Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Young artists from Kingston will be showcasing their work as part of the city’s first Artists in Business Youth Conference – Participant Art Show hosted by the Kingston Economic Development Corporation’s (KEDCO) Entrepreneurship Centre and Chameleon Nation. The goal of the conference and art show is to assist students who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts sector understand what it would take for them to be a successful entrepreneur.

Students who attended the Artists in Business Youth Conference in January were invited to participate in the art show, which included a professional jurying experience, as well as the opportunity to win one of two $500. bursaries. “We’re hoping that this Conference will help inspire students to reach out and use the resources available in the local community to help them be successful in the arts. We know they have the passion and commitment to succeed, we just want to help prepare them with real life examples of what it takes and what you need to think about,” says Elizabeth Allen, Program Coordinator, KEDCO Entrepreneurship Centre.

The grand opening of the show will take place Friday, February 22, 2008 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Chameleon Nation (112 Princess Street) where the top two students’ artwork will be showcased. As described by Lorraine Pierce-Hull, “Here at Chameleon Nation we support both established and emerging artists - by giving artists an opportunity to exhibit while also sharing with the community the positive aspects of both types of artists. We got involved with the project to highlight emerging artists within the Kingston community…”

Joanna Duarte and Laura Cooney will each be receiving one of the two $500. bursaries and will be showcased at Chameleon Nation for two weeks starting February 22. Joanna Duarte is the bursary recipient for the high school category. She is a KCVI student who is interested in art as a form of expression. She is a talented abstract painter who uses acrylic, pencil and ink mediums. Laura Cooney is the bursary recipient for the post secondary category. She has past exhibition experience and is currently displaying work at the Union Gallery, Queen’s University. Using a combination of digital and silkscreen prints, Laura displays her creativity in eye catching pieces of varying sizes. The two student bursaries will be awarded at the opening.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Vote for Mary Lambert!

Mary Lambert's song "Buzzy the Busy Bully Bee" has been chosen as a finalist (Children's song category) in the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, Tennessee. Mary is the only Canadian in the final round of competition. You can vote!!! Go to and cast your vote for "Buzzy the Busy Bully Bee". You may vote once per day until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 29. (13 and over) THANK YOU!!
Mary Lambert
Mary Lambert Productions
1 (613) 549-8049

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Teleseminars focus on career skills for rural Ontario artists

CARFAC Ontario is launching an exciting new pilot project focusing on the professional development needs of rural artists. With an excellent track record of workshops delivered in urban areas, CARFAC Ontario saw a need for similar workshops for rural artists. The innovative solution that CARFAC Ontario has developed to reach artists in a range of regions around the province is to present valuable professional development topics as teleseminars.

Also called teleconferences, teleseminars are workshops that are delivered entirely via telephone. Participants are provided with a toll-free phone number and a password in order to access the workshop. Artists can dial in from any location to take part in the workshop. Supplementary materials such as handouts are provided prior to the workshop. This form of delivery requires only a telephone line, and ensures that the learning opportunities are available to artists even in areas where high-speed internet is not available. The teleseminars are made possible through the generous support of Torys LLP, a Toronto-based international law firm.

These practical workshops will cover important subjects that artists need to understand to manage the business side of their careers, including: legal issues; marketing and promotion; writing grant applications; and financial management. Participants will gain knowledge and skills that directly relate to the business of managing their careers as self-employed artists, and are appropriate for artists at all stages of their careers.

The workshop series will commence on April 1, 2008. Artists will be able to register for individual topics, or may enroll in the complete series for more comprehensive training. Workshops are offered during the week, with each series comprised of multi-evening, two-hour sessions. Each series will cost $120 for members of CARFAC Ontario, or $150 for non-members, which includes the textbook Information for Artists. If artists choose to take all four series of classes, the cost will be $300 and $375, respectively. Discounts will also apply to any combination of two or three classes. Artists can register toll-free by calling 1-877-890-8850.

CARFAC Ontario (Canadian Artists’ Representation / le Front des artistes canadiens) is the association of professional visual and media artists in Ontario. We have worked for forty years to promote the material and moral welfare and rights of visual artists, including legal, economic, and physical health. We believe that artists, like professionals in other fields, should be paid for their work and share equitably in profits from their art practice. The work of CARFAC Ontario is to develop policies, publications and services that assist artists, galleries, curators, art patrons and anyone with an interest in creating a society that supports visual and media artists. CARFAC Ontario is actively governed by working, professional visual and media artists. As artists, we understand the needs of artists and have developed services and programs to assist artists at every stage of their careers. For further information about CARFAC Ontario visit

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Call for Artists

'An Artistic Exploration of the Human Form'

A Figurative Art Exhibition of Drawings, Paintings and Sculptures at Tay River Gallery.
Exhibit Dates - June & July 2008. Deadline March 15, 2008.

The central motif of the artwork must be the human figure. Nudes, semi-clothed and fully clothed figures with artistic focus on the aesthetics, or alternatively, as social or political commentary, expression of human experience, allegory, fantasy or narrative. Drawings, Paintings,Textile and Sculptural works accepted.

Artists are requested to make their submissions by March 15th 2008 to Lisa Brown, curator of Tay River Gallery at [email protected]. or if image file is large please send to [email protected]

Submissions should include 4 - 8 images (jpgs low resolution) of the work you are submitting to display and a short biography, resume and artist statement. Please detail the medium used as well as the physical dimensions of the work.Please provide a link to personal website if available. Digital submissions are preferred.

Hard copies CD, or print portfolio also welcome by mail:
L. Brown Tay River Gallery 28 Wilson St. W. Perth On. Canada. K7H 2M9.
Please include full contact information.


Thursday, February 14, 2008


James Bond director Roger Spottiswoode headlines this year’s educational programming.

Kingston – The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is pleased to announce details regarding its Local Filmmaking Initiative workshops, Master Class and one-on-one sessions, which will take place during the 2008 festival, February 27 to March 2. The workshops and one-on-one sessions are offered entirely free of charge but participants must pre-register for the workshops and apply for the one-on-one sessions on the Festival’s official website

Three workshops will be held throughout the Festival, including the NFB Kids’ Animation workshop, which will take place at the National Film Board of Canada’s Mediatheque in Toronto on February 23. This workshop is open to children 9-11 years old and requires adult accompaniment. The Acting workshop, facilitated by veteran actor Barry Blake will take participants through the art, the business and the craft of acting in film and television. The Cell Phone Filmmaking workshop, led by Mateo Guez (director, Late Fragment), will provide tips and tricks for shooting with a video capable cell phone, and participants will be asked to create their own film over the course of the festival using phones provided by Telus Tyroute. The best of the cell phone films will be showcased before the Festival’s Closing Gala of Shake Hands with the Devil.

This year’s Master Class will be facilitated by Roger Spottiswoode, a Canadian and Hollywood director whose work includes the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, Air America, Turner and Hooch and Shake Hands with the Devil. Spottiswoode will present a special screening followed by a one hour in-depth career discussion. The Master Class takes place Sunday March 2 at 12:00 pm. Admission is $25, advance registration is required and seating is limited.

The one-on-one sessions are designed to offer local filmmakers the opportunity to interact with and learn from experienced film industry professionals. To be selected, applicants must have a project in progress. The submission period closes Sunday February 24.

One-on-one session application forms and online workshop and Master Class registration is available on the Festival’s official website

The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is proudly presented by The Kingston Whig-Standard and Cogeco. The Festival operates in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival Group and receives funding from the Ontario Arts Council, The City of Kingston, the Kingston Arts Council, Artsvest, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Business for the Arts, The Community Foundation of Greater Kingston and the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund.

The 2008 Kingston Canadian Film Festival will be held February 27 to March 2, 2008.

For additional information, please contact:
Alison Migneault, Festival Director
(613) 484-2387
[email protected]

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Notice from She Sings!

She Sings! New York City - May 29 to June 1  - Why Not join us????

Seats are available for anyone interested in visiting NYC!

A Local Kingston choir, She Sings! (directed by Martha Duncan) will be travelling to New York City again this year - leaving at approx. 7am on Thursday May 29 and returning at 5pm Sunday, June 1 . There are 11 seats remaining on the bus for anyone interested in joining the trip.
Althoughthe choir is a women's choir, there are currently both men and women registered for the trip. Payment is due by Feb. 27 if you wish to be included and names will be accepted on a first come- first served basis.
Prices range from $585 for a quad room and includes full American
breakfast, bus transportation and hotel) to $843 for a double. Triple rates are
also available. You may also pay a rate not including breakfast.

'She Sings' has been invited to participate in a Women's and Girls Choir Festival hosted by the New York Treble Singers. The concert will be held on Friday, May 30, in the evening, and will include a number of choirs from around the world. She Sings! is the only Canadian choir participating.

The cost of the trip does not include entry into the concert however guests are more than welcome to attend should they wish to do so. We are staying in the theatre district at 7th and 57th, at the Park Central Hotel (across from Central Park). You can check out the hotel at this . All activities are your own responsibility, meals, tickets for shows etc. etc, although we will be arranging some group outings that everyone is welcome to participate in.

Share the excitement of NYC with She Sings! We make great travelling partners (we sing a lot!) and we'd love to have you join us!

For more information call Lesley Kimble evenings or weekends at 613-384-1428
or email [email protected] .

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Monday, February 4, 2008


The Kingston Arts Council has moved!
We are now most beautifully housed at 253 Ontario St. Suite 203 - right next to the Sandra Whitton Gallery. Drop by and see our new home!


Grand Theatre Building Improvement Update for February 2008

Call for Entry

4th annual Showcase of the Arts.
This juried exhibition and sale of fine craft and visual art will be held November 1 and 2, 2008 in Port Perry, Ontario (1 hour NE of Toronto).

We are looking for exhibitors to display a variety of artwork including paintings in all media, photography, sculpture in steel, stone, wood and clay, jewellery, fibre, glass and more.

Deadline for entries is March 31, 2008.

Our jurors are Linda Jansma, curator of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa since 1994; Audra Noble, art teacher, photographer and mixed media artist, BAA, B. Ed., OSA; and Kent Farndale, art and fine craft collector and founder of the Kent Farndale Gallery, Port Perry.

Thank you for all your efforts to support arts and culture in Ontario.

Karen Richardson
Scugog Council for the Arts

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Sculptor Needed

Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada is looking for local sculptors who might be interested in producing a bust of Lt.Col By. The information they would like from potential sculptors would be an estimate of the cost of such a production and a timeline for completion.

Grace McAlear
Administration Quality Service
Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada
phone: 613-542-7388 ext. 200
e-mail: mailto:[email protected]

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Red Roof Women's Festival Taking Submissions

The Red Roof Women's Music Festival website is up and running and the musician applications are ready as well.

We hope to get lots of submissions as there will be an open mic format on Sunday as well as the main stage on Saturday.

Check it out!

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