DAY 4: NOVEMBER 22, 2018


Registration begins October 10, 2018

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An essay about immigration, identity and geopolitics
Presented in partnership with Lakeshore Arts and Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services
Time TBC
Lakeshore Arts Community Project Space, 2422 Lake Shore Blvd. West

What is a map? What is a border? Do borders exist? In An essay about immigration, identity and geopolitics, artist Guillermo Trejo works with a group of local newcomers to ask these pertinent and increasingly charged questions by examining how maps shape our existence.  Drawing attention to geopolitical boundaries and how they directly impact people's’ lives—especially those living close to borders—the collaborative exhibition subjectively reimagines maps, formulating new lines, borders and routes that speak to the lived experiences of their creators.

Guillermo Trejo is a Mexica/Canadian Artist based in Ottawa. He completed his BFA at the National School of Painting Sculpture and Engraving in Mexico City with a specialization in printmaking and moved to Canada in 2007. The experience of immigration and distance has shaped Trejo's work. Since moving to Ottawa, he has earned an MFA from the University of Ottawa and has been an active member of the artistic community. He has exhibited at the Ottawa Art Gallery, Galerie Saw Gallery, and other artist-run centers across the country as well as in Europe and Mexico. Trejo has worked as a research consultant for the National Gallery of Canada. He also teaches at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA).


Art as Medicine
Presented in partnership with North York Arts
North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St.

Arts as Medicine is a half-day workshop that focuses on both traditional and contemporary explorations of the relationship between health, wellness, and art from an Indigenous perspective.

Joanne Okimawininew Dallaire LLD is proudly Cree, her ancestry is Omushkego from Attawapiskat and Mattice Ontario and Hull Quebec, calling Toronto home. Joanne has dedicated her career to counselling, advising and educating on Indigenous concerns, empowering and capacity building and advocating for change in terms of broader societal relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Her over 30-year social service career has contributed to transforming the lives of individuals, and the culture of agencies and the recognition and respect for Indigenous people, concerns and contributions within mainstream society. Joanne facilitates and consults in the not for profit sector and Toronto District School Board, around hiring practices, staff training, group facilitation and policy and procedures development.  She sits on several councils and committees. Joanne received an Honorary Doctor of Laws in the Community Service Faculty at Ryerson University in recognition of her life’s work, the Minaake Award for Leadership, Herbert H Carnegie Amazing Aces Award for Courage, the City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards – Aboriginal Affairs Award.

She sits as the Elder for Ryerson University, Ryerson’s Aboriginal Education Council, and the Truth and Reconciliation directive for 10 years. "Her presence on this council is essential to its ability to work as a cohesive, respectful body responsible for the infusion of Indigenous curriculum, worldviews and overall presence in Ryerson University as a whole. It is in no way an exaggeration to say the progress that is envisioned for Ryerson University in terms of the mandate of the Indigenous Education Council would not be possible without the support, guidance and active engagement of Joanne."

Joanne's approaches to working with individuals as well as small and large groups are not only comprehensive but creative, effective and unique.  Her work has transformed lives and improved relations between people and the community.  She openly shares her own life's journey through all forms of abuse, intergenerational trauma from Residential Schools and finding her profound sense of self.  

Veronica Johnny is a two-spirit, multi-disciplinary Indigenous artist. She is Cree/French Metis on her mother’s side and Dene/Scottish First Nation on her father’s side. Veronica is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation; was born and raised in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories and presently lives in Northern Ontario. From humble musical beginnings, Ms. Johnny has emerged as a dynamic force in the Canadian music and arts industry, working as a performer, producer, manager, promoter, writer, arts educator, workshop facilitator, entrepreneur, youth mentor, cultural knowledge keeper and Cree language advocate. She is a singer/songwriter, contemporary Indigenous hand-drummer and also the front woman, vocalist and manager of The Johnnys, a high-energy rock’n’roll band she founded with husband Dave Johnny. Veronica has become a seasoned performer as both solo artist and a member of groups, amassed studio experience on either side of the mixing console, manages several artists, and facilitates workshops for hundreds of youth, each year.

Presented in partnership with Tangled Arts
Tangled Gallery, S122, 401 Richmond St. W


Flourishing: Somewhere We Stay Authentic is an exhibition which explores human flourishing in relation to vulnerability, suffering and experiences of living with disabilities. Join visual artist Maanii Oakes’  discussion of maintaining authenticity in creative practices in a talk that complements the dynamic exhibition of the same title as part of her 4 part series.

Maanii Oakes is a working swampy cree anishnabek and kanienkehaka cultural tattoo practitioner and visual artist in the mediums of skin stitch, handpoke, pencil crayon and most recently rawhide sculpture. Her work is influenced by her home of Sagamok and Eeyou Istchee, remembering the bitter sweet urgency pressed by her late grandfather in enacting cree ways of governance and being. Her ozhaasawin (certified by Earthline Tattoo) is done ceremonially as a recognition of responsibility by embodying resurgence of nation specific practice. In contrast her figurative pieces address recent history and present day colonialism, not pandering to loss of what she never had but rather looking to engage the stark reality of living culture seeping through layers of assimilation. Her newest musings reference Latin American Exvotos and Catholic imagery in scenes of the global and native north, and otherwise materialize in 3D reproductions of skin stitching to be experienced by disabled and diverse audience using raw hide and sinew for Tangled Arts and Disability Flourishing grant and exhibition. 


Black Artists' Union Presents: UNITY
Presented in partnership with CUE
Margin of Eras Gallery, 1684 Queen St W


The Margin of Eras Gallery invites to you witness a live painting activation by members of the Black Artists’ Union, and to engage in conversation about the their important work in representing the art and ideas of contemporary Black creators. This activation takes place in a group exhibition by the Black Artists’ Union.

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