Council Blog

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    Behind the Scenes the Canada Council is... Cool!

    By Ben Compton
    Ben Compton, summer student, Canada Council Art Bank

    For the last 3 months, I’ve worked at the Canada Council Art Bank as a summer student. It has been the best job I have had all year. Actually, it’s the only job I’ve found this year, but still… My summer student work has been a perfect pairing of my love of arts and culture and my interest in communications. Although it hasn’t felt very long, it has been a fantastic learning opportunity. Most of my time has been spent at the Art Bank, however I have also had the ch...

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    Developing Thematic Dictionaries of Eastern James Bay Cree

    Cover, Cree-English Dictionary

    Dr. Marie-Odile Junker, a Killam Research Fellow, is the project director responsible for publishing a new dictionary of Eastern James Bay Cree. In this post she writes about the need for the dictionary and some of the unique challenges she faced and discoveries she made in producing it.   Aboriginal languages under threat Canada’s Aboriginal languages are, for the most part, in danger of disappearing. Eastern James Bay Cree is no exception, despite being taught in schools and spoke...

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    5 Questions: Veronica Maguire, flamenco dancer, choreographer, teacher

    Scene from Pasajes, shown left to right : Mieka Michaux, Veronica Maguire, Miguel Rosendo, Luis de la Tota, Coral de los Reyes, Jesus Alvarez. Photo : Levent Erutku Photography

    On July 12, Victoria-based flamenco dancer Veronica Maguire was awarded the 2014 Canada Council Jacqueline Lemieux Prize. This annual award is given to the year’s most deserving applicant from the Grants to Dance Professionals Program and Grants to Aboriginal Dance Professionals program.  Veronica was first introduced to flamenco over 40 years ago and has since taken this traditional dance form to new heights. She has studied from masters in Spain, and has earned international renown ...

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    Rafael Lozano-Hemmer @ the Canada Council

    Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

    A short interview with media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer about his interactive installation The Year's Midnight in the lobby of the Canada Council’s offices at 150 Elgin Street in Ottawa. John:          Who is that man with smoke coming out of his eyes?  It’s none other than Rafael Lozano-Hemmer who is here at the Canada Council offices to work on his new installation piece, or the installation of his piece.  Rafael, what is the name of this wo...

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    5 Questions: D'Arcy Jones, architect

    By D'Arcy Jones
    Abenbare Renovation, Toronto, 2012

    Vancouver-based architect D’Arcy Jones is the 2014 winner of the Canada Council’s Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement. This annual award is given to an architect in the early stages of a career with outstanding creative talent and exceptional potential in architectural design. D’Arcy Jones is known for his award-winning projects throughout Canada. He heads a studio recognized for its fine craft sensibility – a reputation earned through collaborations with ce...

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    Simon Brault on the arts

    Simon Brault on the arts

    In this video, Simon Brault talks about the unique course his life has taken and shares his vision of public engagement in the arts, the pivotal role played by artists in our society, and the importance of the Canada Council’s mission.

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