2016 Archives

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I used to think Simon Cowell was cruel

I used to think Simon Cowell was cruel.  Now that I’m a music producer, I've cut the man some slack.As a music producer working in a medium-sized Canadian city, I get to record my fair share of “talent.” Singers who cannot carry a tune even if it were in a plastic bag, bands who believe they are God's gift to music and rappers whose studio entourage give half-baked ideas that makes the music worse. Yes, I've recorded them all.On the other hand, I have also reco

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Importance of Scalable, Responsive Funding for Arts Organizations

I am the co-founder of a relatively new arts organization in Saskatchewan. In 2010, while studying printmaking at the University of Regina, I co-founded the city’s only publicly accessible printmaking studio, Articulate Ink. Articulate Ink was born out of the need for a studio for artists working in print media to continue their practice outside of the university studio. When the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance asked me to write an op-ed piece about the importance of scalable, respons

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Up In The Air by Carle Steel

In the air, I think about selling the building, about moving to Toronto, where the lines between art, business and life are not so clearly drawn.Carle Steel is a writer, journalist and arts administrator. She has worked for many years in the arts in the areas of writing, publishing, film and arts funding. She is a regular contributor to the alternative bi-weekly Prairie Dog Magazine, and writes for other local and national arts publications. Her essay Fat Krause Head was shor

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Into the Future Wild: Taking Charge of Change

This picture provides insights into the system’s current health and longer term sustainability and, in particular, the capacity of artists to adapt to challenges and changes from inside and outside the system. Mary Blackstone is a freelance dramaturg, cultural historian and educator. She is Professor Emerita in the Theatre Department at the University of Regina and Director of the Centre for the Study of Script Development, a research centre devoted to alternative approaches

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Bring Out Your Dead! (Better yet, bring out your artists)

(Opinion piece by Kelley Jo Burke, SAA president, but trust me…this is just from me…..)I have a friend who’s one of the true Eeyores of the world…gloomy by nature, and proud of it. So when the new year began with the dollar plunging along with the price of oil, the environment passing any number of points of no return, the reverberations of Paris still sending paranoiac shivers out in all directions, even as more and more Syrian families washed up as flotsam with every

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