Vernissage : Open Channels | Passages communicants

Vernissage : Open Channels | Passages communicants

On June 25th, Geoff Green and the Students On Ice Foundation hosted the opening of the brand new exhibition Open Channels in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts.

Geoff spoke about the importance of connecting Canadians from all walks of life to the people and places that make up Canada’s coastline to gain a greater understanding of our past, present and future.

“As Canadians, we find ourselves at a crossroads socially, politically, and environmentally and this dialogue became fundamental to the experience on Canada C3.”

He spoke with gratitude to each and every artist who joined the Canada C3 expedition for helping to continue this important conversation and the legacy of Canada C3 through art.

© Martin Lipman / Students on Ice Foundation

At Open Channels discover the works of visual artists who took part in the Canada C3 sailing expedition organized for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, in 2017. Aboard the ship, the artists drew inspiration from Canada’s ever-evolving environmental, social and cultural landscapes, as well as from dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

© Martin Lipman / Students on Ice Foundation

A special thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada and the Canada Council Art Bank / Banque d’art du Conseil des arts du Canada teams and to curator Melissa Rombout for making this exhibition possible. The Students on Ice Foundation is grateful for the support of sponsors Gretchen and Donald Ross, Randall Howard, Peter J. Poole, Bill Lockington, Birch Hill Equity Partners and Tarek Sherif.

The artists whose works are presented in this exhibition include Lizzie Ittinuar, Sarni Pootoogook, Deanna Bailey, Soheila Esfahani, Christine Fitzgerald, Anna Gaby-Trotz, Phil Irish, Benjamin Kikkert, Paula Murray, Dominique Normand, Geoff Phillips, Francine Potvin, Leslie Reid, Rachel Rozanski and Véronique Tifo.

This free exhibition is open daily to the public at the Âjagemô Exhibition Space at 150 Elgin, Ottawa until January 2020.

The Walrus Talks Canada 150: What Next?

The Walrus Talks Canada 150: What Next?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Library & Archives Canada

What did we learn about the country during Canada’s sesquicentennial? How do we see ourselves? Where do we go from here?

In 2017, Geoff Green, Founder of the Students on Ice Foundation, led the Foundation’s Canada 150 Signature Initiative Canada C3. On February, 28, 2018 Geoff delivered a presentation at The Walrus Talks Canada 150 on the Canada C3 journey.

Circumnavigating Canada from Toronto, through the Northwest Passage to Victoria, BC., Canada C3 connected millions of Canadians to the people and places that make up Canada’s three coasts through the key themes: Diversity & Inclusion, the Environment, Youth Engagement, and Reconciliation.

During Geoff’s presentation he discussed the journey, the lessons learned, and what’s next for Canada following this epic journey.

The Speakers:

  • Jessica Bolduc, executive director, 4Rs Youth Movement
  • Andrew Chunilall, CEO, Community Foundations of Canada
  • Ujjal Dosanjh, former minister of health for Canada and former premier of British Columbia
  • Manon Globensky, journalist, Radio-Canada
  • Charlotte Gray, author
  • Geoff Green, founder and president, Students on Ice Foundation
  • Caro Loutfi, executive director, Apathy Is Boring