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A selection of news, press releases and events posted regularly:

  • Stop the Arts Cuts!

    09-Aug-2011

    Arts organizations more than ever need to think sustainably, collectively and responsibly, given the serious cuts in Canadian arts funding. Everywhere in the country, arts professionals are wondering whether the next cut will come from the city, province or the federal government. Like a tsunami, the cuts are threatening to swamp vulnerable cultural expressions and organizations.

    It all started in 2008, when the federal government’s international touring grants were cancelled. Last year brought devastating cuts in arts and culture funding in BC, followed by Alberta a few months later. A few weeks ago and in the same spirit, an anxious arts community witnessed the verbal assault of the internationally-acclaimed Quebec dancer Margie Gillis on the new Sun television channel.

    It’s clear that we are just in the middle of this sad story. This week brought news that two national, Ottawa-based, arts service organizations, the Cultural Human Resources Council and the 60-year old Canadian Conference of the Arts will lose their federal funding.

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  • The Value of Presenting: A Study of Arts Presentation in Canada

    12-Jul-2011 The Value of Presenting
     

    Canada’s performing arts presenting networks are conducting a large-scale enquiry in order to understand and communicate the value and benefits of presenting for Canadians and to raise awareness of the role of the live arts presenter in the creative chain, in communities, in society. This enquiry will initiate a series of dialogues, throughout the country and in both official languages, which will strengthen the connections between the various stakeholders of the presenting field.

    The Value of Presenting: A Study of Arts Presentation in Canada website is a space for people who present live performing arts in Canada and everyone they work with.

    You can use this site to:
    - participate in dialogues
    - preview findings
    - examine emerging ideas
    - stay up-to-date on project activities.

    Over the next two years, the study aims to generate broad consensus on the value and impact of presenting and the role of the performing arts presenter in the creative chain, in their communities as well as their contribution to society at large.

    To achieve this, we explore live performing arts presentation from the diverse perspectives of artists, creators, producers, and managers as well as municipalities, people working in related sectors like health, social services or education, the interested public and arts presenters themselves.

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    L’importance de la diffusion: une étude sur la diffusion des arts au Canada


    L'importance de la diffusion
     

    CAPACOA et les réseaux canadiens de diffusion des arts de la scène ont entrepris une enquête de grande envergure afin d’évaluer les bienfaits de la diffusion des arts de la scène et d’ainsi favoriser une meilleure compréhension du rôle des diffuseurs au sein de la chaîne de création, au sein de leurs collectivités et au sein de la société en général. Cette enquête initie un large dialogue d’un bout à l’autre du pays et, ce, dans les deux langues officielles. L’exercice vise également à renforcer les liens qui unissent les différentes parties prenantes du milieu de la diffusion.

    Le site web consacré à « L’importance de la diffusion: une étude sur la diffusion des arts au Canada » se veut un lieu de rencontre et de dialogue tant pour les gens qui diffusent les arts vivants au Canada que pour ceux et celles qui travaillent avec eux.

    Vous pouvez utiliser le site pour :
    ‒ Prendre part aux dialogues
    ‒ Jeter un coup d’œil aux résultats préliminaires
    ‒ Examiner et discuter des idées qui vont émerger
    ‒ Demeurer à l'affût des activités du projet

    Au cours des deux prochaines années, nous aimerions créer un consensus sur la valeur et l’impact de la diffusion, sur le rôle des diffuseurs dans la chaîne créatrice et sur leur contribution, tant dans leur collectivité que dans la société en général.

    Pour atteindre ce but, nous allons explorer le monde de la diffusion des arts vivants selon plusieurs perspectives : celle des artistes, des créateurs, des producteurs, des gérants, des municipalités, des gens qui travaillent dans des secteurs connexes tels que la santé, l’éducation et les services sociaux, celle membres du public qui sont intéressés et finalement celle des diffuseurs eux-mêmes.

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  • Creative returns on investment: Funding the arts grows the bottom line

    05-Jul-2011

    When investment banker Robert Foster agreed to co-chair an advisory council early in January to update Toronto’s culture plan, he did so assuming everyone he spoke to shared his underlying philosophy: that a creative city drives the engine of economic growth.

    For Foster, who has been profoundly influenced by the writings of culture guru Richard Florida, the evidence is overwhelming that investing in arts and culture produces healthier, more prosperous and more livable world-class cities.

    But in an era of fiscal restraint, where many individual Canadians trim concert tickets and live theatre from their personal budgets, he might have expected resistance from those holding the public purse strings.

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  • Complaints about Sun News interpretive-dance interview overwhelm watchdog

    30-Jun-2011

    A Canadian broadcast watchdog says it has received a record-setting number of complaints from viewers about a recent Sun News TV interview.

    Canadian Broadcast Standards Council national chairman Ron Cohen says his organization has received more than 4,100 complaints about a June 1 interview between host Krista Erickson and Quebec-born dancer Margie Gillis.

    The council typically receives about 2,000 complaints in an entire year.

    “It's the most individual complaints we've received about a single incident,” Mr. Cohen said in a telephone interview from Ottawa on Tuesday, noting that the number is only surpassed if petitions are included.

    In fact, the council issued a release Tuesday asking Canadians to stop sending in complaints because the volume of letters already exceeds the council's resources.

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  • CDA referenced in article on CBC funding

    21-Jun-2011

    Say what you want about the CBC – and I have – but there are two undeniable facts about the broadcaster. First, it costs roughly $1-billion a year. Second, that cost puts it constantly under assault.

    Recent years of minority Conservative governments and the arrival of a majority have emboldened CBC-haters. What the CBC costs taxpayers is a weapon to wield against it and CBC bashing has reached a new level of hysteria. There are people who want to dance on its grave.

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