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5 Resource Organizations for Musicians

by Katie Wilde


Musicians and music industry professionals need money, information and support. Here are a few organizations and programs that work to provide the sector with funding, professional development, health support, royalties, and other resources:


MROC helps musicians and vocalists find out if there are royalties owed to them. They also distibute royalties to artists. Other royalty collecting and distributing organizations to take note of include SOCAN, Re:Sound, Connect Music Licensing, SOPROQ, CMRRA, and SODRAC.

The Canadian Music Fund is a federal government fund and resource program created to support the creation of new music, collective initiatives and music entrepreneurship among musicians, labels and publishers. 

FACTOR (Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings)
FACTOR’s programs provide financial support to Canadian recording artists, labels, songwriters, publishers, event producers and distributors. They fund a wide range of musical activities through a variety of programs and funds. 

The Unison Benevolent Fund is an assistance program – created and administered for the music community, by the music community – designed to provide discreet relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis. There are two distinct types of support available through the fund, Financial Assistance and Counselling & Health Solutions.

MusicOntario is a non-profit, membership-based division of the Canadian Independent Music Association, also known as CIMA.  Its mission is to provide professional development, education, information & support to the music industry of Ontario.

Member Spotlight: Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka in Studio

By Katie Wilde


I recently had the opportunity to visit the studio of one of our artist members. Besides being introduced to possibly the friendliest studio cat in existence ('Kotek', Polish for ‘cat’), it was a chance to be introduced to the creative space of a sensitive, serious and generous local artist.

Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka is a figurative, abstract and landscape painter – often all at once. Her abstraction is expressive, her use of pattern linked to social and personal histories. Throughout all her work runs a vein of a deeply vulnerable self-exploration.

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The artist in her studio, working on Red Migration. (Image courtesy of the artist)

She was in the middle of painting when I arrived at her glass-doored garage studio. After I tapped gently on the glass and waved hello, she welcomed me inside with tea and toasted pecans. We talked about what she is working on, and how where she came from led to where she is now.
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Grazyna at work in her studio the evening of my visit (left), and me, enjoying new art and a new friend (right).  Grazyna tells me later his real name is Eben, but they call him Kotek to avoid confusion with another (human) Eben in the house. (Images courtesy of the artist.)

What’s this? (I pointed to the piece she was painting when I interrupted) I recognize it from the progress pictures you shared on Instagram recently - but I hadn’t realized it was on plastic film when I saw the photo.
This is for an upcoming show at the Minarovich Gallery in Elora – Finding the Nest; Self-Identity and Otherness. It is about how I integrate into a culture while trying to find a nest and not to be marginalized. As a working title, the painting is called Oddness, and the plastic surface is called Lexan.

This is a self-portrait – what are you holding on your arm?
It is a cotton pad, from after a vaccine. It is like I have given myself a shot against isolation.
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Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka, works in progress. (Left and centre: Oddness, front and reverse) (Images courtesy of the artist)

How does your personal background affect your work?
I realize now the extent to which my Polish background has had an impact on my painting. I was raised in Szczecin, Poland, where my brother and I used to play in ruins and on postwar bunkers. I have always been emotionally attached to the city of my childhood, adolescence and of part of my adult life, although the prevailing colour of buildings, stores, and yards I remember is grey in its different tones.
I understand you didn’t come straight to Guelph from Poland. What happened in the years between?
I came from Poland first to Columbia, Missouri in 1993, where I was working as a postdoctoral fellow in Animal Science and exhibited art on an amateur level.

I moved to Canada in 1996 and I decided to discontinue my scientific career to pursue a profession as a painter. I did a BA in Studio Art at the University of Guelph before returning to the US to do my graduate studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka, Red Migration (image courtesy of the artist)

Being separated from my family and facing multiple problems I developed depressive moods also greatly influencing my work. My ideas of depicting me in a condition of turmoil and conflict was invigorated by inspiration from the painters Francis Bacon, Leon Golub, Nancy Spero and Marlene Dumas. During that time, I had several shows in Pittsburgh and Chicago, and was a member of Woman Made Gallery of Chicago.

After graduating with my MFA in 2006, I moved to Ames, Iowa to join my husband, a scientist at Iowa State University. I opened my studio on Main Street in the Town Centre Building in Ames.

In my last four years living in the US, my works were also shown in Rockford Museum, Illinois, Ward Nasse Gallery in New York and Astoria, CCC Art Gallery, in Oregon. Shortly before moving back to Canada, I participated in the Los Angeles Art Show, presented by Ward Nasse Gallery in New York.

It was soon after that we came back to Guelph for good in July of 2010. Then I started to signalize my existence as an artist on local grounds and do continue it, treating it very seriously.

What ideas influence you and drive your work?
One area of my research concerns looking at old context of melancholia in art through contemporary ideas about the aesthetics of disengagement.

My art makes use of materials common to our modern life. For instance, I use transparent and lightweight qualities of plastic film to stress the way depressed people are withdrawn from a social background.

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Grazyna Adamska, See-through Study, acrylic on lexan (image courtesy of the artist)

Many of your paintings feature women – many are self-portraits. Can you elaborate on what these subjects mean to you?
In a recent series of figurative paintings, Poised and Unbalanced, I express my interest in instances of the contemporary woman’s subjectivity. The work depicts my desires to grow as an individual and as an artist by pursuing personally defined goals as well as to find freedom and meaning for sexuality in midlife, a critical time of transition for women.

I explore female figures through several revolving perspectives that help me reveal stages of instability on the way to a desired state of balance.

   6 Grazyna Adamska Poised and Unbalanced 1 acrylic on lexan 48 x 30 inches    7 Grazyna Adamska Poised and Unbalanced 3acrylic on lexan48 x 30 inches
   Grazyna Adamska, Poised and Unbalanced #1  (right) and #3 (left), acrylic on lexan

You continue to focus on the figure, and self-examination in your newest work. Can you tell me more about what you’re working on now?
My recent works relate to changes in my identity as I integrate into a culture while trying to find a nest and not to be marginalized. The figures/self-portraits are placed in nearly comfortable positions which go on to reveal the adequacy of my placement. These fittings serve as a metaphor of adjustment, dualism and the evolution of my Polish-Canadian identity.

These works will be shown at the Elora Centre for the Arts. Another artist joins me in the exhibit, Norman Busse, who shares some similar experience of an artist working in new country.

Free to attend, the exhibition is called Finding the Nest; Self-Identity and Otherness and opens with a reception on Thursday, April 5, 2018, from 7-9 p.m. The show will remain on view in the Minarovich Gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts until May 13, 2018. An artful trip to Elora is always a worthwhile experience. I hope readers will make it to Elora to see some of what I have seen.





6 Outdoor Art Shows in a 45 Minute Radius of Guelph

by Katie Wilde


Here's a quick look at a few of this season's nearby outdoor art shows, to help you populate your spring and summer calendar with great art experiences under the open skies:


Art on the Street (Guelph)

About: Annual juried exhibition of high-calibre fine art and craft which takes over Quebec St in Guelph with close to 100 talented exhibitors.
See it: June 23, 2018 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Be in it: Apply by March 9, 2018 


Guelph Potters Market (Guelph)

About: This two-day show and sale in Royal City Park features the work of over 50 potters from across Ontario.
See it: May 26 and 27, 2018
Be in it: Mark your calendars for next year. The deadline for this year’s show was December 31, 2017


Elora En Plein Air (Elora)

About: Four-day open competition and arts festival, culminating in a show and sale.
See it: May 17 to 20, 2018
Be in it: Apply before May 10 (early bird), or after May 10 while space available (fees increase)


Black Sheep Festival (Elora)

About: Formerly Art in the Yard, the festival has now shifted to a textile focus and has been renamed the Black Sheep Festival
See it: Saturday July 7, 2018, 10AM – 6PM
Be in it: Apply by March 1, 2018 https://blacksheepfestival.ca/pages/apply


Final Fridays Art Market (Waterloo)

About: The market takes place in Waterloo Public Square as part of the City of Waterloo’s Final Fridays event programing.
See it: on the last Friday evening of each month from May to September 2018.
Be in it: Apply this Spring 2018, details TBA. Join the Artist and Maker Roster to receive notifications.


Art in the Park (Milton)

About: One-day outdoor/indoor juried, art show and sale featuring high caliber, original, art work by local and regional artists in the Park’s unique facilities and settings.  
See it: August 12th, 2018 from 10 am– 5 p.m.,
Be in it:  Apply by May 25, 2018

Newcomer Artists Celebrated at An Artistic Evening

by Patti Broughton

Guelph Arts Council is pleased to partner with Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington on An Artistic Evening, a benefit for IS-GW that showcases and supports 10 local artists who are new to Canada. As well as the art exhibition, the event features music by local guitar virtuoso and songwriter Adrian Raso and great food and drink by Bite Catering and Laza Food & Beverage. Ticket sales benefit IS-GW’s programs and services, and all proceeds from the sale of artwork go directly to the artists.

An Artistic Evening takes place on Thursday, March 22 from 6 – 9 pm at Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington, 104 Dawson Rd, Unit 102, in Guelph. Tickets are available at all Scotiabank branches in Guelph, and at IS-GW.

Sandra Cocco, Executive Director of Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington, approached GAC with the idea for the event after seeing the amazing work of a local immigrant artist. She says of the event: “IS-GW is delighted to partner with Guelph Arts Council to create an opportunity to highlight newcomers’ artistic talents. As we celebrate 40 years of service in this community we are excited to host An Artistic Evening on March 22. We look forward to celebrating with many agency supporters and the business community.”

The artists featured at the event include: Reyad Alabdullah, Yulia Balobanova, Maria Garcia, Sukhbir Jassal, Shahla Kashani, Adriana Rosselli, Maria-Elena Mazariegos, Rayan Remedan, Nahid Rokhsana, and Kate Salih.

GAC partners with other community organizations, like Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington, to support them in creating opportunities for artists. Our services to our artist members include one-on-one consultations, resources for learning, marketing services, and networking opportunities. We are grateful for the opportunity to help Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington showcase these artists’ work, and to support these artists, all relative newcomers to Guelph’s arts community, through our services.

An Artistic Evening is proudly sponsored by Scotiabank, The Cooperators - Brad Barbour Insurance Group, and Laza Food & Beverages Inc.

Maria Elena Mazariegos Niagaras Rocks

Exhibiting artist Maria Elena Mazariegos, Niagara's Rocks

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