- Heritage, Arts and Culture -

The community strives to be an incubator space for tourism, cultural development and a community source for artisans, crafters, musicians, and artists. We thrive on discovering our natural surroundings, exploring ideas and bringing people together in new ways to discover what is important to them. Following this idea is the Bridge and Falls Cultural Series, where the overall mission is to celebrate diversity of values, ideas and events with three essential and guiding principles: people, connection, and the natural beauty of the eastern shores of Lake of the Woods. We want to give summer residents and tourists from near and far away, a reason to stay and play in the communities of Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls.

Book Trading Post

Book Trading Post

Lake of the Woods Book Trading Posts – for Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls will foster a love of reading, advocate for literacy, and create opportunities for neighbours of all walks of life to connect to each other. Little free libraries is a community movement that offers free books housed in small containers to members of the local communities.

Our very own BOOK TRADING POST now stands, close to the entrance of the Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre, adding to the streetscape and book culture in Sioux Narrows. Jake Blosser designed and constructed the BOOK TRADING POST finding his inspiration in the Boreal Forest in rural and remote northwestern Ontario. The BOOK TRADING POST is operational from May long weekend to September long weekend! We encourage you to come on down – to take a book and to leave a book!

Rumour has it, that a group of community minded citizens in Nestor Falls – are bringing their ideas to life and a BOOK TRADING POST will be installed in the summer of 2017.

You too can join in on the fun: LITTLE LIBRARY owners can create their own library box, usually about the size of a doll house. Bill Thompson, Former Mayor of The Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls stated, “I encourage all residents, young and old, to come out to build their very own Little Free Library!

The idea of LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES was popularized in Hudson, Wisconsin in 2009 when Todd Bol mounted a wooden container designed to look like a school house on a post on his lawn as a tribute to his mother, who was a book lover and school teacher. He posted a sign on the small structure encouraging curious visitors to “Take a Book, Leave a Book.”

 


Bridge & Falls Studios and Residencies

Bridge & Falls Studios and Residencies

In all four seasons, northwestern Ontario is one of the most beautiful and geographically interesting places on earth. The perfect place for any creative person to get inspired, the rural and remote Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls is hosting a programme of week-long SELF-GUIDED residencies in the summer of 2017 for artists and idea professionals of different disciplines. We invite you to explore how "Arts and Culture" interfaces with the streetscape in Sioux Narrows this summer. So, if you are in the area in July & August - you just might find a wondering artist, around town!

Bridge & Falls Creative Residency: A Culture, A Tribe, A Community


Summer Series, 2017

DAY USE STUDIOS
For the summer of 2017, two tiny studios will be in use. They are both for day-use only. Both tiny studios are equipped with a workspace and modest furnishings. The tiny studios do not have plumbing facilities.

ON THE WATER
ON THE WATER is tiny studio on a floating platform and can be accessed by a stationary dock. The floating studio is intended to connect the user to water, one of the four elements of nature. It is constructed to allow the user to freely relate to the outdoors. It is ideally situated in Long Bay on Lake of the Woods, by White Moose Gold Course, north of Sioux Narrows, Ontario, Canada.

ON THE ROCK
A hill at the trailhead of the Boreal Trail, just south of Nestor Falls, Ontario, Canada – this is where ON THE ROCK will sit. Three significant aspects of the structure are: work, view and socialize. The structure creates a feeling of begin enclosed inside a cave: giving warmth, privacy and intimacy to the user. The tiny studio connects the user to the site’s culture and vice versa.


AIR #1, LITERARY ARTS
Dates: July 10 to July 16
Studio: ON THE WATER
Location: Long Bay, White Moose Golf Course
Sponsored by: Broken Paddle Coffee Roastery & Kitchen

AIR #2, VISUAL ARTS
Dates: July 17 to July 23
Studio: ON THE WATER
Location: Long Bay, White Moose Golf Course
Sponsored by: FWS Group of Companies

AIR #3, PHOTOGRAPHY & MULTI-MEDIA
Dates: July 24 to July 30
Studio: ON THE WATER
Location: Long Bay, White Moose Golf Course
Sponsored by: RBC Foundation

AIR #4, COMMUNITY ARTS
Dates: August 7 to August 13
Studio: ON THE ROCK
Location: Travel Centre, Nestor Falls
Sponsored by: Boreal Studio

AIR #5, LITERARY ARTS
Dates: August 14 to August 20
Studio: ON THE ROCK
Location: Travel Centre, Nestor Falls
Sponsored by: The Standard Insurance

AIR #6, EMERGING ARTIST
Dates: August 28 to August 31
Studio: ON THE ROCK
Location: Travel Centre, Nestor Falls
Sponsored By: Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation


Call For Applications

Download the 2017 Application


ON THE WATER

ON THE WATER
Conceptual Design: Prairie Architects – Melissa McAlister & Lindsay Oster
Constructed By: Carpentry Students from the dual-credit program, Confederation College | St. Thomas Aquinas High School | Beaver Brae High School | Guided By: Dan Olscamp & Chris Hopkins | Additional Credits, Mike Salvador & Fred Borg

ON THE ROCK

ON THE ROCK
Conceptual Design: Faculty of Architecture Students | University of Manitoba
In Partnership With: Boreal Studio | Shawn Bailey & Shawn Sinclair
Build/ Design: Boreal Studio


Library

Library

Our library welcomes you! Stocked with new bestsellers and your favourite classics, the Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls library branch has something for every reader of all ages. We have movies too!

Here’s the latest news!

The Sioux Narrows Library has received a facelift. We have received new, more accessible bookcases and some new paint on the walls too! A special thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, who funded this project to make it all possible.

NEW!  Search online for an author or book title you are interested in by clicking here.  For more detailed instructions, you can print the following information sheet by clicking here.

Nestor Falls Branch – Located at the Nestor Falls Municipal Office

Hours

  • Winter – Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Summer (June to September) – Mondays and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sioux Narrows Branch – Located at the Sioux Narrows Public School

Winter Hours

  • Sundays, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Summer Hours

  • Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Mondays and Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Both library branches closed Statutory Holidays.


Moose N’ Fiddle

Moose N’ Fiddle

The Moose n' Fiddle summer music festival is centred around professional and emerging musicians, folk bands, country singer songwriters on the outdoor stage with curated artisans, craft beer tent, music workshops, and food trucks on-site creating a village-like atmosphere.


MOVING GALLERY

MOVING GALLERY

The MOVING GALLERY is a tiny studio with walls, windows and yes "wheels" fitted with original literary, audio, and visual art in celebration of Canada150. In the summer of 2017, the MOVING GALLERY will pop-up at fairs, festivals and farmers markets throughout rural and remote northwestern Ontario.

DATES/ TIMES/ LOCATION (subject to change)
June 21, 2017
3pm to 5pm
NOSFC, Sioux Narrows

June 22-July 2, 2017
11am to 4pm
NOSFC, Sioux Narrows

July 12, 2017
8am to 2pm
Matiowski Farmers’ Market, Kenora

August 18, 2017
5pm to 10pm
Moose n Fiddle Music Festival, Nestor Falls

August 19, 2017
2pm to 10pm
Moose n Fiddle Music Festival, Nestor Falls

September 07, 2017
11am to 4pm
Broken Paddle Coffee, Keewatin

From the telling of Aboriginal stories to creating a chalkboard wall and displaying original paintings, the MOVING GALLERY creates a distinctive platform that will bring together writers and unsuspecting audiences in a pan-Canadian collaboration. The MOVING GALLERY is a mobile space and takes its cues from the phenomena sweeping across North America with “tiny houses”. The MOVING GALLERY is actually an artist studio on wheels and it will pop-up at festivals, fairs and farmers market throughout northwestern Ontario in 2017, providing Canadians in rural and remote areas with opportunities to develop a greater understanding of Canada, its people and what it means to be Canadian in all of its complexities. Through its very design, the literary works and visual arts pieces will be shared with the general public and will recognize and promote exceptional Canadian people, places, achievements and events that have shaped our country.

The MOVING GALLERY will house the stories and artwork in surprising and contemporary ways – from word walls to podcasts on iPods to picture books on a coffee table. The MOVING GALLERY will be purpose-built, fun and interactive and the stories and art that we share will weave their way through our nation’s history, commemorating and celebrating 150 years by exploring the universal theme of water in a singular way that is quintessential NWO and Canada.

Each artist will develop their body of work, around the notion of water and in the larger context, how it ebbs and flows, how it sustains planet Earth, how it informs a geography and a people, and how as Canadians it ties us all together, connecting time, places, and generations.

Primary Creators:
Nicola Cavendish | North Vancouver, British Columbia
Wanda Easton | Sioux Narrows, Ontario
Gerald Laroche | Winnipeg, Manitoba
Kate-Lynn Paypompee | Naotkamegwanning First Nation, Ontario
Ian Ross | Winnipeg, Manitoba
Chrissy Sie-Merritt | East Braintree, Manitoba

Design/ Build Team:
Erik Arnason: Masters Student | Faculty of Architecture | University of Manitoba
Eduardo Aquino | Professor | Faculty of Architecture | University of Manitoba
Shawn Bailey & Shawn Sinclair | Boreal Studio
Mike Salvador | Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls
Randy Roller | FWS Group of Companies
Norbert Dufresne | Councillor
Taras Manzie | Lake of the Woods Brewing Company
Andrew Gilbert | Lake of the Woods Brewing Company

Design in progress…

The MOVING GALLERY project is made possible with the support of: Canadian Heritage, Canada 150 fund | Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls | Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba | Boreal Studio

 


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