Monday, June 1, 2009

New Canadian Opera to be funded by Ont. government

In a press release last week it looks like the Ministry of Culture is going to fund, to the tune of $50,000, a new opera based on the life of Chief Joseph Brant. Interestingly it's going to be funded directly from the Cultural Strategic Investment Fund (a Ministry fund) instead of via the Ontario Arts Council. This is important, and great to see, because it not only allows for additional funding from the aforementioned OAC for this project, but it also shows that, unlike the disaster that some areas have been facing, there's still some political will to fund opera and the arts in general.

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