Keynote Speaker Sheila McCarthy with host Scott Walker
Patty Gail Peaker holding the first Visionary Artist Lifetime Award with [from l-r] Julia Howell of the Toronto Foundation, award donor Joan VanDuzer, Executive Director Scott Walker, CSARN Board Chair Hon. Marie Charette-Poulin

Maintaining Creativity 4: Inspiration

CSARN’s fourth annual conference took place on Wednesday, October 16 in Toronto.

Maintaining Creativity 4: Inspiration was held at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge at Bloor.


• A screening of Night Shoot, a short film starring Gordon Pinsent and Sheila McCarthy
• A keynote address by actor/singer Sheila McCarthy;
• Discussions on the theme of Inspiration: how to use it, how to keep it, how to find it again; 
• The presentation of the very first Visionary Artist Lifetime Award to Patty Gail Peaker for her tireless work in the founding of PAL [Performing Arts Lodges] and PAL’s Supporting Cast program;

If you missed the conference, here’s Sheila McCarthy’s keynote in three parts.



Here are images from our first three conferences. You can also find videos in the video section.