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  • 20
    Feb

    The Future of Inuit Art is... Inuit

    By Beth Kotierk
    Sarni Pootoogook, Blue Bird and Sedna, 2002, etching and aquatint

      Inuk artist Beth Kotierk attended a panel discussion, Inuit Contemporary, hosted by the Canada Council Art Bank and the Inuit Art Foundation at First Canadian Place, Toronto on January 14, 2015. In this post she shares her reflections on the event. On January 14, 2015, a gathering of artists, curators and art-lovers came together to discuss issues of contemporary Inuit and Canadian art at a panel discussion entitled Inuit Contemporary. The discussion, organized by the Canada Counc...

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  • 13
    Feb

    PLR Program Delivers Results: 16,865 authors paid for public use of their work in Canadian libraries

    By Peter Schneider

    The next time you visit a public library, take a moment to consider the value of the creativity contained in the thousands of titles available to you for free. When you read a library book, you get to keep the ideas held within – libraries are engines of cultural and economic development, with enormous benefits to Canadian society. The Public Lending Right program exists as a means of providing fair compensation to Canadian literary creators for the value of their intellectual property con...

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  • 11
    Feb

    Condolences

    By Blog Editors

      The Canada Council for the Arts wishes to expresses its deepest sympathies to the families of artists Lacy Morin-Desjarlais, Michael Green and Michele Sereda, as well as to that of Blackfoot educator Narcisse Blood, all of whom died Tuesday morning in a tragic collision in wintry conditions in Saskatchewan. Each of them was an inspired, respected and beloved leader, and we share with countless others in the Canadian artistic and Aboriginal communities a deep sense of grief at their unex...

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  • 11
    Feb

    APM 2015: Answering your questions

    By Blog Editors
    Simon Brault, Canada Council's Director and CEO, and the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, at the Canada Council's Annual Public Meeting, Jan. 20, 2015.

    On January 20, 2015, the Canada Council for the Arts held its annual public meeting (APM). Some 115 people attended in person, close to 900 watched via live-stream, and hundreds of others participated via social media channels (Council blog, Twitter, Facebook). Special guests included the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and dancer Natasha Bakht. The meeting also included a screening of Bihttoš by writer/director Elle-Máij&aa...

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  • 11
    Feb

    Orchestral Tuning Arrangement: A Made-in-Canada Concert Ritual

    By John Oswald
    Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) performs the Orchestral Tuning Arrangement in Regent Park, Toronto, June 2014. Photo: Loie Fallis, TSO

    It happens at every concert – the orchestra tunes as anticipation for the performance builds. More than a technically necessary exercise, tuning is an important ritual that marks the formal beginning of the show. But other than perfunctory applause for the entrance of the concertmaster, the audience mostly ignores it. In the late 20th century, Linda Catlin Smith and I composed Orchestral Tuning Arrangement to expand the ritual of tuning, enhance its functionality, and celebrate the ...

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  • 29
    Jan

    5 Questions: Nicki Reckziegel, Emerging Architect

    By Nicki Reckziegel
    Nicki Reckziegel, Retracing a Place of Memory - The Contemplator

    Montréal-based Nicki Reckziegel is the winner of the Canada Council’s 2014 Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners.  With this award, she will travel to “institutions of refuge” (crisis centers, safe houses, hospitals) in 18 locations across Central and East Africa. She will also intern with MASS Design Group, a non-profit organization that has designed health-care facilities in developing countries around the world. Through this travel and internshi...

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