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WASM newsletter for April 3, 2023

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The ArtistsInspire community is recruiting Teaching Artists to bring arts projects into Quebec classrooms. Artists with experience facilitating the arts for participants of all ages, including Older Adults, are welcome. Interested Artists are encouraged to review the FAQ for Artists. Deadline April 12. Click here for details

The Pointe-Saint-Charles Art School announced their call for Submissions to their upcoming exhibition “ART OF THE POINTE“ in connection with the birthday of Bâtiment7 in May. All art works representing the neighborhood of Pointe-Saint-Charles are welcome. →Deadline April 16. Click here for details

CALQ and the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art have launched an annual residency program offering an artist who is a resident of Montréal and an artist who is a resident of Québec outside Montréal the opportunity to work with the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art to design and present a public engagement project. Deadline May 5. Click here for details

Michele Larose – Osler Library Artist-in-Residence Programme:

Colour mezzotint illustration from Exposition anatomique de la structure du corps humain, by Gautier Dagoty, 1759

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Michele Larose, artist and paediatric neuropsychiatrist who trained in psychiatry and child psychiatry at McGill and in visual arts at Curtin University in Australia, the Osler Library of the History of Medicine has established an artist-in-residence programme.

Michele Larose – Osler Library Artist-in-Residence Programme | McGill Library - McGill University



At the McCord Museum: New exhibition starting March 31. Photographer and filmmaker Joannie Lafrenière –a proud resident of Hochelaga for some 20 years–offers a colourful, sensitive portrait of the neighbourhood as she takes viewers on an immersive photographic and cinematographic journey. Discover this exhibition that documents a place but also the relationships people have with a neighbourhood that has undergone many transformations over time.

Info: Hochelaga – Evolving Montreal - Exhibition at McCord Stewart Museum (

Joannie interviewed on CBC’s All in a Weekend: Photographer and filmmaker, Joannie Lafrenière, talks about her latest exhibit of photographs and short films from the 18 years that she's been living in the Montreal borough of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. She talks about the way she first felt part of the community and why she started documenting the neighbourhood's people and places.


At the Arsenal Gallery:

Tickets: Billetterie - Arsenal Contemporary Art - Box office (


CANEVAS : Futur Symphonique, Une représentation unique le 6 avril prochain à 19 h 30.

Info and Tickets: Canevas: Futur Symphonique — Arsenal Contemporary Art


Laugh! It’s therapeutic. We (Sonali Karnick of CBC’s All in a Weekend) speak with one of the producers of the inaugural edition of GiggleFest, Michelle Forrester about the comedy festival in Montreal's Sud-Ouest region, featuring local comedians. We also hear from Mariam Khan, a comedian who is the co-host of the interactive show "Better Than Your Therapist" where the audience can ask for very unprofessional advice on a life issue from a panel of comedians.

Gigglefest starts next week:


Online Exhibits:

Wallace Collection UK:

Get a glimpse online – including portraits of dogs:

More on Facebook:


Museum of Failure is a collection of failed products and services from around the world. The majority of all innovation projects fail, and the museum showcases these failures to provide visitors a fascinating learning experience. Every item provides unique insight into the risky business of innovation.


Other Events:

McGill Library: Hybrid Event: 'What a nuisance sex is!': Women Plant Collectors in the 19th Century.

11 April, 12 PM, 3459, rue McTavish Street, Montreal.

Women botanists and plant collectors roamed North America looking for plant specimens to share, to sell, and to display in the late 19th century. As we learn their stories, we’ll explore why botany was a scientific pursuit that, while vastly popular with both sexes, was seen as a study particularly suited to women, and we’ll look at the ways that women used their botanical knowledge as a way to secure employment for themselves out in the frontier.

RSVP: RSVP - April 11th "What a nuisance sex is!" | McGill Library - McGill University


Art in the Open:

A new local art podcast. Shelley Miller is a visual artist in Montreal who has a new podcast about art in public spaces. The podcast is one-on-one conversations with artists, fabricators, public art administers, and mural organizations. Listen to Art in the Open now online or via Apple Podcasts & Spotify. ART IN THE OPEN.

Click here to listen: Art in the Open Podcast — SHELLEY MILLER (


Yes Montreal:

Jump start your art now! Attend our virtual workshop Jump Start Your Art held on select Mondays from 1:30pm-3:30pm and find out all the key things to consider when building a business in the arts.

Sign up here:


Good news! Eaton’s 9th Floor Restaurant - It’s coming back!

Restaurant 9e chez Eaton, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

Learn more from CBC:

From Eater Montreal:



Saskatchewan-born photographer, Shane Gross, wins Underwater Photographer of the Year Award in the macro category.

All 2023 winners:


People who dare:

Jimmy Chn:


The Academy Award-winning director of Free Solo and National Geographic photographer presents the New York Times Best Selling collection of his iconic adventure photography, featuring some of the greatest moments of the most accomplished climbers and outdoor athletes in the world, and including more than 200 extraordinary photographs.


Maureen Beck: Maureen Beck is an American mountaineer, and a specialist in adaptive climbing. Born without a lower left arm, she has won six national titles, and won a gold medal at the 2014 Spanish Paraclimbing World Championships. Beck is from Ellsworth, Maine and a graduate of the University of Vermont.

Listen on CBC’s Sunday Magazine:


Science and poetry? Why not!

Image from Chapter 1 - The evolution of life and the birth of ecology (with Joan As Police Woman singing Emily Dickinson)

Check out The Universe in Verse:


The Feather Heist - A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds.

The book:


Another book - How Bicycle Bob “vélorutionized” cycling culture in Montreal, by Taylor C. Noakes:

Robert Silverman, pictured around 1980. (Photo: Archives of Le Monde à Bicyclette/Ville de Montreal)


Novelist Ami McKay recently discovered a century-old seal press at an antique market — bringing to life a tale of mobsters, rum running and tragedy.

Ami McKay found this antique seal press at a market in New Minas, N.S., last weekend. (Ami McKay/Facebook)

The interview:

Ami’s books:


A book project from Christine Lalonde:

Christine has been working on a book for her friend Brenda Kennedy. It is a retrospective of her artwork from 1980 to 2022 and you can see a preview of the whole book online. Right now, Blurb is offering a discount of 31% on the printing until April 5th, if you’re interested in ordering a hardcopy. Christine will be ordering a few copies for herself and may be able to order one for you if you want.

Brenda’s work over the last 42 years is incredible and Christine really enjoyed putting this book together for Brenda.

Here is a link to the book online:

More about Brenda:


Fashion Upcycling Challenge:

In honour of Fashion Revolution Week, Fashion Revolution Canada is hosting a Student Upcycling Challenge and I will be supporting this important initiative as a judge. The contest is open to any student in Canada attending a high-school, post-secondary or continuing education program. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Deadline for submissions is April 7th. Winners announced via Instagram on April 25th.

For more details and to submit your application.


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