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ART! Stars at the G8 and G20 Summits

Curator William Huffman of the Toronto Arts Council has, in collaboration with the Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) organized some 200-odd Canadian artworks to be displayed to foreign dignitaries during the G8 and G20 summits. After the fake lake brouhaha, this comes as a better bit of G20 art news, as my fellow blogger Leah Sandals acknowledges in her
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Well, well, well…Harper Government ‘Repairs’ Arts Cuts Damage

Check out this article on how Prime Minister Stephen Harper is trying to repair the damage caused by his cultural slash-and-burn: “The new funding will reportedly include $100 million for arts festivals, music, and comedy across the country and $60 million for the Cultural Spaces Canada program, which constructs and maintains theaters, museums, and other cultural buildings….” Hmm….Mr. Nice Guy?
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VoCA Loves…Christie Blatchford

Charles Pachter, The Painted Flag, 1981. Image: cpachter.com Food for thought by Ms. Blatchford from a recent issue of the Globe and Mail… “…Artists, while precious and important to the nation, are not fragile and ought not to be infantilized. They don’t need coddling and protection from government; they don’t need their work to be judged only kindly or only
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News: Canada’s Anti-Harper Department of Culture sees results

There are 5 days to go until the election…. [youtube]h1jOczj7Mmo[/youtube] The Toronto Star says: As Tuesday’s election looms, artists across Canada have a message for culture lovers: Don’t get mad, get Stephen. Read the rest of the article HERE On Torontoist.com, Johnnie Walker writes: “In retaliation against the positively terrifying notion of a Conservative majority government, groups like Vote For
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One Victory for Canadian Culture: Government backtracks on Bill C-10

THANK GOODNESS.  In a move that seems designed to respond to the brou-haha over the Conservative government cuts to the arts, particularly in Quebec where they are very – rightfully – angry, Prime Minister Harper’s Conservative Government has decided NOT to reintroduce Bill C-10, the bill that would eliminate tax credits to films deemed to be “contrary to public policy.”
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VoCA Loves…Margaret Atwood

Please, please read the full article that Ms. Atwood – the queen of Canada’s literary scene – wrote in yesterday’s Globe and Mail about the Conservative government’s cuts to the arts. Here’s an excerpt: “Tuesday, (Prime Minister Stephen Harper) told us that some group called “ordinary people” didn’t care about something called “the arts.” His idea of “the arts” is
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News: Playwright Wajdi Mouawad’s Letter to Stephen Harper

Playwright Wajdi Mouawad. Image: ledevoir.com From Wajdi Mouawad, Governor General Award-winning Canadian playwright; Knight of the Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres, France; Artistic Director of French Theatre, The National Arts Centre of Canada. Originally published in the Montreal paper Le Devoir. Monsieur le premier ministre, We are neighbours. We work across the street from one another. You are
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News: Toronto Arts Community Sets up Department of Culture

The OLD Canadian twenty dollar bill. Image: members.shaw.ca Did you know that if you look at the NEW Canadian twenty dollar bill – you’ll need a magnifying glass – you will read the following quote by French-Canadian author Gabrielle Roy (1908 – 1983): Could we ever know each other in the slightest without the arts? Nous connaitrions-nous seulement un peu
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The Cuts Continue to Canadian Cultural Programs

In case you missed it, here’s a link to the latest on the Canadian culture cuts – from today’s Globe and Mail: “The Tories are committed to cutting $44.8-million in spending on arts and culture by April of 2010…” Click HERE for an article that basically amounts to a long list of cultural programs to be cut. Yesterday, VoCA spoke
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Cuts to Arts Funding – Harper’s Slash and Burn Continues…

This Globe and Mail article quotes Canadian Heritage Minister Josée Verner: “Culture is an essential element of the identity of a nation and in that sense, will always have its unfailing support,” And yet… “The Stabilization Projects, to be shut down in April, were established in seven cities from Victoria to Charlottetown to provide financial and administrative support to arts
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