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Summer 2020 Plaskett Unlimited Musician Residences

The Massey Theatre is thrilled to be presenting a series of week-long artist residencies aimed at providing safe and healthy opportunities for artists to work and for the public to enjoy performances in the Plaskett Gallery space.

Artists will be present three times in the week, with a schedule as follows: Thurs, Fri 1pm-4pm; Sat 5pm-7pm. This will be an extension of the existing Gallery program, with groups booking 30-minute slots to see the gallery show and the performers.

Click HERE to book a Plaskett visit time. Viewings are limited to 30 minutes at a time. Visits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed at a time. Your party will be asked to state that you have assessed yourself for Covid 19 symptoms before entering. You will all be required to provide contact information for the purposes of contact tracing by the government if that is needed for any reason.

All artists will returning to participate in a showcase event on Saturday September 5th at 7:30pm in the Massey Theatre All artists will perform, and all will share some reflections about their experiences as an artist during the pandemic.

Schedule

Aug 6-8
Krystal Morrison and Erin MacDonald
Classical Duo

Aug 13-15
Cassius Khan
Indian Classical Music

Aug 20-22
Tomoya Yamada
Contemporary Dance

Aug 27-29
Eddy van Wyck
Multidisciplinary

Performance times

Thursdays and Fridays: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Saturdays: 5:00 pm-7:00 pm*
*Saturday Aug 29 will be 6:30pm-8:00pm

 

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Plaskett Gallery: Art from Apart

As a first step in re-opening the Massey to public activity, the Plaskett Gallery will be opened on a by-appointment basis. In order to maintain pandemic health and safety measures while maximizing the number of people able to experience the program.

You may now book 30 minute visits at the Plaskett Gallery with your bubble! Book conveniently ONLINE or by phoning our box office at 604.521.5050

Visits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed at a time. Your party will be asked to state that you have assessed yourself for Covid 19 symptoms before entering. You will all be required to provide contact information for the purposes of contact tracing by the government if that is needed for any reason.

The current exhibit open for viewing is Liminal Space

Liminal Space is where transformation takes place.

It is the time between what was and what will be next. When one has the potential to act, but has not yet done so.

This process of waiting, not knowing what will become, is part of the process that we must patiently embrace – letting it form us.

This state of mind inspired the pieces in this collection.  It chronicles the journey from the first steps to the other side, a new beginning…the anticipation of what is to come.

Show runs from June 9-June 30 Tuesday to Saturday from 1-5 pm by appointment only.

 

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Our commitment to do more

Participation in the arts is dominated by communities who have historically received access and inclusion. The Massey Theatre is committed to increasing access and inclusion for Black community members and artists.

Seeing one’s self reflected in art, in story, in music; being empowered and applauded, particularly for youth and children, builds an important sense of belonging and of being valued.

Currently, violent acts against Black bodies circulate and dominate our view. In response, we offer the use of our physical and human resources to Black community members. Strengthen yourselves and these global social movements with these supports. Facilitate, connect, restore, speak your truths and be heard, we will assist you.

This week we are reengaging with members of BC’s Black artistic community to co-create opportunities which elevate Black voices and inter-connect communities. We invite Black community members and organizations to feed and inform this programming and we call on the community at large to learn and take action toward social change.

Please contact jessica@masseytheatre.com if you wish to be involved in supporting or developing these activities or if you have any questions or concerns.

Black Canadian artists embody the resilience and achievements of their ancestors, survivors of a brutal legacy and their work offers valuable perspectives. This collection of National Film Board of Canada films by award winning Black filmmakers, creators and allies is a mere tip of the iceberg of work created by Black artists in Canada. We invite you to watch and learn.

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La participation aux arts est dominée par des communautés qui ont toujours bénéficié de l’accès et de l’inclusion. Le Massey Theatre s’est engagé à accroître l’accès et l’inclusion des membres de la communauté noire et des artistes.
 
Se voir refléter dans l’art, dans l’histoire, dans la musique; être responsabilisé et applaudi, en particulier pour les jeunes et les enfants, crée un sentiment d’appartenance et valorisation.
 
Actuellement, les actes de violence contre les personnes noirs circulent et dominent notre point de vue. En réponse, nous proposons l’utilisation de nos ressources physiques et humaines aux membres de la communauté noire. Renforcez-vous et renforcez ces mouvements sociaux et mondiaux avec du soutien. Facilitez, connectez, restaurez, expressez-vous, faire entendre votre voix, nous vous assisterons.
 
Cette semaine, nous nous engageons à nouveau avec des membres de la communauté artistique noire de la Colombie-Britannique pour créer des possibilités qui élèvent les voix noires et inter-connectent les communautés. Nous invitons les membres et les organisations de la communauté noire à alimenter et informer cette programmation et nous appelons la communauté dans son ensemble à apprendre et à agir pour le changement social.
 
Veuillez contacter jessica@masseytheatre.com si vous souhaitez participer au soutien ou au développement de ces activités ou si vous avez des questions ou des préoccupations.
 
Les artistes canadiens et canadiennes noirs incarnent la résilience et les réalisations de leurs ancêtres, survivants d’un héritage brutal et leur travail offrent de précieuses perspectives. Cette collection de films de l’Office nationale du film du Canada de cinéastes, créateurs et alliés noirs primés n’est qu’une partie de l’iceberg du travail créé par des artistes noirs au Canada. Nous vous invitons à regarder et à apprendre.
 
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Queerly Canadian: A Play Reading Series

As part of the Under the Rainbow LGBTQ2+ programming at Massey Theatre, we are presenting a series of play readings of fantastic Canadian Plays. These plays have been curated by our artist in residence Allan Morgan and Roy Surette, Artistic Director for Touchstone Theatre.

All plays will be presented as staged readings, performed by professional actors. Plays contain mature content and may not be suitable for young audiences.

FREE and welcoming and accessible for all!

Hosanna by Michel Tremblay
January 20, 2020 @ 7:30 pm Plaskett Gallery

The heart-rending and often hilarious Hosanna by seminal French Canadian playwright Michel Tremblay shines light on the fear of change, identity, and the reluctance to release the illusion of self. Aging drag queen Hosanna, a man wanting to be a woman, wanting to be Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra, with her live-in partner Curiette, a going-to-seed leather stud, faces a Halloween night feeling like an outsider in her own skin.

Hosanna, was first performed in French at Théâtre de Quat’Sous in 1973 and in English at Toronto’s Tarragon in 1974 and is set in an exotic world of nightclubs and gay bars on the main of Montreal in the seventies. Written during the social and political tumult of Quebec’s Quiet Revolution, Tremblay’s political allegory about the authenticity of self resonates just as much today.

This reading of Hosanna is a features the actors from the recent UBC Theatre presentation, Frank Zotter and Joey Lespérance and is directed by Stephen Heatley. Translated by Bill Glassco and John Van Burek.

Lilies by Michel Marc Bouchard
April 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm Plaskett Gallery

The play is set in 1952 in the church of a prison where it has been arranged that the jailed Simon Doucet will make confession to his old friend Bishop Bilodeau The play’s English translation by Linda Gaboriau was published in 1991.

This reading will feature members of the cast from the Jessie Award winning joint production of Touchstone, Arts Club and Pi Theatres, including Allan Morgan.

Swollen Tongues by Kathleen Oliver
June 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm Plaskett Gallery
Written entirely in rhyming couplets, Swollen Tongues is a contemporary take on Restoration comedy – with a twist!

Thomas and his sister, Catherine, are both instructed in the powers of poetry by Dr. Wise. While Thomas is more prolific than skilled in his praise of his beloved Sonja, Catherine is strangely mute. The problem? Catherine is in love with Sonja too, and has taken the liberty of effectively improving her brother’s verses and giving them to Sonja under an assumed name, Overripe. When Thomas discovers that he has been plagiarized, Dr. Wise suggests a challenge of poetic skill. The ensuing flurry of disguises, tricks, and revelations includes a visit to Sapphic hideaway, closer to home than anyone might have imagined. Here, the characters discover that no one is without secrets, and that poetry can unlock the door to love in unexpected ways.

Massey Theatre is a safe space for LBGT2+ people and allies where we promote the notions of love, mutual consent, empathy and understanding. Homophobia, transphobia, sexism, any type of bigotry or violent conduct will not be tolerated. Don’t hesitate to approach us if anything should alert your concern.

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Métis Arts Fest

Join us for the Métis Arts Fest Presented by Savage Society and Massey Theatre from September 27th – October 26th, 2019

Includes music, dance, visual art, theatre, and celebration, sharing and illuminating Métis stories and culture

ALL events and activities are free and take place at the Massey Theatre in the Plaskett Gallery or on the Massey Theatre stage. All are welcome and encouraged.

FULL SCHEDULE:

September 27th @ 7pm Métis Culture Fair
The Métis Culture Fair is an exciting celebration of contemporary Métis arts and culture. Enjoy music and stories, and hear artists speak intimately about how their heritage, culture, and art intersect. Featured artists include Sandy Scofield, Andrea Menard, Charlene Wilson and host Tai Amy Grauman.

October 1st @ 7pm Métis Jigging 
In this fun and exciting workshop for all ages, you will learn the basics of Metis jigging from local dancer Charlene Wilson. Get your body moving as she teaches the steps, and then enjoy a session of social dancing where you can put your new skills to the test and experience the joy of jigging.

October 3rd @ 6pm Métis Feast 
The Grand Celebration of Metis Arts Fest will include a delicious feast, fabulous performances and a rousing celebration of Métis arts and Métis life. The event will include music from Sandy Scofield, Andrea Menard, and Kim Brandt, dancing by Charlene Wilson. Excellent food will be provided by Rosemary Georgeson and Barb Bennett Hospitality Services. Finally, the Métis Pairing exhibition featuring work by artists Nicci Battilana and Monique Hurteau will bring a dynamic array of colours and images to the walls of the Plaskett Gallery.

October 25th and 26th @ 1pm
Workshop Presentation: You Used to Call Me Marie Witness the creation of new theatre in progress with this workshop presentation of Tai Amy Grauman’s play You Used to Call Me Marie

Month of October
Plaskett Gallery Artist Exhibition: Métis Pairing Nicci Battilana and Monique Hurteau

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Call for Artists: Love Out Loud – Images of Pride: Personal and Political

Massey Theatre now accepting submissions for a curated exhibition in November 2019 at the Plaskett Gallery as part of “Under the Rainbow,” a year of LGBTQ2+ focussed programs.

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, widely viewed as the birth of the modern Pride movement. Over those decades, “Pride” has represented many things, from a political movement fighting for safety, equality, and human rights to a lifting of the shame that LGBTQ2+ people have been made to endure by their families, their communities, and even themselves. As a counterpoint to the commercialization and homogenization of the Pride movement that has been observed (and often criticized) in recent years, “Love Out Loud” will remind us that Pride is an infinite, multifaceted experience and that every LGBTQ2+ person has the right to decide what Pride means to them. In these times, it is as vital as ever that queer love does dare speak its name, and “Love Out Loud” will serve as a platform for artists to do just that.

Submit via email to julian@masseytheatre.com. Please include in your submission:

  • Artist Name
  • For each work: photo of work, title, framed size, and media

Submissions will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit/interest
  • Relevance to the exhibition themes (short artistic statements may be included with works to explain their connection)
  • Appropriateness for the multi-user community venue that houses the gallery

We are not able to exhibit sculpture or other non-hanging works at this time

The proposed work of art must not have been showcased in New Westminster in the 12 months preceding the exhibition, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibiting year.

Deadline for submissions is September 15 2019.

For more information please contact the exhibition coordinator Julian Legere

julian@masseytheatre.com 604-517-5900

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Under the Rainbow: A year of LGBTQ2+ programming

The arts bring community together. Through shared experiences, stories and space. This season, we’re introducting ‘Under the Rainbow’, a series of community events, programs, shows and more celebrating expression, identity, and connection, with a particular focus on LGBTQ2+ stories and artists.

A featured component of this programming is the participation of our artist in residence Allan Morgan.

Massey Theatre is proud to welcome veteran Canadian actor, and more recently playwright Allan Morgan as our 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence. As part of our Under the Rainbow series, Allan will be developing and leading a number of events and programs, including a run of his solo play “Pride: for the young gay, the un-gay, and the jaded queen in all of us,” a storytelling program for gay seniors, a play reading series, and more. Allan will also be writing a blog for the Massey website about his residency, and will be present at the Theatre throughout the year to work on new projects and get the community excited about arts and Pride.

Here’s a teaser of some of the programming coming Under the Rainbow

2019

September 20th -September 22nd
Pride-For the young gay, the un-gay and the jaded queen in all of us- writtten and performed by Allan Morgan on the Massey Theatre stage
September 28th to November 30th
Let me Tell you a Story Nobody Ever Told to Me- Gay Seniors project in the Plaskett Gallery
October 19th
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Movie: Drag Queen Singalong in the Massey Theatre
October 20th
The Flame NW the LGBTQ2+ edition- Plaskett Gallery
October 28th 
Colette-Last Monday at the Movies with the Arts Council of New Westminster in the Massey Theatre
November 1st to 30th
Love Out Love Exhibition in the Plaskett Gallery
November 30th
Gay Seniors Project Sharing & Celebration in the Massey Theatre

2020

January 11th
Fire Song- Award winning contemporary film from indigenous film maker Adam Garnet Jones in the Massey Theatre
January 20th
Play Reading in the Massey Theatre
February 14th
The Wiard of Oz the Movie: Drag Queen Singalong in the Massey Theatre
February 15th
Rainbow Families Family Day Gathering-activities and performances in Massey Theatre and Plaskett Gallery
February 24th
Rafiki-Last Monday at the Movies with the Arts Council of New Westminster in the Massey Theatre
March 13th and 14th
New Performance showcase in the Massey Theatre
March 14th
Dance Party in the Massey Theatre
April 6th
Play Reading in the Massey Theatre
May 1st and 2nd
Hot Brown Honey in the Massey Theatre
June 8th
Play Reading in the Massey Theatre

Want to be kept up to date on Under the Rainbow and other programming? Email us and we’ll keep you in the know.

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Plaskett Gallery Call for Submissions

The Plaskett Gallery, our wonderful communty gallery space in the theatre is now accepting submissions from visual artists in any media for exhibitions from May 2019 to December 2019, with the option of doing a one month to a two month exhibition.

Please submit samples of your work by post or email in photographic format, a minimum of six photographs, the framed size of each work, minimum size is 16” X 20” includes the frame, an artist’s statement about the proposed exhibition, a curriculum vitae and your website address if applicable.

If applicable a self-addressed stamp with sufficient postage for us to send your material back.

The gallery is not able at this time to accommodate sculptures.

The proposed exhibition submission must not have been showcased in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibiting year.

Deadline for submissions is October 31st 2018

Send submission via post, email or hand deliver to:

 Massey Theatre/Plaskett Gallery Exhibition Committee

735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3M 2R2

Via email: andree@masseytheatre.com

For more information please contact the Massey Theatre by phone, 604-517-5900 or by email, visit our website: masseytheatre.com.

We will contact those who were selected will by late-November 2018

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