Canada Art

How I Learned To Avoid Cleverly, Play Wisely And Procrastinate Brilliantly

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I've come to see that instead of wasting time on people and activities that deplete me, I need to "waste" my time procrastinating and playing, so that many more absurd and ridiculous ideas can trickle into my conscious awareness.

Cendrine Marrouat: Life's Little Photographer

David Leonhardt | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
David Leonhardt

Cendrine never knew she wanted to be a photographer. She had always planned to be a teacher. And she did. She taught French for 13 years, then started teaching social media, too. In fact, she is the author of two social media books. How does a teacher even find photography?

Prince: The Tragic Death Of A Strange Genius

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

In thinking about what it was that made people love him so much, I came to the conclusion that it was because he was completely and utterly himself. He was always authentic to his vision and unafraid to do things exactly his way. He was someone who was truly free.

How The Arts Saved My Life

Crisy Buck | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Living
Crisy Buck

To be honest, I don't remember the specifics of what I learned about Mozart, Baryshnikov and Rembrandt. What I remember, though, is how it gave me the coping mechanisms to get through the worst parts of my childhood: poverty, severe bullying, an absent father, an abusive boyfriend with an addiction problem. Now that I'm a mother myself, I continue to pull from the lessons I learned through the arts, which gave me the strength to escape, to strive and to create a better life for myself and my daughter.

You Are Entitled To A Creative Voice

Sarah Scott | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Sarah Scott

My dad is artistic. He creates really beautiful fishing flies. Just mention his work of fly tying and watch his eyes light up. Sit a moment as he winds his threads and here him talking to himself passionately about what he is doing. When he says otherwise, it makes me wonder: Who told my dad that he's not artistic? What made him think that?

A Brief History Of Medicinal Tattooing

Mara Raye Munro | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living
Mara Raye Munro

Tattoos have long been considered to be much more than body decoration. The spiritual, social, personal and political significance of getting inked is an indelible aspect of body art, and most people who have undergone the uncomfortable, to outright painful procedure attest to it's intrinsic spiritual experience. But what about tattoos as a form of healing? What if there was a medicinal and curative element to this global ritual?

Jinn: The Muses Of The Arabs

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

The phenomenon of poets getting inspired by the jinn can be traced back to pre-Islamic times. It is a living artistic and spiritual tradition that allows people to experience, to some extant, the visionary realities of the prophets, the Friends of God (Awliya) and the saints.

In Conversation With The Conscious, Subconscious And Unconscious Mind

Raji Aujla | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Living
Raji Aujla

I met with widely-acclaimed hypno-healer Debbie Papadakis. Why? My investigation to learn about the conscious mind and abolish creative blocks brought me to her. In the consultation, Debbie explained that the mind is broken into three different states: the conscious, the subconscious, and the unconscious.

Art Empowers Marginalized Youth To Dream Big

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Some 30,000 young Canadians ages 16 to 24 are homeless at any given time. If you're young and also dealing with abuse, addiction, a broken family or mental illness, finding your way is an immensely tough trek. Art is an accessible way to confront those seemingly impossible challenges.

Artwork Is A Wedding Gift That Will Draw You Together

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

Artwork is that place where you start your adult married life together. You choose artwork as a couple, and thereby visually diarize this time in your life which means so much. Every single day. Why? Because it's on your wall. Not in a drawer.

The Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts Has Whitewashed Jazz Music

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Music
Charmaine Nelson

While the organizers took pains to lay out the background and chronology of the Beaver Hall Group, "jazz" and its social and cultural history never made an appearance. In a show dominated by portraits, and admittedly vibrant, stunning and accomplished ones, I failed to find even one black sitter.

Sufism: How Creativity Can Reconnect Us With Nature

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

Humanity is seen to be independent from nature, even above it. This has been the Western vision of the world. In poisoning the earth, we were led on a self-destructive path. But I try to invoke here an alternative vision, expressed by Islamic (Sufi) arts, which finds that the way humanity relates and depends on nature can be renewed once the creative life is reclaimed.

How To Spend 48 Hours In Montreal

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Travel
Kathy Buckworth

Canada's second largest city has so much to offer, you'll find it hard to pack it all into less than a week, but for a quick two-day trip, here are some fantastique stops to make.

What Is The Future Of Opera In Canada?

The Banff Centre | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Music
The Banff Centre

I am a firm believer in sharing, working together, and trusting that one can do what they've been asked to do. Over my two years as Program Director of Open Space at The Banff Centre, I have seen a major shift in practice, production and product. What does this mean for the future of opera in Canada?

How This Classic Soup Company Is Revitalizing Its Brand

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Business
Tiffany Leigh

It seems that you can teach an old dog new tricks. Even in its golden years, Campbell's brand is still young at heart. They know the market and consumer landscape is changing, so they're addressing these issues and concerns head on.

Why We Can't Make Pretty Art Anymore

Anya Wassenberg | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Anya Wassenberg

Art is a kind of counter thread of truth to the glossy fictions of pop culture. Western society lost its moral certainty about a century ago and rightfully so. If artists are to confront truth, the truth is so often, so ugly.

Extremists Are Targeting The Symbols Of Free Thought

Lauryn Oates | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Living
Lauryn Oates

These sites of free thought threaten Islamo-fascists as much as the well-armed armies of their enemies do. And the Taliban's reasons for bombing the French Institute are the same as the Islamic State's reasons for targeting a concert hall, a sports stadium and restaurants in Paris.

Top Ten Reasons Why Contemporary Art Is Cool!

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

I have a postcard that sits on the wall next to my desk, it says, "Art Is The New Rock'N Roll" and I believe those words to be true. Just as music is ...

What Does Being a Hyphenated Canadian Really Mean?

Bianca Pang | Posted 10.18.2015 | Canada Living
Bianca Pang

Should we choose to embrace our traditions, or let them fade? I choose to embrace them because I want that left side of the dash to remain part of who I am, and as I continue on each year commemorating these events, I want to be celebrating them whole-heartedly and meaningfully.

Nuit Blanche Is a One-Night-Only Affair With Lasting Significance

Sara Diamond | Posted 10.03.2015 | Canada Living
Sara Diamond

Nuit Blanche draws criticism -- all answerable. Some say that the event has strayed too far from its original focus on art -- others say that there's too much corporate involvement and focus on cultural tourism. The payback to Toronto is meaningful. I take these concerns seriously. Its impact since 2006 has grown from $1 million to $40.5 million last year, a lot of money flowing into Toronto's economy for just one night.

Viet Cong Is Dumb Art, Not an Argument for Taboos

David Psutka | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Music
David Psutka

The problem with this particular group of guys isn't that they invoked the Vietnam War at all, it's that they did it for a really shitty reason. To suggest that any subject matter be restricted to any artist is a low-key expression of censorship and should be resisted. Politically sensitive, controversial imagery needs to be available; to declare it off-limits infantilizes the role of music and art, and our expectations from it.

New Art Space in Toronto's Chinatown Hub of Collaboration

Jordan Sterling | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Living
Jordan Sterling

This is not your standard art gallery that features one artist at a time with an entire exhibit. Instead, ARTarium aggregates a wide variety of different artists, even showcasing drastically different mediums. The space is intriguing and overwhelming all at the same time.

The Greater Toronto Area Has Got Class

Yelp Canada | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Living
Yelp Canada

School might not officially be in session right now, but that doesn't mean you can't tickle your right brain for a change while you're giving your left a break from the books. There are certainly no shortage of creative outlets in the 'burbs, and with many businesses offering classes for adults and kids, you may have the secret weapon to a family friendly summer, right in your own backyard!

You Should Take Fun Seriously

Beverley Golden | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Living
Beverley Golden

Although we have more leisure time in our lives, we are having less fun. We could reap the benefits throughout our lives if we would give ourselves permission to indulge in some childlike fun. Realizing that I might not have been taking fun seriously, I'm committed to now share freely my own particular brand of fun without hesitation with anyone who asks.

How Kids Can Make a Difference

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Study after study indicates that parents, schools and community members all have a role to play in developing caring, ethical children. But how do we do that in a way that's less about layering on the duty and obligation? How do we nurture a child's own instincts about what's needed in the world, and help them find their own unique way to give?