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AOE Arts Council – Young Arts Professional Mentorship Program – May 2017 Workshops

May 2017 Workshops
Career Development in the Arts

Start your career in the arts with this new series of workshops that deal with the fundamentals.

Calling young artists, fine arts students and arts professionals! Join us for the May 2017 workshop series, presented by the Ontario Arts Council’s AOE Arts Council Mentoring Program for Young Arts Professionals and funded by Ontario150, will help you progress, whether you are in the early stages of your career.

These 3 workshops are open to all and they will help you prepare your application for the mentoring program. Click here to submit your application, deadline is May 15, 2o17. Additional workshops will be presented as part of this series in fall of 2017.

These workshops are FREE for AOE Arts Council Members Under 30 years of age and OSA Diploma Fine Arts Students. $10 registration fee for non-members and AOE Arts Council Members ages 30+.

May 2: Arts Career Management 101 | Artistic Career Management 101

Career Management in the Arts 101

We will review the basics of developing a career plan. Practical exercises will allow you to clearly define your career goals over a 5-year period and the steps to follow to achieve these goals. You will learn how to establish your personal vision and mission. You will discover ways to express simply what you are trying to accomplish.

May 9: Proposal Writing Basics | Basics of Writing an Application 

The Basics of Writing an Application

If you want your application to be accepted, it is not enough to have good ideas. Learn how to write thoughtful proposals and get tips on how to successfully write grants and cover letters. Write your letter of intent for the AOE Arts Council’s Youth Arts Professional Mentorship Program.

May 16: Elevator Pitch and Networking | Flash Argument and Networking

Develop the perfect flash! Learn the components of a convincing argument. Through hands-on exercises and group exercises, you can offer a memorable answer when asked: “What are you doing in life? “You’ll get tips on how to network at the next event, so you can transform your meetings to make new contacts.


Christina Devine (Kool Krys)

Christina Devine is an Amplifier offering Communications and Marketing support to arts, non-profit organizations and professionals in developing successful community engagement strategies. She brings 10 years of experience working in public relations, publicity and amplification with notable brands and organizations including House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture, Art Gallery of Ontario, Sony, IBM and Make-A-Wish® Eastern Ontario.

With an education in Sociology and Public Relations combined with 10 years of experience as hip hop recording artist and performer “Kool Krys,” Christina helps organizations stand out in their community to build strong collaborations and meaningful partnerships.

Christina collaborates with the local arts community on communications supporting Ottawa’s largest urban arts organization House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture, which attracts 10,000 attendees and features more than 200 national artists each year at Brewer Park, celebrating and elevating urban art and expression. | |

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Victoria Steele

Victoria Steele is the Executive Director of the AOE Arts Council and has over 35 years of experience in the management of local and national arts organizations, including 19 years at the National Arts Centre. Ms. Steele is also an independent arts management consultant and teaches theatre management and career management, part-time at the University of Ottawa.

MadeMill Podcast – Imagined Worlds ft. Komi Olaf + Dom Laporte + Kool Krys + Remco Volmer

Today at PrototypeD #Innovation #podKomi Olaf #live #painting in the HTC Vive and Dom Laporte painting the interior #mademill mural, which features #artwork by #Ottawa #artists Mique Michelle and Allan André.

Listen to the #podcast of our discussion with yours truly KOOL KRYSDom (Dom Laporte Illustration), JustinKomi and Remco (Artengine) on the future of #art collaboration and community experience with virtual reality, simulation and 3D printing ► 


The Heart of Orléans BIA | Shenkman Arts Centre / Centre des Arts Shenkman

KOOL KRYS #FEMINUM: Amazon Hot Wax Video Shoot

Thanks to all the power femmes for GOING IN this past weekend and repping our dynamic community!!!

Special thanks to Toni and Manal for bringing our vision to life + THA SQUAD Chico x Mique x NiLLa x Bix (Chops Magazine) x Ghettosocks!

Much love to fly girls Julia (Luv2Groove Dance Education), Véronique and Izabella for rocking with us at The Flava Factory!

This weekend was magical, we have an amazing city of inspiring women! Can’t wait for you to see what Toni and Manal captured.

KOOL KRYS #FEMINUM is a tribute to female empowerment and Wonder Woman’s legacy. #FEMINUM ALBUM COMING SOON!


CKCU Interview with Illa J – Canada Loves Dilla Tour

Special thanks to Illa J | Marialys Diaz for our interview on The Mix on CKCU 93.1 FM | CKCU-FM! You’re an inspiration and I’m grateful to have seen you perform twice during the #CanadalovesDilla tour ►

P.S. The beats you’re hearing in the background are by Bix – /!


Canada Loves Dilla Tour – March 9-26


For Immediate Release

Canada Loves Dilla Tour
March 9-26, 2017

Ottawa, ON – J Dilla (James Dewitt Yancey) is one of hip hop’s greatest producers and musicians of all time. His music and production for artists including Janet Jackson, Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and Busta Rhymes continues to resonate in cities across Canada. 

To recognize Dilla’s hard-hitting instrumentals and exceptional contribution to hip hop culture, local hip hop communities across Canada will celebrate his life and legacy from March 9-26 with a series of local shows featuring a lineup of Detroit artists and performers who have been influenced by Dilla’s impactful music — some with a direct connection to Dilla as family members and friends. A portion of the profits from the Canada Loves Dilla Tour shows will be donated to the J Dilla Foundation.
Canada Loves Dilla Tour Artists/Performers:
Illa J (DT/MTL): John Derek Yancey is the younger brother of the late legendary hip hop producer and rapper J Dilla from Detroit. Illa J is a rapper, singer, producer and songwriter who has released two albums on Delicious Vinyl Records: Yancey Boys (2008) and Illa J (2015). He is also former member of hip hop group Slum Village, in which J Dilla was an early member.
DJ Rhettmatic of The World Famous Beat Junkies (LA): Nazareth Nirza is a producer, DJ, member and part creator of Southern California’s first turntable band, the Beat Junkies.
Dankery Harv (DT): Derrick Harvey of the hip hop group Frank n Dank from Detroit. Dankery Harv and Frank (Frank Bush) are known for their many collaborations with the late J Dilla. Dankery was present throughout Dilla’s creative process when Dilla produced music for the likes of Pharcyde, Erykah Badu and Common and many other successful hip hop and R&B artists.
DJ Spinna (NYC): An anomaly in music and humbling example of what it takes to truly succeed within the framework of multiple fields, with a steadfast work ethic, an obsessively extensive vinyl library and the willingness to pursue the full extents of his roots (Funk, Soul R&B and Jazz), foundation (Hip-Hop) and future (Electronic/Dance music) without any restraints. 
DJ Soko (NYC): Eric Reynaert, DJ from Detroit, Michigan and currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. He is signed to Mello Music Group, and is one-third of the hip-hop group The Left, along with fellow Detroit artists Apollo Brown and Journalist 103.

March 9: Vancouver, Alexander Gastown, 91 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1B4 ► DJ Spinna (NYC) and Illa J (MTL/DT). Hosted by DJ Flipout (all 45s set) with guests Potatohead People, Max Zipursky Quartet and The People North West. Tickets: $15 – $20 available at Doors at 9pm. 19+
March 10: Calgary, Hi-Fi Club, 219 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A4 ► DJ Spinna (NYC) and Illa J (MTL/DT) + DJ PUMP, C-SIK, Ivan Rankic and Beni J. Tickets: $15 – $18 available at Doors at 9pm. 18+
March 23: Ottawa, Kinki Lounge & Kitchen, 41 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5S7 ► DJ Rhettmatic of The World Famous Beat Junkies (CA), Dankery Harv (DT)+ Junia-T, DJ RayRay, DJ JervyJerv and Dilla-inspired art show with food menu created by Chef Leroy from Detroit Soul Food. Dinner at 7pm, show starts at 9pm. Tickets available at 19+
March 24: Montreal, Venue TBC ► DJ Rhettmatic of The World Famous Beat Junkies (CA), Dankery Harv (DT) and DJ Soko (NYC) + more TBA. 19+

March 25: Toronto, Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H 1X6 ► DJ Rhettmatic of The World Famous Beat Junkies (CA), Dankery Harv (DT) and DJ Soko (NYC) + Arcee, Gene One, DJ Grouch and Junia-T. Tickets: $12-20 available at Doors at 10pm. 19+
March 26: Hamilton, Absinthe Club, 38 King William Street, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1 ► DJ Rhettmatic of The World Famous Beat Junkies (CA), Dankery Harv (DT) and DJ Soko + Junia-T, DJ !Kryme Won and Gene One. Hosted by Dank & Mook. Tickets: $20 available at Doors at 8:45pm. All ages
Advance phone interviews and profile images/video links for performing artists are available upon request.

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Media contact:
Christina Devine