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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 19, No. 7

From the Editor

by Wah Keung Chan / June 1, 2014

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Whether you live in New Brunswick, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Hamilton, Toronto, Calgary or Victoria this summer, there is an arts festival nearby. For our 18th year, La Scena Musicale once again helps you find it with the most complete Guide to Canadian Music and Arts Festivals; over 300 festivals on classical music, jazz, world and folk music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts are presented.

This year, we present a new integrated format, listing all festivals together, sorted by region and start date, and we’ve added a new legend to categorize the type of festival. Our writers also highlight the most exciting events on the Canadian music festival scene. Every year, we aim to be complete, but not all festival details were sent in by the deadline. Be sure to visit festivals.scena.org for the most up-to-date calendar.

This summer issue is our second national issue of the year and is presented in separate English and French editions, each with different covers. The English edition cover features the New Orford String Quartet, while the French edition features Canadian conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay. Jazz composer and saxophonist Christine Jensen is profiled, and so is a tribute to Oliver Jones on the 75th anniversary of his career (and his upcoming 80th birthday).

With the drop in advertising that is affecting all print media, La Scena Musicale depends more and more on our readers’ support in order to continue promoting classical music, jazz and the arts in Canada. We have just launched our 2014 Subscription and Fundraising campaign. With recent changes to Quebec’s Mécénat Placements Culture program, every dollar donated to LSM can now count toward a future grant; the more we raise, the more we will receive.

We are also looking to diversify our revenues by increasing the number of subscribers. In April, we introduced our Translation Supplement to provide subscribers with a printed translation for our bilingual issues. With this summer issue, we are introducing whiter non-glossy paper for French subscription copies. We hope that with these new incentives, you will now consider subscribing.

Lastly, please join LSM’s team of volunteers in writing, translation, distribution, marketing, and fundraising. Email: fundraising@lascena.ca.

Have a festive musical summer. We look forward to reconnecting with you in our annual Arts Resource Guide and our Fall Preview/Back to School September issue, out in August.

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