First Wednesday at McLuhan House Centre for Art and Ideas

Date: Apr 19, 2017

Arts Habitat presents: First Wednesday at McLuhan House Centre for Art and Ideas

On First Wednesday of each month from 5 PM to 8 PM at 11342 64 Street in Edmonton – amiskwacîwâskahikan 

Everyone is welcome! Free Admission.  Light Refreshments provided. You’re invited to drop in for a social and cultural event![Click Here to R.S.V.P.]

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

First Wednesday offers opportunities to learn about different topics of importance to our future at the intersection of social history, art, communications, and technology—while building on the legacy of McLuhan’s indomitable curiosity about media.

Meet our the artists-in-residence, Tennis Club Collective at their Blow Out Garage Sale in McLuhan House's garage studio. Hear McLuhan scholars Dr. Marco Adria and Stuart MacKay lead a talk about the "Invention of The News." Join artists, researchers, and community members for New Media Seminar Discussion NO 7 with novelist Winnie Canuel and Abu Bakr al Rabeeah.

As a professor at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Culture and Technology, McLuhan collaborated with colleagues at the University of Alberta. Our McLuhan link is celebrated through an ongoing partnership with Dr. Marco Adria, Professor Emeritus from the Masters of Arts in Communications and Technology program at UofA, advisor at the Centre for Public Involvement, and author of numerous books including Technology and Nationalism (2009), The lighted marketplace (2014) and Handbook of Research: Citizen Engagement and Public Participation in the Era of New Media (2017).

Build community and make new friends. Meet artists, researchers, and community members who are probing the theory and application of media in the global village!

Tennis Club Collective | Blow Out Garage Sale
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Visit Artists-in-Residence and celebrate with them in the garage studio at the SEASON-END-BLOW-OUT-GARAGE-SALE! Take home a piece of art or some supplies before the Tennis Club moves out! Also, catch them on May 6 and 7, from 10 am to 4 pm.

McLuhan Literati | The Invention of News and the Newspaper
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Hear McLuhan House scholars Stuart MacKay and Dr. Marco Adria give a talk about the historical development of News we still experience every day.
Stuart MacKay—librarian, genealogist, local historian, and Marshall’s cousin once removed—shares his knowledge about the McLuhan Family’s Portrait Gallery, published works, ancestry, and family stories.

New Media Seminar No. 77 p.m. - 8 p.m.

In the spirit of McLuhan’s famous seminars at the Coach House Centre for Culture and Technology, gather at McLuhan House for a monthly conversation to explore ecologies of new media! Join us.

Special guests, Winnie Canuel and Abu Bakr al-Rabeeah will discuss storytelling and self-publishing in an open conversation at McLuhan House. Their novel, Homes, is the result of a close collaboration between the storyteller and the author. Winnie wrote this story based on many interviews with Abu Bakr and his family during which they related both the horrifying and triumphant moments of Abu Bakr’s life.

Homes is a self-published novel based on the life of Abu Bakr al-Rabeeah, a fifteen-year-old Syrian refugee. Abu Bakr began working with his ELL teacher, Winnie Canuel, in September 2015 and through their lessons together, he shared his secret wish of wanting to help tell the story of Syria’s suffering. As a child growing up through civil war, he experiences horrific events but his life is not defined by trauma. Homes is a novel of how a young boy emerged from a war-zone with his easy laugh and gentle soul intact.

Go to the Arts Hab website for more information and to reserve your free seat!