Canada Arts

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 10.18.2015 | 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 10.10.2015 | 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 09.26.2015 | 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 09.27.2015 | 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 09.08.2015 | 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 07.28.2015 | 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 07.25.2015 | 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 r...

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 mas...

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 gruell...

One Cool Trend for 2015? FIlm Cameras!

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 02.28.2015 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

I know that digital will continue to be the camera of choice, but film continues to have its advantages. The best reason to support film is that it encourages the photographer to be present when taking a photo.

The Modern Day Book Fair Is More Than Just Books

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Living
Marcello Cabezas

As the literary and publishing world evolves, the desire to have collective gatherings connecting the global industry has increased. That said, somet...

Thank You For the Music, Paris

Adam Moscoe | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

"Oh to be young and going to Paris for the first time," exclaimed an elderly gentleman who donned his best sweatervest for a concert at the Ottawa Int...

The Arts Festival You've Dreamed Of But Don't Know About

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

It's a great thing for audiences to leave an experience feeling like they have never seen anything like that before. Now, there is a festival that is going on right now that delivers on all of this. Sounds intriguing, eh?

Canada Day: What Does the Colour Red Mean to You?

Shannon Skinner | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

This Canada Day has given me more than a reason to pause and celebrate. With all the waving of "red and white," it reminds me of how colour impacts our daily lives. In honour of Canada Day, let's take a look at the colour red and its impact on our culture.

Seduction and Abandonment: Don Giovanni As a Model for U.S. Foreign Policy

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada
Hadani Ditmars

As I took in the opening night of Vancouver Opera's Don Giovanni on the weekend, I realized there was something vaguely familiar about the libertine p...

Take This Waltz for 2014 and Make the NSA Learn to Dance

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada
Hadani Ditmars

My suggested New Year's resolution for 2014? Let's spend less time spying on each other and more time waltzing. I came to this profound conclusion at...

6 Things That Would Make Toronto Better, Ford or No Ford

Jon Packer | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Jon Packer

Rob Ford smoked crack. So what? Oh, and he plans to run for a second term as Mayor of the Greater Toronto Area in the Fall 2014 election. Really? Here is a prescription for six actions that would be good for Toronto in 2014, even if by default they result in four more years of Mayor Rob Ford.

As Pearson Airport's Curator, I'm Bringing Art to New Heights

Lee Petrie | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Travel
Lee Petrie

When I walk into Toronto Pearson International Airport, I see a blank canvas and feel a sense of possibility. As Toronto Pearson's curator I'm responsible for programming the exhibition spaces at the airport, ensuring that it reflects the vitality of the local arts and cultural community.