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A collective has been created to support Quebec’s cultural and creative industries The sectoral associations La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec and Xn Québec as well as the incubators and accelerators Zú and La Piscine are joining forces to provide collective, immediate and essential support to entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative industries (CCI). A project made possible thanks to the contribution of the City of Montreal. Le Collectif aims to support Montreal startups to maintain their activities during the current crisis by providing with a comprehensive toolkit: 5 support programs 5 webinars Hundred hours of online personalized consultations.…

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The Prince of Wales has expressed his concern about the survival of arts institutions during and after the coronavirus crisis. Prince Charles, who is a patron of The Royal Opera House as well as the president of The Royal Ballet, noted that the arts play an enormous part in the economy and that it was important to “find a way of keeping these orchestras and other arts bodies going”. While recalling his first visit to the Royal Opera House as a child for a performance of the Bolshoi Ballet, he said: “I was completely inspired by that… Which is why it’s…

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On May 22nd, The Government of Quebec announced its relaunch plan for cultural activities.  Starting May 29, museums will be permitted to reopen across the province while limiting the number of people allowed inside. However, guided tours, vernissages or other events will not be permitted. Libraries will also reopen for lending services only and books will have to be picked up directly at the counter. Quebec’s four drive-in cinemas will also be allowed to reopen. Starting June 1st, recording studios will be allowed to resume their activities and concert halls will be reopened for streaming or recording performances without an audience. However, those participating in the recording…

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A British Columbia government “restart plan” that makes the resumption of live arts events conditional on widespread vaccination or herd immunity has led the Victoria Symphony, Pacific Opera Victoria and Dance Victoria to cancel their 2020-21 schedules. The announcements come at a time when many arts organizations in Europe (including the Musikverein in Vienna) are planning live performances to limited audiences but their North American counterparts remain in a holding pattern because of unsettled government responses to the COVID-19 epidemic. Quebec culture minister Nathalie Roy on May 22 announced the partial reopening, as of May 29, of museums, libraries and…

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Montreal, Thursday May 21 – During this time of social isolation, organizations are rethinking ways of reaching out to their audiences. This suspended time thus enables new initiatives and collaborations which would likely not have occurred in the past. The current situation has forced us into confinement so why not unite through music to help heal the soul. Via a video, the Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM) had the idea of uniting two Quebec stars of the classical music world: Marc Djokic and Julie Triquet, both concertmasters of the OCM and I Musici de Montréal respectively. This initiative is a…

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The coronavirus crisis has led many institutions to cancel their performances or postpone them over the next months. This list will be updated as new announcements are made. May 18-24 Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound, Ontario), July 17th-August 8th festival canceled Pax Christi Chorale (Toronto, Ontario), 2020/2021 season postponed The Victoria Symphony (Victoria, British Columbia), 2020/2021 season suspended Pacific Opera Victoria (Victoria, British Columbia), 2020/2021 season suspended Dance Victoria (Victoria, British Columbia), 2020/2021 season suspended

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Deutsche Grammophon has established a new online platform designed to connect audiences to great performances and keep music live. DG Premium, launched on 19 May 2020, will offer exclusive content to classical music fans and is focused on concert-length productions. Evolving from the popular bonus content site myDG, it will provide access to a compelling basic package of video and audio recordings – free of charge until at least the end of this year – for new subscribers and those already registered with myDG. A key feature will be the option to purchase tickets via the site’s DG Stage portal for…

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While many European festivals have been forced to cancel their entire summer season, Daniele Vimini, the president of the outdoor Rossini Opera Festival (ROF), has announced that two staged productions and six recitals will be presented this summer in Pesaro, with adjustments made in order to protect the musicians as well as the public. The first production, “La cambiale di matrimonio”, will be conducted by Dmitry Korchak and staged by Lawrence Dale at the Teatro Rossini. The orchestra will play from the stalls while the audience will be seated in boxes. The cast will include Carlo Lepore (Tobia Mill), Dilyara…

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It was a shocker in an age of shocking stories. Fifty-five members of the Skagit Valley Chorale in Mount Vernon, Washington, met at the local Presbyterian church on March 10 for a rehearsal. Three weeks later, 45 had tested positive for COVID-19. Two were dead. Despite the availability at the door of hand sanitizer and a general moratorium on handshaking and other forms of physical contact. Despite the testimony of several members that no one was heard to cough during the two-and-a-half-hour rehearsal. Nor is the Skagit Vallet story the only documented case of choral super-spreading. The Amsterdams Gemengd Koor…

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Cellist Denis Brott is out of hospital and at his retreat in the Laurentians, according to the Montreal Gazette. The Montreal Conservatoire professor and founder of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival was admitted to Hôtel-Dieu in late March with COVID-19. “I am at home now, after 45 days in the ICU, 38 of which were on a ventilator,” Brott is quoted as saying. Boris Brott, the cellist’s brother, said in April that Denis Brott became ill after returning from Holland. He also said that the 69-year-old was in an induced coma. The Montreal Chamber Music Festival had been scheduled to…

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