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Launch of the 2019 PuSh Festival with Kimmortal and Immigrant Lessons. Photo credit: Sarah Race.

Open Letter: Performing arts presenters need better support

January 21, 2019 – Ah, winter! For many Canadians, the season would surely be synonymous with hibernation were it not for the exceptional contribution of the arts - and of culture in general - during the cold season. With only a few days to go before the opening of numerous events throughout Canada, including Igloofest in Montreal, PuSh in Vancouver and Contact ontarois, to name just a few, and while indoors (all warm and cosy!), all sorts of shows are unfolding at a rate of 3,500 per week, signatory associations wish to stress the importance of performing arts presenters and to reiterate the urgency of providing them with greater support.   Read more

Performing Arts Attendance Held Steady in 2016

January 14, 2019 – Hill Strategies released the awaited report on Canadians’ Arts, Culture, and Heritage Participation in 2016. It found that about two-thirds of Canadians attended an arts performance or festival in 2016 (68%, or 20.0 million Canadians).   Read more

Notes from the Hippest Place in the World

December 13, 2018 – By Nadia Ross – Every time I mentioned that I was facilitating a panel on the stunning re-birth of the contemporary library and what we, in the oh-so dour performing arts industry might learn from them, people would reply: “yeah, libraries are where the cool people hang out”.   Read more