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Remembering Charles Csuri, digital pioneer

At nearly a century of life, the foremost pioneer of digital art and computer animation, Charles Csuri, has passed away. While it may seem surprising that an early adopter of digital art techniques could have lived to the age of 99 already, Csuri embodied the fact that you can in fact teach an old dog […]

Simon Beck is the world’s preeminent “snow artist”

As we drag on through the latter end of winter, it’s hard not to feel the drain of the cold weather and the short hours of sunlight—especially with the ceaseless isolation of the pandemic. Yet there are some artists who bring such liveliness to the world during, and in fact because of, the winter months. […]

Nina Lee Aquino appointed as NAC’s English artistic director

Canada’s National Arts Centre has remained the head of the country’s performing arts for over half a century. Situated in the capital of Ottawa, it serves as not only a home for renowned Canadian theatre but a massive investor in both English and French theatre throughout the country, bringing national productions to international eyes. This […]

Kalum Teke Dan’s ‘Sunset Song’ bricked up by construction

It was an incredibly poor decision and even worse timing. Canada had just celebrated its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a newly instated national holiday focussing on the struggles Indigenous populations have faced in Canada and non-Indigenous citizens’ efforts to become aware and better allies. But in Calgary, Alberta, just after the day […]

Victor Pilon’s ‘Sisyphus’ channels blood, sweat, tears, and absurdity

What is the meaning of struggle? Is there inherent value in a seemingly never-ending task? Is Sisyphus happy? These are some simple enough questions that have orbited around the myth of Sisyphus and the creative endeavours that have dove into this captivating myth across history. And the latest to take up this burden is Montréal […]

Wendy Williams Watt’s ‘Big Love Balls’ bounce into hearts of the public

A common thread throughout the majority of public art is positivity. Whether this is through the form of performance, statue, or mural, a strong desire woven into many pieces meant for pedestrian consumption is that they strike a bright chord. While there are certainly those of empowering or socio-politically critical bends, there is certainly a […]

Program Sound FM- a radio station show for storytellers

Radio is becoming a more and more archaic means of consumption every passing year. With the vast majority of music listeners not even having private collections, opting instead for streaming services, most people shuffle a playlist and call it a day. But even if the majority of people only hear the radio when walking around […]