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Mino-bimaadiziwin – Mural w/ Better Beginnings, Better Futures

On Tuesday, October 13th (11:30AM), Myths and Mirrors Community Arts and Better Beginnings, Better Futures invite the public to the unveiling of a new mural at Better Beginnings’ main site, located at 450 Morin Ave.

The mural is titled ‘Mino-bimaadiziwin – The Good Life’ and was a collaborative effort by local artists Adrienne Assinewai and Raven Debassige, with additional support and assistance from Wallace Gillard. Inspired by traditional Woodland art, the mural depicts seven animals representing the Seven Grandfather Teachings, while other elements symbolize Better Beginnings programming and connections within the community.

Better Beginnings Program Manager, Jim Eshkawkogan, says, “We’re honoured to work in partnership with Myths and Mirrors to create this beautiful fence mural. The trees, plants and animals depicted in the mural signify our connection with nature… and will be helpful in the work we do through programs to promote land-based learning and outdoor play to families and children.”

The mural unveiling takes place TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13th at 11:30AM at Better Beginnings, Better Futures’ main site (450 Morin Ave.). Physical distancing measures to be in place. Masks required. For more information, contact mythsandmirrors@gmail.com.

She is Awakening – PART 2

Myths and Mirrors is proud to present She is Awakening – PART 2, a 10 track collaborative album featuring compositions by Emilio Portal with contributions from 7 local artists, musicians, and poets.

She is Awakening is a community art and sound project by Myths and Mirrors and Coalition for a Livable Sudbury in Atikameksheng Anishnaabek territory. Using 60+ field recordings submitted by folks from all over, artist Emilio Portal created the almost 30 minute soundscape, She is Awakening; as well as the additional compositions Gatineau Owls, Vancouver Island Grouse, and Vancouver Island Grouse 2. She is Awakening – PART 2 is an extensive collaboration based on that work.


ARTISTS

EMILIO PORTAL
emilioportal.com
Emilio Portal makes intense, vulnerable, meditative and quirky interdisciplinary work that focuses our attention on the foundations of our accepted ways of living. His work focuses on ethics and the nature of reality itself: his conviction is that all entities – human, nonhuman, animate, inanimate – inherently and innately are valuable. His art reveres objects that are seen as trash (in all its various meanings); through craft, he honours tree’s flesh (wood) with a meticulous and ritual approach; in design, he seeks solutions to the built environment that plague the world with pollution and suffocating emissions; in music, he plays intuitively, allowing sound and rhythm to breathe. Growing up in northern Ontario, and experiencing the continuous and ongoing destruction of countless ecosystems, has impressed onto him a sobering and grievous tone. Emilio’s own complex mixed heritage seem to echo the current ecological epoch; this manifold reality has imbued him with a deep sense of awe, concern and responsibility, which is apparent in all his work.


KIYAN PEPPER (World Peace Jesus)
instagram.com/WORLDPEACEJESUS
Kiyan Pepper is a Canadian World Peace promoter, performer, and a spiritual guide from Sudbury, Ontario. He frequently collaborates with local artists from Sudbury. He has given out 60 000 world peace cards and now has World Peace Hoodies and T-Shirts available as a reminder to breathe deeply and to be present. To be aware of the mind and not to take it personally. That the mind is just a tool and it no longer has power over your consciousness!


DARLENE
Darlene (aka darlenYa)’s musical influences reflect the 25years she traveled absorbing cultural influences. Founding member of the Road Dog Divas and Sweetwater Women, she has 6 solo albums (and 1 cassette). Her AIM is to offer thoughtful and uplifting earworms that are worth repeating.


POLLY KULTUR
linktr.ee/polly.kultur.tunes
Influenced by changing times, shifts in consciousness, and really good beats, Polly Kultur emerged in 2018 as a project sparked by Fionna Tough, formerly of Toronto-based bands Mango Angle and Beetzzwaxx. With soul, R&B, punk rock and indie rock driving & influencing musical creations, Polly Kultur is in the midst of recording a debut E.P., being warmly housed at Sudbury’s Deadpan Studios and is set to be released in 2020.


EMILIE CARREY (SPARX)
sparxbeatbox.com
Emilie Carrey AKA Sparx is a beatboxer from Sudbury, Ontario who has made waves in the female hip-hop community worldwide, putting Canada on the map. Holding the title of the first Canadian female to compete in the Beatbox World Championship and placing 2nd in the world, Emilie is currently establishing a female base in a genre dominated by males. In 2015, she became the first and only female to have ever competed in the National Canadian Beatbox Competition and placed fourth. Aside from competition, she travels across Canada to empower youth and women through her work, teaching beatboxing as a form of mental stress expression with non-profit community organizations like Unity Charity. Emilie is an artist, beatboxer, creator and event host, having toured with artists such as Barenaked Ladies, Our Lady Peace, Kardinal Official and many more, she uses the power of her voice, mouth and contagious enthusiasm to captivate and excite every crowd.


DANIEL AUBIN 


ANTOINE TREMBLAY BEAULIEU
antoinetremblaybeaulieu.bandcamp.com


WILLIAM MORIN 


Thanks to the following people who submitted sound and/or video recordings:
Bennett Malcomson, Naomi Grant, Polly Kultur, Jenny Martindale, Lola Thyme, Luciano Porto Goncalves, Dylan Shigwadja, Katie Fenerty, Dr. Jiselle Griffith, Melanie Hunt, Evelyn Eekels, Brenda Petays, Lilly Noble, Josee Joliat, Joycelyne Serrano, Derrick Pilon, Rebecca Coughlin, Alex Michelle Philip, Adam Knauff, Hugh Kruzel, Sharon Roy, Stephanie Fournier, Christine Charette, Mackenzie Parr, Taiaiake Alfred, Staci Duhaime, Katherine Blaire, Brydon King, Maude Bourassa, Patricia Delyea, and Tamara Gagnon.


 

The Circling Project is funded by the Catherine Donnelly Foundation.

Queerspace – Writing Workshop w/ Fierté Sudbury Pride

We’re proud to partner with Fierté Sudbury Pride to offer Queerspace, an online workshop that focuses on writing as healing, as part of Queerantine: Pride 2020. Queerspace is created and facilitated by Blaine Thornton (aka unwaking), an emerging Queer artist studying Creative Writing at OCAD University.

WHEN: Sunday, July 19th @ 7PM
WHERE: Online

Email mythsandmirrors@gmail.com to register for this FREE workshop.

Sudbury Street Arts – Call Out for Donations

Sudbury Street Arts launched in the fall of 2019 as a weekly arts drop-in space reserved for low-income folks and homeless and/or street involved people. Each Wednesday we’d gather as community members with mixed and shared experiences of homelessness, extreme poverty, immigration, queer identity, gender-based violence, disability, Indigeneity and racialization, to create a space of cultural production, gift giving, and knowledge exchange.

Unfortunately, Covid-19 has interrupted this work and left many without access to the supports and services necessary to meet their basic needs. To this end, we are seeking the following items to be redistributed to community members.

Items can be dropped off at 139 Durham St. – 2nd floor on Tuesdays between 10am-5pm. Please contact mythsandmirrors@gmail.com or (249) 979-1795 to make arrangements or to set up an alternative drop-off time. (*Please note, physical distancing and other public health measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 will be enforced.)

If you’re unable to donate items, we’re also accepting monetary donations. From now until August 31st, 100% of all money raised will go towards the purchase of food and other supplies to be redistributed to community members in need. DONATE HERE!

  • Sun gear – hats, sunscreen, aloe, etc.
  • Re-useable water bottles
  • Hygiene products – wipes, tooth paste/brushes, hand soap, etc.
  • Menstrual hygiene products – pads, tampons, etc.
  • First aid supplies – bandaids, antiseptic wipes, etc.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – masks, gloves, sanitizer, etc.
  • Socks
  • Non-perishable snacks – granola bars, applesauce, beef jerky,
    Vitamin C tablets, etc.
  • Journals, pens, and art supplies
  • Tools
  • Self-care items – candles, books, medicines, etc.
  • Camping gear – tents, chairs, re-useable cutlery, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, cots

 

She is Awakening – Soundscapes

As the world slows and quiets during this time of physical distancing, we’re able to listen more intently. Step outside and into nature – what do you hear?

She is Awakening is a community art and sound project by Myths and Mirrors and Coalition for a Livable Sudbury in Atikameksheng Anishnaabek territory. Using 60+ field recordings submitted by folks from all over, artist EMILIO PORTAL created the almost 30 minute soundscape, She is Awakening; as well as the additional compositions Gatineau Owls, Vancouver Island Grouse, and Vancouver Island Grouse 2.

We invite you to take some time to listen to the tracks offered here and be inspired. What do you hear? As you reflect on our shared and individual connections to nature, create a piece of artwork – it could be a painting or drawing, a piece of writing, photography, or even dance – and submit it by email to mythsandmirrors@gmail.com before Sunday, July 12th. We’ll showcase your artwork online and at the virtual celebration and listening party for She is Awakening on Saturday, July 18th, 2020 at 1PM on Facebook LIVE

She is Awakening is a collaborative project conceived by Emilio Portal, Naomi Grant, Will Morin, Darlene, and Cora-Rae Silk. We thank everyone for their contributions to the project.

 


LISTEN – Hear more of EMILIO PORTAL‘s compositions featuring field recordings
https://emilioportal.bandcamp.com/track/walking-stick
https://emilioportal.bandcamp.com/track/crunch

For more information, contact mythsandmirrors@gmail.com.

 

The Circling Project is funded by the Catherine Donnelly Foundation.

She is Awakening – Emerging through Art + Sound

As the world slows and quiets during this time of physical distancing, we’re able to listen more intently. Step outside and into nature – what do you hear?

Myths and Mirrors, in partnership with Coalition for a Livable Sudbury and artists EMILIO PORTAL, WILL MORIN, and DARLENE, invite you to take part in a virtual art project exploring art, sound, and collaborative creation as we celebrate Mother Earth and the changing of the seasons.

HOW TO TAKE PART:

  1. Using your phone or digital audio recorder, record a sound from nature (45 seconds maximum) and submit by email to mythsandmirrors@gmail.com. Deadline to submit is SUNDAY, MAY 24th.
  2. Then join us online SATURDAY, JUNE 6th, 1-3PM, for a virtual workshop with EMILIO PORTAL and WILL MORIN as we share and weave sound to create a collaborative soundscape.
  3. On SATURDAY, JUNE 13th, 1-3PM, join DARLENE for a vocalization/choral workshop to explore and play with sound so you can add your “voice” to the project.
  4. On SATURDAY, JULY 18TH, 1PM, join us to celebrate the project with a listening party on Facebook LIVE.
  5. Artists are also invited to submit works of art – a painting or drawing, a piece of writing, photography, or even dance – inspired by the sounds of nature and/or the collaborative soundscape(s) (available below or online HERE). Submissions can be shared in the Facebook event page or submitted by email to mythsandmirrors@gmail.com by Sunday, July 12th.

 

 


LISTEN – Hear more of EMILIO PORTAL‘s compositions featuring field recordings
https://emilioportal.bandcamp.com/track/walking-stick
https://emilioportal.bandcamp.com/track/crunch

For more information, contact mythsandmirrors@gmail.com.

 

The Circling Project is funded by the Catherine Donnelly Foundation.

You Are the Commons – Gifts to the Earth

Myths and Mirrors in partnership with Coalition for a Livable Sudbury and artist ELYSE PORTAL invite you to take part in a virtual visualization workshop and eco art-making activity in celebration of Earth Day.

Living beings do not “use” the commons provided by nature. Instead, they are physically and relationally a part of it.
~ Andreas Weber

During this time of human physical distancing, along with the closure of playgrounds and familiar outdoor spaces, many of us are isolated both from each other and nature. In virtual space, we will dissolve some of our feelings of isolation with an imaginative journey to nature. Together, we will reflect on our individual and collective commons. Following, for those who feel called, your reflections can be shared creatively with the group and as a Gift to the Earth on Earth Day, April 22nd. 

The workshop will take place SATURDAY, APRIL 18th @1PM on Zoom.
Feel free to keep your video off, if you prefer. You can also join by phone.
Email mythsandmirrors@gmail.com for the LINK or number to dial in.
Participants are asked be somewhere quiet and comfortable, and to bring paper and something to write or draw with. 

Then this Earth Day, let us give back. We invite participants and community to give a Gift to the Earth – we welcome your art, notes, poetry, and other offerings, as we celebrate Mother Earth and The Commons this April 22nd. Visit the Facebook event page for resources and ideas for ecological actions you can take this Earth Day and share your pictures on social media using #YouAretheCommons #GiftstotheEarth. 


Eco Art Resources

Ecological art is an art genre and artistic practice that seeks to preserve, remediate and/or vitalize the life forms, resources and ecology of Earth, by applying the principles of ecosystems to living species and their habitats throughout the lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere, including wilderness, rural, suburban and urban locations.[1][2] It is a distinct genre from Environmental art in that it involves functional ecological systems-restoration, as well as socially engaged, activist, community-based interventions.[3] Ecological art also addresses politics, culture, economics, ethics and aesthetics as they impact the conditions of ecosystems.[4] Ecological art practitioners include artists, scientists, philosophers and activists who often collaborate on restoration, remediation and public awareness projects.
~ Shared by Beth Carruthers, drafted by the International Ecoart Network on Wikipedia

Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde

Uts’am Witness Project

Eileen Hutton

Brenda Petays

The Harrison Studio

Intro to Ecological Art in Canada by Beth Carruthers

Wolfgang Laib

Ecoart Network – Artist listings and portfolios

 

The Circling Project is funded by the Catherine Donnelly Foundation.

Program Update

April 7th, 2020 – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all regular IN PERSON programming has been cancelled until further notice. We believe that community connection and solidarity is needed now more than ever and are working to create opportunities for connection in an online/virtual space, and with the knowledge that these opportunities are not accessible to all. Please stay tuned to our social media accounts for updates or reach out via email at mythsandmirrors@gmail.com.

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