Jumblies 2014 Fall Newsletter

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Jumblies Micro-Grants, Deadline Oct. 30th


Are you an emerging artist wanting to develop a community arts project or idea? Jumblies is still welcoming proposals until October 30th as part of the Platform A initiative (through the Toronto Arts Council). Other Platform A partners (AFCY, SKETCH, ArtStarts) are also awarding Micro-Grants with the same application deadline.

Click here for Jumblies Micro-Grant Guidelines

Please get in touch ( or give us a call  (647 470 8511 ) if you are thinking of applying, to ensure your eligibility and to get any advice and assistance you might want.

Y Josephine, 2013 Jumblies Micro-Grant recipient, leading drumming workshop at Oakville Library,                                           Photo: Katherine Fleitas (peace

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Oral History & Artmaking Working Group restarts

Last season Jumblies started up and hosted monthly meetings for an ORAL HISTORY & ARTMAKING WORKING GROUP – for artists working on community-engaged projects involving the sharing, collecting and expressing of people’s stories (with an open-ended interpretation of the term “oral history”).

We are starting up this group again, as of this coming Friday October 17th, 2:00 to 5:00pm)  at The Ground Floor. We welcome new members with diverse and active interest and experience in this realm. Please get in touch first (, and we can send more info., times, agenda etc.

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John Fox and Sue Gill Presentation, Oct. 28

Jumblies is proud to present

Celebratory Arts for the next generation
a public presentation by JOHN FOX and SUE GILL

• all the way from Ulverston, U.K.
• internationally renowned visionary and pioneering artists
• authors of Engineers of the Imagination, Eyes on Stalks, Dead Good Guides and more
• founders of Welfare State International & now of Dead Good Guides
• returning to Toronto for the first time since producing in 1981 the Tempest on Snake Island (on Toronto Island), a hugely influential production that inspired the founding of Toronto’s Shadowland Theatre and Vancouver’s Public Dreams Society.

Tuesday October 28th, 7:00 to 9:00
at Davenport Perth Neighbourhood & Community Health Centre
1900 Davenport Road (West of Lansdowne)

PWYC Admission, Suggested $5 to $10
Light refreshments will be provided.

For more info, please contact:

This special visit and presentation is made possible through funding contributions from the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation, the TAPA TRIP Program and the Queen’s University Stage and Screen Department; and support from our partners at Shadowland Theatre, Making Room Community Arts and Arts4All.

John Fox MBE. is a painter, printmaker, poet, and cultural provocateur. In the 70’s he laid down the foundations for forms of theatre that abandoned conventional notions almost entirely” (Robert Hewison). With Sue Gill, he founded Welfare State
International (1968-2006) raised the Titanic in Limehouse, London, shifted the Trident Submarine Sheds in Barrow in Furness and built Lanternhouse, a £2m centre for the Celebratory Arts in Ulverston, Cumbria, UK. Welfare State International prototypes of fireshows, community lantern parades and site-specific events are copied globally. After archiving Welfare State International on April Fools Day 2006 he and Sue Gill started Dead Good Guides to pioneer work with ecological concerns and new ceremonies for secular rites of passage.

Sue Gill was born in Yorkshire and educated in Hull and Cambridge. After working as Head Teacher of the smallest village school in remote North Yorkshire and lecturing in Bradford Art College Sue evolved to become an author, performer, secular celebrant,
cook, saxophonist, truck driver, co-founder of Welfare State International (1968-2006) and grandmother. After WSI was archived she was, for one year, Director of Ceremonies for Lanternhouse International. From 1998-2006, she was course leader for WSI’s groundbreaking MA in Cultural Performance created in partnership with Bristol University and Honorary Fellow of the University of Cumbria. She is co-author of the Dead Good Guides – books on Funerals and Baby Namings and presently leads Rites of Passage Summer Schools across the UK with Gilly Adams, and works as a secular celebrant for weddings and naming ceremonies and funeral officiant, particularly for woodland burials.

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Platform A Micro-Grant Guidelines


Are you an emerging artist wanting to develop a community arts project or idea? Jumblies is still welcoming Micro-Grant proposals until October 30th as part of the Platform A initiative (through the Toronto Arts Council). Other Platform A partners (AFCY, SKETCH, ArtStarts) are also awarding Micro-Grants with the same application deadline.

Click here for Jumblies Micro-Grant Guidelines

It’s a good idea to send a us message ( or give us a call  (647 470 8511 ) if you are thinking of applying, to ensure your eligibility and to get any advice and assistance you might want.
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Fall Schedule at the Ground Floor

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Last Thursday we had an open house to launch our fall activities at The Ground Floor. From here, we are exploring and expressing the rapidly changing landscape around us, what is available to our senses and what must be reached through memory, history and imagination.

Local residents are invited to join our artists in this adventure. We are holding workshops in various art forms, to explore our themes and build skills and confidence. As we go along, we will start to combine and present the different forms in new works of art.

People from farther afield are also invited to join us. Registration is required for most of the workshops. To find out more contact us at

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In Toronto a Celebration of Kit Curries life, a much loved former Jumblies Artist.

Those of us who have been with Jumblies since its earlier days knew Kit Currie as a beautiful, vibrant, warm-hearted person and talented artist who made the costumes and intricate details of most of our puppets. Al Levitt, who passed away just over a year ago, would construct their skeletons and Kit would dress and decorate them. She returned to Jumblies last winter to make a mini-puppet for our first Al Levitt Award. Many of the puppets she made still sit on our shelves.  She’ll be remembered as an important and dearly-loved part of Jumblies. Below is information about an event celebrating her life this Saturday. We also plan to hold a Jumblies commemorative exhibition and gathering- date and details to come.

In Toronto: A Celebration of Kit’s Life

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When: Saturday September 27th; start gathering at 4 PM

  • Wiccan-based memorial service open to all starts at 5:00 PM: Anyone can attend this memorial service led by Catherine Starr, Wiccan Chaplain and coordinator for the Campus Chaplains Association at the University of Toronto
  • Potluck dinner to follow – bring food to share!
  • Performing: FireDance Drummers
  • Performing: Brian Walsh, storyteller
  • Fire, drumming, dancing and performances from 7 – 10: Bring lanterns to carry to the beach!

Where: Artscape at Gibraltar Point on the Toronto Islands – Directions

  • Toronto Ferry runs every 30 minutes until 7:30
  • Information to come for anyone with mobility concerns
  • Art show of work done by Kit and inspired by her
  • What to contribute to the celebration? Contact Catherine Starr ( We are looking for any Artists, Performers, General volunteers and Donations

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Jumblies Summer Photos 2014

Jumblies, Ruth and other artists took part in a non-stop series of projects, workshops and creative collaborations from June through August. Here are a few photos and details:

A Pageant for All Seasons: June 20: Produced by the Nagamo Collective, a partnership between Jumblies, Arts For Children and Youth and the Dundas First Nations School, directed by Angela Loft, designed by Pamela Schuller, music by Cathy Nosaty, choreography by Lilia Leon, Songs by Rosary Spence and Marie Gaudet, also involving Jumblies interns Mackenzie Konecny, Molly McGregor, Sasha Tate-Howarth, Zoe Jenkins and Parker Dirks.

Pageant park start

Nagamo Pageant Bibs

Nagamo Pageant Action Shot

Nagamo Students large puppets

Ang Leading Nagamo

Make a Lake. July 17-31 Produced by Jumblies at The Ground Floor over 3 weeks of community workshops – creating an under-lake world as it would have been at this location before settlers arrived. Facilitated by Jumblies interns Molly McGregor,  Zoe Jenkins, Mackenzie Konecny, Nirven Armoogum, Sasha Tate-Howarth and Jumblies staff  Liz Rucker and Marianne Alas.

where the leaves touch


group art fish


Elliot Lake Workshop: Aug. 6 – 9: Artmaking and Oral History in partnership with Thinking Rock Community Arts –  facilitated by Ruth Howard, assisted by Sasha Tate-Howarth, ending with an activity booth and parade of the Thinking Rock Serpent Puppet at the Serpent River Pow Wow.



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AlgomaTrad, Aug. 10 – 15: Stories and Artmaking classes, facilitated by Ruth, assisted by Miranda Sharp and Shifra Cooper, building on local themes of water  inspired by Thinking Rock, involving story-collection, mask and costume-making, creating a song, dance and performances with the entire camp  – with special guest storyteller: Isaac Murdoch Day. In a parallel project, Helah Cooper,  Fen and AlgomaTrad Community members, painted  a turtle mural also inspired by Isaac’s stories.

Algoma Trad

Algoma Trad 5


mural gals

Dances of Resistance, Performances Aug. 28 & 29: Produced by Aanmitaagzi, with Choreography by Penny Couchie,  involving Jumblies and Offshoot artists  (in costume, prop and puppet design and making, performance and general production support): Ruth Howard, Marianne Alas, Zoe Jenkins, Mackenzie Konecny, Molly McGregor, from Arts4All Liz Rucker and Lisa Bozikovic, from the Community Arts Guild: Beth Helmers, Lilia Leon, Kaitlynn Rodgers and Karis Jones. Also assisting with the show were friends from Debajehmujig, Myths and Mirrors, Thinking Rock Community Arts and Vancouver Moving Theatre.





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Art of Community: Windsor

Here’s a selection of photos from Jumblies’ Art of Community Workshop in Windsor, Sept. 12-14, in partnership with the Arts Council Windsor and Region, facilitated by Ruth Howard and Angela Loft. Special thanks for hosting to Michelle Soulliere and Michelle Le Chien, and for the use of their space to Sandwich Teen Action Group (STAG).

The quotations accompanying the photos are taken from our participants’ feedback on their experience.

To access the full album, visit our Facebook page here.

“This workshop motivated me to continue my practice in the community arts with a greater self-confidence”.


“Always inspired when I take part. I always feel like I’m looking at life from a different angle. Always come away feeling validated as a person/artist/community member. Always want to create more, get a little more curious, a little more free and open”


“Whether I make my life out of community engaged art or not I am definitely interested and inspired by it and would love to be involved on some level”.


“I … have come to the conclusion that I am more insightful and creative than I knew”.


“Thanks to Ruth and the amazing Ange, for sharing your talents, passion
and art forms with such generosity”.

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Ground Floor Open House

Ground Floor Open House, Sept. 25, 3:30 – 6:30 pm
132 Fort York Blvd (at Dan Leckie)
After a great month in Northern Ontario, Jumblies is back at our home-base, The Ground Floor.
On Sept. 25th from 3:30 to 6:30 pm we will be hosting an open house and info. session.
Drop by and pick up a flyer about our fall activities and workshops – including visual arts, words and stories, dance and movement, music, song and sound and more.
All this will be part of our continuing Touching Ground Project, exploring the landscapes and histories (available to the senses and buried under the buildings) of City Place and Toronto.
Everyone welcome!
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