2021 in-person workshops
Due to COVID-19, we are not sending artists to communities until it’s safe to do so for everyone. However, people in two of our partner communities run the workshops, whether that be a music teacher or a local artist. If you are interested in learning how to be an ArtsCan Circle’s Artistic Director in your community, please email us.
Pikangikum First Nation, Ontario
In May and June 2021, we hired an Artistic Director, Morris George-Ellington, to facilitate keyboard and music workshops (16 in total) on the weekends. Eleven participants, all ages, graduated from the program and received a Completion Certificate, ArtsCan Circle’s shipped hoodies and gently-used keyboards for the graduating students on the Musical Event Night attended by the community.
TD Canada funded this program.
Fort Albany First Nation, Ontario
After initially postponing the creation of “Firemakers” due to COVID-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions, ArtsCan Circle and 67 Records have now completed this music video filmed entirely in Fort Albany First Nation. Under the mentorship of recording engineer Jeremiah Otis and filmmaker Christopher Cottle, youth participated in a ten-day ArtsCan Circle “Healing Through Music” workshop. It consisted of songwriting, recording, filming, editing and creative teamwork—the music video features: Yung Cherry Bomb, Lil Mikey, Krazy K, and Tease T.
“Firemakers” encapsulate the story of being young and navigating a world where it’s sometimes best to make your own rules. Home isn’t always safe, so a small group of friends decide to stay outside till sunrise, the haunting presence of a lone rez dog following them wherever they go. The music video captures these youth wandering through the raw beauty of Fort Albany, playing hide and seek with local police as they explore their landscape, rapping about what they see and feel. Capturing that delicate and fleeting world between childhood and adulthood, the project itself is dedicated to healing intergenerational trauma, including finding healthy ways for youth to express themselves.
Slaight Family Music funded this project.