Emerging Arts Critics

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 and opera. 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 and opera.

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

This past season, participants had the invaluable opportunity to receive one-on-one editorial mentorship from retired arts critic John Coulbourn, longtime music journalist and broadcaster Robert Harris and Opera Canada Editorial Director Gianmarco Segato. The Dance Current Executive Editor Emma Doran, The WholeNote Publisher and Editor in Chief David Perlman and Digital Media Editor Sara Constant and Mr. Segato coached the writers in a one-on-one editorial process through to online publication.

In addition, participants were also invited to attend critical writing and journalistic research skills workshops hosted by the National Ballet, TSO and COC as part of the programme.

The 2018/19 season of Emerging Arts Critics has now come to a close, thank you to all the writers who participated.

An open call to submit applications to the 2019/20 Emerging Arts Critics season will be announced shortly this summer. The programme is open to aspiring arts reviewers between the ages of 19 to 29.

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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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