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New seasons launch amidst a federal election andCanada votes an ongoing pandemic. Here are stories we're following...  

Federal election platforms

The Canadian Arts Coalition compiled arts and culture platforms from five parties, together with a CPAC debate on challenges facing the cultural sector. The debate is viewable in the original French, and in English translation.


Leadership changes

The Toronto Symphony announced that CEO Matthew Loden will resign as of Sept. 22, Ludwig Van reports. Loden joined the TSO in 2018, and will return to Texas as Dean of the Shepherd School at Rice University. 

The Calgary Philharmonic appointed Marc Stevens as President and CEO, the Calgary Herald reported. Stevens most recently served as General Manager of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. 

The Montreal Gazette reported that the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal's new music director, Rafael Payare, tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-August, as did his wife, cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Both were vaccinated and had minimal symptoms. 

New seasons

The National Arts Centre Orchestra launched its 2021-22 season last weekend with an emotional concert in front of an audience of 300 in Southam Hall, CBC News reported.

The Victoria Symphony will return to the stage on Sept. 19, the Times Colonist reported. CEO Matthew White spoke about the Victoria Symphony's hybrid live/online season 

The Winnipeg Symphony opened its season last weekend with a quartet of WSO musicians performing a Bluegrass Symphony, Global News reported

Most concert halls and orchestras have announced or implemented proof of vaccination requirements for audiences this season, and capacity of 50% or less. CBC News reported on accommodations for the return of live events in Vancouver.


Compiled by Matt Heller, with assistance from the OCSM Editorial Committee. Please send comments, corrections, and ideas for future content to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.