Embracing the unfamiliar down home

The East Coast isn’t quaint, slow, lazy or anything else others in the rest of Canada might assume. But it does tend to defy expectations

Embracing the unfamiliar down homeIf you live in one of Canada’s muscular metropolises, you might think about the Atlantic provinces once, maybe twice, a year. And when you do, you might be tempted to dismiss them as welfare states – unlike, say, Calgary. After all, most people “down home” draw unemployment at least half the year. They’re just as…

Calgary’s Fire Exit Theatre a place to explore art and faith

Val Lieske talks about how Fire Exit Theatre seeks to entertain people in order to challenge and change them

Calgary’s Fire Exit Theatre a place to explore art and faithVal Lieske is artistic director at Fire Exit Theatre in Calgary. What's the history behind Fire Exit Theatre and how it started? Lieske: Fire Exit began out of an interest to tell stories that matter; stories of faith that couldn’t or wouldn’t be told in either the church or the theatre. I had a bunch…

Calgary’s Galleria Inglewood a handcrafted business success story

Susan Copley of Galleria Inglewood has built lasting relationships with Canadian artists and a loyal clientele

Calgary’s Galleria Inglewood a handcrafted business success storySusan Copley is owner of Galleria Inglewood. What is Galleria and what does it offer? Copley: Galleria provides a venue for local and Canadian artists, potters and fine handcrafters to display and sell their handmade products. I sell their work on a consignment basis, so the artisan deserves and gets the larger portion of each…

YouTube knocking down Canada’s protective cultural wall

Canada’s creative lobby may have turned its back on the world but that doesn’t mean Canadians are joining them in their quest to hide

YouTube knocking down Canada’s protective cultural wallCanada’s creative lobby may have turned its back on the world but that doesn’t mean Canadians are joining them in their quest to hide behind a big wall of regulations aimed at protecting them from foreigners. A recent study by Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communication and Design, entitled  Watchtime Canada: How YouTube Connects Creators and…

Calgarians are far from conservative in the art they embrace

Steve Schroeder talks about how the Calgary International Film Festival contributes to the city’s cultural vibrancy

Calgarians are far from conservative in the art they embraceSteve Schroeder is executive director of the Calgary International Film Festival, which takes place Sept. 18 to 29 this year. How has the arts/culture scene in Calgary evolved? Schroeder: I’ve been working professionally in the Calgary arts scene for almost 24 years, so my perspective on this question takes the long view. There’s no doubt…

De Adder cartoon controversy is no laughing matter

Michael de Adder's contract termination by Brunswick News makes one wonder how far free speech and free thought truly go on a modern newspaper page.

De Adder cartoon controversy is no laughing matterMichael de Adder is one of Canada’s most well-known editorial cartoonists. Yet his recent involvement in a cartoon controversy is no laughing matter. His biting, satirical work has appeared in the National Post, The Hill Times, Halifax Daily News and Halifax Chronicle-Herald, among other papers. He’s also syndicated internationally through Artizans.com. De Adder parted ways…

Localized and personalized: how to keep culture relevant

The world of arts and culture offers lots of examples of gross expense and imported notions of what’s important. But there are alternatives

Localized and personalized: how to keep culture relevantHow are the National Post and the Globe and Mail doing in your neighbourhood? In Powell River, the big Toronto newspapers are on their last boomer gasp at the newsstands. In their place, piles of the weekly Powell River Peak and monthly Powell River Living fly off the counters and adjacent distribution boxes. The local…

Notre Dame inferno a towering metaphor for modern society

A building like the great cathedral casts us moderns, who think we’re so smart, in a pallid light

Notre Dame inferno a towering metaphor for modern societyFire destroyed much of Notre Dame de Paris on Monday. The loss is impossible to calculate. Whatever rebuilding efforts the French government and the Catholic church mount, the building will never be what it was. It’s almost best that they leave the ruins as they are. But rebuild they must. I visited Notre Dame once.…

The fine (and disappearing) art of handwriting

What does an illegible scribble say about the writer? Certainly more than it tells anyone trying to decipher those disjointed lines

The fine (and disappearing) art of handwritingI once worked with a man who took everything slowly. His coffee. His work. Even stuffing an envelope took a day and a half. It had to be just so. The man’s excruciating deliberateness in everything was annoying and seemingly pointless – except when it came to his handwriting. He carved museum pieces with his…

Comic superheroes are the modern era’s version of Greek gods

In this new religion, heroes speak the truth and model the behaviours, values and norms of an increasingly diverse society

Comic superheroes are the modern era’s version of Greek godsThe movie Captain Marvel is a stunning box office success. Finally, it seems, an historic wrong has been arrested. Females have broken the male hegemony on physical violence and taken their rightful place in the annals of warrior gods. Females aren’t the only new members of this celebrated superhero club. There’s Black Panther, Moon Girl,…
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