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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Found: Lost Documents, Halifax's newest poetry publication

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Halifax's newest poetry publication - C/O LOST DOCUMENTS
  • Halifax's newest poetry publication
  • c/o Lost Documents

While trying to encourage local writer and musician Daniel Long (The Cannisters) to publish his poetry, Bijoux Wilcox (Faw Haja) noticed it might be easier for her and her buddies, namely Dylan Jewers and Grant Mitchell, who also all write poetry, to just do it themselves.  

"It became apparent that if we all contributed a few things, it would be a chance for a handful of people to get their stuff out there pretty quickly, and it could be an interesting project," Wilcox says. "So Dylan and Grant started collecting poetry, and worked on layout, drawing help from a few people, like Johnny Shaw, and we fronted the money ourselves for paper and printing." 

Last November, the first issue of Lost Documents was launched at Plan B. Many featured writers attended: "They read their stuff, which was very compelling to see and hear," describes Wilcox. "Don Logan is a poet of interest. He hangs out on Portland Street in downtown Dartmouth handing out poems to people, trying to sell them or trade them. His poems are really good." 

Other writers in the first issue include musicians, artists, poets and zine-makers like Josie Stevens (formerly of Vixens), Australian poet John Grey, activist Char Char, J.D. Walowksi, Dartmouth's Rob Kenney, Tyler Denty, Ontario's Tanya Korigan and more.

The Lost Documents group started to receive many more submissions but realized the costs of printing would grow while the availability of print was limited, so the project took a new form. "The website idea started brewing because we wanted to reach more writers and readers. Since I don't know how to make a great website, I want to employ someone to do that." 

Last month, the group launched a GoFundMe campaign to fund the creation of Lost Documents online: "We would like to use the funds to pay for the website to be built and maintained for one year," the campaign reads. "Our physical copies will continue to feature what we feel is the strongest work submitted within three-month time periods. We feel the encouragement and support of Lost Documents is important for long-time and new writers." 

"Volume two is out in a month or so," says Jewers, who co-edits the works with Mitchell. "Poetry and prose, a mix of local and international writers. The issues sell for five to eight dollars at New Scotland Yard, CD Heaven, Plan B and The Dart Gallery." In the meantime, writers can submit work for consideration to, as well as contribute towards the $1,000 goal by clicking here. "Please support our quest!" says Wilcox. Discover something lost! 

Foolish man
Who attempted
The most impossible of tasks
Self appointed, bar is higher
Than the heavens
With a stomach of Mexican cerveza
Could perhaps this saintly snake
Slither a zig zag
Over the province where
Louis Riel was martyr'd
- Dan Long 

Untitled #3
slip to sleep
& there will be strong arches
slip to sleep
& there will be bottomless skying
- Odelia Lemon

There is a flower in the back of my mind
rigid from leaf to vine
The possibilities that keep it stiff
are the distractions on its skin that itch. 
It cannot claw, nor does it scratch
it bends around corners for light to catch.
But in my head there is not but shade,
cool, collected, unevenly grey. 
But for a single beam it twists its head,
and bends until it breaks. 
Disappointed, ends.
- Tyler Denty

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Art Notes: Khyber Meeting and Show Openings

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Hank Bull: Connexion - SMU ART GALLERY
  • Hank Bull: Connexion
  • SMU Art Gallery

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Curated by Joni Low and Pat Wendt, the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery (923 Robie Street) has a full art-weekend planned for you. You're invited to the following events: on Friday at 7pm, Vancouver-based artist Hank Bull speaks on his sculptural installation that aligns "artwork with communication technologies, costumes and documents," before the official opening at 8pm (free). On Saturday at 3pm (free), artist and NSCAD faculty Bruce Barber will give a talk before Hank and Arthur Bull perform "blues, roots, hokum and storytelling" at The Company House (2202 Gottingen Street) at 7pm (by donation). In our age of technology, this will illuminate.  

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Tonight (Thursday) at 7pm at Halifax North Memorial Library (2285 Gottingen Street), the Friends of the Khyber (FoK) will host a public meeting to present "a plan submitted to regional council for a revitalized Khyber Building. Over the past year, FoK and The Khyber Centre for the Arts have worked with respected and knowledgeable arts partners, architects, engineers and real estate specialists to develop a viable plan to save the Khyber Building at 1588 Barrington Street. Regional Council will consider the plan within the coming weeks." Managing friends of the Khyber in attendance: Joel Plaskett, Robin Metcalf and Emily Davidson. 

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On Friday at Hermes Gallery (5682 North Street) at 5:30pm, Halifax artists Ian Funke-McKay and Dave LeRue showdown with an exhibition that features their works in competition. Both "find common ground in fields of colour, sport and tournament-style decoration." On Sunday, they'll share a Team Talk at 2:30pm at the Gallery. Let's get ready to rumble!

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Extremely old Moon photo - SCOTT BLACKBURN
  • Extremely old Moon photo
  • Scott Blackburn


On Saturday night at The Khyber (1880 Hollis Street, 10pm, $8), there's a musical fundraiser — fun-raiser! — featuring Halifax's Moon, DJ Goldilocks (Cat Abreu), DJ Fancy Pants (Jess Ross), Horse Heaven (Evan Cardwell) and Nigel Chapman (Nap Eyes). All proceeds will go towards a new SUB-WOOFER for the music and art space because it needs one "like WOAH!" and all of those bands and artists totally fucking rock. It'll help the Khyber keep putting on shows!

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Last week to check out NSDCC members exhibition

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 4:04 PM

"Warrior" Plate by Gina Etra Stick
  • "Warrior" Plate by Gina Etra Stick

If you're down at the Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market anytime this week, this is your last chance to check out the Nova Scotia Designer Craft's Council's member exhibition at the Mary E. Black Gallery (1061 Marginal Road, #104), a branch of the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design. Closing on November 8, the exhibition features a representative survey of works (44 works by 25 fine craftspeople, to be exact) that will inspire and delight. The event is also part of Craft Year 2015, "a year-long nation-wide festival aimed at promoting craft as a key player in Canadian culture." Selected by a juried NSDCC panel, the exhibition features Kate Church, Neil Cronk, Brad Hall, Trish Hirschkorn, Jan Hull, Alexa Jaffurs, Steven Kennard, Debra Kuzyk & Ray Mackie, Wendy Landry, Karen LeBlanc, Alexandra McCurdy, Beverley McInnes, Margot Metcalfe, Rhonda Miller, Rachel Morouney, Mengnan Qu, Lynette Richards, Rosi Robinson, Chris Shute, Allyson Simmie, Carol Smeraldo, Kay Stanfield, Gina Etra Stick (pictured above), Isako Suzuki and Deborah Wheeler. While at the Market on Saturday picking up local fruits and veggies, might as well swing by and check out local artwork. For more information, you can visit NSCCD here

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Q&A with D'Arcy Wilson, CFAT's speaker tonight

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 12:15 PM


The Centre for Art Tapes has been a generator of Halifax's independent arts community for over 30 years, and tonight, CFAT presents an artist's talk with multidisciplinary visual artist D'Arcy Wilson, CFAT's 2015 Artist-in-Residence (6:30pm, free, Halifax Central Library). 

In practice, Wilson's work often explores the complex interrelations between humanity and nature. Tonight's talk includes a screening of her new film work, The Memorialist: "Using pseudo-documentary videos, gouache drawings and performances, crafted from research yet peppered with imagination ... Wilson resurrects the obscure historical fact that Halifax was once home to North America’s first zoo, formerly located beside the Armdale Rotary." 


How did you come to be involved with CFAT?
When I first moved back to Halifax in 2011, I applied for the CFAT Media Scholarship program, to complete an animation project. I loved the program, and was so grateful for the access it gave to equipment, workshops, and expertise. It was also particularly helpful to me as I was fairly new to the city’s arts community and I was able to meet a lot of people.

What have you been working on in your residency with CFAT?
I’ve been working on an interdisciplinary project called The Memorialist, about the first zoo in North America (since the Mayan Empire), and the man who ran it, Andrew Downs. The zoo was actually in Halifax, near the Armdale Rotary and the project follows the history of these zoological gardens, and the biography of Downs, but it also considers the significance for Halifax of hosting a zoo amidst a great wilderness. The project has several components: There is the performance of playing the historian —The Memorialist— while retracing Downs’ own research journeys overseas and blogging about it; there will be a public lecture and performance where I tell the story of the zoo, but illustrate it with my own photography, drawings and video. I’m also working on a large paper diorama that depicts my interpretation of how the zoo would have looked, part factual and part whimsical. At CFAT, I’ve been shooting and editing video documentation of the zoo site, off of Joseph Howe Drive. Remarkably, a portion of it still stands today in its original state, with a subdivision built around it.

Your work has a lot to do with the interaction between humans and nature - why?

I am drawn to the paradoxes of this relationship; humans’ love and desire for nature and simultaneous destruction of nature. As we experience environmental vulnerability, I think questioning this interaction is important.

Your artist's statement: "My lack of understanding highlights my destructive potential as a human, and keeps me isolated from other species of animals." Do you mean this positively or negatively or both? 
Well, mostly negative, but also, it just is. In my work, I’ve been negotiating the separation I feel from other animals, often resulting in futile attempts at forming connections, or artificial stand-ins for wildlife. These works aren’t necessarily negative, but sometimes they are uncomfortable or uneasy.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Meet the three amazing artists creating public art for the Halifax Common

HRM announces diverse line-up for cultural project.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 2:48 PM

Back in May, the city announced their search for an LGBTQIA artist to create a piece for one of three planned pedestrian entrance plazas on the Halifax Common.

Today, it was announced that Raven Davis, an Anishnawbe/Ojibway Two-Spirit, multidisciplinary artist and activist was chosen to represent the LGBTQIA community with a piece of art at the Commons' Citadel Gateway. These are exciting times for Davis, as they were recently chosen as one of 210 North American artists whose work will be exhibited for the Contemporary North American Indigenous Artists exhibit in Venice, Italy for that city's biennial celebrations.

The city also announced the artists that will represent the African Nova Scotian and Aboriginal communities.

Representing the African Nova Scotian community, Marven Nelligan will have a piece placed at the Armoury Gateway. Nelligan got his start in art drawing portraits, painting murals and airbrushing t-shirts before moving into web developing and graphic design. He was raised and still resides in Uniacke Square

Teresa Marshall, originally from Truro/Millbrook will represent the aboriginal community with a piece placed at the Creighton Field Gateway. Marshall's work specifically concerns the well-being and celebration of Mi'kmaq people and culture.

In the coming weeks, the municipality will host discussions and meetings in partnership with The Youth Project, the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre and LaMeia Reddick of the Black Leaders and Learners Advocacy Collective to help inform and inspire the artists and community to ensure their final designs accurately reflect the groups they represent.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Halifax seeks LGBTQ artist

For everlasting partnership

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 10:55 AM

The entrances in question
  • The entrances in question

Redesigning the North Park intersection is messy business, but the city is trying to make sure that at the end of it all there’s some nice art to show for it—sandblasted into the concrete, forever!

Right now Halifax is seeking an artist or arts facilitator for one of three planned entrance plazas on the Halifax Common, who will create a work that “reflects the unique aspects of the local LGBTQ community.” The other two plazas will feature art from the African Nova Scotian community and the Aboriginal community, and calls for artists will happen soon.

Through consultations with the LGBTQ community, a theme was chosen: “celebration and struggle as seen through the lens of history, as well as the recognition and importance of diversity and inclusion.” Broad enough for all of your artistic imaginings!

The successful artist for the LGBTQ project will participate in community discussions hosted by Youth Project and the municipality this summer.

Those interested in applying for the LGBTQ project can mail their submission to:

Kate MacLennan, Community Developer
Parks & Recreation
Halifax Regional Municipality
P.O. Box 1749
Halifax, NS, B3J 3A5

Applicants can also drop their submission off in person at the George Dixon Recreation Center, 2502 Brunswick Street, Halifax. The deadline to apply is 4:30pm on Monday, June 15.

For more info, click here

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