The 17th Annual Vox Popular Media Arts Festival is both online and in person this year from September 16th-26th! This year’s online festival will feature 50+ films from local, Canadian, and international filmmakers, Q&A / panel discussions with filmmakers, 7 part concert series, a virtual art gallery, and an art creation contest titled: #ArtForThePeople.
Our in-person event will be held from 7-11PM, September 16th at Waverly Park. It will feature live music, film screenings, and a projection of our virtual art gallery! Performers include: Rodney Brown, Danielle Polari, and Jean-Paul De Roover. Films include local and Canadian shorts, as well as local director Ryan La Via’s 43min film Cup Confidential.
From September 16-26 our streaming platform will launch featuring 50+ films from local, Canadian, and international filmmakers.
Notable local films include Cup Confidential, by Dir Ryan La Via; The Gift, by Dir. Rachel Garrick; Always Tomorrow, by Dir. Martin King; And Again, by Dir. Joseph Schlapsi, Wreck by, Dir. Curtis Jensen; and, Happiness by Dir. Jack Belhumeur. Namid, by Dir. Victoria Anderson Gardner
September 17th-19th we will host Q&As and panel discussions with the filmmakers and artists. Times TBA.
Every day from September 20th-26th we will release a concert series performance as a livestream event at 7PM. Artists performing in the concert series are: Danny Johnson, Danielle Polari, Action Cat, Wrong Odds, Rodney Brown, Morning Light Acoustic Quartet, and Jake Vaillant and the Town.
We will host a virtual art gallery on our website for the duration of the festival and there will be a slideshow video of the visual art on our streaming platform.
We are also hosting an art creation contest titled: #ArtForThePeople. Celebrate and recognize your favourite artists and art spaces by creating visual or performance art in their honour. Use the Hashtag #ArtForThePeople and tag @VoxPopTBay on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We will draw prizes from our sponsors: Heart Beat Hot Sauce, Thai Kitchen, and Hooligan Fuel Hot Sauce, on the 21st of September!
More about Concert Series:
Due to the pandemic, we have had to completely reinvent our organization and events. We opted to hold a virtual festival in September 2020, where our audiences could experience films, interviews, and concert performances from their home.
The concert series was a powerful force in the Thunder Bay music community. For all of the musicians involved, it was one of the only opportunities for them to perform during the pandemic. Every music venue has shut down, and some risk never coming back. This is why we knew we needed to make another concert series. It is a lifeline for music in our region.
The series combines filmmaking, audio production, projection art, set decorating, and musical performances, into community driven concert videos that will document a key moment in our region's history.
About Vox Popular Media Arts
Vox Popular Media Arts (previously Bay Street Film Festival) has operated for 17 years in Thunder Bay, Ontario. We have screened over 778 independent films and hosted 175 visiting filmmakers from Canada and around the world. The festival and year round events also include performing artists, concerts, multidisciplinary installations, masterclasses, and workshops.
The annual festival and year-round programming connects professional independent filmmakers and artists with audiences of all ages and interests by showing films, facilitating creative and professional development and multidisciplinary arts performance in accessible, inclusive, friendly environments.
Last year, due to the pandemic, we transitioned to a virtual festival.
Throughout September 2020, we had 15,000+ views on our site, 13,000+ views on Facebook live streams, and 4500+ views of our 50 films. These views represent over 50 straight days of watch time by over 2000 people. Our 2021 multi-arts festival will have filmmakers, musicians, and visual artists to connect to even larger audiences as we continue to grow the scope of our event.