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    World Theatre Day

    By Sarah Garton Stanley
    On March 27, from noon – 4 pm (EST), celebrate World Theatre Day by contributing to – either from home or at the “Edit-A-Thon” in the lobby of the Canada Council for the Arts.

    It’s easy to see how a day to celebrate theatre is a good thing. But for those of us who make our livelihood in the theatre, World Theatre Day is also a day of self-consciousness. For us, making theatre is part of each and every day of our lives. So one day to celebrate brings with it the generalized complaint that erupts on National Aboriginal Day, International Women’s Day, or Gay Pride Day: One day for a life’s labour? Of course the parallel is spurious. But, it’...

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    Behind the Lens: The making of the Sandra Meigs video

    By Danny Berish and Ryan Mah

    Imagine the opportunity to create a short film about a key figure in the visual or media arts, with the support of a local production centre – with full creative control over your work. That was the assignment recently given to group of independent film directors. The result: Insightful, often inspiring, always creative video portraits of the 8 winners of the 2015 Governor General’s Visual and Media Arts Awards. 2015 marks the third year of this video project &...

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    100 Guitars… 100 Good Reasons

    By Tim Brady
    100 Very Good Reasons Why _____

    As an artist, I love connecting with the public.  On March 7, I had a chance to do this in a BIG way. My project “100 Very Good Reasons Why _____,” for 100 electric guitars, premiered at the Festival/Montréal Nouvelles Musiques in front of 2,400 people. Yes, I said 100 electric guitars. Yes, I said 2,400 people. And yes, this is Canadian new music! The project was presented as an immersive performance at the Complex Desjardins in downtown Montréal. Guit...

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    Craft Year: Celebrating the Fine-Craft Artists of #GGArts

    By Blog Editors
    Kye-Yeon Son, Calming, 2006, sterling silver, gold-filled wire, 24k gold plate. Private collection. Photo: Perry Jackson

    2015: It’s the both the 15th anniversary of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts and Craft Year. That’s the perfect excuse (as if we needed one!) to recognize the exceptional men and women who have won #GGArts awards. Fine craft was always eligible for the awards, but it received its own dedicated category when, in 2007, the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts came under the banner of the#GGArts awards. This ensures that Canada’...

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    A Character to Connect Us All

    By Raziel Reid
    Raziel Reid with the other 2014 Governor General's Literary Award winners, at a reception on Parliament Hill, November 26, 2014.

      Raziel Reid’s When Everything Feels like the Movies was the winner of the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award in Children’s Literature. It’s also one of the contenders in CBC's Canada Reads 2015 competition on March 16-18, 2015. We invited Raziel to share his reflections on his book and the unforgettable character with a heart big enough to beat for all of us. ***** Last week, I was asked to give a reading at Book Warehouse in Vancouver. It’s always a ...

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    International Women's Day: Let's celebrate today's strengths and tomorrow's aspirations

    By Danika Billie Littlechild
    Danika Billie Littlechild. Photo: Kelly Bell

    To celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8, we invited Danika Billie Littlechild, Vice-President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, to share her reflections on the occasion. The Commission is a network, operating within the Canada Council for the Arts, that promotes the values and programs of UNESCO to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future for Canadians.     2015 is a pivotal year on the international stage for gende...

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