STUDIOS, LOFTS & JAM SPACES
Montreal is home to one of the most active communities of artists in all of Canada and is well known throughout the world for its creative output. The availability of large post-industrial spaces, affordable rents, cheap living, and a supportive funding system makes life as an independent artist possible in this city.
As welcoming as Montreal is to those pursuing independent passions, sustaining a career remains an ongoing challenge. Getting work out into the world is key to the longevity of any artist’s career. Magic happens in Montreal’s studios, lofts, and jam spaces… where artists cultivate their practices and prepare to put their work out into the world.
Studios, Lofts & Jam Spaces is a documentary series that follows ten local artists as they put their work out into the world. Go behind the scenes for a glimpse into the world of Montreal’s fabled studios and loft spaces.
Programmation de la semaine
Musician, artist and chef, Beaver Sheppard, came to Montreal in 2001. Since then, he has worked in Montreal’s top eating establishments. Working in restaurants is the closest I’ve come to losing my mind, says Sheppard, who has creates a vivid, abstract series of paintings called The Chef’s I’ve Worked For. Among his depictions are David McMillan of Joe Beef, Chuck Hughes of Garde Manger, and Martin Picard from Au Pied de Cochon. The portrait of Picard, Beaver says, looks like Elvis, because he is the king. Although abstract, each painting clearly conveys emotion and sentiment; the accompanying anecdotes about the portrayed chefs–some kind, others searing–provide further insight into these famous Montreal kitchens. On the opening night of the exhibition, Beaver wonders whether any of his old bosses will show up. I highly doubt that any of them will come, they have restaurants to run… but we’ll see.
- Dimanche 25 mars 2018 09:30
Sam I Am Montolla—singer, songwriter and dancer—credits her upbringing in a West Indian household for her love of music. Growing up dancing to the sounds of soca, calypso and reggae, she explains, dance was the first medium I picked to express that joy for music. Singing gospel and negro spirituals in the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir put singing and songwriting into a whole new perspective for Samantha: it made me realize that everything I have to say… it could be just a note or a whisper, but it has to mean something'. Her performances blend technical skill with improvisational elements, known in breakdancing culture as crash and create. When you fall, you’re able to create something out of that fall… it becomes poetic. In this episode, we follow Sam I Am from the dance studio where she teaches a form of dance called waacking, to the recording studio where she and her collaborator Jai Nitai Lotus work on a new song.
- Mardi 27 mars 2018 19:30
- Mercredi 28 mars 2018 00:30