Juno award-winning performer and ECH Advisory Circle Member Lorraine Klaasen has returned to in-person, live performances! We are happy to share news of her upcoming concert Sounds of the Township with Alliance Française Toronto.
The event will be presented in partnership with Batuki Music Society and will take place on April 23 at 9:00 PM at the Spadina Theatre in Toronto.
For more information about the event, please visit this link: https://www.alliance-francaise.ca/en/art/2021-2022-season/events/concertsen2021/sounds-of-the-township-featuring-lorraine-klaasen-en
“Ask Euan" - Contributor Euan Tait presents a new monthly column on embassyculturalhouse.ca!
As the pandemic continues into a third year, in the midst of multiple global, political and social crises, the Embassy Cultural House recognizes the deep importance of mental health and wellness at this time. In collaboration with Euan Tait, a candidate in MA Counselling Psychology at Western University, our local international ECH community are encouraged to write to Euan for advice:
The advice offered in this column is intended for informational purposes only. Use of this column not intended to replace or substitute for any professional, financial, medical, legal, or other professional advice. If you have specific concerns or a situation in which you require professional, psychological or medical help, you should consult with an appropriately trained and qualified specialist. The opinions or views expressed in this column are not intended to treat or diagnose; nor are they meant to replace the treatment and care that you may be receiving from a licensed professional, physician or mental health professional. This column, its author, the newspaper and publisher are not responsible for the outcome or results of following any advice in any given situation. You, and only you, are completely responsible for your actions.
If you require mental health and wellness support, Euan recommends the resources below:
Reach Out, 519-433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023, or web chat at http://reachout247.ca/ with a mental health and addictions professional who can provide information, resources and crisis support (London, Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties)
Good 2 Talk (1.866.925.5454)
Post-Secondary Student Helpline—free, professional and anonymous support for students in Ontario—24/7/365
For other areas in Ontario, use https://www.connexontario.ca/en-ca/
Or use https://togetherall.com/en-ca/ an Online Mental Health Peer Support Community
Statement of Support for Ukraine
The Embassy Cultural House team expresses our profound grief and anger, joining others in the arts and culture community, in condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression and war against Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. Putin's invasion and occupation are a denial of the legitimacy of Ukraine's existence as a sovereign state. Our hearts go out to the families of all, Ukrainians and Russians, who have already been killed, injured or displaced. The United Nations has estimated that approximately 2.5 million people have been uprooted from their homes and fled into neighbouring countries. The calls for a ceasefire and a stop to Putin's war are reverberating around the world.
Larry Towell, an ECH contributor, recently reminded us in an email (received March 10, 2022) that, Florence Nightingale in 1854 travelled to Scutari Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey, the base for the British military “due to the news reports of the suffering of wounded and sick soldiers who had no clean bandages, pain killers, nor sanitation… which started the Red Cross. The Crimean War was the first war ever reported on by independent journalism."
We encourage our community to consider a contribution to the international humanitarian response by donating to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) or the Canadian Red Cross’ Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. Canadians have already matched the Government of Canada $30 million pledge as of March 4, 2022.
Please visit the following links for more information:
Statement by CARFAC
Art Canada Institute's recent focus on Canadian artists of Ukrainian background
With Russia pressing on and Ukraine digging in, how will Putin's war actually end?
“If They Are Crushed, It Will Be Temporary”: What One War Photographer Has Learned From Documenting the Conflict in Ukraine
Holding Russia to Account for War Crimes in Ukraine
Photo Credit: Larry Towell, Maidan Uprising, February 2014, Kiev, Ukraine
Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge named 2022 Governor General's Award Winners in Visual and Media Arts
The Embassy Cultural House extends our sincere congratulations to Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, recipients of the 2022 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. Since 2020, Carole and Karl have generously contributed to the Embassy Cultural House's projects which have inspired discussions and continue to enrich our community. This 2022 GG Arts Award recognizes their decades of cultural work and activism, and is well-deserved as they continue to create provocative and collaborative work.
At the core of their artistic practice is a steadfast commitment to represent and give voice to a diversity of class, race, gender, community and labour perspectives. - Nominator Dot Tuer: writer, curator and professor, OCAD University
Carole’s Garden, 2021, Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge's contribution to ECH's Pandemic Gardens. The creation of this recent work is featured in the GG Arts Portrait Video.
The Embassy Cultural House is saddened to share the news of the passing of Tony Urquhart. We celebrate his life and work through a thoughtful contribution by ECH Advisory Member, Judith Rodger.
One of the most memorable experiences of my career was a day in 1994 that I spent with Tony Urquhart. We met in his large studio overlooking a pond at his home in Wellesley, Ontario. Our goal was to choose works on paper that would be donated to Museum London. We went through his collection of thousands of drawings from every stage of his career. Urquhart’s practice included daily drawing. Some of these drawings were worked on over days or even years. They often incorporated other media such as watercolour, oil, and collage, but always began with pen and ink. When we chose the work from 1948, Stage Coach, Tony showed me a small book, Canada’s Past in Pictures, written and illustrated with ink drawings by C. W. Jefferys. This book, given to him as a child, was the source of his interest in drawing, he explained. Later works showed the influence of his extensive travels through foreign landscapes, but many of the drawings depicted imaginary places. Still others were working drawings for his inimitable box sculptures.
For more information on his life and work, please visit these links to the websites of Museum London and The McIntosh Gallery.
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