We've harvested some interesting material that spans great performances, a new spin on visual art, political movement and more in this October roundup.
"If art can truly help all Canadians heal and grow together, then Secret Path is just the beginning... The Secret Path premiered on CBC Sunday, the true story of Chanie Wenjack. Fifty years ago, Chanie — who was just 12 years old — ran away from residential school. He was determined to reunite with his family, but home was Ogoki Post, Ont., some 600 kilometres away. He died on the journey."
Review: This River a journey of love and life’s illusions (London Free Press)
"From her intimate word play on paper to her jazzy, stylized music of her songs and now to the stage in the Grand Theatre’s production of Joni Mitchell: River.
Conceived by director Allen MacInnis, Joni Mitchell: River is sure to delight the Canadian icon’s fans and tantalize those who know little more than her radio play."
Saidye Bronfman School of Fine Arts reunion: 9 1/2 years after its closure, seven former teachers hold joint exhibition (Montreal Gazette)
"When Montreal’s Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts opened in 1967, a gift from the family matriarch’s four children to honour her on the occasion of her 70th birthday, it was as a theatre and arts complex.
For the subsequent four decades, the Côte-Ste-Catherine Rd. facility’s mandate was in part to be a school of fine arts. It was a lively and busy place where a community of professional artists served as dedicated teachers to eager students in a creative coming together of art forms and cultures."
"From above, the Taklamakan Desert in China looks almost empty—a set of sand dunes the size of Germany. But at the desert's edge, there's a turquoise rectangular shape that looks a little like a giant swimming pool. It's a mine for potash, a key ingredient in fertilizer. The bright ponds stretch more than 13 miles.
It's a view few people ever see, like many of the other images in Overview: A New Perspective of Earth, a beautiful new book that catalogs human development and the natural world using stitched-together satellite photos."
A history of the Emily Carr Collection and vision for a new gallery (Times Colonist)
"The first Emily Carr painting acquired by the B.C. Archives came as a surprise. In 1933, one of the worst years of the Great Depression, two friends of the artist began collecting funds to purchase a painting from Carr.
They believed it scandalous that the government did not own an artwork by this recently 'discovered' artist and their intention was to present the painting to the province.
The donors collected the $166 the artist asked for, and the Carr collection was born."
Sarnia filmmaker to bring Donnellys saga to big screen (London Free Press)
"The 1880 massacre of the Donnelly family — one of the darkest events in the region’s history — will be the focus of a new film.
Sarnia-based filmmaker Aaron Huggett, now promoting his short film Red Ryan about the notorious gangster killed in Sarnia in 1936, has cast The Black Donnellys and will begin filming in February."
Verus Art® Announces Availability of First Collection of 3D Art Re-Creations (Edmonton Journal)
"Verus Art, the brand behind the most advanced and engaging experience in fine art re-creations, announces the availability of the first Verus ArtCollection in collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada, enabling art enthusiasts to enjoy a deeper, more meaningful appreciation of fine art through re-creation."
The Hidden Cameras deliver Canadiana at McMichael gallery (The Globe and Mail)
"It will not be a cold day in hell when an indie-rock band plays the McMichael gallery, but a rainy night in Kleinburg. It was Thursday night, to be exact, when the Hidden Cameras, the fluidly staffed collective that traffics in something once (but no longer) self-touted as 'gaychurchfolk music,' debuted its new album at the famously woodsy art gallery nestled northwest of Toronto. And one imagines the six dead painters of the Group of Seven buried in a cemetery on the grounds were not rolling over in their graves, but were more likely each propped up on one elbow, listening to some unabashed True North Canadiania."
Mystical Landscapes gets the gala treatment (artmatters.ca, and featured in the new AGOInsider newsletter)
"On October 15, the AGO presented a dazzling opening gala in celebration of our latest ground-breaking exhibition Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more."
"Toronto artists will join their peers in Ottawa Tuesday to demand fairer access to federal arts funding.
About 160 artists from across the country will gather at Parliament Hill for this year’s Arts Day, where they’ll discuss the federal government’s role in creating a more diverse arts community."