Call for Artists + Education Workshops

7-9 September 2018
Submissions Due – Friday 13 July 2018

Celebration of Nations is an annual gathering of Indigenous Arts, Culture, and Tradition in downtown St. Catharines. It is a part of a long-term vision of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Kakekalanicks, and the City of St. Catharines to build on the Two Row Wampum teaching that promotes all nations walking together, in parallel, with respect, compassion, and understanding to cultivate an inclusive community for our shared future.

Celebration of Nations is accepting applications from the Indigenous community to be a part of the second annual celebration. Submissions for performances, teachings, and workshops will be accepted. Priority will be given to submissions that are appropriate for all ages, especially performances which will be presented at the Celebration of Nations’ free outdoor stage. Please see details below for submission detail and requirements.

Applications can be emailed or mailed by the application deadline: Friday 13 July, 2018

Email: CelebrationofNations@stcatharines.ca

OR by mail: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre c/o Celebration of Nations Programming 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. L2R 3M2 (NOTE: Mail entries must be postmarked by Friday 27 July 2018)

Guidelines: Only fully completed submissions will be considered. No late submissions will be accepted. If under the age of 16, please have a parent or guardian apply on your behalf.

For online submissions – Must be submitted by email to celebrationofnations@stcatharines.ca by 11:59pm on Friday 13 July 2018. Please do not attach any materials we have not requested.

For mail submissions – Envelope must be dated on or before Friday 13 July 2018. Test all samples before sending (we are not responsible for technical difficulties). Please do not send original copies. Support material will not be returned.

Please include the following information with your submission:

Each submission MUST include:
Lead Contact Name:
Phone Number:
Email address:
Mailing Address:
Postal/Zip Code:
First Nation, Métis, Inuit Affiliation (if applicable):
Postal Code:
Website URL (if applicable):
Group/Band/Company Name (if applicable):

Have you participated in Celebration of Nations in before?
If so, what did you do?

What category below best describes your project?

Artist / Teaching / Workshop Description (required)
Please provide a description that clearly describes what you intend to bring to the 2018 gathering. Why do you want to be a part of Celebration of Nations? (350 word max)

Bio (required) Please provide a short bio. If you have any connection to the Niagara region, please include. (200 word max)

Who is involved in your project/group? (if applicable)
Provide a list of all people involved and their role in your project.

Support Material: (required)
Please submit the required support material for category.

For Performance:

Online: Upload 2 songs (required) + press, reviews, links to YouTube/Bandcamp, etc. (optional)
By Mail: One CD/CDR of your music OR 2 songs (required). (If submitting a full album, please specify which song(s) you would like the programming committee to hear) + press clippings, reviews, links YouTube/Bandcamp (optional)

Online: Any or all of the following: press, photos, video footage (3 min max, upload or provide link to URL) (optional)
By Mail: Any or all of the following: press, photos, video footage (3 min max, DVD or provide link to URL) (optional) Note: If sending DVD, please specify a 3 min excerpt for the jury’s consideration.

Other (You tell us!):
Video footage (3 minutes max, upload or provide a link to URL), 4 photos, 300 dpi (JPEG format, upload or provide link to URL), press, reviews, writing samples, etc. (optional)
By Mail: Video footage (3 minutes max, DVD or link to URL), 4 photos, 300 dpi (JPEG format on CD or provide link to URL), press clippings, reviews, writing samples, etc. (optional)

For Teaching: Please provide description of teaching.

For Workshop: Please provide list of past workshops provided and for whom. Please provide age range for workshop participants. Please provide ideal length of workshop. (preferable to complete in 1-2 hours) Please provide images of past workshops and/or craft if applicable.

Authorizing Information
By submitting this application, you agree to the following: • The information given in this application is true, correct and complete.
• I understand that no further information can be added once I have submitted this application.
• I understand that support material submitted by mail will not be returned.
• To participate in Celebration of Nations. Artist fees to be determined and arranged with each participant.

All applicants will be notified by Friday 27 July 2018

Important dates at a glance:

Applications due – Fri 13 July 2018

Applicants notified – Fri 27 July 2018

Gathering tickets and line up announced – Tuesday 7 August 2018

Celebration of Nations Gathering – Fri 7 Sept – Sun 9 Sept 2018