Laura Phan: Days Days Days

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Dinner & Art Event

Heritage Hall will be getting an installation makeover on September.12th. The installation will be composed of drawings for one night only.Opening reception at Heritage Hall (83 Essex) at 6 PM – 8 PM (TOMORROW NIGHT)

We will also be serving an authentic Vietnamese dinner *Free Admission*

In my pursuit to explore the recall of memory through drawing and intervention, Days Days Days looks into my reminiscence of Vietnam as a young adult. Learning about one’s own heritage is a collection of personal experiences and learnt knowledge. The drawing installation takes shape as common items found in home interiors, curtains and blinds. Subtle and simple, they reflect the relationship of how I form my understanding of my heritage. Referring to memory as a construction of moments, they exercise provisionality, trial and error. They negotiate memory’s mutability through subtle changes, citing fragility, contemplation, and the encounter of distinctive narratives stemmed from the personal.

20/08/2015 Laura Phan

Biography:
Laura Phan is a visual artist based in Hamilton, Ontario. Focused primarily in drawing, video and intervention, her work negotiates memory and the relationship of cultural narratives. She received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph in 2013.

http://lauraphan.ca/about.php

People of Goodwill is a collaborative project among the Guelph Black Heritage Society, Musagetes, Local Artists’ and the interdisciplinary artist collective, Postcommodity that seek to re-imagine the Underground Railroad narrative as a living history and metaphor of cultural self-determination for immigrants and culturally diverse peoples living in Guelph. Over the course of one year, the project will produce arts, music, Performance and cultural programming that brings the spirit of the Underground Railroad into the present consciousness of the people of Ontario. http://musagetes.ca/project/peopleofgoodwill/

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Diaspora Dreaming

POGW are excited to present a collaborative multi-media installation curated by Guelph artist Karen Kew. These video works will be up for one night only and will take place on July 31st, 2015, 7-9pm. Please join us for food and beverages.

We are pixel moths caught in a jar of circumstance, of histories unfurling.” Diaspora Dreaming comprises digital ephemera from across time and space and the artists included are Karen Kew, Rabindranath Ramah, Rozena Maart and Steve Nolan. Some of the works being screened include the Interrogation Room and centers on Rabindranath Ramah’s struggle to negotiate his identity as a Trinidadian-Canadian, gay, black man. Steve Nolan’s personal essay tenderly explores his relationship with his son. Karen Kew’s Gold explores cultural memory and identity set against a North American backdrop and pre-revolution film images of Beijing. The old style 1960’s, free standing, Chinese restaurant, such a familiar landmark of many Canadian towns becomes the repository of the immigrant experience. Some of these works are intensely personal and are an invitation to share an intimate moment of living in someone else’s skin. The exhibition will examine identity, representation and internalization, within and at the backdrop of coloniality. The focus will shift between deconstructing cultural narratives to catalyzing acts of resistance from the margin.

Minor Miracles For A New Place

FROM 4-8PM: COLLECTING MIRACLES

Stop by Heritage Hall to share your miracle.8PM: FIESTA!
Join us for food and drinks as we activate the miracles. Everyone is welcome and admission is free!This is a project about incongruent realities existing in the same space. It is centered on an heirloom angel that may be capable of performing some minor miracles, brought from its former home in Mexico to a new home here in Canada. For one day, DodoLab will offer this angel and its powers, whatever those might be, to the community of Guelph, an opportunity to ask for miracles while welcoming this object into its new context.

All notes will be hung on string in the air around the angel. You can choose whether you want your notes to be open for others to read or sealed secretly shut. At the end of the evening, we will ceremoniously burn all of the wishes, activating them: What was once physical will become immaterial and will be released into the world.

This is a project about incongruent realities existing in the same space. It is centered on an heirloom angel that may be capable of performing some minor miracles, brought from its former home in Mexico to a new home here in Canada. For one day, DodoLab will offer this angel and its powers, whatever those might be, to the community of Guelph, an opportunity to ask for miracles while welcoming this object into its new context.

Directed by Lisa Hirmer: DodoLab is an experimental, ever-evolving and often collaborative creative practice that is focused on developing provocative approaches to working with the public and the nebulous reality of public opinion. Often modeled as a type of performative research, the work explores and responds to the public’s relationship with contemporary issues—meaning that it is never solely an idea in and of itself that is explored, but rather an idea in relation to the public’s (or more accurately a specific public, counter-public or community’s) understandings and beliefs about that idea. http://www.dodolab.ca

Review: Minor Miracles for a New Place

A sign outside Heritage Hall beckoned passers by to come to the back of the building. There was a long table stacked with stationary, a contained fire, and a wooden angel against a botanical backdrop. Lisa Hirmer who was directing the performance art piece was asking individuals to write down their miracles and place them in concealed envelopes which were later strewn around the angel on red fencing. The miracles continued to stack up as the air absorbed the aroma of fire roasted hot tamales. We ate the ancient Mayan food and began to burn the miracles. All the hand written wishes were then burnt to ash, the material form now rendered immaterial, and the miracles perhaps activated.

June 26th, 2015      By Yusuf Rahmaty<a

Friday, June 26th @ 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Heritage Hall (83 Essex St.)

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An evening of music, food, and culture.

Kalmplex (from Toronto) will be spinning some tracks.
Free Entry. All Ages. Licensed food and beverage event.
Doors open @ 8pm, Friday, May, 22nd.

Come join us at Heritage Hall for POGW’s first and only DJ dance event. Kalmplex is coming down from Toronto to spin some tracks including Jamaican ska, reggae, and personal remixes. Dress up / down and celebrate the arrival of summer with food and beverages. The event is free to enter and is licensed with beer for sale.

Kalmplex is multimedia artist, musician, poet, playwright, documentarian and vegan chef.  some of the mediums “they” work in are graffiti, videography, photography, painting, & DJing. Born and raised in Toronto to Jamaican and Ghanaian parents. “I ride my bicycle all year round even in the snow and I love eating making good food, listening to music, and engaging conversations.” – Kalmplex

Links:
http://kalmplex.com/

Thank you to Kalmplex and to all those that attended this event. The money raised went to support the GBHS.

People of Good Will & Kazoo! Fest Present: Black Spirituals / Lido Pimienta

People of Good Will & Kazoo! Fest Present: Black Spirituals / Lido Pimienta
Saturday, April 11, 2015 – All Ages – $10.00
Black Spirituals – 9 PM
Lido Pimienta – 8 PM
Doors at 7:30 PM@ HERITAGE HALL (83 Essex St., Guelph, Ontario )

At the end of a long cold grey winter, three performers take the stage at Heritage Hall as part of Kazoo! Festival’s diverse weekend of music shows and art events. People of Good Will and Kazoo! Fest are excited to announce that Black Spirituals and Lido Pimienta will be performing music as part of the ongoing POGW events and Kazoo! Fest’s annual festival. This concert will take place on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8 PM at Heritage Hall. Please join us for food and beverages starting with Lido Pimienta at 8pm and Black Spirituals starting at 9 PM. Heritage Hall is not yet physically accessible.Black Spirituals is a collaboration between Marshall Trammell and Zachary Watkins, two soloists from Oakland who are freshly off tour supporting EARTH. Twisting buzzing drone strings with soft distortion, they are able to weave together songs that sounds like they are both being formed and yet unraveling at the same time. Trammell’s multi-aesthetic acoustic percussions conjugated with Watkins use of electronic modulation produces an infused sci fi-like soundscape that grounds you here while taking you somewhere else. Steeped in a history of the underground railroad, their music has rung out in a number of Black Churches in the states. This Kazoo! Fest will see them playing their first show in Canada in the Heritage Hall Building, a church built by expatriated slaves, offering up a contemporary narrative to the underground railroad route system.

Lido Pimienta is a Columbian musician and visual artist now residing in Toronto. Pimienta infuses analog synths, electronic beats, Indigenous sounds, Afro-Colombian riffs, and primordial crooning. Her haunting voice invokes an age-old narrative of the human condition. Pimienta ties together new sounds with her musical roots, and distant ideas with the local. She both challenges and unites her audiences on contemporary stereotypes of nation, gender, and race with the power of her voice, all against the eclectic dance-able live performance backdrop.

People of Good Will is a collaborative project of the Guelph Black Heritage Society, Musagetes, local artists, and the interdisciplinary artist collective, Postcommodity, that seeks to re-imagine the Underground Railroad narrative as a living history and metaphor of cultural self-determination for immigrants and culturally diverse peoples living in Guelph. Over the course of one year, the project will produce art, music, performance, and cultural programming that brings the spirit of the Underground Railroad into the present consciousness of the people of Ontario.

Black Spirituals Workshop, Monday, April 13th at 7:30 PM
Join Black Spirituals’ Marshall Trammell and Zachary Watkins in researching Heritage Hall as a site of opposition and identifying resonant frequencies within its basement. These collected frequencies will be added to their ongoing site-specific performances and workshops and the collected data will eventually serve to create a larger work. The complex resonant frequencies of all spaces inform our experience of place. By focusing on these energies, the workshop will develop a language that will nurture new compositions and enable the development of new relationships within local communities. Experimenters, sound wizards, and curious minds, please email Yusuf atyrahmaty@mail.uoguelph.ca for more information.

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Kitchen Codex: A Community Portrait

People Of Good Will Events at Heritage Hall's photo.

People Of Good Will Events and Patrick Cruz present:
Kitchen Codex: A Community Portrait

Feb 14th 6-9pm
Heritage Hall
83 Essex St
Guelph, Ontario

Kitchen Codex is a food based event, collaborative sculpture and a communal performance. Participants from the local community are asked to donate a personal recipe in exchange for a Filipino dish which the artist will prepare and serve. Using food as a vessel for sharing knowledge and as a means to view personal and collective histories, the collected recipes will be archived into a cook book. Authored by the local community, the completed cook book will both act as a documentation of the event as well as a collective portrait echoing the diverse social landscape within the neighborhood of Guelph, Ontario.

Similarly, the Filipino cuisine is influenced and shared by different cultures. The diversity of ingredients and techniques were shaped by neighboring cultures that traded with them and other foreign cultures that colonized the Philippine islands. It is through cuisines that we may begin to examine the distilled complexity between layers of cross-pollinated social, cultural and political histories. Perhaps this act of consumption and exchange could potentially paint a new flavor of awareness. Kitchen Codex aims to animate Guelph Black Heritage Society’s space as a site of exchange for knowledge-based transactions which use personal narratives as currency to stitch and weave a community map.

Patrick Cruz (b.1987) Manila, Philippines is a Filipino-Canadian artist living and working in Guelph, Ontario. His work often situates between the personal and the political. Cruz’s practice aims to reimagine notions of displacement, transnationalism and the effects of the global cult. Cruz studied Painting in the University of The Philippines and finished his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design; he is currently a master’s candidate at the University of Guelph’s Master of Fine Arts program.