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WASM newsletter for August 22, 2022

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Sabrina Marandola speaks to Colin Robinson, retired Honorary Colonel at Royal Montreal Regiment and Founder of Je me Souviens, who also organized the exhibit marking the 80th anniversary of the Dieppe raid.

More about this exhibit:


Participating artists will showcase their skills, talents, and passion for expression for the benefit of all.


We meet the creator of the first ever Mini Art Tour in Beaconsfield, where participants can meet artists in the area and see their studios. Lisa Glickman is the present of the Beaconsfield Artists Association and the organiser of the event as well as an artist herself. The Mini Art Tour takes place on August 28th, 2022.

Beaconsfield Art:


Les Grands Ballets is happy to present two evenings of shows for the reopening of the Théâtre de Verdure in the middle of parc La Fontaine with a new setting and a new architecture. The public will be able to enjoy a mixed program for free, with classical ballet as well as contemporary dance. Around twenty dancers will perform a selection of extracts that will blend virtuosity and poetry, in the magical setting of the outdoor theatre. Rendez-vous d'été Mixed Program, August 24 and 25 AT 8:30 P.M. Le Théâtre de Verdure, 3939, avenue du Parc-La Fontaine, Montreal.


Visual Arts Centre Open House:


Papier Foire 2022 at the Grand Quay in the Old port of Montreal, 200 rue de la Commune oust. August 26 to 28, 2022.

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At MUMAQ, from 12 July 2022 to 16 October 2022 - Akhmim, Egypt: 4000 Years of Textile Art.

615, ave. Sainte-Croix, arrondissement de Saint-Laurent, Montréal.


At the MMFA:

Discover at the MMFA the first ever space dedicated to Sikh art in a Canadian museum. The permanent collection of Sikh art has been installed in the Stephan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing for the Arts of One World, located on the 4th floor of the Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion.

INDIA, or PAKISTAN, PUNJAB REGION, Illustrated Janamsakhi, Mid-19th c., gouache, powdered gold ink, gold leaf, ink. MMFA, Sikh Art Collection, Narinder Singh, and Satinder Kaur Kapany – Sikh Foundation International (U.S.A.). Photo MMFA, Christine Guest.


The MMFA is putting digital art in the spotlight with the Digital Canvas, which allows for the projection of digital artworks onto the facade of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion, on the north side of Sherbrooke Street. From June 10 to November 27, 2022, the work Contre-espace by multidisciplinary artist Sabrina Ratté will light up the facade every night, from sunset until 11 p.m.

More on Sabrina Ratté:


At Arsenal Gallery, 2020 William St, Montreal:


The Fabulous Bestiary, Artist Alana Barrell at CAP Gallery.

Montreal, August 2022- Le Centre d'Apprentissage Parallèle de Montréal (CAP) is honoured to present Alana Barrell’s third solo exhibition, The Fabulous Bestiary. This series forms part of the ambitious Mental Health Ambassadors project, encouraging people with psychological challenges to develop their artistic work in a supportive environment, using creativity to work through disturbing emotions and move towards wellbeing. On view from August 30 to September 30 at CAP Gallery, the free exhibition will feature Barrell’s new work as well as pieces from the last five years.

VERNISSAGE: Tuesday, August 30 from 5:30 to 8 PM. RSVP for the vernissage Tues. Aug. 30: Liesl Barrell at

EXHIBITION: August 31 through September 30, Mondays–Fridays 9 AM to 5 PM. CAP Gallery: 4865, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal.


ZimArt Rice Lake Gallery | 855 2nd Line, Bailieboro, K0L 1B0, Canada


135-year-old Montreal pumphouse to be restored, used as learning centre. Heritage advocates fought for years to save Craig Pumping Station. (CBC News · Posted: Aug 09, 2022, 5:22 AM ET | Last Updated: August 9)

From Heritage Montreal:


1 oz. Fine Silver Coin – Celebrating Oscar Peterson.

Take a close look at the coin design—notice the bracelet on Oscar Peterson’s wrist? Peterson was rarely seen without his gold identification bracelet, which was a gift from Fred Astaire after they recorded the 1953 album, The Astaire Story. In addition to his own recordings, Peterson appeared on hundreds of albums by other legendary artists, including Duke Ellington, who referred to him as the “Maharaja of the keyboard.”

Oscar Peterson composed Hymn to Freedom in 1962, and the instrumental song is the last track on his 1963 album, Night Train. After the album’s release, lyrics were added, and the song was adopted as an anthem of the civil rights movement in the United States. It continues to be performed by concert bands and choirs worldwide, and in 2009, it was played at former U.S. President Barack Obama’s first inauguration—a testament to the song’s lasting power and emotional resonance.

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Discover Eleanor Collins, Canadian jazz singer:

She has fostered the values of equality and acceptance; is recognized as a civic leader and pioneer in the development of British Columbia’s music industry. She is celebrated for her extensive career as a jazz singer; one of the first black artists in North America to host a national, weekly television series.

Eleanor Collins, C.M. on the Canada Post commemorative stamp launch in her honour, January 21, 2022.


Liminal Space – a concept that has blossomed during this pandemic.

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Suggested by Diana Bruno:

Artcurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History is a wildly entertaining and surprisingly educational dive into art history as you've never seen it before, from the host of the beloved ArtCurious podcast, Jennifer Dasal. The tales—told in Dasal’s signature charming and accessible style—range from the weird (Andy Warhol collected toenail clippings) to the dark (a British painter might have been Jack the Ripper) to the quietly fascinating (Norman Rockwell might be best known for schmaltzy Saturday Evening Post covers, but he also painted significant works addressing race and social justice). If the words ‘art history’ make you think of sitting in a dark windowless room watching slide after slide of beheaded Greek statues, Artcurious is here to make you think again. Captivating, amusing, and remarkably educational, this book is for art lovers, experts, and novices alike – proof that art is far from boring, and instead teeming with the unseen, the odd, the funny, and the mysterious.

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Arts news from Concordia U:

Bain Public founder Paul Ortchanian is a problem solver who found his winning combination at Concordia, by Julie Barlow, MA 94.

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Something to check out on books:


Michael Schur on his literary debut and why comedians are uniquely suited to teaching philosophy.

From CBC q:

The book:


It's the crimson covering of pizza, the most popular pasta sauce, the essence of gazpacho and salsa, and the bright, red Canadian summer sandwich staple. Any way you slice it, the tomato has been crushing it for almost 200 years. But it wasn't always that way. In a new book called Ten Tomatoes that Changed the World, writer William Alexander recounts the surprising history of the tomato – including how, after crossing the Atlantic from Mexico with returning conquistadors five centuries ago, it was widely reviled as "wet and cold" and even poisonous. He joins Megan Williams to dig into how the tomato eventually found its way into kitchens and onto menus around the world.

The book:


Is your garden “up-to-date”? Check this out:

Pollinator Partnership Canada (P2C) is a registered charity dedicated to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems through conservation, education, and research.


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