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The saying goes that if you want to be successful, don’t be the person who replaces the legend; be the person who fills in after that. Clearly, Elisa Citterio didn’t get that memo. In 2017 she was Tafelmusik’s music director, taking over after Jeanne Lamon’s 33-year run. The Agenda welcomes the Brescia-born maestra to find out what she has in store for the popular ensemble.
Ellen Gallagher burst onto New York’s art scene in the mid-’90s with a new way of depicting African-American history through humour and satire. Since then, her politically charged paintings, collages, and films have made her a global art star. This episode of Brilliant Ideas profiles her Rhode Island childhood, biracial upbringing, and rise through the ranks of the contemporary art world.
While the debate rages on about Google’s Sidewalk Labs project for the Toronto waterfront — particularly regarding issues around privacy — there’s a new game in town: Open City Network. Politics columnist John Michael McGrath looks at how the Kitchener-based non-profit matches up Canadian IT and communications companies with municipal leaders to encourage the development of publicly owned smart-city infrastructure based on open standards and not just the province of data collection companies.
Providing proper support for Ontarians who need in-patient care will mean creating housing and home-care options. Is this government willing to act? In the last instalment of a series examining the state of mental-health care in the province, journalist Matt Gurney highlights the plight of patients who don’t require full-time institutional care, but also shouldn’t be discharged after a mental-health crisis has passed.
Tonight on TVO
7 p.m. — Mozart in London
Historian Lucy Worsley traces the fascinating story of the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s adventures in Georgian London. It was on British soil that Mozart composed his first symphony, at the age of eight. But why did this incredible achievement end in suspicion and accusations of fraud?
8 p.m. — The Agenda: The Metcalf award winners
The Agenda welcomes the five inaugural winners of the Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize, a new initiative named in honour of the philanthropist who was at the heart of the Metcalf Foundation’s work in the performing arts for over 40 years.
In 2000, then-education minister Janet Ecker was poised to announce new funding levels for Ontario school boards to make more money available to students in the classroom. But teachers’ unions believed the government was targeting them. At issue was lesson prep time — the same concern that caused a province-wide teachers’ strike three years earlier. Ecker joined this Fourth Reading panel to hash out the contentious points.