Category Archives: The Arts

Reviews, arts politics, funding, creative economy.

Remembrance

November 11th, 1894. My Dear Lord Raglan, I am but a few leagues from you and your great house at Usk and travelling westward. However, I regret to say that I am storm-stayed in a small village on the border … Continue reading

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How to Build a Creative Community

Start with Art. Art, like most Canadians, comes from small places. Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angle takes place in Manawaka, her fictional mirror for Neepawa in Manitoba. Everything in Robertson Davies’ Deptford Trilogy begins with a snowball thrown in the … Continue reading

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The Politics of Deceit in Hamlet

The National Theatre Live in Owen Sound The secret service walked back and forth talking into their sleeves, never speaking to anyone and never spoken to; never in the way, but never out of it either. Unobtrusive but omnipresent, they … Continue reading

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Bobby Dean Blackburn

Best Kept Secrets of the Bruce Peninsula #1 August 2008 © David McLaren One of the best kept secrets of the Bruce Peninsula is the rustic Tamarac Inn, built on Tamarac Island at Stokes Bay along with 90 years of … Continue reading

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Cutting off your nose to spite your face

Why the Tories’ assault on the arts makes bad economic sense. Imagine for a moment that you are the Prime Minister of Canada. The economy is tanking, jobs are going south (literally), and you’re in the middle of an election … Continue reading

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