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CNCAC Coalition of New Canadians for Arts and Culture
January 2014

The CNCAC has just been awarded the Gallery Space at Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata (RRCK) located at 4101 Innovation Drive, Kanata. The CNCAC will manage the space in conjunction with the City of Ottawa from February 3, 2014 to January 27, 2017. CNCAC members are invited to include up to two 2D works for the first exhibition. If you are interested in participating, send a letter of interest to before January 15 with the images and details of two works. Please include the title, date, medium, dimensions and price.
CNCAC and World Folk Music Ottawa (WOFOMO) are offering a March Break Music Camp for 10 children aged 8 to 14, for families who have been in Canada for less than two years, thanks to the City of Ottawa Arts Funding Program. The March Break Music Camp will take place from Monday March 10 to Friday March 14, from 10 am to 4 pm. It will be held in the morning at the Ottawa Folklore Centre (1111 Bank Street 613-730-2887). At noon the children walk two blocks with an instructor to the second venue: the Ottawa South Community Centre (260 Sunnyside Ave 613-247-4946). Parents will drop off the children at the Ottawa Folk Centre and pick up the children at the Ottawa South Community Centre. Activities in the morning include Ukulele and African drums lessons, and activities in the afternoon include a movie, sports, and games. The fee is $50 per child. Children who require afterschool will need to pay $25 extra for the week. Every child needs to bring lunch and snacks for the day. For more information email Alicia Borisonik or call (819) 329-4850

The CNCAC team

Yves M. Larocque,
Executive Director of BRAVO
(Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l’Ontario)

1. What is the aim of BRAVO?

BRAVO’s main mission is to promote Franco Ontarian visual artists. BRAVO is similar to CARFAC, and we have currently 130 members. We have different interesting projects to promote artists such as film clips on our website, we have different publications, and had different exhibitions across the province and abroad (France and Colombia). For instance we are putting up an exhibition called Le temps d’là chasse (It is Hunting Season!) for North Bay and most probably other cities.
The population in Ontario is changing rapidly and Ontario is not the same as it was five, ten or fifteen years ago; we are living in a much more interesting country. We have to look for ways to adapt and integrate with the new comers. We have many members from Africa, Haiti, Asia and Latin America. Most work in contemporary art. Some are sculptors, painters and many work in new media.
2. What is Penta-Deca-Gone?

In Greek penta means five, deca means ten, and gone means sides. The project Penta-Deca-Gone is an initiative to pair five new Canadian Francophone artists with five established local artists. The ten artists will work on a theme in pairs and the group will form the exhibit. The deadline for artists who are interested in participating is February 14. Once we know how many artists register we will have a meeting to plan the event. We are currently working to get some funds from the Ontario Arts Council to finance the exhibit and travel expenses. As a professor at the Ottawa School of Art, I did a similar project called Palindrome and it was a great success. We are hoping Penta-Deca-Gone will interest a good group of artists.

For information and registration email Yves at
Art and Culture

Tavi Weisz presents One Last Time at Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. Performance & closing party. Jan. 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Performance at 7:30 p.m. Free admission.

Gallery 101 presents Finding Ana, a solo exhibition by Elise Rasmussen from Jan. 4 to Feb. 8. The show investigates the complexities of Ana Mendieta’s personal and professional life. Website

Club Saw presents Attention People with Body Parts, a multimedia project. People were asked to submit a letter in any form to some part of their body. The results included both lighthearted quips to donated plasma, and heartbreaking pleas, like one addressed to a uterus after three failed pregnancies. 67 Nicholas Street. Suggested donation: $5. Website

ESAX Networking Event: ESAX is an entrepreneurial social networking group dedicated to creating connections, gaining applicable knowledge from featured speakers and promoting collaboration among the regional Chambers of Commerce in the Ottawa area. Upcoming event: Jan. 8, 6-9 p.m. Register

Petra Halkes at Cube Gallery, 1285 Wellington St. W from Jan. 2 to 26. “Every-day events of shopping, work and transportation, take on an abstract and magical quality at night.” she says. “In my series, Window Shopping, I try to capture some of these strange transformations”. Website

Library Friends Mini-Mammoth Used Book Sale at the James Bartleman Archives  and Library Materials Centre,100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa. The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) will hold its Mini-Mammoth used book sale to raise money for the Ottawa Public Library! 1-10 books for $1, for all ages and interests! Donations also welcome. It’s our mammoth-sized book sale in a mini, monthly format! Jan.18,10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Website 

Picturama! At Falldown Gallery, 288 Bank Street, $2.00 cover (no cover for participants) Calling all photographers and photography enthusiasts! It’s Picturama! Time! Look through your old shoeboxes, photo albums, SD cards, cookie tins, and even cell phones to find your favourite 10 photographs. We’ll display them for the whole world to see and sell them for $2 each. Jan. 28, 6-11 p.m. Website

Quilting Display at Brush Strokes at Carleton Place. This Feature Show introduces the wonderful world of modern quilting - courtesy of the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild who focuses on the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community. Jan. 4 to 31 website 

Brown Bag Lectures 2014, provides a platform for artists and art professionals to discuss their experiences within the arts community. Join us at lunch between noon and 1 PM for a free lecture from Ottawa’s artistic and creative thought leaders. Ottawa School of Art,  35 rue George Street, Ottawa, website, call (613) 241-7471

Polytectures, a sound walk that explores the relationship between music and architecture presented in collaboration with the Bytown Museum. Please read before doing the walk. Polytectures is an hour long narrated soundwalk by Antoine Bédard (Montag) through Ottawa that explores the relationship between music and architecture. 10 local composers and musical groups translate key buildings on the walk into new pieces of music that together create a sonic portrait of the core of the capital. Downloadwebsite


Canadian Art, painting, sculpture, photography and new media, online

Cultural Human Resources Council published The Essential Guide to Business for Self Employed Artists and Cultural Workers, available at your fingertips in 5 E-learning courses. Website

Amazone Store, CARFAC Ontario has recently put together an “store”. Click on the book covers below to browse books by other publishers that you may find useful in your career as a professional artist. Website

Artists in Canada, Visual Artists Directory, is a free directory for Artists, Art Galleries and Art Resources in your area or across Canada. We feature our Artist members who are disciplined in painting in oil, acrylic and drawing to digital photography, clay, ceramic, stone carving, printmaking and sculpture. Website

Learning Opportunities


Music Scholarships for Children, What a wonderful way to start the new year! Learn how to play a musical instrument at the Ottawa Folklore Centre. We will be giving new scholarships to children and youth who couldn't receive music lessons in 2013. Email Alicia

Paper Planes and Walkalong Gliders,  workshops at The Aviation Museum. Website


Staying Analogue in a Digital World: a 16mm Film Looping Workshop at Artengine. Free Workshop. Jan. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. pm at Artscourt, 2 Daly Ave. Email Britta, register

CARFAC Ontario and WorkinCulture present Taking Care of Business: a Webinar Series for Professional Artists.  Join us every other Wednesday over the lunch hour (12 - 1pm) starting Jan. 8 for a seminar pertaining to your art practice given by leading professionals in the province. Register 

Code for Kids, a Javascript Event, Javascript offers children from 9 to 13 years old, the chance to learn the basics of client-side coding. Introduction to vanilla-style coding to perform calculations and modify elements, and basic jQuery for animations. $29, Jan. 11, 1- 3:30 p.m. Shopify Lounge, 126 York St, Suite 200. Website

Paper Marbling Workshop by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG): $70 for members, $80 non-members (plus $10 materials fee) Jan. 11, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Avenue, Ottawa. We will be using prepared papers (with alum) and acrylic paints. Explore a centuries-old art form (aka play!) Instructor: Susan Pinard. Register

MIFO: L'école de musique du MIFO annonce la 3e édition de ses portes ouvertes. Le 12 janvier de 13h à 16h. 6600 rue Carrière, Orléans. Contact

Pastel And Life Drawing Workshops: Ferraro Art Workshops presents two upcoming workshops. Introduction to Life Drawing: Feb. 24-28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Introduction to Pastel: Mar. 1-2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Both in the instructor's Ottawa studio. Register, contact

Workshop on Palette Knife Painting Techniques with Hamid Ayoub: palette knife painting techniques course tailored to the beginner and immediate level participants to enable exploration of one’s own personal artistic expression. Offered at the following venues: Ottawa School of Art (613) 241-747; Nepean Creative Art Centre (613) 596-5783; or Wallack's Art Supplies downtown (613) 234-1800

Grants & Work Opportunities

CNCAC visual artists: show your work at Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata. Send a letter of interest to before January 15. Include JPGs of the two pieces of 2D work, title, date, dimensions and price.

Young Arts Entrepreneur: Supported by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, the Young Arts Entrepreneur is a new funding program for young people aged 18-30 who want to start, or sustain their arts-based business. Deadline Jan. 10. Info

Call for Visual Artists: Art Battle Canada is seeking participants for the Jan. 15 competition at Arts Court. Twelve professional and emerging painters will compete to become the next Art Battle champion, the winner earning a cash prize and a spot in the Ottawa Championship in June 2014. Infoapply

Call for Artists: AOE Arts Council invites visual artists to submit proposals for one-month exhibitions at the AOE Gallery. Individual, duo, and artist collectives are encouraged to apply. The AOE Gallery can accommodate 2D and 3D works. Deadline Jan. 23. Info, email
Call For Membership: The Creative City Network has expanded their membership to include a category for not-for-profits, businesses, educational institutions, and individuals. Info

Public Art Opportunity for Artists: the City of Ottawa’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit proposals to develop, design, and implement a public art commission for the Bingham Park project in Lowertown. Artist teams may apply. Total budget: $160,000 + HST. Budget includes all costs required to design, fabricate and install the project. Deadline Feb. 18 at 4:00 p.m. Information meeting at 172 Guigues Avenue, Routhier Community Centre on Jan. 22, 5:30-6.30 p.m. details, website, email or call (613) 244-4429

Call to Artists: The Lorraine Fritzi Yale Gallery located in the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre, home of Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) is seeking artists to accompany the GCTC's performance of Mary Walsh's Dancing with Rage, which runs Mar. 18 to Apr. 6. Deadline Jan. 26. Email

Call to Artists: Art Gallery (TAG), Cornwall ON. Submit any medium, except photography, to its annual juried exhibition. Artwork is taken from Jan. 8 to Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at TAG. Show from Feb. 1 to Mar. 14, $15 for members, $40 for non-members. Info


Call for Applications: Young Canada Works 
At Building Careers In Heritage: The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC), in partnership with the Department of Canadian Heritage, offers a graduate internship program. Arts and culture organizations willing to offer dynamic opportunities in the area of Art Practice and Art Administration to recent post - graduates. Deadline Feb. 3, email

Call to Young Artists, Young at Art. A juried art exhibition for young visual artists of 12 to 19 years old. Show your work at local art galleries across the City of Ottawa. Accepted works will be displayed in a community gallery, and are eligible for a number of prizes and awards. Deadline Mar. 7. Info


Job Opportunity: Kicking Horse Culture (KHC) located in Golden, BC is looking for a full-time Program Coordinator. Salary range offered is $36,000 to $42,000. Deadline Jan. 31 websiteemail 

Job Opportunity: Pi Theatre, Vancouver BC is looking for a full-time General Manager. Deadline Jan. 6. Emailwebsite

Job Opportunity: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax NS, is looking for a full-time Curator. Deadline Jan. 12. Websiteemail

Job Opportunity: Zoomermedia, Toronto ON, is looking for a full-time Producer. Deadline Jan. 31. Websiteemail

Offre d'emploi: Agente  de développement , Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario (TNO), Sudbury, ON. Date limite pour soumettre la demande: Janvier 31. Consultez, courriel 

Job OpportunityArtSpring, Salt Spring Island BC, is looking for a full-time Executive / Artistic Director.  Deadline Feb. 1. Website, descriptionemail 

Job OpportunityCarousel Players, St. Catherines ON, is looking for a candidate to fill a 9 month position of Production Manager (maternity leave) from Sep. 1, 2014 to Jun. 7, 2015. Deadline Feb. 3 website, email

Job OpportunityThe Independent Media Arts Alliance, Montreal, is looking for a full-time National Director.  English/French. Deadline Feb. 3 website, email