Nico Williams, an Anishinaabe sculptor, was approached by the SickKids Foundation with a difficult yet unique proposal.
The idea was to turn thousands of beads gathered by the foundation into a piece of art honoring the bravery of children with life-threatening illnesses who had passed through its doors.
The Monument to the Brave, a beautiful portrait of courage, is now complete and ready to be installed in a SickKids facility in Toronto. The Monument to the Brave is made up of 250,000 multicolored beads in total. Williams said that he had never sewn or beaded something so massive before.
Williams, from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Concordia University. Amid his studies and multiple gallery shows, he found the time to put together this incredible work.
One of the contributors, Aballe, says what initially attracted him to Williams was his ability to honor First Nations craft practices while infusing them with a pleasingly contemporary spin. A moving video portrait of the creative process, which includes many child and parent testimonials, was used to support the final sculpture.
Ontario is one of the most diverse cities globally, with people from different countries trooping in and out to enjoy their festivals, the beautiful landscapes, and picturesque countryside.
With medical cannabis and CBD-related products legal in Canada and a host of entertaining festivals, it is little wonder why it is a hot spot all summer for visitors from all backgrounds. Here are five festivals to look out for when in Ontario:
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On March 27, the Winnipeg Art Gallery will open its Qaumajuq center to the public. It’s a $52.4 million addition to the firm’s downtown headquarters that includes a stunning exhibition of Inuit art.
According to the gallery’s director, Stephen Borys, the new section of the museum is meant to honor Inuit art while also acknowledging the colonial history and moving forward in the atmosphere of reconciliation and integration.
The center, whose name translates to “brightness” in Inuktitut, houses over 10,000 Inuit pieces from the WAG’s collection that had previously been overlooked and confined in storage.
In May, the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary in Toronto. Over the years, the festival has benefited tens of thousands of artists. It even set a new record of 1.4 million visitors two years ago.
Although the pandemic had a significant effect on last year’s festival, it went on as planned, with most of the events taking place online. Only about a third of the 186 activities took place in the real world.
Darcy Killeen, the festival’s executive director, said the festival’s appeal is its diversity and inclusiveness. The festival’s goal is to demonstrate that everyone can put on …