ArtsCan Circle
  • 585 Dundas Street East (3rd floor) Toronto, Ontario M5A 2B7
  • 905 836-9117

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, Natuashish 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
  • Carcross
  • Misheegogamang
  • Wabaseemong
  • Eabametoong
  • Kugluktuk
  • Moose Factory
  • Natuashish
  • Rankin Inlet
  • Thunder Bay

What's Happening Today

We’re excited to announce our first workshop of 2020!

We have returning artists Cindy Paul and Lisa Rosati headed to Attawapiskat from March 9 – 13 to work with students at Vezina Secondary on a large scale mural project! These two women have facilitated many workshops with us and we bring them back because they each bring unique ways of connecting and getting youth involved in the arts – the purpose of our workshops. And wow do they produce some incredible art. We can’t wait to see what they’ll produce!

We welcome two new Board Members Ryan Cunningham & Stephanie Feletto.
– Ryan is a proud Metis (Cree) man from Edmonton, Alberta. An Actor, Producer and former Artistic Director at Native Earth Performing Arts.
– Stephanie is a Member of the Moose Cree First Nation, Indigenous Executive and former Director of Indigenous Youth & Community Wellness Secretariat.

We welcome two new Board Advisors, Cindy Paul & Mimi O’Bonsawin.
Cindy an Indigenous woman & Mimi an Abenaki woman. They are two of our most respected facilitators we work with. As musicians, artists, healers, educators and advocates for Indigenous People’s they have extensive experience working with youth in the north. They’ve come on board to provide their cultural, grassroots and lived insights. To say we’re excited and honored to have such a wealth of knowledge and advocacy join us in 2020 is a blessing! More on the new members to follow.