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Following a year and a half since Chris Reimer’s passing, The Quickdraw Animation Society invites interested animators to contribute to a 10-minute film set to Chris’s music. No previous animation experience is necessary.
Chris Reimer played in the bands The Dodos, Women, Azeda Booth, and Gold. Chris was also a prolific composer of ambient music and a visual artist. His music reached people around the world.
As a musician, artist, and a human being, Chris had a rare talent for inspiring those around him to new creative heights. The Quickdraw Animation Society wants to pay tribute to Chris by creating a collaborative, non-narrative, animated short based around his drawings and music.
The Quickdraw Animation Society will distribute two of Chris’s drawings and a segment of the soundtrack to each animator. Animators will use one drawing as the opening and one drawing as the closing frame of their 20-second animation. Our hope is to have the film completed by the fall of 2014.
Interested artists are invited to submit a brief statement of intent and a sample of their work to Quickdraw. Artists will be selected by members of Chris’s family, friends, and musical collaborators. Quickdraw encourages submissions from everywhere. Quickdraw will provide equipment, studio space, and technical support for Calgary-based artists. Participants (especially those based in Calgary) do not need any previous experience with animation.
Participation in this project is voluntary, although we are pursuing funding to allow for an honorarium for artists. All screening fees from the finished film will be donated to the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund, a charity that funds dance and music training for youth.
Most recently I wrote a book called I don’t Feel So Good which was published again by BookThug in 2012. It was written as a fundraiser for the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund Society. The brother of my good friend Nikki Reimer passed away in 2012 so this fund is to raise money for a scholarship fund for young artists in Calgary, which is where the Reimer family lives. Chris Reimer was an amazing musician and artist.
On November 29, 2011, Chris Reimer achieved one of his dreams when he got to play live on international television as The Dodos‘ backing guitarist on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, along with Neko Case. I’ve posted the video of their set here.
Thanks to sister Rena Nicole Kozak for noting the auspiciousness of the date! Below is her photo from that night.
Thanks are also due to Elizabeth Bachinsky, who on November 17 launched her 4th poetry title, I Don’t Feel So Good (BookThug) at W2 Community Media Arts in Vancouver. Liz most generously decided to make the launch a fundraiser for the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund, and they raised over $900! Hearty thanks are also due to Dina del Bucchia, W2, Sean Cranbury, and musical guest stars TOTAL ICE, Jaime Cullen and Morgan Greenwood.
Photos from the evening are below, courtesy Liz Bachinsky, Jenn Farrell, Ray Hsu.
Some time ago Chad VanGaalen approached Chris Reimer of Women offering to reproduce a casette tape of Chris’ solo work. Chris started work on this but passed away before completing the project. His closest friends have assembled the songs he intended for the tape, laid it out with Chris’s own writing and artwork and now this tape is available here for you.
***All proceeds from this release will benefit the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund, an organization dedicated to providing scholarships for children in music and dance education.***
You can still pre-order cassettes from the Chris Reimer Bandcamp site, and you can also download the digital album.
The project has already been mentioned by Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Chart Attack, CBC Music, Exclaim!, Pitchfork, CMU and elsewhere. We sure do hate that word “posthumous,” but we’re thrilled at the response to this work. Continue reading
Mad love and thanks to all the peeps who came out to see our boy’s show at Sled Island last week. (Two weeks ago, I guess. They say you lose time in grief. It’s true. It goes somewhere).
Also, I don’t know that I properly thanked the Sled Island Festival, and Paisley Sim in particular, for so generously making possible this event. From FFWD:
For Sim, however, one exhibition stands out from the rest: the Reimer show at MOCA. “Marc Rimmer curated it and Marc and Chris were best friends for many, many years,” she says. “It’s a collection of photographs of him by many people in his life and then we’re playing many of his unreleased, ambient scores — they’re all so textured.”
The show features a silent auction to raise funds for a foundation in Reimer’s name.
“More than anything, I feel humbled to be able to present it. I loved Chris and I hope that the show is well-received by his family more than anything else.”
CBC Calgary’s The Homestretch spoke to Marc in advance of the show.
And BeatRoute interviewed Rena about Gold.
Thanks to DivinerOne/Kathleen Moors for this lovely ambient video:
Christopher J.J. Reimer
Known and loved both at home and abroad for his spellbinding guitar playing in bands such as Women and Azeda Booth, Chris Reimer was a fixture in the Calgary music scene for almost a decade. Before passing away suddenly in February 2012 at age 26, Chris made an unforgettable impression on his community with his huge talent and remarkably generous nature. This exhibit taps into Chris’ tremendous spirit and explores his unparalleled creative vision through a collection of photographs taken by him, his friends and bandmates, accompanied by a soundtrack of his lush and largely unheard ambient recordings. All opening reception drink sales and donations will benefit a memorial fund in Chris’ name.
When: Opening 6:00 p.m., Wednesday June 20 and running for the duration of the Sled Island Festival
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary, 104 – 800 – Macleod Trail SE
(Main floor, Calgary Municipal Building)
Tix:Free. All opening reception drinks and donations will benefit The Chris Reimer Legacy Fund
About the fund:
Christopher John Joseph (Chris) Reimer was an immensely talented young artist who was taken from us at the tragically young age of 26. Known and loved throughout the world for his spellbinding guitar work in Azeda Booth and Women and as touring guitarist for The Dodos, Christopher also composed a significant amount of unreleased and largely unheard music. Christopher’s artistic talents extended beyond music: he was involved with dance performance as a youth, and he created a collection of mostly unseen drawings, photographs and writing as a young man. Chris’ early training in dance and music was integral to his development as a professional artist.
The Chris Reimer Legacy Fund Society (official charitable registration pending) is a collective of Chris’ closest friends and family who have banded together to keep his tremendous spirit alive. Chris was unfailingly generous, loving, loyal, humble and kind. It is our hope that his art and his generosity may live on through our work.
The Chris Reimer Legacy Fund has two aims:
1) to provide funding for youth to receive training in dance and music
2) to professionally produce and release the music that Chris wrote
Hello and thanks to all who’ve read, written and sent support, condolences and love. It has been much appreciated by those of us on the inside of this great loss.
My mother’s not yet been able to read this blog, but I know that when the time comes she will be as honoured and comforted as I have been by all of your kind thoughts towards us and our boy.
I wanted to give a quick update on the situation with the preliminarily-named C.J.J. Reimer Scholarship Fund:
The team has had a few meetings, and we’re quite excited about our ideas, however, we still need to deal with some legalities, firm up our intended partnerships and obtain official not-for-profit status.
As soon as the Fund is ready to officially launch, we will announce it both on this blog and in media releases.
In the meantime, if any of you would like to contribute to the fund, you may send cheques directly to my father C/o the following:
11 Woodhaven Crescent, S.W.
Calgary, AB T2W 5S3
Funds may be earmarked for either the production of Chris’ unpublished music or for the scholarship. (Please just send a note indicating your preference). A separate bank account has been set up to hold the funds raised so far until we’re ready to transfer them into the official fund account.
Please backchannel me if you have any further questions: nikki(dot)reimer(at)gmail(dot)com
Sincerely and humbly,
Nikki Reimer on behalf of Team Reimer!
(Nikki Reimer, Tim Reimer, Jo Reimer, Rena Kozak and Marc Rimmer)