Writing Workshops with Ian Ferrier

 

b_IanSelfPortraitDo you have a story to tell? Perhaps your own? Looking for a reason to visit beautiful Nova Scotia? Then do not miss this opportunity to meet and learn from Ian Ferrier, one of the core writer/performers in the North American performance literature scene. Despite a hectic schedule of performance, collaboration and event organization that has him ever on the move, Ferrier will be offering two very different writing courses this summer in the coastal town of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia known for the world’s highest tides and described by National Geographic magazine as “the prettiest place to watch the Bay of Fundy tides sweep in and out.”

The first, Writing the Story of Your Life, is a 3-day workshop (July 26-28) which will use a very open mind to help each participant choose the best way to bring writing into his or her life—from journals to offhand storytelling to serious works of poetry or prose. It is open to anyone who wants to engage writing as a tool for discovering the meaning and excitement in life. To find out more and to register, CLICK HERE.

The second, The Voice of the Writer, is a 5-day workshop (July 29 -August 2) intended for writers who want to develop the range, beauty and breadth of their own voice.  It sees print as the typescript for an unruly talker who breaks out of the page and announces her or his discoveries to the world.  It examines how even the most sophisticated writers in the language are grounded in voice, even if it is only a voice heard in the mind.  It is open to writers of poetry and prose as well as spoken word artists, to anyone looking at how to use a tool that still rules in the literature of the 21st century. To find out more and to register, CLICK HERE.

Ian Ferrier’s work is well-known across Canada, New York and Europe. Rooted in poetry, his live performances are a haunting blend of acoustic guitar, choir; whispered voice, and the trancelike music of a band called Pharmakon MTL. His signature is the quiet, compelling voice at the centre of every piece.
His first CD/book, Exploding Head Man, received national acclaim. Rooted in the spellbound winters of his childhood, it took a passionate look at love, sex and death against a background of the falling snow; representing the best of three years of collaborations with musicians from Montreal and New York.

What is this Place? features two collaborations with the trance/improv band Pharmakon MTL, two solo works, and nine collaborations between Ferrier and a starstudded list of top Quebec musicians, including Jean Derome, Normand Guilbealt, Pierre Tanguay, Sam Shalabi, André Asselin, Bryan Highbloom, Kathy Kennedy and Gordon Krieger.  Recently his work featured on Australia’s Going Down Slow CD and literature anthology, in Canadian Theatre Review and in the Review of the Americas special issue on Canadian Literature. Stories of his can be found in Telling Stories and the anthology You and Your Bright Ideas (both Vehicule Press). Impure-Reinventing the Word is a book from Conundrum Press that documents the literary scene of which he is a part, and you can find his poems and music in the Short Fuse anthology from Rattapallax Press and the Poetry Nation anthology from Vehicule.
Ian Ferrier also co-founded the Mile End Poets’ Festival, the online performance review litlive.ca, and the poetry/music label Wired on Words which won public radio’s Standard Broadcasting Award in its first year. To Call Out in the Night, his most recent CD with Pharmakon MTL, can be heard at at CBC Music. He resides in Montreal, where he hosts the city’s monthly Words & Music literature series, and remains on the board of the Quebec Writers’ Federation as their past president. Ferrier’s work in the spoken word community was recognized at the 2011 Calgary International Spoken Word Festival, where he received a national poetry award called the Golden Beret.
Want to know more? Check out these links about Ian Ferrier and what he does…

Wisdom Wanted

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 A town with a history

The project will focus on sage members of the community and has the following elements:

  • Each participant will be interviewed / asked to verbally share stories and recollections & whatever else they want to say.
  • Each participant will be photographed to create a portrait. The other details of the portrait and how revealing it is will depend on the individual.
  • A website will be created. The website will have a page for each participant. Each page will include audio from interviews. Hopefully each page will also include old photos, mementos, texts, bios, poems and other relevant material contributing to a multimedia portrait.
  • The photographic portraits will be printed in large format and installed in various locations about town… ideally each portrait will be installed in a location that has particular resonance for the subject of the portrait, a location that features prominently in their audio or other material. Each portrait will have a QR code allowing viewers to use their smart phones to link to the internet page (the url will also be included for those without smartphones).
For more information about this Main & Station initiative, please visit  www.hmsnonesuch.com, phone 514-979-3978, or contact Harvey Lev or Judith S Bauer, at  fun@hmsnonesuch.com   

Desperately Seeking Sculpture

SCULPTURE WANTED

 

Eligibility:  Open to all

Guidelines for Art

Sculpture must be suitable for outdoor public display. It should be stable and free-standing. Artists will be expected to install their own sculptures within the designated time frame and remove them the week after the tour ends leaving the site in its original condition and to have the necessary proofs of insurance.

How To Submit

Send submission and/or CD/DVD to:

Main & Station, P.O.Box 507, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, B0M 1S0 or by e-mail to fun@hmsnonesuch.com

An electronic submission or a   CD/DVD  should be labeled with the name of the artist. It should have at least 3 images of the sculpture. Each image must be a PC-compatible JPEG file at 300 dpi, as close to but not larger in either dimension than 750 pixels.  Each JPEG  file must be named in the following format – “last name_title_view #.jpg” – where the artist’s last name is followed by underscore, title of artwork, underscore, view number (1, 2 or 3), file extension.(jpg)   Please do not present your work as a montage of images (ie., in a PowerPoint file); each image must be a separate JPEG.

Self-addressed stamped envelope of proper size and sufficient postage should be enclosed if the artist wants the return of submitted materials

Artist is responsible for transport, anchoring system,  installation of the sculpture, and removal after the tour leaving the site in its original condition and will require all the necessary insurance.

We will notify you if your work is accepted.

Sculptures can be made available for sale or rental.

The sculptures will remain on exhibit for at least 1 year.

Each chosen work will receive an honorarium.

An artists reception/ vernissage will be held.

 

For more information about this Main & Station initiative, please visit www.hmsnonesuch.com, phone 514-717-4823, or contact Harvey Lev or Judith S Bauer, at fun@hmsnonesuch.com     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexis Williams: Entrance (Drain Spotting) & Mushroom Walks & Market

Coming to Main & Station in July 2013, graphite rubbings by Alexis Williams & a photography exhibit by Fiona Annis.

Opening: Wednesday July 10th, 5pm -8pm. Includes artist talks

Exhibition: July 10th – July 19th, 2013

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Entrance (Drain Spotting)

Alexis Williams

 Entrance is a series of graphite rubbings of conduit covers reorganized into geometric patterns.  The project evolved from the juxtaposition of gravestone decorations and man hole covers to point out their similarities as markers between above and below and as thresholds between the known and the unknown. The work has been refined into reproductions of manhole, drain and conduit covers remixed into geometric patterns resembling monumental mandalas.  The collection’s title refers to both a place of entry and the induction of a trance. The work is designed to simultaneously act as a doorway through which things are revealed to consciousness and as a dissociative that will calm the unconscious mind. While staying in Parrsboro Alexis will begin creating new rubbings of the manhole and drain covers of Nova Scotia.

Alexis Williams (A.K.A Ember Erebus) is a Canadian artist working mainly in video and print. She has a love for biology and frequently uses natural materials like butterfly wings, mushroom spores, cast-off snake skins and spider web Silk in her artwork. As an amateur mycologist, wild mushrooms often take center stage both as material and subject of her work. Foraging and collecting are fundamental practices that lead her deep into the Canadian wilderness in search for new ideas, shapes and colors. A common theme in her work is the comparison of sampling and remixing cultural material to the collection and representation of natural material. In both cases of appropriation, the aesthetic and conceptual qualities of pre-existing elements are used to compose a new work that comments on the original.   Alexis is fascinated by the natural world and is devoted to sharing her discoveries and creations to inspire others to indulge in their own interests in nature.

During her stay in Parrsboro, Alexis will also be offering Mushroom Walks and participating in Main & Station’s market.

www.AlexisWilliams.net

 

Fiona Annis: Celestial Measures

Coming to Main & Station in July 2013, a photography exhibit by Fiona Annis & graphite rubbings by Alexis Williams

Opening: Wednesday July 10th, 5pm -8pm. Includes artist talks

Exhibition: July 10th – July 19th, 2013

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Celestial Measures

Fiona Annis

 

What is it that you contain?
The dead, time, light patterns of millennia, the expanding universe opening in your gut.

Rebellious light, imperfect blacks and other process-based aberrations are the foundation of this cycle of work that explores the physical and chemical properties of light and time. By focusing on the attributes particular to the photographic medium, Celestial Measures gives a material life to the intangible. In this way, this cycle of work explores an alchemical territory by means of documenting various degrees of the transformation of matter.

 

Fiona Annis is a Montréal-based visual artist and researcher whose interdisciplinary practice emphasizes the use of scores and time-based media. In 2008 she completed a master’s degree at the Glasgow School of Art and she is currently pursuing a practice-led PhD at Concordia University. Fiona has exhibited in national and international contexts including: The AC Institute (New York City), The Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montréal) Goldsmith’s University (London), LowSalt Gallery (Glasgow), and The Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton). Her work has been published in BlackFlash Magazine, Front: Contemporary Art & Ideas, Les Fleurs du Mal, and Imagining Science, winner of the New York Book Show Award. Her most recent cycle of work, The After-Image (Swan Songs), is a romantic conceptual rendering of the slippage between fact and fiction within a documentary framework. Fiona is currently exploring the alchemic potential of antiquated photographic processes, a trajectory that was put into motion in the context of an artist residency at The Center for Alternative Photography in New York City.

www.fionaannis.co.uk

John Schwinghamer talks Purple Chips

Meet John Schwinghamer, author of Purple Chips (Published by J Wiley & Sons) :

JOHN SCHWINGHAMER

 

WHEN: August 1st, 7-9pm

WHERE: Main & Station, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia B0M 1S0

 

Discover:

• if you’re holding Purple Chips;
• why Purple Chips are high quality, low risk stocks;
• why the Top 25 Purple Chips are up 31% over the S&P 500* *from October 2007 – March 8, 2013

There will be a question period and booksigning following the seminar.

 

 The Royalty of Blue Chip Stocks

Purple Chips

REGISTER NOW for the upcoming seminar on Purple Chips happening in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.

The seminar is free but a $10 suggested donation will be collected at the door and given to The Ottawa House By-The-Sea Museum.

John Schwinghamer is a Portfolio Manager with ScotiaMcLeod associated with the Jacques Maurice Group.

Wall street Journal:  http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2013/04/22/investment-lessons-from-the-walking-dead/

Bloomberg Radio:   http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-23/scotiamcleod-s-schwinghamer-discusses-purple-chips-audio-.html

BNN:   http://m.bnn.ca/article?itemId=865839&feedId=458