Ontario Re-Visited ~ Hot Stuff! (Clothing)

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Ontario Re-Visited ~ Hot Stuff! (Clothing)

Hot Stuff?
(excerpt from https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/920t84/wool_as_a_materials_for_uniforms_why_and_why_into/)

But wool was used for hundreds of years, if not thousands, because it was one of the most widely available, inexpensive, and versatile fabrics available to humanity until the last 40 years or so.

Discover Ontario ~ Community of Honey Harbour

Discover Ontario ~ Community of Honey Harbour

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Ottawa International Animation Festival Uncovers Animation’s Past

Ottawa International Animation Festival Uncovers Animation’s Past

OIAF’S ONLINE EDITION ISOLATES A QUARTET OF POTENT AND DIVERSE VOICES
OTTAWA, ONThe Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) invites audiences to uncover something different for the 2020 online edition. This year’s four retrospectives put the spotlight on highly creative animation talent from the past and present, including work from:
Métis animator Terril Calder, an influential force of independent animation;
Mikrofilm, the dynamic and diverse Oscar winning Norwegian studio that just celebrated their 20th anniversary;
Emily Pelstring, Canadian animation’s fresh new voice with a nostalgic aesthetic;
The centenary of the pioneering late, great Estonian animator Elbert Tuganov.
“As much as OIAF is a celebration of the here and now, and the bright lights of animation’s future, highlighting the history of animation is also an essential part of the festival,” Says Chris Robinson, Artistic Director, who chooses all the festival selections and retrospectives. “That’s what these screenings are for: to unearth animators and studios whose work may otherwise be lost to the past.”
Métis artist and stop motion animator Terril Calder has won awards at film festivals all around the world, including Sundance, imagineNATIVE, and Berlin. She has lectured and taught art through the years with various organizations that include the National Ballet School of Canada, Art in the Park program, The University of Manitoba, and Indigenous Roots. Her films destabilize and haunt the viewer, tackling a number of difficult issues like identity, isolation, and the unspeakable horrors of residential schools.
The Norwegian studio Mikrofilm grew from a group of animators working in attics and basements into a powerhouse of animation. This studio’s body of work straddles industry and independence by mixing the commercial with personal passion projects, an approach that has resulted in a 2015 Oscar nomination for Me and My Moulton and a Best Animated Short Film Oscar win in 2007, for Torril Kove’s The Danish Poet. Mikrofilm’s co-founder Lise Fearnley is an OIAF jury member this year.
Emily Pelstring is as much a sound artist and performer as she is a visual artist and filmmaker. She is also a BFA graduate in Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), holds her MFA care of Concordia University in Montreal, and is currently a faculty member in the Department of Film and Media at Queens University. Her interests and creative output make her a true multi-disciplinary artist. Emily has a film in competition this year and created the OIAF20 signal film.
The first in Estonia to use the term “animation”, Elbert Tuganov had made 38 internationally acclaimed puppet films by the time of his retirement in 1982. More of an architect than a poet, Tuganov was someone with a vision and a will to see it through. He was also a trailblazer until the end, helping to establish studios all over the former Soviet Union, holding workshops for children, and publishing books on what it means to bring puppets to life. For the modern viewer, watching Tuganov’s films is a call to change established attitudes.
OIAF special screenings are available to watch on-demand from September 23 to October 4 with the purchase of a pass or individual ticket, at the following link: oiaf2020.ca/watch/films/

OIAF Goes Online in 2020!

OIAF Goes Online in 2020!

Your favourite animation festival has big news- OIAF is moving online for 2020! For some that means missing your annual trip to Ottawa for the festivities but for many more that means being able to attend OIAF for the first time. Everything you love about OIAF is being transformed into a virtual version; screenings, networking, TAC, and all the fun!

 

“At first we wanted to mimic the live event as much as possible, but then the team started to think of ways we could take the things people love about the OIAF and make it more suited to an at-home experience,” says Managing Director Kelly Neall. “It’s a chance to get creative and try some new things”

 

The team is researching the best platform to securely showcase the films for an international audience while also incorporating a social component. There will be artist talks, workshops and the chance to virtually meet with schools and recruiters. InGenius Jr for families will return as well as the NightOwl party. Activities are being extended past the event’s usual 5-day run so people can work it into their schedule.

While having a limited number of in-theatre events is not completely off the table, with social distancing and reduced international travel it would be impossible to hold a traditional event. 80% of OIAF attendees are from out of town including large groups of animation students coming from the USA. Organizers felt it was also much too risky on many levels.

 

The Animation Conference (TAC), OIAF’s industry event, will move online as well. Director Azarin Sohrabkhani is working to involve decision-makers from around the world, “This is a great opportunity to meet with even more potential partners than the live event since travel has been taken out of the equation.”

 

More information about Online OIAF will be rolling out over the summer including pass and ticket prices and programming details.

Introducing the Jury of OIAF 2020
Pixie Cram
a filmmaker and animator who lives in the Ottawa-Gatineau region and creates work on themes of nature, technology, and war.
Brandon Blommaert
a Montreal based artist who has been working with synesthetic merging of sound and image since 2004.
Donald McWilliams
a live action and animation filmmaker who has been a part of the NFB Animation Studio for four decades.
Wong Ping
a self-taught animator born in Hong Kong, whose videos take on a bright and childlike aesthetic.
Lise Fearnley
the co-founder of Mikrofilm who has produced more than 30 animated shorts, including an Oscar winner.
Amy Kravitz
an award winning animator and teacher who encourages students to develop individual approaches to the medium.
Read more about this year’s jury members: AnimationFestival.ca/2020
OIAF: Sept. 23 – Oct. 4, 2020

TAC: Sept. 23 – 25, 2020

Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival

Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival

“Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival Set to Launch in Toronto July 20th”

Toronto, ON ~ In celebration of Canada’s diversity, ICFF, presented by IC Savings, is teaming up with CHIN Radio/TV, in partnership with Ontario Place to offer Canadians an opportunity this summer to safely reintegrate into the social society we once enjoyed!

What’s Happening Weekly Brockville Event Listing

What’s Happening Weekly Brockville Event Listing

Brockville, ON ~

Welcome to 2020!

I hope you all had a wonderful end of December, and that you were able to enjoy everything Brockville had going on throughout the holiday season.

Tonight is the end of River of Lights, so if you haven’t seen it yet, January 2nd is your last chance!

We’ve got some good events at the Aquatarium and the Arts Centre this weekend, so make sure you check out the What’s Happening in the link.