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SAW Reopens on July 19

Friday, July 19, 2019, 7PM–2AM

The artist-run centre SAW will reopen its completely renovated and expanded facility within Arts Court on July 19, 2019, with a lively three-part celebration featuring the opening of its inaugural exhibition, Sex Life: Homoeroticism in Drawing, a free outdoor concert with performances by LAL from Toronto, Perdu (Lost) from Gatineau and many others, and the launch of Transformer, SAW’s new monthly queer dance party. This special evening of celebration is presented free-of-charge and is open to all.

A non-profit organization established in 1973, SAW is a research, production and presentation space dedicated to contemporary art in all its diverse forms of expression. Highlights of the new SAW include:

- Fully accessible and expanded exhibition and presentation spaces;
- Club SAW, a licensed, state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor performance and event venue;
- The new Nordic Lab, an Indigenous-led international research and production hub for the facilitation of Northern and Nordic collaboration and exchange;
- New SAW commissions and selected works from the City of Ottawa Art Collection, which are displayed throughout its new spaces.

Detailed schedule of events:


SAW Outdoor Courtyard
Opening remarks with special invited guests at 7:30PM, including guest of honour Clive Robertson (Kingston)

Exhibition spaces
Opening reception for the exhibition Sex Life, with artists in attendance, and launch of HB Magazine’s special issue Sex Life

Food prepared by Chloé Berlanga (Gatineau) and Jabberwocky (Ottawa). Cocktails offered by Top Shelf Distillers.

Free childcare offered by the Ottawa Art Gallery to SAW patrons from 7PM to 9PM (directions from Club SAW: walk down Arts Court corridor to the Ottawa Art Gallery)


SAW Outdoor Courtyard

Music and performances by:
LAL (Toronto), with Syrus Marcus Ware (Toronto)
Matt Miwa (Ottawa)
Perdu (Lost), a project by Pierre-Luc Clément and Olivier Fairfield of FET.NAT (Gatineau), with special guests
Ziibiwan (Toronto)

Food prepared by Friday Lunch Project (Iqaluit/Windsor/Ottawa). Cocktails offered by Top Shelf Distillers (Ottawa)

Presented in collaboration with Debaser and DIY Spring


Club SAW

Premiere of Transformer, SAW’s new monthly queer performance series

Music and performances by:

Maylee Todd (Toronto)
Kim Dymond (Ottawa)
Adrianna Exposée (Ottawa)
Aimee Yonce Shennel (Ottawa)
Fruit Star Candy Bar (Ottawa)

Video by:
Adrian Göllner and Andrew Wright (Ottawa)

Presented in collaboration with Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.

Launch of new SAW commissions and special acquisitions by:

Joi T. Arcand (Ottawa)
General Idea (Berlin)
PA System (Toronto)
Ningiukulu Teevee (Cape Dorset)

Selections from City of Ottawa Art Collection:

Annie Pootoogook (Ottawa)
Ramses Madina (Ottawa)
Nadia Myre (Montréal)
Carl Stewart (Ottawa)
Katherine Takpannie (Ottawa)
Guillermo Trejo (Ottawa)
Justin Wonnacott (Ottawa)


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