La Nuit des idées (Night of Ideas)

Friday Night Rights celebrates ideas and new music.

Friday, January 31, 2020

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A crowd of people watches a band play on a brightly lit stage. Partially obscured.

Photo: CMHR, Lindsay Affleck

Event details

Kick off your weekend the “rights” way and experience La Nuit des idées, a free global celebration of ideas that brings together local speakers and artists! 

Free programs, $5 gallery admission
CMHR, various locations

This annual global event connects creative people from around the world. This year’s theme is “Being Alive,” which you can explore through a panel discussion, film, dance and music. Discover new perspectives, hear from innovators and get involved in conversation about living better lives through art and innovation.

(More information below)

The Museum is also a public space for the Winnipeg New Music Festival all day on January 31. Until 9 p.m., you can experience a recorded sound installation by Örjan Sandred in the Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation.

With $5 gallery admission, Friday Night Rights is a great chance to get together and explore the exhibits, share a meal and drinks at ERA Bistro, browse through the Boutique, and enjoy some music. (ERA Bistro reservations are highly recommended.)

Drinks (cash bar) and snacks will be served in Bonnie & John Buhler Hall. Explore the Museum’s incredible architecture and exhibits at your leisure, ascending on illuminated alabaster ramps.

Share your night at the Museum by tagging us on Instagram @cmhr_mcdp or use #FridayNightRights #AtCMHR for a chance to be featured on our feed and in our stories.

La Nuit des idées (Night of Ideas) agenda

This free event is organized in partnership with Alliance Française du ManitobaInstitut français, ICI Manitoba and CBC Manitoba.

Short film screenings:

Funambule by Dominique Rey
Pepo by Joel Penner
My Flesh Crawls by Alison Davis

When: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: CMHR, Manitoba Teachers’ Society Classroom B, Level 1

Indigenous dance performances:

Performance by Aboriginal School of Dance
Performance by Ray Coco Stevenson

When: 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, Level 1

English panel discussion: Innovation for better lives

The English panel discussion will be moderated by Nadia Kidwai, host of the Weekend Morning Show on CBC Radio One in Winnipeg.

Panelists include:

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: CMHR, Manitoba Teachers’ Society Classroom C, Level 1

French panel discussion: Arts et culture au service du vivant (Art and culture for life)

The French panel discussion will be moderated by Geneviève Murchison, host and producer for the weekday Téléjournal Manitoba on ICI Radio‐Canada Télé.

Panelists include:

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: CMHR, Manitoba Teachers’ Society Classroom A, Level 1

Film screening of Maestro – Symphony for Humanity, a film about conductor/composer Alexander Mickelthwate (formerly with the WSO), followed by a conversation with filmmaker Nihad Ademi.

When: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
Where: CMHR, Manitoba Teachers’ Society Classroom C, Level 1

Presentation of the #jamuary challenge with musician Gabriel Fields

When: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
Where: CMHR, Manitoba Teachers’ Society Classroom A, Level 1

Live musical performance by Kelly Bado

When: 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 
Where: Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, Level 1

Live musical performance by Jérémie and the Delicious Hounds

When: 9:45 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. 
Where: Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, Level 1

Space is limited for some programs, and seating is on a first‐come, first‐served basis.

Please note that this program is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Panelist biographies

Maryam Bafandkar is an MSc student in the Department of Applied Computer Science at the University of Winnipeg. She received a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering and Software at Shiraz University, Iran. Maryam has published two papers in the area of artificial intelligence. Currently, she is working on farming automation. For her, improving the efficiency of current agricultural approaches is important for sustainable food production and the environment.

Adina Balint holds a PhD in modern and contemporary French literature from the University of Toronto (2009). Her academic research explores the intersections between literature, cultural studies and visual arts, focusing on questions of transculturalism, subjectivity and the ethics of the self‐other relationship. She published articles on topics such as: the poetics of literary creation, identity and multiculturalism, history and memory, and life experiences in relation to artistic projects. She is associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at University of Winnipeg.

Antoine Cantin‐Brault holds a PhD in philosophy from Laval University and University of Poitiers. His academic researches explore the German Philosophy (Hegel, Heidegger, Nietzsche), the Greek Philosophy (Heraclitus, Plato, Aristotle), Metaphysical, Philosophy of Music, Ethics and Politics. He is associate professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at University of St. Boniface. He is also a columnist in the francophone newspaper La Liberté.

André Lewis is approaching nearly 43 years with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, 22 of them as Artistic Director. He has spent most of his career with the RWB, Canada’s first professional dance company. A native of Gatineau, Québec, Lewis began his dance training in Ottawa before being accepted into the Professional Division of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in 1975. He joined the RWB Company in 1979 where he enjoyed an accomplished career as a dancer for over 10 years. In 1996, Lewis was appointed Artistic Director of Canada’s RWB.

Dr. Gigi Osler is the Head of the Section of Otolaryngology‐Head and Neck Surgery at St. Boniface Hospital and is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Otolaryngology‐Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Manitoba. When working at St. Boniface Hospital, she is actively involved in the teaching of medical students and residents. Dr. Osler volunteers annually on surgical missions to low and lower‐middle income countries. In 2017, she was awarded the Doctors Manitoba Health or Safety Promotion award in recognition of her efforts to develop and implement programs to support the health and well‐being of doctors.

Diane Roussin is a passionate community leader committed to the pursuit of pimadaziwin (the good life) for all families and children. Her in‐depth knowledge of Indigenous issues and solutions flow directly from her strong sense of identity and worldview. She is a proud member of Skownan First Nation and currently lives in Winnipeg. Diane is the Project Director of the Winnipeg Boldness Project, an ambitious social innovation initiative seeking to create large‐scale systems change for children and families in the Point Douglas neighbourhood. She works primarily in Winnipeg’s inner city for initiatives that promote Indigenous People’s values and ways of knowing and being.

Matt Schaubroeck is the Programming Director at North Forge Technology Exchange. He is a graduate of the Asper School of Business with a focus on entrepreneurship and international business. He works closely with North Forge members to help them commercialize their start‐ups, identify useful resources, and provides coaching to help them achieve their innovation goals. Schaubroeck is also an entrepreneur working in the clean technology and artificial intelligence sectors. His start‐up company, ioAirFlow, is helping improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.

Anne‐Marie Williot is a trilingual multi‐instrumentalist and singer‐songwriter from rural Quebec who is now based in Winnipeg. Her songwriting brings to light hidden dream territories which murmur in the subterranean wells of our lives. Above ground, she cares for trees as a professional arborist. A honed poet and performer who writes and sings in French, Spanish and English, she is also a skilled carpenter and gardener. Five years ago, Williot began singing and playing the accordion at the St. Boniface Hospital through Artists in Healthcare. She plays regularly in hallways, waiting rooms, and sometimes in patients’ rooms.

Filmmaker and Artist biographies

Nihad Ademi is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, photographic magazine publisher and actor based in Winnipeg. His documentary film work explores ancient universal values of the Anishinaabe People of Turtle Island (North America) (Seven Sacred Laws) and his own experiences as a survivor of Omarska, one of the worst concentration camps of the Bosnian War (White Balloon). In his most recent work, he has teamed up with conductor/composer Alexander Mickelthwate for Maestro – Symphony for Humanity.

Alison Davis is an animator based in Winnipeg. Working primarily with drawing, painting and other analogue techniques, her short films and videos explore the vast imaginative and visual possibilities of animation as a medium. Davis holds a BFA in Film Animation from Concordia University in Montreal and has had the good fortune of screening her films and videos at festivals around the world.

Gabriel Fields is the Franco‐Manitoban jaranero and guitarist for Winnipeg’s Mexican rock ensemble, “The Mariachi Ghost”. He also performs with his son jarocho (Mexican folk) group “Son del Norte” and can be heard every February (and all year long) leading French‐Canadian “chansons à répondre” in kitchen parties and at camp fires around the city. During the month of January, Fields is participating in the #jamuary challenge, pushing himself to create music every day. The goal is to explore and create something daily, whether it be a simple melody, a rhythm or even a full song. The idea is to try and be less self‐critical and to let yourself follow your inspiration.

Joel Penner is a filmmaker who captures time lapses of plants dying to highlight the beauty of everyday existence. He has done shows of his art films and artistic/educational presentations in Canada and Europe. Currently, he teaches photography and conducts after‐school programming with youth in Winnipeg's inner city.

Dominique Rey is a multidisciplinary artist who explores representations of the peripheral figure and the unconscious other within. She has exhibited across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Her art appears in numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Province of Manitoba. She holds a MFA from Bard College (New York) and a MFA from the Transart Institute (Berlin). Rey was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2016.