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2017 Youth Arts Ambassadors

Elemental Festival 2017 is the culmination of a massive community effort to build Billings Connections Trail: Nature. Art. Heritage in Kagawong. Located on Manitoulin Island on Lake Huron, the trail attempts to integrate the local heritage and history of Anishinaabeg and non-native residents and represents the municipality's response to the call to action (2015). ) of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Public Education that integrates indigenous history with municipal programs. Mader will write a blog about her experience during the development of the Elemental festival. Check out the Culture 365 blog, as well as our Instagram feed to learn more about the process of preserving a festival.


Patricia Mader

Elemental Festival
Where: Based out of 4elements Living Arts, 91 Main St., Kagawong

Festival: September 28 - October 1
See 4element's Program Guide for details

Elemental Festival 2017 is the culmination of a massive community effort to build the Billings Connections Trail: Nature. Art. Heritage in Kagawong. Located on Lake Huron’s Manitoulin Island, the trail attempts to integrate the local heritage and history of Anishinaabeg and non-Indigenous residents and represents the Township’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commision (2015) ‘Calls to Action’ for public education that integrates Indigenous history into municipal programs.

The works of art, selected by a community jury, respond to remarks by Justice Murray Sinclair that artists have a role to play in helping our society to imagine different kinds of relationships and communities. It is a small, first step, within the broader context of conversations and change that need to occur. As such, Elemental Festival 2017 will encourage participants to consider the relationships between land, environment, environmental change and Truth & Reconciliation.

Patricia Mader is a curator at 4elements Living Arts, and one of a team of organizers behind Elemental Festival 2017. She holds a BFA Interdisciplinary (2011) from NSCAD University, and a Bachelor of Arts Honors, Art History (2009) from Queen’s University. As a YAAP Ambassador for Ontario Culture Days, she will write about the development of the Elemental Festival and its place within her larger curatorial practice.

Kellen De Vos

FROM THA STIX, graffiti mural project
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm, 51150 Ron McNeil Line
Springfield ON N0L 2J0

"WE HAVE COWS" music video
Creators' Talk: Saturday, 2-3 pm
Out There Creative Therapy

Where: Out There Creative Therapy
51150 Ron McNeil Line
Springfield ON N0L 2J0
Ontario Canada

Kellen De Vos is an award winning musician and graphic artist based in Springfield, Ontario. He is also the Founder and Director of Oct Therapy: a non-profit organization that provides creative activities for people affected by mental illness.

As a YAAP ambassador, De Vos will lead the creation of a mural on the exterior of Oct Therapy’s building. The mural plays off of the town’s name of Springfield, Bart Simpson’s “don’t have a cow dude”, and the great many cows that do, in fact, live in and around Springfield, Ontario. A mash-up and challenge to herd mentalities everywhere, the mural is joined by the recently produced music video WE HAVE COWS (directed by Kellen De Vos, Hip Hop and business man Malichi Male & Hip Hop Artist Mack Klassen aka Soil, Kelly Wissink aka MC Monkay and Mitchell Noorwell aka MC Missing). Drop-in throughout the Culture Days weekend to see the creation of the mural. A special artist talk with De Vos and his collaborators will happen Saturday at 2 pm.

Click here for Event Listing.

Aria Evans

two row
Performance followed by talk back

When: October 1st, 8-9:30 pm (doors: 7:45pm)

Where: hub14, 14 Markham St., Toronto

Aria Evans is a contemporary dance-artist and choreographer based in Toronto. During Culture Days, Evans will be presenting a new work featuring seven dancers. two row will explore the theme of peaceful co-existence and depicts the idea of travelling down the same path unified but independent. Witness solo work by some of Toronto’s most diverse dance artists and engage with a shifting landscape. Join us Sunday for the live performance followed by an artist talk back.

Jesse Dell
Syreeta Hector
Shannon Litzenberger
Kiley May
Bee Pallomina
Julia Sasso
Irma Villafuerte

See Event Listing here.

Tim Porter

LIVING HISTORY: A Historic Walking Tour of Tweed
Historical Walking Tour

When: September 29 – October 1, 2017
Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 6 PM

Where: Departing From the Tweed Heritage Centre
40 Victoria St. N, Tweed, ON

In this theatrical historic walking tour of Tweed, Ontario participants will be invited to delve into the rich history of this community. With singing tour guides and local characters from the past, discover how the railroad, the corduroy roads, and the waterways shaped the way people lived and travelled during the time of Tweed’s founding fathers in the early 1800s. How did Tweed go from a burgeoning centre joined by three railroads to a cottage community with a thriving arts and culture scene?  You'll have to join us to find out!

This tour is led by Tim Porter, a CAEA actor who has worked professionally for 10 years, as well as a Director, writer and producer, with a focus on Original Canadian Musical Theatre.  Porter is the founding Artistic Director of Tweed & Company Theatre. Also guiding the tour will be Tricia Black, Amy Marie Wallace & Mike Lee.

See Event Listing here.

The Youth Arts Ambassadors Program is generously supported by TD Bank Group.