- 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 2018 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, 2018

DAY USE STUDIOS
For the summer of 2018, three tiny studios will be in use. They are for day-use only. On The Water, On the Rock and the Moving Gallery are all equipped with a workspace and modest furnishings. The tiny studios are not fitted with plumbing or electrical.

For that reason, the locations of the three studios are within walking distance of Township owned & operated facilities that do have offer restroom facilities. The Moving Gallery and the On the Rock studios are near the Travel Centre in Nestor Falls, Ontario. The On the Water, tiny floating studio is within walking distance of a clubhouse, on White Moose Golf Course, that has modest kitchen amenities and restroom facilities – about 10km north of Sioux Narrows.

All artists can use the libraries in both communities and are welcome to recharge and connect on wi-fi at the Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre in Sioux Narrows (open 7 days a week from May long weekend to September long weekend).

ON THE WATER
On the Water is a 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 and 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 Golf Course, north of Sioux Narrows, Ontario, Canada

ON THE ROCK
The artist residency site is perched on top of an undulating bedrock surface at the head of a prominent walking trail for the community of Nestor Falls. How the building touches the site is very important, the intention, to follow the changing elevation of the rock, making delicate connections that seem to float above the surface. Natural light floods the interior of the space, and the warmth of the cedar projects through the polycarbonate wall system.

MOVING GALLERY
The tiny studio is a gallery/ exhibit space with windows, walls and “yes” wheels. The Moving Gallery allows the artist to create in the space and at times exhibit the works in a small gallery-esque setting.  The tiny studio has a pivot door that when open – provides ample space for a day-use workspace. When the pivot door is closed and the ramp gate is up, the studio is essentially “closed for the night”.  The Moving Gallery will be near the Travel Centre at Nestor Falls and in close proximity to the On The Rock studio, providing opportunities for two working artists to converse, share ideas, and connect.

Download the 2018 Application


Artist-in-Residency: AIR #1
Wednesday, June 13 to Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Studio: On the Rock and/ or Moving Gallery
Location: Travel Centre, Nestor Falls

Artist-in-Residency: AIR #2
Monday, July 16 to Sunday, July 22, 2018
Studio: On The Water | Location: Long Bay, White Moose Golf Course

Artist-in-Residency: AIR#3
Monday, July 30 to Sunday, August 5
Studio: On The Water | Location: Long Bay, White Moose Golf Course

Artist-in-Residency: AIR#4
Monday, August 6 to Sunday, August 12, 2018
Studio: On The Rock | Location: Travel Centre, Nestor Falls

Artist-in-Residency: AIR#5
Monday, August 6 to Sunday, August 12
Studio: Moving Gallery | Location: Travel Centre, Nestor Falls

Artist-in-Residency: AIR#6
Monday, August 13 to Sunday, August 19
Studio: On the Rock | Location: Travel Centre, Nestor Falls

Artist-in-Residency: AIR#7
Monday, August 13 to Thursday, August 16
Studio: Moving Gallery | Location: Travel Centre, Nestor Falls


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

BOTH STUDIOS will be made available to local & regional crafters, artists and creative minds who wish to develop their personal/ collective bodies of work. Perhaps you are a quilter and wish to work with a group of like-minded individuals for a few days on a special project or maybe you are a photographer and you need some time away from the hustle n bustle of everyday life. Mayor & Council have endorsed the studio availability and our Cultural Officer will work with you on a case-by-case basis. Studio availability and bookings are based on a first-come/ first-serve basis. This program is subject to change. For more information, please contact Denise Lysak at [email protected]


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.


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: Government of Canada, Canada 150 fund | Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls | Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba | Boreal Studio

 


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