Running June 21-23 in Winnipeg through Manitoba Music's Indigenous music development program, the event provides a unique opportunity for artists from the Aboriginal Day Live (ADL) stages across Canada and Indigenous members of Manitoba Music to meet with and learn from a delegation of managers, artistic directors, and media during APTN’s annual ADL event.
Representatives making their way to Winnipeg for one-on-one mentor meetings at Manitoba Music include Billboard’s Canadian correspondent Karen Bliss, Envision Management & Production’s founder and president Ryhna Thompson, Festival du Voyageur’s artistic director Julien Desaulniers, Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall’s media and artist development manager Stephen McGrath, NCI general manager David McLeod, Northern Lights Festival Boréal’s executive/artistic director Max Merrifield, Outloud’s Julien Bidar who works in publishing/sync and copyrights/management, and Winnipeg Folk Festival’s artistic director Chris Frayer.
"What Am I Going to Do with Everything I Know" may sound familiar to keen Canadian folk fans, as it's a cover of the title track from a 2014 EP by the Weather Station. And although Crabtree remains in reverence of the original, he's added his own flourishes to the track." - Sarah Murphy
Jon and Phil from the Floor Kids team headed to the Comics x Games exhibit in Toronto earlier this month, part of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. TCAF is The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, taking place in 2017 at Toronto Reference Library and the surrounding Bloor/Yonge neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations, and much more. The full program and list of participating creators will be listed at this website, as well as in printed and digital program guides available on-site at the festival.
A response to these troubled times, it's a fascinating piece of work. Philippe Manasseh explains:
"I've been thinking a lot lately of how far we've gone as a species from our animal nature. I crave it more and more, the animal side of being human. We're over-thinking everything, and getting into minutia of things, all the while forgetting that at the end of the day, we are part of nature and that nature is chaos and beauty and violence. Not that we need to revert to a savage state, but I think that embracing chaos a little bit more can make us more happy and fulfilled."
"We have to resist the urge to intellectualise everything and rely on our feelings and instincts from time to time. This can be very helpful in today's political and social climates, where everyone is being scrutinized and judged and censored."