When an intellectual cozies up to dictators

Is it feasible to separate political views and private behaviour from artistic merit? George Bernard Shaw is a perfect case study

When an intellectual cozies up to dictatorsTo most Canadians, George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) may be a quaint figure whose primary distinction is having a popular southern Ontario theatre festival named after him. However, he was a big wheel during the first half of the 20th century. A self-described “downstart,” Shaw was born into an impecunious Protestant Ascendancy family in Dublin, Ireland. Leaving…

Oasis Players return to the stage

The group cancelled its 2014 production and went on a lengthy hiatus while longtime director Lenore Bailey fought cancer

Oasis Players return to the stageKenneth Brown of The Clarion The Eatonia Oasis Players are preparing for their first production in five years and there are still tickets available for one or two of the group’s performances. The theatre group is doing three performances at the Eatonia Community Hall on Jan. 25, 26 and 27. The Oasis Players will present…

Curb the impulse to distort history for partisan purposes

History is not about judging the past or the people who lived it. It is about understanding how past events made us who we are today

Curb the impulse to distort history for partisan purposesEach morning, I peer out the window of my apartment at St. Paul’s Basilica, the centre of the Irish immigrant community that arrived in Toronto’s Corktown neighbourhood in the mid-1800s. Last year, I taught a course in writing about history. I used the basilica as a test case. If I were to write a history…

A new wave of B.C. small-town cultural renaissance

Let's be honest, most of B.C.’s artistic community has always lived on the Gulf Islands, on Vancouver Island, up the Sunshine Coast, in Haida Gwaii rather than in Vancouver

A new wave of B.C. small-town cultural renaissanceMy grandfather arrived in Vancouver from England, via the Empress of Canada and the fledgling Canadian Pacific Railway in September 1909. At a goodbye dinner in London, he had been advised by a family friend to “Stay out of the towns – find your fortune in the countryside.” He took that advice literally and found…

Country artist up next for arts council

Chris Henderson, one of the busiest touring acts in Canadian country music, will be in Kindersley on Jan. 12 at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre

Country artist up next for arts councilKenneth Brown of The Clarion A Saskatchewan-born country music artist is the next performer in the arts council’s Stars for Saskatchewan series. Chris Henderson, who was born in Estevan, has become one of the busiest touring acts in Canadian country music. He will be in Kindersley on Jan. 12 to perform at the Norman Ritchie…

Heroes and villains: how history picks the winners

The Second World War movie Darkest Hour raises questions about perspective and reality

Heroes and villains: how history picks the winnersGary Oldman’s riveting portrayal of Winston Churchill leaves no doubt as to who is the hero of the new film Darkest Hour. But apart from the off-screen Adolf Hitler, does the movie really have a villain? Thanks to the way the narrative unfolds and the carefully-chosen camera shots, casual viewers might be tempted to ascribe…

Great music and, of course, great dessert

Kindersley Composite School band concert was held on Dec. 20

Great music and, of course, great dessertThe Kindersley Composite School band concert was held on Dec. 20 and those in attendance were witness to a phenomenal exhibit of musicality as the band played everything from Christmas music to Canada’s second national anthem: the Hockey Night in Canada theme. Shown here are the junior and senior bands – both led by Colleen…

The art of healing should include art

Sometimes it’s not enough to heal the body. Art also has a role in health care. But funding for programs that bring art to patients is in short supply in Alberta

The art of healing should include artFor centuries, art has been used in healing ceremonies, although the formal art therapy profession has only been recognized for the past several decades. The history of art in hospitals dates back to the Renaissance, yet we still too often consider art an add-on to healing. That's changing rapidly. Art is becoming prominent as an adjunct…

A spectacular Christmas Spectacular!

The musical Christmas Spectacular: What Christmas Means to Me proved to be a fantastic trip down memory lane

A spectacular Christmas Spectacular!Dahling Productions presented the musical, ‘Christmas Spectacular: What Christmas means to me.’ in four performances over the weekend. Richelle Ortman, owner of Dahling Productions, said the inspiration came from the Christmas Spectacular production at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The play had a cast of about 50 people and featured many fantastic…
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