Artistic Expression

The Issue

Artistic expression is currently being endangered by the fragmentation of society into increasingly inward-focused social groupings that reject alternative perspectives and questions to their taken-for-granted reality. 

Why It Matters

Artistic expression has been a principal way in which the most important aspects of our common humanity have come to be understood and communicated. 

Our Work

The Centre for Free Expression engages the public in dialogue about the importance of artistic expression and supports artists when there are attempts to restrict or suppress their work. The Centre is particularly interested in how social media contributes to the fragmentation of society and the chilling of artistic expression.

Resources

Blog Post

Why We Defend Nasty Speech

I don’t know about you, but I am not fond of humour that is aimed at humiliating or degrading individuals, even if those individuals are public figures.

By Danielle S. McLaughlin

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Canada's Highest Court to Hear Mike Ward Case

January 14, 2021 - The Supreme Court of Canada has scheduled a date to hear the dispute between Mike Ward, a comedian in Quebec, and Quebec’s human rights commission.

Past Event

Canadian Authors and Books: An Endangered Species?

Panelists: Drew Hayden Taylor, Pilar Martinez, Barb Minett, Jim Lorimer

Moderator: Victor Rabinovitch

Blog Post

It’s Complicated: Six Things Worth Discussing About Free Speech

Well, hello again. Having ended last month's column with a candid appeal for readers to "talk back" about free speech, I was grateful to those who took me at my word. They made me think new thoughts, which is, of course, the whole idea.

By Ivor Shapiro

Podcast

Anti-Black Racism and the Theatre

Philip Akin - In Conversation with Luke Reece