Meet the Power Up Project Artists

Meet the Power Up Project Artists

Up Here is putting the electric in electric utility boxes this year with the introduction of the Power Up Project!  They’ve partnered with the Social Planning Council and Greater Sudbury Utilities to bring colour to electrical utility boxes within the downtown core. The Power Up Project will give canvasses to 24 local artists, including 12 curated by Up Here and 12 from youth organizations partnering with the Social Planning Council.

We spoke to a few of the Power Up Project artists curated by Up Here to learn a bit more about their work. Here you are, the Power Up Project artists, in their own words!

Kallie Berens-Firth

Where are you from?
I am from Sudbury!

How would you describe your art?
Shapes and colours that remind me of my childhood... especially weird spacey images that happen when you press on your eyes too hard.

What inspires you?
Ukrainian folk art first and foremost. My sister, Maya Hayuk, Labrona, Super Mundane are my artist heroes.

How long have you been art-ing?
I really enjoyed taking art in high school but my teacher didn't really like it when I went against the grain too much so I ended up barely passing. Kind of left off from there until my third year of university when I lived in St. John's, NL for a year. I felt super isolated and depressed being away from my entire family and all of my friends on an icy, windy island. So I decided to pick up a pack of acrylic paints and paint empty pickle jars in my house to put flowers in to brighten up my cloudy apartment. This was in 2013 I think.

What do you hope your piece accomplishes?
I hope my piece makes little kids stare at it for a while and enjoying the weird crowdedness of it. I also hope cool women use it as a backdrop for empowering social media snapshots.

Last thoughts?
I think that Up Here is awesome and that I am very extremely enormously excited that I was chosen to paint this year amongst some of Sudbury's most talented artists. So stoked to see what everyone else comes up with!

Hobby Rollin

Where are you from?
Sudbury, ON.

How long have you been art-ing?
Been doing paintings by commission for 10+ years with many non-monetary art projects throughout those years.

Last thoughts?
Glad to have been asked to be a part of Up Here’s art.

Melanie Gail St-Pierre

Where are you from?
Sudbury, Ontario, currently residing in Toronto, Ontario.

How would you describe your art?
Artwork that has a big sentimental heart.

What inspires you?
The things, people and places I see everyday. I'll try to turn my day to day routine into something artistic like incorporating something I see on my walk home from work everyday into my artwork. I really love the small things.

How long have you been art-ing?
Ever since I was in elementary school. If anyone ever needed any creative help I was always the go to person.

What do you hope your piece accomplishes?
I'm painting a Garlic Festival inspired mural on the box outside of where the festival is held. There was word of it being cancelled this year and the public was very upset and in shock about this (myself included). A lot of us grew up going to the festival or have been going to it for years. My family and I always attend and eat everything in sight, buy a lot of garlic and watch all the performances. I look around and I see my friends that volunteer every year making crafts with the children, the happiest faces you'll ever see and the smell of some of the best homemade food around. I associate it with some of the best memories I had while living in Sudbury and I just wanted to do something for them to show them how much the community cares about all their hard work and dedication.

Sonia Ekiyor-Katimi

Where are you from?
I’m from Nigeria.

How would you describe your art?
My work is usually expression of my nightmares, observations and/or obsessions at a given time period.

What inspires you?
I'd say everything I encounter but I'm always particularly inspired by identity politics, beautiful women and whatever colour composition I randomly become obsessed with for a period of time (right now its red, black and white together). I'm also really inspired by botanical aspects of nature as well as small, beautiful bugs.

How long have you been art-ing?
I've been making art since I was a child which I think everyone can relate to but I only started consciously doing so when I was 15.

What do you hope your piece accomplishes?
I hope that I can represent the beauty of certain types of people who are usually represented according to stereotypes in their normal, individualistic self instead. I hope that people can feel related to tiny moments of existence that I decide are important to me.

Last thoughts?
It's important to me to acknowledge the little changes and growths I go through and to capture moments that make me feel a lot even when they seem small or cliché.

Odinamaad/Isaac narciso Weber

Where are you from?
I'm from many places but would I call my Henvey Inlet First Nations my home turf.

How would you describe your art?
Woodland expressionism abstraction.

What inspires you?
Passion love and resilience versus colonization and racist discourse.

How long have you been art-ing?
Since conception.

What do you hope your piece accomplishes?
Establish Indigenous visual representation in Sudbury.

Last thoughts?
Look out for more indigenous art in town because if it was up to me we are going to explore all the options to get art out and in the public view and reinstate that art traditional history/wisdom storytelling will be a part of our identity living on these territories like the Anishinabek have for thousands of years.

Scott Minor

Where are you from?
From Earth.

How would you describe your art?
My work explores the relationship between mathematical formulas and urban space.

What inspires you?
I think what I ate that day.

How long have you been art-ing?
As soon as I could express myself.

What do you hope your piece accomplishes?
A greater appreciation of the spaces downtown. Sudbury is a beautiful place, but only if we make it one.

Dani Ellis

Where are you from?
Born in Sault Ste. Marie, raised in Sudbury, now living in Markstay!

How would you describe your art?
Artistic exploration of people, dreams and legends in visual stories or comic form.

What inspires you?
People around me, dreams, ideas/philosophy, stories and metaphysical/hypothetical sciences!

How long have you been art-ing?
20 years.

What do you hope your piece accomplishes?
To get people to look a little closer, delve a little deeper, and solve mysteries right in front of them.

Last thoughts?
I have a comic that is free to read at: www.thedreamargument.com, or you can find me on Facebook at Dani Ellis - Art and Illustration.

Julieanne Steedman

Where are you from?
I grew up in Lively (ON) spent 10 years travelling and living around the globe, and have since returned to Northern Ontario where I split my time between my home in Nairn Centre and my camp on Manitoulin Island.

How would you describe your art?
My colour-filled acrylic and watercolour painting depicts my strong love for life here in the north.

What inspires you?
The changing of the seasons, travel, everyday life with my family, canoeing out on the lake, collaborating with creative people...life here in the north.

How long have you been art-ing?
I have been making things pretty much forever. Painting since my early twenties, and really taking my art seriously for the last two years.

What do you hope your piece accomplishes?
I hope that my piece inspires people to think a little deeper about what they see everyday. It is so easy to see the negative, ugly side of everyday life - I think that your perspective, and how you choose to see things deeply impacts how much beauty and happiness you'll enjoy in your life.

Last thoughts?
I love Instagram as a way to share and collaborate - I enjoy hearing feedback in work in progress. You can also find me on Facebook. I'd love to hear what folks think about my hydro box!

Bianca Lefebvre

Where are you from?
Sudbury

How would you describe your art?
It's either really messy or meticulously perfected, there's no in between.

What inspires you?
Tom Haugomat is the cream cheese to my bagel.

How long have you been art-ing?
I used to take art classes at the Sudbury Art Gallery. I wanna say I started art-ing at age 5.

What do you hope your piece accomplishes?
To brighten the area up, spread a little joy and nostalgia for people to enjoy.

Madison (Mady) Kotyluk

Where are you from?
Sudbury

What inspires you?
My Dad for the fine arts and trying to create new styles of digital arts.

How long have you been art-ing?
My whole life.....16 years!

What do you hope your piece accomplishes?
On each side of the box I painted a natural scene from Sudbury, in four different seasons. The four natural scenes I picked are Kivi Park, Bell Park, Moonlight Beach and Lake Laurentian Conservation Area. Also on top of the box I put some special words that you will be able to see from Google earth one day!

Matti Lehtelä 

Where are you from?
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, Earth, Milky Way

How would you describe your art?
Dreamy, kaleidoscope of colours.

What inspires you?
Everything around me from the mundane and ordinary to the obscure works of far off artists. I think it's important to always stay open to new ideas and inspirations, and that means keeping interests varied and many so that I'm always discovering something new and interesting!

How long have you been art-ing?
Ever since I can remember! Always have been drawn to colouring, drawing, painting, designing and all forms of visual mediums!

What do you hope your piece accomplishes?
I hope that it looks cool and beckons the odd and the ordinary to hang around a bit and slow things down.

Last thoughts?
Everything is temporary, enjoy the good times while you're still in them.

Radha Chaddah – L’art geek au féminin

Radha Chaddah – L’art geek au féminin

Radha Chaddah est une scientifique. Plus précisément, elle a une maîtrise en Science in Cell and Molecular Neurobiology et un BACC en Biologie humaine de l’Université de Toronto. C’est pas tout. Radha Chaddah est aussi une artiste en art visuel. Elle a étudié le programme Film and Art History at Queen’s University. Depuis, elle mélange ses connaissances afin de créer des installations visuelles. Faut avouer qu’avec un nom comme le sien, tu ne pouvais pas t’attendre à moins épatant.

L’artiste utilise des outils de recherche scientifique afin de faire pousser des cellules en laboratoire, celles-ci provenant d’une variété de cellules souches. Ces cellules sont le sujet de ses photographies. Dans son studio, elle design des installations qui sculptent la lumière. Son travail explore les thèmes interconnectés que sont la connaissance, l’illusion, le désir et le monde invisible.

"Exodus is a photographic exhibition of cells grown from human skin. Cell biologists have discovered how to transform normal skin cells into embryonic stem cells. I grew these transformed cells in a petri dish and fed them a liquid diet that allowed them to become neural stem cells, and then brain cells like neurons and astrocytes. Using fluorescent antibodies, I stained the cells to allow visualization of their internal skeletons."  - Radha Chaddah

"Exodus is a photographic exhibition of cells grown from human skin. Cell biologists have discovered how to transform normal skin cells into embryonic stem cells. I grew these transformed cells in a petri dish and fed them a liquid diet that allowed them to become neural stem cells, and then brain cells like neurons and astrocytes. Using fluorescent antibodies, I stained the cells to allow visualization of their internal skeletons."  - Radha Chaddah

Radha a déjà présenté des installations dans le cadre du Up Here 2016 et du Up Fest 2015. Elle a fait des projections dans le gros dôme éphémère, dans un stationnement souterrain lors d’un spectacle-surprise ainsi que sur des arbres immenses du parc Mémorial. Tranche de vie : lors de sa projection sur les arbres, je me souviens qu’une envie d’escalader ces grillages de lumière a titillé mon esprit… BREF C'EST COMPLÈTEMENT PÉTÉ SON AFFAIRE. 

Source : radhachaddah.com 

Source : radhachaddah.com 

C’est lors des passages de Radha au Up Here que Miriam Cusson, grande femme de théâtre de Sudbury, a découvert l’artiste scientifique. Subjuguée par cette exploration de l’infiniment petit et vivant projeté en explosition de lumière et de couleur, Miriam ne s’est pas fait prier pour collaborer avec Madame Chaddah. C'est dans le cadre de la création du Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, Parmi les éclats, que les deux femmes collaborent. Radha signe la projection, Miriam la mise en scène et l’idéation.

Parce que toute est dans toute, tu pourras voir, ou si t’es chanceux revoir, une  installation de Radha ce week-end au Up Here, plus précisément au Parc Mémorial. Tu pourras récidiver l'expérience en mars parce que Parmi les éclats, collage de textes de Brigitte Haentjens, Robert Dickson et Miriam Cusson, sera présenté au TNO du 1 au 10 mars 2018.

Ah.. Et… On me dit dans mon oreillette secrète que Radha pourrait avoir plus d’une installation ce week-end... Wink ! Wink ! Reste à l’affût !

Par Claudine Gagné

T'es qui toé? Marc-Étienne Mongrain

T'es qui toé? Marc-Étienne Mongrain

LePetitRusse, ça te dit quelque chose ? C'est un photographe qui croque des beaux portraits d'artistes. Souvent en coulisse, jamais conventionnel, ses photos teintées par la nostalgie donnent une envie soudaine de Rock n' Roll. LePetitRusse est un adepte du Up Here depuis l'an 1. On l'a rencontré, question de savoir qui se cache derrière cette mystérieuse lentille...

Nom : Marc-Étienne Mongrain

Âge : 35 ans

Profession : Photographe

Freak, Geek ou Preppy ? Geek. Je suis level 72 à Borderlands 2. C’est mon claim to fame.

C’est quoi ton rapport avec Sudbury ? C’est la ville du ROC où j’ai passé le plus de temps. J’aime les gens fous qui veulent que leur ville bouge.

Avec qui iras-tu au Up Here cette année ? J’ai un lift avec Duchess Says pour monter. Je sais d’ailleurs pas encore comment je reviens…. Alors si jamais y’a une place dans ton char quand tu retournes à Montréal… Let me know!

C’est quoi ton rôle face au Up Here ? Je prends des photos, surtout backstage, des groupes qui y jouent. J’ai la mini prétention de penser qu’un jour quand on va tous être trop vieux pour rocker, y’aura une certaine valeur historique à mes photos.

Crédit : LePetitRusse

Crédit : LePetitRusse

Crédit : LePetitRusse

Crédit : LePetitRusse

À quoi as-tu le plus hâte ? Les Fleshtones, le temple romain et le party “secret” du dernier soir. 

À quoi as-tu le moins hâte ? Un rush de l’usine?

Ton meilleur souvenir du festival c’est … Le dernier show de la première édition. D’être témoin de tous ces gens qui ont travaillé fort et qui étaient tellement fiers de leur coup. Y’a une rumeur qui dit que j’aurais peut-être versé une larme.

Que conseilles-tu aux nouveaux festivaliers ? Achète des cigarettes pendant la journée. Le soir y’en a nul part. Oublie pas que le last call vient toujours trop vite.

Je ne sais pas pour toi, mais j'ai déjà hâte de voir quelles photos sortiront du passage au Up Here de Marc-Étienne. D'ici là, j'ai bien hâte de le croiser, peut-être à la grotte, peut-être à la recherche de cigarettes. Dans tous les cas, on sait maintenant comment l'amadouer ! Faut lui trouver un lift de retour. 

Par Claudine Gagné

Where to Eat at Up Here 3

You’ve got your cutest outfits picked out, your schedule planned better than your life, and you’re ready to hit Up Here 2017. You’ve forgotten one thing: fuel.

In order to maximize the fun at Up Here, it’s essential to minimize the hanger. Fortunately, there are tons of great restaurants, cafes, pubs, and other purveyors of food nearby where you can grab a bite or two to eat.

No matter what you’re looking for, there’s something for you. Here are just a few of my personal favourites. Be sure to reference the map at the very bottom for locations and hours!

Coffee & Tea

Cafe Petit Gateau remains my favourite downtown coffee spot. Located in the historic flatiron building at Durham and Elgin, Yoshi’s classic sweets and perfectly brewed coffee are guaranteed to hit the spot. If tea is more your jam, don’t miss Tea and Bloom at Durham and Elm for the perfect blend, or for a refreshing bubble tea. Plus, their butter tarts are killer. Old Rock remains consistently popular with the locals and is worth a stop if you’re craving a fancy latte.

Lunch

When you’re looking for lunch there are a few light fare options. Taco Sol on Cedar serves up traditional Mexican tacos, burritos, and even tamales along with refreshing salsas and sodas. The service can’t be beat. For sandwiches, Peppi Panini, The Laughing Buddha, or Kuppajo never fail. For something more substantial, don’t miss the lunch buffet at Taj Bistro, Sudbury's newest Indian restaurant.

Snacks

If you’re just looking for a snack, there are some hidden gems near the downtown worth checking out. Mini China in the Rainbow Centre Mall has everything from noodles to pocky; The Candy Store has all your favourite retro sweets; the Spruce Street Pinto has convenience store staples and plenty of taxidermy; and the European Smoked Meat & Deli in the Donovan has some of the best pepperettes, pickles, and cheese.

Dinner

With so many options available these days, it’s hard to choose the best spot for dinner. But, if you’ve got a specific craving there are some no brainers. For pizza and ambiance, you’ll want to go straight to Golded Pizza in the Donovan where you’ll wonder whether you’ve gone back to 1977. For wings, nowhere beats the Dog House for their two-for-one wing deal and awesome service. For burgers, head to the Townehouse, where incidentally, there are plenty of Up Here shows going on. You’ll be hard pressed to decide between the different extravagantly topped patties, and, insider tip, the veggie burgers are as good as the beef ones! And finally, if sushi is more your jam, you’ll find some of the best in Northern Ontario at Sapporo Ichibang on Cedar, don’t discount the offerings from Angela’s kitchen menu, their ramen is stellar.

Beer

When Labatt 50 just won’t do, you can head to Hardrock42 Gastropub up on Elm or to the Laughing Buddha right downtown on Elgin. They both boast an extensive beer menu with everything from adventurous IPAs to easy going lagers and rich ales. You can also get a decent caesar at either location if that’s more your style.

Brunch

I saved the best for last. Studies show breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but we all know those "scientists" just misspelled brunch. If your head's pounding, or even if it’s not (much to the chagrin of your less moderate pals), there’s no better morning medicine than brunch. Tucos Tacos on Kathleen is fully vegan and has a special Sunday brunch menu that’s pretty hard to beat, it doesn’t hurt that you can get churros too. The Motley Kitchen is located closer to downtown and serves up plenty of home fries and the best grilled cheese in town! Either way, make sure you don’t skip the most important meal of the weekend.

T'es qui toé ? Mique Michelle!

T'es qui toé ? Mique Michelle!

Mique Michelle est une artiste muraliste originaire de Field, franco-ontarienne métisse et pas mal badass (pour toi qui ignore c'est où Field). Grâce à l’appui du Collège Boréal, elle créera une murale colorée inspirée de ses racines anishinaabe lors du Up Here 2017. Voici un questionnaire (un peu) nono pour mieux faire sa connaissance. 

Nom : Mique Michelle

Profession : Muraliste, artiste en arts visuels.

Mon âge :  Chu assez vieille pour connaitre le rap solo de Wannabe par coeur, mais assez jeune pour me permettre de porter des sweatshirt de Bieber. 

Geek, Freak, Preppy : Je suis Bougie Trash; donc Bougie dans le sens que j'ai une palette très sophisticated, oh yes oysters and all, I'm well travelled... but I do all of this with my ripped paint pants, my chip on my shoulder and will eat those oysters on a curb in any hood. Ya. That's me Bougietrash!

Sudbury pour moi : C'est la grosse classy ville. Au secondaire, tu savais si un boy c'était un keeper s'il t'emportait à Suds pour un movie. Ça c'était charming! Maintenant, pour moi c'est la capitale artistique de l'Ontario français et bientôt la capitale grassroots d'arts. 

Mon rôle à Up Here : Je vais mettre un gros oiseau sur un mur. Non, honnêtement, mon rôle est de démontrer que les artistes graff viennent de tout partout. Check moi, je viens de Field, une locale! J'espère prendre un oiseau local et transformer le lieu en un endroit qu'on peut se perdre. Je mets beaucoup de responsabilités sur une murale, mais bon!

Avec qui viendras-tu au Up Here cette année : Mon Dad! Y'est awesome! On agit comme des voyous quand on travaille ensemble. Si vous passez, il a grande chance qu'on va être en plein CCR sing along. 

À quoi as-tu le plus hâte ? Lina Pimenta, et l'assiette de hummus et olives au Laughing Buddha. Peut-être voir Chris avec sa tuque orange. De voir le travail des autres artistes. 

À quoi as-tu le moins hâte ? La fin du festival je ne veux pas que ça finisse... je vais être comme la bibitte verte de Juste pour rire, "Maman c'est fini!!!", avec ses larmes pis toute. 

Ton meilleur souvenir à Up Here ? La journée que le premier Up Here (Up Fest) a été annoncé. J'étais comme "Yes! Finalement le reste de la planète va voir comment awesome Suds et les gens qui y sont, SONT." L'architecture à Sudbury est incroyable. C'est definitely un bucket list moment pour moi d'y participer. 

Conseils aux festivaliers : Revenez à Sudbury! Le Up Here c'est un bon goût de Suds, mais il y en a à l'année longue. Mais aussi l'assiette de hummus et olives au Laughing Buddha. 

Crédit : Mique Michelle

Crédit : Mique Michelle

Crédit : Mique Michelle

Crédit : Mique Michelle

...En tous cas, entre toi pis moi, j'lui paye un verre à cette femme colorée si je la croise à Suds ! D'ici là, allons voir sa nouvelle oeuvre (Au coin Ste-Anne/McKenzie/Elgin, là où il y avait la murale des yeux) les 18, 19 et 20 août prochain. 

Photo de couverture:

Par Claudine Gagné

Leçon de cour d’école - La communauté

Avant de déménager à Sudbury, le sens du mot communauté était, selon moi, réservé aux communautés gaies, ethniques, les groupes minoritaires quoi. Parce que j’étais dans la norme endormie, je ne me suis jamais demandé à quelle communauté j’appartenais. (L’éducation est un long processus…)

Depuis mon arrivée à Sudz, je n’ai jamais autant entendu le mot communauté. Sérieusement. J’ai découvert le sens de ce mot-là à 31 ans.

Dans le Nord-Est ontarien, des gens de tous les âges forment ont une mission commune ; celle d’être bien dans leur ville, de travailler ensemble pour améliorer l’offre culturelle et événementielle et ne pas se faire chier. Ça, ça donne toute qu’une belle vibe dans le voisinage, laisse-moi t’le dire.

La vie, même après le secondaire, est un fragile écosystème de gangs aux profils bien uniques. Pour sa part, la gang du Up Here me fait penser aux freaks et aux geeks de la cour d’école. À l’école il y a les preppies et les populaires qui se tiennent ensemble, pis il y a les weirdos. Évidement, autour de ça y’a les loups solitaires et les groupes satellites, mais pour les besoins de cet article séparons grossièrement cette population en deux clans distincts. Les freaks and geek et les preppies.

Rendue à l’âge adulte, notre nature profonde ne change pas vraiment. Au contraire, on apprend à l’aimer. On reste le freak de l’un et le preppy de l’autre.

Bien souvent les freaks et les geeks aiment faire les choses autrement. Ils agissent et questionnent les structures en place. Parmi eux il y a des punks, des activistes, des organisateurs de party, des tripeux de Stars Wars, des rats de bibliothèque, des artistes, des hippies, des écologistes, etc. Ces individus sont tous différents les uns des autres. En fait, le point commun de ces curieux personnages, c’est justement la différence. Les Freaks and geeks, ils sont différents ensembles. Chacun fait partie d’un tout. La valeur des individus est importante pour maintenir ce fragile écosystème où il fait bon vivre.

ll peut être facile d’avoir un jugement défavorable envers ces spécimens particuliers. Leur différence porte souvent à croire qu’ils ne sont pas sérieux. Qu’ils sont délinquants, même. C’est faux. Ces enfants spéciaux sont la clé du changement.

Attirée par la nature des weirdos, je me suis trouvée témoin de groupes de travail et de réunions qui donnent la claque au Statu quo. La fièvre créatrice, l’amour des arts et l’amitié m’ont vite contaminé. De témoin, je suis devenue participante. J’ai trouvé mon petit trou dans ces séances de travail d’hiver dans les cafés et dans les soirées pizza-bière d’été où les ordinateurs portables font plus de bruit que les amis. Certains travaillent plus fort que d’autres, mais les heures et les efforts ne sont pas compté. Chacun son rôle. Chacun sa place. C’est la loi de l’écosystème.

J’ai entendu des gens passionnés partager leur vision et leur passion. Je les ai vues partir de rien pour construire du bien commun. Je les ai vu transformer l’idéologie en projet, transformer la volonté en touchable. Que ce soit pour le Up Here ou pour leur (centaine de) projet personnel, ils travaillent forts ces petits hipsters ! Ils mettent une vision commune en place.

Apparemment, dans le nord de l’Ontario, ce type de communauté bouillonnante n’est pas nouvelle.  Tant mieux parce que les hivers sont longs pis la vie est dure. Utilisons notre grit et la force de la communauté pour danser encore longtemps ! Dans un monde d’asphalte et de combat incessant du plus gros garage et des plus beaux abdos, ça fait du bien de voir du vrai. De toucher la lumière. De partager le futur, un festival à la fois.

Par Claudine Gagné

8 Reasons to Volunteer at Up Here

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at your favourite festival? Well, there’s a surefire way to find out—volunteer!

If you’re asking yourself whether you’ve got what it takes, Up Here needs volunteers for everything from ticket selling to decorating, merch selling to van driving, and veggie cutting to artist hospitality…ing.

And, not only do volunteers keep Up Here up and running, they also get some pretty sweet perks. Here are just a few:

1. Free Shows!

If you can’t buy a ticket, volunteering lets you go to shows in exchange for a few hours of work. Up Here operates on a flexible system where you “earn” rewards based on how many hours you’ve worked. All volunteers will get into the main Saturday show featuring Yamantaka and Sonic Titan—and you can add on other options from there.

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2. Brand Spankin’ New Friends

I thought I knew everyone in Sudbury when I went to the first Up Here in 2015. Turns out I was wrong! Volunteering that first year introduced me to so many new faces I could barely keep track of them all. A whack of my current friendships were formed during that inaugural year, and they’re still going strong today. Nothing like the chaos of a festival to break the ice!

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3. “Fanpersoning” Opportunities

Are you obsessed with one of the bands that’s playing? As long as you promise not to make it weird—or at least not that weird—if you volunteer you’re a lot more likely to see those artists up close and personal. This is especially true if you work on the hospitality team, tasked with taking care of all the artists’ needs while they’re in town. I bet you’ve always wanted to bring carrot sticks to a big-time muralist!

4. The Best Team

The Up Here team is pretty swell, not to be biased or anything. Not only will they make sure you’re hydrated and fuelled with snacks the whole weekend, they’ll also keep you laughing your head off. You can always approach any of them—especially your volunteer coordinator—if you have any questions or concerns!

5. Networking While Notworking

Looking for a career in nonprofits or the arts? Networking is never as fun as it sounds; swapping business cards, liking someone’s post on LinkedIn… wouldn’t it be more fun if you could connect over your favourite band? At Up Here, you’ll meet like-minded people who are passionate about arts and culture in Sudbury, in an environment that encourages more organic networking!

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6. Discovering New Art & Music

Whether you’re the dorkiest of music nerds or the biggest fan of one of the muralists, chances are there will be something new for you at Up Here. I hardly knew any of the performers the first two years, and left with a notebook full of new artists to look up. Between the 30 shows, 10 venues, two muralists, and 14 local artists… it’s bound to be a jam-packed weekend with something for everyone.

7. Bragging Rights

Not only can you brag to your big-city pals that Sudbury has a better festival than they do (just kidding, kind of), you can also brag to out-of-town performers and visitors about your own city! Sudbury is pretty cool these days, and I’m always thrilled to share my favourite local swimming spots, watering holes, and kitchens (another post on that to come!) with people who aren’t from around here.

8. Warm Fuzzies

At the end of the day, Up Here needs you guys! By contributing to the festival, you’ll leave with a warm, fuzzy feeling knowing that you generously gave your time and energy to a super fun cause. Pats on the back all around.

So what are you waiting for? Do you have skills Up Here could put to good use, and love cool rewards? Head over to their volunteer page to sign up!

 

By Ella Jane Myers

Up Here reveals their full musical and mural programming

Sudbury’s favourite new urban art and music festival is back for its third edition from Aug. 18-20 in Downtown Sudbury.

Up Here is a public art festival that culminates in an emerging music festival with a tight integration of art installations throughout the city’s core. This year, two muralists and 12 local artists will create 14 new pieces of public art in the weeks leading up to the festival, and 30 of Canada’s best up-and-coming musical acts will perform in over 10 venues during the three-day event.

Two New Murals

Acclaimed Canadian artist Jarus will paint a portrait of a miner as an homage to his grandfather, who was a miner in Sudbury in the ‘60s and ‘70s, thanks to the support of Becker Mining Systems. Originally from Field, Franco-Ontarian Métis artist Mique Michelle will create a colourful piece inspired by her Anishinaabe roots thanks to the support of Collège Boréal.

Power Up Project

New this year, Up Here has formed a partnership with the Social Planning Council and Greater Sudbury Utilities to bring colour to 24 electrical utility boxes within the downtown core. In total, the Power Up Project will give canvasses to 24 local artists, including 12 curated by Up Here and 12 from youth organizations partnering with the Social Planning Council. The local artists invited by Up Here are Kallie Berens-Firth, Sonia Ekiyor-Katimi, Melanie Gail St-Pierre, Madison Kotyluk, Bianca Lefebvre, Matti Lehtelä, Scott Minor, Wild Rice, Hobby Rollin, Julianne Steedman, Dani Taillefer, and Isaac Weber.

“This project is a win-win for all of us. We get to empower youth, support the emerging local arts community, and participate in a global project that has swept cities across the globe from Brisbane to Los Angeles and Calgary. We’re excited to get this pilot project off the ground,” said Wendy Watson, director of communications, Greater Sudbury Utilities.

This project is made possible in part thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Over 30 Shows By Emerging Artists

Up Here is once again curating an ambitious musical program that cultivates the event’s signature sense of curiosity and discovery in festival goers. Over 30 up-and-coming artists will be performing in Sudbury during the event.

The Northern Series presented by Porter Airlines is back this year offering free concerts by emerging  musicians from Northern Ontario in small downtown venues between 5 and 7 p.m. Discover the ghost-tinged folk of Jennifer Holub, smoky reflections of Brian Dunn, indie-pop loops of Jamie Gia, and the jack-in-the-box dance music of BBBRTHR.

Friday Aug. 18

Friday’s acts include the eclectic and experimental Whoop-Szo, moog rockers Duchess Says, and unruly pop icons Deerhoof

Late night lineups include bubble-glam punks Fashionism and iconic garage rockers The Fleshtones at the Townehouse Tavern, presented by Stack Brewing, and noise dancers Eyeballs, mystic crooner Bernardino Femminielli, and the molecular pop duo Ice Cream at Little Montreal.

Saturday Aug. 19

Saturday’s Family Day returns with enhanced programming in Memorial Park and all around Downtown Sudbury. Taking the stage on Family Day: Sudbury’s own pop rockers Tofino, punk rockers The Ape-ettes, the Sudbury-born, female beatbox champion Sparx, and Mozambican electro-pop artist Samito will be sure to keep things cool on a warm day. 

Memorial Park will serve as the central playground with music, mini-murals, and other exciting children’s activities provided by the Carrefour francophone; vendors by local artists, artisans set up by Makers North, a gallery tour with the Downtown Sudbury Art Crawl; and a performance of Cello Steps, an interactive project that combines contemporary dance with classic music in a dance mob.

Later, younger audiences can also look forward to an all-ages punk show at Zigs presented by Ottawa Explosion featuring up-and-coming Sudbury punks Kommissars, Ottawa’s absurdo-punks DJ Smoke Weed Guy, Ottawa’s queer hardcore-punks Doxx, and the protopunk baristas Teenanger.

The Saturday night show begins with indie-electro purveyors Fevers, followed by feminist force Lido Pimienta, and the culture-clashing, noh-wave opera group Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Nighthawks can head to the Townehouse and Zig’s after for late shows. The Townehouse features the riffs and thrifts of Dirty Princes, the quirky power pop of Dany Laj and the Looks, and a command performance by The Fleshtones presented by Stack Brewing. 

Meanwhile, Zig’s features local ‘90s dance inspired trio Telecolor and the smooth beats of Montreal based electronic artist CRi

Finally, late-night festival goers will be swayed by the exposed voice of Michele Nox backed by raw guitar and transcendent electronic swells.

Pop-Up Shows

The pop-up concerts have quickly become part of the festival’s nature and there will be many more this year thanks to the support of Downtown Sudbury. Festival goers will want to download the official Up Here app to make sure they don’t miss out on spontaneous shows on rooftops, underground chambers, and other unexpected locations. One of the groups that festival goers can expect to see pop up somewhere is DF, an audiovisual duo that merges looping saxophones with beautiful sound activated light installations

Sunday, Aug. 20

On Sunday afternoon, Dear Criminals, the indie-pop group from Montreal, will present 2GPU, a stunning augmented reality concert with 3D projections. The audience is invited to immerse themselves into the musical world of Dear Criminals with the help of complex imagery generated in real-time stereoscopic 3D. The project was developed by David Paquin and the New Media team at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue and is presented by the FME (Emerging Music Festival from Rouyn-Noranda).

Dear Criminals is two voices, one intense and strong, and one vulnerable and fragile, complementing each other in a unique and touching way. This vocal mixture is blended in a textured soundscape created by spellbinding arrangements and wisely chosen instrumentation, creating a musical tone deeply inspired by James Blake, Timber Timbre, and Elysian Fields.

Passports On Sale Now

Early Bird passports have already sold out and regular passports are available at UpHere.com for only $90. Individual tickets for concerts are on sale now.

Community Support

Up Here has been able to thrive with the support of countless community organisations and businesses. A special thanks to Barrydowne Paint, Equipment World, Downtown Sudbury, Porter Airlines, Block Rock North Media, Greater Sudbury Utilities, Collège Boréal, Becker Mining Systems, the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Tourism, the City of Greater Sudbury, Sudbury Tourism, FACTOR, Copy Copy Printing, Yallowega Bélanger Salach Architecture, Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, Downtown Sudbury Art Crawl, Carrefour francophone, Rewind 103.9, Hot 93.5, Radio-Canada, CKLU 96.7 FM, Baron Mag, Stack Brewing, the Ontario Association of Architects, Northern Ontario Society of Architects, Festival de musique émergente, Studio123, Brady Storage Solutions, Vianet, Myths and Mirrors, and many more. To partner up with Up Here, visit UpHere.com.

Up Here 3 Reveals a First Round of Six Artists From Its Musical Programming

Up Here is returning to Downtown Sudbury from August 18-20 for its third edition, transforming downtown Sudbury into an art-filled wonderland. Over three days, festival goers will experience over 45 performances by established and emerging acts, the live creation of new murals that leave a lasting mark on the city, interactive art installations, and a few surprises along the way.

Up Here festival’s live music focuses on presenting an eclectic and captivating lineup of emerging artists from San Francisco to Mozambique via Toronto, Montréal and Sudbury that is sure to stun audiences, leave them spellbound and wanting more.

Performing at Up Here 3

San Francisco’s Deerhoof mix noise, sugary melodies, and an experimental spirit into utterly distinctive music that make them one of the most acclaimed acts of the past 20 years. Pitchfork went so far as to label Deerhoof as “the best band in the world.” From their humble beginnings as an obscure San Francisco noise act, they’ve become one of indie music’s most influential bands with their ecstatic and unruly take on pop. This concert is presented in collaboration with Arboretum and Wavelength festivals.

YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN are an Asian/indigenous, psychedelic, noh-wave opera group fusing noise, metal, pop and folk music into a multidisciplinary hyper-cesspool of east meets west culture clash in giant monochrome paper.

The Fleshtones have been blending rock & roll and rhythm & blues since 1976, serving it across the globe armed with smiles, attitude, push-up contests, and sweat! The American garage rock band from Brooklyn, NY is known for its intoxicating performances that put most young performers to shame.  

Samito is a Mozambican/Canadian artist who’s bringing the groove into a new era where modern Afro sounds are the heart of musical trends. Named Radio-Canada’s 2015-2016 Revelation in World Music, Samito blends highly rhythmic compositions and texts inspired from his African roots and his childhood spent in Maputo. Nostalgia meets political satire, loaded on electronic rhythms and sharp lyrics written in Portuguese, English, French and Tswa.

Lido Pimienta is a Colombian born, Toronto-based interdisciplinary Afro-Indigenous artist who exists in a roulette of musical journeys from traditional Colombian percussion to darker avant-garde electronic soundscapes, all united by her piercing and explosive yet heartwarming voice. Waving the flag for intersectional feminism, sex positivity and human rights, Pimienta is a force ready to take over the world.

Bernardino Femminielli is a detached crooner deep within a dystopian discotheque. Narrating in French and Spanish, from classical arrangements to brutal 80’s inspired Italo-disco, from heavy cosmic drone to mutant industrial: his sonic ventures reflect his adopted personas. On stage, the confrontational yet intensely vulnerable performer explores the rich and dark energy of French and German cabaret– emphasizing the “total” performance where poetry, music, film, and dance coalesce.

Up Here 3’s poster artwork was created by Sydney Rose, a visual artist, living and working in Sudbury. Through her work, she examines a world in which change is constant and nearly every aspect of living has become accelerated and very much over-encumbered. She addresses the uncertainties of our future, driven by technology and progress, with playful projects that examine these ideas through a lens of tradition, tactility, culture and holism.

Passports Available Now

A limited amount of Early-Bird Passports are currently available at uphere.com for $80. Passports guarantee access to all concerts presented at Up Here 3. The full schedule of performances, the names of the 40 other artists and muralists will be revealed in the coming weeks.

What is Up Here?

Up Here is an urban art and emerging music festival in the heart of Sudbury, Ontario. The festival combines the live creation of new murals by artists and over 40 performances by musicians in over 12 venues for three jam-packed days. Up Here is where the weird and wonderful collide under city lights.

Community Support

Up Here thrives thanks to the support of Barrydowne Paint, Benjamin Moore, Equipment World, Porter Airlines, Downtown Sudbury, Sudbury.com, Northern Ontario Society of Architects, Ontario Association of Architects, Yallowega Bélanger Salach Architecture, Stack Brewing, La Slague du Carrefour francophone, Copy Copy Printing, Sign Effects, Ici Radio-Canada, Rewind 103.9, Hot 93.5, the City of Greater Sudbury, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Ontario Arts Council, the government of Ontario, Sudbury Tourism, and many more.

Words about art and art about words

Photo by LePetitRusse, Mural by Trevor Wheatley

Marching down the hill from the West End in the wake of last year’s festival, words, so far away that they should have been whispers, were shouting at me. “WALK SAFE, don’t slip” they said. But what did they mean?

Again, at the grocery store, transferring bags from cart to car, words, even larger now, navigate their way through the mundane fog that shrouds such a commonplace task, and scream “WALK SAFE, don’t slip”.

I find them downtown, these words, and they are giant now. Titanic sentinels, stoically looking out to the West, their silent message bellowing throughout the hills, refusing to be ignored. Was I being warned, or just advised? Was I being scolded? My guilty conscience tells me I deserve it…

This wasn’t the first time my city’s walls had spoken to me. There was that building, not that long ago, who began to tell me I was beautiful. At first I refused to believe it but, days turned into weeks, and the words continued to insist “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL”. Realizing the futility in resisting their position on the matter, I resolved to allow the words, just this once, to persuade me. “Never again,” I swore, “will I let a wall tell me what to think”.

In a way, I maintained that promise. Or, so I thought.

This time, I wasn’t really sure what the words were asking of me, “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL” gave me something direct and intimate, whereas “Walk safe, don’t slip” seemed rather ambiguous and reticent- so I began to ask my friends and neighbours what their thoughts were on the matter, and, in doing so, discovered what it was these words were after all along.

Some would say they found the wall inspiring. Others found it oppressive. Some hated the very sight of these words, while others, like myself, were falling in love. While discussions and debates were soon popping up everywhere, none of them seemed to offer any clarity on the mystery of “WALK SAFE, don’t slip.”

That is when I realized that I had, once again, let the wall win. It had deceived me. Hung up on my literal interpretation of their message, I failed to see that all these words wanted was to be talked about.

Photo by Stacey Lalande, mural by We Live Up Here

Our city had changed after the appearance of these words. Physically, yes, but it wasn’t enough that the festival brought us new murals, and music, and light, and colour. What it left us with was the opportunity to explore this art within the framework of our day-to-day lives. To discuss things like aesthetic and meaning and intent with one another. This was art about words inspiring words about art. 

Every evening, as the sun speeds toward the horizon casting a spotlight on the wall, naturally amplifying its call with ominous precision, I can’t help but wonder if these giant letters are satisfied in knowing that their purpose has been fulfilled. Then I wonder if these words are comforted by the fact that, regardless of what anyone might say about them, there is still one wall, not too far away, who thinks that they are beautiful.

By Maty Ralph

Up Fest is now Up Here

Hello. So, no big deal, but we’re changing our name. From now on, Up Fest will be called Up Here. Up Here — Urban Art & Music Festival.

Why Up Here?

Because Up Here is more relevant and less redundant. It’s more than a festival. It’s where we are and where we’re going. Up Here is where we live, where we play, and where we come together to throw one hell of a party.

Why now?

There’s this great mural festival across the pond in Bristol, UK called Upfest. When we named our festival in 2014, our brilliant team somehow brilliantly overlooked theirs. Upfest Bristol has been really awesome with letting us run with Up Fest for our first edition last summer. For our next edition, we’ve received submissions from artists across the world who want to come to Sudbury. Our festival is well on its way to becoming internationally recognized. For that to happen, it’s become increasingly obvious to us that we need our own identity, and it turns out it’s been Up Here all along.

In 2012, we created We Live Up Here. We had no idea that it would turn into this incredible incubator for positive change in our community. Who would have guessed that a game of porketta bingo would turn into photography books, satirical buttons about Sudbury’s stereotypes, dozens of videos portraits of our neighbours, a bunch of new public art and finally into the birth a brand new festival? This cultivating Sudbury saga continues. Thanks for being a part of it.

We’re making Up Fest disappear, but worry not, now we’re Up Here.