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January 19, 2017 @ 8:00 am - January 21, 2017 @ 10:00 pm
The ArtsEverywhere Festival—Guelph’s festival of ideas will offer lectures, conversations, music, artistic performances, literary readings, and walks in the city. Several of the events will be live-streamed on the home page of ArtsEverywhere.ca.
3 Day Program Overview
Suzy Lake, a groundbreaking artist whose identity-based work is foundational to an entire generation, will open the festival with a Big Ideas talk about her five decades of artistic production. Acclaimed Okanagan knowledge-keeper and writer, Jeannette Armstrong will deliver the keynote at The Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian, now in its 14th year. Her research into Indigenous philosophies and Okanagan Syilx thought and environmental ethics has shaped her understanding of how relationships between humans determine our connection to the land. Ann Hui, our literary guest at The Guelph Lecture, will talk about her recent project, Chop Suey Nation, an insightful social documentary of Canada’s Chinese restaurants and their proprietors. Rounding out The Guelph Lecture evening, First Nations musicians from Northern Ontario, Midnight Shine brings us a sound that seamlessly mixes roots, classic and modern rock.
The third day of the ArtsEverywhere Festival will focus on two approaches to considering Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the context of marking Canada’s Sesquicentennial. A conversation with four West Coast scholars and artists will focus on the complexities of (re)conciliation in unceded territories, where treaties were never signed. The conversation will open with a performance by the celebrated Tahltan artist Peter Morin. That evening, we’ll conclude the festival with an unusual—and for some, frightening—performative conversation featuring six of Canada’s finest Clown Artists. Clowns themselves are pathetic failures so the artists are well-positioned to debate the realities of failing and reconciling in Canada.
For full details and ticket information visit the ArtsEverywhere Festival website.