City of Kitchener Awards $14,000 in Create + Connect grants to local artists

By: Kw Now Local News
| Published 05/04/2021

Local Band Vintage Flight one of the award recipients
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$14,000 in Create + Connect grants to local artists

'Covid pandemic has devastated the music industry around the globe and here at home.'

KITCHENER – To support and inspire local musicians during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Kitchener through its Film, Music, and Interactive Media Office and the Centre In The Square partnered to create a fund to help local artists do what they do best – create and connect. Today, the City and Centre In The Square are awarding 14 grants of $1,000 each to help musicians create audio and video content to engage and grow their audiences.

“The pandemic has devastated the music industry around the globe and here at home – affecting the lives and livelihoods of so many in our community,” said City of Kitchener Councillor and Centre In The Square board member, Bil Ioannidis. “I hope the Create and Connect grants will help some local artists with projects that help to bring valued music and entertainment to the entire city, and beyond.”

A total of 146 local musicians applied for the grant. The jury, formed by members of the local arts scene, reviewed the details of each applicant’s project before selecting the 14 grant recipients. The review included the artist’s music, social media, collaborators, and budget.

This year’s Create and Connect grant recipients include:

· Rufus John

· Anthony Ramsay

· Rachel Hickey

· Adult Recreation Centre (Alexander Wright)

· Jaguar Sun (Chris Minielly)

· Flamenco Plus (Julian Berg)

· The MacQueens (Kris MacQueen)

· Mandippal Jandu

· John Paul Sunga

· Hiba ElMiari

· Clarissa Diokno

· Among Legends (Sara Fellin)

· I, the Mountain (Allison Dyjach)

· Vintage Flight (Avalon Bridger)

“The awarded grants really reflect the breadth, depth, and diversity of the musical talent in the community,” explained Rob Sonoda, General Manager of Centre In The Square. “The artists represent genres such as pop, punk, flamenco, hip hop, rock, Arabic, and country.”

Centre In The Square and the City of Kitchener are committed to supporting local music in all its forms and developing local musicians to reach their full potential.

The 2021 Create And Connect Grant Recipients

Rufus John – will record and promote the hip hop version of the song Freedom Marching with members of the local BIPOC community.

https://www.instagram.com/rufusjohnmusic/??

https://www.facebook.com/rufusjohnmusic/

Anthony Ramsay – will create a video art project showcasing the Region and its BIPOC musicians.

https://www.instagram.com/ramsayalmighty/
https://twitter.com/ramsayalmighty
http://www.ramsayalmighty.com

Rachel Hickey – will produce her 1st live-off-the-floor videos for 2 original songs.

https://www.instagram.com/racheljhickey/
http://www.racheljhickey.com

Adult recreation centre (Alexander Wright) – will record a live album release for their 1st album.

https://www.instagram.com/adultrecreationcentre/
https://www.facebook.com/adultrecreationcentreband
https://twitter.com/adultreccentre
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9lnXBP3pUzwPpffrDfxatA/videos
http://adultrecreationcentre.ca/music

Jaguar Sun (Chris Minielly) – will produce a live video to showcase his new band.

https://www.instagram.com/jaguar__sun/

Flamenco Plus (Julian Berg) – will record two songs, their first professional recordings

http://www.calujules.com
https://facebook.com/flamencoplus
https://instagram.com/calujules
https://twitter.com/flamencoplus

The MacQueens (Kris MacQueen) – will produce a narrative music video for their new single.

https://www.themacqueens.ca
https://www.facebook.com/themacqueensmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/themacqueens/
https://twitter.com/MacQueensMusic
https://soundcloud.com/themacqueens
https://themacqueens.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7pSyO7nsLUEM0nfqBtc3Dg

Mandippal Jandu – will shoot a video series of local Black, Indigenous and People of Color musicians.

http://www.instagram.com/mandippal
http://www.mandippal.com

John Paul Sunga – will record a new song and a video to accompany it.

https://www.jpsunga.com
https://www.instagram.com/jpsungamusic/
https://www.facebook.com/jpsungaofficial

Hiba ElMiari – will have her poem translated from Arabic, set to music and recorded

https://www.facebook.com/hiba.adelelmiari

Clarissa Diokno – will film a music video for her 2nd single.

https://clarissadiokno.com
https://instagram.com/clarissadiokno
https://facebook.com/clarissadiokno
https://youtube.com/clarissadiokno

Among Legends (Sara Fellin) – will film videos for 1st full-length album.

https://facebook.com/amonglegends519
https://twitter.com/amonglegends519
https://instagram.com/amonglegends519

https://amonglegends.com

I, the Mountain (Allison Dyjach) – will record video for new single.

https://facebook.com/ithemountain
https://twitter.com/ithemountain
https://instagram.com/ithemountain
https://youtube.com/ithemountain

Vintage Flight (Avalon Bridger) – will produce a video for a new single.

http://www.vintageflightband.com
http://www.facebook.com/vintageflightband
http://www.instagram.com/vintageflightband
http://www.avalonsmusic.com
http://www.instagram.com/avalonbridger
http://www.facebook.com/avalonsmusic

About City Of Kitchener’s Film, Music and Interactive Media Office:

The Film, Music and Interactive Media Office is dedicated to supporting and attracting film production to Kitchener and supporting and developing local musicians.

About Centre In The Square:

Centre In The Square is Waterloo Region’s largest and busiest performing arts centre. For 40 years, The Centre has played a leading role in showcasing the best local and international performing arts. www.centreinthesquare.com