With the Stanley Cup playoffs in full heat, Justin Bieber dominating the music charts all over the world and Canadian paintings being auctioned for more than most people's houses, here's a question we're tossing about the Huffpost newsroom: Which is more essential to our Canadian identity? Is it the black puck being whacked about the ice? Or is it the quill of Mordecai Richler and the paint-dipped brush of Jean-Paul Lemieux? You decide.
President, Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation
Douglas Knight is president and co-chair of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation and a director of Writer’s Trust of Canada. He is also president of St. Joseph Media. He served as publisher & CEO of The Financial Post and Toronto Sun newspapers in Canada and was the founding chairman & CEO of ImpreMedia in New York, the largest publisher of Spanish language newspapers in the US. He co-founded a number of national awards programs including Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, the CEO of the Year and the Top 40 Under 40. He has served on a long list of arts, community, corporate and industry boards.
Canada is a hockey nation and always will be a hockey nation. But we are a big country with a lot more going on. While hockey is in the penalty box, perhaps it's time to embrace our winners already at the podium. As a country we punch way above our weight in the arts. This weekend the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards celebrates its 20th anniversary as the nation's highest honour for our most notable artists.
05/03/2012 11:00 EDT
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