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Toronto, May 26 (Canadian-Media): The official launch of the 2017 Pride Winnipeg Festival today at the University of Winnipeg and city hall accompanied with flag raisings, kicked off with its first two-spirit powwow at The Forks, media reports said.
Two-spirit is an umbrella term used by some Indigenous people to describe gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender members of their community, CBCNews reports said.
Past years’ handling of the festival had been sharply criticized by the LGBT community and consequently new marketing campaigns and public consultations were created to foster inclusivity in the festival.
"We wanted to do it because it hasn't been done before, and we wanted to educate all nations that we do belong in the circle," said Ryan Richard, who is on the powwow's organizing committee. "One of our committee members just decided, 'You know, it's about time we have one,'" CBCNews reports said.
With a crowdfunding campaign 2017 Pride Winnipeg Festival could collect $10,000 and festival's first two-spirit powwow were performed.
Indigenous and LGBT community’s reaction and response to 2017 Pride Winnipeg Festival had been unexpectedly and incredibly positive, said Richard.
"They're being really accepting about it and that's another good thing. I think it's because there's so much of us out there that are bringing themselves out there more," he said. "We just want a safe space to express ourselves through dance," CBCNews reports said.
Friday's powwow would include a two-spirit dance competition, hoop dancing and other exhibitions.
Richard said anyone was free to register to dance and everyone was welcome to attend.
"Just be yourself and bring yourself and come! It'll shine a new light on you," he said. "We want everyone to come out and be themselves and enjoy the culture," CBCNews reports said.
Starting from Friday to June 4, the festival would cover more than 30 events, including dance parties, film nights, art shows, singles nights, pancake breakfasts, drag queens reading books to kids and, the Pride Winnipeg parade on June 4.
An exhibit on LGBT activism would be included at the University of Manitoba Friday's pride events.
Best LGBT ads would be screened at the Park Theatre.
A performance from Treasure Peterson would also be screened at Joe Black Coffee Bar.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, May 13 (Canadian-Media): A Cree artist's how-to video for a realistic recreation of a movie alien had acquired tens of thousands of hits online and even caught the attention of a U.S. late night talk show, media reports said.
Gabriel Constant, 45, a self-taught special effects artist from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba, had won many Halloween contests, while still in his 20s, in his home community for costumes he designed similar to the alien in the Predator movie series, and full replicas of outfits worn by the rock band Kiss, CBCNews reports said.
He had posted, two years back, step-by-step instructions for using household materials to build a costume of a xenomorph, the deadly creature in the Alien movie franchise, on his YouTube channel, where it was viewed more than 65,000 times.
Then suddenly, he received an email from James Corden, a producer from The Late Late Show to promote the release of Alien: Covenant.
Although, the producer ultimately went with another costume for the segment, but Constant had been thrilled.
"Just getting a phone call and emails from them is a very big compliment."
His love of handmade costumes, replicas and special effects arrived due to necessity.
"We were poor," he laughs. "So I started making my own toys and stuff I would see on TV."
Soon he became an independent video and film producer, and started producing work for the National Screen Institute and even a project with Buffy St. Marie, but his creativity, he said, was refuelled after he had received invitation from Late Late Show producer.
"I'm going to start working on my next costume … and now I'm starting to look at going to comic-cons."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, May 11 (Canadian-Media): Shelley Niro, a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Kanien'kehaka (Mohawk) Nation, Turtle Clan had been selected from among a trio of finalists for the $50,000 Scotiabank Photography Award at a gala in Toronto on Tuesday night, media reports said.
She was selected for the award from three finalists, which included Montreal-based photographers Raymonde April and Donigan Cumming. The two other shortlisted artists receive cash prizes of $10,000 each.
Founded in 2010, the Scotiabank Photography Award celebrates the accomplishments and creativity of Canadian photographers.
Niro's photography depicted challenging stereotypical images of indigenous identity and history in her multimedia work.
which focused on painting, beadwork and film and her work had been exhibited at museums and galleries across Canada.
Niro had received Aboriginal Arts Award presented through the Ontario Arts Council in 2012, and in 2017 was a winner of the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.
Niro's short film "The Shirt" was presented at the 2003 Venice Biennale and the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
She was the recipient of several awards for her 1998 comedy-thriller "Honey Moccasin" starring Tantoo Cardinal and Billy Merasty.
Niro won the Santa Fe Film Festival's Milagro Award for best indigenous film for her 2009 feature film "Kissed by Lightning" about a grief-stricken Mohawk painter mourning her lost husband.
Besides cash award, Niro will have a solo primary exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto during the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
An art book publisher Gerhard Steidl would publish her work and distribute it worldwide.
"Shelley's art provides us with an enriched view on contemporary indigenous life and connects us with a better understanding of these communities," jury chair and award founder Edward Burtynsky said in a statement Tuesday.
A solo primary exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre would be celebrate the 2017 winner, Suzy Lake, which would open to the public free of charge through Aug. 13.
(Reported by Asha Bajaj)