Canada Arts

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 04.06.2016 | 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 02.26.2016 | 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 12.16.2015 | 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 11.19.2015 | 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 11.09.2015 | 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 11.03.2015 | 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 10.26.2015 | 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.

How Not to Be a Douche at the Toronto International Film Festival

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Living
Marcello Cabezas

In a few days, show businesses big fete lands in Toronto and you are all invited. The excitement of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is building and everyone can feel it. It's a time that brings out the best and at times the worst in people.

Yukon Dancers Sparkle at Panamania

Lisa Jackson | Posted 07.28.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Jackson

The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers travelled 5,000 kilometres from Whitehorse to perform onstage at the Aboriginal Pavilion, as part of the 17-day Indigenous arts, culture and sports festival that ran parallel to the Pan Am Games.

How Panamania Is Inspiring a City Like Never Before

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

There is movement happening right now as you read this. PANAMANIA. 250 performances & exhibitions over 35 days. Simply put, it has ignited a collect...

How a School Reunion Is Changing the Face of Canadian Theatre

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

Here's a riddle for you: What do you get when you pair a school with 42 actors playing 100 different characters with 40 original songs and dance numbe...

This Canadian Spoken Word Artist Brings New Relevance to Poetry

Alison Tedford | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

Shane Koyczan brings relevance to poetry, because he is inimitably relatable. He makes beautiful art from pain and speaks openly about his struggles with acquired brain injury. His candor about his struggles serve to reinforce the message: You are not alone.

Top Ten Reasons Why Theatre Is Cool

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Blasted at the Pi Theatre The theatre has such a vibrant ability to bring words to life. I first became aware of how theatre can be engaging and rev...

A Night at the Opera with Harper: Die Fledermaus and Masked Avengers

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Hadani Ditmars

I wonder if any judge in late 19th-century Vienna ever asked a woman to remove her mask? And what exactly is Prime Minister Harper's position on maske...

The Top Reasons Why Ballet Is Cool

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 03.01.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Ballet is beyond cool. It is a unique expression of a story and music combined. The dancers have gone through years of practises and hours of gruellin...