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

  • Toronto’s future culture shock


    Creative Capital Gains — a persuasive report that will be tabled at City Hall next week — is a wake-up call. Instead of being another plea from artists for more support, it focuses on the economy and shows that Toronto’s hopes for future prosperity depend on maximizing its cultural riches.


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  • Make arts an election issue, stars urge


    Kids in the Hall founder Mark McKinney, Nicholas Campbell of Republic of Doyle and Flashpoint lead Enrico Colantoni are urging fresh thinking from all of Canada's political parties on cultural issues.

    They were among nearly 20 performers who held a news conference in Toronto

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  • For artists the issue is funding


    MONTREAL - Last time, the artists got mad. Now they want to get even.Trouble is, they’re being so quiet about it, few people are listening.

    Blindsided by $45 million in budget cuts before the fall 2008 federal election, the artistic community across the country and especially in Quebec vowed to drive Stephen Harper’s Conservatives from power.

    In the end, Harper won, the artists lost, and the cuts went ahead. Now, better organized both at the provincial and national level, the artists want their message heard more than ever.

    But compared to the outrage of 2008, they’re going about in a very polite, very Canadian way.

    Without much fanfare, Quebec’s Mouvement pour les arts et les lettres, which represents 14,000 artists, asked all five major federal parties to outline what they have in store for culture if elected.

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  • Canada Prizes for the Arts still on hold: Moore


    A $25-million promise to Canada's arts community continues to be delayed, according to Heritage Minister James Moore.

    The Canada Prizes for the Arts and Creativity was part of the 2009 Conservative budget but not a single prize or a single penny has been handed out.

    Backed by the founders of Toronto's Luminato Festival, along with the National Ballet School's Jeff Melanson, the prizes were to be bestowed on top international artists in various disciplines at the Toronto festival.

    Outrage erupted in Quebec, where arts groups and politicians were already upset over $45 million in federal cuts to arts spending the year before — cuts that cost the Conservatives many votes in the province.

    As a result, the Harper government announced last spring the Canada Prizes would be administered by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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  • Atlantic Fringe Festival to be put on hold for two years


    The pause button has been hit on the Atlantic Fringe Festival.

    Ken Pinto, the festival’s artistic director, has decided to put it on hold for two years while he focuses on Titanic 100. Needless to say, prospective Fringe-goers and participants are not happy.

    Michael McPhee, an actor, producer and participant in past Fringe shows, has begun rallying people online. Some suggestions so far are to go to the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Fringe Festival, or start another one.

    The angry virtual mob has taken to an online poll to decide when they should hold a community meeting about what to do. A venue for the meeting has not been chosen, but we will update when the meeting time and place are set.

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