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Making Heritage Work in Rural Canada

At a time when rural communities across the country are facing many challenges, it is heartening to hear about historic…

Reimagining a former Power Plant

Once facing the threat of demolition, the Rossdale Power Plant is now an integral piece of a redevelopment plan for…

Doukhobor Dugout National Historic Site celebrates immigration to Canada 120 years later

Four days each July, dozens of Canadians gather by a cave at the side of the North Saskatchewan River. Donning…

Burlington’s Joseph Brant Museum Transformation

Thirty years of planning and $11.4 million dollars later, the Joseph Brant Museum in Burlington, Ontario, is finally ready to…

Survivor: A new chapter for Montreal’s Maison Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine

Until a few months ago, it would have been easy to mistake the gunshot marks for recent damage. Hidden between…

Winnipeg’s iconic Hudson’s Bay Company building gains heritage status, but city wrestles with its future

One of Winnipeg’s most iconic buildings, the Hudson’s Bay Company Store on Portage Avenue, received heritage designation from Winnipeg City Council on March 21, 2019. While this historical resource listing gives the massive 1926 landmark…

A bright future ahead for Cape Breton’s Stone Church

Five years of perseverance paid off for a local group working to save the St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in…

Church buildings repurposed to serve an aging population

I recently visited an old heritage church building in Brampton, ON that was wasting away from neglect, unoccupied and in…

5 Places of Faith Revitalized for Today and Tomorrow

The challenges facing historic places of faith are daunting, yet across the country congregations and communities are finding creative new…

Cliffside Stories: How Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Feeds Today’s Generations

To Conrad Little Leaf of the Piikani Nation, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump near Fort Macleod, AB and its neighbouring foothills and…

Faith buildings working to enhance the visual arts: Philadelphia (part two)

Today I’m continuing my exploration of Faith/Arts Cohabitation with a quick tour of two great spaces in Philadelphia. In October…

Faith communities provide arts groups with much needed space

On an unseasonably warm (22 degrees!) November evening, myself and my partners from ArtsBuild Ontario and Toronto Arts Council set…

Why Faith Groups and Arts Groups Should Cohabitate

Playwright Marcus Youssef upon accepting this year’s Siminovitch Prize for playwriting gave a speech that clarified my interest in the…

A Place That Matters to Me: Dawson City

Dawson City never looks less lovely than in early April, as you travel over the pot-holed road from the airport….

Bringing Humour to Canada’s Hardest-Hit Communities

Canada is full of historic small towns that are pushing through tough economic times – and comedian Jonny Harris and…