Claire Thérèse Friesen takes the lead on a new project entitled Embargo which will explore the idea of importing art into non-conventional venues and potentially isolated communities. Claire was inspired by the non-profit organization Solidarity Rock, which sends Canadian bands to tour Cuba and helps support a growing, yet under-nurtured and under-resourced Cuban punk scene. Working within the parameters of using extremely lo-fi technology and minimal sets, the primary focus will be to explore innovative ways to tell stories without relying on dialogue, or finding a more universal language that enables us to transcend boundaries. An initial set of workshops in early August will connect artists from a wide range of disciplines to engage in training and skill-sharing. A public performance of this work in progress will be held in Spring of 2017.