Arts

The Top Reasons Why Ballet Is Cool

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 gruelling rehearsals to be able to grace the stage. With a...

Thank You For the Music, Paris

"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 International Chamber Music Festival this past August...

We are All Albert Herring

In this centenary year of composer Benjamin Britten, I recall my first exposure to his complex, beautiful and technically challenging music. I was a 13-year-old alto - taller and darker than almost ev...
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How to Push Your Ideas to the Max

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.

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

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.

A Theatre Mom Changed My Life

I've been interviewing stage performers, for my StratfordFestivalReviews.com website, about the creative process and people whose lives depend upon it. A common point I hear from people who have attai...

Trey Anthony Dreams a Bigger Dream [VIDEO]

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.

Dancing with the Stars...of David

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.
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The Canadian Icons Still Getting Fan Mail Long After Death

There are signs that the Group of Seven is finally hip with the Canadian people, even those who don't go to art galleries. At the end of last week's taping I took the TV crew to see the Group of Seven cemetery. We got there and I found that someone had taken the time to write fan letters to the long-dead artists and placed them in front of their rough-rock headstones.
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Is the Canada Council Just Funding Hobbies?

Most areas of government funding are being trimmed, so why not arts grants too? A probable reason why the arts program escapes the Finance Minister's knife is because any cuts to the artsy set, results in a nation-wide howl that the Philistines are taking over. But to some, that's seen as public money funding someone's hobby.