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Mayoral Arts Debate September 24

Join us Monday, September 24th for the Mayoral Arts Debate 2018 , at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 10 am – 11 am.
Be there for the first public debate of the 2018 election – admission is free, but register for your spot to avoid being turned away.

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  Survey for Report Card Released

Artsvote has invited all incumbents to fill out our survey.  The survey will let us know your viewpoint on key issues for the arts and will introduce us to your arts platform.  The survey will be used along with your voting record to assign you an Artsvote Report Card grade.

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Show Your Support! Artsvote Window Signs!

Show Your Support!
Advocacy Resources – click through to all the “I Artsvote, we Artsvote” tools available plus printable sign for your window or door.

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ArtsVote Mayoral Arts Debate

On Monday, September 29, join ArtsVote at TIFF Bell Lightbox for the Mayoral Arts Debate and hear from Toronto’s leading mayoral candidates as they debate the role of arts and culture in our city.

The Mayoral Arts Debate will be moderated by Damian Abraham,

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ArtsVote picks the winners!

By Jerry Smith, President, Arts Consultants Canada

Should support for the arts in Toronto matter to candidates running for office on October 27, 2014? According to ArtsVote Toronto, the answer should be a resounding YES!

As part of outreachartsvote and education, ArtsVote asks mayoral and councillor candidates – incumbents and challengers alike – “What do you ArtsVote For?”  Based on public record (voting track record over the last four years for incumbents,

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ArtsVote in Ward 18

Brad Lepp from the ArtsVote organizing committee is a Ward 18 resident. He sat down with councillor candidate Paul Alves aka Paul the Book Guy to chat art (and books!) in their neighbourhood. Download the podcast at or at the Apple Store.

You can follow Brad on Twitter at @BradLepp.

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Highlights from ART on the BALLOT

We had a great time at ART on the BALLOT at SummerWorks yesterday. The Torontoist posted their highlights of the event – What Mayoral Candidates Want to Know About Art – and below we have a recap from ArtsVote volunteer Tara Mazurk. Do you have any thoughts you want to add in response to the questions at ART on the BALLOT?

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Summer News Roundup

Here are a few of the arts / culture policy stories that caught our eye the past few weeks:

  • Op-ed: When culture goes corporate, Canada’s creativity suffers (Thomas Hodd, Globe Debates)
  • Toronto Arts Foundation releases Toronto Arts Facts.

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Join ArtsVote at SummerWorks for ART on the BALLOT!

Join ArtsVote at SummerWorks for:

ART on the BALLOT / A Reverse Mayoral Debate 
Tuesday, August 12 at 2:00 PM
Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West (map)
Free! Let us know you’re coming on by joining the Facebook event.

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What are Toronto’s largest cultural institutions looking for in a mayor?

photo (5)The leaders of Toronto’s largest cultural institutions have worked together to craft their vision for Toronto’s next mayor. You can read the Globe and Mail’s coverage here. What do you think of their manifesto? Is there anything that you’d add?


As Torontonians prepare to choose a mayor for our city’s future,

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