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COVID continues to take a toll on events this year

Last year virtually every major and minor official event was cancelled over fears of the pandemic. This meant all fairs, parades, exhibitions, sporting events, concerts etc., were all cancelled. Now, a year later with vaccinations well underway and ramping up »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous, Society

New project fosters Indigenous, Black playwrights

A partnership has been forged between three Canadian theatre companies to support emerging Indigenous and Black playwrights. Creative Catalysts is a new program that will welcome two creators from Indigenous communities and two from Black communities and offer them compensation, »

Arts & Entertainment

Virtual choirs for children will focus on animals

Children across Canada are invited to take part in a “musical adventure” in the form of virtual choirs based on an original creation about animals. The piece is called Chant boréal which translates as Boreal Song, boreal referring to the »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

New postal stamps honour Canadian ballet legends

On this International Dance Day, Canada Post issued two new stamps honouring the careers of Canadian ballet legends Karen Kain and Fernand Nault. Kain is considered one of the most gifted classical dancers of her era. She joined the National »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous, International

Film on Indigenous issues chosen for marketing initiative in U.S.

First Look–USA 2021 is a virtual initiative to market 10 Canadians films to buyers in the United States. The aim is to present a preview of films currently in post-production and talent from Canada to sales agents, distributors, agents and »

Arts & Entertainment, International

Cirque du soleil to relaunch four shows

After being shut down by pandemic restrictions, the Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil has announced it will open four shows starting in June 2021. The entertainment company was known as the largest contemporary circus and arts producer in the world. It »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

Canada’s Blue Metropolis literary festival set for virtual opening

The 23rd edition of Montreal’s Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival along with the TD-Blue Metropolis Children’s Festival is set to open virtually on Apr. 24, festival organizers have announced. The theme of this year’s festival, which will feature more than »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

Top Indigenous films available online

Twelve award-winning films from the 2020 International First Peoples’ Festival are available for free viewing online from March 27 to April 11, 2021.  The works include a film made in Canada called Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up. The film is »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

Winnipeg Art Gallery set for opening of Inuit art centre

The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) is gearing up for the opening of its landmark Qaumajuq Inuit art centre with two online events on Thursday and Friday. The two-part virtual events at Qaumajuk will feature design, art and performance on Thursday »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

Photos capture pandemic effects on nightlife workers

A Montreal non-profit has launched a photo campaign to raise awareness about the effects of the pandemic on nightlife workers such as servers, DJs and bartenders. The stated aim is “to commemorate a sad anniversary: the cultural nightlife world has »