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WASM Newsletter for September 6, 2021


Community Events:

Festivals, Lectures, and Exhibits:

POP Montreal 2021 will be a hybrid festival, in-person and virtual. For in-person concerts, the current Covid-19 protocols will be applied, and a health pass will be required at the entrance of the concerts. If you are planning to attend a performance, you MUST purchase your tickets online in advance. There will be no tickets available at the door.

We will also have our Art POP exhibition on the third floor of the Rialto, Puces POP at Église Saint-Denis, conferences and discussions with POP Symposium at the Rialto, Film POP at Cinéma Moderne and at L’Entrepôt77 (ciné-concert) as well as Kids POP at Parc Saint-Viateur. All show listings and tickets available here:

Puces Pop catalogue online :




Fiberart International 2022 – The exhibition runs June 3 to August 20, 2022 Venues: Brew House Association and Contemporary Craft


MACM News:

The Sainte-Catherine Street museum is closed. Experience digital programming on the MAC website while waiting for the museum to open at Place Ville Marie this fall!


Lecture Series from the WAAC:

More from the WAAC:

Reelworld Film Festival is the only All-Canadian festival dedicated to showcasing the films of Canadian Black, Indigenous, People of Colour filmmakers. Here is your opportunity to support homegrown talent. Until September 22nd, buy one festival pass and get one free for the 21st edition of the Reelworld Film Festival, running from October 20 to 27, 2021. To purchase this BOGO deal, click here For more information on all the programs and services click here.

ART for Cancer Free Workshops: Artbarn School is now managing the ART for Cancer monthly workshops. If you are living with cancer and would like to relax with some art these 1.5 hour Sunday virtual art workshops might help. Just go to this link to register with Artbarn.

CENTRED features Acclaimed local London artists Clare and Kevin Bice. Also featured is Jeff Willmore – Exploring Landscapes.

Royal Ontario Museum: Enter a trip for two to Newfoundland & Labrador to see Whales, Birds and Bergs! Prize includes flights, an 8-day itinerary including accommodations, rental car, boat tours. Also, don’t miss the ROM's newest exhibition Great Whales: Up Close and Personal, showcasing their beloved blue whale alongside two new iconic North Atlantic skeletons: the critically endangered right whale and the deep diving sperm whale. Find out more

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema will reopen on September 10! Explore Anthony Bourdain’s career as a chef, writer and host, and revisit the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. Visit their website for more.

Feheley Fine Arts preview 2021 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection. Prints available October 16. To view the collection click here

Music Niagara has a summer festival running online to September 22, through their YouTube channel. You won’t want to miss From Judy to Bette: The Stars of old Hollywood, written and performed by Toronto’s Rebecca Perry, following the success of her two award-winning ‘Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl’ shows. Judy Garland; Lucille Ball; Bette Davis; Betty Hutton – Trailblazers refusing to be “just another ingénue” during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Video LINK:

A Factory Theatre Reminder: “You Can’t Get There from Here” is a 5-episode series of online podcasts, available Free until September 25. Simply use the link below to access their website for information on the 5 episodes available through your preferred podcast service. These are commissioned audio theatrical works by some of Canada’s most creative minds – playwrights Anusree Roy, Matthew MacKenzie, Yvette Nolan, Keith Barker and Luke Reece. Each episode offers a new, self-contained story and a vivid audio experience, featuring the vocal talents of over 20 artists. They can be listened to from home, or while exploring the Toronto locations of each episode, offering fresh perspectives on Toronto neighbourhoods and landmarks across the city. The choice is yours. LINK:



Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is more than happy to share with you the first stars who will be rocking downtown this September! From September 15 to 19, unique and free performances will take place on two large outdoor stages installed in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles. Of course, the shows will be held in accordance with each of the public health guidelines established by the government to ensure the safety of artists, festivalgoers, and employees.


Focus on Pat Metheny:

Road to the Sun - the new album explained:

Learn about Linda Manzer who makes most of Pat Metheny’s guitars including the 42-stringed Pikasso:


Focus on Daniel Lanois - and it all started in his mother’s laundry room!

Multi-grammy-award-winning producer and musician Daniel Lanois tells us about his new gospel-inspired album Heavy Sun, a collaboration with gospel singer and minister Johnny Shepherd, Rocco DeLuca and Jim Wilson. He’ll tell us what got him hooked on this style of music as a young man, and why he may be gravitating towards it again now.

Daniel interviewed by Tom Power of CBC’s q:

Daniel Lanois’s web site:


The 10th anniversary of the Maison symphonique de Montréal.

On September 11 and 12, 2021, Place des Arts and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Maison symphonique de Montréal with a series of ten free short concerts and four discussions. Discover the exceptional acoustics of the Maison symphonique and enjoy an incomparable musical experience with various ensembles from the OSM, a string quartet and brass quintet from the Orchestre Métropolitain, the chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy and the Orchestre Classique de Montréal.

Reserve your seats now—it’s free! Just select the program that interests you.


Dancing outside!

From September 16 to 26, Place des Arts is transforming its outdoor Esplanade into a huge open-air dancefloor for its L’Art en soi Festival. The L’Art en soi Festival’s eight days of fun will offer something for everyone, with six evenings of dancing, hosted by Philippe Fehmiu: Bollywood, Charleston, house, cumbia, swing, and traditional Haitian dance. Each dance evening will begin at 7 pm with a friendly introductory workshop led by professional dancers who will teach participants the basic steps of each of the six styles in the spotlight. Newly acquired skills can then be put into practice during the event following the workshop at 8 pm, featuring musicians performing live on-site!

On Sundays, the Esplanade will be transformed into a joyful play area for youngster for the two Family Days. Hosted by characters Gaspart and Dahlia, this family day is focused on fun and dancing, in a lively and exciting playground atmosphere! Workshops for the whole family will get everyone to explore hidden talents—theatrical hopscotch, urban dance, hula hoop, prop making, singing and more!

All activities are free, and registration is required. Go to the event page that interests you to reserve your place!



When entomologist Gil Wizen took photos of a mosquito biting his knuckle, he wanted to show how beautiful it can be. Now his photo of the tiny metallic-coloured insect has been honoured in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Ontario photopgrapher Gil Wizen has received a commendation from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards for this photo of a Sabethes mosquito that he snapped in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.

Visit Gil’s web site and prepare to be amazed:


Mexican photographer Alejandro Prieto's image of a bird at the US-Mexico border wall has won a prestigious photo contest. Mr Prieto was named the grand prize winner of the Bird Photographer of the Year competition after his image was selected from 22,000 entries. His winning photograph depicts a roadrunner bird that has stopped in front of the wall.


Art News:

Best known for his large-scale paintings and brilliant film posters, Milos Reindl arrived in Canada in 1968 as a political refugee. Discover this Czech-Canadian treasure!

An exhibit happened in 2018 at Complexe Guy-Favreau, but to see some of the artist’s work, visit this site:


Great Tapestry of Scotland to go on show at its own gallery for first time. Huge tapestry initially toured Scotland but now it has a permanent home in the purpose-built Galashiels gallery.

The last touches are put to the last panel before it is hung by Dorie Wilkie, Susie Finlayson and Tom Wilkie. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian


The restoration of a 17th-century portrait by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer has uncovered a large portrait of Cupid in its background where once only a bare white wall stood. Uta Neidhardt, senior curator at Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden, Germany, tells Peter Armstrong that overseeing the restoration has been the most sensational experience of her career.

Left: Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, newly restored to reveal a portrait of Cupid in the background. Right: The painting before the restoration, showing a blank white wall. (Wolfgang Kreische/Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden)


Books and Words:

We all read these bools as youngsters - Nancy Drew turns 90! Read about how ow the girl sleuth became an unintentional feminist. 'She was the first role model they had,' said writer Melanie Rehak.

The first book in the Nancy Drew series, The Secret of the Old Clock, was published in April 1930. (Penguin Random House)


From Guernica Editions:

Join us to celebrate our Fall 2021 authors during our group virtual launch on Sunday, September 12th at 3:30 PM EST. This is a free event. Please visit our event page on Facebook to RSVP or click to pre-register on zoom.

Each purchase gets you one step closer to winning the Guernica Launch Prize (10 Guernica books + tote bag)! You'll be entered in a draw to win the Guernica Launch Prize with every purchase you make from September 1st until September 13th, 2021 (the day after the September launch). For each book bought, you'll earn a ticket that will be entered in the draw.


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