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It’s a great day for Korean dance


 

For those who were wondering, here’s the list of 16 arts organizations Josée Verner gave funding to yesterday.

UPDATE: This blog will gratefully accept Photoshopped pictures of Josée Verner and Stephen Harper as Korean dancers; Creole ballet artists; Opera stars; students at the National Ballet School; or Bharatanatyam dancers.


 
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It’s a great day for Korean dance

  1. I find this: “The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for 16 national arts-training organizations that support the development of promising artists” interesting, when juxtaposed with this:

    Total amount of funding announced: $14,085,000
    Total amount of funding for Toronto: $13,185,000
    Percentage of funding announced to go to Toronto organizations: 93.6
    Maximum distance of a funded organization from Harbourfront Centre (via Google Maps): approx. 65 km.

  2. 14 million for the Toronto Arts community? Sounds like more of what Don Martin was talking about today in his National Post column – reaching out to women. More importantly, reaching out to women in southern Ontario.

  3. @ Bob: interesting analysis. Just for the record, Wikwemikong is about 400km from Toronto. It’s the only funded org. not in the Golden Horseshoe. (But still a day trip from TO)

    I wonder when the rest of the country (and the *province*) gets its share of the money… I suppose if I was a fair and balanced journalist, I’d look at the history of the funding program mentioned in the press release, and analyse the geographic distribution of cash, preferably on a smaller-than-provincial scale.

    But I’m not.

  4. Other than the grant to Harbourfront Centre, all the money went to performing arts organizations, rather than visual arts ones – is that unusual?

  5. @two hats: You’re right — I missed that one.

  6. That’s too bad. I was REALLY hoping there’d be something for a hip-hop dance troup or two in there…

  7. Maybe the rest of Canada should seceed from the Quebec City-WIndsor corridor. IT seems that we might as well.

  8. Yes. This is horrible. More evidence of those nasty Conservatives moving onto hallowed Liberal Party ground. The Liberals did it first and for 30 years. The Conservatives should just leave all immigrant communities to the Liberals.

    And just because we celebrated and embraced this for , lo these many years, I really don’t feel it is hypocritical to criticize the Conservatives for doing the same thing. It’s a Canadian journalist kind of thing.

  9. Busted.

  10. I always thought Paul was just one of those movie-style hard-boiled cynical journalists who chomped on cigars, drank scotch straight from the bottle at 7:30 in the morning, and criticised government policy no matter who that government was.

    The idea that he’s just been a Grit stoolie all this time is depressing. Plus, bad news for Ottawa’s cigar merchants.

  11. How about one of Harper in a tight-fitting cowboy suit???

    Oh wait…nevermind…

  12. Inkless Wells wrote:

    “This blog will gratefully accept Photoshopped pictures of Josée Verner and Stephen Harper as Korean dancers; Creole ballet artists; Opera stars; students at the National Ballet School; or Bharatanatyam dancers.”

    You might actually get some.

    The grown-ups at CPC HQ need to get that through their heads, and those of the kids they are supposed to be supervising there:

    Almost anyone with a computer and too much time on their hands can slap an amateurish photoshop image together with a bit of looping audio, but that kind of garbage does not belong on the website of a national political party in Canada.

    I doubt that people who donate to the CPC appreciate their money being used that way.

    In fact, I have yet to receive a fundraising letter from the Chair of Conservative Fund Canada asking for money so that they can play with photoshop when they can’t think of anything productive to do.

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