WORKSHOP: Film and Video distribution for artists in the digital age
Presented by VUCAVU

WORKSHOP: Film and Video distribution for artists in the digital age presented by VUCAVU

Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 1pm

Project Room
Centre for Art Tapes
2238 Maitland Street, Halifax NS

Free of charge and open to everyone.

Jacquelyn Hébert, VUCAVU’s Community and Program Manager, will host a workshop for artists interested in learning more about online film and video distribution. During the session, she will explain what VUCAVU is and what it offers artists. This will include an overview of other View-on-demand (VOD) platforms and a discussion about how digital tools can be used to promote an artists’ practice.

Participants will learn about VUCAVU’s 8 distribution partners and how artists can have their work added to the platform. Finally, Jacquelyn will discuss how VUCAVU can be used as a curatorial, research, educational and programming tool and what changes are on the horizon as they work to further develop the platform and its functionalities. is operated by the non-profit Coalition of Canadian Independent Media Art Distributors / Coalition canadienne des distributeurs indépendent en arts médiatiques (CCIMAD/CCDIAM). CCIMAD was established in 2013 by a group of independent Canadian film and video distributors to improve international accessibility to their catalogues through a shared digital distribution strategy. To this end, they established VUCAVU to improve access to Canadian works and to provide greater national and international awareness of Canadian filmmakers and video artists.

Jacquelyn Hébert

Jacquelyn Hébert — VUCAVU Community and Program Manager

Jacquelyn Hébert has worked in arts administration and arts education since 2005, holding positions with Concordia University, the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Le Labo, the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Film Group to name a few. Jacquelyn is also a visual artist and filmmaker whose work stems from an interest in historical, cultural and imagined narratives. She has presented her work nationally and internationally. She is currently VUCAVU’s Community and Programming Manager as well as the Website Manager for the Un Canadien Errant research project at the University of Toronto.

Veronica Simmonds Artist Presentation

Veronica Simmonds Artist Presentation

In celebration of CFAT’s 40th anniversary, we’re pleased to announce Veronica Simmonds as our next artist in residence. Veronica is the second of four artists who will be visiting us this summer for two-week residencies. Each artist has been commissioned to create a work in response to one decade of CFAT’s history. Veronica will be focusing on 2009 – 2019.

Location: BMO Community Room in the Halifax Central Library
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm

Event is welcome to all, free of charge and accessible.

About Veronica:

Veronica Simmonds is a radio documentarian/podcast producer/audio artist based in Toronto, Canada. She works at the CBC producing the critically acclaimed podcasts Sleepover, Alone: A Love Story, and Tai Asks Why.

Described by THIS Magazine as a “Sonic Sorceress,” her documentaries have aired on CBC, ABC, BBC and Radiotopia. Veronica’s audio art work has aired in a weather observatory in France, a hair dryer in Pittsburgh, and a grain silo in Norway. Her work has featured internationally at: Hearsay International Audio Festival, Third Coast International Radio Festival, Hot Docs Festival, Bivouac Radiophonique, and Megapolis Audio Art Festival.

She got her start on air in Halifax at the community radio station CKDU 88.1 where she embraced the liveness of the medium through her show Braidio, where she braided hair live on air. Through the intimacy of touch, Braidio got people to unwind, slow down and reconnect with themselves.

Veronica has received multiple honours and awards for her work including – Webby People’s Choice: Tai Asks Why (2019), Gold Award New York Festivals: Alone: A Love Story (2018), Finalist Third Coast International Audio Award: The Idea of Wadhams (2017), Finalist Prix Italia Golden Award in New Radio Formats: Dr. Clock (2015), Silver Atlantic Journalism Award Best Multimedia Feature: Fort Mac to Halifax (2015), First Runner Up White River Indie Film Festival Transmedia Award (2015), National Community Radio Association Special Programming Award: StackStories (2014).

In all her work, Veronica seeks to provide space for old questions, new voices and resonant sounds. She believes beauty is the sharpest tool in our arsenal and has dedicated her life to listening out for it.

Artist Talk with Raven Davis

Artist Talk with Raven Davis

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 at 7pm

Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1723 Hollis Street (Enter on Bedford Row.)

Free of charge and open to everyone.



In celebration of CFAT’s 40tth anniversary, we’re pleased to present an artist talk with Raven Davis.

Raven Davis is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, human rights speaker, community facilitator and educator from the Anishinaabek Nation, Treaty Four in Manitoba, Canada. Davis was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and currently works and lives between K’jipuktuk (Halifax, NS) and Toronto. A parent of three sons’, Davis blends narratives of colonization, race, gender, disability, sexuality, Two-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into a variety of contemporary art forms.

Raven is the first of four artists who will be visiting us this summer for two-week residencies. Each artist has been commissioned to create a work in response to one decade of CFAT’s history. Raven will be focusing on 1989 – 1999. Later in the summer we will be joined by Veronica Simmonds, Divya Mehra and Life of a Craphead.

CFAT would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for their support with this program.

We’re Hiring!

Position: Programming and Communications Summer Student

Wage: $15/h, 30 hours per week. May 21st – August 31st.

Deadline to submit: Friday, May 3rd @ Midnight


The Centre for Art Tapes is hiring a Programming and Communications Summer Student through the Young Canada Works Program. This position will work closely with the Programming Director to carry out CFAT’s summer programming and support the organization with its general programming needs.

The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of contemporary art, being enrolled as a full-time student working towards a degree or diploma with a focus on contemporary art, writing, media, filmmaking or a related field of study. Prior familiarity or volunteer work with Artist-run Centres will be considered an asset.

Candidates should have strong skills in writing, reading comprehension and communications. Candidates should have a strong knowledge of computers including the ability to work with word processing programs, cloud storage and shared files, and social media. Experience with design tools such as Adobe InDesign and WordPress will be considered an asset.

Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative group environment is required. Candidates should be self-starters with the ability to set their own goals and deadlines and ask for feedback and support when needed. Candidates with experience participating in or creating safe/brave spaces and trauma-informed spaces will be given priority.


The key responsibilities of this position will be:

  • Supporting CFAT’s summer artists in-residence with their logistical, communication and production needs.
  • Helping artist in-residence plan and promote public presentations
  • Document public presentations and residencies with the support of CFAT’s Production Director
  • Supporting CFAT’s general communications needs, including social media posts, website updates and press releases
  • Supporting the Programming Director with exhibition planning and marketing as needed


The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong reading comprehension skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work within a collaborative environment and conduct themselves professionally at after-hours work events
  • Strong computer skills, including the ability to use word processing programs and social media
  • The ability to work independently and prioritize multiple ongoing projects


Interested applications should submit a CV or Resume detailing relevant work experience and a cover letter outlining your skills and interest in this position. Applications and any questions can be directed to Tori Fleming, Programming Director at

This position is funded by Young Canada Works. Eligible candidates must be between the ages of 16 and 30 and be enrolled as a full-time student in the semester prior to this work term and immediately following this work term. This position is only open to students that are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents. Students on temporary study and work permits are not eligible for this position. For more information on the YCW program please visit their website.


About CFAT:

CFAT is an artist-driven media art presentation and production centre; our aim is to support the enjoyment, creation and preservation of experimental contemporary media art practices. Our members and collaborating/exhibiting artists are working in media such as video art, experimental sound, animation, filmmaking, electronic and digital art, and media/interactive installation. We take a broad interpretation of the term “media art” aligning ourselves with its genesis from visual art as opposed to film. CFAT values presentation and research in tandem and places an emphasis on programming that furthers the professional development of its exhibiting artists.


Notes on Access:

CFAT recognizes our participation and complicity with the historic barriers to accessing job opportunities in the arts. Applicants are welcomed to self-identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ2SIA+, disabled, femme or any other community that is important to their identity. We are in an ongoing process of making our space and programs as welcoming and available to all as possible. If you have specific needs that you would like us to address, or any concerns please reach out or mention them in your application.

CFAT’s facility is wheelchair accessible and has one non-gendered washroom. Our Core Staff are happy to work with people with disabilities to support them in comfortably and safely using our space. CFAT’s facility is a community-used space, and a number of members have 24-hour access. Participation with CFAT’s programs and use of our space by anyone is governed by our Code of Conduct, which does not tolerate discrimination or acts of violence in any form.

Online Exhibition Launch – Poems for Impending Doom

CFAT is excited to announce the launch of Poems for Impending Doom an online exhibition curated by our current Curators-in-Residence Lucy Pauker and Alessia Oliva. As our world seems to be burning around us (both metaphorically and literally), our curators asked four artists to write poems about how we would do it, if we could do it all again. The exhibition will features work by Camille Rojas, Madeline Scott, Camila Salcedo, and Arielle Twist.

The online exhibition will be launched at the Art Bar (1873 Granville St.) on Friday, March 29th, 2019 at 7pm. The launch will offer a sneak peek of the website as well as the physical exhibition catalogue. There will be food, refreshments and a chance to speak with the curators.

Access Notes:
The doors to the Art Bar have no buttons to press for automatic entry – staff and volunteers will be monitoring the door for anyone who may need assistance. The main entrance to the Art Bar is ground level. There are gender-neutral washroom stalls, which include 3 toilets and a urinal.

CFAT would like to remind all that participating in public events is a privilege. Care for yourself and others. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the space, for discrimination or violent acts, which include but are not limited to: racism, white supremacy, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism/transmisogyny, tokenism, ableism, ageism, sizeism, sexualized and all acts of violence and harassment.

Header image by Arielle Twist.

Artist Talk with Israel Ekanem

Join us on Monday, March 18th at 6pm at the Khyber Centre for the Arts for an artist talk with our current artist in resident, Israel Ekanem. During his time with us here at CFAT, Israel has been working on his daily project My Blackout Poems as well as his weekly podcast My Blackout Podcast. Israel will be discussing his filmmaking, podcasting as well as exhibiting some of his black out poetry.

The artist talk is open to everyone and is completely free of charge. Following the talk there will be a short reception with food and refreshments.


About Israel

Israel Ekanem is a storyteller. He was introduced to the art of storytelling by his grandmother, Lydia and he fell in love with it. Storytelling has been his passion for years. The stories he initially shared would be spoken or written but he always felt the camera would give the stories more life. He received a camcorder as a birthday gift and he has been shooting and sharing stories ever since.

His films include the award-winning films We Watched The Clouds Form Shapes, Drown The Lovers, Dearg and Tale of the Man Who Whispered To Flowers. He believes that a story, properly told can change the world, one person at a time. He hopes to keep telling stories for as long as he lives.


Access Notes

No doors on the Khyber’s premise have buttons to press for automatic entry and all require a turn, push or pull. The main entrance to the Khyber is close to ground level but is 2-steps from the sidewalk on Hollis St. and weather permitting, this door will be propped open. The Granville Mall entrance further down the block on Hollis St. can be used for ground level entry before 6PM Monday-Saturday or outside of those hours if arrangements are made. There are gender-neutral washroom stalls, which include 3 toilets and a urinal located up a set of 10 stairs. There is a more private, ground level all genders wheelchair accessible washroom, which is located down a wide hallway which includes a ramp and requires key access. *NOTE: Until further notice, the wheelchair accessible washroom is currently out of order and unavailable. NSCAD is seeking a solution to a major drainage issue and once repaired we will remove this notice.*

CFAT would like to remind all that participating in public events is a privilege. Care for yourself and others. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the space, for discrimination or violent acts, which include but are not limited to: racism, white supremacy, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism/transmisogyny, tokenism, ableism, ageism, sizeism, sexualized and all acts of violence and harassment.