An Exhibition of new work by Dyan Marie

One of our presenters, Dyan Marie, has an exhibition opening this Saturday in Toronto. You can find all the details on Akimbo.

Dyan Marie Transmissions
New photo-based, digitally developed performance images and animations

Opening Reception Saturday, October 16th Artist Present 2 – 5pm
Exhibition Runs October 16 – November 13, 2010.

For More information please contact:


Wynick/Tuck Gallery
401 Richmond St. W suite 128
Toronto, Ontario
Charlene Daignault

At the symposium, Dyan Marie will be participating in the session City WithART, which will highlight artistic programs that work bridging art with communities, spurring on
social change.

In her talk, “Walk Here”, Dyan Marie will discuss initiatives that foster walking as a mode of engaging urban issues. Through specific examples, with accompanying images, she will detail several projects describing the conditions, processes and partnerships that were involved.

Find out more about Dyan Marie at MCSB

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Life/Live From 95

The Winnipeg Arts Council’s WITH ART program matches artists with community groups to collaborate on art projects that explore ideas and issues and give voice to community. Through WITH ART, in 2008, Jim Agapito and Ervin Chartrand began to work with the youth of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba to create a hip hop video and a documentary of the process.

The results of that collaboration, Live from 95 and Life from 95 will be presented by the filmmakers at My City’s Still Breathing with an extra 10 minutes of never before viewed additional footage. Even if you’ve had the pleasure of viewing this project before, you’ve never seen it quite like this.

Find our more about the project and presentation

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Dying in Winnipeg

One of the great things about hosting a symposium that has so many artists presenting is you get the most interesting abstracts (and head shots)! Below is  the abstract we received from Jon Paul Fiorentino which really made our day over at the Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010 office.

Mr. Fiorentino will be presenting as part of the session: Skywalks and Suburbia– on Saturday, November 6 at 10:30 am


Don’t read me wrong —
I plan on dying in Winnipeg

In a strange way I
posit Winnipeg is where everything always dies:

Grandfathers, clock radios, Chevrolets
faith, journalists, fine-tip pens

Earle Nelson, hockey dads
your best friend from the old street…

I will let the rush-hour dust or the blowing
snow or the dance-hall fumes fill my lungs

I will simply wait, let my side-splitting body
fail under the flattering lights in the hallway

Of the underfunded Concordia Hospital
and don’t dream of visiting

But listen, there’s a show tonight
at the legion hall

And I have half a liver left and
a hatchback with a quarter tank

I’m not hard to be had

Jon Paul Fiorentino, Indexical Elegies, Coach House Press, 2010

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Winnipeg Literary Arts Ambassador gets the city reading

Michael Van Rooy has launched a legacy project as the Winnipeg Arts Ambassador. The goal of the project is to get people reading (and reviewing) books who wouldn’t normally. The idea is simple, engage the readers by guaranteeing their reviews will be posted and read.

You can find out about Michael and the project by visiting the artsforall website.

Michael will also be presenting at MCSB on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 3:30 pm
Session: Art in Discounted Space

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John Waters Tickets on sale now

Pioneer Filmmaker John Waters to deliver public address at My City’s Still Breathing Symposium

6 PM Doors Open (Garrick Centre)
7 PM Public Address
Tickets – $25
You can purchase your tickets in person at the Winnipeg Arts Council Offices at 103 – 110 Princess Street in the Fairchild Lofts Building. Cash only.

Online through PayPal on our website. (Tickets will be mailed.  A $2 per ticket shipping & handling fee will apply.)
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Showing Up, Speaking Out

Milena Placentile, Moderator for Lasting Impressions: Ephemeral Artworks in the City, is an independent curator in Winnipeg. She let us know about this new interesting project on which she is working.

Showing Up, Speaking Out moves on to explore two more themes: housing and poverty, and violence against Aboriginal women

Showing Up, Speaking Out is a four-week project offering Winnipeggers unique opportunities to speak out on important topics such as diversity and accessibility by co-creating temporary art works in public spaces with local and visiting artists. This project is about how art can help us express ourselves while building community. It also emphasizes the legitimacy of public space as a site for spontaneous conversation about about city life.

To participate, community members are invited to attend free collaborative art making sessions focused on brainstorming ideas and creating art to be displayed and/or performed as a group. The works will be presented in various locations across Winnipeg and aceartinc. (2nd floor, 290 McDermot Ave.) will host photos, notes and other related items left by participants about their their involvement in an installation that will transform over time.

Stop Violence Against Aboriginal Women Action Group (Winnipeg) welcomes community members to take part in a various projects over the course of several weeks, beginning on Saturday, September 11 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at aceartinc. (2nd Floor, 290 McDermot Ave). The second session will take place on Saturday, September 18. Additional details will be available online soon.

Tomas Jonsson (Calgary) will work with community members on the subject of housing and poverty. Collaborative sessions on this topic will take place as follows: Monday, September 13 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday, September 14 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m; Wednesday, September 15 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Thursday, September 16 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Friday, September 17 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. All sessions will take place at aceartinc. Participation is free and all are welcome – please join us.

Artist Biographies

Stop Violence Against Aboriginal Women Action Group (SVAAWAG) is a grassroots volunteer collective made up of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women working to address the disproportionate level of violence against Aboriginal women and girls. Collaborating artist Leah Decter is an active member of the group. The group began meeting informally in the fall of 2009 with the initial intent of generating concrete actions and strategies to effect change in the conditions that contribute to the perpetuation of this ongoing violence. In the spring of 2010, SVAAWAG organized a consultation and dialogue that included over forty individuals from relevant social service, activist, political and experiential communities to collect information and strategize on a local level. This resulted in a coalition being initiated to move forward with multiple approaches to addressing this issue. SVAAWAG members come to this work though a commitment to action, and with experience in community, program and economic development, research, socially engaged art practices, front line and anti-racism work, counselling, activism, and lobbying. SVAWAAG recognizes that there are more of these crimes against Aboriginal women because of factors arising from gender and race, such as misogyny and race-based oppression, that they are deeply embedded in legacies of colonization profoundly present in Winnipeg, and that they have devastating impacts on families, communities and individuals. We consider that broad awareness of these realities is one important factor in affecting change.

As an artist, curator and writer, Tomas Jonsson is interested in issues of social agency in processes of urban growth and transformation. Jonsson is pursuing a Masters in Environmental Studies at York University, with an emphasis on socially engaged planning. He recently participated in the Border Cities Kolleg at the Bauhaus Institute in Dessau, Germany, where he developed projects with creative and precarious communities in Tallinn and Helsinki. He is currently Programming Coordinator at EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society in Calgary.

Other participating artists include: Deborah Kelly (Australia) on diversity and Kristin Nelson (Winnipeg) on accessibility. Inge Hoonte (Netherlands/USA) was involved September 1 – 7 on the subject of recreation.

This project is made possible thanks to partnerships with many local organizations: aceartinc., Art City, Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art,, RAW: Gallery of Architecture and Design, Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, The University of Winnipeg’s Students’ Association, Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, and Video Pool Media Arts Centre.

Generous financial support for this project has been made available by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Winnipeg Arts Council.

News releases will be issued throughout the duration of this project to share details about each element. A growing calendar of events can be found at

Contact: Milena Placentile, Independent Curator
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Symposium schedule now online

We have the schedule of the symposium online now. We are still adding and filling out the panels and speakers, but the conference is really starting to take shape.

Check out the schedule on our website as it expands.

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