OAC Celebrates Government’s Increased Investment in Ontario’s Professional Artists and Arts Organizations
Enthusiastic applause broke out at last week’s surprise announcement by Premier Kathleen Wynne and Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport that the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) will receive a funding increase to its current base of $60 million bringing it to $80 million over four years by 2020-21. The $50 million increase will roll out accordingly: $5 million in 2017-18, $10 million in 2018-19, $15 million in 2019-20 and $20 million in 2020-21.
Over the next four years, this added investment to OAC programs will ensure that Ontarians have increased access to arts activity throughout the province and ensure that they see themselves represented in the arts.
New film shooting in Markham this fall
Markham’s Mena Massoud Cast as Aladdin
“The star of Disney's new live-action remake of Aladdin is a young Egyptian-Canadian actor from the Toronto area who is a ‘natural leading man’ says his former university professor. Mena Massoud was born in Egypt but grew up in Markham, Ont., and graduated from Ryerson University's performance acting program in 2014, after transferring from the University of Toronto.