Our first Juried Gig Poster Show!

The RMG’s ArtReach department funtions as an educational outreach program which brings understanding and passion for art to our community. ArtReach, in collaboration with our music event series RMG Fridays, is pleased to present this opportunity for illustrators, graphic artists, musicans and others to participate in showcasing the talent in the music promotion community in Durham Region.


Posters are an art medium with a rich history. Many well known fine artists have completed famous examples: Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s ads for theatre productions are art history staples, while more recently notable graphic designers such as Milton Glaser created designs for rock icons like Bob Dylan. 


We’re very excited to see this exhibition of posters by local talent come together in May. For the past few months, we’ve been seeking submissions from graphic designers, artists, painters, illustrators and other creatives who have designed posters advertising musical performances. We were pleased to receive diverse entries and our jury has made their top 15 selections.

Meet our jury:

Jenn Shadbolt, RGD is a Toronto-based graphic designer with a specialty in delicious food & beverage retail package design. Her work can be found in groceries & drugstores across Canada and the US. She loves to see how good design improves our everyday lives.

Luke Despatie is an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator and printmaker living and working in the bucolic town of Port Hope, Ontario. A true design nerd, Luke is inspired by all things aesthetic – art, architecture, film, theatre, food, toys and comics. His past and present clients include Survivorman, The Northern Pikes, Oak Heights Winery, Random House, Harper Collins, PEN Canada, Yahoo! and Chatelaine, among others.

Chad Mitchell started his career in the music industry 13 years ago at BMG, building websites and riding the social media wave. Eventually he moved into his current position, Video Production Manager at Sony Music Canada, where he has been filming and editing Canadian and International talent for the past 9 years. He has also done gigs with CRIA, Universal Music and The Songwriters Association of Canada.

In addition today we were able to announce our prizes. They are:

The JMS Audio Best Overall Prize
$150 cash, $100 Oak Recording Studios gift certificate, 
membership to the gallery & RMG Fridays swag bag 

The Aked Second Overall Prize
$100 cash, $25 Long and McQuade gift certificate, 
membership to the gallery & RMG Fridays swag bag

The RMG Fridays Third Overall Prize
$50 cash, membership to the gallery & RMG Fridays swag bag

(Winning entries will be announced on the evening of the event.)

Read More:

Oshawa Express Article: Posters Foster Artistic Expression

RMG Fridays Event- Friday 2 May, 7pm: Facebook
Event features performances by Marvelous Beauhunks, Viva Mars.
Book launch: Do Not Resuscitate: The Marvelous Beauhunks: Cautionary Tales from the Best-Looking Band in the World  by Stephen C. Wright 
Art opening: Adrian Norvid: Showstoppers, Whoppers, Downers & Out-of-Towners 




DRAAG – Durham Region Area Archives Group

The Durham Region Area Archives Group (DRAAG) is an advocacy and support group for the history of Durham Region and surrounding areas. The group, made up of Durham’s archives and libraries, works to promote and preserve the shared documentary heritage of Durham Region along with some neighbouring communities. This press release announces their upcoming Archives Awareness Week.

For Immediate Release 20 March 2012

Oshawa – Are you the unofficial family archivist? Join the Durham Region Area Archives Group (DRAAG) as we celebrate Archives Awareness Week (April 2-6) with our Preserving Your Family History event on April 4 at the Northview Branch of the Oshawa Public Libraries from 2:00pm – 8:00pm.  Professional Archivists and Local History Librarians will be on hand to answer questions on genealogy, document and photograph preservation, digitization, and document repair. Residents of Durham Region are invited to drop in for digitization and encapsulation demonstrations. There will be helpful information on how best to store your family collection to ensure it lasts for generations to come! Residents are encouraged to bring along their photographs and documents.

For more information please contact the Oshawa Community Museum and Archives at 905-436-7624 ext. 100.

Become a fan of DRAAG on Facebook.
Visit DRAAG on the Web to see participating institutions and partners. 
Follow on Twitter @DurhamArchives 


The Intern Files: Taylor Short

In this edition of The Intern Files, we hear from Taylor Short. Taylor is fourth year Communications student at Oshawa’s University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). This week Taylor completed her internship with us. Here is her blog post about her experience working in an art gallery for the first time.

In attempting to conceptualize the space of an art gallery, I typically picture paintings hanging on blank walls with people browsing through works as they please.  My recent experience as an intern at the RMG has changed my perspective of the use of gallery spaces.  I have come to the realization that art, and gallery spaces alike, are creative tools for gaining a better understanding of various environments.

Having the chance of exploring works within the gallery and working with individuals who share a passion for art has been an eye opening experience.  It has been exciting to learn about artists, attention-grabbing mediums, and the messages associated with various creative pieces. 

The RMG gift shop has been one of my areas of focus during my time as an intern at the gallery.  Norah O’Donnell and I have enjoyed exploring exclusive products beautifully crafted by local artisans. It has been exciting to be educated about the ways in which pieces are crafted and developed, to create exclusively striking jewellery, pottery, glass ware, and fine art alike.


(Pictured: New artist finger puppet/magnets in the RMG shop)

Art has a curious way of reaching into the deepest corners of our imagination.  It seeps into our souls and allows us to experience a simple sense of bliss.  I hope that the rest of my time at the gallery continues to allow my imagination to be exhilarated.