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CNCAC team enhanced and events FALLing into place

CNCAC continues to be engaged in the Ottawa community. This month CNCAC staff and board participated in several events. The event Pluralism in the Arts organized by CPAMO was a success, where around 40 people of more than 20 cultural organizations were present. Also CNCAC participated in the First Annual Ottawa Immigration Forum organized by OLIP at city hall. Such events help leverage the presence and of immigrant artists and cultural workers in our city.

CNCAC also has new staff members: We would like to welcome Julie Hodgson who is our Projects Director. Also welcome Tenin Aline Diarra, a volunteer student from Université du Québec en Outaouais who  is  doing an internship with us. The staff members will work from our office at OCISO, so please feel free to come and visit.

CNCAC would like to invite all subscribers to our second Meet & Greet on Thursday October 18th at OCISO, 959 Wellington St. W. see map. Julie Hodgson will give a presentation on the 'Types of Galleries in Ottawa'. She will explain the differences between artist run centres, commercial galleries, and a city galleries. She will also give a list of resources for visual artists.

During our third Meet & Greet there will be a special session by Marie-Christine Ferraud from the City of Ottawa on 'How to apply for City Grants'. She will meet again one month after to discuss specific applications. If you have thought of applying for a grant, or have tried but did not get it, or have applied and have recieved a grant, this workshop is for you.




CNCAC Artist 
Christian Flores with
group Django Libre

1. What are the main obstacles you have encountered as a professional musician in Canada?

Maybe the most important one was finding the right platform to show and share my music with people who share this love for gypsy jazz. Finding the “market” has not been easy and has required  a lot of work.

2. What advice would you give to New Canadian artists who recently arrived in Canada?

Be persistent. Canada is the perfect place to “think outside the box”. There are lots of opportunities, people and organizations  willing to support the arts like the National Arts Centre and the CNCAC for example, but is not easy and sometimes disappointing. I like to see those moments not as obstacles but as opportunities.  

3. What is the story behind Django Libre?


Well, Dango Libre came alive in the 2006- 2007 when I was a newcomer in Canada and wanted to play this music here Ottawa. I started to look for other musicians who shared the same passion for this music as I. I started to organize little jamming sessions in cafes and bars in downtown. That was how I met some of our current members of the band. At the end of 2007 a group of three musicians, one from British Columbia, one from northern Ontario, one from France and I from Chile founded this Ottawa gypsy Jazz ensemble called Django Libre. Together we produced a CD with some of my original compositions and, with a few changes in the band, we have now performed for the second year in a row at the Ottawa Jazz Festival. 

Christian's music and website

Art and Culture

Shoot Back part of Festival X, Ottawa's Photography Festival, a photography collaboration between students of the School of Photographic Arts Ottawa and the Ottawa School of Art, Lee Matasi Gallery at the Ottawa School of Art, Sep. 20 to Oct. 3 info

A Gallery of Portraits at the CAO, Council for the Arts in Ottawa, 2 Daly Ave. An exhibition of four emerging photographers curated by Julie Hodgson. Sep 14 to Oct. 14

I did Not Kill the Group of Seven, Vladimir Frolov at AOE Gallery, Shenkman Art Centre, Sep. 30 to Oct. 25

Enriched Bread Artists EBA's 20th anniversary Open Studio opens Oct. 19: 6-9pm, Oct. 20-21 and 27-28:11am-5pm website

Selections, a juried exhibition of 51 artists, Trinity Gallery, Shenkman Arts Centre, Sep. 27 to Oct 25

New Spanish Film Festival at the Bytown Cinema, Sep. 26 to Oct. 24 info

Green Door Restaurant: 'The Moon is a Laughing Gas' a collective exhibition by H'art Ottawa Studio Artists, Oct. 1-27 info 

Gallery 101: 'These Feathers are Digital' by Joi T. Arcand. Kiosks with her art on Bank, Wellington, Somerset until 
Oct. 6 info

Carmen Aguirre's Blue Box, Jan. 15 to Feb. 3 at the GCTC. Her life as un underground revolutionary in Chile info

Ottawa Valley Weavers' and Spinners' Guild exhibition and sale Nov. 2,3,4 Glebe Community Centre website

Bywords Literary Arts Events

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Learning Opportunities

Types of Galleries in Ottawa, CNCAC Meet & Greet at OCISO, 959 Wellington St. W, Oct. 18, 6:00 pm

Getting the Grant: A Panel Discussion Unveiling Real- World Tips and Techniques that Lead to Successful Grant Applications. Panel Discussion Organized by Council for the Arts in Ottawa. Wed. Oct. 3, 9:00 am to 12:00 m. Colonel By Room, 110 Laurier Ave. W. City Hall. Cost $25

Artists Legal Services Ottawa ALSO offers legal advice to artists website or email

Artists' Health Alliance, new name given to the former Artist's Health Centre Foundation. Changed its status to a non-for-profit charitabe organization website

Grants & Jobs 

Chinatown Remixed Art Festival 2013 applications now  email or website

Call for Artists at Figureworks, 3rd Annual Juried Award Show, Nov. 20 to Dec 2 at St Brigid's Centre for the Arts, Ottawa. Deadline Oct. 3 info, email Victoria Nolte or Hilde Lambrechts or call Hilde at (613)741-7646

Call for submissions for Images Festival, video and film, Deadline Oct. 13 info

City of Orilla, Simcoe County Ontario, looking for a Full time Manager of Culture in the Parks, Deadline Oct. 15 info or email or fax (705)325-5904

Yukon School of Visual Arts is looking for a Program director and chair. Deadline Oct. 9 email or call (867)668-8896

The Champlain Community Care Access Centre in Ottawa, looking for a full time Communication Specialist info

Ontario Arts Council Grant: Culturaly Diverse Curatorial Projects. Exhibition projects by curators who are persons of colour are elegible for up to $30,000. The program will fund visual art, media art and craft exhibitions that take place in Ontario. Deadline Oct. 1. email or call Carolyn Vesely at  (416) 969 7459

WorkInCulture announces a call for nominations for The Robert Johnston WorkInCulture Award. It will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated a tenacious commitment to furthering human resources development in the cultural sector in Ontario. Deadline Oct. 12
info or email

th Annual Immigrant Success Award, call for submissions info

Bilingual Children's Art Instructor needed at Visual Arts Mississagua. Deadline Oct. 8 email or call (416) 340 8850

Visceral Games, Montreal, looking for a Texture Shader Artist info

Grants for New Media Artists: 
SAW Gallery link

Ontario Arts Council Grants
Multi-arts projects. Deadline Oct. 15 info
Presenter/ Producer. Deadline Nov. 1 info

OMDC Ontario Media Development Corp.
Research Grants. Deadline Nov. 18 info

FACTOR Grants (Foundation Assisting  Canadian Talent On Recordings)
Showcase Support. Deadline Oct. 11 info
Songwriter's Workshop. Deadline Oct. 11 info

Emerging Artist Sound Recording. Deadline Nov. 1 info
Demo and Single/ EP. Deadline Nov. 1 info
Juried Sound Recording. Deadline Nov. 1 info


Refugee Mental Health at risk with budget cuts CBC

Knocking Down Barriers Faced by New Immigrants to Canada by Craig Alexander et al. Feb. 2012 pdf

Making it in Canada: Immigration Outcomes and Policies by Garnett Picot and Arthur Sweetman. Apr. 2012 pdf

Factors in Canadian's Arts Attendance,  the dynamics of attendance at five arts activities: art galleries, theatres, classical music performances, popular music performances, and cultural festivals. Sep. 2012 pdf