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Updated: Aug 1, 2023

August 1st is Emancipation Day:

On March 24, 2021, the House of Commons voted unanimously to officially designate August 1 Emancipation Day. It marks the actual day in 1834 that the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 came into effect across the British Empire.

Watch this documentary on CBC television this evening - FreeUp! Emancipation Day 2023 on CBC and CBC Gem.


Calls courtesy of ELAN:

My Friend Frankie (MFF) and Good Sport in London, Ontario are holding a duo exhibition to showcase the artistic synergy between two artists, one from London, Ontario, and the other from Montreal, Quebec. The artists are invited to team up and submit a proposal that merges their individual styles and themes, resulting in a cohesive exhibition. The selected duo of artists will have the opportunity to establish an overarching theme by combining their artworks. →Deadline August 31. Click here for details.

The McClure Gallery is currently accepting submissions for its 2024-2025 exhibition program. Contemporary artists of all media and curators with an exhibition proposal are invited to apply. Artists who have shown in the gallery within the last five years or less should wait before submitting an exhibition proposal. →Deadline October 15. Click here for details. is on the lookout for Montreal visual artists to have their works featured on the website. As of Jan. 1, 2022, the membership fee is $10 for the year per artist. AIM takes no commission on works sold. Ongoing. Click here for details

The Morrin Centre is looking for a few more artisans to round out their lineup during the artisan fair of the upcoming Arts Alive! Quebec festival. The artisan fair will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 26. Click here for details.

Lantern Magazine is accepting submissions. Established in 2007, Lantern Magazine is a poetry periodical specifically catered to promoting writers in the Montreal literary community. Ongoing. Click here for details

The West Island Theatre Association (WISTA) is a non-profit community theatre company seeking a props designer for their upcoming production of The Prom. Positions at WISTA are considered volunteer & non-union however, a small honorarium will be given at the end of the production process to the team members. Click here for details.

The Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition is now accepting submissions. With more publicity and exposure, up to 20 plays are submitted from six Canadian provinces, the United States and Israel each contest year. The competition is now a bi-annual program. Deadline September 5. Click here for details.


Online and instore art classes for August:

A complete schedule for trying your hand at fine arts and developing your creative practice. The best part? Learning to create from the comfort of your own home:


Need help with your writing? Check out the new site of The Quebec Writers’ Federation:


Holly Friesen - Downtown Artist Cellar, Malone, NY until August 12th.


Johanna Griffith - Check out artist Johanna Griffith's work this September at Le Boulevard des Arts Tour.

She will also be exhibiting her project Leaning to the Light / S'orienter vers la lumière at Zocalo artist run print center in Longueuil for the month of October 2023.


Museum of Jewish Montreal – Unpacking My Library: A Collection of Jewish Heritage, Wed August 2 @ 19:00 - 20:30.

So much more:


The very last exhibit:

ZimArt Rice Lake Gallery, 855 Second Line Rd, Bailieboro, ON K0L 1B0.


Le Complexe Desjardins est fier d'accueillir l'exposition de photos de mode des étudiants en fin d'études de l'École supérieure de mode de l'ESG UQAM durant le FESTIVAL MAD MONTRÉAL.

Du 13 au 27 août prochain, le Complexe Desjardins célébrera la relève universitaire des finissants 2023 et mettra en vedette près d’une vingtaine de talentueux projets.

C'est une exposition gratuite à ne pas manquer dès le 13 août à midi jusqu'au 27 août à 17h.



30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30, 2023 edition. Meet the young musicians burning up Canada's classical scene.

Congrats to Eric Abramovitz!

(E.A. – Toronto Symphony Orchestra)


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