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Arts Day on Parliament Hill Is “Prorogued”

Arts Day on Parliament Hill Is “Prorogued”

Due to the prorogation of Parliament, the Canadian Arts Coalition will be postponing its Arts Day on Parliament Hill this fall. The Coalition steering committee, an all-volunteer group headed by Orchestras Canada Executive Director Katherine Carleton and Éric Dubeau, Directeur général of the Fédération culturelle canadienne-française will work with members over the coming weeks to develop an alternative strategy to ensure dialogue on arts and culture with MPs.

Arts Day was originally planned for October 22, 2013. Given the revised timing of the opening of Parliament, and the delivery of the Speech from the Throne, Coalition steering committee members recognized that it would be impossible to secure meetings with MPs, and tailor Arts Day messages to respond to the Government’s legislative and policy agenda, in the time that the revised Parliamentary schedule will provide.

“We look forward to working with Coalition members and supporters to organize meetings with MPs in the future,” says Dubeau. “The arts sector has a positive message to share, and it is a message that affects Canadians in communities both large and small, throughout the country.”

For more information about the Canadian Arts Coalition, please visit canadianartscoalition.com.

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Advocacy Update

Advocacy Update

Last week, the Canadian Arts Coalition, a national non-partisan arts advocacy movement in which Orchestras Canada has played a leading role since 2005, held a pair of town hall teleconference meetings with stakeholders from across the country.

During the calls, Coalition co-chairs Katherine Carleton and Eric Dubeau
• presented an update on the Coalition’s current finances (modest, but viable – with a significant proportion of the “budget” represented by in-kind contributions) and activities (limited, but focused);
• proposed an expanded activity plan for 2013-14, to include a pre-budget brief to the federal Standing Committee on Finance, the fourth annual Arts Day on Parliament Hill (tentatively scheduled for October 22, 2013), and some new activities as well: the commissioning of an analysis of federal cultural spending (continuing the work of the Canadian Conference of the Arts, during that organization’s current dormancy), hosting monthly teleconferences for arts advocates across the country, and generally working on convening the sector more regularly;
• asked for volunteers to serve on sub-committees for convening, research, and advocacy activities;
• asked members and supporters to make their pledges for 2013-14 by March 1, to enable the Coalition steering committee to finalize plans for the year.

Orchestras Canada has been a major contributor to the Canadian Arts Coalition during the CAC’s brief life span: we believe in the Coalition’s approach to advocacy, and we feel that the CAC has repeatedly demonstrated its effectiveness.

For more information about the Canadian Arts Coalition, please visit canadianartscoalition.com.

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People

People

Orchestra Toronto, one of Canada’s oldest and largest community volunteer orchestras, has just appointed a new music director:  Danielle Lisboa.  Dr. Lisboa succeeds Erroll Gay, who led the orchestra for almost eight years.  She holds a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the Eastman  School of Music.  She has been with the orchestra as assistant conductor since September, working alongside Dr. Gay, and was selected among a number of highly qualified candidates for the Music Director position.  Speaking of her appointment, Dr. Lisboa said that she is “humbled and very honoured to be part of Orchestra Toronto” and that she is grateful to the orchestra’s musicians for believing in her. “I feel blessed,” she said.

Orchestra News conveys sincerest congratulations and best wishes to Daina Janitis, long-time manager of the London Youth Symphony, on her retirement from the position.  We will miss her spirited updates and her championing of the gifted young musicians she has cared for over the years!

A few months ago, we were pleased to help publicize the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation’s award for conducting, presented in commemoration of the Foundation’s 25th anniversary, and in recognition of Sir Ernest MacMillan’s celebrated career as a conductor, in particular his 25 years with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1931-56).  We’re now delighted to reveal that three finalists for the award have been chosen:  Ghassan Alaboud (Montreal), Geneviève Leclair (Montreal), and Matthew Otto (Toronto).  They will lead the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra in front of an audience and jury in Toronto on March 29.  For more information, please visit here.

The Niagara Symphony has announced that its Music Director search is now focused on three remaining candidates, following the withdrawal of conductor John Morris Russell from the selection process.  In a media release last week, Niagara Symphony Executive Director Jack Mills stated that “we believe, our audiences believe, and indeed Maestro Russell has stated that the remaining three candidates – Timothy Hankewich, Bradley Thachuk and Diane Wittry are exceptional candidates!”

The Canadian Arts Coalition, a national non-partisan arts lobby group, has announced the results of its recent steering committee elections.  The new steering committee consists of:

Katherine Carleton, Orchestras Canada (co-chair); Éric Dubeau, Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (co-chair); Bastien Gilbert, Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference; Melissa Gruber, Canadian Artists’ Representation; Sarah Iley, The Banff Centre/Canadian Arts Summit; Shannon Litzenberger, Canadian Dance Assembly; Barbara Ulrich, Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques.

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