Arts Top 10: Volume 10

This short and sweet month brings you updates spanning hope and history... 


But is it art?  (The London Free Press)

"The Grand Theatre’s latest production ponders the question with a Tony-winning play centred around a peculiar canvas."

Métis painter promises 'inspiring' art after grant award (CBC)

"Justin Berger one of 14 artists chosen for Edmonton Arts Council cultural diversity grant."

Putting Arts in the Right Perspective (CAPACOA)

"CAPACOA regularly collaborates with key partners from the presentation sector and beyond to create an environment in which performing arts presentation can thrive. This winter, we are opening up the discussions: we invite you to join them as part of our Arts in Perspective conversations, a highly interactive web conference series."

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is a meaty yet moving Canadian work (The Globe and Mail)

"'Love a woman, not a country. … It'll only hurt your heart to love a country.'

This is perhaps not the message you'd expect to begin Canada's 150th birthday celebrations at one of our foremost national institutions.

And yet, these are the words of advice that repeatedly echo in the ears of Joey Smallwood on his long and strange journey from socialist to Liberal to the first premier of Newfoundland and the final founding father of Canada – in Robert Chafe's sweeping new stage adaptation of fellow Islander Wayne Johnston's award-winning, best-selling 1998 novel The Colony of Unrequited Dreams."

Vancouver Women’s Library set to open in February (Quill & Quire)

"The Vancouver Women’s Library was founded by Bec Wonders, em laurent, and Andrea Wheeler, three readers – two of them also students – who were inspired by women-run bookstores and presses, the talented women they say they encounter on a daily basis, and by the current paucity and historical denial of women’s spaces." 

Canada: a work in progress (AGO)

"This summer we’re marking Canada’s 150th birthday with an ambitious contemporary exhibition that explores three urgent questions through the eyes of some of the country’s best emerging and established artists: where has Canada come from, what it is now, and where is it going?"

How "Kubo And The Two Strings" Is Changing The Perception Of Animated Costume Design (Fast Co.Create)

"For the first time, the Costume Designers Guild Awards has nominated a stop-motion animated film. Meet the woman who made it happen."

“You Have To Line Up The Dominoes”: How To Market Your Film Strategically (DOC Institute)

"Breakthrough alum Shasha Nakhai is having a banner year. The short film Frame 394, which she produced, was launched to great acclaim at the 2016 edition of Hot Docs, going on to score 2 CSA nominations. It eventually landed on the Academy Award® shortlist.

Shasha, who also received the Don Haig Award/Telefilm Canada’s Emerging Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs, is currently in Nigeria where she grew up, shooting a feature documentary. We spoke to her about her journey from 2015 Breakthrough participant to feature filmmaker."

The vital protest art of Jeff Donaldson: 'He stood up for what he believed in' (The Guardian)

"The first ever solo exhibition in New York for the civil rights-championing artist uncovers a career filled with important and sensitive works." 

25 Major Artists Save an Art School Using Its Charred Remains (Creators)

"With the help of Anish Kapoor and friends, Glasgow School of Art’s historic Mackintosh Building is rising like a phoenix from its ashes."