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Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul St., Saturday, October 01 at 7 p.m. to Sunday, October 01 at 7 am

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Jordan Bennett’s mural, 'pi’tawita’iek: we go up river' reflects his relationships with Mi’kmaq porcupine quillwork. Its bright colours within bold, elegant forms reference the atmosphere and Earth, as well as the ancestors and future, helping to complicate and humanize our understanding of Mi’kmaq people, demonstrating that they are ancestrally grounded and continuously evolving.  

Natalie King will create an anti-colonial installation featuring her cast of Anishinaabe queer femme spirits. These bright, brave visual guardians will surround a joyous gathering place. Viewers are invited to rest, reflect, converse and celebrate around a symbolic fire. 

About the Artists

Jordan Bennett

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Jordan Bennett is a M’ikmaq visual from Stephenville Crossing, Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland). He lives and works on his ancestral territory of Mikmaki in Terence Bay, Nova Scotia with his partner in life and art Amy Malbeuf. Jordan's ongoing practice utilizes painting, sculpture, video, installation and sound to explore land, language, the act of visiting, familial histories and challenging colonial perceptions of indigenous histories and presence with a focus on exploring Mi’kmaq and Beothuk visual culture of Ktaqamkuk. In the past 10 years Jordan has participated in over 75 group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally in venues such as the Smithsonian-National Museum of the American Indian, NYC; MAC-VAL, Paris; The Museum of Art and Design, NYC, NY; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Project Space Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne, AUS; The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Power Plant, Toronto, ON; Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France and was one of two artists to represent Newfoundland and Labrador in the 2015 Venice Biennial at Galleria CaRezzonico, Venice, Italy as part of the official Collateral Events. 

Natalie King

A person posing and surrounded by artworkNatalie King is a queer interdisciplinary Anishinaabe (Algonquin) artist, facilitator, and member of Timiskaming First Nation. King’s art practice ranges from video, painting, sculpture, and installation as well as community engagement, curation, and arts administration. Often involving portrayals of queer femmes, King’s works are about embracing the ambiguity and multiplicities of identity within Anishinaabe queer femme experience(s). King’s practice operates from a firmly critical, anti-colonial, non-oppressive, future-bound perspective, reclaiming the realities of lived lives through frameworks of desire and survivance. 

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Butterfield Park
100 McCaul Street
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Free
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susanjama@ocadu.ca
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Artists Jordan Bennett and Natalie King’s artworks are grounded in Indigenous pride and joy. Their use of vibrant colour, symbology and connections to the land, water and sky reflect their Mi’kmaq and Anishinaabe histories, present and future. 

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Art, the Maker

Presented in partnership with OCAD University October 2, 7 – 8 p.m.

Ashley McKenzie Barnes, curator of Queens and Kings of Scarborough, will host an insightful conversation with internationally acclaimed artist Ebony G. Patterson about key decisions made in the process of artistic creation. Patterson will speak about her Nuit Blanche project, …three kings weep…, which examines violence against black bodies, stemming from a poem written in 1919, still revealing its relevance today.

Moderators: Ashley McKenzie-Barnes, Curator, Nuit Blanche Toronto Participants: Ebony G. Patterson Location: OCAD University

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https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/nuitblanche/nuit-talks/
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OCAD University
Auditorium, room MCA 190
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“Standing Still” will ask viewers to question repetition—both as individuals and as a community. Being creatures of habit, humans can often find themselves in unproductive patterns. And these patterns can lead to labour without progress. This installation will follow a narrative of day-to-day repetition. But this story will be set within a distorted version of the familiar. Torontonians’ lives are embedded with access to endless information—now, we are faced with the choice of how to move forward.

Shay Salehi is an artist based in Toronto. Her current work focuses on destructive patterns and everyday objects. Salehi explores bonds between internal and external patterns, as well as links between personal and societal cycles. Shay is a 4th year Sculpture/Installation student at OCAD University. 

Shay Salehi would like to thank Adam Giroux for help with technical support, and Mosaic Yoga Toronto for allowing the use of their space.

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https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/nuitblanche/all-art-projects/details/2019/project/standing-still-walking-composition-/
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Mosaic Yoga Studio
225 Sterling St.
Fully barrier-free and wheelchair accessible
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OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

RATE: $20 /hour for 30 hours/week

TERM: Part-time, May - September 2019

DEADLINE: Monday, May 13, 2019

Nuit Blanche Toronto is seeking applications to the part-time Community Engagement Assistant position. Supported by the Career Launcher program, the position will include a full integration into the professional environment of the City Cultural Events Team at the City of Toronto. The position will include the research and development of new programming initiatives for Nuit Blanche 2020 and participation on the on-site team responsible for implementation of the 2019 Nuit Blanche event. The position will offer critical insight and valuable exposure to the planning and execution of a large-scale public art event, learnings about the range of career options available, the opportunity to develop the skills required to succeed in the arts and culture sector. 

Nuit Blanche Toronto is Toronto’s annual free all-night contemporary art event that invites adventurous residents and visitors to take to the streets from sunset to sunrise. Experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of Canadian and international artists. One night only, all night long. 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assists on community engagement work to increase Nuit Blanche awareness in communities outside the core. 
  • Works with City Cultural Events Team to identify and facilitate capacity building amongst communities to gather inputs for specific public programming events.
  • Assists with the delivery of interactive educational activities that engage public, provide resource material, collect contact info for future engagement events.
  • Oversees on-site impacting surveying with audience during public programming events with support from volunteers. 

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QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduated from OCAD University in 2018 or 2019 (undergraduate or graduate);
  • Experience assisting with community-based programs or services, and working at events, with volunteers and others;
  • Experience in developing and running public engagement activities/ events with demonstrated planning and scheduling skills;
  • Actively seeks to create an environment of equity and inclusion in working with culturally diverse and marginalized groups;
  • Team player, able to work independently and collaboratively;
  • Administrative and reporting experience, and attention-to-detail with excellent written and verbal 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Full contact information (name phone, and email) and current resume
  • Confirmation of eligibility
  • Cover letter outlining interest and relevant experience.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTION

Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Alexandra Hong at ahong@ocadu.ca.

For more information, visit the career launhers website

 

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ahong@ocadu.ca
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416 977 6000 Ext. 3708
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https://careerlaunchers.format.com/2019-nuit-blanche-toronto-community-engagement-assistant
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