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  • 3
    Feb

    #callresponse: Situating Indigenous women in re/conciliation

    By Tarah Hogue
    Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Tanya Tagaq, performance, 2015. Photo: Front of House Photography.

    In this post Tarah Hogue gives an update on #callresponse, a socially-engaged work that brings together 5 site-specific art commissions across the country and uses social media and a dedicated project website to connect the sites and generate discussion. The project is one of 6 funded through the Reconciliation initiative made possible through a partnership between the Canada Council, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (The C...

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  • 25
    Jan

    Eligibility and the New Funding Model

    By Jacques Vézina
    NFM 6 Programs

    If you’re reading this, you’ve no doubt heard about the Canada Council’s New Funding Model, with new programs and criteria, effective in 2017. The new programs will also feature a new approach to managing eligibility that treats applicant and activity eligibility through separate processes. Is my project eligible? Currently, each Canada Council program includes very specific and detailed eligibility criteria for both applicants and activities, usually based on your artistic di...

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  • 11
    Jan

    Art on The Rock: Check your expectations at the door

    By Robert Chafe
    Jeremiah Sparks, Starr Domingue, Neema Bickersteth, Alison Woolridge, Anderson Ryan Allen, and Petrina Bromley, in Artistic Fraud’s Oil and Water. Photo: Peter Bromley

    In July 2015, Canada Council Inter-Arts Office Coordinator Claude Schryer attended Liminus, a 4-day interdisciplinary festival in Woody Point, Newfoundland. Afterwards, he invited participant Robert Chafe to share his observations about the arts scene and cultural life on “the rock.” ********************************* When my company, Artistic Fraud, first started touring in 1999, the common reaction from audiences and the media was: “You guys are really making this stuff in Ne...

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  • 22
    Dec

    Connecting with a New Generation of Kathak

    By Deepti Gupta
    ANKIGAM, a seminar in Kathak and choreography, brought together Kathak dancers from across Canada.

    Kathak dance artist Deepti Gupta organized a symposium on her dance form with support from the Canada Council’s Equity Office (Cultivate Initiative). In this post, she shares her thoughts about the event and its impact. Early in my career, I began pushing the boundaries of my chosen dance form, Kathak, a traditional storytelling form of northern India. In fact, as soon as I returned from professional training in New Delhi, I started to deconstruct Kathak into bits and pieces. These bits a...

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  • 16
    Dec

    On the Road to Petawawa...

    By Christopher Morris
    Vicki and Michael (Christine Horne and Sanjay Talwar) in the production The Road to Paradise, by Human Cargo (2015). Photo: Chris Gallo

    Seven years ago I made a trip to Pembroke, Ontario to begin research on The Road to Paradise, a play about how the war was affecting the families of soldiers stationed at CFB Petawawa. It was a great feeling this weekend to return, all these years later, to present that play to the community where it all began.  Plays don’t usually take seven years to create, but this one was unique in the scope of the research, the inclusion of international theatre artists and the desire to get it...

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  • 15
    Dec

    Play Harder: Saving the Environment with Music? (Entry 6)

    By Maria Millar
    Shawn Wyckoff, Maria Millar and Anna Millar at the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014 (Photo: Shawn Wyckoff)

    Read the previous post in Maria Millar's Play Harder series:  Help Me, I'm an Artist (Entry 5) Staying passionate about climate change is an uphill battle. Show me an image of starving children, animal abuse or yet another shooting and my heart jolts: “This must be stopped,” my brain (or voice) yells as I see red. But climate change? It’s the reverse – a brain-to-heart process of reminding myself, “Yes, this is what I s...

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