Oct. 26, 2022

#10 — A new season begins with a challenge + how a recession might af…

Paula, Holly and Michael return after a long summer off to catch up and chat about the new concert season now underway. We ponder why the crowds look a little different this year, plus a new threat of recession on …

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May 30, 2022

#9 —The Arts And Politics Conundrum With Daniel Raiskin

This month on the podcast Paula, Holly and Michael talk with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra music director Daniel Raiskin about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Big questions are considered, such as whether it is appropriate to ask artists to clarify...

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April 11, 2022

#8 — RIP Boris Brott With Arthur Kaptainis

Today we have a bit of a different podcast than we normally do. Guest Arthur Kaptainis joins Paula, Holly and Michael to talk about the tragic passing of renowned Canadian conductor Boris Brott, whose life was taken away in a …

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March 29, 2022

#7 — Life As A Composer With Ana Sokolović

Composer Ana Sokolović joins Paula, Holly and Michael to talk about her move to Canada, the importance of play in music-making, life as a composer, and much more.

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March 8, 2022

#6 — The Incredible Story Behind Stephen Sondheim’s Canadian Pen Pal

Holly Harris recovers a series of personal letters shared between her father, Neil Harris, and Stephen Sondheim over two decades ago. Paula, Holly and Micheal go through the letters, and try and make sense of what’s written on these pages. …

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Dec. 2, 2021

#5 — When Artists Go Bad: #MeToo, Cancel Culture, And When To Forgive

Paula, Holly, and Michael have a heated discussion about artists that have had their careers ruined after accusations of wrongdoing. Citing examples by artists Liam Scarlett, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Placido Domingo, and even Wagner, they soon...

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Oct. 22, 2021

#4 with Gustavo Gimeno — The Accidental Conductor

In this episode, Paula, Holly, and Michael meet the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s conductor Gustavo Gimeno. We chat about his background, his life’s journey moving from a percussionist to a conductor, the road to the TSO, the rise of the...

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Sept. 22, 2021

#3 — What’s In Store For A Second Pandemic Arts Season

In this episode, Paula, Holly, and Michael dive into a few scenarios for the launch of a second pandemic arts season. They start off talking about programming, hybrid shows, and the trend towards smaller productions. Paula pulls out some stats...

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Aug. 21, 2021

#2 with Richard Ouzounian — The Man Who Does Just About Everything

In today's episode, Paula, Holly, and Michael are joined by critic and theatre artist Richard Ouzounian. They talk about Richard's background, the state of theatre — past, present and future, diversity in the arts, and the sometimes problematic...

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July 29, 2021

Promo: Critical Mass

Paula Citron, Holly Harris and Michael Vincent do their best to explain what this podcast is all about. After a rough start, they finally get it.

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July 20, 2021

#1 — Re-opening the Arts, How the Pandemic Shook Arts Journalism & Va…

In this episode Paula, Holly and Michael talk about the re-opening of the arts and the folly of planning. They also talk about how the pandemic has changed arts journalism and how it continues to respond to the changing times. …

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