Posts tagged ‘Public art’

September 9, 2012

Sunday Roundup – September 9

It’s rehearsal weeks and it’s TIFF and what else went on this week?

14th in Innovation – Mom isn’t putting that grade on the fridge 


Theatre Picks and Street Art

It’s crazy fun busy out there, folks.

Also, if you recall that amazing little show Tale of A Town – well, they’re up for a residency at the Canadian Film Centre… but they need boosts! Super easy to help them out – click on this, you get taken to their page and you click BOOST this project and go from there. I just did it, I timed it – less than a minute, including choosing the tweet this option. Boost ’em up, willya?

Off into the Sunday-ness of Sunday!


September 7, 2012

Theatre Picks and Street Art


Was very pleased to see that Proud and HOMEbody both made torontoist’s Fall Theatre Picks!

This is also very cool and I can`t wait to see it: Street art: Virtual museum aims to catalogue public art around the world.

The Fringe is looking for a Development Managerfor a mat leave, and don`t forget THE FRINGE IS TURNING 25!  Toronto Fringe Festival 2013 is going to be a huge celebration of theatre and art.  Want to be a part of it?  Applications will be available mid-September, so be sure to check back with us for important dates and deadlines.


Have a good weekend, first one after the back to schoolness of it all. And happy TIFF-ing if you`re doing so!


July 12, 2011

I Hate to Say I Told You So…

In May I posted about the upcoming Toronto City Services Review, and the survey you NEEDED to fill in.

In June I posted about the Toronto City Services Review Roundtable that I attended.

It’s now July and the results are coming in. Derek Flack has a fulsome article in BlogTO  – italics mine.

“As far as levels of service go, City spending seems anything but outrageous. “Over half of the services that report through the Public Works Committee are provided “at standard,” which is generally the level required by provincial legislation or the level generally provided by other municipalities,” reads the report. “30% of services are provided at slightly above standard offering some opportunities for cost reduction by lowering the service level provided. 17% of services are delivered slightly below or below standard.”

Let me get this straight – we offer excellent services in some areas and we’re going to save money by dropping the standard? I thought Rob Ford ran on a platform of customer service?

Royson James of the Star questions this as well.

“a list of nickel-and-dime, nip-and-tuck manoeuvres — Toronto could potentially, possibly, save up to $10 million to $15 million in departments that spend $1 billion, one-third of which comes from taxes.”

Apparently there’s no gravy. Not even au jus. Not even pan drippings. When I was at the roundtable the woman next to me cheered when someone mentioned getting back the $60 car tax. I asked her if she realized that was one of the reasons we were here. You could tell by her face she did not.

I’m baffled, bewildered and sad. And then my bewilderment ceases when I read the comments section and realize exactly the type of person who voted for this mess. This is a choice one from Chris Hume’s article yesterday:

Stop these freeloaders, Rob!
Here’s what I don’t understand. I am REQUIRED to pay 100% property taxes even though I use only a fraction of the services I pay for. I don’t use community centres, fire services, parks, schools, skating rinks, EMS, swimming pools or waterfront trails. My house and my commercial properties are built, so I don’t care about planning or permits. I don’t need city engineers or clerks or landscapers or economic development people or animal control or daycare or shelters or, for the love of Judas, the TTC or bike lanes(ugh!)! So that means I pay for all the freeloading punks and hippies who don’t contribute anything but use everything. It’s no wonder Mayor Ford wisely spends his free time in Muskoka. I know our Mayor will make things right again.

It’s signed Conservative to the Core. I hope for his sake (I really do) that we never get to this point.

ETA: In the interest of presenting all sides, here’s a link to Sue Ann Levy’s column – she thinks there’s still gravy somewhere.


Fringe is on all week and it’s amazingly amazingly popular – shows are selling out, lineups were in place and here’s a view of the Fringe Club last night. You know, because nobody goes out on a Monday. Photo by Gideon Arthurs.

May 10, 2011

Will You Be Participating in Culture Days?

Culture Days is returning for its second year on September 30, October 1 and 2. According to the website, Culture Days is  a collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. A national Steering Committee, together with provincial committees (known as Provincial Task Forces) self-mobilize at the grassroots level to implement concurrent, annual, province-wide public participation events that take place throughout the country over the last weekend of September. The first annual Culture Days event was held in September 2010 in over 700 Canadian cities and towns and, by all accounts, was a great success.

here’s the Globe and Mail article that got me to thinking: Culture Days returns.

One one hand, any access to the arts is a wonderful thing. By being a free event across the country that embraces all disciplines, it allows anyone and everyone to participate in art, maybe try out a skill they’ve always wanted to, or didn’t know they had. And maybe it will ignite an interest in the companies and artists who are participating. Which is what our sweeping goal is right? Maybe it will.

The website has a list of reasons to participate. All of the valid:

As an activity organizer, you can participate in the collective Culture Days movement happening across the country and here are the reasons to do so.

They are all excellent reasons, and excellent means to an end of shining a light on the arts.  It does a lot of good in communities, neighbourhood and towns where art is hidden.So it is valuable.

Personally i am a data geek. I love the stuff. So phrases like “by all accounts was a great success” aren’t enough info for me. Whose accounts? The participants? The public? What is a ‘great success?” It’s one of the challenges of working in the arts – quantifying the qualitative.

My questions are always the ones that would require some analysis. How much work did a company have to do to participate? Did it lead to things like ticket purchases, website hits, magazine subscriptions, social media WOM like tweets and Facebook postings from the public?  Was it worth it?

I’d love to hear from people who did participate, and hear from them what they felt worked, and what they think they got out of participating. Drop me a line or a comment and let me know.

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