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WASM Newsletter for June 28, 2021

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Community Events:


Lieu : rue Ste-Catherine (Village), Montréal, QC

Kiosque : entre les rues Champlain et Alexandre-de-Sève

Dates volet URBAIN (artistes sur place) : 30 juin au 4 juillet 2021

Informations :


News from the WAAC:

July 1-31: The Women’s Art Association of Canada’s Ruth Upjohn Gallery and Seoul’s Hello Space Gallery create Vital Signs, a virtual exchange exhibition that is a first of its kind collaboration introducing works by South Korean and Canadian artists at WAAC.


City Tours in July and August 2021 offered by The McCord Museum and Heritage Montreal.

© Elias Touil – Musée McCord Museum

Discover Montreal’s history during a 90-minute walk through one of two iconic downtown neighborhoods: the Golden Square Mile and Milton Park. These outdoor guided tours are offered on alternating Saturdays from July 3 to August 28, 2021.Duration: 90 minutes per tour. Number of participants per tour: maximum 12 people. The activity will take place in the event of light rain. For fees and registration:


L'Opération patrimoine Montréal. Les Grands prix de l'Opération patrimoine Montréal se déclinent en cinq catégories qui célébrent la force de notre patrimoine à la fois matériel (entretien, architecture et mise en valeur citoyenne) et immatériel (savoir-faire et diffusion). La conservation du patrimoine participe à la transition écologique par ses actions en accord avec les 4R : réduire; réutiliser; réparer; recycler. La date limite pour faire une proposition est reportée au dimanche 4 juillet 2021 à 23h59.


Children's books:

Sydney Smith is a Canadian illustrator from Nova Scotia whose latest project, Small in the City, is a story about finding refuge in unfamiliar places.

More on the artist:


Photography News:

Tim Van Horn Photography:

54,000 Portraits: One Photographer Captures the Many Faces of Canada - Our Canada by Tim Van Horn.


From “The Atlantic” - Winners of the 2021 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition. Entrants in this year’s contest were invited to submit images showcasing the Earth’s biodiversity and some of the mounting threats to the natural world. These images originally appeared on bioGraphic, an online magazine about science and sustainability and the official media sponsor for the California Academy of Sciences’ BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition. The organizers were once more kind enough to share some of the winners and finalists here. The captions were written by the bioGraphic editorial staff and lightly edited for style.

See the winning images here:

“Sign of the Tides”. Human / Nature Winner.

Though a post-pandemic world is finally in sight, the scars of COVID-19 will live on for years to come—including those on our environment. Since the start of the pandemic, the production of single-use plastics skyrocketed, driven in part by the surge in epidemiologically necessary, but ecologically devastating, personal protective equipment. According to one study, 129 billion face masks and 65 billion gloves were used globally each month during the pandemic, as much as 75 percent of which are likely to end up in landfills or the ocean. Much of that equipment—including this mask being investigated by a curious California sea lion—is made from durable plastics that take hundreds of years to break down. ~ Ralph Pace / BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition.


The ORIGINS photo exhibition at the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan is virtual, immersive and accessible to everyone as of July 13, 2020.

Since the end of January 2020, the Planétarium has been suggesting a photo exhibition of our planet Earth, taken by photographer Olivier Grunewald, all in giant format, matching the architectural shapes of its unique building. Besides living this moment on-site at the Planétarium, you can also experience in the comfort of your own home this spectacular journey of 4.5 billion years, narrated by the voice of Christine Beaudoin, which celebrates power, the Earth's energy, the extremely rich biodiversity, and reveals the breathtaking beauty of wilderness.


Musical Notes:

Winner of he 2020 Pulitzer Prize in music for distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year.

Stride, by Tania León (Peermusic Classical)

Premiered at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City on February 13, 2020, a musical journey full of surprise, with powerful brass and rhythmic motifs that incorporate Black music traditions from the US and the Caribbean into a Western orchestral fabric.


How the mbira – an instrument with a complicated history in Zimbabwe found a following in Western Canada.

Check out these Youtube videos and listen to this lively music:


Two great Canadian musicians we lost:

Jeanne Lamon, the esteemed “period music pioneer” who spent 33 years leading Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, has died at the age of 71.


Photo: Rob Swyrd at Folkways 2013

Ellen Mcilwaine - Calgary-based guitarist and blues legend Ellen McIlwaine dead at 75.


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