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WASM newsletter for August 23, 2021

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Past WASM presenters in the spotlight:

Live solo recital by Jui-Sheng Li at the Kin Experience (397A, Rue St-Catherine Ouest, Montréal, QC H3B 1A4) on Sunday, August 29th, 2021, at 15h00.

Ticketing information is available on this website:


Check this out! Our previous presenters are keeping busy despite the pandemic.

A Montreal tango instructor has danced her way through the pandemic. The owners of an N.D.G. Argentine tango school were hit hard by the pandemic, but at least they had each other. Now, things are looking up.

(Andrea Shepherd - Special to Montreal Gazette).

Read all about Andrea and Wolf right here:

A Montreal tango instructor has danced her way through the pandemic | Montreal Gazette

If you missed the presentation or just want to see it again, here is the link to see it:

Past Lectures | WASM (


Lecture from the MCW:

Hate Speech: A Violent Attack on Canadian Diversity

Montreal Council of Women Webinar - Thursday, September 2, 2021, Time: 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. EST

Join us for an important webinar on Hate Speech: A Violent Attack on Canadian Diversity. Expert panelists will explore the complex, multifaceted, and growing issue of hate speech in Canada and its impact on our society.

For the full description of this free webinar and the biographies of our panelists, please visit:


Please note that the zoom details will be sent out 24 hours before the event will occur to those who register through the above link. If you do not receive the zoom details before the event or if you have any questions about the registration process, please contact Sarah Ford at


News in the world of music:

R. Murray Schafer, composer and 'father of acoustic ecology,' dies at 88 (David Friend / The Canadian Press)

More: IN MEMORIAM | R. Murray Schafer: A Remarkable Life Remarkably Lived


Watch the NFB film “Listen”:


Don Everly of early rock 'n' roll Everly Brothers dies at 84. Everly died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, August 21. His brother, Phil Everly, died in January 2014 at age 74.

In this July 31,1964, file photo The Everly Brothers, Phil, left, and Don, perform on stage. (AP Photo, File)


Kathleen Battle celebrates her 73rd birthday:

Kathleen Battle, first African American female opera singer to win a Grammy and an Emmy – photo from Wikipedia

Read about Kathleen here:

From the Met:

Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman* in Mythodea, Movements 5(11)/6, by Vangelis

*We lost Jessye Norman a few short months after she was awarded the 2018 Glenn Gould Prize.


The written word:

A lost dictionary: How a stolen 17th century Huron-Wendat dictionary ended up in a US library.

Fannie Dionne Dictionnaire huron-wendat–français. John Carter Brown Library, Providence, Codex Ind 12.

Research from Fannie Dionne, history PhD at McGill, suggests that a Wendat-French dictionary that is today housed at a library at Brown University in Rhode Island was stolen from its rightful owners, the Huron-Wendat nation. Dionne explains why the 112-year-old theft went undiscovered by subsequent owners, including the library. As well, Jonathan Lainey, Indigenous Cultures curator for the McCord Museum and a member of the Huron-Wendat nation, reflects on how institutions can reckon with how to trace the origins of items that were stolen or obtained unethically.

Enquête sur le parcours d'un manuscrit :!/fiche/9/codex-indigenous-12


Literary News from Concordia:

5 Concordians among nominees for prestigious literary awards


Visual Arts / Exhibits:

Newsletter from the Westmount Visual Arts Centre/McLure Gallery:

Our fellow WASM member, Jackie Rae Wloski, will have an art piece at this exhibition:

Clay Roots - 75th Anniversary Exhibition and Online Auction

Exhibition: September 2 to 15, 2021

Online Exhibition: August 16 to September 15, 2021

Clay Roots Book Launch – online interview with Victoria LeBlanc: September 9 at 6pm

Auction: September 9 to 15, 2021.

Address: 350 Victoria Avenue, Montreal, Qc H3Z 2N4, or by phone: 514-488-9558

The work of one hundred of the McClure Gallery’s artists, who have participated in solo or curated group exhibitions, and past and present teachers within the VAC’s School of Art will be presented at the McClure Gallery and online. This is an amazing opportunity to see art in a wide range of mediums and styles, and purchase art at a reasonable price while supporting local artists and your Visual Arts Centre.


Montreal Art Centre - Griffintown Art Exhibit:

Call for Submissions: Want to exhibit at CAMAC? We are offering a unique opportunity to artists wishing to exhibit at The Montreal Art Centre.


At the Art Mûr Gallery - Kanien'kehá:ka artist, Kyle Kaientó:ton Williams, inaugurates new Indigenous gallery space in Montreal.

Ka'shatsténhsera means power in Kanien'kéha, or the Mohawk language. It's one of three important concepts to the Haudenosaunee Confederacy's constitution, which is why it was chosen as the title of Kyle Williams's first solo exhibition. The emerging multidisciplinary artist will have a series of paintings and drawings on exhibition this month at Montreal gallery Art Mûr as it inaugurates a new permanent space dedicated to Indigenous art. The exhibition opens Aug. 14 and runs until Sept. 18. Williams's work focuses on portraiture and landscape, often of large concrete structures and skyscrapers, depicting the destruction of natural landscape and pride for Kahnawake's rich history of ironwork.

Art Mûr Montréal, 5826, rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC.

More on the artist on CBC:



The Scotia Bank Photography Award goes to Montrealer Deanna Bowen.

Deanna Bowen is a descendant of two Alabama and Kentucky born Black Prairie pioneer families from Amber Valley and Campsie, Alberta. Bowen’s family history has been the central pivot of her auto-ethnographic interdisciplinary works since the early 1990s. She makes use of a repertoire of artistic gestures in order to define the Black body and trace its presence and movement in place and time. In recent years, her work has involved close examination of her family’s migrations and their connections to Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley and Black Strathcona, the “all-Black” towns of Oklahoma, the Kansas Exoduster migrations and the Ku Klux Klan in Canada and the United States. She has received numerous awards over the course of her career including a 2020 Governor General Award for Visual and Media Arts Award, a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize. Her writing, interviews and art works have been published in Canadian Art, The Capilano Review, The Black Prairie Archives, and Transition Magazine. Bowen is editor of the 2019 publication Other Places: Reflections on Media Arts in Canada. Deanna is Assistant Professor in Intersectional Feminist and Decolonized Practices in 2D-3D Imaging-Making at Concordia U.

Deanna is represented by MKG127 Gallery. Here is Deanna’s web site:



A cute movie with Montreal connections:

Canada's beloved team of animated rescue dogs, better known as the Paw Patrol, are taking on bigger challenges and adventures in the new film, Paw Patrol: The Movie. The 88-minute-long film, based on the popular Canadian children's television series Paw Patrol, is the first full-length feature film produced by Toronto-based toy and entertainment company Spin Master, with animation provided by Mikros Image based in Montreal. Released on Friday, the movie is about "95 per cent Canadian-based," director Cal Brunker told CBC News.


Get a glimpse of this new NFB film “Stateless”:

In 1937, tens of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent were exterminated by the Dominican army on the basis of anti-black racism. Fast-forward to 2013: the Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court stripped the citizenship of anyone with Haitian parents, retroactive to 1929, rendering more than 200,000 people stateless. Director Michèle Stephenson’s new documentary follows the grassroots campaign of a young attorney named Rosa Iris, as she challenges electoral corruption and fights to protect the right to citizenship for all people.

“Stateless” is screening at: and


Ariel Nasr is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has earned an Oscar nomination, a Canadian Screen Award, and more than a dozen other awards from festivals around the world. Director of the National Film Board’s The Forbidden Reel, The Boxing Girls of Kabul, Good Morning Kandahar, and the interactive project Kabul Portraits, Ariel’s work encompasses writing, directing and producing across multiple formats and platforms and has been broadcast in Canada the US, across Latin America, Europe, East Asia and the Middle East. His acclaimed independent work includes writing and directing the documentary The Mosque: A Community’s Struggle (2019), which opened theatrically across Quebec. A King’s College honours graduate, Nasr started his filmmaking career as an assistant editor in the Halifax office of the NFB’s Quebec and Atlantic Studio.

Films on the NFB:

See the entire film “The Forbidden Reel”:


Mutek Festival - International Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music:

From Tuesday, August 24 to Sunday, September 5, more than 250 artists will offer around one hundred performances and fifty artworks and installations, most of them never seen before, to the Montréal public and to spectators from across the world through the platform. We are waiting for you in one of our venues, on the free outdoor stage and online for an array of sound and visual emotions! All the info:

Online events, many of which are free:


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