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ARTSCAN STORY

ArtsCan Circle is a registered charity dedicated to linking creative artists with indigenous youth in northern indigenous communities.

ArtsCan Circle, founded in 2002, was inspired by the work of Mike Stevens, a multi-talented harmonica player who began by travelling to communities in Labrador to share his music with youth. On these visits, Mike has distributed hundreds of harmonicas to help his young listeners discover music for themselves.

ArtsCan Circle now sends teams of indigenous and non-indigenous musicians and artists to engage children and youth in northern indigenous communities in creative art workshops. Our mission is to teach new skills, promote self-esteem and creative self-expression. ArtsCan Circle visits the communities of Pikangikum, Fort Albany, Attawapiskat and Gjoa Haven. In the past, ArtsCan Circle has held workshops at Sheshatshiu, Misheegogamang, Wabaseemong, Eabametoong and Kugluktuk.

MIKE’S STORY

Mike Stevens – A Walk in My Dream
A chance encounter with at-risk youth in Northern Labrador alters the course of harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens’ professional path and leads to an epiphany of why he plays music in the first place.

Mike Stevens’ CBC Radio Interview – Listen to Mike’s initial interview on CBC’s As It Happens radio show from the CBC archives broadcast Nov. 23, 2000. “The healing power of music at Davis Inlet”

We invite you to read the transcription of Mike’s story

Have you seen Mike Stevens’ TEDx Talk at Gabriola Island? Great to see Mike be a part of this franchise and highlight some of the challenges faced in our Northern Communities.

Artscan has visited the following communities

  • Gjoa Haven
  • Pikangikum
  • Fort Albany
  • Attawapiskat
  • Sheshatshiu
  • Dokis
  • La Seul
  • Sioux Lookout
  • Misheegogamang
  • Wabaseemong
  • Eabametoong
  • Kugluktuk
  • Moose Factory
  • Natuashish
  • Rankin Inlet
  • Thunder Bay

What's Happening Today

December 14th – 18th, ArtsCan Circle will be in Fort Albany. We’re excited to announce that Anishinaabe musician Leonard Sumner, musician Scott Merrit, record producer Doug Romanow and ArtsCan Circle program manager Glenn Marais will be working with Peetabeck Academy and Fort Albany’s youth intervention worker Kenneth Sackaney to hold music, songwriting and recording workshops with the youth.

December 10th – 13th, ArtsCan Circle will be returning to the community of Attawapiskat. Musician Scott Merritt and ArtsCan Circle program manager Glenn Marais will be working closely with the Vezina Secondary School to hold music and art workshops for the students.