ARTSCAN CIRCLE’S STORY
ArtsCan Circle, founded in 2002, was inspired by Mike Stevens’s work, a multi-talented harmonica player. He began by travelling to communities in Labrador to share his music with youth. Mike has distributed hundreds of harmonicas to help his young listeners discover music for themselves on these visits.
ArtsCan Circle sends indigenous and non-indigenous artists to engage First Nation, Innu, Inuit and Metis youth in remote northern communities across Canada.
To keep the fire lit during this Pandemic, we’ve created #ArtsCanConnects, an online platform connecting youth to virtual workshops, events, and mentorships led by some of North America’s most exciting artists. This year, we are introducing Mentorship Programs and in-person workshop series led by local community artists.
ArtsCan Circle visits the communities of Pikangikum ON, Fort Albany ON, Attawapiskat ON, Natuashish NL, Gjoa Haven NU, Carcross YT, Dene Tha’ AB, and Fort Vermillion AB.
In the past, ArtsCan Circle has held workshops at Sheshatshiu NL, Misheegogamang ON, Wabaseemoong ON, Eabametoong ON, and Kugluktuk NU.
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.