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ABOUT THE DOWNIE WENJACK FUND

The Downie Wenjack Fund is Gord Downie’s legacy towards reconciliation in Canada. The goal of the fund is to continue the conversation that begins with residential schools, and to help the healing process through a combination of awareness and education.

For more information about The Downie Wenjack Fund email: legacyrooms@downiewenjack.ca

Nick Kindler and Andrea Sampson are two old friends of mine who are working together in a company they created called Talk Boutique - where they have "an offering to help others build stories, communicate messages and perform with compelling engagement to create deep and lasting societal change".

Talk Boutique holds a Salon Series of talks every three months or so and I have attended the last two, both inspiring evenings.

This past event was titled "The Other ‘F’ Word" and featured Louisa Jewell & Sarah Wells.

I am pleased to announce that some of my images from The Secret Path tour on display in the Downie Wenjack Legacy Room at the DAREarts Leadership Awards happening tonight.

As well, there are two - previously unreleased images - which Gord has signed - that have been donated to their fundraising auction.

This is an image of Gord Downie holding an Eagle Feather and a - I think the correct term is 'offering' - though I am probably wrong, and I apologize ahead of time - of tobacco. (The Tobacco is in a satchel between his thumb and finger). I was lucky to take part in an educational session with members of the band and some of the participants in the various activities that were going on behind the scenes in Ottawa the day of the show - where this image was captured. Gord is staring down, contemplating the significance of the feather recently placed in his hand.

After this, we took part in traditional smudging ceremony, where members of various families were welcomed and shared some of their stories. It was a day I will never forget.

I am really happy to have this image as part of a fundraising auction taking place tonight at the DAREarts Leadership Awards tonight, where they will be honouring Gord Downie with a Cultural Lifetime Achievement Award. As well, there will be a Downie Wenjack Legacy Room set up, and several of my images from The Secret Path Tour will be on display.

This is the first time this image has been shown, and currently, it is the only print that has been made. It is printed on a gorgeous, Ilford, Gallerie Metallic Gloss paper. Full frame printing on 8.5x11 and it has been signed by Gord. It's truly a one of a kind image. I included a certificate I make for these things. Both it and the image are embossed with my name.

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Link to Press Release

ABOUT DAREARTS

DAREarts is a Canadian charity that empowers at-risk children with the confidence and courage to be leaders, using the arts. When children apply the DAREarts values of Discipline, Action, Responsibility and Excellence, they take charge of their lives and become leaders who ignite positive change in our marginalized communities. For 21 years, DAREarts has delivered out-of-school, arts leadership programs to over 210,000 children from grades 4 to 12. In Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Nova Scotia, DAREarts delegates participate in real-world workshops in art, architecture, dance, drama, fashion, literature, music and leadership. They then peer-teach their classmates. As well, DAREarts answers invitations from Indigenous communities to deliver arts programming that aligns with their culture, providing the Indigenous children with creative learning opportunities and hope for their future. Since its inception in 1996, DAREarts has helped to break the vicious cycle of poverty, bullying, depression, isolation and marginalization for Canadian children that too often cripples their success.

For more information on DAREarts programs go to: www.darearts.com

ABOUT THE DOWNIE WENJACK FUND

The Downie Wenjack Fund is Gord Downie’s legacy towards reconciliation in Canada. The goal of the fund is to continue the conversation that begins with residential schools, and to help the healing process through a combination of awareness and education.

For more information about The Downie Wenjack Fund email: legacyrooms@downiewenjack.ca

One of my images of Gord Downie from The Tragically Hip's on the Man Machine Poem Tour this past summer has been selected for a two page spread in Maclean's Magazine's A Year in Pictures 2016 - Collector's Edition - for the month of August. The image selected is one of my favourites and is from the first night in Calgary.

MacLean's Cover - September 12, 2016I was approached by Joseph Boyden at the beginning of the "Man Machine Poem" tour about a piece that he and his wife, Amanda were writing for MacLean's Magazine about The Tragically Hip. Joseph wanted to use my photograph's to accompany the article.

The article appeared on the cover of MacLean's September 12, 2016 issue and was titled "The Tragically Hip - How Five Guys from kingston brought a nation to its feet - the wrenching final tour of Canada's band".

There is a web piece that accompanies the article called "Joseph Boyden’s seven love songs for Gord Downie" that has more images in it. View it at the bottom of the page here.

This image was one of the ones that got into print.

Maclean's Online Archive

I am currently have recently come back from working on the Man Machine Poem Tour for The Tragically Hip and Insight Productions shooting video and stills.

If you live in Canada, you might have been one of the 11.7 million Canadians who tuned into watch (I think it is way more when you take into account viewing parties and group viewing experiences) The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration. Turned out, this little concert was the second most watched event in Canadian TV History. I got three credits on the show. Second Unit Producer/Director, Webmaster and Live Photography.

Noodle Gallery

I am please to announce that I have a number of The Tragically Hip Photos on display at Noodle Gallery in Caledon throughout the summer. Part of a larger exhibition that I am planning and starting to build. If you are in the area, drop by, say hello to Monica and check out the work of Sue Holland and Matthew Cassidy.

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The summer solstice is almost upon us and school days are coming to an end. Everyone loves the lazy hazy dayz of summer! Anything more exciting than that? Just one - exhibition changeover time at Noodle Gallery! And this one is a doozy. Featuring the dynamic works of three fabulous artists David Bastedo Photography, Sue Holland and Matthew Cassidy of Fragmented Frames.

David's passion for music has enabled him to travel across North America and Europe documenting and creating content for Canadian bands such as The Tragically Hip, The Trews, Sam Roberts Band, Paul Langlois and Gord Downie.

Sue's passion for photography, her work and travel experiences have lead to stunning images taken globally; ranging from various cultural events to interesting architecture and beautiful landscapes.

Artist Matthew Cassidy started by taking apart an old broken camera to see what was inside. Realizing how unique, interesting and beautiful the pieces were he meticulously placed them within a frame giving something broken new life.

Beats n' Pieces runs for the whole summer from Friday, June 24th to Monday, Sept. 5th. Mark your calendars - you won't want to miss this one!