Venue:  Festival Hub Stage
Time: Friday 6pm
Category:  Music
City of Origin: St. Catharines, ON
Price:  FREE

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Come one and all! Join us as we kick off the 10th annual In the Soil Arts Festival together ON James Street at our Festival Hub.

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In the Soil Arts Festival Hub will open at 5pm. Remarks at 6pm. Launch will feature special guests for our 10 year anniversary celebration.

Venue:  Festival Hub – Interactive Village
Time: Friday 5pm-9pm; Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm
Category:  Interactive + Workshop, Streetscape + Installations, Family Friendly
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  FREE

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Play BIG style. Giant pick-up-sticks! Huge JENGA! Massive checkers! Who’s in!?

VenueFestival Hub Stage
Time: Ongoing
Category:  Streetscape + Installations
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, Ontario
PriceFree
Websitehttp://lukegillett.com/

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Projection and TV installation on the Festival Hub stage.

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Luke works in audio, video, code, still image and design manipulation for both digital and analogue.

He co-created the art based design firm The Brain Farm and has created or co-created numerous audio visual pieces including: the Trius winery ‘Tasting Stars’ experience, the barn mural at Ravine Winery, Niagara::Topography at Major’s Hill Park for Canada Day celebrations, projection for Essential Collective’s play The Valley, designed the stage and projections for Gallery Player’s show Elements, the Bridging Meaning project at Niagara Region’s head office, as well as, multiple years at In The Soil Arts Festival.

Lue has been playing more and more with media that reacts in real time to various inputs. He will be collaborating with the amazing Kristina Rolander to enhance her Festival Hub vision with audio reactive textures on a TV installation and in projections.

 

Venue:  Behind Niagara Artists Centre (Head Street)
Time: Saturday 10pm-12am
CategoryMusic, Streetscape + Installations
City of OriginWelland, ON
PriceFree

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30 years of friendship, light and sound.

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Way Too South will project video onto a classic 1963 Econoline van. Inside, two dudes named Pete will create a soundscape (with the help of sequencers, synths and drum machines).

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Pete Tremblay-clicks
Pete Weinhandl-buzzes

VenueMahtay Café
Time: Ongoing
Category:  Streetscape + Installations
City of OriginToronto, ON
Price:  FREE

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A forest scape composed entirely from recycled clothing challenges viewers to reflect on wasteful habits.

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After learning that every North American discards an average of 81 lbs of textile goods every year Alex was surprised and inspired to make change. 81 Pounds gives visual representation to our wastefulness as a society. The alarming lack of transparency in the fashion industry makes it difficult to make conscious purchases. Alex’s goal is to encourage viewers to reflect on the entire lifecycle of their clothing and avoid fast fashion by seeking more sustainable alternatives.

Mahtay’s community room will be transformed entirely out of upcycled textile goods, graciously donation by our local Value Village. 81 Pounds gives new life to preloved clothing and homegoods, keeping them out of landfills.

ARTISTS:

Alex Verkade (designer/creator) is a multidisciplinary artist from Grimsby. She is currently living in Toronto studying Fashion Techniques and Design at George Brown College. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Brock University, with a focus in Earth Sciences. Her work is fueled by the ethical issues in the fashion industry and hopes of a more sustainable future.

Venue:  Warehouse Concert Hall
Time: Ongoing
Category:  Streetscape + Installations
City of Origin:  St. Catharines
Price:  Free
Websitehttps://www.instagram.com/q.oberlein/

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A glimpse into a world made of soft and tender beings.

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Quinn will create a world entirely made of plush hand-sewn and painted beings/creatures that float within the spirit of life that manifest in all things (the earth, water, fire, air, ether, etc.)

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Quinn Oberlein is a multi-media artist from St. Catharines. In 2016 she became more involved in making art, creating lots of paintings and drawings. In the summer of 2017 she displayed 3 pieces at the Niagara Livestock Festival and currently have paintings up at Fine Grind, Bella’s Noellas Pizza and the Vegan Hippie Chick. Near the end of 2017 she become immersed in sewing. Quinn’s installation is meant to be a reflection of her reality and experience in life.

Venue:  Festival Hub – Interactive Village
Time: Ongoing
Category:  Streetscape + Installations, Interactive + Workshops
City of Origin:  Brampton
Price:  FREE

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Working with the local community, Nicole and participants we will create a sculpture that takes mud as its medium.

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YOU are invited to bring a sample of mud from a location along the lake that is meaningful to you. The mud will then be place in clear prisms, along with nutrients that encourage microbial growth. Once exposed to light, the microbial life naturally present in the mud will begin to flourish, becoming visible in the form of brightly coloured marbling. Each sculpture will grow differently, featuring different tones, depending on the location along the lake it was collected from. These meaningful pieces of soil will come together to form a continuously growing and shifting representation of the lake and our relationship with it. The cumulative sculptures will be displayed together and allowed to grow throughout the festival.

Nicole Clouston is a practice-based researcher currently completing her PhD in Visual Art at York University. In her practice she asks: What happens when we acknowledge, through an embodied experience, our connection to a world teeming with life both around and inside us? Nicole has exhibited across Canada in Montreal, Victoria, Edmonton, and Toronto. She is currently the artist in residence at the Coalesce Bio Art Lab at the University at Buffalo.

Venue:  Around Town
Time: Ongoing
Category:  Streetscape + Installations
City of Origin: St. Catharines
Price:  Free

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The common thread is art, the common thread is community, the common thread is love.

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Lisa is a fibre artist obsessed with colour and texture. She started spinning art yarn in 2009 and what followed is a love affair with dyeing, spinning, felting and pushing the boundaries of peoples perceptions of what yarn is and what it should be and where it lives in the art world. She’s Taken part in previous In The Soil’s, which has led her to discover a passion for large scale installation art. She’s participated in Strutt Wearable Art Show, Small Feats, Yarnival and many local fairs and festivals. Lisa’s work has been featured in “Spinning and Dyeing Yarn: The home spinners guide to creating traditional art yarns” by Ashley Martineau.

Venue:  Festival Hub Stage
Time: Ongoing
Category:  Streetscape + Installations
City of Origin:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Price:  Free
Website: https://www.kristinarolander.com/video-recaps

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A custom stage design uniting art, audience, and performer in an immersive environment.

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For the 2017 Eaux Claires Music & Art Festival, Kristina was selected to create an immersive, outdoor stage design for The Creek upon which Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Aaron Dessner (The National), and Francis and the Lights all performed. In 2018, she was commissioned to create the stage design for Andrea Gibson’s Hey Galaxy international tour. Other notable collaborations include backdrops for Little Scream, Shannon and the Clams, Ric Wilson, and WebsterX.

To be an installation artist is to be an architect of temporary space. A stage design, like installation art, is not merely a setting or backdrop, but a context to be aligned with content, an immersive world to be experienced for a limited time under a specific circumstance. It is in that space, where perception is held and magic is conjured. It is in that space, between the two worlds, where Kristina’s vision comes to life.

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Kristina Rolander (stage designer) is an American installation artist, creating large-scale paintings and immersive environments, often collaborating with musicians on custom visuals for live performance. With diorama-inspired structures, hanging elements, and handpainted backdrops, she transforms ordinary space by uniting art, audience, and performer in a singular, transcendent experience.

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Venue:  TBA
Time: Ongoing
Category:  Streetscape + Installations
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, Ontario
Price:  FREE

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A playful approach to reusing while making a comment on the disposable nature of our culture.

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Primarily identifying creatively as a maker before an artist, I have been inspired for years to reduce waste and repurpose leftover materials and am pairing that desire with my skilled trade of carpet installing and my eclectic personal taste. I am ultimately hoping to inspire others to reuse materials in non traditional ways. This will be my second time participating in ITS.

ARTISTS:

Joanne Ring – artist