Canada Arts

Ahmadi Muslims, Let's Use Mahershala Ali's Oscar Win To Talk About The Arts

Osman Shah | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada
Osman Shah

As a first-generation Pakistani-Canadian-immigrant, I can tell you that some stereotypes are based on truths. The one you hear about immigrant parents...

Music Soothes The Savage Sound Bite

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada
Hadani Ditmars

Can music still soothe the savage sound bite? That was my quest this last fortnight, as I sought solace from non-stop Trumpapocalypse onslaught on "s...

The Medium Is The Message

Jeff Melanson | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada Business
Jeff Melanson

As the famous Canadian media theorist, Marshall McLuhan, suggests "the medium is the message". While we most often apply this quote to communications or technology, I like to think of its application to the design of everything from city streets to textiles. I often wonder about the assumptions buried within various systems we have designed to develop, educate, work and live.

We Are All Artistic Beings Who Need The Arts

Jeff Melanson | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada
Jeff Melanson

It's interesting to read of developments in the field of genetics where scientists are looking for DNA markers of artistic or creative genius. There h...

Why Design Is So Integral In Our Everyday Lives

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Style
Marcello Cabezas

Everything we interact with has been in the hands, the thoughts, the dreams of someone. Some person, some team, some group has thought sometimes for minutes, hours, days and maybe years. Their challenge. How to make this "thing" functional, durable, environmentally conscious, pleasing, interesting, and relevant? And hopefully thought inspiring?

Diversity In Books: Kind Of A No-Brainer

Romi Moondi | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Living
Romi Moondi

We, as a society, are on a streak of consuming content based on totally imagined, impossible-to-relate-to worlds. Indeed, this is us, a human race that's fully accepting of bug-eyed, slimy aliens. And yet... a story that involves a different culture or a different skin colour is simply a little too..."out there?"

Columbus Ohio City Wellness Guide

Christine E. Laprade | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada
Christine E. Laprade

Ohio has been making headlines recently. I was in town last month for my very first time and I can't believe how little publicity Columbus is getting,...

Mama Bear Teaches Us How To Dream

Cathy Elliott | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Cathy Elliott

Twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack was robbed of his culture, his innocence, his life. DAREarts is dreaming of a time when these children can live a life full of possibility and hope.

Party Like It's 1799 At Vancouver's Bach Festival

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada
Hadani Ditmars

The 18th century was a dangerous time to dance. I learned this along with other invaluable life lessons, at Early Music Vancouver's inaugural Bach Fe...

Government Support Could Have Saved Toronto Fashion Week

Ashlee Froese | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Style
Ashlee Froese

I speculate that Toronto Fashion Week was unable to secure a key sponsor, which significantly impacted its operating budget. It is a shame that it was unable to secure a new sponsor. Perhaps an alternative sponsor opportunity may come to fruition. Unfortunately, there is another type of funding that is not available.

Vancouver Counts Down To Indian Summer Fest 2016

Genevieve Michaels | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Genevieve Michaels

The sixth annual Indian Summer Festival is fast approaching, and arts and culture lovers all over our city are gearing up for what promises to be the most intellectually stimulating ten days of the year. Taking place from July 7th to 16th, the festival combines a range of events featuring thinkers, artists, and leaders from Canada, South Asia, and beyond into a program that promises to be enlightening, entertaining, and inclusive.

Romeo And Juliet Is Now A Choose-Your-Own-Path Story

Michael MacDonald | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Living
Michael MacDonald

I first meet Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics, co-editor of the Machine of Death series, and author of To Be or Not To Be: That is the Adventure, at a recent Toronto reading. North was presenting the sequel to TBoNTB: TitA, a second choose-your-path Shakespeare novel titled Romeo and/or Juliet.

Reconnecting With Arts Using Virtual And Augmented Reality

Awane Jones | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Awane Jones

It is essential that arts organizations adapt to shifting demographics and a rapidly changing participatory culture. In effort to address this new need, virtual reality and augmented reality can show us new ways to explore the arts and help spark a new interest and motivation for arts-goers.

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.

Are Online Relationships The Future Of Theatre Production?

The Banff Centre | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada Alberta
The Banff Centre

Making an original theatre piece from scratch is hard enough, but to design a set and add creative elements when your designers are spread out around the world is, well, a real accomplishment.

Scarlett Johansson Shines In Audible's 'Alice In Wonderland'

Lauren Buritsch | Posted 02.26.2017 | Canada Music
Lauren Buritsch

Alice in Wonderland continues its comeback streak with Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson's audio version of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland via Audible Studios, an Amazon company. Audible says, "It tells the story of the young and imaginative Alice, who grows weary of her storybook, one 'without pictures or conversations,' and follows a hasty hare underground -- to come face to face with a host of strange and fantastic characters."

How Two Married Actors Make It Work On And Off The Stage

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Living
Marcello Cabezas

Paul Gross and Martha Burns are a married couple that have made it look easy. Both successful in their long careers, they have shown the arts community and the world it can work. Now going on year 28 of marriage, they focus their efforts on making art, making their relationship work and raising two children.

We All Have A Say In The Future Of Ontario's Culture Strategy

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 11.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Marcello Cabezas

In a world where a two-way exchange between government and citizen is the goal, it's encouraging when we see it actually happening. Since September, there have been a number of calls for insights from citizens. The end goal is to create the first ever comprehensive culture strategy for the province of Ontario.

Meet Canada's Next Top Opera Stars

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Music
Marcello Cabezas

Years of work, sacrifice and commitment came down to this. A truly one-of-a-kind program, Centre Stage shines a spotlight on Canada's future opera stars competing for cash prizes, as well as a coveted spot in the COC Ensemble Studio, Canada's premier development program for young opera professionals.

Now That We'll Have A Diverse Cabinet, The Arts Need To Catch Up

Bob Ramsay | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Living
Bob Ramsay

I suppose if Toronto weren't the only city in the world where -- at least freely and willingly -- the visible minority has become the visible majority, the picture of an all-white arts board, let alone an all-white anything board, wouldn't be so starkly offensive. But it is.

Supporting the Arts, One Point at a Time

Sonny Wong | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sonny Wong

If loyalty programs helped turn around an ailing airline industry, why couldn't it do the same for the arts?

Why You Should Consider Arts and Culture Policy When You Vote

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Marcello Cabezas

This election, its place in how we grow has a country has been very top of mind. The message is clear. A thriving arts and culture sector is good news for everyone. As you consider your vote on Oct. 19, we wanted to provide some insight on the key policy promises the federal parties have made, and how they will impact you.

Stephen Harper and the Death of Canadian Culture

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 10.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Hadani Ditmars

In light of recent announcements that the current government plans to sell off the CBC buildings across this land -- the very art of cultural commentary might not be long for this nation. As Harper slowly dismantles every political and cultural institution intrinsic to the Canadian way of life I wonder -- will the future Joni Mitchells, Leonard Cohens and Neil Youngs be left to fend for themselves?

Canada Must Be a Nation That Supports Arts and Culture

Stéphane Dion | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Stéphane Dion

In Canada, arts and culture are at a crossroads. They can either move forward or backward, depending on the choices we make. For them to move forward, it will be more than ever necessary for the federal government to play a leading role. The Liberals, under Justin Trudeau's leadership, are determined to make Canada, more than ever, a place where cultural expression is created and enjoyed whatever its roots, foreign or domestic.

BLOG: Calgary's New National Music Centre Shows Public Support for Arts

Stephen Cera | Posted 09.25.2016 | Canada Alberta
Stephen Cera

The NMC should enhance the musical landscape in Calgary by becoming a focal point for activity, and create a bridge to the music industry across the country. It will be a hub for community events and activities in Calgary's East Village, a key part of that area's redevelopment. It will spur cultural tourism and likely be a catalyst for employment in commercial music and related sectors.