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Music Is Not a Luxury

Music Is Not a Luxury

| 5 min

This short film pays tribute to Toronto philanthropist Earlaine Collins, recipient of the 2012 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts. Generous and thoughtful, Collins speaks of her bond with performers, the importance of giving, and how much has music meant to her and her late husband from their very first days together.

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2012 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

  • recipient
    Earlaine Collins
  • writer
    Annette Mangaard
  • director
    Annette Mangaard
  • picture editor
    Gary Popovich
  • sound editor
    Gary Popovich
  • director of photography
    John Minh Tran
  • sound recordist
    Sanjay Mehta
  • production manager
    Rachel Punwassie
  • steadicam
    Mike Heathcote
  • first assistant camera trainee
    Blain Thrush
  • gaffer
    Scott Burton
  • key grip
    Chelsea Springgay
  • production assistant
    Chris Niesing
  • online editor
    Andrew Mandziuk
  • post picture facility
    Fearless Films
  • re-recording
    Steven Ejbick
  • post sound facility
    Post City Sound Inc.
  • dialogue editor
    Pino Halili
  • assistant engineer
    Josh Brown
  • production supervisor
    Mark Wilson
  • technical coordinator
    Marcus Matyas
  • centre administrator
    Josiah Rothenberg
  • studio administrator - assistant
    Andrew Martin-Smith
  • marketing manager
    Jean Saad
  • publicist
    Pat Dillon
  • supervising project manager
    Rachel Punwassie
  • copyright clearance officer
    Sylvia Mezei
  • senior producer
    Gerry Flahive
  • executive producer
    Silva Basmajian


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Ages 13 to 17

Arts Education - Music
Civics/Citizenship - Ideologies
Family Studies/Home Economics - Consumer Awareness
Media Education - Advertising

Prior to viewing the film, have students complete a survey about public events they attend, including sports, entertainment, arts, etc. Graph the results or have students write analysis or reflection pieces. After screening the film, discuss the role of performing arts relative to other activities in the community. Compare the terms philanthropy, patronage and volunteerism, and how they differ from sponsorship in the context of professional sports. Have students research other historical examples of patrons of the arts.

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