Winter warms up at Never Apart

In Montréal’s vibrant LGBTQ+ scene, the Never Apart arts centre is a leading light of cutting-edge creativity and expression. Based in the up-and-coming Mile Ex neighbourhood (there’s much more to queer Montréal than the bustling Gay Village), Never Apart has been quietly presenting, documenting and archiving LGBTQ+ art and performances under the mandate of “change through spirit and culture,” since 2015. Its winter 2019 exhibition and event lineup is as exciting, transformative and challenging as always.

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An award-winning debut not to be missed

Programmed as part of Montréal’s popular Startupfest, ArtupFest offers a platform to over 100 artists to present technology-influenced works to a captive audience, climaxing with the awarding of the ArtupFest Prize. This year’s winner, the Iranian-born Montréal-based artist Rojin Shafiei, has created an immersive installation from clocks and monitors in a set-up that invites audience interaction with her piece titled, “J’attends le temps / I Wait for the Time” which will receive its first gallery showing at Never Apart. An emerging artist whose work has already shown in Johannesburg, Tehran and San Antonio, now’s the perfect time to catch Shafiei’s work on the rise.

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Exhibitions and events sure to be on everyone’s lips

Running from January 17 to April 6, 2019, six new exhibitions receive their premiere showing at Never Apart this season. The bold and stark photography of Michael ChambersShadows to Silver / Nuance, Tobi Aremu’s film work NEGOTIATION, Rihab Essayh’s installation Délusions botaniques and a look back at the 25-year history of the House of Venus and the Wiggle Festival promise unforgettable experiences to warm up a cold winter day.

And above and beyond merely a venue for art, Never Apart also takes an active role in the community with a full slate of inspiring events and presentations throughout the year. This winter, readers won’t want to miss the Violet Hour Book Club’s look at James Baldwin’s 1956 masterpiece Giovanni’s Room, or the Legend Series Q&A with trans performance artist Krzysztof Leon Dziemaszkiewicz. Working in collaboration with the Massimadi LGBTQ African film festival, Never Apart will also host screenings, open mics and performances. The centre’s NVA off-site music programming is also responsible for some of Montréal’s hottest parties featuring ground-breaking artists, and winter 2019 brings the party.

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Let’s get multimedia

While Never Apart’s physical base is in Montréal, their reach isn’t just limited to our island in the St. Lawrence River. Looking for more? Tune in to Never Apart’s TV show on OUTtv, download its monthly magazine (or pick up copies of its annual omnibus publications) or follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Mark Hamilton

Mark Hamilton, blogger, Queer MTL community manager

Male, mid-to-late 30s, tall and bearded. Likes romantic walks on Mont Royal, long-distance cycling, beard oil products and antique travel guides. Has a bad habit of falling in love with men in vintage photographs who are certainly long dead. If he could be anything, he’d live his life as a professional flâneur. Until then, he spends his time writing, making music, and wandering.

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