Emerging Arts Critics

Emerging Arts Critics (EAC) programme is as a forum to foster the next generation of arts critics and writers and to assist them in developing the tools required to authoritatively write about and review ballet, classical music, opera and theatre. Originally launched by the National Ballet in 2014 as Emerging Dance Critics, in partnership with Canada's dance magazine The Dance Current, the programme has since expanded to Emerging Arts Critics to include music, opera and theatre.

A collaboration with The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), the Canadian Opera Company (COC) and Soulpepper Theatre Company, the programme features eight participants who will each attend and review one performance by each organization and have their reviews published on The Dance Current, The WholeNote, Opera Canada and Intermission Magazine's websites.

Selected participants will have the invaluable opportunity to receive one-on-one editorial mentorship from retired arts critic John Coulbourn, music journalist and broadcaster Robert Harris, performing arts writer Catherine Kustanczy and theatre critic Robert Cushman. The Dance Current Executive Editor Emma Doran, The WholeNote Publisher and Editor in Chief David Perlman with Digital Media Editor Sara Constant, Opera Canada Editorial Director Gianmarco Segato and Intermission Magazine Publisher and Co-Founder Philip Riccio coach selected writers in a one-on-one editorial process through to online publication.

Participants will also attend workshops on critical writing and journalistic research skills, hosted by the National Ballet, TSO, COC and Soulpepper.

The Emerging Arts Critics programme is currently on hold. Stay tuned for further details.


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The Dance Current is Canada’s dance magazine – in print and online – covering the performances, people and perspectives. Published by Dance Media Group, The Dance Current is inclusive of genre and aims to cultivate dance literacy, foster discourse and provide the broadest possible public with access points into dance art and culture.

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Founded in 1995, The WholeNote is a print and online magazine dedicated to classical, new, early and world music, jazz, opera and musical theatre, in Ontario and beyond, containing extensive concert listings, feature stories, regular columns, CD reviews, and blogs.



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Opera Canada magazine has been connecting the vibrant world of opera in Canada since 1960 with high quality professional arts journalism, in-depth interviews with its creators, artists and decision-makers as well as beautifully-illustrated features and reviews about productions from across the nation and internationally.

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Intermission Magazine is an online theatre magazine based in Toronto, created by The Company Theatre. Intermission helps break down the fourth wall that exists between artists and audiences by providing a platform for artists to talk about the ideas they’re grappling with both onstage and off through personal essays from artists about their work, in-depth articles about all aspects of the industry, revealing interviews with top names in Canadian theatre and creative editorial pieces.

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