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The National Ballet’s Tribute to retiring Artistic Director, Karen Kain

“The 2021/22 season is the last that Karen has programmed and it is a fitting reflection of how well she knows and respects the National Ballet’s artists and audiences. Full of pathos, beauty and anticipation, this is the season the National Ballet has been waiting for after more than a year without live performances. The highlight will be Karen’s new staging of Swan Lake, a production with great significance for her as a dancer and one that serves her long legacy of excellence at The National Ballet of Canada. Karen will be named Artistic Director Emerita on July 1, 2021.”

LINK to her history with the company – Karen Kain

“When Karen Kain steps down as Artistic Director, she leaves an unparalleled legacy, not only at The National Ballet of Canada but on the art form of ballet and the arts in general. All of us at the National Ballet cannot express how much we appreciate Karen’s passion, artistic vision and dedication to the art form that she devoted her career to, both as an artist and leader. This video is a gesture of gratitude and love from the company that has been her home for over 50 years. Thank you, Karen!”

LINK – Tribute Video to Karen Kain:

Thank you to the Arts & Letters Club for providing the info.


The Royal Ontario Museum has posted a link to a celebration of the legacy of Barbadian-Canadian writer Austin Clarke (1934-2016). This special program marks the unveiling of the ROM’s recently commissioned portrait of Clarke by artist Neville Clarke (no relation) and include excerpts from Austin Clarke’s works read by David Chariandy, and original compositions presented by poet Canisia Lubrin and author Desmond Cole. LINK:

Gallery Gevik A new group exhibition “Place of Origin: Historical & Contemporary Indigenous Art” by some of Canada’s most celebrated Indigenous artists.

Arts & Letters Club current exhibition members’ Summer Extravaganza online June 18 until September

On View Now in Southwestern Ontario: McIntosh Gallery exhibits “becoming again beginning undone” by Ellen Moffat June 24-July 24, 2021

Garage Gallery Benmiller exhibits “Land and “See” with Morag Webster, Linda Weibe and Kim Wilkie June 3 -Sept 30, 2021

Glenhryst Gallery of Brantford upcoming exhibition String Theory by Quin Smallboy July 31 – Sept 26, 2021

Feheley Fine Arts: Announcing an exhibition of watercolour and Ink works by Niap, titled Silavut which in Inuktitut means “our land, our weather, our outside,” this new series represents a light that is unique to the North. June 26 – July 17, 2021


Music Festivals:



Beans - the film:

Twelve-year-old Beans is on the edge: torn between innocent childhood and reckless adolescence; forced to grow up fast and become the tough Mohawk warrior she needs to be during the Oka Crisis, the turbulent Indigenous uprising that tore Quebec and Canada apart for 78 tense days in the summer of 1990. Watch the trailer here:

Screening at Cinema du Parc:


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