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 7:30 p.m. September 16 | Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 2:00 p.m.

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About Theatre New Brunswick – Celebrating 50 seasons

Theatre New Brunswick is one of Canada’s oldest and longest running regional theatre companies. Our mission is to create extraordinary theatre that inspires and entertains our audience while celebrating New Brunswick’s best theatre content and artists; and to provide outstanding theatre training and performance that educates and awakens the imaginations of our youth and emerging artists.

 

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts Progress on CHRC’s national anti-harassment initiatives

Canada’s performing, literary and visual arts organizations and artists have joined together in a broad initiative called “Respectful Workplaces in the Arts”. This cross-country, cross-sector project is designed to deal with and remove harassment in the sector – including sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination and violence.

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Respectful Workplaces in the Arts

Progress on CHRC’s national anti-harassment initiatives

Since the announcement of the Canada Council of the Arts funding to support “Respectful Workplaces in the Arts” for the performing, literary and visual arts, we have been hard at work hiring and otherwise liaising with creative consultants, legal and HR professionals, contractors and sector leaders in order to develop thorough, inclusive and effective anti-harassment resources. Specific updates and timelines for project deliverables follow:

Code of Conduct: A draft code of conduct for the live performing arts is being developed by a Working Group of sector volunteers, chaired by Barry Hughson, CEO of the National Ballet of Canada. It is to be put out for discussion in September and finalized by November.

Reporting Mechanisms: Jeanne LeSage of LeSage Arts Management has been engaged to undertake a report on existing reporting mechanisms for victims of harassment, and systems of investigation for employers. This report will include sector-appropriate recommendations on how to develop these mechanisms and systems of investigation in the performing, literary and visual arts.

Training Resources: New resources are being created! All will be available on the Respectful Workplaces in the Arts website over the coming 4 months. These include:

  • a guide to developing policies and procedures for dealing with harassment will be released in September, as a tool in CHRC’s HR Management Toolkit;
  • training videos from the points of view of the artist/employee, and of the Board/employer are to be released in November;
  • webcasts to explain compliance with provincial and territorial legislation around harassment – to be released in December.

As well, examples of training resources on harassment are being researched and collected for reference on the Respectful Workplaces website.

Consultations with equity-seeking groups: Country-wide consultations are being held with equity-seeking groups in September and October in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Moncton and Halifax. They will provide feedback on the draft Code of Conduct, training needs and resources around harassment, and suggestions for potential reporting and investigating mechanisms.

Website: The website for Respectful Workplaces in the Arts is presently being built, and is to be launched in the fall. It will be the gathering place for all that’s going on under the banner of the project Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA).

Ad campaign: Respectful Workplaces in the Arts materials for the use of arts organizations are to be made available in September. Visual ads (for digital and printed use), video, and other media to which sector organizations can add their logo and share with their members will be included.

Further RWA updates to come in CHRC’s newsletters  and project-specific updates such as this one!

New music releases from MNB Members – Check it out

WANGLED TEB’S EARTH

Wangled Teb’s new EP is out on Bandcamp. Featuring several Fredericton-based musicians, frantically-chopped breaks, carefully crafted synth layers, evolving, percolating basslines, and a whole lotta love, Earth follows Water, as the second in a series of albums inspired by the four elements.

More info • Plus d’infos >

NEW ALBUM FOR JANOWSKII

Fredericton delta doom trio Janowskii released their self-titled album, recorded with Mike Trask at the Memramcook Recording Studio. Janowskii melds the howlin’, growlin’ vocals of blues wonder Keith Hallett with the uptempo garage-rock rhythm of Drew Budovitch (Maiden Names) and Matt Legere (The Waking Night).

More info • Plus d’infos >

NOUVEL EXTRAIT POUR SIMON DANIEL

La chanson « Nightcrawler » est le 1er extrait radio du disque du même titre de l’artiste Simon Daniel, qui parait chez Le Grenier musique et dont le lancement aura lieu au début d’octobre.
2 octobre : Montréal QC (L’Escogriffe)
4 octobre : Caraquet NB (Grains de folie)
5 octobre : Moncton NB (Centre Aberdeen)

More info • Plus d’infos >

MASONS TENDER NEW RELEASE

Masons Tender will be celebrating the release of their new album, Already Gone, September 14, in Moncton (Plan B), and September 15 in Saint John (Five & Dime).  This show is also open to the public and there is no cover charge

More info • Plus d’infos >

Sackville Festival of Early Music Unveils 2018 Program 

Sackville Festival of Early Music Unveils 2018 Program                            by Sandy Burnett

This week, the Sackville Festival of Early Music announced its fourteenth annual series of concerts and conversations, to take place from September 17th to 23rd in and around Sackville, New Brunswick.

The announcement invites a question: what is “early music” anyway?

The term as used broadly today describes music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical styles, spanning a time period roughly from 1500 to 1800.  The term also refers to a style of performance that seeks to re-create the sound intended by the original composers, using instruments that date from their time.

This year’s program offers a rich and varied sampler of  early music experiences.

The opening concert, on Friday, September 21st, will illustrate vividly how authenticity and imagination can combine to achieve an exciting re-creation of what music sounded like in earlier times.  The ensemble l’Harmonie des Saisons (Harmony of the Seasons), based in Granby, Québec, will invite the audience to enjoy a musical soirée as it might have taken place in the home of composer Johann Sebastian Bach, in Leipzig, Germany in the mid-1700s.

The following evening, The Rose Ensemble, a talented group based in St. Paul, Minnesota will present Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The program explores the musical interface between three cultures that have shaped the history of Europe for centuries.

The third and final concert, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Septembter 23rd, will feature guitarist Pascal Valois and violinist Jacques-André Houle playing a series of pieces that may well have been premiered in the Concert Spirituel,  a popular concert venue that flourished in Paris between 1770 and 1790.

Of course, music lovers who look forward to the Sackville Festival of Early Music every September know that the concert series is only one part of the event. The festival organizers are dedicated to introducing  school children to their musical heritage and offering opportunities for those who cannot attend conventional concerts to hear excellent performances. Each year, the Festival Outreach Program brings in speakers and muscians to present public talks, conduct hands-on workshops at area schools, and give special performances at the Drew Nursing Home.

This year will be no exception.  The Festival will open with a public presentation by Mount Allison Fine Arts graduate Deanna Musgrave outlining her experience with what she calls “visual music.” The talk will end with performances of Anthony Genges’s piece ”Motion” and Jordan Nobles’s  “Circle of Fifths” performed by Andrew Reed Miller (contrabass), Karin Aurell (flutes), James Kalyn (clarinet), Joël Cormier (percussion).

Next, there will be a master class offered to Mount Allison music students by members of l’Harmonie des Saisons.

And finally, school concerts, offered free of charge, will explore the theme “Sweden’s Secret” featuring Kirsty Money (nyckelharpa) and Jude Pelley (guitar), exploring the dance forms of Swedish traditional music, as well as other repertoire which the nyckelharpa enhances, including baroque repertoire and contemporary songs.

Changes at ArtsLink NB

2018 has been a busy year for ArtsLink NB. Out Catapult program is in fine fettle, our Arts Education project is moving into its second phase, and we’ve cooked up a bevy of exciting workshops, including a writing intensive, for the coming months. With all of that activity, you might wonder when our staff get a rest. Well, in this instance, the answer is the old adage, “A change is as good as a rest.”

Our very energetic Executive Director Gillian Dykeman will be leaving ArtsLink to reclaim time for her art practice and to put her love of teaching into practice at the NB College of Craft and Design. She will continue to champion the Arts Education project as she transitions into these pursuits over the fall. Gillian will be greatly missed when she steps away from her role as ED at the end of November, but we’re always happy to see artists return to their roots.

Julie Whitenect will be stepping into the role of Executive Director come Dec. 2018. We are thrilled to have her experience and knowledge come to the helm. Her transition from Associate Director to Executive Director will ensure continuity for ongoing projects and service to our membership.

Kenzie Hancox joined the ArtsLink team as a project coordinator in August. Sarah Jones continues in her role as coordinator of the Catapult program. Watch for a job posting for a new staff member in the coming weeks.

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