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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

LSM March 2008 Newsletter

April’Äôs La Scena Musicale and special arts quarterly, La SCENA, features Simon Brault and Anton Kuerti!

(version franˆßaise)

April will see La Scˆ®ne Musicale release its special quarterly magazine dedicated to non-musical arts, La SCENA. We will feature Simon Brault, Director General of the National Theatre School of Canada, president of Culture Montrˆ©al, recipient of the Order of Canada, and a formidable advocate for the arts in Canada. As for our monthly edition of La Scena Musicale, we will pay tribute to internationally recognized pianist Anton Kuerti, one of the country’Äôs most respected musicians and teachers. Currently a visiting professor at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, Mr. Kuerti was recently honoured with a Governor General’Äôs Performing Arts Award, a prestigious lifetime achievement prize. Other highlights include a look at violinist/composer Ruth Fazal and her remarkable piece, Oratorio Terezin, which will be performed in early May at Place-des-Arts. The composition is a stunning full-scale work for orchestra, choirs and soloists, and its text draws upon poetry written by children from the ghetto of Terezin during the Holocaust. We’Äôll also bring you up to speed on the latest developments on the proposed amendments to Bill C-10, federal legislation which would allow the Heritage Department to deny tax credits to artistic projects deemed to be offensive or not in the public interest. It goes without saying that artists across the country have soundly denounced the bill, calling it ’Äúcensorship’Äù and ’Äúmorality policing’Äù. Another story we are following very closely is the ongoing Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur saga. On March 10, the city of Montreal had unexpectedly announced the cancellation of all musical programming at the iconic venue, though a wave of demonstrations and protests from a wide variety of individuals and musical organizations, most notably the Conseil Quˆ©becois de la musique, pressured the city to overturn its decision and restore all activities initially planned at the Chapelle. While this is a great victory for the musical community of Montreal, we intend to keep a very close eye on all developments in this matter. We will include a variety of guides this month that will tie together both components of this special issue: International Summer Festivals (music and arts) and Canadian Spring Festivals (music and arts). We will also have a guide to 2008-09 Season Subscriptions. As always, our regular features this month include the Jazz and World music sections, CD and DVD reviews, and of course, the April regional music calendar.

New LSM Online Features: Blog and Newswire

We are proud to unveil the LSM Blog (, which is the ideal place to check out commentary and news on music and the arts in Canada and around the world. Our writers will be posting regularly to keep you up to date on the latest developments throughout the musical world.

We would also like to tell you about our new free service called LSM Newswire. E-mail your press release to The text must be in the body of the e-mail. We will post it in our newswire page We will also put a direct link to your press release in the "LSM Newswire" section at the bottom of our home page Please note that this service will not work with if the info is in a file attachment (PDF, Word, etc.). The text must be in the body of the e-mail.

Why advertise in La SCENA/La Scena Musicale?

Reach Canada's most cultured consumers

Want to reach the affluent, sophisticated, urban 35+ demographic, or professional and student musicians/artists?

Highly educated and with sophisticated tastes in culture and lifestyle: La Scene Musicale invites you into the lives of 100,000 Canadians. Our readers are passionate about music, dance, theatre, film, visual arts, as well as food, fashion and their homes.

Our award-winning magazines La Scena Musicale, La SCENA and The Music Scene contain thought-provoking articles and reviews. Furthermore, La Scena Musicale and La SCENA are the only bilingual Montreal publications dedicated to covering concert music (classical music, jazz and world music), and arts and culture (music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts). In addition, the inclusion of Canada's most in-depth cultural calendar ensures repeat viewings, over 225,000 per month. Our new direct distribution to affluent households ($100K+) means our magazines truly deliver, meaning they are read and read often.

Enclosed is more info on the next issues of La Scena Musicale, La SCENA, and The Music Scene. For more info on rates and production, please visit, or contact our sales department directly at 514-948-2520 or

Yours sincerely,

Wah Keung Chan
Founding Publisher and Editor
La Scena Musicale
The Music Scene

La SCENA: Spring 2008 / La Scena Musicale: April 2008

’Ä¢50,000 readers
Quebec circulation: 25,000 copies
Montreal: 20,500
Quˆ©bec City: 500
’Ä¢Newsstands: 2,000
’Ä¢Mailing: 2,000
’Ä¢Distribution date: April 2
’Ä¢Advertising deadline: March 25
’Ä¢Materials deadline: March 25



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