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The Future

This week on on Cinq à Six we think about the future of traditional art forms.

We speak to the people behind the MSO's multi-dimensional installation at the futuristic SATosphere dome at the Société des Arts Technologiques, and get Maestro Kent Nagano's feelings about mixing his symphonic music with video art. 

Writers, bloggers, publishers and booksellers have spent part of the week in a blue-sky contemplation of one of our most defining cultural forms: literature. Panelists Katia Grubisic, the Canada Council`s Arash Mohtashami-Maali and Christopher diRaddo bring some of the discussion to our studio. 

And we take you behind the scenes of the world premiere of the play Unseamly, which rips apart the seams of the retail fashion industry and examines the complex sexual dynamics behind fashion marketing.
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Why creative young people are turning to DIY culture

DIYmontage.jpgDIY - do it yourself - is a growing cultural movement.

We're talking about everything from crafters selling handmade dolls to "zines" published in basement apartments, from artisanal bakeries to indy record labels.

There's also a booming online presence, with sites like Etsy giving an at-home crafters the opportunity to sell their designs around the world.

But what's driving this generation of creative young people to eschew more formal employment?

For some, it's a desire to avoid corporate and consumer culture. But for others, it may not even be a choice due to an increasingly unstable job market. 

 "I think creative labour is attractive to people in sometimes dangerous ways," says Miranda Campbell is an English professor at Dawson College and the author of "Out of the Basement: Youth Cultural Production in Practice and in Policy." 

 "People see it as glamourous. That it is outside of dull-seeming traditional employment. It has that appeal that you can have autonomy and do thing on your own, but I think it can be very challenging to make a living."

Listen to Jeanette's interview with Miranda Campbell and with Tessa Smith, the director of Puce Pop, a market for Montreal's designers, crafters and artists started by Pop Montreal. 

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Can traditional media lure the digital ad dollar?

alexis_robin_grande (1).jpgAt some point we all realized that money does not grow on trees, but can it grow digitally? Our host Jeanette sat down with Alexis Robin who is in charge of digital advertising with the ad agency lg2 to find out!

Many of us spend much of our time plugged in throughout the day, whether that be on a smart phone, computer or tablet.

But who is producing what we consume and how are they making their money?

Click below to listen to how sustainable this is and what the future holds for traditional media outlets.Let us know your thoughts by Tweeting using #5a6 or visit our Facebook page!

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