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WASM newsletter for March 21, 2022

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Online and in-person events and exhibits:

More about CBC GEM’s The Porter and Facebook event:

Are you a fan of The Porter? Join us on March 21, 2022, at 7:00PM, for an exclusive virtual event featuring the cast and creators of the new CBC series The Porter. Register now (CBC), on Facebook. Info and Facebook login:

The Porter is a new series on CBC that is set in Little Burgundy and that follows Black train porters as they attempt to organize the first Black labour union in North America. We spoke with Marlene Jennings. Her father was a train porter.


The McGill University ROAAr Book Club Presents: Riddles and Riddling Ways, March 23rd, 12:00 PM (ET). Riddle me this: is the time ripe to bring food-themed riddles back into fashion? Find out in this panel discussion with the curators and researchers behind the Exhibition “Riddles and Riddling Ways”.


Creative Thursdays brought to you by Deserres: Watercolour Landscapes (EN)

In collaboration with The National Gallery of Canada. Thursday, March 31st at 7:30 P.M. (EST) Duration: 1 hour Teacher: Dhanashri Bapat FREE | offered online via ZOOM | Organized by the N.G.C *This course is only offered in English. (French session)


Films to check out - and The Oscars.

CODA star Troy Kotsur on his historic Oscar nomination. In a Q interview, the actor shared how he drew on his own experience to play a deaf father of a hearing child.

Troy Kotsur, nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in the film CODA, poses for a photo at Red Rock Park in Mesa, Ariz., on Jan. 28, 2022. (AP/Matt York).

For the full list of Oscar nominations:


All about the animated film “Turning Red” -

Image courtesy of Pixar

Written and directed by Chinese-Canadian animator Academy Award-winner Domee Shi (Pixar short Bao), produced by Lindsey Collins and coming to Disney+ on March 11, 2022.

It is the first Pixar film to be solely directed by a woman, the first to take place in Canada, and the second to feature an Asian lead character after Up.

At Pixar, Shi worked on “Bao” in her spare time. In 2019, it won the Oscar for best animated short, and she accepted alongside her producer, Becky Neiman-Cobb.


Zhanna Maksymenko-Dovhych left Kyiv to stay near the border with Romania. She is still working on films that will look at the effect of the war on Ukrainians and says we need to call Russia's actions war crimes.

The interview from All in a Weekend:

Zhanna Maksymenko-Dovhych:


New documentary about Oscar Peterson on Crave TV:

Oscar Peterson: Black + White is a new documentary about Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. His widow, Kelly Peterson, joined Tom Power to talk about the film and share some stories about her late husband.


“Fragile Monument” at the FIFA Pop-Up, Exhibition Hall Place des arts:

Check out all the films and art video clips for the 40th Edition of FIFA:



At the Juno Awards:

Susan Aglukark to receive the Humanitarian Award Presented by Music Canada at the 2022 JUNO Awards.

Susan Aglukark, Photo Credit: Denise Grant

Listen to Susan sing O Siem:


How an American pianist revived Chopin in Warsaw. In 2006, finding a live Fréderic Chopin concert in Warsaw was harder than expected. American pianist Pamela Howland made it her life’s mission to revive Chopin in Warsaw, Poland, the composer’s hometown.

The World, March 4, 2022 · 5:00 PM EST, By Rebecca Rosman.


Fresh air:

Out in Grand-Metis on the banks of the Saint-Lawrence, director and historian Alexander Reford and the team at Reford Gardens, are preparing the 150th celebrations to honour his great-grandmother, Elsie Reford; the founder of the popular gardens. But there's also Alexander's legacy to recognize - creating more cultural programming at the gardens, including the International Festival of Gardens, nature conservation and work on the climate crisis, and addressing reconciliation with Indigenous Nations.

A fascinating history.

It’s in the summer of 1926 that Elsie Reford (1872-1967) began transforming her fishing camp on the Metis River into a garden. Located hundreds of kilometers away from the nearest nursery, she faced challenges that are difficult to conceive of today. Where experienced specialists had failed, she succeeded in turning her spruce forest into a gigantic garden that would become one of the largest plant collections of its time. Elsie hired and trained people from the region like farmers and fishing guides in order to turn them into master gardeners. Over three decades, they’ve built a magnificent garden together.

Alexander Reford was recently appointed to the Order of Canada.

Photo by Ali Inay.


After over a year of lockdowns we’re finally open! The Atrium study space has been expanded and we’re looking forward to starting up some of our programming again in the near future. Due to COVID restrictions our capacity is limited. There are 13 socially distanced desks available for studying among plants in a peaceful, warm and sunny environment. We all must remain masked and socially distanced, and the greenhouse vents need to be open in order to meet adequate ventilation guidelines from Concordia University. If it’s a cloudy and cold day outside remember to bring a sweater!

The Greenhouse hosts workshops, film screenings, research projects and community events with an eye to creating a more ecologically, socially and economically sustainable community. We also host weekly volunteer sessions. Everyone is welcome to participate so come on up and get your hands dirty!



NAÏVEMENT FRAIS - NAIVELY FRESH. New works by Pascal Normand, artist/photographer.

BSV (Bagel St-Viateur)


For this man in Istanbul, the pandemic renewed a lifelong passion for drawing.

When the pandemic hit his home city of Istanbul, Ahmet Faruk picked up an old passion: drawing. He wandered around the city, looking for forgotten, underappreciated buildings. Then, he brought them to life on the pages of his sketchbook. Lately, he has been focusing on Islamic architecture, specifically, mosque domes and minarets.

The World, March 17, 2022 · 11:00 AM EDT, By Shirin Jaafari


Dos à Dos, Face à Face - jusqu’a 17 avril 2022 :

Laurena Finéus, Kezna Dalz, Sfiya, Esther Calixte-Bea & Sarah-Mecca Abdourahman

Institut National Art contemporain, 50 rue St-Paul O. suite 1, Montréal


Works by the Ukrainian photographer Igor Chekachkov:

Started as a photojournalist in 2008, Igor Chakachkov covered a wide range of cultural, mass and sports events. The path through photographic fields, weaving through years of work and searching, led the author to the field of art photography which he still explores these days. The boundaries between public and intimate spaces are the main focus for the author today.

His work has been published in Forbes, National Geographic, The Guardian (UK), Le Monde (France), WirtschaftsWoche (Germany), Forbes (Ukraine) and others. He also continues to exhibit his prints internationally in both solo and group exhibitions, including work in the Quatrième Image, Paris (2014), Galerie Claude Samuel, Paris (2015), Ukrainian Museum, New York (2015), Ukrainian Cultural Center, Los Angeles (2015), Odessa // Batumi festival (2017) and many others.

Member of UPHA (Ukrainian Photographic Alternative) and UAPF (Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers) group, National Society of Photo Artists of Ukraine.


More photography from Ukrainian artists:



Artists who are fundraising - The war in Ukraine has put artists at high risk. In response we, an informal group of international artists, have come together to support the NGO Artists at Risk. We have each donated a print in an open edition. All proceeds from sales will help Artists at Risk facilitate emergency travel, shelter and financial support to help our peers gain safety.


Performing arts:

Sonia Rodriguez of the National Ballet is retiring:

Sonia Rodriguez has taken her last bow. The ballet dancer joined the National Ballet of Canada when she was just 17 years old. Now, she begins a new chapter: retirement. Rodriguez sat down with Tom Power to reflect on her incredible career — and what changed in the world of ballet during her remarkable run. The interview on CBC q:


CBX: Canadian Ballroom Extravaganza is a new kind of ballroom competition — and it's getting fierce.

Team Best Served Bold competes in the Bizarre category in CBX: Canadian Ballroom Extravaganza. (CBC Arts)

Voting is open for the new Canadian ballroom competition series. Watch here:



Ukrainian novelist brings his country's story of resistance to the world. CBC News senior journalist David Common reports live from Lviv, Ukraine, on how that city and its people are coping as the Russian invasion nears the one-month mark. And then we hear from celebrated Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov. At 60-years-old, he could leave the war-torn country if he wanted. But Kurkov has decided to stay. The author of more than a dozen novels, and president of free speech group PEN Ukraine, tells Chattopadhyay he believes his wartime duty is to help tell the "incredible story" of Ukraine's resistance to the world.

More about Andrey Kurkov from The New York Times:


In their new book 305 Lost Buildings of Canada, Montreal illustrator Raymond Biesinger and Toronto architecture critic Alex Bozikovic unearth the history and design of memorable buildings across the country that no longer stand. From churches and warehouses to nightclubs and post offices, Biesinger and Bozikovic tell Helen Mann why these buildings matter beyond their bricks and mortar... and what they reveal about the tension between preservation and progress in the push toward urban renewal.

From The Sunday Magazine:



Congratulations to Francis Kéré, 2022 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.


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