Season Summary ~ Stone & Sky 2022

Season Summary ~ Stone & Sky 2022

Autumn brings a time of reflection on the island, looking back on a fantastic 2022 season of performances, farmer’s markets, artists’ residencies and more as part of another great Stone & Sky Season.

June 19th, the season began with performances in the quarry by Karl Jirgens, Collette Broeders & The Scarab Club Chamber Music.  July 10th brought Bunmi Africa, Majestic Brass to the quarry stage, July 17th Poet Gustave Morin, visual artist Tina Newlove & electronic musician Andrew Hendriks gave performances online and on film, and created artwork and music at the tiny house residency ‘village’.  August 21st marked the return of Count Yorghi’s Jazz Addiction to the island along with dancers Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo and Victoria May, the performance was held at the Pelee Island Winery Pavilion due to weather.  September 18th marked the Monarch butterfly migration season with a performance of “Flutter” created by Tracy Atin, featuring youth from the Windsor and Essex County area.  Poet Gord Grisenthwaite also was part of September 18th’s quarry performance.  All of these performances were enjoyed by audiences of Pelee Islanders as well as mainland visitors.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A wide variety of artists’ residencies were hosted at the Stone & Sky Tiny House ‘village’ this season.  Writer Kari Barclay, musician, poet and historian Teajai Travis, dancer Mary Jo Mullins, indiginous artist Evangeline John, artist Sheniz Janmohamed, musicians Dinah Thorpe, Oriana Barbato and Anita Katakkar visited the island to create a diverse array of artwork of all disciplines this season.

The annual Farmer’s Markets on Saturday mornings also returned in 2022, and featured local farm produce, artist vendors, baked goods, honey and more.  It continued its presence as a meeting place for islanders and visitors to celebrate the wealth of food and products produced locally on the island.

The Great Lakes Islands Association hosted its conference on the island and Stone & Sky contributed Drum Circle workshops for the attendees as well as students attending the Pelee Island elementary school.  

 

Stone & Sky also contributed an entry in the annual Chili Cook-Off featuring 100% locally sourced ingredients.  Upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Stone & Sky hosted a Queen’s Tea in tribute of her reign at the Royal Canadian Legion.  

The Stone & Sky team is already working on plans for the 2023 season, and promises another fantastic summer of intriguing and engaging programming!

August 21st ~ Count Yorghi’s Jazz Addiction & Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo

Count Yorghi’s Jazz Addiction, Count Yorghi, (Jackson Drobko) also known as the Viceroy of Newtonville, has long despaired of the shitgibbons & craprabbits of his fiefdom & has taken to the illicit pleasures of all three serious brain crushes: Bop, Hard Bop & Post Bop. This Addiction has consumed & twisted him into the man he has become: an inveterate embittered bopaholic. There is no 12 tone program that can save him! Taking to the bass, or the bone, depending on funding, he has formed a coterie of like-minded degenerates, slaves of improvisation who have long lost the natural disgust of swing. Kent McMillan-drums, Count Yorghi-bass, Al Penner-Guitar, David Willick-trumpet & keyboard, & Brian Burke-sax, all delinquent, all deformed, all tortured by the Count’s curse.

BARBARA KANERATONNI DIABO (SHE/HER NIA:WEN) ~  www.novadance.ca/barbara-diabo

Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo is Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) of mixed heritage originally from Kahnawake, now living in Montreal. Barbara is currently the Artistic Director and Choreographer of A’nó:wara Dance Theatre. An award-winning choreographer and dancer for over 25 years, she specializes in creating works that highlight Indigenous themes/stories/perspectives by often combining powwow, Haudenosaunee dance, and mainstream contemporary styles to create a fusion of dance that speaks to many different populations and tastes. She has studied in many forms of dance and graduated with a BFA in theatre from Concordia University and from the Native Theatre School.

She takes great pride in regularly sharing her culture and has performed across Canada and internationally. Some of her most recent work was performed at the Banff Centre, the Montreal Olympic Stadium, the National Arts Centre, the Confederation Centre for the Arts PEI, Harbourfront Centre, Place des Arts, Prismatic Festival Halifax, and Festival Quartiers Danses. She was one of only 8 dancers in North America invited to perform at Gathering of Nations (New Mexico), the world’s largest powwow, in its first-ever hoop dance competition 2015.

Barbara also works with various organizations, including La Danse sur les routes du Quebec and Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, to educate, help create safe spaces, and support Indigenous artists across Canada. Her goals are to inspire others, encourage cultural pride, uplift the spirit, and increase education and communication.

July 17th ~ Poet Gustave Morin, Visual Artist Tina Newlove & RAVE with Andrew Hendriks

Gustave Morin ~ Gustave Morin is a fixture of the concrete poetry scene and the creator of Clean Sails, The Etcetera Barbecue, A Penny Dreadful, numerous chapbooks, and, as co–editor, The Windsor Salt. His work has also appeared in over 100 publications and over a dozen anthologies. Gustave makes his happy home at The Grove Stand — located on the outer edge of the Sun Parlour of Canada — in the frontier metropolis known as Windsor/Detroit. There he is deeply involved with Common Ground, an art gallery; Media City, a film festival; Imprimerie Espontaneo, a publishing enterprise; and 23 Skidoo!, an independent film ensemble. In addition to his many dark arts, he holds a fireworks operator certificate and is a member in good standing of both CUPE 543 and of I.A.T.S.E. local 580. Oi! to the savant garde!

Tina Newlove ~ tinanewlove.com

Tina Newlove continues to be recognized by curators and jurors as an artist who is making a significant contribution to the cultural life of Canada.The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto founded by members of the Group of Seven commissioned Tina to create the annual 1998/99 Executive List.  Her abstract oil painting titled Organizing my Mind is in the City of Toronto’s permanent collection. In 2011 Newlove received a First Place Award for her bronze sculpture A Song Grew Through My Rib Cage from Lakeshore Arts and in 2010 an Award of Merit for her painting Step Lightly at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. In 2008 Tina’s sponsors for her PROTECTION exhibition at the Latcham Gallery included Bruce Cockburn and the Ontario Arts Council. Tina Newlove is a founding member of Tribe of One, a Canadian Performance Collective that fuses the soul of Indigenous folk-funk rock with English, French, First Nation and Metis, singers, dancers, painters and musicians. In 2014, Tina received an exhibition assistance grant for her solo show Nervous Wait from the Ontario Arts Council  and was recommended by the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Andrew Hendriks has been composing compelling electronic music since 1999. His ambient
soundscapes invoke concepts of man and machine, war, the division of classes, the struggle for
freedom, individual perceptions of reality and hope. He began concentrating on these themes
musically in 2000 while living and researching in the UK. His past residencies include a weekly
event at the Gateway Internet Café, York England in 2000, Deep Forest Grooves, Third Link
Fridays and Atmosphere in Guelph ON from 2001-2005 and at the Tennessee Tavern in Toronto
ON in 2017-2019. He has had four CD releases. Andrew is a founding member of Baseline Sound
System where he organized multiple free outdoor music events and facilitated live music in the
Guelph region.

 

June 19th at Stone & Sky: Karl Jirgens, Collette Broeders & The Scarab Club

KARL JIRGENS

Karl Jirgens is a specialist in literary theory, contemporary literature with a focus on Canadian literature, and creative writing and publishing. He has served as Head of the English Department, and as Chair of the Creative Writing program at the University of Windsor. He is the author of Bill Bissett and His Works (ECW), Christopher Dewdney and His Works (ECW), Strappado (Coach House Press), and A Measure of Time (Mercury Press). He has edited a book on Canadian painter, Jack Bush (Coach House) another on poet, Christopher Dewdney (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), and co-edited an issue of Open Letter magazine (with Beatriz Hausner, on collaborative expression). His scholarly articles on digital culture and performance, as well as contemporary and postcolonial literature appear nationally and internationally in print and digital journals such as WI (Canada), Canadian Literature (Canada), Literary Review of Canada (Canada), La Revista Canaria de Etudio Ingleses (Spain), Q/W/E/R/T/Y (France), Open Letter (Canada), and World Literature Today (USA). His scholarly essays are also published in essay collections such as CanLit Across Media (Edited by Jason Camlot and Katherine McLeod), as well as Scholarly Anthology, Trans/Acting Culture, Writing, and Memory: Essays in Honour of Barbara Godard, (Edited by Eva Karpinski, Jennifer Henderson, Ian Sowton, and Ray Ellenwood).

COLLETTE BROEDERS

Collette Broeders is a passionate mixed media artist merging traditional processes with new media and performance. She is currently located in LaSalle, Ontario residing on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, which include the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie. In the 80’s she attended St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology for business followed by the University of Windsor for the Bachelor of Commerce program. She worked in accounting, business and database development for several years. By 2004, Broeders returned to the University of Windsor where she completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) program. Her studies focused on printmaking and investigated the digital realm where she combined both of these mediums. She is a founding member of one ten park : a working space, an active member of the arts community and maintains a studio in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

THE SCARAB CLUB CHAMBER MUSIC

 

 

 

May Artist Feature: Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo with Count Yorghi August 21st, 2022

BARBARA KANERATONNI DIABO (SHE/HER NIA:WEN) ~  www.novadance.ca/barbara-diabo

Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo is Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) of mixed heritage originally from Kahnawake, now living in Montreal. Barbara is currently the Artistic Director and Choreographer of A’nó:wara Dance Theatre. An award-winning choreographer and dancer for over 25 years, she specializes in creating works that highlight Indigenous themes/stories/perspectives by often combining powwow, Haudenosaunee dance, and mainstream contemporary styles to create a fusion of dance that speaks to many different populations and tastes. She has studied in many forms of dance and graduated with a BFA in theatre from Concordia University and from the Native Theatre School.

She takes great pride in regularly sharing her culture and has performed across Canada and internationally. Some of her most recent work was performed at the Banff Centre, the Montreal Olympic Stadium, the National Arts Centre, the Confederation Centre for the Arts PEI, Harbourfront Centre, Place des Arts, Prismatic Festival Halifax, and Festival Quartiers Danses. She was one of only 8 dancers in North America invited to perform at Gathering of Nations (New Mexico), the world’s largest powwow, in its first-ever hoop dance competition 2015.

Barbara also works with various organizations, including La Danse sur les routes du Quebec and Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, to educate, help create safe spaces, and support Indigenous artists across Canada. Her goals are to inspire others, encourage cultural pride, uplift the spirit, and increase education and communication.

 

April Feature: July 17th to 22nd 2022, Deanna Radford, Gustave Morin, Tina Newlove & Andrew Hendriks

Deanna Radford ~ www.poetryinvoice.com/poems/poets/deanna-radford    Deanna Radford’s poetry is compelled by the language of human communication. It looks at our relationship to the Internet & the material space it occupies in our lives. Experimental sound poetry, art, the environment, & intersectional social justice inspire & influence her practice.  In prose, Deanna has written about literature, sound art, & music for Arc, Broken Pencil, Herizons, Musicworks, MUTEKmag, & others. Her poetry has been published by Art + Wonder, The Capilano Review, carte blanche, Free City Radio’s Art & Social Change, The Headlight Anthology, Occulto Magazine, & Vallum.  As a performance poet, Deanna appeared with Kaie Kellough & Margaret Christakos in Klara du Plessis’ Deep Curation series in Fall 2019. Her poetry/sound band Cloud Circuit launched its début recording (Archive Officielle Publications) in Spring 2020.  Deanna is a frequent judge of Poetry In Voice recitations, former curator of the Atwater Poetry Project, & a recent graduate of Concordia University’s MA in creative writing.

Gustave Morin ~ Gustave Morin is a fixture of the concrete poetry scene and the creator of Clean Sails, The Etcetera Barbecue, A Penny Dreadful, numerous chapbooks, and, as co–editor, The Windsor Salt. His work has also appeared in over 100 publications and over a dozen anthologies. Gustave makes his happy home at The Grove Stand — located on the outer edge of the Sun Parlour of Canada — in the frontier metropolis known as Windsor/Detroit. There he is deeply involved with Common Ground, an art gallery; Media City, a film festival; Imprimerie Espontaneo, a publishing enterprise; and 23 Skidoo!, an independent film ensemble. In addition to his many dark arts, he holds a fireworks operator certificate and is a member in good standing of both CUPE 543 and of I.A.T.S.E. local 580. Oi! to the savant garde!

Tina Newlove ~ tinanewlove.com

Tina Newlove continues to be recognized by curators and jurors as an artist who is making a significant contribution to the cultural life of Canada.The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto founded by members of the Group of Seven commissioned Tina to create the annual 1998/99 Executive List.  Her abstract oil painting titled Organizing my Mind is in the City of Toronto’s permanent collection. In 2011 Newlove received a First Place Award for her bronze sculpture A Song Grew Through My Rib Cage from Lakeshore Arts and in 2010 an Award of Merit for her painting Step Lightly at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. In 2008 Tina’s sponsors for her PROTECTION exhibition at the Latcham Gallery included Bruce Cockburn and the Ontario Arts Council. Tina Newlove is a founding member of Tribe of One, a Canadian Performance Collective that fuses the soul of Indigenous folk-funk rock with English, French, First Nation and Metis, singers, dancers, painters and musicians. In 2014, Tina received an exhibition assistance grant for her solo show Nervous Wait from the Ontario Arts Council  and was recommended by the Art Gallery of Burlington. 

Andrew Hendriks has been composing compelling electronic music since 1999. His ambient
soundscapes invoke concepts of man and machine, war, the division of classes, the struggle for
freedom, individual perceptions of reality and hope. He began concentrating on these themes
musically in 2000 while living and researching in the UK. His past residencies include a weekly event at the Gateway Internet Café, York England in 2000, Deep Forest Grooves, Third Link Fridays and Atmosphere in Guelph ON from 2001-2005 and at the Tennessee Tavern in Toronto ON in 2017-2019. He has had four CD releases. Andrew is a founding member of Baseline Sound System where he organized multiple free outdoor music events and facilitated live music in the
Guelph region.

 

March Feature: Greek Revival Theatre Festival: Shakespeare’s Pericles July 9th & 10th

Pericles is Shakespeare’s touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation, located in a familiar world of precarious journeys and treacherous alliances. Forced to flee his native land, Pericles becomes a refugee at the mercy of sea and strangers. Scarred by the heartbreaking loss of family and home, he submits to the rhythms of the ocean in the hope of a miracle.

Director Jeff Marontate has been a drama teacher with the Greater Essex County District School Board for 29 years, and is the Program Leader and Department Head of the Walkerville Centre of the Creative Arts.  Jeff began this theatrical career as a Drama and English student at the University of Windsor, and then worked as Education Assistant at the Stratford Festival and Publicity Coordinator for the University of Windsor School of Dramatic Art.  Currently, in addition to his work at the WCCA, Jeff teaches with the university’s Faculty of Education.  He has been Resident Director for Korda Artistic Productions since 2003;  Pericles is his 40th production with Korda, and his second with Stone and Sky.

February Feature Artist – Nadine Deleury, June 19th at Stone & Sky

Nadine Deleury, is a professional cellist, retired from first chair of Michigan Opera Theatre orchestra.  In Windsor, she has produced or been part of many different projects, including the mounting of the chamber opera Pat & Emilia (by Gervais and Smallman). She plays with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.  Nadine is returning to Southern Ontario from her new home in Montreal to perform with the Scarab Club Chamber Music in Detroit and on  Pelee Island as part of the 2022 Stone & Sky Season. 

Both French and Canadian, Deleury was born and educated in France but moved to the United States in 1979 and made her home in Windsor for several years. She received diplomas from the Paris Conservatory and Yale School of Music and has been principal cellist of the Michigan Opera Theatre orchestra since 1985. She also teaches at Oakland University in Michigan and plays as an extra musician with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. She is the co-artistic director of Chamber Music at the Scarab Club in Detroit, this year in its 20th season.