The Priceless Art Auction event allows Yo-Pros to bid with their time, not their dime.
Pieces of art are auctioned off to young professionals. The winner of each piece of artwork is the ‘Yo-Pro’ who pledges the most volunteer hours. These hours are worked off at valued not-for-profit organizations. Each piece of artwork will hang in the office or building of the sponsors until the volunteer hours are completed by the winner of the piece.
The son of Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy has picked up rock & roll’s torch for a new generation
A lanky young man sits at a battered piano in a dark, cramped club. His hair falls in large sweaty tussles over his eyes. As he kicks his band into the immortal “Mystery Train,” he tosses back those curls while cocking his head toward the crowd, Jerry Lee Lewis-style. The setting could indeed be Memphis or New Orleans in 1959, but this is Toronto in 2018 where a new generation has picked up rock and roll’s torch. Not in any kind of fashion sense, mind you, but in a spiritual sense, chasing the rhythm with pure heart and soul.
Devin Cuddy has always made music his way, and some might argue, the hard way. As the son of one of Canada’s most beloved singer/songwriters, Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, country rock has been the soundtrack to Devin’s entire life—he was born the same week Blue Rodeo began recording its 1987 debut album, Outskirts. But from the moment Devin was drawn to playing music, he was determined to get as close as possible to the sources of all the sounds he loved, whether they were made by rock and roll’s founding fathers, the Grand Ole Opry’s honky tonk heroes, or Jelly Roll Morton and the kings of jazz.
Folk music is about storytelling, which is something that Kalle Mattson excels at.
However, since the release of the Polaris Music Prize nominated Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold (2014) and the JUNO Award nominated EP Avalanche (2015), Mattson has progressed beyond the purely folk tag that has accompanied him thus far and is examining what it means to be a ‘folk-artist’ in 2018. The discovery is Mattson’s new mantra: “folk is dead.”
Mattson’s new single, “Broken In Two” is a sonic palate cleanser for those audiences familiar with his past. Though the song began as a stark, guitar-based composition, the focus shifts to haunting keyboards and drum machines from producer Colin Munroe (Drake, Sky Ferreira).
“Broken In Two” leads the way for a new coming-of-age album about the in-between days of post-adolescence and pre-adulthood to be released later this year. Sonically, the LP imagines what it would sound like if Tycho made a folk record… or if 80s-era Kanye got his hands on some Sufjan Stevens demos. Watch for more details on the new record to be released in the near future.
The Brush Brawl is an exciting onsite live-action competition! Five artists will go head to head for just 20 minutes to create the crowd’s favourite artwork.
Artists will all be given the same materials — a 24″ x 30″ canvas, paints, and brushes. They can create anything they like with the materials given.
With their applause, the crowd will then vote for their favourite! The winner will receive well-deserved bragging rights and a prize package from Niagara Parks!
All attendees at Priceless Niagara will receive a raffle ticket, and the artworks from the Brush Brawl will be given out as prizes.
Successful bidders who pledge the highest number of volunteer hours will be provided with a “winner’s kit” that will assist them to begin their pledge to giving back to the community. This kit will include: instructions on how to track completed hours, a volunteer tracking form, information on the vendor non-profit organizations, and contact information for staff who can answer any questions you may have throughout your commitment. Volunteer hours do not have to be completed at one of the vendor or partner organizations, but we ask that you complete at least 5 hours of volunteer time at each and we would prefer if it is a new volunteer experience for you.
Successful bidders will be presented their piece of artwork at future NEXTNiagara events by the art’s sponsor, once all pledged hours are completed.
For those bidders who are not the winners, we still want to offer the opportunity to give back to the community. Leave us your contact information and we will be in touch to provide you information on agencies needing help.
Priceless Niagara is offering Niagara-area not-for-profits a space at Priceless to promote their volunteer opportunities to young professionals in the Niagara Region!
Your staff or volunteers can interact directly with young professionals looking to grow their involvement in the Niagara community. These attendees will also be looking for ways to earn the hours they are bidding on, in order to win the pieces of art within the auction. To participate, please download the application, and return it via email to email@example.com