||March 7, 2008
The Art and History Scene
The following are some reports on items that may be of
interest to readers of Community Voices.
Last week I drew attention to the North Bay WKP Kennedy
Public Art Gallery's big waterfront Ice Follies event. I showed the set up for
one of the various sculptures, the large RESOURCE sculpture ready to be opened
up to meet the atmosphere. The photo here shows the opened sculpture and some
of the other pieces on Saturday, February 23 along with some of the large group
of people who visited that day. If you haven't seen it, it will be there until
March 20th just east of the Chief Commanda dock.
|The Ice Follies event on the North Bay Waterfront until March 20th,
2008. D. Mackey photo.
International Women's Week 2008
There is a variety of events this week most of which are
over looking at women's issues. There is an event of interest today called
Bridges to Home at Discovery North Bay (The North Bay Museum) in the old
restored CPR station (100 Ferguson Street). There is a Gala Opening tonight at
7pm. Beside lots of related art there will be some oral history and war bride
stories and a special Expose of Canadian Living Magazine feature articles.
Several local immigrant women will be profiled (
On Saturday March 8th there is a multi-media event at 7pm
at Ecole Secondaire Catholique Algonquin. Amelia Rising will be providing a
Variety Show celebrating various forms of female expression. For further
information call Suzanne Boyer at 705-840-2403 -
New Multicultural Centre
One of the sponsors of the women's week events is the new
North Bay Multicultural Centre which opened its doors February 22, 2008. The
new centre offers settlement assistance to newcomers including helping to find
work, accessing health and community services. Newcomers will be brought
together through various events and mentorship. For further information drop in
to the centre at 374 Fraser Street, North Bay.
Northern Ontario Reads
CBC radio has an annual event examining books a panel
thinks Canadians should read with an eventual winner. CBC Sudbury has a spin
off event Northern Ontario Reads which kicked off recently on Dan Lessard's
afternoon show out of Sudbury. Several books are recommended and discussed and
you can vote to help establish the most recommended. I am pleased that Susanne
Brooks from Gullivers Books has chosen The Kiosk Story as her recommendation.
Listen in and vote for the Kiosk Story if you are so inclined and we'll see
which books the recommenders like.
The Nipissing University Oral History Conference
Nipissing's History Department's Oral History course has
its students research various topics and present their findings in a conference
each year. The Conference this year is on Friday March 28 at the monestary
campus. I will be speaking on my current work as a part of the event. Everyone
is welcome - no charge.
Cobalt History Workshop
Cobalt had an outstanding annual history conference for
years usually with a published proceedings. It was curtailed getting ready for
their centennial but it's back again. On Saturday April 26, 2008 various
speakers will speak starting at 8:30 on topics of interest to northerners at the
Classic Theatre. There will be displays upstairs. Refreshments will be
I will be speaking on the life of Grey Owl as presented at
the Angele Project in Temagami last summer. The event is sponsored by the
Cobalt Historical Society. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
North Bay Arts, Culture and Heritage Group
North Bay established a Coordinating Body on Arts, Culture
and Heritage (CBACH) last year and recently had their first Annual General
Meeting and election of officers. After some fine entertainment the interim
Board was replaced with a permanent Board. The new group replaces and expands
the vision to include heritage and culture in the North Bay and Area Arts
CBACH is aimed at supporting and advertising North Bay's
rich arts, culture and Heritage community. The elected Board has representation
from the various areas to coordinate the initiative. They hope to develop a
directory of related groups to improve communication and assist in the
development of events and seek funding for these activities. The City will
provide office space and has approved an arts, culture and heritage policy and
the CGACH business plan. For further information contact Dee Adrian at 474=1944
ext 224 or Melinda Fry 474-0626 ext 321.
Almaguin Arts Council
The Almaguin Area has formed a new Arts Council to provide
leadership in the arts throughout the area. Various groups are represented on
this board and they are developing a mission statement and goals. They will
advocate for space for theatre and art in the new high school. A directory will
be developed to facilitate contacts and funding sources will be explored. For
further information contact the chair Hazel Sohm at 384-0590.
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