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,

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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?

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Pride: a Major part of Toronto

As Toronto comes together to celebrate World Pride, James Leahy and Spacing have offered a glimpse of what Toronto before the City recognized Pride – when many officials were actively opposed to it. You can read James Leahy’s comments on the video and on Toronto in 1989 at

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A resource to help you #VoteON

Ontario goes to the polls tomorrow, and if you want to consider arts policy when you cast your ballot, we suggest taking a look at this very helpful resource from PASO (Provincial Arts Service Organizations of Ontario). They’ve collected survey responses from five political parties on issues like internships,

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ArtsVote 2014 – back in the #TOpoli game!

Hi everyone – welcome to the new ArtsVote Toronto site!

We’re just kicking off the 2014 campaign, and we’re looking forward to hearing your voice as we work to ensure arts and culture policy are a focus of the upcoming municipal election.

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