Today’s senior artists were the ground-breaking game-changers on the cultural scene 40, 50, and 60 years ago. Today, they are still breaking new ground.

CSARN exists to support them in their life work to make this a better, more culturally rich country in which to live. What makes them unique is their desire to keep creating, to continue developing the skills and talents they have spent a lifetime refining, and to continue using their art to challenge our perceptions of the world we live in .

And we, as a country, can all benefit from this.

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Current News & Happenings

Western Seminars in November

CSARN is presenting seminars on Social Media in Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon & Winnipeg in November. Click here to find out more and register.

First Visionary Artist Lifetime Award Presented:
CSARN congratulates Patty Gail Peaker, winner of CSARN’s first Visionary Artist Lifetime Award for her tireless work on behalf of PAL [Performing Arts Lodges] and its Supporting Cast program. Presented at Maintaining Creativity 4: Inspiration on October 16th.  The annual award is made possible through an endowment to the Toronto Foundation by donor Joan VanDuzer.

CSARN VALA Award
Julia Howell of the Toronto Foundation, award donor Joan VanDuzer, CSARN Executive Director Scott Walker, Patty Gail Peaker [holding the award], CSARN Board Chair Hon. Marie Charette-Poulin.

New CSARN Chair:
CSARN is proud to welcome the Hon. Marie  Charette-Poulin LL.B. as our new Board Chair.  Marie is a former Canadian Senator, former Founding CEO of the tribunal for the self-employed in the cultural industry, former Deputy Secretary in the Privy Council Office of Canada, and former CBC/Radio-Canada Executive.

Inspirational Conference:
Thanks to everyone who made Maintaining Creativity 4: Inspiration another sellout. Our annual conference takes place in Toronto on October 16th. Watch for videos of the event coming soon. Click here for details.

Panelists Scott Walker, Joe Sealy, Bernard Poulin, Carol Anderson, Bruce Eves, Elyse Goldstein
Panelists Scott Walker, Joe Sealy, Bernard Poulin, Carol Anderson, Bruce Eves, Elyse Goldstein. Thanks to Patrick Young for the photo.

The City of Toronto has a new Homeshare program that pairs residents 55+ with space in their homes with students looking for an affordable space in exchange for some chores or companionship. There are info sessions over the next few weeks. More details by clicking here.

The Government of Ontario provides reductions in hydro bills for low income households. Find out more by clicking here.

The Distinguished Artists Who Advise CSARN

Honourary Board Member
Gordon Pinsent

Advisory Council
Peggy Baker • 
Laurie Brown • Max Dean
Rita Shelton Deverell • Douglas Gibson
Martha Henry • Brenda Hoffert • Paul Hoffert
Sheila McCarthy • R.H.Thomson

In our Community's own words . . .