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An art show that'll make you want to catch a movie — a Canadian movie

Eye-popping tributes to Dance Me Outside, Scanners and more CanCon classics lead this week's Hi, Art newsletter.

Eye-popping tributes to Dance Me Outside, Scanners and more CanCon classics lead this week's Hi, Art

Detail of Jono Doiron's tribute to Rock & Rule. (Courtesy of Hashtag Gallery)

Hello! You're reading the CBC Arts newsletter, and if you like what you see, stick around! Sign up here, and every Sunday we'll send you a fresh email packed with art, culture and a metric truckload of eye candy, hand-picked by our small and mighty team. Here's what we've been talking about this week.

Hi, art lovers!

To everyone who didn't spend the last 10 days on a "popcorn cleanse," no, this isn't another email about TIFF. But still, we just thought we'd ask: caught any good movies lately? And any chance they were Canadian?

A couple days ago we stumbled on something called The Canadian Cinema Art Show, a group exhibition that asked 22 artists to make a brand new piece inspired by their favourite bit of CanCon.

It landed on our radar after working with Salini Perera this week. She's the local illustrator we sent to TIFF's Share Her Journey rally last Saturday — and if you haven't had a look at her visual diary of the scene, do yourself a favour and click.

(Salini Perera)

(OK, that was totally a TIFF reference. We'll only mention it one more time, honest.) 

The show wrapped Sunday at Toronto's Hashtag Gallery, but curator Jono Doiron shared a few images from the exhibition with us which will live on long as you don't move this newsletter to your trash folder.

We were emailing with Jono earlier this week, and he told us that he organized the project because he thinks Canadian movies never get their due. There are plenty of pop culture group exhibitions, but they never stan for stories that come out of this country.

"[I] feel our films are underrated," he told us over email. "Having an art show felt like a really dedicated way to attract more interest in Canada's film history — and simultaneously show people how diverse it is."

So here are a few items from the show. Planning to watch (or re-watch) any of these?

(Courtesy of Hashtag Gallery)

Dance Me Outside (1994)
Artist: Salini Perera

(Courtesy of Hashtag Gallery)

Rock & Rule (1983)
Artist: Jono Doiron

(Courtesy of Hashtag Gallery)

Heavy Metal (1981)
Artist: Ryan Poser

(Courtesy of Hashtag Gallery)

Laurence Anyways (2012)
Artist: Alice dans la Lune

(Courtesy of Hashtag Gallery)

Videodrome (1983)
Artist: Jason Wasserman

(Courtesy of Hashtag Gallery)

Anne of Green Gables (1985)
Artist: Lisa Vanin

(Courtesy of Hashtag Gallery)

Scanners (1981)
Artist: Jessica Fortner

You've got to see this

(Courtesy of Spotted Fawn Productions)

'Live action could never have created these worlds' - It's a tale of magic and resistance based on the poems and stories of Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. We check in with Amanda Strong, whose latest animated film, Biidaaban, premiered at TIFF last week. (That's two TIFF references! OK, we're done!)

(CBC Arts)

'Little' hungry? - They're too tiny to smash your hunger, but hey, we never met a plate of perogies we didn't like. Hang out in "The Miniature Kitchen" with Calgary's Tom Brown, and find out why this performance art project is so much more than "totes adorbs."

(CBC Arts)

A studio visit with Aurélie Guillaume takes a very emotional turn - We've been following Aurélie's work for a while, and not just because the jewelry artist made an incredible, wearable version of our logo — so we were thrilled to finally get the chance to visit her in Montreal. Watching her process is pretty mesmerizing on its own, but as you'll see, this doc is unexpectedly personal, and she opens up about the events that led to her becoming an artist — including losing her dad when she was just a little girl.

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birdO (@jerryrugg) - How far to Sudbury as the birdO flies? We followed Toronto street artist birdO to the Up Here Festival, where we captured him bringing a new mural to life. (That's it above, BTW!) And he shared his philosophy for painting in cities around the world: leave every place even better than you found it.

Got story ideas? Typo catches? One-line movie reviews?

Or just need a movie to write a one-line movie review about? Our series The Filmmakers wraps Saturday with Jean of the Joneses, and every episode from this summer (and last!) is streaming online. Just saying.

Have a look, and anytime you want to get in touch, we're always around. Hit us up over email, and we'll do our best to get back to you.

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Leah Collins

Senior Writer

Since 2015, Leah Collins has been senior writer at CBC Arts, covering Canadian visual art and digital culture in addition to producing CBC Arts’ weekly newsletter (Hi, Art!), which was nominated for a Digital Publishing Award in 2021. A graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University's journalism school (formerly Ryerson), Leah covered music and celebrity for Postmedia before arriving at CBC.


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