The Case for an Arts & Culture Policy Revamp

Jordann Thirgood As Canadian icon Gord Downie makes history and our nation approaches its 150th birthday, the time is ripe for government to promote and strategically invest in our artists and cultural industries. On August 20, millions of Canadians collectively wept as lead vocalist Gord Downie gave the performance of a lifetime during what was likely […]

Marketing Canadian Cinema: the Tough Sell

Mike Robichaux This year’s iteration of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) boasted a whole lot of Canadian content. The bill of featured directors on the TIFF 2015 website, in fact, read a bit like an exhaustive list of every Canadian who has ever made or attempted to make a movie this century. You had […]

Singing Truth to Power

Liza Kobrinsky A couple of pages into American poet Walt Whitman’s Deathbed Edition of Leaves of Grass, you come across I Hear America Singing. In it Whitman describes a chorus of American labourers singing while they work: the mechanic, the carpenter, the shoemaker, and, even, the mother and the young wife. Whitman has “each singing […]

Opinion: The Misvaluing of the Humanities in the Policy Realm

Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston Two weeks ago, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof extolled the virtues the humanities bring to a civil and progressive society; which is fair, just, and absolutely correct. The humanities should be extolled as that branch of human endeavour that gives shape and heft to the rest of political society. However, Kristof’s column also inadvertently […]