Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

April 16, 2009 10:04 ET

Media Advisory: Their Excellencies Celebrate BC With Art Matters Forum

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 16, 2009) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond, will be hosting a public Art Matters forum on Monday, April 20, 2009, at 7 p.m., at the National Arts Centre's Le Salon in Ottawa.

In conjunction with BC Scene and in collaboration with the National Arts Centre, Their Excellencies will host a public Art Matters forum to explore the theme "How do the Arts sustain our communities?" Art Matters will bring together members of the public as well as panelists Robert Clark, Executive Chef, C Restaurant; David Diamond, Artistic Director, Headlines Theatre Company; Craig Holzschuh, General and Artistic Director, Theatre la Seizieme; Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, writer and artist; Maiko Bae Yamamoto, Artistic Director, Theatre Replacement. The forum will be moderated by Hank Bull, Executive Director of Centre A Gallery in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Members of the public who wish to participate should RSVP via email at The public is also invited to take part in the discussion through the forums at


For every ceremony honouring the talents of Canadian artists, Rideau Hall-on His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond's initiative-organizes a forum called Art Matters. This event brings laureates, artists, academics and administrators together to discuss and examine the challenges facing culture in our society. More than 30 forums have already been held in Canada and abroad during official visits.


BC Scene, produced by the National Arts Centre, will celebrate a dynamic culture that is the fusion of traditional and contemporary, East and West and established and emerging artists from all parts of the province. Musicians, actors, dancers, visual and media artists, writers and master chefs will be bringing their magic to concert halls, theatres, galleries, bars, clubs, museums and restaurants in the national spotlight (

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