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Theatre: September 2011 Archives

Art: What's the Point?

There's a lot of nervousness in the arts community this fall. In June's federal budget, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said he wants to find a way to eliminate the deficit by 2014-2015.

That means the government has to find a way to save about 4 billion dollars a year, and many people who work in the arts are afraid they'll be on the chopping block.

McGill University is holding a public round table discussion about this issue, asking the question: "Faced with government cutbacks and media cynicism, what real and identifiable benefits do the arts contribute to the public good?"

Professor Paul Yachnin is moderating the discussion. He is McGill's Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies. Margie Gillis will be speaking on the panel. She is one of Quebec's best known contemporary dancers and choreographers.

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New artistic director for Black Theatre Workshop

QUINCY ARMORER - headshot.jpgThe Black Theatre Workshop is going into its 41st season with a new artistic director.

Quincy Armorer is taking over from Tyrone Benskin. Benskin left because he was elected as the NDP member of Parliament for the Jeanne-Le Ber riding in Montreal.

Quincy Armorer is a well-known actor in Montreal. Listen to his conversation with guest host Anna Asimakopulos.

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