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Hold Fast 20th Anniversary – Pop-Ups


HOLD FAST Pop-Ups act as supplementary programming for our festival from local artists, businesses, nonprofits and art collectives. Promoting pop-up events allows us to celebrate the diverse creative practises across St. John’s, and deliver even more accessible, meaningful programming, alongside the featured festival artists! This year’s Pop-Up evens are as listed below.

 4-8pm a free shuttle win run between Eastern Edge and Signal Hill on the hour, every hour!



Charlotte Hobden – Bend, Wave, Scatter

Location: TBD
Date and Time: September 21, ongoing
Type: Installation

Bend, Wave, Scatter is a material performance that attempts to echo the mysterious qualities that are intrinsic to the perception of colour. By programming a changing loop of RGB LED lights, Hobden presents to the viewer an image of red light cast through a window, and a fluctuating landscape. 

Will Gill – A Foundation of Ash

Location: Christina Parker Gallery
Date and Time: September 21, ongoing
Type: Exhibition

A Foundation of Ash is a solo exhibition by St John’s-based artist Will Gill. Stemming from recent travels to wildfire-ravaged regions across Canada, this body of work is a synthesis of ideas and environments that are central to his creative and subjective interests. Incorporating props and staged situations within the natural environment and studio, the images’ themes are reflective and broad-ranging, exploring aspects of destruction, solitude, support, wonder, transcendence and regeneration.

Megan Wells – Don Wright Scholar Exhibition

Location: St. Michael’s Printshop
Date and Time: September 21, ongoing
Type: Exhibition

This event will be a cross between a pop-up exhibition and a game of road hockey, where people can come to play, learn and talk about art and sports. The artist will provide the materials so that participants can create their own imagery for their jerseys through printmaking techniques. This event will draw focus to the individuals within a group instead of the group as a whole, as well as the physical aspect in both sport and art. The show will include prints, sports equipment, jerseys, sticks, and pucks, and viewers will be encouraged to interact with the work by trying on and using equipment provided by the artist. 

Various artists (Presented by the Nickel and NIFCO) – Shorts: Time and Place

Location: NIFCO
Time and Place: September 21, 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Type: Screening

A short selection of experimental films curated by the Nickel Independent Film Festival that explore relationships to landscape and place.

Gwaai Edenshaw & Helen Haig-Brown (Presented by NIFCO) – Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife)

Location: NIFCO
Date and Time: Thursday, September 19th, 8:00 PM
Type: Screening

Two families gather for their annual fishing celebration when tragedy strikes, beginning a spiral into madness and revenge. Filmed in Haida Gwaii off the coast of B.C., Sgaawaay K’uuna is the first feature film made entirely in the Haida dialect. Director’s Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown use the Gaagiixiid wildman of Haida mythology to create a lush, cinematic experience that acts as a powerful piece of cultural resistance.

Lisa Jackson & Mathew Borrett (Presented by Other Ocean) – Biidaaban: First Light

Location: Other Ocean
Date and Time: September 21, 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Type: VR experience

An interactive VR project that illuminates how Indigenous languages can help us understand our place in a reconciled version of Canada’s largest urban environment. In Biidaaban: First Light, celebrated filmmaker and VR artist Lisa Jackson joins forces with 3D artist Mathew Borrett to reimagine a future Toronto from an Indigenous female perspective.

Re-Print/ Réimpression  

Location: St. Michael’s Printshop
Time and Date: Saturday, September 21st, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Type: Live Printing Event
Join St. Michael’s Printshop for a pop-up live printing event in an accessible location at the corner of 72 Harbour Drive. We will have two mobile printing presses running for an opportunity to up-cycle your own t-shirts, tote bags, and tea towels! Pick from a fun collection of hand carved woodblock designs and experience the fun of live printing! Some blank t-shirts and patches will also be available!