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  • Freedom a mix tape



Intercultural Performance Storytelling Visual arts
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Meet at Silver Spire Church, St. Paul St. St. Catharines

St. Catharines, ON


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.



Guided small group tours of artist work and experiences

Presented by the In The Soil Arts Festival

Pre-Paid (Pay-what-you-can) tickets required

Tours begin at (6pm, 7pm, 8pm) and last 75 minutes

Artist Feature: Freedom a Mix Tape


Video installations and performances from various contributing artists to the Freedom: A Mixtape. Freedom is an audio mixtape of original songs, stories, poems, anecdotes, and spoken word pieces from folx living in the Niagara Region. Originally conceived as a piece to celebrate Emancipation Day, the recent global response to the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Tony McDade have awakened many people to the fact that Emancipation was just an early step in the fight toward true equality.

Marcel Stewart, project lead and Outreach Coordinator for Suitcase in Point explains, “Ancestral healing, generational trauma, intersectionality, defunding the police, all while celebrating the complicated, nuanced beauty of Blackness is what Freedom is about. It’s a community conversation about emancipation, and the human right to be free. And in the words of Angela Davis, ‘Freedom is a constant struggle’.”


A rotating roster of incredible local artists that include: Chance Mutuku, Eve Atoms, Roselyn Kelada-Sedra, Alex Ring and Marcel Stewart.


Rhizomes 2020 is finally here! As part of the reimagined In the Soil Multi (p)Arts Festival, we look forward to delivering a series of site-specific installations and performances from a variety of incredible artists. This year, we offer tours to a variety of locations in the St. Paul Street East neighbourhood in downtown St. Catharines, running each evening from Thursday September 24 to Sunday September 27.

All performances and installations have been packaged together as an entire tour that will begin on the hour each evening (6pm, 7pm, 8pm) and for a maximum of 6 participants for each tour.

Covid-19: Health and safety protocols will be in place for all events including; hand sanitizer stations, sanitizer wipes, and contact tracing. Masks must be worn indoors at all times. In order to maintain physical distancing, only six participants will be scheduled for each tour.


In the Soil Arts Festival

Suitcase in Point, our partnering organizations, and a fantastic assortment of regional and national artists are gearing up to deliver part one of the reimagined In the Soil Multi (p)Arts Festival, ITS Online!

Our original, three-day celebration was set to take place in downtown St. Catharines June 5-7 with a program to include an incredible roster of artists delivering innovative work in live theatre, music, comedy, film, interactive workshops, site-specific installations and an opening night multi-arts spectacle! While we are saddened to have to cancel our annual gathering, we have reimagined an exciting new program and look forward to delivering In the Soil: A Multi (p)Arts Festival, starting with Part One: ITS Online.

Join us from the comfort of your screens on Friday 22 May at 6pm as we launch a digital series of one-time arts experiences. Events will run from Friday 22 May through Sunday 7 June, and will feature a little something for everyone, including: music, comedy, dance, aerial, theatre and comedy performances, dance parties, panel discussions, family friendly art making workshops, a collage party and more!

The full ITS Online schedule will be released very soon! In the meantime, mark your calendars for our exciting launch event with special guests, live performances and a good hour of good times, set for Friday 22 May at 6pm.

To make the ITS Online launch extra special, we encourage you to order some food and drink from your favourite local establishments as we join together (while apart) to celebrate our communities, our artists and our shared goal to get through this COVID-19 insanity.

ITS Online will be a free series with opportunities to donate. All donations will go toward supporting artist fees throughout our reimagined Multi (p)Arts Festival. Details of the next parts of the festival will unfold over the coming months and will include a “we’re back” street party, live theatre, comedy and music events, and our flagship multi-arts event, Rhizomes.

For ongoing updates on the In the Soil Multi (p)Arts Festival, follow us on social media and visit


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Silver Spire Church Arts Committee & St. Catharines Cultural Services St. Catharines, ON

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