Arts News

Pope Francis blessed a statue by renowned Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz that will be used in conjunction with a Vincentian Fathers and Daughters of Charity project to build homes for 10,000 people. 

Badlands Passion Play makes triumphant return

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Following two summers of cancellations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Badlands Passion Play returned each Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 1 through 17 to dramatize the epic life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

AGO exhibit marks our mortality

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When Pieter Claeissens the Elder was painting Moses Breaking Pharaoh’s Crown, Europe was entering a complex and confusing period of continual warfare. The crude version of this history blames it all either on Catholics trying to wipe out Protestants or Protestants trying to eliminate Catholics. Actually, it had more to do with money, geo-politics, empire, trade and a ruling class that was deeply incompetent.

Exhibit tells history in ‘Royal Cousins, Rival Queens’ words

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LONDON -- In a basement of London’s stately British Library, the light plays through interconnected rooms on a glittering array of paintings, jewels and statuettes, encased amid ancient books, manuscripts and letters.

Remembering town’s Irish, Catholic past

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The hamlet of Downeyville in Ontario’s Kawartha Lakes region is a very different town from when author and community historian Dan Sullivan grew up there in the 1950s and ’60s.

Actor sees similarities between Dickens’ age and today

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Celebrated Canadian actor Robert Holmes (R.H.) Thomson is about to step back into his element after a pandemic-induced hiatus.

'Superstar' resurrected for 50th anniversary

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Count Fr. Paul Massel among the Canadian theatre lovers hyped for the return of Jesus Christ Superstar, now on stage in Toronto.

The Catholic Picasso

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When Pablo Picasso said “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls,” it wasn’t a casual remark. Picasso thought a lot about his own soul, the soul of the Spanish nation, the soul of 20th-century modern art, and he thought about it in very Catholic terms.

Opera Atelier’s first film production evolves past a tragedy and a pandemic

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There are no ugly angels. In the entire 10,000-year history of art, from the caves of Lescaux through the Mystical Nativity of Sandro Botticelli to Ms. Fleming’s Grade 3 art class, every single depiction of angels is a depiction of beauty. Opera Atelier co-artistic director Marshall Pynkoski knows why.

Medieval prayer comes alive at AGO exhibit

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A small show full of small items on now at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto opens up a vast world of medieval mystical experience.

Schmalz builds as others tear down

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As the statues fall across the nation, there is little positive sculptor Timothy Schmalz can glean from the anger and destruction.