Performing arts give youth an edge in life

By Bonnie Van Toen

When Mark Johnston sits in his chair on a Saturday morning at the Ottawa Music Academy, it seems to swallow him up — even though it’s a kid-sized chair.

On this particular Saturday, his string ensemble is preparing for Discover the Arts, a free open house being held at the National Arts Centre from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 5. The Ottawa Music Academy is one of the hosts, along with the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama, the Ottawa School of Dance and the Ottawa School of Art. read more

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Museums try to do more with less

By Louise Upperton

Facing cuts in government funding, national museums in Ottawa are looking for new ways to raise money to bring popular exhibits to the public without raising admission prices.

So far it’s working. A Statistics Canada report released Mar. 9 indicates that Canadian museums still boast high attendance figures despite less funding from the federal government in the past few years. read more

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Confessions of an aging teenybopper

The Arts Beat

By KateLynn Savidan

Dear Readers: I must confess. I am a semi-recovered teenybopper. About ten years ago, my room was plastered with posters of Corey Feldman and Corey Haim and I watched Star Trek: The Next Generation religiously to drool over Ensign Wesley Crusher.

It seemed, for a while, that the whole teenybopper-idol thing died with the 1980s. And then along came TITANIC and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Or as I like to call him, “my boyfriend.” read more

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