Wednesday November 23, 2016

For Immediate Release

Festival presenters, Musagetes, The Eramosa Institute, and University of Guelph are excited to announce the first annual ArtsEverywhere Festival, Guelph’s festival of ideas. Over three days, the festival offers lectures, conversations, music, artistic performances, literary readings, and workshops. Several of the events will be live-streamed on the home page of

Program Overview

On Thursday January 19, Suzy Lake, a groundbreaking artist whose identity-based work is foundational to an entire generation, will open the festival with a Big Ideas talk about her five decades of artistic production.

Friday January 20, Musagetes will host “What Can I Do?”— A workshop on ‘Reconciliation’ for concerned Canadians led by Chris Creighton-Kelly, an interdisciplinary artist, writer and cultural critic, and Diane Roberts, founder and workshop facilitator at The Arrivals Personal Legacy Process.

Later that evening, acclaimed Okanagan knowledge-keeper and writer, Jeanette Armstrong will deliver the keynote at The Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian, now in its 14th year. Her research into Indigenous philosophies and Okanagan Syilx thought and environmental ethics has shaped her understanding of how relationships between humans determine our connection to the land. Ann Hui, our literary guest at The Guelph Lecture, will talk about her recent project, Chop Suey Nation, an insightful social documentary of Canada’s Chinese restaurants and their proprietors. Rounding out The Guelph Lecture evening, First Nations musicians from Northern Ontario, Midnight Shine brings us a sound that seamlessly mixes roots, classic and modern rock.

The third day of the ArtsEverywhere Festival will focus on two approaches to considering Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the context of marking Canada’s Sesquicentennial. Saturday afternoon, January 21, a conversation with four West Coast scholars and artists will focus on the complexities of (re)conciliation in unceded territories, where treaties were never signed. The conversation will open with a performance by the celebrated Tahltan artist Peter Morin. That evening, we’ll conclude the festival with an unusual—and for some, frightening—performative conversation featuring six of Canada’s finest Clown Artists. Clowns themselves are pathetic failures so the artists are well positioned to debate the realities of failing and reconciling in Canada.

In partnership with the University of Guelph, the ArtsEverywhere Festival invites students to join the ArtsEverywhere Emerging Scholars. This program offers thirty graduate and undergraduate students a complimentary festival pass, a festival mentor, receptions with the speakers, an intimate 2-hour conversation with one of the speakers, and an opportunity to publish some festival insights at

The presenters of the ArtsEverywhere festival invite us to pause, listen, share ideas and to think together poetically as we imagine our futures—and then go out into the world to bring them into reality.

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