Monday, January 31, 2005

Forget Stroumboulopoulos.

Wells alerts the world to the relaunched CBC Arts website, which wants to be the next Salon or Slate or Something and describes itself as "a new online magazine covering ideas and trends in arts, media and entertainment."
Personally, I find this a much better way to spend our tax dollars than, say, The Hour, but I'm one of those folks who doesn't really watch teevee. Not out of cultural elitism -- it's just that I can't figure out how to be home at a certain time every week anymore. (Hey: Since the CBC is (mostly) government-funded, why doesn't it make its content available online for free download by Canadian citizens? Also, why isn't Da Vinci's Inquest available to rent at my local video store? I'd watch it then.)

Among the writers showcased on CBC.ca/Arts website -- which really needs a catchier name, preferably sans slashess or @s -- is Katrina Onstad, the Post's old movie reviewer who has been much-missed (see her Childstar review here), and Liz Hodgson, a former Post intern. Alec Scott, who edits the theatre stuff in Toronto Life, looks to be the theatre guy and has an article about the degayification of gay theatre in Canada that ain't so bad. (Though, in listing all the queer playwrights being produced this year, he neglects to mention that Winnipeg is currently midway through an entire friggin' festival dedicated to Michel Tremblay.)

Anyway, so far there isn't a heck of a lot of content up and the design's a little off, but it's promising...

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