ArtPrize: Project 1
September 7 – October 27, 2019
Grand Rapids, MI
Project 1, presented by ArtPrize, is bringing together five international, national and local artists will create multifaceted installations, urban interventions and community-oriented projects, exploring the lines that unite and divide a city, and what it means to belong. With the partnership of the Consulate General of Canada in Detroit, Montreal-based artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is creating a new site-specific installation called Voice Bridge. Along the handrails of Grand Rapids’ iconic Blue Bridge — a pedestrian bridge which connects the East and West sides of downtown over the Grand River — you’ll find speakers and 400 lights that shine on the footpath of the bridge. You’ll control the intensity of each light by speaking into the intercoms at each end of the bridge and recording a message. Once recorded, your message will play back as a loop — jumping from speaker to speaker across the bridge as more messages are recorded.
Tepkik by Jordan Bennett
September 13, 2019
Winter Garden, Brookfield Place
230 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281
Tepkik, Jordan Bennett’s suspended site-specific installation at Brookfield Place, intersects the artist’s Mi’kmaq ancestral and contemporary traditions. Mi’kmaq are a First Nations people Indigenous to the eastern seaboard of Canada and into the state of Maine. Bennett’s work draws on historical references to the land, sky, and our galaxy, illuminated by the artist’s handling of color, his interpretation of patterns and shapes, and his use of materials.
September 17-22, 2019
The Joyce in Chelsea
175 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Los Angeles native Victor Quijada grew up breakdancing and performed with Twyla Tharp’s company before creating his own troupe in 2002. His internationally renowned Montreal-based dance company, RUBBERBAND, makes its Joyce debut with Ever So Slightly, a thrilling work exploring the reflexes we develop against the irritants that bombard our daily lives. Simultaneously delivering delicacy, brutality, and high-voltage action, the group’s ten dancer-athletes deliver the energy of revolt, chaos, and flight with finesse.
INSIDE THE MUSIC: AfrotroniX x Greg Grease
September 24, 2019, 6:00 PM
1121 NE Jackson St #142
Minneapolis, MN, 55413
Join The Cedar and Slam Academy for a special conversation between Greg Grease of The Cedar’s Artist Collective and Global Roots Festival artist AfrotroniX. Discovered at Paris AFROPUNK fest, AfrotroniX is an original creation by the celebrated Montreal-based Chadian guitarist Caleb Rimtobaye.
This show-and-tell will illuminate AfrotroniX’s production process, digging into his process of creating songs, the themes of his songwriting, and the cultural roots behind his sound. Whether you’re an expert producer, or consider yourself a musical novice, there will be something for all levels of interest and skill at this event. The Cedar will livestream the conversation on Facebook and post it on YouTube after the event is over.
San Francisco Green Film Festival
September 24-29, 2019
San Francisco, CA
Spark green ideas and actions at the San Francisco Green Film Festival, September 24th-29th. Join the Consulate General of Canada at the leading West Coast event for films and discussions that look to educate and connect communities through environmental films, dialogues, and action opportunities. This year’s Festival will feature over 50 new environmental films from around the global, including two from Canada. Enjoy special screenings of Anthropocene: The Human Epoch and The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, two powerful films from Canadian directors. Learn more and get tickets at greenfilmfest.org
AfrotroniX at Global Roots
September 25, 2019
The Cedar Cultural Center
16 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Named the ”Best African DJ of 2018,” Chad-born, Montreal-based artist AfrotroniX puts on ecstatic live shows that combine electronic music, live drums, African urban dance and digital art. His music draws on influences from around the globe, mixing dubstep, house, reggae and EDM with mbalax from Senegal and the Gambia, malinke music from West Africa, and Tuareg blues from the Sahara. Heavily influenced by Afrofuturism, he performs under a custom helmet called the “Afrotron,” with visual aesthetics reminiscent of Star Wars, Tron and Daft Punk.
Claiming Your Seat
Sept 26, 2019, 6:30-9:30
Metro Atlanta Chamber
191 Peachtree St NE Suite 3400
Atlanta, GA 30303
A networking opportunity and conversation about women of colour at the C-suite and Executive levels and the challenges to advancing true diversity in leadership in the workplace.
Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal Dance Me / Music of Leonard Cohen
September 26-28, 2019
Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6219
A riveting homage to famed poet/singer/songwriter, Leonard Cohen. With a soundtrack of Cohen’s most beloved songs, choreographers Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Andonis Foniadakis and Ihsan Rustem created a multidisciplinary work that evokes the cycles of human existence as described in Cohen’s deeply insightful music and poems. Dance Me paints a multifaceted portrait of the man who gave us “Hallelujah” and “So Long, Marianne”, his words finding profound, new meaning though dance.
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Through October 6, 2019
Various theaters across the U.S.
A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive re-engineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a feature documentary narrated by Alicia Vikander. The film, directed by Canadians Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky, follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, argue that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth. Anthropocene: The Human Epoch will be presented in theaters across the country beginning August 29 through October 6, 2019.