Art Exhibit Opening: Mon autre – Alter égo / The Other – Alter Ego

This exhibition was presented for the first time in 2014 by artists Isabelle Demers, Amélie Laurence Fortin and Fanny Mesnard. Mon autre/Alter égo is the title of a series of group exhibitions that draw on the practices of artists whose work focuses on the theme of nature, in its broader sense.

Each exhibition of this series of projects enables the artists to create group installations tailored to the venue, where each individual contribution complements the others without losing its uniqueness, while at the same time allowing space for visitors to create their own stories.

This openness to others also allows the project to evolve, change direction, and incorporate new artists. That is how Jacinthe Loranger was able to join the collective recently, adding print media to the project’s multidisciplinary body of work, which includes drawing, sculpture, painting and photography.

Amélie Laurence Fortin

Amélie Laurence Fortin explores humanity’s biased yet fascinating rapport with nature by creating work, most often of a monumental nature, that provokes a physical and hypnotic response. Her creations evoke a space that transcends the self, in sharp contrast to the analytical approach to nature characteristic of scientific and political methodologies. Fortin emphasizes a reverse flow of time creating tension between form and sense.

Fortin hails from the Estrie region of Québec. She completed a Master of Visual Arts degree from Laval University in 2011. She has participated in numerous solo exhibitions in places such as Galerie B-312 in Montreal, the Sporobole contemporary arts centre in Sherbrooke, and the VU photography centre in Québec City. She has also taken part in several group exhibitions, including the 5th Manif d’art de Québec, Interackje at the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland, the Do Norte Ao Norte project at the Museu de Arte in Belém, Brazil, and Monkey Business at the Sophie Sheideicker gallery in Paris, France.

Fanny Mesnard

The rich and diverse forms of the animal world serve as the inspiration for the fantastical creatures that abound in Fanny Mesnard’s paintings, drawings and sculptures. The creatures populate a pictorial universe that is both exuberant and intimate. Enigmatic and organic narratives emerge from these encounters where, shifting between intimate and universal perspectives, mystical references cohabitate with stories, dreams and mythology. Each work reveals a different facet of a rich personal mythology in which the artist explores her representational world.

A graduate of École supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Marseille Luminy, Fanny Mesnard has participated in numerous exhibits in France, Luxemburg, Italy and Québec. She has taken part in several international events, such as the Symposium d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul and the Do Norte ao Norte project at the Museu de Arte in Belém, Brazil. In recent years, her work has been shown at Galerie Art Mûr in Montreal, the Centre national d’exposition in Jonquière, and the Centre d’art Jacques et Michel Auger in Victoriaville.

Jacinthe Loranger

Jacinthe Loranger’s work explores unlikely encounters between disparate, multifaceted universes using cultural archetypes and symbols and refashioning them to make statements about contemporary society. Combining installations, ‘‘bling-bling’’ sculptures, and psychedelic collages, Loranger forges a personal mythology that takes the form of narrative pieces depicting a mystical quest.

Jacinthe has worked as a professional artist for over 10 years and has participated in several artist residencies and exhibitions throughout Canada, France and the United States. She explores the affordances of print media -particularly screen printing- through installations, video, collage and performance art. She has just completed a Master of Visual Arts degree in Print Media at Concordia University for which she received a bursary from the Faculty of Fine Arts, as well as a Concordia University Graduate Fellowship award.

Isabelle Demers

With a quiet determination similar to that of cycles observed in nature, Isabelle Demers creates, grows and maintains drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations. Inspired by themes like adolescence, camping and the mysteries of the forest, and with a view to telling a story, she develops pieces that present and behave as ecosystems, isolated worlds where plant, animal and mineral seem both frozen yet constantly evolving.

Isabelle Demers holds a Master of Visual Arts degree from Laval University and lives and works in Québec City. Her artistic activity focuses on drawing, sculpting and installations. Her work has been shown in various group and solo exhibitions in places such as the Œil de Poisson in Québec City, the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides in St-Jérôme, and the Regard centre in Lévis. She received the Vidère award for her exhibition entitled Lourd comme un cheval mort [heavy as a dead horse] at the Chambre Blanche in Québec City. She also took part in the 29th Symposium d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul.

 

Art Exhibit Opening : Faces by Michel Saint Hilaire

Please join us for the opening of Faces in the presence of the artist, Michel Saint Hilaire!

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: FACES

In our highly urbanized and technological era, everything seems instantaneous and for the most part fleeting. We all have a story and many of us want to be heard. Faces is a series of portraits and figurative paintings that weaves links with people who gravitate around the Franco-Manitoban artistic community.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST: MICHEL SAINT HILAIRE

Michel Saint Hilaire is a self-taught artist from Winnipeg, who began working mostly with pencil. After 2 years of formal education in the Fine Arts Diploma Program at the University of Manitoba he started creating work using both paint and dry mediums on one surface.

Michel has had solo and group exhibitions in diverse cities in several commercial galleries in western Canada. The most recent exhibition is currently being shown at Elevation Gallery in Canmore, Alberta.  He also had a solo exhibition at the contemporary artist run center La Maison Des Artistes entitled Horizon in 2009 and an exhibition entitled Transitions in 2006 at “La Galerie” in the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre in Winnipeg.

For several years he has created diverse large-scale murals throughout the city of Winnipeg. His paintings are part of various collections: private and corporate, including the Province of Manitoba, Investors Group and Manitoba Hydro.

Recently, Saint Hilaire took part in a residency in Moncton, New Brunswick where he experimented on his theme for his upcoming exhibition in January of 2017 at the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre, in Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg.  The exhibition entitled Faces will showcase an array of portraiture work along with some figurative paintings.  All of the works are mixed media and are based on some well-known artists from Winnipeg such as Freya Olafson, Melanie Rocan and Dominique Rey.  Some international faces are also captured such as the newly discovered photographer, Vivian Maier from Chicago.

 

Opening Thursday, January 26 at 5 PM
Exhibit runs January 26 to March 24
In La Galerie du CCFM
Free

Climate Changes

Climate Changes

Artist: Mathieu Gotti
Opening Thursday, November 24 at 5 PM

Runs November 24 to January 20, 2017
In la Galerie du CCFM

Project Description

Changements climatiques [climate changes] draws on the expertise developed with the Fonderie polaire [polar foundry] project created in 2015 during an artist’s residency at the Vrille contemporary art centre in La Pocatière, Quebec, and the Fragment d’histoire [story fragment] research project carried out in spring 2015, made possible by a creation and production grant from the Première Ovation program. These two projects contributed significantly to developing the artist’s practice. He now has his own studio, where he devotes himself fully to his research and art.

Sculpture as a public and grassroots gesture

Changements climatiques consists of a series of animals interacting with elements from the human realm, all sculpted in wood.

This project can be perceived from several angles: the animals’ visual appearance suggests childhood, tales and fables. In this new body of work, the animals metamorphose and occasionally use manufactured objects to compensate for the loss of their environment caused by industrial activity. The sculpture is seen as a fragment of life. Spectators have a subjective memory and the ability to interpret present-day images based on their past experience. Beyond their immediate use, objects eventually become vehicles of memory. With a story fragment focusing on everyday objects, the artist’s work becomes an imaginary bestiary. The animals are a part of our imagination because they hark back to our childhood and its wealth of stories and fables. But they are also symbols of contemporary life, like the laboratory rat, and can also become cultural archetypes, like the fox or wolf. While they have subjective power, the colours and inviting nature of the project’s animal creations make them predominantly accessible and fun.

To complement this grassroots aspect, all of the project phases are documented in videos and photographs disseminated via Facebook and his Instagram account @mathieu_gotti.

 

Artistic practice, and a brief overview of the underlying philosophy

My projects explore territorial and social memory. My practice is therefore primarily driven by contextual research aimed at creating a connection between the work, the venue and the audience. Together, these three elements help give spectators a poetic sculptural experience, encouraging them to reflect on immediacy and duration. My sculptures’ social and natural impact is achieved through their colours, shapes and contexts.

My artistic research deals with the idea of human memory as a natural “footprint.” I also explore memory from its dualistic perspective – selective and destructive – given that we choose what information to memorize, and gradually, consciously or unconsciously, forget certain details.

My projects are always handmade, using both traditional and experimental methods. They are linked to my desire to re-appropriate production methods. The inventor’s instinct and self-proclaimed know-how are a starting point in my practice. The materials used and the way they are transformed create a unique look. Carving sculptures using the direct cutting method and 21st century wood allows me to create a contrast with our times. My formal research focuses on the opposition between traditional style and industrial finishing. Rustic or second-hand materials, sculpted or created using traditional methods, connect with viewers. They therefore appeal to subjective memory, at times creating a feeling of nostalgia. In contrast, industrially finished, painted and monochrome surfaces belong to the technical universe and contemporary works.

My proposed projects are typically conceptualized and created to work within the context of a venue in terms of sculptural or architectural scale. They are mainly designed to be enjoyed and accessible to as many people as possible.

Biography

Hailing from France, Mathieu Gotti studied Visual Arts at the École des Beaux-arts de Saint-Étienne and went on to practise in Europe, creating site-specific sculpture projects and video and photo experiments. In 2006, he moved to Quebec, where he studied Arts and Crafts, specializing in sculpture.

After graduating in 2009, Mathieu continued his sculptural practice. A proponent of group projects, he helped found a number of artistic collectives, including Collectif À GoGo (2008 – 2010), Collectif M et M (2010 – 2015), and Collectif 3M (2012 – 2015). These team projects introduced him to a wide audience and he developed an interest in interactivity and cultural mediation. They were also an opportunity for him to renew his connection with video and photography. Mathieu Gotti continued to work on solo sculpture initiatives, and his work has been featured in a number of projects, including Zoo in Quebec City’s Petit Champlain borough in 2010, Compression Boréal in 2010, and Compressions et mémoires in 2012. His work earned him the Millionnaire en Folie production support award in 2013 from the Œil de Poisson contemporary art exhibition and production centre.

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Coup de coeur francophone: Antoine Lachance & Philippe Brach

Antoine Lachance et Philippe Brach – A night of double calamity

 

Antoine Lachance is ready to unveil his first album, Cimetière d’avions. Between bursts of pop-epic and intense moments when he sets fire to the powder with his guitar, the singer-songwriter expresses his cry of the heart from the last few years.

Philippe Brach comes from Saguenay. Some insist in recognizing the famous “lake sound” in his songs. Up to you to decide. Certainly, it has melody, irreverence, it’s raw and it pushes you out of your comfort zone. Compromises? Not for Brach.

Don’t miss your chance to see these two amazing performers at the CCFM!

Thursday, December 1st at 8 PM
Tickets: $18 student, $25 adult
Tickets at the CCFM, at 204.233.8972 et at 340provencher.com/boutique
Antoine-Gaborieau Hall

Coup de coeur francophone: Claude Bellefeuille & Antoine Chance

Claude Bellefeuille opening for Antoine Chance – It’s your lucky night!

Claude Bellefeuille is a singer-songwriter from Winnipeg. He takes you on a journey to his musical universe with joy and friendliness. Claude lends himself to different styles since his musical arrival. Today, nourished by his experiences, he invites you to discover his original French compositions.

Belgian sensation Antoine Chance struck hard with the release of his album Fou in 2013. Directed by the renowned Renaud Letang, this pop record full of catchy melodies made a lot of noise on the other side of the Atlantic, so much so that the 32 year old singer and guitarist was named 2015 artist of the year at the Octaves awards (the equivalent of our JUNO awards), in his native country.

Thursday, November 17 at 8 PM
Tickets: Pre-sale on until September 30th: $15 student, $20 adult
After September 30th: $18 student, $25 adult
Tickets at the CCFM, at 204.233.8972 et at 340provencher.com/boutique
Antoine-Gaborieau Hall

Coup de coeur francophone: Alexis Normand & Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire

ALEXIS NORMAND AND ARIANE MAHRŸKE LEMIRE – THEY ARE NOT COWGIRLS!

 

Discover two shiny and new albums. This is not your ordinary Western. Saskatchewan and Alberta meet to reveal their Northern Lights. Two artists who have come a long way, accompanied by two versatile musicians, will perform their albums for you. Get out of your homes, your corrals, your saloons, and come see two shows for the price of one – a two-step like you’ve never seen before! More Puss in Boots than cowboy boots, Alexis Normand and Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire present you a double bill, a concert that’s a cross between two worlds, coming together to find a common center of gravity.

 

Thursday, October 27 at 8 PM
Tickets: Pre-sale on until September 30th: $15 student, $20 adult
After September 30th: $18 student, $25 adult
Tickets at the CCFM, at 204.233.8972 et at 340provencher.com/boutique
Antoine-Gaborieau Hall

 

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Opening show for Cinémental 2016 : Daran – Le monde perdu

The CCFM in collaboration with Cinémental present Daran – Le monde perdu at the opening show for Cinémental 2016 !

 

The French-language film festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and Daran is kicking things off with a very unique show! Daran presents the poetic universe of his album, Le monde perdu, by mixing video, drawings and music on stage. Wonderment guaranteed!

Daran is a Francophone singer-songwriter born in Italy and now living in Quebec. Daran’s music comes from blues and especially rock influences. It is distinguished by the elegant sound of two guitars, one acoustic and one electric.

Le monde perdu is undoubtedly the most accomplished and personal album of Daran’s career. The one that he’s wanted to make for 15 years. “Record companies have always been cautious with projects like this, but now I don’t really have to justify my musical choices, so I did it. A solo album, entirely acoustic, just guitar, vocals and harmonica.” An album in the purest tradition of North-American folk, to texts from Miossec, Pierre-Yves Lebert and Moran.

Cinémental is at CCFM from October 12th to 16th. See cinemental.com for the full festival lineup.

Presented by CCFM in collaboration with Cinémental
Friday, October 14 at 8 PM
Pauline-Boutal Hall
Tickets: $15 student / $20 adult
Tickets available at CCFM, at 204.233.8972 and on 340provencher.com/boutique

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Culture Days and Nuit Blanche at the CCFM

One-Eyed-Rabbit: Explore the interactive exhibit!

Facilitators will guide you and your children through this interactive exhibit. Learn the touching story of a One-Eyed-Rabbit and his friend the worm with the help of a video, a giant book and optical illusions. Arts & crafts and fun guaranteed!

October 1st from 10 AM to 1 PM and October 2nd from 1 PM to 3 PM
La Galerie du CCFM

Free!
Offered in French and in English
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MOVIE NIGHT AT CCFM : L’HERMINE (COURTED)

Grab a popcorn and enjoy this free screening of L’hermine (Courted)! In this courtroom drama, a judge and the woman he loves meet again while she is a jury member in a trial he is presiding over. Presented at the Venice Film Festival, the film earned Fabrice Lucchini the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. At the Cannes festival , Sidse Babett Knudsen won the César Award for Best Supporting Actress. French films still know how to entice, excite, interpellate, laugh and dream !  The CCFM joins Cinémental to present this great movie and invites you to the festival which begins on October 12 at the CCFM !

Saturday, October 1st at 9 PM
G
enre: Drama
Pauline-Boutal Hall

Free!
With English subtitles
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Freeze Frame: Kidz Movie Night

Freeze Frame, CCFM & Alliance Française Manitoba will show ” Les 4 saisons de Léon” a series of animated cartoon stories directed by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Pascal Le Nôtre. This is a family friendly event. Bring your little kids and watch these great films at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain !
Freeze Frame is Manitoba’s Media Arts Centre for Young People. The Centre is a not-for-profit and charitable organization, offering workshops and programs throughout the year, and organizes the International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages each spring.

 

Saturday, October 1st at 7 PM
G
enre: Family Film
Pauline-Boutal Hall

Free!

 

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One-Eyed-Rabbit

ONE-EYED-RABBIT

Opening Friday, August 19 at 9:30 AM
Artist : Jonathan Plante with support from VOX

From August 19 to October 6, 2016
In la Galerie du CCFM

One-Eyed-Rabbit

One-Eyed-Rabbit is different. He has only one eye and would like to jump into his rabbit hole without chipping his teeth… He meets a worm that has no eyes but can navigate through holes in the ground! Together they will discover the power of imagination and the inner workings of sight: a little with the eyes, a lot with the brain, always with the heart.

In a playful atmosphere and through the story of a friendly rabbit, Jonathan Plante invites the young and old to (re)discover the mysteries of visual perception in a variety of ways. The artist is offering an animated video, original paintings, a giant didactic book, and mirror anamorphoses that will stimulate the imagination of little ones and grown ups alike.

These unexpected and interactive aesthetic experiences notably address abstraction, art history and optical illusions. Through the various works, children are invited to discover the mechanisms of vision and the role it plays in the arts, while developping their imagination. Finally, a children’s book based on the exhibition will allow readers to revisit the story of One-Eyed-Rabbit for years to come (in French only).

One-Eyed-Rabbit is an exhibition designed and produced by VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine, and presented by the Centre culturel franco-manitobain. The exhibition and accompanying book received the financial support of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec and the Ville de Montréal as part of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal, as well as the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. The book was published in partnership with Les éditions du passage.

Biography : Jonathan Plante

Jonathan Plante (b. 1976) lives and works in Montreal, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Concordia University. He works mainly with multidisciplinary installations and studies questions of presence by exploring different image states as they transition from work to document. In 2008, he made a name for himself in Montreal at the 1st Quebec Triennale, organized by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. In 2010 and 2011, his works were featured in two exhibitions: Palindrome at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides and Parallaxe at the Galerie Division. In 2012, he took part in the Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul. The artist presented Lapincyclope for the first time in 2013 at VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine, then at the Musée d’art de Joliette. In 2014, he presented a solo exhibition at the Galerie Hugues Charbonneau. His works can be found in both private and public collections.

 

About VOX

VOX was founded in 1985, and its mission is to support research and presentation initiatives as well enable artists, exhibition curators and other researchers to contribute to art experimentation, to reflection and to development of multiple forms of critical discourse around image-making and exhibition practices from the 1960s to the present day.

Its main activity is exhibitions, most often complemented by publications, documentation spaces, film screenings, conferences and online projects. The exhibitions and other artistic events that the centre produces are grounded in long-term work with artists, and often designed as collective projects that encourage discussions and debates about art and contemporary society as well as public meetings with diverse audiences. www.centrevox.ca

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Pavillon canadien-français

Pavillon canadien-français : Tales and Legends

 

Let the party begin! We’ve made room for dancing and the place is hopping to the sound of the fiddle. Le Pavillon canadien-français presents the long cherished tradition of folklore and legends, a hallmark embedded in our cultural roots and collective unconscious. This year we’re hopping on a train and transporting you across the country to discover Canada’s best French-Canadian tales and legends.

 

With performances from l’Ensemble folklorique de la Rivière-Rouge, our live musicians, a beautiful cultural display and some amazing French-Canadian cuisine!

 

July 31 to August 6, 2016
Shows at 6:45 PM, 8:15 PM and 9:45 PM
Jean-Paul-Aubry Hall
Centre culturel franco-manitobain, 340 Provencher blvd.

$6 admission at the door
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Folklorama 2016