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Musicians from the Windsor Symphony Orchestra visited community and health venues between October 1st and 10th as part of their Music for Health outreach program. Last year this program included 21 performances to more than 1200 seniors in and around Windsor. The Music for Health program is an important part of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to the Windsor-Essex […]


Youth Month Since its beginnings, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal has kept education at the centre of its mission, and has continued to develop new initiatives for engaging young people in classical music. One can think back to the Youth Concerts that were started in 1935 by Wilfrid Pelletier, or to more recent examples such […]


Note: The following analysis is based on data from 338Canada.com as of October 15, 2019. In Ontario Both the Conservatives and the Liberals could either lose or gain significant ground in Ontario. So many races are too close to call that the outcome in Ontario could help either party to form the next government. The […]


As part of Orchestras Canada’s ongoing advocacy work on behalf of Canadian orchestras, we asked our government affairs consultant, Éric Dubeau, to prepare an analysis of the major Federal parties’ electoral platforms, with a specific focus on arts and culture commitments. You can find the analysis here. (Updated October 17th) Here in Peterborough-Kawartha, Orchestras Canada […]


Finding the right skill set for a board of directors is difficult. Yet, orchestras can rely on their boards for a variety of aspects, from fundraising to strategic planning and organizational direction. This guidebook was originally commissioned by one of OC’s predecessors, Orchestras Ontario in 1996, and revised in 2007. While much has changed in […]


Following three years of consensus-building among music stakeholders, governmental authorities, and conservation experts, policy requests put forward by a consortium of partners in the international music community (led by the League of American Orchestras, and heartily endorsed by Orchestras Canada, among many others) gained approval on August 28 at the gathering of 183 parties to […]


From OC’s National Conference 2019:  Aimé Dontigny and Alexis Andrew (Canada Council for the Arts) present a report on the Canada Council’s recent research relevant to orchestras. Highlights include a presentation of the Council’s recent analysis of Canadian orchestra trends; an introduction to the Council’s work on the qualitative impact of the arts; and an […]


From OC’s National Conference 2019:  Amidst the many demands of mission, vision, art, fundraising, and outreach, Canadian orchestras may not place organizational culture high on their priority list. Ken MacLeod of Sistema New Brunswick/New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and Arts HR expert Jeanne LeSage challenge the tendency to leave organizational culture as a low priority. They […]


In this panel discussion, Dylan Robinson, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, and Rasentonkwa Tarbell explore Indigenous song through a range of perspectives and topics. They discuss Indigenous song as history; the importance of context for Indigenous song; rights to songs among nations, communities, families, and individuals; as well as practices and protocols related to the learning and sharing […]