The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

October 19, 2007 11:00 ET

The Fraser Institute: Media Advisory; Maestro Bramwell Tovey and Award-Winning Journalist Elizabeth Nickson Debate the Role of Government in Funding Arts and Culture

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2007) - Maestro Bramwell Tovey, music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Elizabeth Nickson, award-winning journalist, will debate the role of government in funding arts and culture in the second evening of the 2007 fall cocktail series, Behind the Spin: Fraser @ OPUS on Tuesday, October 23.

Tovey has been director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2000. He also works internationally with a prestigious list of orchestras that includes the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Tovey has been awarded honorary degrees including fellowships from the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Conservatory Music in Toronto. In 1999, he received the M. Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction, a prestigious Canadian prize awarded to premiere artists for outstanding contributions in professional performing arts organizations.

Nickson is a writer and journalist who has been published widely for the past 20 years. She is currently writing a column for the Women's Post and occasionally for the comment page of the Globe and Mail.

Behind the Spin: Fraser @ OPUS offers a unique opportunity to discuss an array of issues with opinion-makers whose leadership on key topics informs the news and public debate. The last event of the series features Rick Baker, founder of Timely Medical Alternatives, discussing Canada's ailing health care system on November 14.

Interested media are invited to attend the event but are requested to confirm their attendance in advance as space is limited.

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm (Program from 6:30pm to 7:15pm)
Location: The OPUS lounge at the OPUS hotel
322 Davie Street (Yaletown)

The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational organization based in Canada. Its mission is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit

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