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Online Canadian Art Gallery Will Show Your Art No Charge

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SEO of the Art World

The process of getting a good page rank on Google, Yahoo & man is called search engine optimization and is really beat handled by the webmaster of your gallery page. It is that persons’ job to bring traffic to your page that is looking for your particular kind of art.

The great part about having your art shown on-line is, of course, that millions of people from all over the world have access to your artwork 24/7. All you, the artist, needs to do is get their photos, biography & description uploaded to their on-line gallery and then respond to customers requests to purchase prints, info or original artwork.

Most on-line galleries will charge the artist a monthly fee of anywhere between $10 & $hundreds, but once in awhile you will find a website offering to host your art gallery page for free. In the internet world, it is a good idea to have your artwork in many different locations as well as articles written about you and your work should be submitted to well know human edited article sites.

Artists, don’t waste any more days thinking about getting your original artwork out there. Get in touch with the on-line art gallery scene. It’s easy and it’s necessary to your career as an artist.

The news is good if you are a new artist with contemporary artwork but don’t know how to go about exhibiting or showing your art to the world. It’s sometimes free and very easy to post your work to on-line art galleries and even have your own art gallery page where you are the featured artist with a biography and art listings on exhibit and for sale.

The best gallery to choose is one that has a real person administering the site every day and also one that is known for a specific genre, region of origin or artist style/medium. Right now, if you are a Canadian artist, a great gallery choice would be one that specializes in Canadian artists. When an art buyer is searching on-line for Canadian art, they will get your Canadian artist page as a search result.

We will be happy to display your artwork on http://circleofconfusion.ca, just contact us via the Contact form on our site!

Pride Toronto

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Toronto Pride Week

Just recently I had a chance to sit down with Natasha Garda, Co-Chair, and Leon Mar, Media Coordinator of Pride Toronto. Pride Week is the fun and fabulous arts and culture festival that happens in the last week of June each year in Toronto. Pride Week celebrates our diverse sexual and gender identities, histories, cultures, lives, friends and families and has become one of Toronto’s biggest festivals and yearly entertainment events.

1. Please tell us about the history of Pride Week as part of Canada’s Queer Community and about this year’s theme

The theme for Pride Week 2005 is “Pride 25: 25 years and counting”. The event will be championed by Grand Marshal Salah Bachir, a generous philanthropist, successful businessman and visionary patron of the arts.

In 1981 Metro Toronto Police raided various bathhouses and caused extensive property damage as well as public embarrassment and humiliation to the visitors of the bathhouses. In 1991 80,000 people celebrated the Pride event. In 1999, Toronto’s then mayor Mel Lastman participated actively (with a “Supersoaker” water gun) in the Pride parade, while corporate sponsorship revenues were higher than ever and put Pride on firm financial footing for the next year.

The roots of Pride Toronto date all the way back to 1969, when drag queens and queer street kids rioted at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. In the same year, the Canadian federal government decriminalized homosexual acts for consenting adults over 21, under then-Justice Minister Pierre Trudeau who uttered his famous “the state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation” statement. In 1971 Toronto’s first “Gay Day Picnic” was held at Hanlan’s Point.

2. Pride Toronto has a lot of special events, please tell us about all the events you have planned.

– The Pride Toronto Community Fair provides activists, community and non-profit groups with a public forum to explain their role in our community, educate about their mission, garner and recruit volunteers support for their cause. The Community Fair will take place 11:00 am on both Saturday June 25th and Sunday June 26th 2005.

– On Monday, June 20, 2005, Pride Toronto kicks off with a flag raising ceremony at City Hall. Citizens, politicians, friends and community members hear the Mayor read the Pride Week proclamation, raise the Rainblow Flag and enjoy food and entertainment.

– Family Pride: This child-friendly, interactive space provides an oasis for families of all kinds. Family Pride features crafts, games, children’s entertainment by Rainbow Songs and face painting as well as on-site daycare on the Saturday and Sunday of Pride Weekend.

– Pride Week culminates in the Pride Parade to be held on June 26, 2:00 pm. The Pride Parade is the climax of the Pride Week celebrations.

– The Dyke March (Saturday June 25, 2005 – 2pm) is an event within Pride Week (June 20th to the 26th) that provides a focus on women. It is open to women loving women of any race, culture, orientation, ability, health, economic group, family faith, structure or age. The March is for women only; however, we encourage men to support us from the sidelines.

– On Tuesday, June 21, 2005, the Pride Awards Gala 2005 marks the 25th annual Pride Week Festivities in Toronto. To salute this special year in history, Pride Toronto is organizing a wonderful gala dinner and awards show.

3. Pride Week 2005 offers a lot of entertainment for the whole family. Please tell us about all the different entertainment events you will be hosting.

Family Pride offers entertainment for children and the whole family while adults can enjoy a whole range of entertainment options. Music events include concerts with well-known performers and DJs.
groups that perform live shows. In addition, a theatre performance called “Cheap Queers” will be hosted in Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Pride Art Walk presents works from a network of local artists.

4. In addition, you will host concerts by 6 major artists. Please tell us about these free concerts.

Pride Week 2005 features up to seven stages of entertainment per day over three days from Friday, June 24th – Sunday, June 26th 2005. We are excited and proud to confirm the presentation of the six astounding, diverse and award-winning artists. The current line-up features David Usher, Carol Pope + Rough Trade, Simone Denny, DJ Dan, The Butchies and The Kinsey Sicks.

5. Please share with us some statistics of the event – how has it grown?

From its first official event in 1981, Pride Toronto has grown from a gathering of 1,500 people to a major entertainment event that draws an attendance of about 1 million people according to media reports. Pride Week is a free event to attend because Pride Toronto’s staff, volunteers and
Pride also has 5 full-time staff members and Pride Week is run by more than 700 volunteers. According to media estimates, Pride Week contributes about $80 million to the local economy.

6. How does Pride Toronto compare to other Inter Pride events?

Pride Toronto is a proud member of InterPride, the international association of Pride Event organizers. InterPride exists to promote Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and bisexual Pride on an international level, to increase networking and communication among Pride Organizations, to encourage diverse communities to attend and hold Pride Events, and to act as a source of
education.

Other high-profile Pride Parades are held in cities including London – England, New York City, San Francisco, Sydney, and Melbourne. Pride Toronto is among the top Pride Events world-wide and distinguishes itself by the fact that it is still completely free to attend.

7. Please tell us about the acceptance of the event and the sponsors behind Pride Toronto.

In recent years, Pride Toronto has gained recognition and appreciation as one of Toronto’s most important festivals and now draws a very diverse audience from difference countries, different cultural and demographic backgrounds. Its mass appeal to the general population is evidenced by the fact that major sponsors have signed up to give Pride Toronto their support. Today, Pride Toronto enjoys the generous support of companies such as Labatt Blue, TD Canada Trust, Pizza Pizza, Air Canada, Trojan, IKEA, Hewlett-Packard and many more.

8. Just recently Pride Toronto was named the best Canadian festival – please tell us more about that.

Thank you, Natasha and Leon, for your time and all the best for next few hectic weeks in organizing this massive event.

The theme for Pride Week 2005 is “Pride 25: 25 years and counting”.- Pride Week culminates in the Pride Parade to be held on June 26, 2:00 pm. The Pride Parade is the climax of the Pride Week celebrations. Pride also has 5 full-time staff members and Pride Week is run by more than 700 volunteers.

I am very proud to report that in April of 2005, Pride Toronto was awarded the Best Festival in Canada title at the 8th Annual Canadian Event Industry Star Awards (CEIA), a national award program that recognizes outstanding achievements in Canadian special events, meeting management, conference planning and exhibition management.

In 1999, Toronto’s then mayor Mel Lastman participated actively (with a “Supersoaker” water gun) in the Pride parade, while corporate sponsorship revenues were higher than ever and put Pride on firm financial footing for the next year.

Inuit Art

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Traditional Culture and Values

While much Inuit art is “about” traditional culture and values, it is also very much an expression of the experiences, values and aesthetics of individual artists who have had to come to grips with rapid and profound change in the second half of the twentieth century. Inuit art is often “autobiographical;” even if specific events are not always depicted, and it reflects the life histories of its makers as well as their artistic talents.

The artists had no romantic notions about art-it was a way to survive, and they accepted the new vocation unquestioningly. The ones less fitted for making sculpture took other jobs whenever possible.

These visitors to the North introduced some new trade goods, especially rifles and tobacco, flour and tea, the nomadic lifestyle of the Inuit hunters remained fairly untouched by the intruders. In the late 1940s most Inuit still lived in small family camps, used dogsleds for travel, lived in igloos during the winter, and divided their time between trapping white fox and hunting.

Was it any wonder that people grabbed with such fervour the opportunity to make a living through carving? This was their way out of humiliating dependence, all the harder to bear since they had enjoyed total freedom and independence before.

Contemporary Inuit art has made its creators and their culture famous throughout the world. Memories of life on the land are still fresh, especially for older Inuit, and the past is very much alive in Inuit culture.

If we want to appreciate Inuit art from this period, we need to be conscious of its context. Here was a group of people dispossessed and displaced, out of their element, trapped in a small community with other Inuit groups with whom they had never before had occasion or desire to associate.

The astonishing fact is that this art, born out of economic necessity, has such evocative power. Its appeal lies in its honesty and stark simplicity. Having focused imaginations and minds not burdened with the redundant images that flood people living in an industrialized world-these were pre-television times-these self-taught artists created images of stunning visual power and archetypal significance-reason for celebration.

When James Houston, a young adventurous artist from Toronto, landed in Inukjuak in Arctic Quebec in 1948 he was presented with one of these whittlings and, with the eye of the artist, recognized its beauty. Tile stage or the enthusiastic reception of contemporary Inuit art was set.

By combining biographical and cultural elements with an appreciation of the communicative power and beauty of individual works, we may begin to truly understand and appreciate the complexity-and the miracle-of Inuit art.

The North has been Canada’s last frontier. Until the Second World War – it had remained largely ignored by the rest of Canada, except for the adventurous and very bold. Since the mid-1700s a succession of explorers looking for the Northwest Passage, of whalers looking for oil, Hudson’s Bay traders looking for fox pelts as well as missionaries looking for souls ventured into the North and met its inhabitants, the Inuit.

Against this background of rapid cultural change, contemporary Inuit art came into being. For two hundred years Inuit hunters had, whenever possible, bartered little souvenir items with any of the groups finding their way into the North.

For a variety of strategic and political reasons the federal government of Canada started to take an active interest in the welfare of its northern citizens. In 1939 a ruling of the Supreme Court had accorded Inuit the same rights to health, welfare, and education as Canadian Indians. In 1955 a selection of children were sent to Chesterfield Inlet to be taught by the Grey Nuns until, in 1959, federal day schools were built across the North.

Making art provided a solution. All the superb skills, honed over centuries in the struggle for survival-knowledge of Arctic animals, an astonishing visual memory, infinite patience and perseverance-could be applied to making a sculpture.

Making art also helped to survive emotionally. It was also a way of regaining control over their lives.

Against this background of rapid cultural change, contemporary Inuit art came into being. If we want to appreciate Inuit art from this period, we need to be conscious of its context. Contemporary Inuit art has made its creators and their culture famous throughout the world. Memories of life on the land are still fresh, especially for older Inuit, and the past is very much alive in Inuit culture. Given the spontaneous nature of the art, however, perhaps we may be forgiven if we are occasionally seduced into believing that Inuit continue to live the life that they portray, and often glorify, in their textiles, sculptures and graphics.

One of the reasons the Canadian government felt compelled to intervene was the receipt of reports from visitors to the North about the deteriorating conditions among the Inuit, partially caused by the fact that the price for white fox had plummeted on the world market. The main means for procuring cash had dried up for Inuit trippers.

Canadian Music and Musicians

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Ask the average Joe on the street if they know of any Canadian musicians, and if you get any response, you’ll hear Celine Dion or Shania Twain, maybe even Bryan Adams or Neil Young.

While these are certainly talented musicians in their own right, they certainly do not represent the breadth and depth of the Canadian music scene. Aside from such superstars as Alanis Morissette and Rush who have transcended any national boundaries and become truly international, Canadian musicians have plenty to offer the world in terms of fresh and exciting music.

Rock/Pop/Hip-Hop

With smash hits like “Photograph” and “How You Remind Me”, it’s hard to come up with a more successful Canadian group over the last few years. Shaker reminds me of a less-bluesy version of “The Black Crows”, however, the inflection of vocalist Daniel Brooks is like nothing so much as a latter day version of fellow Canadian vocalist Tom Cochrane.

Vancouver based Jakalope is an interesting act that fails to be categorized, alternately sounding like anything from The Smashing Pumpkins to Evanesence to a meth’ ed up Madonna, they never fail to be interesting. In the world of hip-hop, no Canadian group seems as poised for superstardom as Dead Celebrity Status. Their first album, “Blood Music” hit the streets to great reviews.

Country/Folk

Blending new beats, along the lines of the country-pop sounds of Keith Urban and the Dixie Chicks, with the twangy sounds of early 1970’s country music. It is hoped that once Mr. Angus has served his term that he will return to making music once again, however, at this time that prospect remains uncertain. Her versatility and vocal range are legendary and not listing of Canadian musicians would be complete without her.

Canadian singers have made tremendous strides in country music over the last several years and dusky voiced Kathleen Edwards is no exception. No less interesting, though decidedly more alternative, the Cowboy Junkies have made a career of turning country music on its head.

Other

Sue’s latest CD, “New Used Car” (2006) was recently released to excellent reviews. She really broke through in the U.S. in 2000 when she toured with Tony Bennett. She currently resides in New York, she has maintained her Canadian citizenship and was made and officer of the Order of Canada in 2005.

Sue Foley and Diana Krall are two of the most impressive musical talents Canada has to offer, and as a citizen of the U.S., I must thank Canada for these two wonderful chanteuses. Foley, a blues guitarist/singer/songwriter from Ottawa, honed her chops primarily in Austin, Texas, but oddly enough, is rarely recognized in the U.S. except amongst blues enthusiasts.

Ask the average Joe on the street if they know of any Canadian musicians, and if you get any response, you’ll hear Celine Dion or Shania Twain, maybe even Bryan Adams or Neil Young. While these are certainly talented musicians in their own right, they certainly do not represent the breadth and depth of the Canadian music scene. Aside from such superstars as Alanis Morissette and Rush who have transcended any national boundaries and become truly international, Canadian musicians have plenty to offer the world in terms of fresh and exciting music. Canadian singers have made tremendous strides in country music over the last several years and dusky voiced Kathleen Edwards is no exception. Her versatility and vocal range are legendary and not listing of Canadian musicians would be complete without her.