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A selection of news, press releases and events posted regularly:

  • Dance program encourages Iqaluit kids to excel in school Social Sharing


    Jaydin Nungaq, a Grade 11 student at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, says he used to struggle with academics but a hip-hop dance program has helped motivate him to excel in school.

    "I just became more productive with my work than ever," he said. "I just feel like I'm more into school now because I get to dance."

    Nungaq is one of the participants in Outside Looking In, a non-profit dance program for Indigenous youth across Canada. It's the second year the program has run in Iqaluit and Nungaq says it's making a difference.

    "It has influenced me to become such an inspiring person to more people my age," he said. "It builds self-determination, independence, and generosity." Read full article HERE

    Dancers at Inuksuk High School practice their routine before performing for Black History Month in Iqaluit. (Jackie McKay/CBC)

  • How should media respond when an artist limits reviews to critics who are Indigenous, black and people of colour?


    It’s a basic principle of mainstream cultural journalism that artists should not pick which critics review them. But should artists be allowed to choose which colour of critic reviews them?

    That is the hot potato thrown to all the Toronto newspapers, magazines and online outlets that cover theatre this week by Yolanda Bonnell, an up-and-coming Anishinaabe and South Asian playwright and performer.

    On Tuesday night, her play bug – which had a short run at the 2018 Luminato festival, resulting in a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for outstanding new play – opens for a two-week run at Theatre Passe Muraille, and only certain critics have been invited.

    Read the full article HERE on Globe and Mail. 

    On Tuesday night, Yolanda Bonnell's play 'bug' opens for a two-week run at Theatre Passe Muraille, and only certain critics have been invited.

  • Jean Grand-Maître to step down as artistic director of Alberta Ballet after three-year transition


    Alberta Ballet’s longest-serving artistic director, Jean Grand-Maître, will step down after a three-year transition period that will see him passing the torch to Christopher Anderson by 2022, according to an announcement from the ballet company scheduled to be released today.

    Grand-Maître — who joined Alberta Ballet in 2002 as artistic director — will remain in the role for the 2020-21 season, which will include new work from both him and Anderson. In 2021-22, Grand-Maître and Anderson will share duties as co-artistic directors. In the 2022-23 season, Anderson will take over as artistic director while Grand-Maître will remain as an artist-in-residence for the company.

    “I’m in a place now, and I’m realizing it every day, where I need more challenges,” says Grand-Maître, 56, adding he has no plans to retire from the performing arts.

    “Directing a ballet company is extremely demanding: finance, raising funds, raising donors, raising repertoire. After 20 years, it’s not like I feel like I’ve been there and got the T-shirt, but it feels like I’ve given it everything I could and I want to try new challenges. Read full article HERE

  • Ballet BC names Medhi Walerski as next artistic director


    Ballet BC has named French-born Medhi Walerski as its next artistic director, succeeding the celebrated Emily Molnar. Walerski is currently a freelance choreographer associated with Nederlands Dans Theater, where he was a company dancer until four years ago. Molnar, departing in June, moves on to lead NDT. 

    Read more (for Globe & Mail subscribers) HERE

  • Farewell Ted Fox


    Dance enthusiast, writer and broadcaster Ted Fox passed away over the Holidays.

    An award-winning arts broadcaster, he received the 2006 Dance Ontario Award for Exceptional Contribution to the Dance Community for his work with Evi-Dance, CIUT's unique dance radio program, which he produced and hosted until November 7 2015. He also received the 1987 Award for Outstanding Program for In the Wings, an arts program he produced and hosted for Graham Cable television. Ted had been a passionate promoter of Toronto’s theatre and dance scene since the 1980s, when he highlighted the early careers of performers and companies, including Alan and Karen Kaeja of Kaeja d’Dance, Theatre Columbus, Theatre Smith-Gilmour and Loreena McKennitt. In 1988, he continued his unique arts coverage as co-host of the CIUT radio show About Town. From 1991-1993 he served on the board of directors of DanceWorks, Toronto’s leading presenter of independent dance. In 1991-92, he co-edited the dance quarterly step-Text, a lively, informative quarterly devoted to dance and dance-related issues. He produced and hosted Evi-Dance, CIUT’s (89.5 FM) unique dance radio program. Ted was co-founder of Arts Marmalade, with Beverley Daurio.He will be greatly missed by the Toronto dance community.

    Rest in Peace, Ted.


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