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Call for Submissions: 5th Annual Duotone Art and Music Festival

2007-05-13 - Kelowna, BC

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2007

August long weekend: 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th, 2007- Kelowna, B.C.

Duotone is an artist-run festival promoting contemporary and experimental emerging and professional artists in Canada and Internationally. Duotone works in concert with local, national and international partners to curate and program a multi-day, multi- disciplinary art and music event. The Duotone Arts Festival emphasizes collaboration between invited artists, musicians, performers and the community to provide a celebratory event that enhances public wellbeing. Duotone is held annually each summer in Kelowna, B.C. Canada.

Duotone gives you:
- 4 days in the beautiful Okanagan Valley B.C.
- Venus to exhibit, screen, perform your work
- Opportunity to be selected to exhibit your work in a professional Gallery setting in Toronto
- Network with some of Canada?s most interesting and creative personalities

You give Duotone:
- Artist statement based on 2007 theme see our website (
- Proposal for intended work w/brief summary
- Portfolio (PDF. Doc, Swf. or DVD)
- 20$ Registration Fee, checks and hard copy material can be sent to
Duotone 360 Euclid Ave suite 1
Toronto ON
M6J 2R2

Checks payable to Jose Gates.

All material sent to Duotone cannot be returned.

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Live in Public - The Art of Engagement

2007-05-13 - Vancouver, BC

Live in Public - The Art of Engagement Conference
October 11, 12, 13, 2007
Vancouver, BC
at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

Registration - beginning June 15, 2007
Fees - $75. - $125. on a sliding scale, space is limited please register early.
Contact: Pat Beaton - Project coordinator

This three day conference looks at artists working in the public realm and engaging communities within their art practices. Community Public Art, Interventions, Relational Art and Art Engaged Activism are among the practices we will be exploring. We will look at the history of these practices from across Canada over the past 30 years, how they have evolved and new developments and strategies.

The emphasis is on an artists' definition of these practices, where the different practices intersect and how they diverge in intention and focus.

Central to this conference are four panel discussions and an Open Space discussion occurring over three days on the following topics

1. Roles
What are the different roles artists employ working in community practices and engaging non art audiences? These roles have historically encompassed areas such as community development, public interventions, activism, relational art and the artistic process as social evolution.

What is the history of the practice and how have artists roles evolved and how is it changing at this time? What have we learned from this history? How are current practices informed by these histories?

2. Expectations
This panel will look at the expectations that are brought to and develop from participatory engagement in creative processes between artists and communities. What are the expectations? of the artist? the organizers? the funders? and the community? What are the limits of responsibility and who defines those limits? What about the aftermath, the after project comedown and how does this impact a continuing relationship between artists and the community? How is a community process able to remain fluid and inclusive when working within the parameters of specifically defined beneficial outcomes? How are these processes evaluated, who is evaluating?

3. Risks
This panel explores the risks inherent in practices which engage communities. What are the barriers that often prevent these practices from being considered seriously within the cultural sector. Panelists will explore how these risks are congruent yet different from the risks artists take within solitary practice. For these practices require the artistic process, the theoretical ground on which it is built and the cultural assumptions of the artists to be questioned during the actual creation of the works. Within publicly engaged practices the work itself is shaped by these exchanges. What are the artist's risks and the risks to the communities they enter into? How are they similar and different than the risks other artistic practices incorporate? And what of risks in comfort levels these practices often engender.

4. Breakthroughs
This panel looks at the breakthroughs that have developed over the last few years and the new directions artists are taking the practice. How are the definitions being stretched and rewritten anew? How are new technologies affecting the work? How have these practices broken down barriers within communities and between art forms? As artists start to do residencies in other communities and industries how does this change the way culture is perceived? What is the impact within social development?

Open Space
We will be having a day of Open Space discussion. There will be posted updates as we develop the focus for the day.

Open Space is a process that gets right to the heart of what matters. It invites people to create the agenda together and inspire creative collaboration on the most important questions of the moment. This is an action based experience, it is "talk-as-action" in the service of the transformation needed to create and support the shifts in awareness and commitment demanded by our times.

Link to the "Online Tea Party"
Come share in an online conversation leading up to the Conference Hosted by the

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Call for Submissions: La Lucha at the Embassy

2007-05-13 - Toronto, ON

Deadline: May 30th, 2007

This is a call to artists of multiple disciplines for proposals that address the theme of La Lucha Libre, popular Mexican Wrestling. We highly encourage works from artists that use non-traditional presentations of their artform that go beyond the framed image on a wall. Performance, installation and intervention artists are highly welcomed.

This event will take place at The Embassy bar in Kensington Market, we want your art to be as engaging as possible in this context (a darker night time atmosphere). In addition, we welcome street art that will engage the general area of The Market in conjunction with La Lucha exhibition. Proposals for street intervention must indicate a clear idea of place and medium. We will provide a map of works happening outside of the Embassy.

The selected works will question the popularization of La Lucha Libre having roots as a popular working class entertainment in Mexico that gained international attention and momentum. We are interested in literal, theoretical or conceptual approaches to this theme. We welcome proposals that address different levels of the imagination derived from La Lucha such as:

- Elaborate disguises/Flashy costumes; the colourful world of masks.
- Spectacular and over-exaggerated locks and moves.
- The absurdity and theatrical aspects of this performance.
- The conflict between stereotyped archetypes in this fight (the eternal confrontation between good and evil). - Your own ideas are also welcomed!

A masked Lucha Libre wrestling party will be held on June 22nd, 2007.

Please send submissions by e-mail or dropped them at The Embassy:
223 Augusta Ave.
Toronto, ON
M5T 2L4

Or send them by e-mail:

Submissions must include:
- CV and bio.
- Description of the proposed work, including space requirements.
- 5-10 jpeg images that represent your work on CD.
- SASE for return of your support material.

If you need any further information, don?t hesitate to contact: soJin Chun @ (647) 206-1247 / Rita Kamacho @ (416) 760-9732

Call for Artists: HATCH emerging performance projects

2007-05-13 - Toronto, ON

Deadline: 11 June 2007

Harbourfront Centre is currently seeking proposals from Toronto-area artists and companies working in the field of performance for HATCH: emerging performance projects for the 2007/2008 series. Now heading into its fifth year, HATCH: emerging performance projects is designed to incubate and foster invention and innovation in the local theatre and performance scene. In its four years, the programme has quickly become an important element in the ecology of local performance development.

Companies and artists participating in HATCH will receive a one-week residency in the Studio Theatre, located at Harbourfront Centre. NEW this year! All 4 residency periods will be clustered in the spring of 2008.

The residency package includes:
- One week (Monday - Sunday), rent-free in the Studio Theatre;
- Professional development and guidance in production and presentation - from marketing to international touring ? through consultation with Harbourfront Centre?s professional staff;
- Production subsidy designed to cover basic production costs during residency;
- Inclusion in marketing and media relations campaigns.

We welcome proposals from emerging artists, as well as from more established artists engaging in new collaborations or entering into new artistic territory. We encourage projects originating within theatre, dance or interdisciplinary performance. We are particularly interested in proposals that can demonstrate how HATCH will be of benefit to the project or the artist at this particular point in development.

For more information, or to receive an application package via email or post call 416 952-7969 or email .

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Performance Creation Canada Conference June 2007

2007-05-13 - Ottawa, ON

Performance Creation Canada
Disciplinary Action: Performance in a Time of Convergence
Ottawa, June 2007

PCC Ottawa Launches Website

Our website for this summer's Performance Creation Canada (PCC) gathering in Ottawa, Ontario is up and running. Please visit to find information on events, panels, schedules, and more.

Register before June 1st and get a $5.00 rebate!!

You will find our panels and forums truly challenge the boundaries of typical artistic practices, and facilitate critical thought outside the black box. Discussions on presentation spaces, audience/performer relationships, cross and inter-disciplinarity, examine the synapses that occur when artistic practices converge.

Show Canada What You're Made of!

Galerie SAW Gallery, SAW Video and the Dennis Tourbin Fund for Emerging Artists are proud to call for two emerging regional artists to present new performance works during the opening reception of the national conference Performance Creation Canada.

Your submission should include:
- A 50-word description of the work you would like to present
- A curriculum vitæ with full mailing address, telephone number and e-mail
- Only e-mail submissions with no attachments are accepted. Please paste your description and CV in the body of your e-mail. Send your submission to
- 2 artists will be selected from a shortlist of 5.
- We encourage artists from diverse cultural communities to apply.
- We encourage artists working in disciplines other than performance creation to apply.
- Board members and staff of Galerie SAW Gallery and SAW Video, and steering committee members of Performance Creation Canada are not eligible to apply.
- The performances will be presented in the SAW outdoor courtyard.
- Only one submission accepted per artist.
- No phone or e-mail inquiries.

Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at 5PM

The selected artists will each receive an honorarium of $1,000, access to video equipment for their presentation, professional documentation and the opportunity to present their work to many of Canada's best and brightest dance, theatre, visual and media art professionals.

The opening reception will take place at Galerie SAW Gallery on Tuesday, June 12, 2007, from 9PM to 2AM.

Join the Mailing List
To join Performance Creation Canada Ottawa's mailing list, and for all other inquiries, please send an email to

Looking forward to seeing you all in June!

Marlène Barré
Coordinator / Coordinatrice
Performance Création Canada - Ottawa

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Job Posting - DARE-DARE

2007-05-05 - Montréal, QC

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Call for Submissions: LAB 2008/09

2007-04-29 - Victoria, BC

Deadline: June 1, 2007

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is requesting submissions from artists and curators for The LAB 2008/09 series. The LAB is a contemporary art space within the Art Gallery designed specifically for presenting challenging and dynamic experimental projects. The Gallery welcomes all forms of media, performance or innovative museological projects which involve the Gallery's permanent collection. Projects must be designed specifically for The LAB; existing projects will not be considered. Artists will receive exhibition fees as well as project assistance of up to $1500.

Proposals must include the following:
- A brief, one page description of the proposed project (400 words maximum)
- 10-20 slides or CD of related previous work
- Detailed budget (include any special equipment needs, travel fees and material costs to a maximum of $1500)
- Current cv
- Self addressed stamped envelope for return of materials

When designing your project proposal, please note that all elements of the space should be considered (ie exits and entrances, ceiling heights, lighting etc). When describing materials and elements, please address in your description their relationship to the overall ideas and concepts in the project. Proposals also must include a diagram/installation plan of the project in the LAB space. A map of the Gallery is available on the website ( Check your budget carefully; make sure you have included (and researched costs for) all elements of the project, including your travel and shipping, technicians, special equipment rentals (ie video projectors, computers, DVD players, Ipod etc) and materials.

Address all submissions to:
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
1040 Moss Street
Victoria BC V8V 4P1
Attention: Nicole Stanbridge, Curatorial Assistant

Please send any enquiries regarding The LAB to:

International Theatre Kitchen

2007-04-29 - London, UK

We are searching for colleagues interested in the international meetings and creative discoveries, looking for change and new turning-points in their professional work.

Performing arts - it's a small world, let's find each other. This summer actors, dancers, choreographers and directors will meet in London at the International Theatre Kitchen.

To register, please send your CV and a brief letter of motivation to or,
International Theatre Kitchen
July 3 - 6, 2007
London, UK

For more information visit:

Junction Arts Festival - Call for artists

2007-04-19 - Toronto, ON

Deadline: Submissions should be received no later than 4:00pm May 31, 2007.

National Call for Artists - Juried Visual Art

The 15th annual Junction Arts Festival (JAF) is seeking submissions from Canadian artists working in the visual arts, including sculpture and installation art to participate in the 2007 Junction Arts Festival Juried Exhibition.

It is the expectation of the JAF that visual art displayed as part of the juried exhibition will be offered for sale. Professional fees will be paid to installation artists/un-saleable works. Selected artists are eligible for awards and prizes.

Please send an application form including;
- a maximum of 10 images (jpeg only -300 dpi) representing current work intended for display, or video/ tape/CD ROM
- CV - artist's statement
- image list
- a brief explanation of your proposed exhibit
- $35 entry fee to:

Junction Arts Festival Juried Exhibition
3042 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
M6P 1Z3

Application forms are available for download at:


About the Junction Arts Festival September 8 & 9, 2007

Located in Toronto's west end at Dundas Street West and Keele Street, the 15th annual Junction Arts Festival is a street celebration of the arts. The Festival presents visual, performing, literary and new media arts to over 100, 000 people transforming Dundas Street West into a pedestrian-only cultural destination, hosting a curated art exhibition, a juried exhibition, performing arts, children's activities, handmade arts and crafts vendors and much more.

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- 6/ 6/ 2007 - Vancouver, BC

Open Rehearsal of Stock Characters -

a Public Community Forum / Open Rehearsal of Stock Characters: The Cooking Show will be taking place on

Wednesday, June 6, 2007
at 6 PM
at the Britannia Secondary School – Music Room – Room 111
1001 Cotton Drive in East Vancouver

Please join us for a selection of scenes and a Q&A/Feedback Session after the work-in-progress performance moderated by Artistic Director, Elaine Carol. This is a FREE event.

Youth featured in the cast of Stock Characters: The Cooking Show are Karine Behmard-Larue, Pinky Bining, Michael Cheng, Deanna Couture, Natalie Falk, Roberto Hidalgo, Dakota Prince and Herb Varley. Directed by Elaine Carol; written by Elaine Carol with Karine Behmard-Larue, Pinky Bining, Michael Cheng, Deanna Couture, Natalie Falk, Roberto Hidalgo, Dakota Prince and Herb Varley, and youth writers Dylan Gauther and Selighne Forsythe; Assistant Director/Community Developer is Azin Sadr; Assistant Director/Acting Coach is Sarah Sawatsky; Consulting Social Worker is Esther Oh and Diversity Consultant is Eric D. Wong. The event will be filmed by Director of Photography – Kelly Mason; Sound Recordist – Mark Pitkethly and Focus Puller – Jeff Mason. There are many more professional artists and technicians who will be involved in creating work with us in the future. What we are presenting here is scenes in-progress to date.

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Thursday - 5/ 24/ 2007 - Toronto, ON

Subtle Technologies, 10th Annual Festival -

The 10th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival 2007 Toronto
Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto

May 24-27, 2007: Subtle Technologies Symposium
May 18-20, 2007: SymbioticA Tissue Engineering for Artists Workshop

Register Early for discounted Festival Passes!

Subtle Technologies is a unique, multidisciplinary festival that explores the complex and subtle relationships between art and science.

For the 10th Annual Festival, Subtle Technologies presents practitioners of arts, sciences and medicines, and those who study their context, historians, ethicists, and other critical thinkers to contemplate how these disciplines can work together and reshape perspectives on the body.

As scientific and technological breakthroughs prominently occupy our culture, we ask where the boundaries are. We investigate how we relate bodies in situ: as parts, as a whole, as systems; how we identify, map, modify, protect, violate, and heal.

The programming juxtaposes cutting-edge artistic projects and scientific exploration.

Events include:
- BioArt Online Discussion co-presented with Year Zero One
- SymbioticA Tissue Engineering Workshop for Artists co-presented with Year Zero One
- Panel Discussion on the biological as a medium in art and science: Art, Science, and the Emotional Response co-presented with MicrobeWorld and Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
- Symposium featuring 26 speakers
- Evening of Performance featuring dance, robotics, butoh
- Exhibitions at InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Ontario Science Centre, Innis Town Hall
- Neighbourhood + Ayurveda on Queen Street West

Partners: InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Year Zero One, SymbioticA, University of Western Australia, Ontario College of Art & Design, Ontario Science Centre, MicrobeWorld, University of Toronto Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, Design Exchange, University of Toronto Health Care, Technology, and Place.

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Tuesday - 5/ 22/ 2007 - Montréal, QC

Metamorphosis- Vivant VS Non-vivant -

May 22 to 25, 2007
Studio 303
372 Ste-Catherine W, #303, Montreal

Material studies, mask play, mime and contemporary clowning as well as "le théâtre des objets" offer a range of different principles for dealing with the non-vivant object on stage. Open to performers, dancers and actors, this workshop explores opening the senses to the language of things, in order to receive their play/movement by consciously displaying them. The aim of Metamorphosis is to learn to enter a mise en scène as consciously as possible, even if all there is is an empty room. Sandy Schwermer is from Germany and has worked extensively as a singer, puppeteer and actor, collaborator regularly with artists from all disciplines.

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Friday - 5/ 18/ 2007 - Toronto, ON

Spring Exhibitions at Harbourfront -

Harbourfront Centre presents the upcoming spring medley of enthralling visual arts exhibitions. There are many stimulating and engaging exhibitions including the photographs of Narrating Desire, displaying human vulnerability, passion, and a need for acceptance; The Family Farm Project focuses on the creation of identity in photographs. Both exhibitions are part of CONTACT 2007 Toronto Photography Festival. Ongoing Ideal Forms (After Versailles) is a mixed media installation that represents the famous garden at Versailles, France; and Proportion and Bliss reveals the beauty of ceramics.

The public opening reception for the exhibitions takes place on Thursday, May 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission to the reception and the exhibitions is free. The exhibitions run from May 18 to July 8, unless otherwise noted. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Exhibition hours for main gallery: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; closed Monday except holiday Mondays, noon to 6 p.m. Regular hours for The Craft Studio: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Thursday - 5/ 17/ 2007 - Saskatoon, SK

Aboriginal Curatorial Practice -

Corralling Art - Aboriginal Curatorial Practice in the Prairies and Beyond
May 17- 18, 2007
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the Bessborough Hotel.

The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC), in collaboration with TRIBE Inc. is hosting its second annual conference, aptly entitled "Corralling Art -Aboriginal Curatorial Practice in the Prairies and Beyond" on May 17-18, 2007 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the Bessborough Hotel. Under the thematic umbrella, "Corralling Art - Aboriginal Curatorial Practice in the Prairies and Beyond", the ACC will bring together curators, scholars, visual artists, critics, art educators, art dealers, art collectors, arts administrators and program officers from the provincial and federal level and the general public, who not only represent our diverse national curatorial and critical communities, but those who are contributing and strengthening the presence of contemporary Aboriginal art. The two-day presentations explore existing programs and cited opportunities available for the development, funding, presentation, publication and dissemination of all areas pertinent to a contemporary Aboriginal art presence in Canada and abroad. As well, the colloquium will articulate and examine emerging trends and important issues in and around curatorial and critical practices related to such topics as: historical and theoretical perspectives, institutional and non-institutional representation; locating spaces, trends and perspectives on Aboriginal curatorial practice and its relevance.

The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des Conservateurs Authochtone (ACC/CCA) supports, promotes and advocates on behalf of First Nations (Indian, Inuit and Métis) art, artists and curators, and representatives of the art and cultural organizations in Canada and internationally.

Download the registration form at: For more info:

Barry Ace Director and Co-Founder Aboriginal Curatorial Collective

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Thursday - 5/ 17/ 2007 - Toronto, ON

Auto Emotion at the Power Plant -

The Power Plant announces a major international exhibition Auto Emotion opening May 17, 2007

Auto Emotion: Autobiography, emotion and self-fashioning
Opening reception and Summer Party
The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay West
Thursday, May 17, from 7 to 11 p.m.
Admission to the reception is FREE and open to the public.

Following yet another resoundingly successful set of exhibitions for Spring 2007, Fiona Banner's The Bastard Word and Yael Bartana's Ritual, The Power Plant presents Auto Emotion: Autobiography, emotion and self-fashioning. The exhibition features an all-star cast of leading and emerging international and Canadian contemporary artists whose works intersect at the crossroads of autobiography, emotional display and self-performance.

Underlying the works in the exhibition is an interest in the relationship between social conformism and autonomy, brain chemistry and emotion, automatic behavior and self determination, the fictional and the real.

The exhibition features some of the world's most prominent artists and includes major installations by Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila and French artist and writer Sophie Calle, who is also representing France at the 2007 Venice Biennale. It also includes important but lesser known Canadian and International artists such as Reza Afisina from Indonesia.

Auto Emotion will showcase compelling works in media including photography, film, sculpture, installation, performance, interactive works and new technologies. Artists include Marina Abramovic, Reza Afisina, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Sophie Calle, Andrea Fraser, Rodney Graham, Christian Jankowski, Yayoi Kusama, Nikki S Lee, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Matt Mullican, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Adrian Paci and Joahnnes Wohnseifer.

Auto Emotion is curated by Gregory Burke, Director of The Power Plant, and Helena Reckitt, Senior Curator of Programs at The Power Plant.

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Thursday - 5/ 17/ 2007 - Edmonton, AB

The Drag King Project by Toni Latour -

The Drag King Project
Toni Latour
May 17 - June 16, 2007
Opening Reception and Artist's Talk: May 17, 7pm
Harcourt House
3rd floor, 10215 12th St.

In The Drag King Project, Toni Latour draws on her experiences within the Vancouver queer community. She gives a face to Vancouver drag kings as they explore and perform gender from a variety of perspectives. The exhibition includes 26 photographs, video of drag performances and wall-mounted text derived from audio interviews of the participants.

In addition to the exhibition, Latour will present an artist talk on her multidisciplinary practice that includes video, photography, installation and performance art.

Much of Latour's work is focused on her identification as an artist and her relationship to various communities. Several projects have incorporated factions of Vancouver's queer community, in an effort to increase visibility. Other projects have been born from Latour's participation in Canadian art communities, making reference to other artists and her position within the contemporary art landscape.

Please join us at the reception as the artist will be in attendance.

For more information:

Thursday - 5/ 17/ 2007 - Vancouver, BC

New Writing, New Technologies Launch Party -

New Writing, New Technologies
Launch Party for TCR 2-50: Artifice and Intelligence, guest edited by Andrew Klobucar
With panel discussion, food, & live a/v by CineCitta

Presented by the Capilano Review and Upgrade! Vancouver

Thursday, May 17, 2007
7:30 pm
Panel discussion: 8:30 pm
Intersections Digital Studios (IDS)
Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design
1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island

The latest issue of The Capilano Review: 2-50 - Artifice and Intelligence, features an array of cultural producers currently investigating the complex and rapidly evolving relationships between writing, art, and digital technology.

Join us as we explore critical questions on how contemporary developments in media technologies - its tools and methods - continue to influence many of today's most important literary and art movements, and how these new technologies affect the concept of knowledge.

Panel discussion with Jim Andrews, Kate Armstrong, David Jhave Johnston, Laura Marks, Sandra Seekins, and Darren Wershler-Henry, moderated by Andrew Klobucar.

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Wednesday - 5/ 16/ 2007 - Montréal, QC

Le Silence des hommes -

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Tuesday - 5/ 15/ 2007 - Québec, QC

Le Dispensaire Folie/Culture -

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