2017 culture summit at the arts resource centre

schedule of events

6pm – culture meet-up (green room)

6:30pm – welcome ceremony led by rick bourque, traditional knowledge keeper

7pm – introductions
remarks from major john henry and deputy mayor/councilor bob champman
-city update on culture counts: arts, culture, and heritage plan by catherine richards
cultural leadership council(clc) update by derek giberson, chair of clc

7:30pm – bringing history to life: the oshawa museum’s scenes from the cemetary
-presentation by oshawa bmuseum and council rick kerr with live performance by actor glenn rabjohn portraying rev. robert thornton

7:40pm – crown lands
-psych blues-rock duo playing 3 of their hit songs

7:50pm – examining/experience/explore history: the challenge of designing an Escape room based on history of camp x
– presentation by durham college about the mad xscape room

8pm – sindanai (rumination)
– a tamil poem translated to dance by neeraja ramani

8:10pm – mobilizing the museum: changes at the canadian automotive museum
-presentation by the canadian automotive museum

8:20pm – beauty by colour
-a dance curated and performed by maxwell heights secondary school

8:30pm – closing ceremony by rick bourque

Spevcial thanks: cultural summit working group (mc derek giberson), carla sinclair, and lisa terech), durham shoestring performers for stage lighting support, and recreation and cultural services department staff.

 

2017 culture update
achievement & highlights (there were many listed, these are a couple notable ones)

  • 6600 attended peony festival
  • 1900 attended concert in the park
  • 4 new community led events in memorial npark
  • cultural leadership council: 2 professional development workshop, 4 culture meet ups

next culture meetup

Community Garden is Community Growing

Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Wegrowfood, had a community potluck and drum circle at Alexandria Bounty Community Garden today. I had just recently joined the Alexandria Bounty Community Garden Facebook group after learning about it from Pepper Patch Community Garden Facebook group. I mentioned that i would bring my jembe and some beet flavored potato chips. i didn’t know what to expect, it would be my first time to Alexandria Bounty and I was getting there by myself. Being a wayfarer, I revel in these happenings. With faith in community – I knew I be looked after.

As I arrived, my friends, Sonya and Daniel were arriving too. (Synchronicity is like a game for me these days.) I got acquainted with most everybody and everybody was caring and down to earth. Melody, who I conversed with on Alexandria Bounty’s Facebook page, got me a chair. Daniel helped me by getting a plate filled with food for me. As I sat eating, I noticed a golden retriever. She felt like an old soul. I wanted to pet her and say “Hi”.

During the drum circle, this dog (Izzy)  interrupted my playing to be petted. When I stopped petting her to play with the drum circle, he tuck his head under my left forearm or put his paw up to my left hand or lick me. Melody told her to lay down. I still gave her a few gentle scratches on her forehead.

The night ended with, walking with Daniel and holding Sonya’s hand to the sidewalk, so I got there safely. I waited for the 401 Simcoe DRT to head downtown.

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Departing the 401 at Centre St. and King St., I decided to go to Coffee Culture. I wasn’t sure if I was going to order anything, I just wanted a place to chill and collect my thoughts. There was a stack of Oshawa This Week papers. I grabed one and sat down. The front page headline got me excited about community and education: “DURHAM HIGH SCHOOLS SOON TO BECOME A ‘HUB’ OF ACTIVITY IN EVENINGS, WEEKENDS.” I took out my pink hilighter because I knew this was gonna be good.

Through partnerships with DDSB, like YMCA, Abilities Centre, Girls Inc., and Durham Region Health Department, a “youth hub” is going to be built into schools this year: Henry Street High School, Ajax High School, Brock High School and G.I. Roberts C.V.I.

These projects, is about kids hanging out at school in evenings, taking part in community partner activities, connecting community and being a “positive social development.”

“A DDSB official say some elements might include: comfy couches; music and sound equipment, cellphone charging stations, WiFi; snacks, a microwave, sink and coffee maker; video game systes, board games; computers; and ping pong or azir hockey tables.”

I feel this was what The Vault and 3V Co-op Marketplace strived to be, but more gear to entrepreneurial artists and community animators. And I feel stronger than ever that this kinda business model for the arts community, to have a hub – a living space, can root itself into downtown and transform it through community and education.

I would meet my friend Chrissy at Coffee Culture. It was a random happening. I told her about what I read. She had to go and meet someone for business. I checked my smartphone for Facebook updates and learnt my buddy Carmen was performing open mic at Gravity Lounge.

It was like 8:30pm, open mic starts at 10pm, so had some time to move on from Coffee Culture and do something else till it was 10pm.

I went to 15 Sports and Grill. I thought I would order a coke, watch Blue Jays game and than pop into Gravity Lounge to show my support for my friends performing at open mic. Instead I was given a Tedley tea with a small cup of cream and container of packages of sugars on the side. Lol.

I stayed till Jays game was over. It was 9:45pm. I got to Gravity Lounge at 9:50pm. I saw Carmen, gave her a hug, wished her a good show, told her to say “Hi” to Paul for me, and that I had to go home to rest. Friday, I got a Knowledge Cafe with Brian at Brew Wizards for noonish and than a date with 3 friends to Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF) at Regent Theatre. And, I need to shave and shower. Lol.

Okay, I’m going to go shave and shower (at least try too), and than its “Bed Time for Pedro.”.

Goodnight.

I Love Oshawa

*UPDATE: Emporium of I and I Mugs

“I Love Oshawa”, for some residents its too hard to say, because they seem to have joy about calling Oshawa ‘The Dirty Shwa’ or ‘Armpit of Ontario.’ Language is a big part of culture, its how society understands or identifies with itself, other communities, towns, Cities, etc. I Love Oshawa I guess is a campaign for the City to love itself and be whole. I worked with a friend to create an “I Love Oshawa” design I want to have on t-shirts and mugs. The original design (see below image) was created at The Open Vault, 2014, with my design concept, by MoxArt. I will update in another blog post with a preview of the new “I Love Oshawa” design. Stay tune.

Culture Meet up at Berry Hill Food Company and Other Happenings

Sunday September, 17, 2017 – I attended 3rd Culture Meet-up of the year at Berry Hill Food Company, 82 King Street West, Oshawa, hosted by the Cultural Leadership Council!

It was a fun atmosphere. I knew most the attendees. We all work in the arts, culture or heritage sector. We wore name tags. That was great because I had a hard time hearing. We were all there to socialize, network, “to know how you can get involved and become more connected with the many cultural organizations Oshawa has to offer.” It was a great opportunity to learn more about the cultural scene in Oshawa.

Annual Cultural Summit 2017

The Cultural Summit is an event organized by the City of Oshawa. The aim of the Cultural Summit is to provide an update on the City’s activities as well as to provide a learning exchange opportunity for cultural workers and supporters in the community.

The event will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Arts Resource Centre.

Please stay tuned for more information.

Hand outs from Culture Meetup, Culture Days and Opend Doors Oshawa

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I left at 3pmish. I took my wild berry smooches and lemon danish I ordered at Berry Hill and headed out to find a nice nature spot to eat and meditate; yet, I saw a commotion on King St., between Centre St. and Simcoe St. I saw that that part was blocked and patrol by security. I walked over to where the Michael Star build is, a crew member approached me, said this was a live film set and had to leave. I said I just like to take a picture and leave. I was allowed and I left without complaint.

I drank my wild berry smoothie, ate the lemon danish at the tables behind the Michael Star building than walked to Brew Wizards to study, work on my tablet and draft a “founders profile” for eoii.org.

At Brew Wizards, i ordered a medium double roost coffee, 2 cream, 1 raw sugar cube, and apple turnover.

Around 6pm, I left, went to Cocoa & Joe for open mic. my friend Shannon performed some songs on her uke. I request jewel – who could save your soul. it was great to hear. I ordered an avocado sandwich. i did karaoke: conway twitty – hello darlin’, crowded house – don’t dream it’s over and james blunt – you’re beautiful. sometime later, new friends showed up, randell and kate, and randell performed some tunes on his acoustic guitar.

i left around 8:40pm, I thought I may do karaoke. My buddy Mike decided to stay home. When I walked over to Gravity Lounge, I had second thoughts…I decided I would buy chinese food from family wok and go home.

I got to Family Wok, ordered a C2: sweet and sour chicken balls, general toa chicken and ask for veggie fried rice with sweet and sour sauce on it. Oh, and i get a spring roll, can of ginger ale and fortune cookie. i was told 5minutes. i left to sit outside infront of UOIT building Faculty of Education (11 Simcoe St. N).

As I was walking, an acquaintance bumped my right shoulder from behind, it startled me for a moment. he shook my hand, I don’t know his name. he asked to use my phone, but my phone was left at home. And that was actually an inconvenience, but i had my tablet.

So, after that I sat on the bench facing uoit building. alittle after, two friends came out of 15 Simcoe Sportbar & Grill and sat on a cement block apart of uoit building’s facade. they waved and smiled at me. i soon got up and walked over. we made little hearted conversation. i mention i was waiting on chinese food and had to leave. i ask them to watch for the Go Bus eastbound on King St. for me. They said okay.

when i got through the first door at Family Wok, an employee just mopped, and i was noway entering. i told him i would wait here for my order. i was soon give my order and left.

as i approached my friends, i ask them did they see the go bus, they said nope. we than wished each other a good night and i hurried to the Go Bus stop on King St. and Simcoe St.

The bus soon came. I ask for a request stop and the bus driver knew my request drop-off destination. And I’m home now. ready to eat, Peace.

Catch The DRIFF

The DRIFF is here, the Durham Region International Film Festival.

The Durham Region Film Festival (DRIFF) began in 2015 as a locally focused event, held at two distinct venues to showcase the remarkable world of films and filmmaking. Taking full advantage of Durham’s cultural landscape, it was held at the elegant Regent Theatre and extraordinary Docville Movie Set, offering the magical experience of film both on screen and behind the scenes. Dedicated to the promotion and celebration of emerging and established filmmakers, the world of cinema and talented artists, came together at this inaugural event, to elevate Durham’s strong and growing film community.

The evening of Friday, September 15, I found out about DRIFF though Derek Giberson, as a post in Facebook feed. DRIFF will be happening at:

Experience fantastic independent film-making from across Canada and around the world right here in the Durham Region!

When 6 months of planning finally becomes really really real: so excited to be at volunteer orientation night for the 2017 Durham Region International Film Festival!! 4 days away to this amazing weeklong festival of independent film screened across the region! Check out www.driff.ca for more more more
#driff
#nottiff
#aftertiff
#catchthedriff

I am stoke about this news. Friday, Septembeer 22, was a week away. I went to the Regent Theatre web page, navigated to find where to buy tickets. I was kinda in a hurry to do so, thinking an great happening like this will sellout easily. I was stocked that the price of a “Red Carpet” is $12. I bought 4, because wanted to bring 3 friends.

FILM SCREENINGS | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Pollyanna | Toronto, ON | Directed By: Roman Gubin | 02:23 mins | Short Film
A young girl’s internal struggle is expressed through a contemporary dance.

Erika | Toronto, ON | Directed By: Hanna Jovin | 17:40 mins | Student Film
Set in 1940s Nazi occupied Bosnia, an unlikely friendship forms between two young girls on opposite sides of the war.

The Meaning of Life | Oakville, ON | Directed By: Cat Hostick | 91:22 mins | Feature Film
A struggling musician gets a temporary job as a therapeutic clown, working to help a 9-year old leukemia patient get past her illness through music.

I have been to Regent Theatre a couple times, located at 50 King Street. its a classy theatre, it first open on October 16, 1919. None of my friends know about my scheme to invite 3 of them, lol. It’s gonna be a great happening.

Opening of Gallery 67

The Oshawa Art Association worked with Rick Kerr on his event called The Cycle. They asked him to help them find a home. The Holiday Inn Express has a vacant space for a big restaurant tenant. Rick pitched the concept for a pop-up art gallery. The OAA Board and the Inn together, they liked each other. Days later, Rick brought the decision-makers together along with Sue Lupton from Economic Development. Long story short, the OAA has got their home called Gallery 67.

The OAA founded in 1967 are launching their new art space called Gallery 67. An Exhibit and Grand Opening ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 13th at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please join us at 6 p.m. and take a tour of the Holiday Inn Express! Ribbon Cutting and Official Opening Ceremonies to follow immediately at 7 p.m.

Thank you to all OAA volunteers who helped get the space ready for this opening, and to the collective effort of Oshawa’s Economic Development department, the facilitation of Councillor Rick Kerr, Oshawa BIA, Local Businesses and the full support of the hotel’s General Manager Sita Gardiner.

Contact information:

OAA Gallery 67 Manager – Tricia Van Oostveen
oaagallery67@gmail.com

OAA Gallery 67 Workshops Manager – Mary Gartlan
mary.gartlan123@gmail.com

Phone: 289-991-1067

Adding RSS to eoii.org

As I fill out eoii.org with content, I want to utilize tools to make the distribution of information easier and user friendly.

In the WordPress theme I’m using, InkHive, I have te option to add 5 social icons to link to social media. RSS is a new format to me I wanted to experiment with.

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”. It is a way to easily distribute a list of headlines, update notices, and sometimes content to a wide number of people. It is used by computer programs that organize those headlines and notices for easy reading.

I receive Charity Village newsletters called “Village Vibes” and it had a RSS tab I copy and post on a webpage. So, I Google Searched “Embed RSS” and found an articled called HOW TO EMBED AN RSS FEED IN YOUR WEB PAGE.

Embedding RSS feeds in a web page is certainly doable. However, it requires generating a JavaScript that will format how the RSS feed (the content sent out by the RSS source) is presented in your page.

A number of online resources are available for creating code to display RSS feed pages. One is RSSinclude. One advantage of using RSSinclude instead of other online RSS page-generator resources is that you can choose what kind of embedded code to use, and you also get the option of an iFrame tag.

RSSinclude offers free as well as pay-to-use templates for presenting RSS feeds. You do need to register with RSSinclude although you just need an e-mail address. After you register, follow these steps:

The article details a 9 Step process to embed a RSS feed. I follow them and that is how I got my RSS icon to link to Village Vibes RSS feed.

The Cycle at 61 Charles Street

Saturday, March 25, 2017 – was the kick off of The Cycle – a community arts event put together by Oshawa Arts Association and Rick Kerr. The theme was “Without hope, there is no motivation.”

The Cycle, located at vintage Alger Press Building on 61 Charles Street. 50 artists of all genres and many cultures. Two live performance shows (each different, different artists) from 5 to 6 pm; and from 8 to 9 pm.

Website Improvements, A Labour of Love

Since the jumpstarting of eoii.org. on Monday September 11, 2017, I been spending time everyday relearning how to tweak EOII.org using WordPress to be a great portal of capturing happenings, stories and knowledge about arts and culture movement downtown.

Some improvements into eoii.org worth mentioning are:

-Social media icons on top centre of page, linking to EOII Facebook page, eoii Twitter and personal Instagram account and RSS Feed for Village Vibes.
-Social media share buttons on top right column
-Font enlarger widget in Top right column
-Moon phase widget to bottom right column
-adding hypertext to blog posts
-adding more content to “Resources” page
-enbedding Google Maps into my blog post

I wish I could change the font colour on Menu Titles to a bold yellow or light green. The customization meni in themes doesn’t list that function. I also like to revise the “About EOII” to add EOII’s values, “Earth Love” list of propose projects, and “Knowledge Cafe” with list of proposed learning/teaching topics.

Since moving to Oshawa in November 2010, I been been dreaming and half living in an’Intentional Community‘ in Downtown Oshawa. Its being apart of a variety of grassroots events, happenings and joining community based organizations. I post these moments to the Gallery.

I am happy about the journey I’m on how its bought me back to EOII to focus on sharing experiences about a growing arts and culture movement in Oshawa and Durhamn.

WE ARE Breaking Ground!

Wednesday, September 13 at 11 AM – 1 PM

Durham Outlook, which operates St. Vincent Pallotti’s Kitchen, at 51 King St E
Oshawa, Ontario,

just Broke Ground and celebrate the start of construction of their new building at 227 Simcoe St S, Oshawa.

Posted by Durham Outlook on Facebook:

What a great turnout!
Thank you to everyone who came out. Thank you to Global Durham for covering our event. and Thank you to Hockey Helps the Homeless Durham