A sign on a Toronto theatre says: “Thanks to all of our front line essential workers ” But here’s a question. Is art an essential service? When the pandemic was declared Premier Doug Ford’s first statement was: “Theatres are closed.” Why was this prioritized? What’s happening to artists in Canada? But more importantly — what’s happening to the people of Canada? True, not everyone is aware that they need art. Some think they can get by with Netflix. Now that art has been clearly deemed an ‘unessential service’ by the government of Canada, it’s time to ask a defining question.