Artist in Residence - Keep Art in Mind

Kathryn Calder is Victoria's Artist in Residence

Victoria-based musician, songwriter/ recording artist and recording studio owner Kathryn Calder, was selected as the City’s Artist in Residence. (Photo credit: Steve Calder)

For the past 15 years, Kathryn has been recording and touring as a vocalist/ keyboardist with indie rock group The New Pornographers. She has also released three solo records, five albums with Immaculate Machine, and one album with her latest project, Frontperson.

Composing musical scores for feature films has been another focus of Kathryn's in recent years, including ‘A Matter of Time’, a documentary about her mother’s battle with ALS. She continues to raise money and awareness for ALS research through performance and public speaking. Kathryn is the founder of Oscar St. Records, an artist-run boutique record label based on Vancouver Island. She also owns The Hive recording studio with her husband, producer/engineer Colin Stewart. Kathryn loves her hometown of Victoria and is dedicated to promoting the arts on the Island.

Calder is also the Chair of the City’s Music Advisory Committee, tasked with researching and providing advice and direction to City Council and staff on the planning, development and implementation of a Victoria Music Strategy. To be developed in consultation with Victoria’s music industry this year, the Strategy will be designed to enhance the local music scene by reviewing current music programs, policies and services, building on Victoria’s strengths and removing barriers that inhibit growth.

Connect with Kathryn

Learn more about Kathryn Calder by visiting her blog.

 



Call for Applications - Opening Act

Opening Act is a new series of songwriting and performance workshops for youth facilitated by Kathryn Calder.

Participants between ages 14-24 are invited to discover the world of songwriting; learn about composing, discuss melody and lyrics, arrangement and production, as well as, how to put together an engaging performance. The workshop series will also cover tools for incorporating creativity into a full and busy lifestyle.

The first Opening Act series will take place at KWENCH (2031 Store Street). There will be two afternoon workshops with a final evening participant-led performance open to the public:

Workshop 1: Saturday, May 23, noon - 3 p.m.

We will write songs and develop a ‘songwriter’s toolbox’ with different ways to approach writing melodies and lyrics. We’ll also be discussing common creativity themes such as finding inspiration, how to make time and space for creativity, and working through uncertainty and ambiguity. 

Workshop 2: Saturday, June 6, noon - 3 p.m.

During the second workshop, we’ll continue to write songs, as well as discuss production and arrangements, demos, and why recordings are an important tool when starting out. We’ll also talk about how to prepare for a performance.

Performance: Saturday, June 13, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The evening will start with a Q&A chat with Kathryn Calder and Victoria-based musician and songwriter Jen Severtson from Peach Pyramid, followed by open mic style performances from Opening Act participants.This evening performance is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Eligibility Criteria

Youth ages 14-24 are encouraged to apply and must live in the Capital Regional District. Participants must be able to attend both workshops and prepare a performance for the performance night on June 13, 2020.

Call for Participation Requirements:

  1. A letter of intent (max 500 words) that outlines why you would like to participate, what you skills you would like to learn and what your primary interest are (composing, singing, songwriting, performing etc). 
  2. A bio and résumé (one page maximum): tell us a little bit about yourself and also outline your engagement in the musical community, related school, work, or volunteer experiences.

Selection Criteria and Process

Successful applicants will be accepted based on enthusiasm and an interest in songwriting. Some musical ability is recommended, but no songwriting experience is necessary. Submissions will be evaluated by Kathryn Calder as well as a small selection panel comprised of representatives of the music industry and youth from the recently formed ‘Music Taskforce’. 

Finalists for the series will be invited for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in early April.

Deadline

Thank you to everyone who applied. Deadline for applications was Monday, March 30, 2020.

For more information, please email culture@victoria.ca or call 250.361.0308.

 

Call for Applications - Youth Focus Group

Looking for an opportunity for to gain leadership experience and offer input on local arts programming? The Youth Focus Group will provide advice to Kathryn during her term as Artist in Residence, and help develop three major projects including: a youth busking space, song writing and professional development workshops, and a music and arts space for youth.

Role and Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of all members include but are not limited to the following:

  • Participate in reviewing, advising and developing projects related to youth during Kathryn’s Artist in Residence term, specifically the youth busking space, the music and arts youth space and the songwriting/professional development workshops.
  • Brainstorm ideas related to these youth projects.
  • Identify problems or barriers for youth to participate in the projects.
  • Participate in any of the youth projects that are of interest.
  • Provide feedback to Kathryn on the projects so that they may be improved.
  • Connect with other youth to promote the activities to their peers to encourage as many youth as possible to be involved.

Membership & Frequency of Meetings:

This group will consist of up to 15 youth between the ages of 14-24. Members of the group are volunteers. We will aim to meet once a month. There will be one meeting a month until July 2021 (the final month of Kathryn’s residency.) Meetings will be an hour and a half.

Eligibility Criteria

Youth ages 14-24 are encouraged to apply and must live in the Capital Regional District. Participants must be able to attend monthly meetings and will agree to not miss more than two meetings in a row.

Call for Participation Requirements:

  1. A letter of intent (max 500 words) that outlines why you would like to participate
  2. A bio and résumé (one page maximum): tell us a little bit about yourself and also outline your interests related school, work, or volunteer experiences.

Selection Criteria and Process

Successful applicants will be accepted based on enthusiasm and an interest empowering youth through music. Some musical ability is recommended but not necessary. Submissions will be evaluated by Kathryn Calder. 

Finalists for the Focus Group will be invited for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in March.

Deadline

Thank you to everyone who applied. Deadline for applications was Monday, March 16, 2020.

For more information, please contact culture@victoria.ca or call 250.361.0308.

 

Intergenerational Project with Kathryn Calder

Calling all seniors! Kathryn is looking for local seniors to participate in a special intergenerational project.

Seniors are invited to join Grade 1 and 2 students from James Bay Community School to sing songs and answer questions about their lives; what has changed and what has stayed the same.

The intergenerational project will take place on Wednesday, May 20 from 1 – 2 p.m. in James Bay. For more details or to register, call 250.361.0308.  Refreshments will be served, and limited spaces are available.

 

About

The Artist in Residence program aims to ‘keep art in mind’, providing the opportunity for a professional artist to work collaboratively with City staff and the community to identify and develop a creative artwork/project to augment one or more capital projects annually over a two-year term.

The Artist in Residence is embedded in the City’s planning process, providing a unique creative and collaborative approach to enhance the value and aesthetic appeal of upcoming capital projects in Victoria, while broadening the community’s involvement in the arts.

Calder’s professional experience in Victoria’s music industry is well-aligned with the City’s Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan, which identifies the need to build on Victoria’s diverse and active music scene by positioning Victoria as a “Music City.”

Kathryn Calder’s submission was one of 59 applications the City received in response to a Request for Expressions of Interest, which was open to artists and artist teams who are residents of British Columbia.

She was one of four artists shortlisted and was selected unanimously by the City’s Art in Public Places Committee, based on her strong reputation as an artist who works collaboratively with other artists in a variety of disciplines, and for her proven track record working on community-based projects as an artistic lead.

“I am so honoured to have been chosen to represent music for the next couple of years as Artist in Residence,” said Kathryn Calder. "Much of music is about collaboration, and so it is in that spirit that my hope is to bring together the many different musical and artistic communities in Victoria to create beautiful works of art together.”

Call to Artists:  Artist in Residence

Thank you to everyone who responded to the Call to Artists for the position of Artist in Residence The deadline for submissions was April 26, 2019.

An information session was held on April 17, 2019 at City Hall. View the presentation here and the Frequently Asked Questions.

For More Information

culture@victoria.ca