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Harry Somers’ opera Louis Riel first premiered at the Canadian Opera Company (COC) in 1967, marking the centennial of Canadian confederation. Fifty years later, in 2017, the COC and National Arts Centre (NAC) revived this Canadian opera for the sesquicentennial “Canada 150.” The opera’s third act originally opens with an aria, “Kuyas,” adapted by Somers […]


From OC’s National Conference 2019:  Facebook, and Twitter, and Youtube, oh my! The arts and culture sector operates in an increasingly digital landscape. How do orchestras keep up with the pressures and opportunities of going digital, and where do we strike a balance between online offerings and our live programming? Fiona Morris and John White […]


The entire submission is available here. Orchestras Canada/Orchestres Canada Recommendations: Ensure that charities and not-for-profits have the same access to federal programs supporting research and fact-based carbon reduction education and projects as their SME  and MUSH sector counterparts. Ensure that the five-year $180 million investment for the Canada Council for the Arts announced in Budget […]


Social prescribing is a way of referring people from clinical care to a range of local, non-clinical services.  In this lunch & learn, we discuss what social prescribing is, why it is important, and how orchestras might engage with its practitioners. Learn about the history of social prescribing, hear how it’s being scaled up,  and […]


A letter from Ian Ritchie, guest speaker at OC’s 2019 National Conference to the OC Membership on the Re-sounding the Orchestra report: Having first participated in conferences organised by your ACO predecessors back in the early 1990s, when I chaired the Association of British Orchestras and ran the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, I was delighted to […]


From OC’s National Conference 2019:  This workshop builds upon Donna Walker-Kuhne’s keynote presentation, Transcending Differences through the Arts, offering key tactics for building and sustaining diverse audiences. The accompanying slide deck can be found here: Slide Deck  


From OC’s National Conference 2019:  “I firmly believe that the arts are the only pure vehicle we have in today’s society that cross cultural and ethnic barriers and allow people to transcend their differences.” – Donna Walker-Kuhne Donna Walker-Kuhne, of Walker International Communications Group and New Jersey Performing Arts Centre (NJPAC), delivers this keynote presentation on […]


From OC’s National Conference 2019:  What does the word “resilience” mean? What does it mean across sectors? To your organization? To you? Patrick Towell of The Audience Agency and Golant Media Ventures takes up these questions in his lively and interactive workshop. Drawing from original research, Patrick explores how arts organizations (and the people working […]


Tools for Fostering a Culture of Inclusion at the Board Level From OC’s National Conference 2019: Gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ability – we hear much about how Canada is diverse, but how do we create a culture of inclusion and embrace diversity at the board level? Cathy Winter of OnBoard Canada led this workshop […]


From OC’s National Conference 2019: “What are we willing to change to welcome new people? What are we willing to change to help new people belong?” Many would agree that orchestras offer programming FOR our communities, but is our programming truly OF and BY our communities? In her keynote presentation, Nina Simon focuses on the […]