Le Nuit Blanche Rendezvous
Join us in the heart of downtown, for a full-tilt block celebration at Le Nuit Blanche Rendezvous!
Through a collaboration with Wall-to-Wall Mural and Culture Festival, the site will be activated by a new work of contemporary street art!
• Nibaa mural by Mike Valcourt
• Live Video Mapping on the Public Safety Building by jaymez jansen
• Architectural Stage Installation by InTheMiddle
A new pop-up architectural work by local collective InTheMiddle will literally set the stage for the evening’s DJ!
• All-Night Dance Party by DJs Rhayne Vermette, AOKS, and Boogey The Beat
- 8:30 Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Sharing Dance Glow-In-The-Dark Pop Up Performance
- 9:00 DJ Set – Rhayne Vermette
- 9:45 Sunshine House Drag Queen Performance
- 10:00 DJ Set – Boogey the Beat
- 11:30 Sunshine House Drag Queen Performance
- 11:00 DJ Set – A.O.K.S
- 11:45 Sunshine House Drag Queen Performance
Nibaa is Ojibwe for sleep, which also implies that a journey is taking place. We travel as our body rests and our spirit crosses over to the spirit world. The Indigenous woman here wears a wreath upon her head and the juxtaposition of the skull just below, on her neckline, indicates a balance between life and death. She is in limbo, so to speak. There is a ghosted hand covering her mouth, representing the attempt to silence, whether self-inflicted or externally imposed, there is the desire to remain silent. The work also has a controversial message, suggesting that doing nothing also causes harm, both from government and from the lack of programs, protocols and standards our nation fails to exercise. The band of three colours represents the separation of the physical and spiritual worlds. The parade of women marching across the mural represent the missing and murdered women, walking along a highway, much like the Highway of Tears. As they disappear across the bands and over to the spirit world, they are transformed into buffalo. They are free.
Artist Bio: Mike Valcourt
Encouraged by friends and family, I started painting at a young age. I made smaller commissioned work for businesses and organizations that were familiar with my enthusiasm before I ever knew I wanted to be an artist. I had many successful years of painting murals for Take Pride Winnipeg while at the same time gaining mentoring experience through those challenges. I became a coordinator at Graffiti Gallery soon after that, able to teach and guide students through art instruction and life lessons. I learned much about myself as a person and as an artist from those opportunities. I still work with at-risk, underprivileged youth, but my artistic vision is less altruistic and more intrinsic. I would describe my art as thoughtful and precise. I am easily influenced by the Woodlands style of art, maintaining its narrative, sometimes derivative, yet contemporary quality. I find the art of Jackson Beardy to be a great source of inspiration and vision. My hope is to continue learning and sharing, as long as both are purpose and motivation in my life. After all, art is easy – it is people that are difficult.
Come look, come dance, come party. All your friends and loads of new ones will meet you at Le Nuit Blanche Rendezvous!
Funded by Host It Downtown by Downtown Winnipeg Biz and is co-presented by Synonym Art Consultation and Wall-to-Wall Mural and Culture Festival.