Tuesday, March 24, 2009

MERA Award for Excellence in Fine Arts and Fine Crafts

MERA (McDonald's Corners/Elphin Recreation & Arts) is a charitable corporation which operates out of a 19th century schoolhouse in the hamlet of McDonald's Corners, Ontario - approx. 40 km north west of Perth.

Two donors gave an amount to the Perth and District Community Fund to fund an annual or biennial award to recognize local artists and artisans who demonstrate excellence in their works of fine art or fine craft. The donors asked that MERA develop and administer the MERA Award. PDCF agreed and topped up the prize in this, the launch year of the MERA Award, to $1000.

The MERA Award is a juried award open to nominees living in the area roughly contiguous with the area covered by the PDCF, namely, the town of Perth and the Townships of Lanark Highlands, Tay Valley, Drummond/North Elmsley, North Frontenac and Central Frontenac.

The award will be given on the basis of a single work proposed by the nominator (and artist) supported by three to five additional works. The MERA Award will be publicly short listed with the winner receiving a $1000. prize.

Nominations for the MERA Award close April 20, 2009. Presentation of the MERA Award will be made at the Schoolhouse on June 20, 2009.

More information on the MERA Award is available at MERA's website: www.meraschoolhouse.org

Kingston Symphony Records DONATION DAYS

Are your kids gone, but their stuff isn't? Take back your space now! The Kingston Symphony Vinyl Records Sale needs donations of all types of recorded music: LPs, 45s, 78s, cassettes, plus VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs, speakers and turntables, etc. Donations will be gratefully received on Wednesdays, April 1st to 22nd, and the following Monday, April 27th and Tuesday, April 28th, from 10 AM to 2 PM at the rear of Frontenac Mall, 1300 Bath Rd., Kingston. Please drive up to our loading door, next to the Bridge Centre's red awning, where there will be volunteers ready to help unload. Sale to follow Apr 30-May 2.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Piano Teacher Required, Queen's Conservatory of Music

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Top 10 Revealed In CBC Radio 3's Search For Canada's Best Live Music Club

Competition Enters The Home Stretch : Last Round Of Voting On Now!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 : CBC Radio 3's search for Canada's Best Live Music Club has just entered its final stretch with the announcement of the Top 10 venues in its Searchlight competition.

In alphabetical order, they are:

Aeolian Hall, London ON
Amigo's Cantina, Saskatoon SK
Baba's Lounge, Charlottetown PEI
Call The Office, London ON
The Capital Bar, Fredericton NB
George's Fabulous Roadhouse, Sackville NB
The Grad Club, Kingston ON
Phog Lounge, Windsor ON
Starlight Social Club, Waterloo ON
Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ottawa ON

The winner will be decided entirely by voters, and the polls have just opened at www.cbcradio3.com. Voting will continue until next Tuesday, February 24 at 3 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET. People are allowed to vote once per day. (Direct link is http://radio3.cbc.ca/polls/?pollId=35)

The winner will be announced live at www.cbcradio3.com on Wednesday, February 25 at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET.

The list began three weeks ago with over 100 nominees, then was cut to 50, then 20, and now 10. Legendary venues such as the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto and the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver were knocked out earlier in the race, but the smaller clubs that have survived the voting are some of the best-loved in the country.

"It's been so exciting," says CBC Radio 3 host Grant Lawrence, who made the announcement a short while ago on www.cbcradio3.com. "We have collected thousands of votes, and I think that speaks to the love that Canadians have for live music, and that so many of these deserving clubs serve their communities so well."

In addition to serious bragging rights, the top club will win a live concert presented by CBC Radio 3, a Sirius satellite radio with subscription, CBC Radio 3 clothes for the owners and staff (coveted R3 scarves included) and a winning plaque and trophy.

The semi-finalists have been working hard to drum up votes by starting up Facebook and MySpace pages, sending out emails, and getting coverage from their local newspapers.

"It's an awesome side effect that, whether or not they make it to the number one spot, these clubs have received a lot more attention for what they do night in, night out, year after year, which is hosting live music. Sometimes that can be a thankless task," says Lawrence. "I congratulate every club on the list for making the Top 10!"

CBC Radio 3's inaugural Searchlight competition was held last spring, and looked for The Best Record Store in Canada. Underdog Meow Records in Prince George took the top prize, and won an in-store CBC Radio 3 broadcast, with live music by singer-songwriter Chad VanGaalen.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bottle Tree Productions one act play competition

For Writers:

First Prize $1,000
Second Prize $250
Third Prize $100

One Act Plays of any length may be submitted to Bottle Tree Productions
at 126 Wellington Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L-3C8

Phone 613-542-0070 or email [email protected]

or check out http://bottletreeinc.blogspot.com/

Please have your copy bound and if you wish it returned, please include a manuscript-sized SASE.

The entry fee for each submission is $25. Please make cheque payable to Bottle Tree Productions.

Multiple submissions accepted

The competition runs until November 30th 2009.

Winners will be announced in January of 2010.

If you want a critical analysis of your work please enclose a cheque for $50 made payable to Bottle Tree Productions.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

CALL TO ARTISTS: 2009 Kingston Town & Country Studio Tour

Deadline for 2009 tour applications is March 31, 2009.

Applications for the 2009 autumn studio tour are available at http://www.townandcountrystudiotour.com Click on 'Apply Now' of the tour website main page for further instructions and an online application form.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Making Your Way in Music - Lessons from the Field: March 25/09

Making Your Way in Music - Lessons from the Field

Mark Sirett is Director of the internationally award winning Cantabile Choirs of Kingston.

Karma Tomm is Director of Queen's Conservatory of Music and a violinist.

Greg Tilson is a member of the concert series Apple Crisp and a founder and organizer of the Skeleton Park Music Festival.

On 25 March 2009, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, three of Kingston's outstanding musicians, Mark Sirett, Karma Tomm, and Greg Tilson, will participate in a wide-ranging eclectic panel discussion at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library to be moderated by Al Rankin. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear what they have learned in the course of developing their careers and assisting in the musical development of their community, students, and colleagues. The discussion will range from classical and choral to indie music.

Get tips on how to arrange your own gig, how to join a choir, where to get help with perfecting your technique, learn about venues in Kingston, who's who in the music field, organizing community music groups, and how to advance your career. Hear about both good musical decisions and mistakes made. Please bring your questions and be ready to join in the lively discussion. The Kingston Arts Council would be delighted to receive your questions in advance and will forward them to the panellists for their consideration prior to the event.
Date: Wednesday 25th March
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Place: Wilson Room, Kingston Frontenac Public Library
Admission: $10, Student rate: $6

Making Your Way in Music - Lessons from the Field is presented by the Kingston Arts Council.

For more information, please contact:

Krista Welsh
Executive Director, Kingston Arts Council
[email protected]
Margaret Hughes
Past President, Kingston Arts Council
[email protected]
613 542 9645

Ontario Contact 2009 Showcase Application Deadline is April 15, 2009

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Ontario Contact 2009

You will still be experiencing a lot of ‘new’ at Ontario Contact in 2009. We will be at our host venue, the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

October 22 to 24, 2009, Richmond Hill

2009 Showcase Application Deadline

is April 15, 2009 @ 5 pm

The Showcase Application form is in two parts this year - Form 1 and Form 2. Please be certain to submit both.

We also recommend that you take the time to review the OC_09_Juried_Showcase_Form_Guidelines. This document contains information to help you navigate the process successfully, including how to select your supporting materials.

This year you can submit your supporting material electronically but we ask that you also send in a hard copy. The Jury will meet in mid May and showcase offers will go out early June.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Event Manager Cheryl Ewing at 1.888.363.3591 or [email protected]

Call for applicants, all fine art and craft media

Showcase of the Arts, now in its 5th year, welcomes applicants in all fine art and craft media including paintings, photography, clay, wood, fibre, glass, metal and jewellery. This annual show and sale is building a reputation as a prestige event providing excellent sales opportunities for artists and patrons alike and will take place November 6 to 8, 2009 at the Scugog Community Centre in Port Perry.

The application form and conditions of entry are attached. Please read them over carefully, as our new planning committee has restructured the event to include an expanded marketing strategy and a new look for the show. Our 'First Night First Choice' Friday evening opening reception returns this year. Applicants are no longer required to be members of Scugog Council for the Arts and there is no application fee; accepted entrants pay a booth fee and are awarded a free SCA membership. How's that for a no risk offer!

We look forward to receiving your applications by the April 30 deadline.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Call to Artists

The Artel, Kingston’s only arthouse, gallery and venue, is currently accepting exhibition proposals. As part of our new project “ _____, together” (pronounced comma together) we are looking for shows that combine multiple mediums and/or multiple artists collaborating. The Artel provides the gallery space for a period of 3-4 weeks as well as an artist fee and reception to accepted applicants.

For more information please see our website ( http://www.the-artel.ca/wp/about-us/) or contact us directly at [email protected].

We are looking forward to your proposals.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Opening gala film One Week wins People's Choice Award

Kingston ' The Kingston Canadian Film Festival wrapped its ninth annual festival with a free screening of Randall Cole's Real Time. The closing screening concluded a successful event that saw nearly 5,000 attendees, 26 film screenings, three workshops, two receptions and a very popular student career event. Additional information about the festival is available on the festival's website www.kingcanfilmfest.com.

The festival began with the '10 Years, 10 Minutes' Award workshop facilitated by filmmaker Audrey Cummings. Local aspiring filmmakers learned about the festival's '10 Years, 10 Minutes' Award contest, which will award $5,000 cash and industry mentoring for a local filmmaker to produce a short film. Thursday night's opening gala of One Week played to a full house; director Michael McGowan, editor Rod Deogrades and producer Avi Federgreen were in attendance. One Week also won the People's Choice Award, as determined by audience ratings of each film at the festival.

The new career initiative Breaking In: Starting a Career in Film & Media, held Friday, featured more than 15 industry representatives from all facets of the film and media industry and provided students the opportunity to ask questions and learn about starting their careers. More than 200 students participated in this incredibly successful first time festival event. More than 30 children attended the Saturday morning NFB Kids' Animation Workshop at TVCogeco's studio. The children made plasticine characters, learned how to shoot stop-action animation photography, and created short animated films. Saturday evening, director and writer Deepa Mehta delighted a surprised audience when she unexpectedly attended the screening of her film Heaven on Earth.

The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is presented by The Kingston Whig-Standard and Cogeco, 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, the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund and the Davies Charitable Foundation.

Call to Artists, Thousand Islands Playhouse

The Thousand Islands Playhouse announces the Art & Soul of the River Cover Art Competition. Artists in the region are invited to submit a piece of art which reflects the history of the Gananoque Canoe and Motor Boat Club, home to the Playhouse’s Springer Theatre since 1982. The Canoe Club will mark its 100th birthday in 2009, and this competition is a wonderful way to celebrate the building which lies at the heart of so much of this region’s social and cultural life during those 100 years. Home to 28 years of vibrant crowd-pleasing theatre and music, and before that dances, socials and regattas, the Canoe Club has played host to a huge range of activity in this community.
The winning piece will be featured on the Thousand Islands Playhouse 2009 house program, which is distributed at both theatres for the duration of the season.
Competition Details:
  • All artwork submitted to this juried competition will be on display at the Firehall Theatre from May 1 – June 1. If the artists so choose, artwork can be for sale during this time.
  • Any medium - any size - framed or unframed. No crafts or jewelry please.
  • Artwork must be submitted ready to hang.
  • Submissions must include a high resolution digital version of the piece.
  • The image may be cropped to size for promotional material and program, but the image in its entirety will be available on the website.
  • The Playhouse will continue to use a digital version of the artwork in promotional materials in the future.
  • First prize is $500
  • Artists must 18 years of age or over.
Submission date: April 17th, 2009
Winner notification: April 24th, 2009
Show your art & soul to the more than 50,000 people who enjoy productions every year at the Thousand Islands Playhouse!
For information and details on submitting your artwork contact Pam Staples:
613.382.7086 ex 28
[email protected]