Emerging Arts Critics (EAC) Programme is a forum to foster the next generation of arts critics and writers and to assist them in developing the tools required to authoritatively write about and review ballet, classical music and opera. Originally launched by the National Ballet of Canada in 2014 as Emerging Dance Critics, in partnership with Canada's dance magazine The Dance Current, the program has since expanded to Emerging Arts Critics to include music and opera.

A collaboration with the Canadian Opera Company, The National Ballet of Canada, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the program will feature eight participants selected through an open call. Writers will each attend and review one performance by each organization in the 2018/2019 season and have their reviews published on Opera CanadaThe Dance Current, and The WholeNote's websites.

Participants will have the invaluable opportunity to receive one-on-one editorial mentorship from retired arts critic John Coulbourn, longtime music journalist and broadcaster Robert Harris, and Opera Canada Editorial Director Gianmarco Segato. The Dance Current Executive Editor Emma Doran, The WholeNote Publisher and Editor in Chief David Perlman, Digital Media Editor Sara Constant, and Mr. Segato will coach the writers in a one-on-one editorial process through to online publication.

In addition, participants will also be invited to attend critical writing and journalistic research skills workshops hosted by the COC, TSO, and National Ballet of Canada as part of the program.

Applications from aspiring arts reviewers between the ages of 19 to 29 are now being accepted. To apply, email [email protected] a writing sample and why you would like to take part in the programme. Deadline is September 14, 2018. The EAC Programme is committed to inclusiveness and encourages applicants from all backgrounds and abilities to submit.

2018/2019 SEASON DATES

Session 1: Canadian Opera Company
Performance 1: Eugene Onegin September 30, 2018
Performance 2: Hadrian October 17, 2018

Session 2: The National Ballet of Canada
Performance 1: Anna Karenina November 10, 2018
Performance 2: The Dream & Being and Nothingness November 21, 2018

Session 3: Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Performance 1: Sibelius Symphony 2 January 10, 2019

Session 4: Canadian Opera Company
Performance 3: Elektra January 26, 2019
Performance 4: Cosi Fan Tutte February 5, 2019

Session 5: Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Performance 2: Brahms & Dvořák February 6, 2019
Performance 3: Barbara Hannigan Sings & Conducts February 13, 2019
Performance 4: Alisa Weilerstein February 20, 2019

Session 6: The National Ballet of Canada
Performance 3: Winter Mixed Programme March 1, 2019
Performance 4: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland March 7, 2019

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Opera Canada magazine has been connecting the vibrant world of opera in Canada since 1960 with high-quality professional arts journalism, in-depth interviews with its creators, artists and decision-makers as well as beautifully-illustrated features and reviews about productions from across the nation and internationally.

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The Dance Current magazine takes the reader inside the art and culture of Canadian dance – in print and online.

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Founded in 1995, The WholeNote is a print and online magazine dedicated to classical, new, early and world music, jazz, opera and musical theatre, in Ontario and beyond, containing extensive concert listings, feature stories, regular columns, CD reviews, and blogs.

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