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

  • 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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  • Ballet BC keeps on its toes after 25 years


    When Ballet BC was formed 25 years ago out of the remnants of another company, it was nicknamed the Cinderella Ballet for the way it transformed itself from the ugly sister to the prince's beloved.

    But a better metaphor might be the Phoenix Ballet for the way it rose from the ashes. And according to tradition, the new, young phoenix is destined to live at least as long as its old self before renewing itself again.

    Next week, the company celebrates its recent rebirth with a special night of four world premieres at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Accompanied by the Turning Point Ensemble, Ballet BC's 14 dancers will dance four works by Canadian choreographers Wen Wei Wang, Gioconda Barbuto, Donald Sales and Serge Bennathan.

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  • Petition Opposing Casino Expansion Gains Momentum


    As one of Vancouver's most powerful city councillors for nearly three decades, George Puil once dismissed public petitions as gimmicks that held little sway with him.

    But Puil, now retired, has joined an illustrious roster of B.C. politicians, artists, sociologists, architects, clerics and social activists who have signed a petition to oppose a proposed expansion of a casino at BC Place.

    Puil said on Monday he could not stand by while the city he worked hard to shape -particularly around False Creek -is at risk from a plan by the B.C. Pavilion Corporation and an American gaming corporation to build what would be the largest casino in Western Canada.

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  • Feds give local dancers a boost


    Comtemporary dance students Kayla Henry (right) and Claire Hardy perform 'Cadence' at the Rachel Brown Theatre Friday morning as the federal government announced a multi-year funding commitment to their school.

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