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AfriCANthology: Perspectives of Black Canadian Poets

Hear the voice of Black poets in Atlantic Canada in their own words. A new book contains contributions from Thandiwe McCarthy, Afua Cooper, Reed “iZrEAL” Jones, Evelyn C. White, and Gary Weekes.

The Atlantic launch of AfriCANthology will feature Evelyn C. White, and Gary Weekes addressing Speaking the Truth: Blackness in Atlantic Canada and will be held on February 11, 2022 at 7pm. https://bit.ly/atlanticlaunch

Truth spoken plainly and powerfully is difficult to dismiss and impossible to ignore. Edited with purpose by Greg Frankson, AfriCANthology: Perspectives of Black Canadian Poets brings together some of Canada’s most influential dub, page, and spoken word poetic voices and gives them space to speak freely about their personal journeys in piercing verse and unapologetic prose. Just as individual experiences of Blackness are diverse across Canada, each contributor recounts aspects of navigating their unique personal, professional, and artistic paths in Black skin with fearless candour and audacious forthrightness. Unforgettable in its charged emotional potency and stirring in its unrelenting urgency, AfriCANthology: Perspectives of Black Canadian Poets is a stunning tour de force by a celebrated gathering of truthtellers that demands we comprehensively reassess the present and reimagine the future of Blackness in Canada. Buy the book, read reviews, find upcoming events, and more here: https://bit.ly/3FfV0Pu

Black History Month; Playhouse Presents Wesli Band

1 February 2022, Fredericton, NB – With the return of in-person events, and in time for Black History Month, the Fredericton Playhouse is proud to present Haitian-Canadian musician Wesli on February 18 in partnership with local African Heritage Month organizers 

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wesli has been playing music since he was just eight years old. Coming from a family of 8 children where music was a daily food for the soul, Wesli used his talent as a unique way to get out of the surrounding ghetto, starting in the gospel choir of his local church.  

Now based in Montreal, Wesli brings together a wide range of talents for his music. Be it acoustic or with his big band, he unites Haitian voodoo and rara styles with roots, Afrobeat, and hip-hop styles. 

“We are excited to be showcasing Wesli at the Fredericton Playhouse for the first time,” says Saa Andrew Gbongbor, local African Heritage Month organizer. “This month, as we celebrate Black History in New Brunswick, the Fredericton Playhouse has partnered with Black-led organizations, the New Brunswick African Association, BOTA-NB and le Centre Communautaire Ste-Anne to bring you one of the best of Can-Afro-Caribbean artists working today.” 

On February 19, at 1 pm, Wesli & his team will also lead a dance and drumming workshop for community members of all ages. The workshop will be offered virtually and in-person at the Fredericton Cultural Centre. This event is free, and everyone is welcome.  

Tickets for Wesli are available at the Playhouse Box Office in person, or by calling 506-458-8344. For more information on the performance or workshop, visit www.theplayhouse.ca

Wesli is presented in partnership with New Brunswick African Association and the Centre Communautaire Ste-Anne. The Spotlight Series is generously supported by media partner CBC New Brunswick and season partners Downtown Fredericton and Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel.  

fait main | handmade

The exhibition fait main | handmade will be presented from February 1 to March 27, 2022, at the Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen. Organized by Alisa Arsenault and exploring the handmade as an intrinsic part of contemporary artists’ practices, the exhibition brings together the work of Amy Ash, Marjolaine Bourgeois, Andrea-Jane Cornell, Zoé Fortier, Allie Gattor and Jacinthe Loranger.

“The exhibition fait main | handmade explores manual work in six artists’ practices; that is, it examines how the artists handle the material within their creative process and the way in which this handling manifests itself physically and conceptually in their works. The artists’ traditional and/or analogue techniques, sometimes used directly and sometimes transformed through digital explorations, are mobilized in various ways. As manual work is often repetitive, this exhibition seeks to discover how recurrences affect the artists’ relationship with their work, their approach and their day-to-day life.” explains the exhibition’s curator, Alisa Arsenault.

The artists have also been invited to share their online influences in a series of videos, Les « Greatest Hits » de l’Internet, that will be shared throughout the duration of the exhibition. The very first of this new series, by Zoé Fortier, can be discovered on the GALRC’s YouTube Channel (in French): https://youtu.be/QFemS2EECNY. Other activities, such as a music performance, a workshop and an artist talk will be shared soon.

The gallery hours are from 1 to 4 PM, Tuesday to Sunday and admission is free. Proof of double vaccination and wearing a mask are mandatory.

The curator thanks artsnb and recognizes the support the curatorial incubator of l’Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF).

For more information : https://www.umoncton.ca/umcm-ga/faitmain

ALANNA BAIRD

FEBRUARY 5, 2022 – APRIL 16, 2022

Radial Symmetries

This work revolves around the Pentaradial symmetry of a Sea Urchin shell. Pentaradial being a five sectioned symmetry found in nature that revolves around a central point. The simplest example being the Starfish and its five legs. Alanna Baird has been exploring this patterning through several different mediums and dimensions. The printmaking is often her initial exploration in surface patterns.

Thanks to funding through ArtsNB, I was able to create a body of work in lost wax cast bronze. Using some of my own ceramic work from the 1990’s as forms, I cast wax into these shapes and then altered the wax by cutting holes; exploring the symmetry as well as the strength of this new-to-me material. The bronze was cast in a foundry in Quebec, but the chasing (grinding of sprues and polishing of surface metal) and patination (colour) completed in Alanna’s studio.

The Calligraphic sculpture in plastic represents a second ArtsNB grant funded project. The initial intent was to use 3D printing to change the scale of my work. Computer design is not something I enjoy, the hands on fabrication of things is what I love. I became fascinated with a hand held 3D pen, and the clear plastic it could extrude. Light and air flowing through this new body of work, shadows cast. Although the plastic in the exhibition is too fragile to sell, I intend to work farther in this technique.

I am inspired by what I find on my daily walks on the sea floor, the inter tidal zone of the Bay of Fundy reveals it’s treasure to me. Treasure to me is not gold coins, but rather glimpses of things that catch my eye. Part historical – pipe stems, china shards, even stone weapons of a very early age, and part natural environment – resident as well as invasive species included. Often fragments, shells with their interiors exposed, sea urchin shell pieces which reveal the complexity of their “construction”.

I am a materials based artist. I enjoy exploring the material I have to work with. Mastering techniques, learning how to work with it, what it’s limits are, figuring out what I can do with it. I often work with recycled materials. Invasive species like the Lionfish have entered my view. I am currently working on a printmaking project involving the Golden Star Tunicate, an invasive species along this coastline. – Alanna Baird

Curated by Brigitte Clavette and Jennifer Stead.

Alanna will visit the Gallery in March or April rather than February 5. Subscribe to the Gallery newsletter so you don’t miss the announcement.

Art en Boîte!

This year we are celebrating the 35th anniversary of Art en Boîte!

The event will once again be run a little differently to make sure we all stay safe. We won’t be holding our usual party, but we will have little gifts hidden in 35 lucky boxes!
Tickets are $50 and are available on our website Art en Boîte 2022 and by phone or email with electronic transfer. Tickets are on sale until 12:00 February 14th or until we run out.

Sales on the website are processed with PayPal, but you do not need an account to make the payment. Simply open the window and press “pay debit or credit card.”

Ticket holders will be able to pick up their boxes on Sunday, February 13 between noon and 6p.m. or Monday, February 14 between 4p.m. and 7p.m. at the Aberdeen Cultural Center. Masks are mandatory in the building.

You can also choose to have your box delivered directly to your door. People in the Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview areas can choose home delivery for a $5 fee. Mail delivery for $20 is available for the rest of Canada. These options will appear when you place your order on our website.

Like last year, we will have a pre-sale of the 2022 artwork from February 5th to 12th. Two (2) copies of each print will be available on our website at a “Buy It Now” price of $125 each. View the artwork here: Artworks 2022 as of February 5.

Contact Christine at (506) 388.1431 or direction@atelierimago.com for more information.

EdVentures at NBCCD

COURSE REGISTRATION | Early bird discounts on now until December 10th! 

Want to learn something new? We will be offering in-person classes at NBCCD at our downtown, Fredericton campus, as well as online courses. Join participants and instructors from across Canada, enhance your skills, and find your creative community. 

***COVID PROTOCOLS as directed by New Brunswick Public health; in-person participants will be required to show proof of full vaccination when attending edVentures workshops and masking will be mandatory in all indoor spaces.  Upon registration please email edVentures@nbccd.ca a copy of your vaccination status, include the name of the course you are attending. Those who are unable to receive a vaccine due to a medical exemption will be required to show proof.     

We’ve updated our policies: https://bit.ly/edventuresfaq   

Wabanaki 2021

Gallery on Queen, Bear Paw New Media Productions and JL Phillips Gallery are pleased to announce the exhibition of “Wabanaki 2021” showcasing various Indigenous artists and mediums. We are proud to have this opportunity to feature works from so many East Coast Indigenous artists in the Wabanaki Territories of the Maritimes and Maine.

The Wabanaki people also known as the People of the dawn, are the easternmost tribes of Turtle Island, also referred to as Northeastern woodland tribes. Their culture and language have been in existence for over 10,000 years. Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqewik , Penobscot , Passamaquoddy and Abenaki are the member tribes of the Wabanaki Tribes that have endured the longest and earliest contact with the new man on this continent.

There has never been a more extensive collection of works done by members of the Wabanaki tribes. The work of East Coast Indigenous artists tells the important story of the people most and longest affected by the arrival of the settlers. Wabanaki is a rare cornucopia of kept traditional and artistic knowledge infused with personal experiences of modern day. It is a testimony to the resilience of the people of the dawn living on the territory called Wabanaki.

Wabanaki 2021 is a multidisciplinary exhibit that features accomplished indigenous artists in Atlantic Canada. The exhibit includes visual artists, wood carvers, silversmiths, bead and quill works, also a body of work that from masters that have passed on. Included is a museum component where we exhibit baskets and tools that represent the connection from the past to the modern day artists.

Wabanaki Artists : Audrey Arseneault , Ingrid Brooks, Braelynne Cyr, Brian Francis , Frannie Francis, Tara Francis, Marie Fox, Charlie Gaffney, Marcus Gosse, Tim Hogan, Chantal Polchies, Shane Dutcher- Purley , Justin Sappier, Alan Syliboy, Garry Sanipass , Pauline Young & Iconic work from the Late Masters artists : Ned Bear  and Roger Simon

Yorkville Village in the Oval, 55 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario.

Prix MNB Awards 2021 : Winners

RECORDING OF THE YEAR
PRESENTED BY · PRÉSENTÉ PAR THE EAST

  • Pallmer // Quiet Clapping
  • Wolf Castle // Gold Rush

ENREGISTREMENT DE L’ANNÉE

  • Chloé Breault // Plage des morons

SONG OF THE YEAR
PRESENTED BY · PRÉSENTÉ PAR SOCAN

  • One8tea // “I Guess It’s Complicated” (writer: Teah Bailey)

CHANSON DE L’ANNÉE
PRESENTED BY · PRÉSENTÉ PAR SOCAN

  • Cedric Vieno // «Laisse tomber» (autaire: Cédric Vieno)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR · VIDÉO DE L’ANNÉE

  • Les Moontunes // “Paper Boat”

INDIGENOUS ARTIST OF THE YEAR · ARTISTE AUTOCHTONE DE L’ANNÉE · ELNOEG NOTJI PIPOGOTITJG GENATAGEN · SKICINOWK NOCI-AMALHCSSAWET LIKTNK
PRESENTED BY · PRÉSENTÉ PAR ARTSNB

  • Wolf Castle

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR · RÉVÉLATION DE L’ANNÉE 
PRESENTED BY · PRÉSENTÉ PAR ARTSNB

  • Les Moontunes

CHAMPION OF THE YEAR · CHAMPION.NE DE L’ANNÉE

  • East Track Mind

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR · INNOVATAIRE DE L’ANNÉE

  • The Cap

VENUE OF THE YEAR · SALLE DE SPECTACLE DE L’ANNÉE (TIE)
PRESENTED BY · PRÉSENTÉ PAR LA FAMILLE MARC CHOUINARD

  • Charlotte Street Arts Centre
  • The Cap

FESTIVAL | EVENT OF THE YEAR · FESTIVAL | ÉVÉNEMENT DE L’ANNÉE

  • Acadie Rock

MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR · PROFESSIONNELLE DE L’INDUSTRIE DE L’ANNÉE
PRESENTED BY · PRÉSENTÉ PAR EAST COAST MUSIC ASSOCIATION (ECMA) 

  • Eva George

CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE PRESENTS TOM PETTY: DAMN THE TORPEDOES AT THE PLAYHOUSE

21 October 2021, Fredericton, NB – On Saturday, October 30 at 7:30 pm, perennial Playhouse favourite Classic Albums Live returns with Tom Petty: Damn the Torpedoes.

Classic Albums Live presents skilled musicians who recreate the greatest albums of the ’60s and ’70s live on stage – note for note, cut for cut. Don’t look for costumes and look-alike theatrics at these rock recitals; just pure musicianship and songs that shaped a generation.

Damn the Torpedoes was released in 1979 as the third studio album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It includes favourites such as “Don’t Do Me Like That”, “Refugee”, and “Here Comes My Girl”.

Tickets for Classic Albums Live are available at the Playhouse Box Office online, in person, or by calling 506-458-8344. For more information, visit theplayhouse.ca.  

This Classic Albums Live performance is presented by Valley Graphics and Bounce 105.3 radio. The Spotlight Series is generously supported by Fredericton Playhouse media partner CBC New Brunswick and season partners Downtown Fredericton and Crowne Plaza.