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Nuit Blanche à Montréal

Saturday, March 2, 2019

La Guilde, in collaboration with artist Sylvain Rivard, invites you to B*I*N*G*O on March 2, from 8 PM to 1 AM. As part of the 16th edition of Nuit blanche à Montréal and presented by MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, the gallery in just a few hours will turn its space into an Indigenous bingo night. In a high-energy ambience, Sylvain Rivard who will be joined by three Indigenous artists (Huron-Wendat, Mohawk and Inuit) will invite the public to play bingo, while the artists take turns calling out the winning combinations in Indigenous languages from the Quebec territory, as well as in both colonial languages: French and English. Equipped with traditional bingo cards and red and blue bingo dabbers, the artists and players will be the active participants in the game. They will also become key elements in the creation of a collective artwork carried out by Sylvain Rivard himself thanks to the dabbed bingo cards. Each participant will have to rent a bingo dabber ($1) in order to be able to play a bingo game. A maximum of 25 people (artists and participants included) will be able to play at the same time. Each participant can decide to leave the game, and their spot will be taken over by another person.


8 to 9 PM – Live installation
9 to 9:30 PM – Spoken word by Guy Sioui Durand
9:30 PM to 1 AM – Bingo games


Sylvain Rivard is a multidisciplinary artist and specializes in First Nations arts and culture. His extensive knowledge has led him to work as a museum curator. His work in visual arts was exhibited at the Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal, at the Huron-Wendat Museum in Wendake, at the Maison de la culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville, at Musée des Abénakis in Odanak and at the Maison des gouverneurs in Sorel-Tracy. He is also the author and illustrator of three youth publications.


Guy Tsie8ei 8aho8en yatshih, Wendat endi’, Yanariskwa’ iwayitiohkou’tenh, Wendake ekwayehtih, Teyiatontariye indare.

From the Huron-Wendat Nation in Wendake, Guy Sioui Durand is a member of the wolf clan. He is a sociologist (Ph.D.), art critic, independent curator, renowned speaker, author, performer and spoken word artist that expresses Indigenous orality. Contemporary and Indigenous art are his areas of focus. He is the president of Éditions Intervention in Quebec and a member of the performance art group Le tas invisible from Quebec and Bbeyond from Belfast (as an international member).


In true traditional Inuit culture, Nina Segalowitz is a throat singer. She has performed in several European countries, in the United States and across Canada alongside several groups and singers, including Ariane Moffat. In June of 2017, the public was touched by her own personal Sixties Scoop story about her being taken from her mother and placed with a foster family.


Engraver, photographer and founding member of the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association, Martin Akwiranoron Loft serves as Cultural Supervisor at the KOR Cultural Centre in Kahnawake. His works are exhibited at the McCord Museum in Montreal, at the Musée de la civilisation in Quebec and at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Photos © La Guilde


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