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WASM newsletter for April 4, 2022

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Calls for submissions and residency programmes - courtesy of ELAN:

Mtl en Arts is a major event in the creation and diffusion of visual arts in Montreal’s cultural scene that brings the creativity of artists to the public. They are accepting submissions for their summer 2022 outdoor expo which will take place in the Gay Village in Montreal. [Participants must pay a fee]. → April 24 (preferred pricing April 10). Registration Expo sale 2022 - Festival Mtl en Arts


SBC Gallery of Contemporary art is re-launching its artist residency program, initiated in the early days of the pandemic. This residency aims to support artists by providing a space, both physical and virtual, for research and experimentation, as well as production assistance to further the study of a field of interest defined by the artist. → June 5. SBC galerie d’art contemporain (


Grain literary journal is now accepting submissions for their Short Grain writing competition. They are accepting submissions in the Short Fiction and Poetry Categories. [Entry Fee]. → Deadline June 6. Short Grain Contest — Grain Magazine


Infinithéâtre is accepting submissions for The-Write-Stuff playwriting competition for youth starting. The contest will award the best new play by an emerging writer aged 12-18. The winner will receive $500. → Deadline June 1. Infinithéâtre ∞ Infinite vision ∞ Infinite possibilities (

Infinithéâtre is also accepting submissions for Write-on-Q, Infinitheatre’s annual playwriting contest, open to Québec writers and Indigenous writers from across North America. Selected by a jury of industry professionals, the winner will be awarded a cash prize of $3000 and will be featured as part of The Pipeline, their annual public play reading series. → Deadline September 6. Infinithéâtre ∞ Infinite vision ∞ Infinite possibilities (


M for Montreal has opened their call for artists. They are looking for artists who wish to develop their careers at a national and international level. Having a team in place, an album commercialized, a few shows done, and followers on socials are strong assets to get selected without being mandatory. [Application Fee]. → Deadline June 6. Call for artists | M for Montreal (


Online events:

ROAAr (McGill U) welcomes Montreal artist Myriam Dion to talk about her artistic practice. Her stunning works re-imagine old newspapers, leaving them cut up, weakened, and utterly transformed.

Dexterity and Craftsmanship; Artist Talk with Myriam Dion

Event on 13 April 2022, 12:00 to 13:00.


Music and stories:

The Stradivarius - Violins and violas are like living, breathing things. Many are hand-crafted with wood from a tree. Each one is different. And you know the story--Antonio Stradivari was the master. Some say he was the greatest maker of stringed instruments to ever live. The Stradivarius is one of the most powerful and expensive brands in the world.

David Aaron Carpenter plays the 'Macdonald' Stradivarius viola at Sotheby's auction house for NPR in April 2014. Manya Zuba/NPR


Paolo Pietropaolo’s “The Cello's Tale” and the role of art in a time of war. CBC Music host, Paolo Pietropaolo, brings us The Cello's Tale, a story inspired by Russian history, but reflective of the war in Ukraine today.

Photo: Beth Silver was in awe of cello's beauty and wanted to see if it could be restored (CBC News, Toronto)


See this beautiful concert - now online:

On March 22, 2022, at 7:30 p.m., at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, the Korwin-Szymanowski Family Foundation will present a Concert for Peace to raise funds for the humanitarian projects carried out by the Folkowisko Association on both sides of the Polish-Ukrainian border. A reservation (free) is required. Vaccination passport is no longer in effect. The charitable organization KBF CANADA takes care of collecting donations, issuing tax receipts, transferring them to the Association Folkowisko, and monitoring the projects and their impact. Link:


Better late than never: the story of Beverly "Guitar" Watkins - by Polly Glass (Classic Rock) published July 08, 2020.

(Image credit: James Fraher / Getty Images)

Beverly "Guitar" Watkins didn’t record her first album until she was 60, but she was tearing up the blues circuit long before then.

Read more here:


Exhibits and cultural events:

The Nick Cave: Stranger Than Kindness exhibition is coming to Montreal - April 8 to August 7, 2022. Prolific veteran musician and alt-rock sovereign figure Nick Cave is coming to Montreal in the form of his immersive exhibition Stranger Than Kindness. Sharing its name with Cave’s 2021 book, Stranger Than Kindness offers a glimpse into Cave’s mind and creative process, showcasing over 300 objects created or collected by Cave, representing his childhood in Australia through his development as an artist and through his career.

Nick Cave: Stranger Than Kindness will be at the Galerie de la Maison du Festival (305 Ste-Catherine W.) from April 8–Aug. 7. For more information and to buy tickets ($25.99–$29.99) here:

All-in-a-Weekend Interview with co-curator Christina Back about the exhibit that celebrates the life of legendary Australia rocker Nick Cave.

Watch the exhibit trailer here:



The Hanami Festival, the first Japanese spring festival in Montreal.

🎌 We would like to showcase the Japanese culture in Montreal such as millenary traditions, manga, gastronomy, martial arts, fashion, and music.

📅 This festival will take place on April 9th and 10th from 11am to 7pm on Saturday and 10m to 6pm on Sunday at Centre St-Pierre at 1215 Rue de la Visitation in Montreal (close to metro Beaudry). More info on Facebook:


More from McGill’s ROARr library:

History of Astronomy Drop-In Exhibition

April 11, 1-3:00 PM EDT

In-person - Come by for an in-person look at some of the jewels from the History of Astronomy holdings in McGill Library's Rare and Special Collections, including Andreas Cellarius' masterpiece, Harmonia Macrocosmica.



CBC’s All in a Weekend host speaks to author Robert Wilkins about his new book "Grandad's Montreal, 1901", which marked the year his grandparents met, and he surprises us with some so little-known facts about the city.

The book is available at your favourite bookstore with part of the sale of each book going to charity.


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