Gallery Exhibition / “開 門 ( Open )” by Angela Lai
From Nov 17th to Dec 14th, the Massy Arts Gallery hosts a new window exhibition: “開 門 ( Open )” by Vancouver-based artist Angela Lai. The installation is a site-specific piece that utilizes discarded material from garments that have history from the artist's family, and relate to Chinatown. At the exhibition, the materials are arranged and pieced together to form a three-dimensional portrait of the neighborhood.
Book Launch / Beauty, Politics, Poetics: Rahat Kurd and Marguerite Pigeon in Conversation
On Nov 18th (Thursday), at 6pm, join Massy Arts in a literary double-launch: Beauty, Politics, Poetics: Rahat Kurd and Marguerite Pigeon in Conversation. At the event, Marguerite Pigeon's "The Endless Garment" (2021, Wolsak & Wynn) and Rahat Kurd's "The City that is Leaving Forever" (2021, Talon) will be introduced to the audience in an intimate conversation about their works and artistic processes.
Book Launch / Yana Stainova’s “Sonorous Worlds: Musical Enchantment in Venezuela”
On November 20th (Saturday) at 5pm, join Massy Arts, Massy Books, and researcher + assistant professor of Anthropology at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON) Yana Stainova to the launch of her latest book: "Sonorous Worlds - Musical Enchantment in Venezuela" (2021, Michigan Publishing).
First Look / Yana Stainova + Sonorous Worlds
Massy Books invited Yana Stainova to write an exclusive introduction to our readers - presenting an excerpt from the book, kindly presented by the University of Michigan Press.
Book Launch / Livestream Performance of Betsy Warland’s Bloodroot
Join Massy Books, Massy Arts and Betsy Warland – one of Canada's leading feminist writers, and acclaimed author of poetry, creative nonfiction, and lyric prose – for the performance launch of a new edition of Warland's classic memoir, "Bloodroot: Tracing the Untelling of Motherloss" (2021, Inanna Publications).
Book Launch / Avenue of Champions: Conor Kerr In Conversation with Molly Cross-Blanchard
On Friday, Nov 26th at 6:30PM, join Massy Arts and Massy Books for the in-person launch of "Avenue of Champions", a novel by Métis/Ukrainian educator, and writer Conor Kerr. At the occasion, the author will be joined by poet Molly Cross-Blanchard for a conversation about the inventive style of the title, the author's writing process, the connection of Indigenous Peoples to the land, and the permanence of culture, language and ceremony as a form of resistance to displacement.
Book Launch / Mischief Making by Nicola Levell
On Tuesday, Nov 30th at 6:00PM, join Massy Arts and Massy Books for the in-person launch of “Mischief Making: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Art, and the Seriousness of Play” by Nicola Levell, an illustrated exploration of the art of Indigneous award-winning visual artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas.
Book Launch / Colleen van Niekerk’s “A Conspiracy of Mothers”
On Dec 2 (Thu) at 6pm, join Massy Arts, Massy Books, and Vancouver-based author Colleen van Niekerk for the in-person launch of her debut novel: A Conspiracy of Mothers (2021, Thomas Allen & Son).
Closing Reception / Delaney Yvonne + Angela Lai
On Thursday, Dec 9th from 6pm to 8pm, join Massy Arts for the in-person closing reception of our new exhibitions: “Moves” by painter and illustrator Delaney Yvonne; and “開 門 ( Open )” by installation artist Angela Lai.
Book Launch / Unbecoming by Neil Surkan
On Dec 10th (Friday) at 7pm, join Massy Arts, Massy Books, and writer Neil Surkan in the launch of his sophomore poetry collection, "Unbecoming" (2021, McGill-Queen’s University Press). The author will be joined by special guests Adèle Barclay, Kyla Jamieson, Tolu Oloruntoba, and Kirby.
Book Launch / “Gham/Sorrow/Tristezza” by Golrokh Nafisi and Giuila Crispiani
Join Iran-based artist and writer Golrokh Nafisi for the in-person launch of her book "Gham/Sorrow/Tristezza" (2021, Oreri Publishing) in collaboration with Italian artist and writer Giuila Crispiani.
Virtual Launch / Jessica Hernandez’s “Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science”
On Thursday, January 20th from 7pm to 8pm, join Massy Arts, Massy Books, and Indigenous scholar, scientist, and community advocate Jessica Hernandez for the virtual launch of her book "Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science" (2021, North Atlantic Books).