To get people thinking about the opening of Place des Arts, the Regroupement des organismes culturels de Sudbury (ROCS) organized a series of three multidisciplinary residencies.
Residency 1: Song
Four duos consisting of songwriters and composers will write original songs.
Residency 2: Urban Tales
Five playwrights are invited to write urban tales inspired by Sudbury.
Residency 3: Performance Art
Three artists will develop performances around the concept of Nouvel-Ontario.
The residencies took place through the entire month of October 2018. The guest artists returned to Sudbury in the spring of 2019 to present their creations.
Chloé LaDuchesse writes poems and short stories. Her first poetry collection, Furies, was published by Mémoire d’encrier in the winter of 2017 and was a finalist for the Trillium poetry award. Her work also appears in selected journals and collectives and in the zines that she so lovingly assembles. She is the poet laureate of the city of Greater Sudbury.
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A native of Sudbury, Daniel Aubin is a poet, actor and cultural columnist. His collections, Plasticité (2004) and Néologirouettes (2012), were both published by Éditions Prise de parole. Following his two-year term as Greater Sudbury’s poet laureate (2012-2014), he served as poet in residence at the weekly newspaper Le Voyageur, publishing an original poem every week for five years. When he is not busy wordsmithing, he works for Radio-Canada Ontario as an associate producer and researcher.
Le R Premier
Le R Premier, born Christian Hermès Seglobo Djohossou in Djougou, Benin, is an Ottawa-based singer-songwriter, producer and entrepreneur. He is founder and CEO of the label L’Armure du Son and the Scribes & Griots project. The turning point in his career came in 2012 with the release of the EP Maktub, which was nominated for three Trille Or awards. In 2014, he launched his first full-length album, Coeur de pion, which earned him six Trille Or nominations. With many shows and tours under his belt, he has performed in Canada from the Gaspé to Yukon and in the United States and Benin. He is currently working on his second album, des Tours.
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A composer, producer and soundscapist, Dan was also music director for the 40th edition of La Nuit sur l’étang, the 40th Festival Boréal, and Ontario Pop in 2010 and 2012. He has often collaborated with poets, including Michel Dallaire (four albums) and Robert Dickson (La cuisine de la poésie présente :). A three-time recipient of the Trille Or for best soundtrack (2007, 2011 and 2013), he was given the Prix Hommage at the 2017 Trille Or awards. In Sudbury in 2018, he received the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Arts.
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Guylaine Tousignant is from Kapuskasing in Northern Ontario. Her first work of fiction, Carnets de déraison, was published by Éditions Prise de parole in 2005. She has also written texts and songs for the collective works Le salut de l’arrière-pays and La ville invisible/Site Unseen and has participated in many literary shows as an author. She currently lives in Windsor.
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Christian Berthiaume is a founding member of KONFLIT, a band that has produced five albums and will be releasing a sixth in 2019. Since 2000, he has been involved in a number of projects as a singer-songwriter, musician or producer, including Park Avenue, The Atomic Bomb, RUBIS, MCLEAN and Productions Never Ending.
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Antoine Tremblay Beaulieu
Throughout his career as a singer-songwriter, which began in 2000 when he was 17, Antoine has shown his true artistic nature at every turn. His albums are exploratory and innovative, and he is the only thing they have in common, as each one ventures into new musical universes. The connecting thread is the uncompromising authenticity conveyed by the unique rhythms and melodies.
This artist has a rich, unique voice and composes moving, dream-like melodies that enthrall you very gently. With her inescapable natural charm, she successfully demonstrates on stage (and in recordings) her unwavering confidence in her songs. She illuminates her recordings with everything that she is: a sensitive, genuine person combined with a complete, independent artist. She invites us to escape from the ordinary and lend an ear to her inner musical soundtrack.
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Antoine Côté-Legault is a writer, actor and dramaturgical consultant. He focuses mainly on creating theatre and poetry shows, particularly with his company, La Bibitte Poétique. His works Le gars qui voulait se faire phénix and Corps à corps : une blind date poétique are both in the Prise de parole collection.
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Chloé Thériault is currently in the fourth year of her theatre program at Laurentian University. Since she was very young, she has been exploring various forms of the performing arts, including comedy, clowning, circus arts, directing, theatre and writing. With two solo shows which she has created and presented across the province, she continues to explore what writing has to offer.
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Co-founder of Vox Théâtre in Ottawa (1979), Marie-Thé Morin has written plays, novels, tales, poetry, screenplays and songs. An actor and singer, she has played a number of memorable characters for such companies as Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury), Vox Théâtre, Théâtre de la Vieille 17, and Triangle Vital (Ottawa). In 2017, she received the Rideau Award for Outstanding Performance in the role of Super Poulet Barbecue in Antoine Côté-Legault’s Le gars qui voulait se faire phénix (La Bibitte Poétique and Théâtre du Trillium).
A poet, novelist and essayist, Gaston Tremblay has also been a publisher and an arts organization administrator. After founding Éditions Prise de parole and managing the firm for a number of years, he moved to Montréal in 1988. In 2013, he was invited to the Salon du livre de Québec as honorary president of “Francophonie Wednesday,” and he received the Nouvel-Ontario award in Sudbury. In the summer of 2015, he was writer in residence at the Toronto Reference Library. He took advantage of his time at the Toronto Reference Library to put the finishing touches on his new collection D’amour et de turbulences, published by Prise de parole in 2016.
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A director, actor, playwright and designer, Miriam Cusson has founded or co-founded several local theatre companies, including Collectif FFF (2003‐2005), Productions Roches brûlées (2009‐2014) and Théâtre aux quatre vents, an exploratory, new-generation university and community troupe. She is known for her innovative multidisciplinary dramatic productions, including many critically acclaimed adaptations, the most recent of which was Parmi les éclats (with texts by Robert Dickson, Brigitte Haentjens and Miriam herself). Miriam received the John Hirsch Director’s Award in 2017.
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A dramaturgical consultant who has worked in creation theatre in Canada and Quebec for more than 30 years, Maureen Labonté has worked with many authors on projects in major institutions (NAC, Stratford, Shaw) and in creation theatres in Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and other Canadian cities. She recently served as a dramaturgical consultant at Théâtre PàP (Montréal) and Cercle Molière (Winnipeg). Currently, she is working at Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury) and Playwrights Workshop Montreal.
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Mariana Lafrance is an interdisciplinary artist based in Northern Ontario. She does performance art, drawing, textiles, installations, photography, video and intersections of these art forms. Belonging, ancestral lineage, relationships, power and territory are themes that appear in her work.
Originally from Montreal and now based in Toronto, Julie Lassonde is a performance artist who is interested in socio-legal norms affecting daily life. Her work includes movement, object manipulation, narratives and sound recordings. In 2014-2015, she was an artist in residence at Osgoode Hall Law School. She received grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
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Pascaline Knight has an Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design from OCAD University (2017) and a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from Concordia University (1996). Her art consists mainly of a combination of writing, drawing, micropublishing and performance. She is preparing for two residencies in engraving at AGALab in Amsterdam and Kala Arts Institute in Berkeley, California, in the near future. In 2019, she will go on a research and creation residency sponsored by the CALQ and the Christoph Merian Foundation in Bâle, Switzerland.