• Competitive Creativity? Arts and Culture in Toronto’s Mayoral Debates

    On September 29th at the Toronto mayoral debate on arts and culture at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), variations of business-friendly urban policies were presented to Toronto’s arts community. Surrounded by Frank Gehry’s architectural design in one of Toronto’s ‘world class’ culture institutions, a diverse crowd – artists and culture workers, directors of major … Keep reading »

  • Do We Pull the Monster Down?

    William Carroll, Department of Sociology, University of Victoria (wcarroll@uvic.ca) — September 19, 2010. Lyrics Everybody’s making plans to move to higher ground There’s panic in the marketplace yet no one hears a sound Programmed trading, frictionless, insentient impounds The dreams of the unchosen ones – their faint hopes hammered down Inner cities crumble as they … Watch video »

  • So Said Tony Hayward

    A music video featuring imagery dredged from the internet, based on a song I wrote in July 2010. It’s a tango about the BP oil spill and its disastrous impacts on the environment. Watch video »

  • The Canadian Media Oligopoly Against Media Democracy

    To observe that the North American media is dominated by corporate oligopolies serving commercial interests and squeezing out critical voices is to state the obvious. Media concentration in Canada is among the highest around the world. The same corporations that own telecommunications now own TV and radio broadcasting, and they have also bought up many … Keep reading »

  • Artist Takes Up BDS Campaign – Pulls Out of TIFF in Protest

    John Greyson withdraws his film Covered from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to protest the festival’s promotion of Israeli government’s strategy for cultural export. Keep reading »

  • The ROM Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit

    Re/Mapping Identity, Culture, & Colonial Discourse “He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.” — George Orwell Even before the highly anticipated six-month, $3-million collaboration between the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) showcasing the Dead Sea Scrolls was officially launched in late June, … Keep reading »

  • Media Capitalism, the State and 21st Century Media Democracy Struggles – An interview with Robert McChesney

    In The German Ideology, Marx said the following about the media: “The class which has the means of material production at its disposal has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it. … Keep reading »

  • Poetry and Socialist Politics

    Poet and painter Joe Rosenblatt (1933-2019) was a tremendously important icon of the Canadian cultural left in the 60s and 70s. Watch video »

  • The Dirt of Pretty Things in Dirty Pretty Things (2003)

    Review of Dirty Pretty Capitalism Dirty Pretty Things (2003), a film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Steven Knight, is a realist narrative set in the cosmopolitan global city-scape of London in the period following Thatcher’s neoliberal ascendancy. Keep reading »