Venue:  Silver Spire United Church
Time: Friday 8pm-10pm; Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm, 10pm-12am; Sunday 5pm-7pm
Category:  Rhizomes
City of Origin:  Welland / Toronto
Price:  $20 or Festival Pass

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A single-channel video by Toronto artist Kelly Mark.

ABOUT:

Everything & Nothing Between Us is a single-channel video by Toronto artist Kelly Mark. Mark was born in Welland and has exhibited widely across Canada, and internationally including such venues as The National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Musee d’Art Contemporain (Montreal), University of Houston (Texas), Ikon Gallery (UK), Dundee Contemporary Arts (Scotland), The Physics Room (NZ), and Netwerk Centre for Contemporary Art (Belgium). She represented Canada at The Sydney Biennale (1998) and Liverpool Biennale (2006).

 

Venue:  Silver Spire United Church
Time: Friday 8pm-10pm; Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm, 10pm-12am; Sunday 5pm-7pm
Category:  Rhizomes
City of OriginNiagara Falls
Price:  $20 or Festival Pass
Websitewww.facebook.com/harmonicshadowcircus

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Rooted in Doom and Dance, this contemporary medicine show explores Mother’s capacity to heal herself.

ABOUT:

Harmonic Shadow Circus is a loose collective of artists, thinkers, and peace warriors. They come together to explore the possibility of fungi healing the earth through crafting site-specific pop-up performances. Arising out of Niagara Falls, they gather their energy from the tremendous mass of falling water and its polarities. Formed in the autumn of 2016, they seek to deliver a feeling of peace. Loose and multidisciplinary, we look to the talents of human beings as spectacle. We have staged occurrences in church sanctuaries, battlefields, and on porches. Through encouraging audience participation, we preach slowing down, connecting the head and heart, and restoring a state of personal harmony. Our circus bridges the gap between performance and jam.

ARTISTS:

Ring leader – Trainsmoke Lou
Announcer – Stephen Tkachuk, Trainsmoke Lou
Writer – Sara Lou Stuart
Costume/masks – Natalie BlueRaven RubyHill,
Photography – Noah Fence, Captain Simon Kelly
Band – Bram Tebbut/bass; Ryan Mattie/guitar; Stephen Tkachuk/accordion; Sara Lou Stuart, frame drum/harmonica; Rod Standish/organ
Stage manager – Ashlee Standish
Live painters: Heather Fraser, Sara Lou Stuart
Set design: Ashley Marazzo, Lara Elliot, Sara Lou Stuart
Dancers/movers: Lara Elliot, Sara Lou Stuart, Elora Miller, Rebecca Hunt, Maja Bannerman
Guide: Maja Bannerman
Lighting: Noah Fence
+ guests

MORE LINKS:

https://www.saralouart.ca/hsc

Venue:  Silver Spire United Church
Time: Friday 8pm-10pm; Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm, 10pm-12am; Sunday 5pm-7pm
Category:  Rhizomes
City of Origin:  St. Catharines
Price:  $20 or Festival Pass

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Hiawatha who?…A tasty stew of ignorance spiced with kitsch, confusion, and deep-fried misinformation.

ABOUT:

WWKN are theatre folk centred in the Department of Dramatic Arts at Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School. We gathered in bewilderment about the 150 years of Canada we’re supposed to be celebrating at 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way. Where are First Nations in this history? Why don’t we even know?

Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury inspires the re-storying of lost histories so, at Shaw Festival Teacher’s Day, Gyllian and some wonderful Ontario drama teachers checked what we know about Hiawatha. Benjamin Franklin’s guiding light, or gamer character? Sandwich, or epic poem? This work continues the discussion…

What can we do, we who know nothing, but enquire, cower, rage, and play?
Well done to all who join us!

ARTISTS:

Gyllian Raby(director, co-creator) co-founded One Yellow Rabbit performance theatre in Calgary and was artistic director of Northern Light Theatre, winning the company thirteen Stirling Awards during her tenure. She freelanced as a dramaturg and director for 20 years, from Whitehorse to Cincinnati, Vancouver to Newfoundland, and now teaches at Brock U.

Adrienne Smoke (co-creator, performer) is Onondaga nation of Six Nations, wolf clan. Adrienne has worked with several theatre companies, studied dramatic arts at Brock University and been involved in the arts most of her life. She is a singer, dancer and enjoys promoting cultural awareness, and working as a Early Childhood Educator.

Lena Hall (co-creator, performer) is a fifth year Concurrent Education student teaching Dramatic Arts and English. She was lucky enough to have spent most of her time at Brock involved with various Brock DART productions. Recently, Lena worked with Suitcase in Point, facilitating drama workshops with high school students in St. Catharines.

Jonathan Brower (co-creator, performer) is doing his masters at Brock in Social Justice & Equity focusing on queer interfaith dialogue through theatre. He’s worked arts admin for Alberta Theatre Projects, Lunchbox Theatre, and Ghost River. Jonathan co-founded and led Calgary’s Third Street Theatre for six years while touring his play ‘oblivion’ around Canada.

Gavin Fearon (sound and projections designer, co-creator) has been privileged with successive opportunities describing a nice if accidental career as a stagehand and designer. He is a generalist, a maker, and the Technical Director for Dramatic Arts at MIWSFPA. Recently, he has been revisiting the radical worldviews of his idealistic youth.

Jonah McGrath (co-creator, performer )graduated from the Dramatic Arts program at Brock University in 2017. Recently, Jonah has acted in a number of theatrical productions including: Play by Samuel Beckett, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by Bertolt Brecht and The Man in the Case by Anton Chekov.

Tarndeep Pannu (researcher, co-creator, performer) is graduating from Brock right now with a degree in Dramatic Arts minoring in Political Science! Passionate about theatre, social ethics, race and representation, she was last seen at the Marilyn theatre in Len Falkenstein’s Lac Athabasca, and helped produce Brock’s 2017 Re-enactment of the August-Wilson- Robert Brustein Debate.

Nigel Scott (design consultant)is a Niagara based architect and designer. He has worked in theatres from coast to coast as well as in the United States. Recently he designed Top Girls for Danielle Wilson at Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School, and the Welland Canal Play for Essential Collective Theatre.

WARNINGS:

We Who Know Nothing… may be an unsettling experience

VenueSilver Spire United Church
Time: Sunday 5pm-7pm
CategoryMusic + Rhizomes
City of Origin:  St. Catharines
Price$20 or Festival Pass
Websitehttp://www.djtanner.net

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A high paced trip through different styles of music alongside visuals which will make you dance and have an epic time!

ABOUT:

If you want the party started right, you can count on DJ Tanner to do just that. DJ Tanner has continually developed his Djing abilities throughout his 20 year DJ career and has built a solid reputation in the Niagara Region for being Niagara’s Premier DJ. DJ Tanner never disappoints a crowd whether at a bar, wedding, stag & doe or other various corporate and social events.
The unique element that DJ Tanner brings is being able to cater music and performance specifically to an event and the crowd. Having an arsenal of thousands of music videos that cross various genres (funk,rock & roll,old school,top 40, mash-ups) and eras (1950’s to present) DJ Tanner thrives on taking requests and mixing the requests in right away, never playing the same set twice and continually striving to give the people what they want!

More than your average DJ, DJ Tanner is an audio visual artist
known for DJ Tanner Video Edits! #ohmylanta

DJ Tanner’s past shows highlights:
Niagara Wine Festival
Make It Funky Collective in Toronto w/ A. Skillz & Skratch Bastid & Fort Knox Five
DJ Tanner Video Edit Showcase @ The Warehouse, St. Catharines
DJ Tanner 90’s Hip Hop @ The Warehouse, St. Catharines
Skratch Bastid BBQ in Muskoka aboard the RedBull Tour Bus
Opened up for People Under The Stairs (2x), Quantic, DJ Dopey(2x), DJ Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5), Skratch Bastid w/ DJ Starting from Scratch and Scratch from Roots

 

MORE LINKS:

https://www.instagram.com/djtanner98/

Venue:  Silver Spire United Church
Time: Friday 8pm-10pm; Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm, 10pm-12am; Sunday 5pm-7pm
Category:  Rhizomes
City of OriginSt. Catharines
Price:  $20 or Festival Pass

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A devised theatre piece by young artists, investigating how digital media impacts personal life.

ABOUT:

Twitches & Itches Theatre is a St. Catharines physical ensemble company, with 8 core democratic members and 3 associate members. Our work has received critical acclaim, 14 arts council grants, and the 2017 St. Catharines Arts Award for Emerging Artist. Recent productions include The Bacchae, The Siren, and September Songs. The Comments Section is a new mentorship initiative, bringing our company’s unique training and creation methodologies to a handful of emerging artists in the Brock Dramatic Art program. Supported by the St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program, The Comments Section helps serve as a bridge between local training and the professional community. We couldn’t be more excited to present these remarkable emerging voices, who are sure to make their mark in the upcoming years!

The Comments Section has been created through a collaboration between young artists, investigating a theme that dominates their world: the interaction between life online and life in person. Built through philosophical discussion, collective research, and physical and vocal experimentation, it is sure to be a unique theatrical encounter.

ARTISTS:

Ensemble: Michelle Mohammed, Helena Ciuriura, Maggie Hunter, Manchari Paranthahan, Mark Dickinson, Naomi Peralta
With Direction From: Colin Bruce Anthes

Venue:  Silver Spire United Church
Time: Friday 8pm-10pm; Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm, 10pm-12am; Sunday 5pm-7pm
Category:  Rhizomes
City of OriginToronto
Price:  $20 or Festival Pass
Websitehttps://therapy-font.itch.io/

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Therapy Font combines generative and improvisational electronic musical performance with an immersive, user-piloted video game experience.

ABOUT:

Therapy Font has brought their at turns woozy, ambient and dancey experimental electronic music to marginal art spaces, events and venues through-out Ontario. The group illustrates John Cage’s dictum that anything boring attended to long enough ceases being boring at all.

The work is fundamentally a formal experiment, probing and pushing the limits of song structure to learn how meaning and feeling evolve from the associations of a given sample alongside tone, timbre, pitch, interval and repetition. This meaning and feeling is developed further by the virtual space of the game populated by uncanny objects and surreal landscapes, suggestive of the alluring superficiality of CGI design, consumerism, and the marginalia of late-capitalism.

ARTISTS:

Ben McCarthy (expert failure) is a sound artist and composer from Toronto, Canada. Exploring class, gender, and the artist’s complicity with systems of power, McCarthy works fragments of field recording and found sound into music that slips in and out of generic idiom. McCarthy teaches about art and labour at George Brown College.

Jonathan Carroll (good boy) is an animator, programmer and game designer. With TGM, Jonathan creates software to facilitate interaction between the audience and the collective’s performances and narratives. Past venues where that work has been presented include the AGO and the Power Plant; most recently he contributed to Trinity Square Video’s V/ART, a virtual reality art gallery application that Jonathan helped develop, in addition to designing the TGM VR Guided Meditation that was part of the app.

Cale Weir (MCM aesthetician) is a multimedia artist and libra living in Toronto, Ontario. Research practices include living a double life as a punk and computer musician.

MORE LINKS:

https://therapyfont.bandcamp.com/

Venue:  Silver Spire United Church
Time: Friday 8pm-10pm; Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm, 10pm-12am; Sunday 5pm-7pm
Category:  Rhizomes
City of Origin:  St. Catharines ON
Price:  $20 or Festival Pass

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A gestating, dripping, climbing, rotting, spilling, dying, birthing, thriving, seemingly teeming fibre art installation. All this and less and more.

ABOUT:

Fecund is about transformation, birth and rebirth, growth, life death life, metamorphosis. It is about women, about rising and digging deep, reaching antennae to the sky, sending out rhizomes and taproots, dissecting the true nature of being. Abundance spilling over, teeming with heat and hum.

Its a tall order, really.

ARTISTS:

Tammy Jane Lepp is best known for her otherworldly fibre art installations and wearable art creations that step well past the border of imaginative and dive straight into the realm of bizarre. Tammy is a multidisciplinary artist who was born and raised Omemee Ontario. Via many false starts, stops, sidewinds, reroutes, joyful sojourns, twisty turns and lallygagging she now lives and pulls things up by their roots to snuffle about curiously at what’s going on underneath it all, in St. Catharines.

 

Venue:  Silver Spire United Church
Time: Friday 8pm-10pm; Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm, 10pm-12am; Sunday 5pm-7pm
Category:  Rhizomes
City of Origin:  Hamilton
Price:  $20 or Festival Pass

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A multi-media performance dealing with the spectacle of being a queer person in a straight society.

ABOUT:

This Performance is (NOT) for You is a spectacle of campy, colourful semi-eroticism. Using a combination of lighting, sound effects and performers; roles will be reversed and the audience themself will become the star of the show. On a deeper level this piece is meant to make the audience question their role as an onlooker, not only during the performance but in the world as a whole. Themes of sexuality and gender identity play heavily in this piece, inspired by all the strangers who shamelessly gawk when encountering queers on the street but look away when their gaze is met.

ARTISTS:

Phoibe Underhill is a multi-media artist who grew up in Niagara Ontario, joining the art scene in their teenage years. They’ve had pieces in local art shows over the years, including Celestial Butthurt and Tech Head at STRUTT Wearable Art Show (R.I.P.), and various untitled paintings in Small Feats. Their works are largely influenced by their identity as a trans, queer person and their experiences wading through the swamps of mental illness.

This piece will also feature several performers including
The enchanting Emma Lee Fleury
The wonderful Alexandra Li Tomulescu
The intriguing Rose McCormick
The exuberant Brendan Mckenzie
And
The charming Clay Underhill

WARNINGS:

“Themes of sexuality (pg-13)
Performance includes changes in lighting and audio that may be alarming/overstimulating to some viewers.”

Venue:  Silver Spire United Church
Time: Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm + 10pm-12am
Category:  Music + Rhizomes
City of Origin:  Toronto
Price:  $20 or Festival Pass

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Colour and sound fuse together in the moment as this spontaneous, synesthetic performance takes place.

ABOUT:

lightsweetcrude is a multi-faceted project in the tradition of the collectives, and what curator/art historian Adam Lerner calls “hybrid forms” of the psychedelic era. The project’s origin involved a mandate to fuse North Indian ragas with Western forms, and has evolved from those musical roots to find the projection of “colour” – the definition of the Sanskrit root verb for “raga” – fused directly with sonic exploration. Previous installations include: In The Soil (2015 +2016), Nuit Blanche Toronto, Nocturne Halifax, Nuit Blanche North, Toronto Art Spin, Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market, Nuit Blanche London, and others.

“Dope [pic] from lightsweetcrude #plpix” – Pretty Lights

“Sitting in CineCycle’s dimly lit space, with lightsweetcrude’s abstract visual projections shimmering on the walls, can create an almost out-of-body-ish experience for the listener as the soundscape starts to develop, the listener’s senses are gradually disoriented and the self-directing mind is lulled.” – James Sandham

“I ended the night in the Tranzac’s tiny street-facing bar, where music from the nostalgic indie party in the main hall thudded like the pulse of the status quo through the walls as live projections of gelatinous liquid moved slowly on screen. I thought about the universe: its mysterious humour; how strange we are.” – Vice.com

“How do you do your art? It’s cool.” – Tony Mangurian

“[I]nteresting DIY projections” – Exclaim! Magazine, July 2013.

“Spectacular!!” – Ana Matronic

ARTISTS:

Jason Steidman – overhead projectors, laptop
Michael Kaler – bass
Andy Yue – keyboards
Morgan Yew – overhead projector

Venue:  Silver Spire United Church
Time: Friday 8pm-10pm; Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm, 10pm-12am; Sunday 5pm-7pm
Category:  Rhizomes
City of Origin:  St. Catharines
Price:  $20 or Festival Pass

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Exploring the mediating effect of personal documentation on the experience of memory and self-identity.

ABOUT:

This Here Proves: We Are Fiction Non-Fiction is the most recent iteration of an ongoing series of video installations that mine personal and family home-video as a way to explore the complex and labarynthine concepts of memory and identity, as filtered through- and effected by- our attempts to capture and record our lives. Previous installments of This Here Proves have been shown in student exhibitions organized through Brock University.

This project aims to provide viewers with a new perspective on the genre of home-video as well as their own practices of self-documentation and presentation. Through the sharing of parallel familial histories, as seen captured on film- a simultaneous mix of both the candid and performed- viewers are invited to engage with these unfiltered memories, to look into these lives and reflect on their own histories. The work questions, in a confrontational albeit roundabout way, the function of memory in an age of photographic and video documentation, the role of this documentation in the performance and construction of identity, and asks: how has the camera changed your life?

ARTISTS:

Avery Mikolic-O’Rourke (Multimedia Artist) has maintained an active presence in the Niagara art and music scene since 2012. Producing work that combines performance with documentary, the artist is interested in exploring the many perspectives within singular moments, the relationship between memory and documentation, and the complex beauty of the banal.