Topic: Art

Exquisite Departures (photo:: Courtesy of Music Gallery) News / Art

Music Gallery fosters spirit of creative collaboration in Exquisite Departures

November 18, 2020 / by Sam Dharmasena (author)

The Music Gallery is keeping the spirit of creative collaboration alive with their Exquisite Departures project which premieres on Nov. 20. They brought together 15 musicians and five video artists for a special, socially-distanced music video project inspired by the age-old game, Exquisite Corpse, popularized by French surrealists in the 1920’s and 1930’s. CJRU speaks with curator Tad Michalak and video artist, Vanese Smith about the inner workings of the project, what the public can expect during Friday night livestream on Nov. 20 and the Bandcamp and cassette releases that will follow.

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Alica Hall speaking at podium  (photo:: courtesy of Nia Centre) News / Art

Nia Centre is building Canada’s first Black arts centre

October 28, 2020 / by Sam Dharmasena (author)

Since 2008, Nia Centre has been supporting, showcasing, and promoting Toronto’s Black artistic community. The charitable organization recently announced a renovation project that will completely transform their Little Jamaica facility into first professional, multi-disciplinary centre for Afro-diasporic art in Canada. Alica Hall, executive director of Nia Centre, tells CJRU about the significance of this project and what the community can expect once it’s complete.

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Quarantine Qapsule graphic (photo: Nightingale Nguyen and Christie Carrière) News / COVID-19, Art

Archiving Asian-Canadian stories with Quarantine Qapsule

October 14, 2020 / by Sam Dharmasena (author)

Quarantine Qapsule (QQ) is a digital archive of the Asian Canadian experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. QQ is accepting submissions until Oct. 23 from Asian-Canadians who are over 18 and living in Ontario. The project believes that art is created anywhere in any style and submissions are meant to be a low-stakes opportunity for creative expression. CJRU spoke with some of the folks making QQ happen, creator Nightingale Nguyen and Tea Base’s co-creative director Christie Carrière.

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