Imagine Canada: Explore our Future
Start date: 1 July, 2017
End date: 3 July, 2017
Artfest Kingston will present our premiere Canada 150 celebration at City Park, Kingston ON, on Canada Day weekend. What better place to celebrate then our country's first capital city! We have many activities planned over the three day festival. The event is free for visitors. The project encompasses multiple art and culture disciplines under the overall theme Imagine Canada: Explore our Future. All of the planned activities are thoughtfully created to be hands-on and participatory for all ages. The project celebrates diversity and explores who we are today as Strong, Proud and Free Canadians and asks participants to imagine and express who we might be as Canadians in the future. The results will create NEW original works of art, music, poetry, theatre performance, sculpture, drumming performance, dance, an 80ft Word Art chalkboard and the highlight of the project: a giant 8ft high x125 ft circular birthday cake art installation with a live pop-up cake top feature rising up in the centre of giant puppets, costumed visitors and stilt walkers. The performers and participating visitors will stream out of the ‘cake’ and promenade through the park on the final day at 3pm with a music and drumming band.
Professional artists will guide the participants to Imagine Canada: Explore our Future and facilitate each creative discipline. We are anticipating over 45,000 visitors to engage in the activities throughout the weekend. The wide variety of activities will help build and unite a stronger regional community, create memorable experiences and leave lasting legacies of newly created art for future Canadian generations to enjoy.
Additionally, 150 artists and artisans from across Ontario and Quebec will be exhibiting at the festival and be invited to submit a new item into a competition. The submissions must be specifically designed and created to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary. An award will be presented to the winning artist.
Project leaders will facilitate and guide participants in each of the following disciplines with specific goals:
Giant Cake Art Installation: An 8ft high and 125 ft circumference stretched canvas graphic art style installation will represent a giant birthday cake for Canada. Imagery reflecting the regions cultural diversity will be designed in collaboration with regional language groups (12) and the Mohawk First Nations and outlined in black on the entire surface. Visitors will paint in all of the colours using acrylic paint for the three days. The Celebrate Canada maple leaf logo symbol will be used throughout the art piece to unify the design.
Theatre Performance: Shadowland Theatre will design and build the pop-up ‘cake’ centre piece incorporating giant puppets, costuming, props and stilt walkers. The performers (public visitors) will stream out of the cake and promenade through the park on Monday, the final day of the festival.
Children’s Tree Art Mosaic: Children at Artfest will work on a collaborative project led by artists Heather Kushum Sheady and Karen Pepercorn. Kids will illustrate individual 4x4 inch art tiles that express their ideas about Imagine Canada. The art tiles will be assembled onto an onsite graphic art installation of 8ft 3-D cardboard trees depicting a forest and a healthy future Canada.
Music: Live music performances will take place all weekend on stage with a selection of performers who reflect the diverse cultures within Canada. Each day the musicians will additionally participate in a facilitated workshop with the goal of composing a new song about our future Canada. The new songs will be performed live at the end of each day of the festival.
Poetry: Poets from the region and beyond will be invited to submit new poems reflecting our festival theme Imagine Canada: Explore our Future. A selection of 100 works will be curated by Bruce Kauffman and published as a book. 70 poets will read their works to an audience over 3-days at the Poets @ Artfest Tent and will include a daily open mic feature for visitors to participate and share their own poems about Imagine Canada.
Sculpture: Zimbabwe/Canadian sculptor Chaka Chikodzi will lead participants in a sculpture workshop/demonstration over the 3 days. Guests will create a large 3-D Celebrate Canada 150th Symbol out of volcanic rock. The finished sculpture will travel and be displayed at a number of other art festivals throughout 2017. Younger participants will sculpt a small piece that they can keep as a memento. The participants will carve futuristic style sculptures, extrapolating the designs from classic Canadian symbols.
80 ft Word Art Chalk Board Mural: Mural Artist Arthur II, from Ottawa, will guide visitors of all ages to make their Celebrate Canada 150th Word Art marks on the 80ft long x 8ft high surface using brightly coloured chalks. Visitors will use one word each depicting the future of Canada using decorative word art. Drawings will express what visitors Imagine for the future of Canada. On day three, Arthur will add his own large scale word imagery taking inspiration from the content created by participants during of the first two days and showcasing his interpretation of what he has learned from visitors.
Drumming Performance: A diverse group of drumming styles including South American and First Nations performers will be presented all three days of the festival. Hosted by the Kingston Drum Circle, participants can join in and try out a wide variety of drumming techniques. Yessica Rivera Belsham will work with drummers to create a NEW drumming rhythm sequence that reflects our festival theme Imagine Canada: Explore our Future. This will be performed as part of the grand finale performance at the Giant Cake Art Installation.
Dance: An original choreographed dance piece depicting the diversity of dance cultures across Canada will be created and performed by the Kingston School of Dance in modern and ballet styles. Visitors will be invited to join in. The dance piece will be performed at 3pm on Monday afternoon by the all ages dance troupe and participating visitors in front of the Giant Cake Art Installation at the start of the final performance.
Please plan to join us at Artfest Kingston 2017. July 1-3.
Nature of the Project Reach
Mainly eastern Ontario and Quebec.
To engage Canadians to participate in a variety creative arts activities to inspire them to imagine what Canada could be like over the next 50 years.
Art lovers, Artists, craft makers, musicians, poets, theatre arts performers, dancers and drummers are all invited to collaborate and participate.