Canada Arts

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

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 08.14.2014 | 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.

We are All Albert Herring

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada
Hadani Ditmars

In this centenary year of composer Benjamin Britten, I recall my first exposure to his complex, beautiful and technically challenging music. I was a ...

Tomorrow's Einsteins Are Playing in the Key of G(enius)

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Researchers at Michigan State University just published a study drawing a strong line between creative arts and scientific acumen. The researchers found that, of 82 students who had graduated from science, technology, engineering and math programs at MSU's elite Honours College, 93 per cent had music training at some point in their lives.

Life is Beautiful? Even the Marginalized Can Benefit from Art

Imelda Nurwisah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Imelda Nurwisah

As humble as they might be, beauty and art can play a part in the support service toolkit that helps the homeless with life challenges and provides assistance that is emotional, social, and spiritual in nature.

Who Said Vancouver Was Drama-Free? Tosca Proves the Opposite

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Music
Hadani Ditmars

Vancouver Opera's Tosca is a true celebration of life. Despite the unhappy ending that all opera lovers know, there is such unbridled passion, joy a...

Bulletins From Immortality: Freeing Emily Dickinson

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Hadani Ditmars

The body of Margie Gillis is an interpretive canvas. Emotions spill out like colours as she quivers through her dance, alive with joy and sorrow, pain...

How to Push Your Ideas to the Max

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg Some years ago, I read an article that quoted an advertising guru who said: "An idea has no value unless you do something with it." Although I no longer recall the name of the adman, I have never forgotten his words. In a way, they began to transform my life.

Manifesto Festival Announces 7 Year Lineup & Evolution Theme

Che Kothari | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada
Che Kothari

Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture goes down September 19-22 in Toronto Canada featuring headliners Jhene Aiko and the 20 year anniversary cele...

TIFF Film Review: Jeff Barnaby's "Rhymes for Young Ghouls"

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

2013-08-12-blog_spotlight_on_tiff_v01.jpg The story of Rhymes for Young Ghouls is well-told, well-paced and nicely poised between moments of tension and tenderness. The frames are well-lit and well composed and the music -- a good portion of which is old-school Delta blues -- perfectly complements the rawness of the film's visual character.

Foster Eastman's Great Leap Forward: The Cultural Revolution Revisited

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada
Hadani Ditmars

1958 was the beginning of the economic and social campaign by the Communist Party of China that aimed to transform a largely agrarian economy into a communist society through rapid industrialization and collectivization. The campaign led to the Great Chinese Famine, tens of millions of deaths and was followed by Chairman Mao's cultural revolution in 1966.

Eight More Canadian Artist Mavens You Want To Know

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

Oh, Canada Part 2. We continue our list of Canadian arts mavens you should know. Our source? Some more make it happen Canadians who are plugged in to ...

Melissa Bessey Awarded 2014's International Woman of Achievement for Arts and Culture

Doina Oncel | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada
Doina Oncel

There are people who think about making a difference in their world and then there are the ones that make it happen. Melissa Bessey is one of those ...

Oh Canada: A Fabulist's Guide to Patriotic Dating

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Living
Hadani Ditmars

This is a story that begins at an absinthe tasting, and ends with bad hippy dancing, halfhearted fireworks and an absent national anthem. It is not f...

Seven Canadian Arts Mavens You Want to Know

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 09.06.2013 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

Who better to share their thoughts on arts mavens in Canada that you may not know, but should, than folks who are at the pulse of the magic that is going on in our country. The secret nuggets that are just blooming. Here are their picks of what you should know.

A Theatre Mom Changed My Life

Keith Tomasek | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada
Keith Tomasek

I've been interviewing stage performers, for my StratfordFestivalReviews.com website, about the creative process and people whose lives depend upon it...

Tea - a Mirror of the Soul Speaks to Vancouver's Spiritual Possibilities

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada
Hadani Ditmars

For a city by the sea -- a port town that enthusiastically believes in its own "world-class" status -- Vancouver is a shockingly segregated place, a ...

The Case for a Canadian Film Channel

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

Let's start with an experiment. Take 10 seconds to write down as many Canadian films as you can. Ok, so how many did you come up with? "Not many" is the answer I received when asking the question to random folks.

Trey Anthony Dreams a Bigger Dream [VIDEO]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 05.31.2013 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

Trey Anthony is the creator and star of the ground-breaking production, 'da Kink in My Hair, which had its start on the stage and later debuted in 2007 on Global Television -- and has touched many women's lives. She is the first Black woman to write and produce a television show on a prime time network in Canada -- and her trailblazing ways have not stopped there.

Theatre Review: Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott

Beverly Akerman | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada
Beverly Akerman

One reason the play is shocking: It is so badly written. The playwright, Beverley Cooper, used court transcripts and apparently knocked it together in a short time. It shows. If you have a couple of hours and want to know what really happened to Steven Truscott, you would be better off reading a book about him.

Dancing with the Stars...of David

Stacey Leavitt-Wright | Posted 03.31.2013 | Canada Alberta
Stacey Leavitt-Wright

I started out with the Aviv Dancers looking for more exercise and adult companionship, but I have found so much more in Israeli dance. Not only has it become an important expression of my Jewish heritage, but it has become a powerful way for my daughters and I to share an activity we all love.