Canada: Religious festival petitions to reverse ban

3 November 2015

More than 20,000 people have signed a petition urging the City of Toronto and its mayor to allow an annual open-air musical festival to continue in August 2016, after the city didn’t grant the festival a permit because it would contravene city policy against “proselytising.” The issue for the city …

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Canada: National theatre company of Iraq denied entry

27 September 2015

The National Theatre Company of Iraq had to cancel their scheduled performance an award-winning play about refugees, called ‘Camp’, in Canada after the group was denied permission to enter the country. The actors were scheduled to perform at the IMPACT 15 International Theatre Festival in Kitchener, Ontario. Their play tells …

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Canada: Row over ‘institutional censorship’ of arts instructor

21 June 2015

Capilano University’s leadership is being called to apologise for censoring a former studio arts instructor – or risk becoming a pariah institution among academics, a report concluded. Studio arts instructor George Rammell created ‘Blathering on in Krisendom’, a caricature of university president Kris Bulcroft and her poodle Margaux, and displayed it …

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Canada: Controversy over concert cancellation sparks public debate

13 April 2015

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has decided to cancel performances by the Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa over what it calls her “deeply offensive language” and “inciting hatred” on Twitter because of her comments on the conflict in Ukraine. This has created an intense public debate in the country’s media and social …

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Canada: Viet Cong banned from playing because of their name

16 March 2015

The Canadian art rockers Viet Kong have had a show in Ohio cancelled because their name ‘deeply offends’ some people. Gig promoter Ivan Krasnov took to the Oberlin ‘Sco Facebook page to apologise for booking an act whose name “deeply offends and hurts Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities, both in Oberlin …

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