A Word 29.05.2015 TRIBE’s 20th Anniversary

This week’s radio show is all about TRIBE’s twentieth anniversary: I chat with one of its founders and Director Lori Blondeau as well as board member Adrian Stimson. The show can be heard here, and my thoughts on three of the exhibitions that are happening as part of this anniversary celebration can be read in the current Planet S, but that’s not yet online. I’ll post it here when its up. Meanwhile, everything you need to know about events / panels / performances can be found here.

If you’ve caught this episode on CFCR or if you’re listening to it now, you can still make it to the receptions at 424 20th Street West, and the panels that will be happening Saturday. Below are some images from Dana Claxton and Bear Witness.



A Word 15.05.2015

This week’s episode is really more of a teaser of things to come: from Ed Poitras’ billboard in Riversdale (I may have gotten the name incorrect, as it’s Don’t Speak, not Can’t Speak) to Dana Claxton and Bear Witness taking over the spaces at 424 20th Street West in Riversdale. All of these are part of TRIBE‘s Twentieth Anniversary Celebration: more information about the panels, presentations and performances that will be happening as part of that can be found here.

The image below is the billboard image that should (hopefully) be up now: and here’s some thoughts in the current Planet S Magazine about The Narrative Dish at the SCC.



You can listen to the show here: I also eulogize Dr. Peter Purdue whose contributions to this place and this community were multifaceted and will be very missed.

Peter was an activist, and a vocal supporter of a collegial, respectful space at the continually and exponentially failing Art Department at the U of S. I was thinking about him as I was laughing out loud reading this story, where the Sask Arts Alliance is prancing about like its any kind of advocacy organization that is worthy of respect, or that has any real credibility.

There’s surely cause for consternation over some of the changes that have happened at the SAB: especially the Sask Party “belt tightening” that has led to a significant Arts Officer position not being replaced. Combined with the waste of funds to send a bureaucrat to Los Angeles to promote a film industry that the Sask Party willfully murdered, concern is not misplaced.

However, anyone who’s familiar with the Sask Arts Alliance will know that they’re no CARFAC: their primary mandate is to pat themselves on the back (a line a number of us with significant history in the cultural communities here will tell you). I can’t take seriously any organization who has a board member who’s a fine apologist for the U of S art department, with its history of allegations of racism made by some significant teachers / artists who now have little to do with the toxic site. These are not people who represent the cultural community: they have more in common with the Harper PMO than most cultural producers.

Returning to something of relevance, the College Galleries on the University of Saskatchewan campus will also be having their opening reception for Amalie Atkins’ exhibition we live on the edge of disaster and imagine we are in a musical in a week’s time. This exhibition is sure to be whimsical and enjoyable.

A Word 08.05.2015 Carole Epp and The Narrative Dish

This week’s episode of the A Word is a conversation between myself and Carole Epp, who is the “instigator” (to use her wonderful alternate title) as well as one of the artists in The Narrative Dish at the Affinity Gallery at the Saskatchewan Craft Council. The exhibition also includes Elizabeth Burritt, Aura Carney, Jenn Demke-LangeMariko Paterson, and Cathy Terepocki. Epp is very able in the online social sphere, so be sure to check out the hashtag #thenarrativedish on Instagram and Twitter.

You can listen to the show here, and I’ll be publishing some further thoughts on this show in the next Planet S. And I give you some images below from Dish, specifically the works of Mariko Paterson that may be my favourite (of the moment. I change my mind with shows like The Narrative Dish that have so much good work when I go back to see them again).


A Word 01.05.2015 Wanda Nanibush and The Fifth World

This week’s episode of the A Word is a conversation with curator Wanda Nanibush, focused on her curatorial endeavour The Fifth World at the Mendel. Its the first of a series of exhibitions and events marking TRIBE‘s 20th anniversary, and we talk about the show and how Art is indivisible to the current politics and struggles at play here in Treaty 6 and beyond. The images below are from Nicholas Galanin (The American Dream is Alive and Well) and the two further down are part of Meryl McMaster’s triptych Murmur. 

You can listen to the show here and my review of the exhibition can be read here, at Planet S Magazine.


Now, a few other things of note: there was an announcement at the Mendel this past weekend, and Scotiabank has generously donated a large sum to ensure that the Something on Sundays program will continue at the Remai Modern, at no cost to any participants, for at least five years. I’ve no children, but I believe I’ve mentioned that my visits to the Mendel – and I hope to continue this – on Sunday afternoons are a staple of my weekend. The number of children I see, and the bond that is formed in terms of art and cultural spaces is something invaluable, and praise to Scotiabank for this support. It’s a nice compliment to the RBC’s support for the Artists by Artists program.

Murmur, 2013 (1)Murmur, 2013 (2)


I’ll add that I’ll be featuring some more information about the Remai Modern on upcoming shows, including a chat with CEO / Director Gregory Burke that we were tentatively arranging this week at an information session about the new gallery that helped dispel some of the rumours and such that have proliferated – either by poor reporting or by politicians with their own agendas.

A Word 25.04.2015 Free Flow Dance

This week’s radio show is a conversation with Jackie LaTendress, founder and Artistic Director of Free Flow Dance. We talk about the history of the organizations, some of its past highlights and a number of events and exciting happenings that are upcoming, to mark their anniversary. You can listen to the show here.



A Word 17.04.2015: Nonie Mulcaster & Emma Anderson

This episode of the A Word we turn our gaze back to the Mann Gallery in Prince Albert: specifically talking to curator Emma Anderson about her project Breaking Spaces: the works of Nonie Mulcaster. We talk about the artist and her legacy, both in a specific manner and in the larger “landscape” of Saskatchewan art. The reception and the talk by Emma is later in the month.









You can listen to this week’s show here. This was a busy week, as I also spoke to Wanda Nanibush, the curator of The Fifth World at the Mendel, the first in a series of exhibitions / events marking the 20th anniversary of TRIBE. That will air in the next while, and is yet another reason why CFCR is the best station in the city, and deserves your support through purchasing a membership.

Something else I’d like to add, as some of you may know Emma as a musician as well, and she’s involved with Girl’s Rock Camp. There’s an event this weekend that deserves your support (I’ve been told there may be ukuleles, and that’s been a fave of mine since the Cedar Tavern Singers). Go and support Girl’s Rock Camp: change only happens if we make it.

While we’re on the topic of exceptional young women in the arts, this week’s Planet S has my review of Cautionary Tales, the current exhibition at the void gallery, highlighting the work of Cate Francis and Maia Stark. That show is up for a few weeks more, so go and see it. Buy more art, as Zocia Malevich would yell.

Now, let us come to some final housekeeping: a new exhibition is opening at the Affinity Gallery at the Saskatchewan Craft Council. I’ll talk more about this in later shows, but I hope to lure Carole Epp back to the A Word to chat about it. paved has several things on the go, as always: an alternative methods photography workshop and the call for the next Toon’s Kitchen is now out. Everything you need to know about that is here, and this is a very exciting step for the Toon’s Kitchen project. More praise to paved for supporting artists in a variety of ways, including valuing their work through production facilitation – and artist fees.


A Word 10.04.2015

This week’s episode of the A Word, with one exception, never leaves Riversdale: I mention the Bam Collective‘s call for submissions / participation / ideas / initiatives, as well as RiversdaleLove‘s forum at the end of the month. Their poster is below: and Allison Moore’s Video Terrarium at paved has now turned into Suburban Terrarium: it looks to be as amusing and engaging as the earlier manifestation.

Finally, Nuit Blanche Saskatoon 2015 is now calling for submissions for the second incarnation of the festival: you can follow them on FB or on Twitter, but the image for their submission call is below too.

And, of course, no A Word is complete these days without me completely forgetting to mention something important: in this case, BlackFlash Magazine has a new issue launch on the 25th of April. Read about the new issue here.

Listen to the show here: and next week I’ll be talking to Emma Anderson, whose curatorial project about Wynona Mulcaster has just opened at the Mann Gallery.




A Word 03.04.2015

And this week’s radio show, which was supposed to be a chat with Wanda Nanibush about her exhibition The Fifth World which is open right now at the Mendel, did not come together exactly that way. Our schedules got the better of us, and Wanda and I will talk via phone in the next few weeks. But Fifth World is up right now: its a beautiful and disturbing exhibition, and I’d quote Mendel Acting Chief Curator Sandra Fraser that this exhibition, marking Tribe’s 20th anniversary (one of many upcoming events that will do so) is a very prescient final exhibition for the Mendel Art Gallery.

This week’s A Word can be heard here: and if you’re listening to the show, you should support CFCR with a membership.

So, on this week’s show I talk about a screening and production opportunity at paved, an upcoming exhibition at Art Placement and an exhibition that opens next week at the Mann Gallery, as the curator will be my guest the week of the 15th. Their poster is below: but the Mann also received a large donation that I speak about on air, and you can read more about that here.

Of course, the Mann is still going strong with the Wolf Campaign as well: but I’d echo part of the conversation I had with Director / Curator Jesse Campbell and how the Mann is focused upon history as told through the eyes of the artists they present, as we’re seeing with Mulcaster, the works of Hone and upcoming exhibitions by artists like Ruth Cuthand.


Oh, and some thoughts on the current exhibition at the College Art Gallery on the University of Saskatchewan campus are in the new Planet S Magazine: that can be read here.

Lastly, the Void Gallery will be showing works by Maia Stark and Cate Francis  in a two woman show called Cautionary Tales. That’s an excellent title: Joseph Anderson used it for a series he exhibited at the Mendel some time ago, and I was recently speaking to Rowan Pantel about a series of works by female Video Vérité members decades ago that explored and revisited the rich history of myth and fairy tales (Little Red was never the same, nor should she have been).

Cautionary Tales is on display right now, and the reception is the 9th of April. More information and images here at the void, but I couldn’t resist including some work from both of these excellent artists (Stark is above, Francis is below).

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A Word 26.03.2015

This week’s A Word is all about events that are happening this weekend: from a new exhibition at the BAM space to the 330 Design Group. You can listen to the show here.

Some housekeeping: the article I mentioned at the beginning of the show about city councillors is here. The shameful partisan squander of tax payer money that the aforementioned CPC candidate Donauer has no apparent issue with can be seen here…and I don’t really remember him ever being a big supporter of the gallery anyway.

This post is going up a bit earlier than usual, as it is a busy weekend: but this isn’t to nudge CFCR out of the way, and you can show your appreciation for the best radio station in the city by making sure you renew your membership (or buy one for the first time) during our upcoming Membership Drive. Whether you listen to the A Word, Tonight It’s Poetry, Civically Speaking or so many other great cultural focused shows that CFCR not only provides but actively promotes, it is time to show your love.

The A Word is entering its eighth year: and considering that the CBC is facing some unpleasant local cuts, just announced today, local voices speaking to relevant local issues are needed more than ever.

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Respective posters are below with all the information you need, but I’d like to also add a link that a friend sent to me, which is a wonderful piece by Jerry Saltz. You can read that here.




A Word 19.03.2015 BAM Collective

This week’s episode of the A Word is a conversation between myself, Cynthia Blanchette and David Stonhouse. These two are part of the exciting and dynamic BAM Collective, and we talk about the current show that’s on display there as well as what they are and what they do, and what they hope to do.

You can listen to us here. The images directly below are posters from the current show (Cynthia mentions when the space will be open near the end of our conversation) and the next exhibition that will be in the BAM space. The reception for that is the 28th of March.








Now, a few other things worth mentioning: you have until tomorrow to see the Winter Gala at the Mann Gallery. Its worth a day trip to Prince Albert, and while you’re there you can also check out an exhibition at the John V. Hicks Gallery, presented by IPAC, (the Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective). Solitaires/Solidaries is a group exhibition organized and toured by the Conseil Culturel Fransaskois (CCF) which “highlights the reality of the Fransaskois artist creating in a contemporary prairie setting. It juxtaposes the reality of the artist working in a solitary space with the experience of cultural and linguistic solidarity”. The exhibition features the work of 4 Fransaskois artist, Anne Brochu Lambert, Jean-Sébastien Gauthier, Liza Gareau Tosh and Michèle Mackasey.

I didn’t mention the Mann’s Wolf Back A Beer Campaign last week, so I mention it here: support this endeavour. Public art is important to defining and renewing a civic space. Emma Anderson’s curatorial / educational project on Wynona Mulcaster opens at the Mann on the 2nd of April: that will be an interesting piece of history that has relevant contemporary applications too.

To return to Saskatoon: the latest Toon’s Kitchen at paved is an excellent one. I have some thoughts about it here, at Ominocity. I’m hoping that I’ll continue to contribute pieces to that excellent site, as some events / exhibitions are here so briefly that it’s necessary to note them immediately (I’m still letting an idea regarding abstraction and the works of Lorenzo Dupuis, who’s currently at Art Placement, Tammi Campbell’s work at the Mendel and Robert Taite’s current exhibition at aka fester in my head….I find myself returning to the title of Dupuis’s exhibition – A New Grammar – when thinking of the language of abstraction….). It’s an important show in the Toon’s space as we don’t seem to be having a debate about immigration these days so much as we’re shouting slogans and unpleasant bile in the wake of the indentured servitude that was / is  the TFW program….

The next few episodes of the A Word will be returning to event listing format, but I do hope to talk to Allison Moore, whose exhibition Video Terrarium opened last week at paved, in the next while. It may be the first interview I’ll do with the A Word that is across the Atlantic….

Looking ahead: 330 Design Group will be hosting its annual open house later this month. I’ll mention more about that next week, but their poster is below.