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Critical Mass

Dec 2, 2021

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 discover how fraught the path to redemption is. It all ends with them...

Oct 22, 2021

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 international conductor.

Sep 22, 2021

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 on what the big arts presenters are doing this year. They then transition...

Aug 21, 2021

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 relationship between critics and publicists.

Jul 29, 2021

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.