August 14th, 2019 Red Deer, AB
Sex, Sin & 69 – Documentary and Photo Exhibit Touring Across Canada makes a stop in Red Deer
The pop-up exhibition Sex, Sin & 69 will be on display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) September 4th to September 15th, 2019. Making its way across Canada on a national tour, Sex, Sin & 69 is a ground-breaking feature length documentary and complementary photo exhibits. Together these pieces explore diverse voices from across Canada’s contemporary queer community and shaping LGBTQI2S movements into the future. The documentary will screen at the MAG on September 11th at 7pm.
On June 27 in 1969, Canada enacted landmark legislation to “decriminalize” homosexuality nationwide. 50 years later, there is a need to explore how this history continues to impact our community. Currently on a national tour, Sex, Sin & 69 is a ground-breaking 80-minute documentary and complementary photo exhibit by Egale Canada and SandBay Entertainment with support from Canadian Heritage. Together the documentary and exhibit explore diverse voices from across Canada’s contemporary queer community as they relate to Bill C-150 and shaping LGBTQI2S movements into the future. Sex, Sin & 69 has been making its way across Canada with stops in Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Red Deer and Victoria.
“This summer we are, and should be, acknowledging the 50th anniversary of decriminalization – it marks the first step taken by the Canadian government to support LGBTQI2S people and it has allowed us break down many subsequent barriers,” said Helen Kennedy, Executive Director at Egale Canada. “It is also a difficult time because we are all too aware of the work that is ahead of us before we will see a Canada that is equitable for LGBTQI2S people.”
The history is far too intricate and ongoing to be captured in an 80-minute documentary. However, Sex, Sin & 69 starts by examining the 1969 ‘partial’ decriminalization of homosexuality — what led up to the passing of this legislation, how it impacted LGBTQI2S communities and movements, and how the LGBTQI2S community in Canada has navigated this as we move forward in the continued fight for equality.
“It was important to us that Sex, Sin & 69 feature diverse voices from Canada’s contemporary queer community,” said Sarah Fodey, Partner and Filmmaker at SandBay. “Throughout the film and exhibit, folks from across Canada’s LGBTQI2S community reflect on the contested history of Bill C-150 in a way that is relatable to our movements today.”
The Sex, Sin & 69 documentary (rated PG) was created to resonate with a modern audience – largely removed from ‘decrim’ and LGBTQI2S Canadian history. A historical and retrospective film, Sex, Sin & 69 is narrated by Fazia Mirza and is told through a wide range of contemporary voices from across Canada’s queer community including academics, activists, historians, artists, and community builders. This distance from the factual record of queer Canada provides a critical story driver in Sex, Sin & 69: calling into question dominant discourses about the significance of the decriminalization of homosexuality.
The Sex, Sin & 69 exhibit builds on the documentary by highlighting themes of Social Justice Through Action, Building Queer Community, Identity & Politics, and Sex & Gender Freedom. These themes are brought to life through the collection of assets from activists, artists, community members and folks who have or are currently working on the frontlines of LGBTQI2S rights in Canada.
First Fridays Red Deer –Opening Reception: Join the MAG from 5-8pm on Friday, September 6th for the opening reception of Sex, Sin & 69.
“Sex, Sin & 69” Film Screening – September 11th, 2019 at 7pm at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery. Free to attend. Rated PG.
For more details regarding the exhibition Sex, Sin & 69 contact Lorna Johnson, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org, 403-309-8439.
WATCH: A must see for guitar lovers and filmmakers
If you are a guitar player in Western Canada, then there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard of Central Alberta’s Gilmore Guitars. A relentless promoter of live music and everything guitar, master luthier David Gilmore’s beautiful instruments grace stages and studios with many well-known and many not so well-known musicians.
Gilmore builds beautiful looking, great sounding, and incredibly playable guitars. Pick one up, put your fingers on the fretboard, feel the playability, hit a string, and you instantly know you have a high-quality instrument in your hands. And Matt Kooman creates beautiful video productions, in this case completely capturing David’s passion for his craft.
So if you love beautiful things, and appreciate the time, energy and passion it takes to create them, then this video will check off a couple of boxes for you.
A couple of notes about this video.
Firstly, the music features Adam Dobres from Salt Spring Islands, and is performed on a Gilmore SJ very similar to the guitar in the video. Born in Canada and currently living on Pender Island in British Columbia, Adam has toured all over the world with acts ranging from folk ensemble The Ruth Moody Band to pop rock singer Toni Childs. In 2016, he stepped into the spotlight with his self-titled debut album, earning him a nomination for instrumental artist of the year in the West Coast Music Awards.
Recently Adam toured with the Ruth Moody Band opening for renowned former Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler, including 8 nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Video was shot and produced by Matt Kooman at Makerhouse Studio in Red Deer. Matthew was born and raised in Red Deer, AB. He began his career directing the docudrama _E for Everyone: The Mouse and The Elephant (2007). He set out around the world with 5 film makers to ask a series of nine questions about happiness. The film took them to the US, UK, Kenya, India, Thailand and Malaysia, and was filmed over a 3 month period. Kooman has since worked on short films, music videos, documentaries and features both as an Editor and Director.
David Gilmore is originally from Radville, Saskatchewan, (Canada). After an upbringing that included 18 years on the family farm, David hi-tailed it to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and enrolled at WABC radio school and started working as a radio announcer on January 11, 1981. During that 30 year radio David spent in radio, he also toured relentlessly across the province, clearly addicted to guitar.
David started building guitars in 1995. Adrienne, his wife, graciously allowed him to attend a 10 week course at Timeless Instruments. There, under the tutelage of David Freeman he received his education and certificate in Lutherie. This course was only the beginning of a journey that is still happening.
“Gilmore Guitars” opened on a full time basis May 1st, 2011.
Here’s a longer (7 minute) version of the above video.
Maskwacis to host Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards Sept. 21st
September 9, 2019
2019 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards September 21, Maskwacis, AB
Edmonton… The community of Maskwacis in the Battle River region is host to the 2019 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards, Saturday September 21, 2019. This year’s Awards Gala marks the first time the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards have been regionally co-planned and hosted on a First Nation. Activities throughout September celebrate the deep connections of the land, its people and the arts across the region.
The awards patron, Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, will present three Distinguished Artist awards at a celebration from 2-4 PM in the Jonas Applegarth Theatre, Nipisihikopahk Secondary School, Maskwacis, AB.
The 2019 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist awardees are:
Poet and writer Marilyn Dumont (Edmonton) was born in Olds, Alberta of Cree/Métis ancestry and is descended from the family of Gabriel Dumont. Her first collection of poetry, A Really Good Brown Girl (1996), won the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award from the League of Canadian Poets. Other important publications include: green girl dreams Mountains (2001); that tongued belonging (2007), winner of the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year; and The Pemmican Eaters (2015), which won the 2016 Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Stephan G. Stephansson Award. Marilyn Dumont’s support for a new generation of writers is leading to profound, progressive changes to the writing landscape in and beyond Alberta.
Walter Jule (Edmonton) is one of Canada’s most important printmakers and has made outstanding contributions globally through both teaching printmaking and his own creative work. He is recognized for developing and growing Canada’s first printmaking studio master’s program at the University of Alberta and has been described as “the central figure in the Edmonton school of printmaking”. Jule’s work can be found in over 60 major public collections worldwide.
Katie Ohe (Calgary) is considered one of Alberta’s pioneers of abstract art. Her six-decade career working in sculpture in a range of materials including steel, concrete, epoxy and chrome has spearheaded the abstract sculpture medium in Alberta. Ohe has exhibited extensively throughout Canada and internationally, and her sculptures are found in numerous public collections.
The laureates will each receive a handcrafted medal, $30,000 award and two-week residency at the Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Studios; the awards celebration is hosted by the Battle River Group at Maskwacis, Alberta Saturday, September 21, 2019.
Learn more about the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation. Website: artsawards.ca
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