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Friday, November 26, 2010

Call for Proposals: CFKA Spring 2011 Community Grants


Call for Proposals: CFKA Spring 2011 Community Grants


The Community Foundation for Kingston & Area is now accepting Letters of Intent for innovative projects that strengthen and enhance the quality of life within our community

We welcome applications in the areas Arts and Culture, Community Development, Education and Literacy, Environment, Health and Social Services, Heritage Preservation, Recreation, Youth. 


To be considered, please submit four copies of a Letter of Intent by

4:30 pm on Thursday, February 10, 2011.

All Letters of Intent are reviewed by an independent committee, and a limited number of applicants will be invited to submit a full Grant Application, due March 24, 2011.


The Letter of Intent Form and more information are available online: or by email:


Vera Kettnaker, Grants Coordinator

The Community Foundation for Kingston & Area

165 Ontario Street  Kingston ON   K7L 2Y6

T: 613.546.9696  |  F: 613.531.9238  |  |

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Steven McKay + Doctor Ew + Wax Mannequin: Tonight in Kingston!

Hey Kingstonians!


Just wanted to drop you a little reminder about a very special show tonight at the Mansion!  (506 Princess Street)


Last time he played in Kingston was opening for Forest City Lovers in September.

The ever charming, Queens U alumni,  x-Grad Club bartender, Steven McKay will be singing you warm, sweet melodies from his new self titled album and making you laugh with his entertaining stage banter. His voice has been described as a warm blanket, perfect for these chilly nights!



The malpractice defender, Doctor Ew will be sharing the stage + a band with Steven.

The Doctor will make your heads bop, shake and roll with his super catchy pop tunes.

Doctor Ew is Drew Smith of The Bicycles, and has a new album called Gadzooks!



And the evening will finish off with the absurdity that is Wax Mannequin.



Here's what Bootlog is saying about tonight ::



Hope you can make it out tonight!

Talk soon!




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Maria Bui :: 416-829-4338

140 Harrison St / Toronto, ON / M6J 2A4



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Salon Prize Opening

The Salon Prize Opening Reception

November 6th 7-9:30

@ The Robert Macklin Gallery

(20 Market Street)

Come and see who wins the $1000

Refreshments will be provided

Fwd: Fat Goose Craft Fair: call for vendors, deadline extended


Fat Goose Craft Fair Sunday 12 December 6pm-11pm (an evening  event)
Renaissance Event Venue, 285 Queen St. (Corner of Queen and Barrie Streets), Downtown Kingston, ON
Hey there folks,

Yes, the Fat Goose Craft Fair, our favourite holiday season craft sale, is back (and boozy). It's an evening event this time 'round, and we're hosting it at a spiffy new venue where you can quaff egg nog and lounge by a fireplace. Super-interested? Read on!

So you know, Fat Goose is being brought to you by a crack team of crafters: Annie Clifford, Lucas Huang, Vincent Perez and Meredith Powell. Also, and as always, it's happily part of the Apple Crisp Arts continent. We thought it might be fun to sell the things we make alongside the charming things you make, and do it in a way that we all earn a million dollars and there's something nice to drink, too.

In an effort to help you make as much money as possible and to encourage beginning craftspeople to join in, we're trying to keep the cost of tables low. One of the ways we're trying is by working as volunteers. Another is to have everyone who sells at Fat Goose take on one or two little jobs, like putting up posters, stuffing flyers into mailboxes, or coming early to set up tables. We figure an hour of everybody's time will go a long way, and it means we can spend the bulk of our budget on advertising, which will bring unprecedented crowds to our fair, we're sure. And once at the fair, we hope to keep 'em around with a DJ, a bar, a spread, and our usual Fat Goose antics.

If you'd like to join us here at Fat Goose, please give us:
Your name
The name of your business (if any)
Your contact info
A brief bio and artist's statement
Five pictures of your work
Your preferred area of volunteering (no guarantees here, but a sense of what your skills and interests are):

Indicate which of the following suits you best:
Full table (2.5" by 8" table):  $45
Half table (2.5" x 4" table): $35
Additional charge for clothing rack space: $10/rack

And let us know if you have any special requests for set-up (e.g., You'd like to sit next to your BFF,  or you're in desperate need of an electrical outlet—they're limited, by the way).

Do this all via email to by November 10.  We'll get back to you by November 12, so that you'll have lots of time to make nifty stuff for the fair. 

For the small print, see below for "Rules, Regulations and Rhubarbs"


Vincent, Annie, Lucas and Meredith

Rules, Regulations and Rhubarbs

1. Be nice.

2. We only want things that are made by you... please don't plan on bringing anything made by other folks, even if it's your mom and you want to do her a favour, or things that are made in China — unless you made them while you were there.

3. We reserve the right to ask you to remove crafts from your table if they aren't similar in kind or quality to the photos you submitted or if we have reason to suspect that they weren't made by you, i.e. they're stamped Acme Co. on the bottom.

4. If you'd like to share a full table with someone else, and you will be selling only the things you've made together, that's grand. Otherwise, each of you should apply for one of our half tables.

5. We may have lots of, say, macrame weavers apply. If that's the case, even though we all love hanging plant holders, we'll only be able to accept a few of the finest macrame weavers in order to offer our shoppers the widest variety possible... so don't be mad. See rhubarb #1.

6. We reserve the right to accept or refuse anyone based on our sensibilities and our sensibilities alone. But some of the things we're excited about include: locally made work, unique and original ideas, high quality of product, and depth of process (that is, someone who makes it all from scratch). And we're gonna hold a spot or two for folks who are just beginning to make and sell things, so if you see stuff that you think isn't up to snuff, be generous and kind to the newbies. Again, see rhubarb #1.

7. Please arrive no earlier than 5 pm to set up. Please set up only in your spot and don't take up more room than you've asked for. Also, please don't begin taking your things down earlier than 11 pm... even if you're tired and mostly sold out, it's not fair to the other folks who are trying to make a buck.

Vincent Perez, Proprietor & Pressman
Everlovin' Press, Fine Letterpress Stationers

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fwd: October 29th trip opportunity to the Toronto International Art Fair !!!

Forwarded message from Karen Peperkorn:

Creative Arts will be going on a field trip to the Toronto International Art Fair on Friday, October 29, 2010.  Due to the many cancellations from students, we are now left with 14 seats left on the bus.  We will be leaving at 8 am from QECVI and returning at 9:30 pm.  We should arrive in Toronto at around 11 and will spend 3 hours at the TIA fair.  After this, there will be 3 hours free time in downtown Toronto.  The cost for the trip is $44.00.  If you have anyone interested please have them CALL THE CREATIVE ARTS CELLPHONE AT (613)-540-4134.

Please do not e-mail.  There isn't enough time to organize that at this end, as we are low tech!!!  

Many thanks,

Karen Peperkorn
Creative Arts/QECVI

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Academy Gallery Workshop Series

Academy Gallery Workshop Series


The Academy Gallery in Bath Ontario is presenting a fall painting workshop series:

October 19, 20 SHARON THOMPSON


November 15, 17 DANIEL HUGHES


November 22, 23 SANDRA GOLDIE



For more information/and or to register, visit the gallery website, or phone 613 352 5582

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Two events pay tribute to legendary Norman McLaren


Norman (A Tribute to Norman McLaren):  a groundbreaking multi-media tribute to the Andy Warhol of Canadian animation

One of Canada's pioneers of the film industry, this groundbreaking dance / theatre piece recounts the life and work of Norman McLaren. This critically acclaimed piece was the highlight of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in May and 4D art will make a stop on its Canadian tour to present Norman (A Tribute to Norman McLaren) on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30pm.

More than a mere retrospective, Norman gives audiences the opportunity to share 4D art's Peter Trosztmer's passion for the dance and movement that runs through the imaginary worlds of McLaren's films. Trosztmer goes to the offices of the National Film Board of Canada, where McLaren worked for most of his life, in order to get a better understanding of the motivation that drove this creative genius. He literally enters the films to dance, exchange, and interact with them. Trosztmer 's discoveries help us learn about the main themes of McLaren's life and work.

The incredible technology used in Norman is one created by 4D art. One of the signatures of their performances, their innovative use of virtual projection blends theatre, dance, film, music and spoken word together seamlessly.

Trotszmer screens interviews made with people who knew McLaren and his work; these holographs materialize out of thin air and appear onstage to guide Peter in his exploration, sharing their knowledge and feelings about the filmmaker. McLaren once said that if he hadn't been a filmmaker, he would have been a choreographer; this show uses movement (of light, of images, of the body) as a way to access his creative world. From Blinkity Blank (Palme d'Or in 1955) to Pas de deux (1968), from Begone Dull Care (1949) to Neighbours (Academy Award in 1952), this production will delight experts and neophytes alike.

 "…[W]hat creators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon have achieved here is nothing short of a new level of (virtual) reality — using one art form (dance) to enhance and edify another (filmmaking.)" – Waterloo Record

In conjunction with this performance, the Grand Theatre is hosting Long Live McLaren, a co-presentation with Queen's University and Reelout Arts Project Inc. Blaine Allan, Associate Professor in the Film and Media department at Queen's University, will share the life and work of this cinematic genius with "An Introduction to Norman McLaren" on Wednesday, October 13, 7pm at the Baby Grand. Allan has taught and written extensively on Canadian film and television and will be discussing the cinematic genius of McLaren.

The evening continues with the Reelout Arts Project Inc. presentation of Long Live McLaren: Contemporary Canadian Queer Animation, a short film collection dedicated to the legacy of animation pioneer Norman McLaren. Featuring GLBTQ-identified artists, including emerging independents  andindustry-established filmmakers, Long Live McLaren further proves why Canada maintains a long history of innovation within the animation world. Using a wide range of techniques, the artists draw on the whimsy, humour, intelligence, and heart of McLaren's beloved works to produce fresh and exciting films for a contemporary world.  This event is free.


For tickets and information about subscriptions contact the Grand Theatre Box Office, Monday through Saturday, noon-6pm at (613) 530-2050 or . Visit the Grand Theatre online at .


For further information please contact Julie Fossitt, Marketing Administrator for the Grand Theatre, at (613) 546-4291 ext. 1143 or .