Dawson City International Short Film Festival 2013 / Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Symposium 2013 / Yukon Riverside Arts Festival 2013

Start the Presses! Print & Publishing Symposium Officially Launches

All day long, the historic Dawson Daily News Building has been a bustle of activity, as the artists participating in the Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Symposium began their set-up in preparation for this evening’s official launch event.

Master printer Peter Braune works on the antique Chandler & Price letterpress printer that will debut during the 2nd Annual Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Symposium.

Master printer Peter Braune works on the antique Chandler & Price letterpress printer that will debut during the 2nd Annual Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Symposium.

Part of the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival, the P&P Symposium, now in its second year, runs from August 16th to the 18th. Featuring exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, and ongoing interactive projects, the Symposium is a collaboration of KIAC, the Dawson Community Library, and Parks Canada, with additional support from the Writers’ Trust of Canada.

The attendees started to fill the building early for the launch event, fascinated not only by the displays, but also by the antique letter presses that will be used during the weekend, including the vintage Chandler & Price machine which master printer Peter Braune began restoring during last year’s symposium, and which will finally be put into production this weekend.

Attendees of the Symposium launch event take in the historic surroundings before the presentations begin.

Attendees of the Symposium launch event take in the historic surroundings before the presentations begin.

KIAC Presentation & Events Coordinator Matt Sardy kicked off the evening’s formal presentations, welcoming the guests and participants, outlining the weekend’s events, and acknowledging the supporters who make the Symposium possible.

Michael McCormack, curator of The Kitchen Party, describes the exhibition.

Michael McCormack, curator of The Kitchen Party, describes the exhibition.

He was followed by Michael McCormack, who officially opened The Kitchen Party exhibition. McCormack explained the history and theme of the exhibition, which features Atlantic Canada printed matter, and highlights a generation of East Coast artists using the medium of printed matter as a contemporary art form embodying practical everyday experiences and methodology through storytelling, activism, documentation, and intervention. (Click here for an in-depth description of the exhibition, and its participating artists).  Also launching was a publication created in Eye Level Gallery’s Printed Matter Residency along with a demonstration by Andrew McLaren. Both exhibitions will be available for viewing Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Dawson Daily News Building.

Berton House Writer-In-Residence Colleen Murphy reads from the new opera she is writing, set in Canada's far north.

Berton House Writer-In-Residence Colleen Murphy reads from the new opera she is writing, set in Canada’s far north.

McCormack’s curator talk was followed by a reading by Berton House Writer-In-Residence Colleen Murphy. Murphy is currently working on an opera set in Canada’s far north, and spanning five centuries. She wove a mystical and moving tale encompassing the Inuit culture and its relationship with nature, the ill-fated Franklin Expedition, modern exploitation of the North, and the coming effects of global warming. Her intimate presentation style and fascinatingly original story had the audience enraptured throughout.

Tomorrow the workshops and presentations begin, starting at noon. Click here for a full schedule of events.

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