Panel – Arts in Ottawa

A panel discussion on whether Ottawa is leading or lagging, promoting or simply observing artistic change.


Michael Bloom, Moderator
John Buschek, Panelist
Lilly Koltun, Panelist
Alvina Ruprecht, Panelist
James Wright, Panelist

October 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm


Ottawa Public Library Main Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa ON K1P 5M2 (Participants are invited to attend an informal reception after the presentation at the Indigo Hotel Phi Bistro and Bar directly across the street from the Library where a cash bar for wine and beer will be available.)

Michael Bloom, a graduate of Carleton University and the University of Oxford, is currently the Vice-President of Industry and Business Strategy at the Conference Board of Canada.

John Buschek is the publisher and owner of BuschekBooks whose mandate is to publish quality manuscripts by new and established writers. The focus is largely poetry and English translations of poetry by Canadian authors, as well as Canadian translations of international poets, often produced as bilingual editions.

Lilly Koltun is the former Director General of the National Portrait Gallery of Canada. The recipient of many awards, she currently sits on the board of the Ottawa Art Gallery and is successfully pursuing a new direction as a practising artist. She had her first solo show of sculptures in November 2013 at Gallery 115 at the University of Ottawa.

Alvina Ruprecht is professor emerita from Carleton University. She is currently adjunct professor in the Theatre Department of the University of Ottawa. She has published extensively on francophone theatres in the Caribbean and elsewhere. She was the regular theatre critic for CBC Ottawa for 30 years. She contributes regularly to,,, and

James Wright is a composer and professor of music at Carleton University. He was awarded the 2002 Governor-General’s Gold Medal for his doctoral dissertation at McGill University on Schoenberg and Wittgenstein. An Ottawa arts education advocate and author of a number of books on musicological topics, he sits on the Chamberfest Board of Directors and has served as Vice-President of ONMC (Ottawa New Music Creators), an Ottawa Composers’ Collective (