Niagara Falls’ singer and poet selected as 2023 endowment fund winner


Published May 26, 2023 at 3:06 pm

Niagara Falls resident Eve Atoms will be presented with the 2023 Allister Young Arts & Culture Endowment Fund at Tuesday's Council meeting in City Hall.

While she usually leaves the sphere of politics to her writing and singing, Niagara Falls resident Eve Atoms will be front and centre at the May 30 council meeting.

That’s simply because Clark Bernat, the city’ Senior Manager of Culture and Kim Van Stygeren, the city’s Cultural Development Coordinator, will be presenting Atoms with the 2023 Allister Young Arts & Culture Endowment Fund.

The singer and poet leans heavily on her Jamaican and British roots and is heavily influenced by ska and reggae music, exploring critical topics such as race, class, and health in her writing and practice.

The Allister Young Arts & Culture Endowment Fund, which comes with a $1,000 cheque, is awarded annually to one Niagara Falls resident in any creative arts field. The Culture Committee said it “received several, very worthy applications for the award” before choosing Atoms.

“Eve Atoms uses voice, body, multimedia, acoustic and digital sounds to make meaning and connect creatively,” said the Culture Committee. “She considers herself a storyteller, performer and music maker. She expresses herself in a variety of ways such as voice, movement, poetry, sound production and much more.”

“With an academic background in anthropology, Eve is particularly interested in ‘people’ and the ways we interact with each other and our world. She is inspired by diverse voices in society and the nuanced narratives that lie between them.”

Atoms has shared her work on stage at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, in spaces such as Lit Cab, at In the Soil Festival and Rhizomes, and at Porchfest.

Her poetry and songs have been featured on Trail Mix, at the St. Catharines History Museum, and at the Folk Arts Multicultural Centre. She has also collaborated with the Niagara Falls Public Library to activate Autism Awareness Month through their “Outside the Box” Living Library, as well as Heartland Forest in support of a monthly accessible drum circle.

“Her creative expressions emanate through her writing, productions and performances,” said the committee.

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