Big Top Awesome: Pam Baergen Enters The Cirque du Soleil 'Kurios' Cabinet

Big Top Awesome: Pam Baergen Enters The Cirque du Soleil 'Kurios' Cabinet

The first Cirque du Soleil performance I ever saw was “O”, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The show was massive, and it imprinted my mind with dream-like images of high-divers, a man on fire, and people floating away on hoops like weightless bubbles blown through a child's plastic wand. 

Cirque occupies its own genre of performing art, blending acrobatics, clowning, creative movement, live music, and spectacularly odd displays of talent. If you’ve ever witnessed a Cirque du Soleil performance, I'm sure you’ll agree that it is difficult to describe. If you haven’t seen a Cirque show yet (or if you are eager to see one again), now’s your chance: “Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities” has set up a Big Top Tent in Northlands Park until August 13, just several blocks from the Bleeding Heart.


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Taken - A song for truth and reconciliation on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Taken - A song for truth and reconciliation on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Alana Levandoski is a member of our community with a powerful voice and a gift for songwriting. She's been giving those gifts back to community for a long while now, and this new lyric video and recording is a timely gift for those working towards truth and reconciliation on this, National Indigenous Peoples Day.


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Bleeding Heart Art Space is Saying Goodbye … And Hello

Bleeding Heart Art Space is Saying Goodbye … And Hello

In the category of ‘big news’, a move is about as big as it comes. After two and a half years at 9132 118th Ave, Bleeding Heart Art Space is moving. 

July 4 will be our final day at our current address. We will finish out the run of the beautiful and touching HOME exhibit, part of The Works Festival. Then we will say goodbye. 


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Three Powerful Events in One Weekend

Three Powerful Events in One Weekend

This weekend there are so many good things going on in our city. I’m one of the hosts of CBC RadioActive’s InCrowd, where it’s my job to say ‘here’s what you should check out in the arts scene this weekend’. That job gets a lot harder come summer.

For those of you interested in the power of art for social change, the choice is easy this weekend. Bleeding Heart is involved with not one, but THREE incredible events on Saturday (and beyond) that you won’t want to miss.


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This Is How It Feels To Cancel An Event

This Is How It Feels To Cancel An Event

This past week I had to make a tough decision. I had to cancel the visual arts track of our Small, Slow & Beautiful Retreat. 

How does it feel to cancel and event you are passionate about? Not great. Disheartening. A little rain on the old parade, to be honest. 

The good news is, we do have registrations for our poetry track. Still not a lot, but enough to move forward with Small, Slow & Beautiful. Tania Runyan is still joining us to lead her poetry workshop. We are still offering our retreat option. This is happening, it’s just that there’ll be more of an emphasis on the ‘small’ part of Small, Slow & Beautiful this year.


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We Need You to Register for Small, Slow & Beautiful THIS WEEK. Here's Why.

We Need You to Register for Small, Slow & Beautiful THIS WEEK. Here's Why.

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This Monday, May 29, we will cancel any unused rooms with our retreat centre. You need to let us know you are coming by the end of the day Sunday, May 28. Don't miss this opportunity to invest in your creative soul! 


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Grab Your Scissors, Glue and Imagination For Our Latest Workshop

Grab Your Scissors, Glue and Imagination For Our Latest Workshop

Last year I sat in a room with a dozen or so others and learned how to set my imagination free with nothing but a pair of scissors and some glue, thanks the the guidance of Edmonton artist Hannah Gelderman. I'm so glad she's returning, armed with her collection of excellent magazines and images, to do it all over again.


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ArtLuck: Origin Stories

ArtLuck: Origin Stories

Every ArtLuck takes on a different character. The people who attend and share give each gatherings a unique flavour. A theme often emerges to define an ArtLuck–a thread to tie each offering together. 

March 30 landed in the middle of spring break, which meant five kids joined their parents for ArtLuck. Five, where there are usually none. I love it when kids share their work. Their unfiltered comments are refreshing. 

As I look back, the kids helped define this ArtLuck’s theme. This outing was all about origin stories. What inspires and shapes us. How we become artists, if we are willing to call ourselves artists at all.


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Kenton Jeske In Conversation (Audio Interview)

Kenton Jeske In Conversation (Audio Interview)

Kenton Jeske's Ceremony is open now at the Alberta Craft Council, with a reception this Saturday, April 22 at . I had a virtual 'sit down' with Kenton, in the midst of minding children and barking dogs, respectively. His hand-made furniture is beautiful and considered–the product of hundreds of hours of care.  


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