Sunday 29 May 2011

NEW PARTNER ANNOUNCED AT FESTIVAL PRESS CONFERENCE

Caribbean Tourism Organization
INTRODUCING THE FESTIVAL’S NEWEST PARTNER
TORONTO, May 25, 2011 – The Festival Management Committee (FMC) today announced its newest corporate partner. The Caribbean Tourism Organization will be partnering with the Carnival this summer.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the global voice for 33 Caribbean countries, is proud to partner with the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival. The goal of the Caribbean Tourism Organization is to showcase the wide variety of Caribbean cultures here in Toronto and encourage Canadians to visit and experience the warmth of Caribbean hospitality the next time they travel abroad.
This new partnership will include a Caribbean Village as part of the award winning Grace Tropical Rhythms food festival at Ontario Place over the Simcoe Weekend. These Caribbean themed installations are aimed at educating Canadians about authentic Caribbean culture and traditions.

About the Festival:


The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. Now in its 44th year, it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will come alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. The Festival Management Committee is responsible for the managing and staging of North America’s largest outdoor festival.
Corporate sponsors of this year's festival include: Scotiabank, The Toronto Star, Sway Magazine, The Grid, CTV, CP24, The Federal Government of Canada, The Province of Ontario, The City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, , The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Ontario Place, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Public Libraries, Yorkgate Mall, Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex & Liberty Entertainment Group, The Caribbean Camera Newspaper, Toronto-Lime.Com, and GraceKennedy (Ontario) Inc.
For more information about the programs and events, please visit the festival’s official website at www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Office is located at 263 Davenport Avenue, Lower Level; Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5R 1E9. For information about the Caribbean Tourism Organization, visit www.caribbeantravel.com.
Contact info: Tel: 416-391-5608; Fax: 416-391-5693; Email: stephen@stephenweir.com

CUTLINE: Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival CEO Denise Herrara-Jackson announces the festival's new partner - The Caribbean Tourism Organization

Scotiabank Caribana has been laid to rest - long live Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival (or is it Caribbean Carnival Toronto)

New Name: Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Turns Up the Heat this Summer. Same Festival. Same Vibe!

pictures from the presser

On May 25th The Festival Management Committee announced a new name to the Festival that has captured an audience of more than 1.2 million people annually on the August long weekend: The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival.
The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival (STCC) will be back in July with the same line up of events featuring the Toronto Mas Band Association, the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes and the Pannists, as well as an array of new programming leading up to the Parade on July 31st.
“This is the 44th year for the Parade, and all of the participants are preparing for another major turnout of attendees this summer,” said Denise Hererra Jackson, CEO of the FMC. “Rebranding ourselves as the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival helps us resolve any ongoing trademark issues around the old Festival name, and allows us to move forward with an exciting program that will appeal to members of the community of all ages.”
“The Festival is an important summer celebration of diversity through arts and culture in Toronto and as such, is important to the roots of this city,” said Chris Alexander, CFO of the FMC. “The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival will continue to grow and meet the needs of the attendees, while reinforcing its relationships with the Toronto community, its sponsors and other stakeholders.”
In addition to its commitment of title sponsor, Scotiabank and the FMC announced today they will donate a total of $2,500 in prize money to the Pan and Calypso competition, with the first place performers receiving a $1,500 prize, $1,000 to second place and $500 to third place.
“Scotiabank’s partnership with the FMC opened an exciting new chapter for the Bank – given our extensive presence in the Caribbean and the importance of this event to the City, our customers and our employees, this event is a natural fit for us,” said John Doig, Scotiabank Senior Vice-President, Toronto Region. “Today we have come together to reinforce our support for the Festival Management Committee – their decision to rename the Festival the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival reflects our diverse and multicultural communities. We’re looking forward to a great festival!”
The STCC has released the official programme for the summer festivities today, and festival goers will see new additions, including a sports component featuring athletics of the Rugby League. Programme details can be found in the backgrounder and a new name and logo will appear in all marketing materials as well as on the revised interactive website, www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com.
About the Festival:

The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. Now in its 44th year, it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will come alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. The Festival Management Committee is responsible for the managing and staging of North America’s largest outdoor festival.
Corporate sponsors of this year's festival include: Scotiabank, The Toronto Star, Sway Magazine, The Grid, CTV, CP24, The Federal Government of Canada, The Province of Ontario, The City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, Mobilicity, The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Ontario Place, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Public Libraries, Yorkgate Mall, Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex & Liberty Entertainment Group, The Caribbean Camera Newspaper, Toronto-Lime.Com, and GraceKennedy (Ontario) Inc.
The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Office is located at 263 Davenport Avenue, Lower Level; Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5R 1E9. Contact info: Tel: 416-391-5608; Fax: 416-391-5693; Email: Stephen@stephenweir.com CUTLINES:
Top: Press conference was held on an empty floor of the Scotiabank Tower in downtown Toronto. Over 55 journalists representing media outlets in 5 different countries, crowded onto the 59th floor to learn the new name of Scotiabank Caribana.
Second from top: The festivals CFO, Chris Alexander introduces the new name: Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival. Too bad the artwork on stage had a slightly different name that was instantly picked up by the press.
Second from bottom: I spent much of the press conference on the ground level of the Scotiabank Tower, registering guests near the elevators. I did get to watch the events unfold in the nearby coffee shop which ran a live feed on CP24. Scotiabank vice-president John Doig is on screen.
Botom: over a dozen mas camp models attended the presser and assisted with the photo sessions. Two models are from Tru Dynasty.
For more information about the programs and events, please visit the festival’s official website at www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com.

Wednesday 25 May 2011

not Telling Tales - it was one of the best new children's book festivals in Ontario


Telling Tales:
A Family Festival of Stories Four-month Reading Campaign Starts Here


For Immediate Release:
May 25, 2011

The Telling Tales Festival kicks off a four-month reading campaign that begins with Jude Johnson’s school visits, carries on through the summer thanks to our online recommended reading list, and leads up to the main event: the third annual Telling Tales festival, featuring Canada’s best children’s writers, illustrators, storytellers, and musicians at Westfield Heritage Village.

Media are invited to check in with Hamilton’s musical ambassador Jude Johnson who is currently visiting14 inner-city schools across Hamilton that are challenged by poverty, giving students advance festival presentations and inviting them to this year’s Telling Tales Festival. Free to attend, the September festival gives many children and families an un-heard of opportunity to see and hear their favourite literary performers.

The Telling Tales Festival makes reading come alive for children across the economic spectrum. Whether they travel by car, or catch a free ride on a sponsored school bus, children of all ages will find their favourite authors and discover new ones, sing along with talented musicians, explore authentic buildings in Westfield’s beautiful pioneer village, and join in many other fun-filled activities, all free of charge and age-appropriate.

Feature talent includes: Tim Beiser; Rebecca Bender; Rob Blunsdon; Jo Ellen Bogart and Barbara Reid –for their 2011 TD Grade One Book Give-Away program-featured title Gifts; Sharon Jennings; the renowned Jean Little; Lesley Livingston; French author Mireille Messier; the popular Robin Muller; Mahtab Narsinham; local hero Ken Roberts; Caribbean-born Itah Sadu; festival veteran Ken Setterington; graphic novelist Kean Soo; and Robert Paul Weston. Over 20 performers in all – check www.tellingtales.org for presenter biographies plus, new for 2011, our recommended
summer reading list.

Quick Festival Facts:
This year’s FREE festival runs rain or shine, Sunday, September 18, 10:00 – 4:00
• Telling Tales launched in 2009 and instantly put the Hamilton Conservation Authority’s Westfield Heritage Village on the national map, attracting 4000 guests and raising $20,000 for Hamilton-based literacy programs
• Tourism Hamilton honoured the inaugural festival, naming it best festival in the medium-budget category and giving honorable mention in the Rookie-of-the-Year category
• In 2010, 5000 children and their families visited on festival day; $45,000 was raised for Hamilton-based literary projects and surprise guest Robert Munsch thrilled the capacity crowd with renditions of his popular stories
• Now a much-loved annual event, Telling Tales draws fans from Hamilton, the Greater Toronto Area, the Golden Horseshoe, and Guelph/Cambridge/Kitchener-Waterloo.

The festival wishes to thank TD Bank Group, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and a host of additional sponsors and in-kind donors.
Several finalists for the $25,000 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award as well as Jo-Ellen Bogart and Barbara Reid, author and illustrator of Gifts, the title chosen for the 2011 TD Grade One Book Giveaway Program, will be appearing at Telling Tales this year.

About the Festival:

Now in its third year, Telling Tales: A Family Festival of Stories is jointly hosted by the Hamilton Conservation Authority, the Hamilton Public Library, and Rotary International. Key financial support is provided by TD Bank Group, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (2010), and a growing list of local Rotary clubs. For a full list of community partners, sponsors, and in-kind donors, please visit www.tellingtales.org.

Festival media partners include The Hamilton Spectator, Corus Entertainment (CHML, Y108 and Vinyl 95.3FM), and CHCH Television.

Media Contact: June Dickenson
Direct: 647 477 6000 or 905 689 0388
E-mail: junedickenson@cogeco.ca
Posted by Stephen Weir for Telling Tales
Festival Contact:
Susan Jasper
Direct: (905) 973-6478
E-mail: sjasper@sympatico.ca

Please visit: www.tellingtales.org
Follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/tellingtalesFFS

Photograph: Sitting on the grass listening to author tell tales. Photo taken by sweir

The World in Your Backyard

The SCOTIABANK CHIN International Picnic 2011
‘The World in Your Backyard” CANADA DAY WEEK-END'


FREE ADMISSION!

JULY 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, 2011

Toronto - CHIN Radio proudly announces the 45th SCOTIABANK CHIN International Picnic 2011 offering ‘THE WORLD IN YOUR BACKYARD’ with more than 2,000 performers from over 15 ethno-cultural communities entertaining the estimated 250,000 people who attend.
The CHIN International Picnic 2011 has something for everyone including; The World Beat Music component, headlined by top performers from Italy, Portugal, South Asia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Caribbean and Latin America; Sporting Events including a LIVE Club Boxing Show presented by Boxing Ontario and produced by Atlas Boxing Club, Cycling Races presented by the Midweek Cycling Club; Maximum Pro Wrestling Shows; Family Activities including Team K9 Dog Challenge, Birds of Prey Showcase, Zero Gravity Circus Shows, Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, Amusement Park Rides and Games; Cultural Dance and Song Local Showcases such as the Folklore Dance Competition, Italian, Portuguese , Chinese, South Asian, Caribbean, Filipino, Polish and Latino Festivals all weekend long.
Shoppers and Browsers can visit the International Shopping Bazaar with over 100 exhibit booths and brand-name merchandise, retailers, services and entertainment; hungry visitors can visit the many Foods of the World Kiosks on the grounds, and quench their thirst in the beer garden or at the many fruit juice and beverage stands; and let’s not forget the famed MR. CHIN and the MISS CHIN Bikini events.
Join the festivities on the Canada Day weekend for a wide variety of free entertainment for the whole family!
The CHIN International Picnic is produced by CHIN radio /TV international; a Canadian radio and television broadcaster that produces and airs programming in over 30 different languages. The contribution of CHIN Radio to the cause of multiculturalism, understanding and tolerance between people of many national, racial and religious origins has been recognized and acknowledged throughout Canada.

SCOTIABANK CHIN International Picnic 2011

Canada Day Weekend
Friday July 1: noon-11pm
Saturday July 2: noon-11pm
Sunday July 3: noon-11pm
Free Admission
Exhibition Place — West Grounds and Better Living Building

PUBLIC INFORMATION: (416) 531-9991 x3900. Schedule Details – www.scotiabankchinpicnic.com

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MEDIA CONTACT:

desirae@chinradio.com
416.531.9991 x2510

Issued for SCOTIABANK CHIN International Picnic 2011:

CUTLINE: Lennie Lombardi,co-owner of CHIN radio, from the Toronto Sun
Stephen Weir
stephen@stephenweir.com
or sweir5492@rogers.com
2482 Yonge Street, Unit 45032, Toronto, ONT.
CANADA. M4P 3E3
Tel: 416-489-5868 | Cell: 416-801-3101
www.stephenweir.com

Friday 20 May 2011

Chris Alexander speaks at Multicultural Marketing Conference

COMPANIES WHO IGNORING THE SUMMER CARNIVAL FESTIVAL ARE MISSING THE MARKETING AND SPONSORSHIP BOAT


Canada's national Marketing Magazine held a Multicultural Marketing Conference in Toronto earlier this year and called upon one of the organizers of the Toronto's summer carnival festival (formerly called Scotiabank Caribana) to talk about multi-ethnic marketing.

Chris Alexander, the CFO of the carnival festival addressed a standing room only audience and told them that corporations and sponsors who ignore the city's multi-ethnic auidence are "missing the boat". He presented economic data about the impact of the summer festival to the approximately 200 attendees during his keynote speech.

Earlier in the conference people learned one in five Canadians are foreign-born, which is the highest proportion in the population since 1931. Chris Alexander told his audience that while the festival celebrates Caribbean culture (and attracts 1.2 million people in doing it), it is also attracting new immigrants from countries and cultures all over the world who come down to the parade to see what is going on!

Pictured above Chris Alexander, right, talks to two attendees of the Multicultural Marketing Conference, held in March at the Royal York hotel.

Thursday 19 May 2011

New Partnership for a Diverse Canada: Diversity Business Network and Centerplate Make It Official

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Stephen Weir stephen@stephenweir.com
416-801-3101
Diversity Business Network

New Partnership for a Diverse Canada: Diversity Business Network and Centerplate Make It Official

Toronto, Canada -- May 19, 2011 -- The Diversity Business Network (DBN), a Toronto based company leading the development of diversity in the supply chain in Canada, announced today that Centerplate, the largest hospitality partner to North America’s premier sports stadiums, convention centers and entertainment venues, has joined DBN as its hospitality consortium leader.

“This agreement has significant benefits for the Diversity Business Network and its member companies in the hospitality industry,” explained DBN president Courtney Betty. “Centerplate is already a world player in sports’ hospitality services; handling major events including the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Series and even the United States Presidential Inaugural Ball. This move signifies their commitment to diversifying their own menu of hospitality services.”

A Consortium Leader with DBN leads and mentors diverse suppliers and SMEs to unify and leverage their combined strength to respond to RFPs requiring capacity and scale. “Our approach demonstrates how diverse-owned businesses and corporate Canada can work together to achieve mutual success,” said Betty.

“This agreement today reflects Centerplate's commitment to diversity and working with Canadian suppliers from diverse communities, including the Aboriginal companies,” continued Mr. Betty. “For our part, this agreement provides mentorship for diversity-owned hospitality companies seeking to grow their business in both Canada and the United States.”

Centerplate partners with many of Canada’s foremost venues including the Vancouver Convention Center, B.C. Place, and the Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto and the newly opened Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara. This announcement follows other recent Centerplate service openings in the United States including the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit, Michigan, the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland and the Woodruff Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

“We are thrilled and honoured to formalize our close working relationship with DBN,” said Ashton Sequeira, Vice President, Eastern Canada for Centerplate. “I am confident that together we can open doors for Canadian companies who may not have had a chance to participate in the premier venues and events we serve in any other way.”

About Diversity Business Network

The Diversity Business Network has developed a unique approach to diversity in the supply chain in Canada. We provide our Consortium Partners and diversity owned businesses with the strategies and tools to create long term, mutually beneficial relationships. The end result is a win/win for these companies and the Canadian economy.

For more information about The Diversity Business Network, visit www.diversitybusinessnetwork.com

About Centerplate

Centerplate crafts and delivers “Craveable Experiences. Raveable Results” in 250 prominent sports, entertainment and convention venues across North America. Centerplate has provided services to 11 Super Bowls, 20 World Series, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, Art Basel Miami Beach, 15 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls and the largest plated dinner in history at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration. Visit the company online at www.centerplate.com.

Tuesday 17 May 2011

MARC-AURÈLE FORTIN: THE EXPERIENCE OF COLOUR OPENS AT THE McMICHAEL MAY 28th

MARC-AURÈLE FORTIN: THE EXPERIENCE OF COLOUR
May 28 to September 11, 2011
(press preview May 26)

Produced by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
For Immediate Release

FIRST MAJOR MUSEUM EXHIBITION DEVOTED TO MARC-AURÈLE FORTIN SHOWCASES ARTIST’S JOURNEY TRANSCRIBING THE QUEBEC LANDSCAPE
INTO A NATIONAL ART


May 16, 2011 Kleinburg, ON—The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition, Marc-Aurèle Fortin: The Experience of Colour, a truly colourful retreat to the land of la belle province. Produced by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the French-Canadian exhibition is on display at the McMichael from May 28 to September 11, 2011.
The bilingual exhibition is a tribute to the landscape artist Marc-Aurèle Fortin (1888-1970), who painted for four decades in the rising tide of Quebec and Canadian modernity. The 107 works testify to his prolific output, from the early paintings done in Chicago, in 1909 and 1910, to the Gaspé and Saguenay region landscapes captured in the late 1940s, before health problems forced him to stop working. While remaining faithful to figurative art as a painter, watercolourist, printmaker, and pastelist, he endlessly experimented with colour, the true focus of his inquiry. Fortin saw his art as “silent poetry”—his determination to make bright colours sing made him one of the most progressive painters of his generation in the 1920s.

Marc-Aurèle Fortin: The Experience of Colour, the first major museum exhibition devoted to the artist in more than 45 years, features Fortin’s paintings, prints, drawings, and watercolours produced between 1909 and 1949. Fortin indelibly marked the Quebec imagination with the compositions of stately elms and colourful rural scenes for which he is best known. The exhibition presents views of Sainte-Rose, Île d’Orléans and the Charlevoix, Gaspé, and Saguenay regions, depictions of the Quebec countryside of his day. It also includes a lesser-known but equally important aspect of his work: cityscapes. These urban views prove him a keen observer of the irreversible changes that modernity was bringing to Montreal in the 1920s and 30s.

Fortin’s career took off with the success of his views of Montreal and its harbour, and his depictions of large trees. These works earned him recognition in the art world, and this exhibition honours their outstanding quality, all illustrating steps on a remarkable artistic journey marked by experimentation and freedom.

The 300-page companion catalogue to Marc-Aurèle Fortin: The Experience of Colour sheds new light on the man, the artist, and his involvement in Quebec’s art community. Available in French and English versions, the catalogue is a co-edition of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and Éditions de l’Homme. The English version was specifically produced to accompany the McMichael’s exhibition and is available for purchase through the Gallery Shop. This major book reproduces more than 150 oils, watercolours, etchings, and pastels that proclaim the modernity of a virtuoso draftsman and colourist. Reflecting many years of research, the book probes the Fortin legend in different ways, placing the artist and his work in a broad historical context. Written by authorities in the art of this period—Richard Foisy, François-Marc Gagnon, Michèle Grandbois, Sarah Mainguy, and Esther Trépanier—it traces his biographical and aesthetic footsteps in detail and reveals the full import of his contribution to the history of Canadian art.

On Saturday, June 4, the McMichael will host an Art Encounter program titled, “The Paradox of Marc-Aurèle Fortin.” Dr. François-Marc Gagnon, professor emeritus at the Université de Montréal and director and chair of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia University, will present this lecture focusing on an apparent discrepancy between the aesthetic traditionalism embraced by Fortin and his innovative treatment of forms. Dr. Gagnon will be introduced by Katerina Atanassova, the McMichael’s chief curator who will elaborate on the curatorial reasons for bringing this important exhibition to the McMichael. The lecture will take place from
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., followed by a book-signing event with Dr. François-Marc Gagnon, co-author of the companion catalogue.

ABOUT THE McMICHAEL


The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of more than 5,700 artworks, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, First Nations, and Inuit artists. The gallery is located on Islington Avenue, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in Kleinburg, and is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/students and $30 for families. There is a $5 fee for parking. For more information about the gallery, visit www.mcmichael.com.

For further information or to receive images, contact:

Stephen Weir, Publicist
Gallery: 905.893.1121 ext. 2529
Toronto Office: 416.489.5868
Cell: 416.801.3101
sweir@mcmichael.com

Michelle Kortinen, Communications Coordinator
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
905.893.1121 ext. 2210
mkortinen@mcmichael.com

Friday 13 May 2011

media preview at the McMichael - new MARC-AURÈLE FORTIN exhibition

MEDIA PREVIEW MAY 26th 11am - 1pm
MARC-AURÈLE FORTIN: THE EXPERIENCE OF COLOUR
May 28 to September 11, 2011

Produced by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
First Major Museum Exhibition Devoted to Marc-Aurèle Fortin Showcases Artist’s Journey Transcribing the Quebec Landscape into a National Art

When: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg (just north of Major Mackenzie Drive and Islington Avenue intersection).

What: The first major museum exhibition devoted to the landscape artist Marc-Aurèle Fortin (1888-1970) in more than 45 years features 107 of Fortin’s paintings, prints, drawings, and watercolours produced between 1909 and 1949, before health problems forced him to stop working. Fortin is best known for his compositions of stately elms and colourful depictions of the Quebec countryside of his day. The exhibition also includes a lesser-known but equally important aspect of his work: cityscapes. These urban views prove him a keen observer of the irreversible changes that modernity was bringing to Montreal in the 1920s and 30s.

Why: Marc-Aurèle Fortin: The Experience of Colour is a bilingual exhibition that pays tribute to the artist who painted for four decades in the rising tide of Quebec and Canadian modernity. While remaining faithful to figurative art as a painter, watercolourist, printmaker, and pastelist, he endlessly experimented with colour, the true focus of his inquiry. Fortin saw his art as “silent poetry”—his determination to make bright colours sing made him one of the most progressive painters of his generation in the 1920s.

Related: On Saturday, June 4, the McMichael will host a lecture delivered by Dr. François-Marc Gagnon, professor emeritus at the Université de Montréal and director and chair of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia University, focusing on Fortin’s innovative treatment of forms. The lecture will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., followed by a book-signing event with Dr. François-Marc Gagnon, who also co-authored the companion catalogue.

About the Gallery
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of more than 5,700 artworks, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, First Nations and Inuit artists. The gallery is located on Islington Avenue, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in Kleinburg, and is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/students and $30 for families. There is a $5 fee for parking. For more information about the gallery, visit www.mcmichael.com.

Please RSVP:
Stephen Weir,
Gallery: 905.893.1121 ext. 2529
Toronto Office: 416.489.5868
Cell: 416.801.3101
sweir@mcmichael.com