Tag Archives: Arts

Why you need to know about Billy Beal, the great unsung Black photographer of early 1900s Manitoba

By | August 20, 2020

Plate 21: Group of men in front of combination cookshack and bunkhouse, probably near Red Deer Lake, Manitoba. c. 1920. (William S.A. Beal/Image courtesy of Robert Barrow) As art museums undergo a significant shift in thinking about whose work they’re collecting, interpreting, and presenting, Black Canadian artists remain largely underrepresented in the permanent collections of encyclopedic art museums.… Read More »

Standup comedy is back in Canadian clubs. But the pandemic’s changed the scene

By | August 18, 2020

Nour Hadidi hadn’t experienced anything like it since the Before Times. After nearly five months away from the stage, the comic played Toronto’s Comedy Bar last Friday, the venue’s first night back in business since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March.  Sure, she was performing behind a little roped-off barricade — nearly four metres from the front row. And yes,… Read More »

Performers behind Plexiglas, masked audiences and spaced-out seating the new normal for comics

By | August 18, 2020

Nour Hadidi hadn’t experienced anything like it since the Before Times. After nearly five months away from the stage, the comic played Toronto’s Comedy Bar last Friday, the venue’s first night back in business since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March.  Sure, she was performing behind a little roped-off barricade — nearly four metres from the front row. And yes,… Read More »