Announcing Habitat 2019

A RESIDENCY OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW-GENERATION MUSICIANS WHO LIVE & WORK ON THE MARGINS

Dear Musician:

CUE invites you to start dreaming up ideas for HABITAT 2019: a production and performance residency for new-generation artists (15-29 years old) who live and work on the margins in Toronto. This is a platform for you to explore and produce a 360-degree expression of your creativity; not just as an EP or performance, but an opportunity to dive deeper into the core of your creative self. We want to work with you to fully create your own HABITAT: an immersive visual and sonic environment that represents not only the origins of your music, but you, as a human being.  

HABITAT is a platform to experiment artistically, free from music industry conventions, and share new parts of yourself with audiences. It's a forum to try new things and take risks. Final projects will be performed and exhibited at CUE's Margin of Eras Gallery in 2019.

Throughout this project you will work closely with Toronto artist Matthew Progress, lead producer of the HABITAT residency program. Local arts professionals will provide support, mentorship, and collaboration in creating video and visual art installations, as well as mounting all components in CUE's Margin of Eras Gallery. You don't have to have the visual arts skills, just a solid vision and we will work together to make it happen.

You will receive artist fees. You will have your own budget for materials and production. In addition to the venue, CUE will provide quality audio equipment, a DJ/live sound engineer, videographer, graphic design, coordination/administrative support,  promotion, and catering for your final event.

Each HABITAT exhibition will feature: 

  • Live performance

  • Video (Projected, or played on screens in the gallery)

  • Art installation (Can be anything. Dream big, make it real. 2-D, or 3-D.  Everything is permitted)

  • Listening station (Featuring a selection of your past recorded music. Audience will be able to listen on headphones)

  • A playlist (for opening night, curated by you, reflective of your HABITAT--songs that have inspired you to become the artist you are. We provide the DJ, you provide the songs.)

These elements will come together to create your HABITAT--an intimate exploration of you as an artist that audiences would not get to see on any other stage.  

WHERE:

Meetings, rehearsals, and performances take place at the
Margin of Eras Gallery (the MOEG)
, a 1300-square-foot
multidisciplinary arts space in Toronto's Parkdale neighbourhood.

1684 Queen Street West.

For the artist, the process consists of:

  • Attending multiple conceptual development and production planning meetings

  • One-on-one in-person consultation with professional multimedia and installation artists, as well as a Gallery Technician to develop and execute your vision

  • Working independently, off-site and on your own hours

  • Managing a materials/production budget (with support from CUE)

  • A dress rehearsal/sound-check at the gallery

  • Final public exhibition and live performance. Exhibitions remain open to the public for several days after the main performance event, where audiences will have a chance to interact with, and listen to, your work.

WHEN:

Artists will need to be available during the following months:

  • RESIDENCY (development and creation, meetings with lead producer, mentors, and technicians): January - March 2019 

  • PERFORMANCES/EXHIBITIONS: April - June 2019  

HOW TO APPLY:

Email MOEGMusic@gmail.com with your answers to the following questions.
(You can write answers in the body of an email, or attach them in .doc or .pdf. Point form answers are fine.)

Name:
Preferred pronoun (i.e. she/they/him, or other):
Phone number:
Website/streaming/social media links:
Address (or area you reside if you have no fixed address):

It's okay if your ideas aren't fully envisioned--just dream big and write down your raw creative ideas. This is a chance to take over an art gallery
and present yourself and your art in a new way. Point form answers are okay.  

 

1. Tell us how you would present a unique live performance. (This is not a conventional stage performance... dream up something new and unique. For example, Do you incorporate props? Are you inviting audience participation? How do you communicate your artistic "Habitat"? Push yourself as an artist,
and as a performer. This is an art gallery, not a club stage. It's an intimate environment to experiment and take risks. Anything is possible.)
 

 

2. How would you incorporate video art into your HABITAT? (You will have access to a projector and/or a standard flat-screen.)

 

3. How would you incorporate visual/installation art into your HABITAT? (A gallery floor plan, and available furnishings are available here.
Think big, push boundaries.)

 

4. Please provide samples of your music/art. (Soundcloud or other streaming links are preferable, but you can send MP3 files by email - maximum 3 audio files. If sending image files, please use .JPEG format)

 

5. Can you commit to the full project timeline? (January - June 2019. Please let us know now if you foresee scheduling conflicts so we can plan ahead and work around - i.e. your work schedule, if you plan to be out of town, etc.)

 

6. CUE and the MOEG's mandate is to support artists who live and work on the margins. How do you identify with "living and working on the margins"?

If you have any questions, or would like help preparing your application,

please email Matthew Progress at MOEGMusic@gmail.com

 

 Please note:
Artists may apply to only one CUE program this cycle (HABITAT Residency OR CUE Grant Program)

DEADLINE TO APPLY: November 23, 2018

OUR 2018 GRANT CYCLE IS OPEN

GRANTS FOR NEW-GENERATION ARTISTS LIVING AND WORKING ON THE MARGINS

Apply for up to $1000 to produce a project in any discipline 

 
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Artists must meet with CUE before submitting an application.

Deadline to apply:

November 23 

INFORMATION SESSIONS:

  • Tuesday, October 16th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    The Margin of Eras Gallery, 1684 Queen Street West

  • Tuesday, October 23rd, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    SKETCH, 180 Shaw Street - Suite 201

  • Thursday, October 25th, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    UrbanArts, 5 Bartonville Ave. East

DROP IN GRANT WRITING SUPPORT:

  • Tuesday, October 30th, 3 - 8 p.m. 
    The Margin of Eras Gallery, 1684 Queen Street West 

  • Tuesday, November 6th, 3 - 8 p.m. 
    The Margin of Eras Gallery, 1684 Queen Street West 

  • Monday, November 12th, 5 - 8 p.m.
    NIA Centre for the Arts, 524 Oakwood Ave

  • Tuesday. November 13th, 4 - 8 p.m.
    SKETCH 180 Shaw Street, Suite 201 

  • Thursday, November 15th, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
    UrbanArts, 5 Bartonville Ave. East

  • Tuesday November 20th, 3 - 8 p.m.
    Margin of Eras Gallery, 1684 Queen Street West

GRANTS ARE FOR ARTISTS WHO: 

• Identify as new generation artists (29 years old or under) living and working on the margins in Toronto

• Work in any artistic discipline

• Have a solid idea for an art project that can be completed in 3 months, and can be exhibited or presented to the public in some way

• Demonstrate experience in their medium

• Have a track record of finishing projects and following through on goals

• Have not received funding from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, or Canada Council for the Arts, or other substantial arts funding

• Are not in a Masters program in a post secondary institution, and do not hold a Masters degree

• Meet with CUE before submitting an application 

 
 

Margin of Eras Gallery, 1684 Queen St. W.

 

UrbanArts, 5 Bartonville Ave. East

SKETCH, 180 Shaw St. - Suite 201

RESIDENCY OPPORTUNITY FOR MUSICIANS WHO HAVE RECEIVED A GRANT FROM CUE AT ANY POINT IN THE PAST

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We're excited to announce that CUE is launching a new space--the Margin of Eras Gallery! In 2018 we will be producing a series of events called Habitat, and you might be the perfect artist to be featured as part of this residency and performance opportunity.  

Rather than just showcasing your music by performing on a stage, Habitat will take a closer look at you as a creative artist. The goal is to exhibit how you see, feel, and are inspired by the world, and how that translates into your work--your creative planet. 4 artists will be selected.

Each artist involved will curate the entire space of the gallery and offer audiences a 1 hour experience in their "Habitat". Your habitat will consist of 4 elements over which you have free reign to create and plan as you see fit. These are: 

  • Listening Station: We will provide multiple sets of headphones that will allow attendees to listen to a collection of your music, current and/or older, put together by you.
     
  • Visuals: We will provide a screen and a projector. You will decide what to put on it. You could splice together media clips, project geometric shapes, color palettes, childhood home videos, literally anything that makes sense for your vision. There will also be the chance to display other pieces of art/objects--either art created by you, or art that means something to you.
     
  • Playlist/DJ: We will provide a DJ. You will curate a playlist of music reflective of your Habitat, to be played in the space during your hour.   
     
  • Performance: You will come up with a unique way to perform your music in a way you've never done before. The idea is to step outside the traditional realm of the "stage show" and invite people to experience your music in a deeper, more original way. For example, a walk-through a-capella performance, something theatrical that involves props or choreography, something interactive, etc. It's up to you to dream this up.

Now, we don't expect you to have everything fully envisioned just yet. The second piece of the Habitat initiative involves working with local musician and multidisciplinary artist Matthew Progress, over 1-2 month period in order to craft and create all 4 of these elements. 

You will receive mentorship, feedback, and guidance while you build your Habitat. When it's all said an done you will walk away with multiple pieces of content produced by you, which can be used for anything you like in the future.   

Artists will receive performance fees.

How can you be selected? 

If you are a past CUE grant recipient, email MOEGMusic@gmail.com with:

1. Some samples of your music

2. Some brief points about how you would approach each of the 4 elements of your Habitat. Tell us how you imagine it looking and feeling, and how that's reflective of who you are as a creative artist. How would you create an original performance?

If you have any questions please email MOEGMusic@gmail.com.

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS: NOVEMBER 15th, 2017

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY MUSICIANS WHO HAVE RECEIVED A CUE GRANT IN THE PAST ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY

 

SUPPORT FOR ARTISTS

Attention new generation artists living and working on the margins

Apply for up to $1000

 

To connect with CUE, email cuegrant@gmail.com

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
OCTOBER 28th, 2016

CUE grants are for artists who:

  • Identify as new generation artists (29 years old or under) living and working on the margins

  • Work in any artistic discipline

  • Have a solid idea for an art project that can be completed in 3 months, and can be exhibited or presented to the public in some way

  • Demonstrate experience in their medium

  • Have a track record of finishing projects and following through on goals

  • Have not received funding from the Toronto Arts Council,
    Ontario Arts Council, or Canada Council for the Arts, or other substantial arts funding

  • Are not in a Masters program in a post secondary institution, and do not hold a Masters degree

  • Meet with CUE before submitting an application 

INFORMATION SESSIONS

 

September 28
6 - 7 p.m.

at East Metro Youth Services
1200 Markham Road, Suite 200
Scarborough

 


September 22
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

at SKETCH
180 Shaw Street, Suite 201
Toronto


DROP IN MENTORSHIP SESSIONS

CUE will be at SKETCH every Thursday in October from 2 - 7 p.m. 

Drop by to discuss your project and get one-on-one consultation developing your proposal. 

Don't be late.

SUPPORT FOR WRITERS

ATTENTION NEW GENERATION WRITERS LIVING AND WORKING ON THE MARGINS

The STORY RENO STUDIO is a literary development intensive for new generation writers living and working on the margins. This opportunity includes:

  • Weekly workshops (Mondays from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.) hosted by internationally recognized writer, educator, and literacy advocate Whitney French.
  • Independent writing time with support and editorial consultation from a publishing industry professional.
  • $500 sustenance bursary (for groceries, etc.) to help you spend focused time on your writing. 

The STORY RENO STUDIO is open to writers working in any literary discipline who want to evolve a rough draft (or even an idea) into a polished final product. Writers will receive comprehensive and tailored mentorship in developing story, character, voice, plot, and style, and will have the opportunity to have their work constructively critiqued as well as critique the work of other writers in a supportive environment.

The STORY RENO STUDIO is for writers who:

  • Are between the ages of 15 and 29 years old
  • Have not received funding from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, or Canada Council for the Arts
  • Have not yet published in book form with a professional publishing body;
  • Have not yet had their work produced by a commercial production company 
  • Have a rough draft, work in progress, or a strong idea for a literary project
  • Have a demonstrated history of quality literary writing
  • Identify as writers “living and working on the margins”
  • Connect with CUE before submitting an application=

To connect with CUE, email cuegrant@gmail.com

CUE will be at SKETCH every Thursday in October from 2 - 7 p.m.

LOCATION - 180 Shaw Street, Suite 201

Drop by to discuss your project and get one-on-one consultation developing your proposal.

 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

OCTOBER 28th, 2016

 

SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECTS FROM PLATFORM A

The Toronto Arts Council has committed to ensuring high-access support for underrepresented community-engaged artists through Platform A. In addition to CUE, Platform A grants are available from Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre, and VIBE Arts. Please contact individual organizations for more information on their granting programs. 

You may apply to only one Platform A organization (CUE/SKETCH, Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre, or VIBE Arts). 

Deadline for applications:
OCTOBER 28th, 2016.

 

Thank you to the Toronto Arts Council for recognizing and supporting this urgent cultural momentum. 

CUE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE LAUNCHES SOLO EXHIBITION

CUE grant recipient and 2015 Artist in Residence Timothy Yanick Hunter debuts his solo exhibition, Orange Room. The exhibition explores the gray area between consumer culture and cultural appreciation: at what point does the appreciation of artworks, artifacts, and people become a consumer past time, and when does an artist go from cultural contributor to retailer? The artist samples from the motifs of the consumer world and contemporary art; Hunter's approach is to blend these worlds seamlessly. With the Orange Room, he transforms a vacant space in Kensington Market with his orange paintings, orange walls, and even orange food. More than a show of artworks, the exhibit becomes an installation that employs its environment as a tool for conversation.The Orange Room consists of paintings, illustrations, and design all accented with what the artist calls, "colours that seduce the viewer, while questioning the role of desire in retail marketing.” Hunter aims to examine the history of white male artists painting the nude female form, and reimagines this process through the lens of a young black male artist.

CUE is honoured to have been able to support Hunter with 2 project grants, and with additional support and funding for Orange Room.

For more information on the artist, please visit his website or his Instagram.

CUE at the Junction Summer Solstice Festival

CUE is excited to be taking part in the Junction Summer Solstice Festival. On June 18th, CUE grant recipients Tim HunterPhillip SaundersJason Jamaal, and Yael De Gale will be bringing art to life in a live painting installation, and Daniel Pessole will be exhibiting his sculptural work.

JUNE 18th - 12pm to midnight

2916 Dundas Street West (west of Keele)

12pm - 5pm: Live painting installation

5pm - 11pm: Art exhibit

MIDNIGHT: Works created are given away for free!

The Junction Summer Solstice Festival brings together artists, musicians, local restaurants and businesses for a giant street party to celebrate the longest day of the year. Hope to see you there!

Thanks to the Junction BIA for their work in organizing the event, and for sponsoring this exhibit.