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.



Transforming "Call Out" Culture

Loretta Ross  - In Conversation with Asam Ahmad​

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: The Supreme Court of Canada Hears a Case About the Limits of Comedy

February 22, 2021 - The Supreme Court of Canada heard the dispute between Mike Ward, a stand-up comedian, and the Quebec human rights commission on February 15.


Canadian Authors and Books: An Endangered Species?

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

Moderator: Victor Rabinovitch

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Canada's Highest Court to Hear Mike Ward Case (2)

February 11, 2021 - The Supreme Court of Canada will soon hear a case that sets the freedom of artistic expression against the freedom from discrimination.

Past Event

Comedy, Free Expression & Social Justice

Charlie Demers - In Conversation with Tara Henley​