Your monthly update from the Ontario Presents network and presenting sector.

eNews - October 2022

Welcome to the October edition of the Ontario Presents newsletter. With autumn well underway, we invite you to wind down with us as we introduce the latest in professional development opportunities, updates, research initiatives, network events, grant deadlines, and webinar recordings from our sector.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please reach out to us at—we love to hear from our community.

Keep well, 
The Ontario Presents Team


Contact ONtour 2022 

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Thank you to all of our artists, agents, facilitators, presenters, and delegates for joining us in Orillia for Contact ONtour 2022! Ontario Presents is always eager to hear how we can continue to improve our gatherings in order to better serve the touring and performing arts community. We invite you to check your inboxes and share your thoughts and suggestions in the Contact ONtour 2022 survey.

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Meet the Artist: Kate Kamo McHugh

This month we invite you to meet featured artist Kate Kamo McHugh. A dance and theatre artist from Kitchener, Kate has shared a short video with us about her current work in progress, Twenty Grains of Rice: Seeds of Reclamation, which is an exploration of her Japanese Canadian identity, incorporating a variety of artistic elements such as dance, improvised music, text and digital art. Follow the link below for this 3-minute introduction to the project!

Kate is part of Gathering Knowledge, Sharing Voices: Touring in the New Normala learning community for IBPOC dance and theatre artists. This project was designed to give participating artists a chance to build their knowledge and skills around touring and being presented.

Click here to learn more about Kate Kamo McHugh.
Watch the Video


Call for Presenters: Canada Arts and Culture Recovery Program

Canada Arts Presentation Fund. Recovery Funding for Professional Arts Presentation Organizations. part of the 2022-23 Canada Arts and Culture Recovery Program (CACRP), the Canada Arts Presentation Fund was allocated $4 million in additional funds to provide relief to non-profit organizations in the professional arts presentation sector that own or operate a presentation venue and that are experiencing significant viability and business continuity challenges.

This program will provide targeted support to existing program recipients that own or operate an indoor facility as a presentation venue, whether purpose-built or adapted, as well as other not‑for-profit organizations that can demonstrate they regularly provide such type of venues for the professional live performing arts. Support will be provided for costs related to operating a venue for the period of April 1st, 2022, to March 31st, 2023.

To determine your eligibility for this new initiative, visit the CAPF website. Applications for the program are due on Wednesday, October 12th, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Details and Application

Call for Applications: Digital Discoverability Program

Canadian Association for the Performing Arts/Association Canadienne des Organismes Artistiques

CAPACOA invites performing arts presenters and producers to participate in a Digital Discoverability Program as part of the Linked Digital Future Initiative. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to join a cohort of 20 organizations working with Culture Creates to optimize their event information and increase readability among search engines (e.g., Google, Bing) and recommendation systems (e.g., Siri, Alexa), making it easier for local audiences and tourists alike to discover your event. 

An information session will be held on Friday, October 7th, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Interested organizations are encouraged to submit an application form by Wednesday, October 12th, 2022. Please note that applications may close at an earlier date if spaces are already filled.
Details and Application

Attention Artists! Apply Today: ArtStarts Artist Directory

Photograph of a speaker engaging with the audience at a conference. Text above reads: Join the 2023/24 ArtStarts Artist Directory. Apply by October 24, 2022. A red button on the image contains the words "Learn more." Are you an artist looking to expand your arts practice? Build sustainable opportunities by touring your performance, classroom residency, or classroom project in schools across British Columbia. ArtStarts is accepting applications to present, showcase, and join their Artist Directory for the 2023/24 school year. For more information or to apply, visit the ArtStarts website. Applications to join the Artist Directory are due Monday October 24th, 2022.
Details and Application

APA Call for ProposalsRe-engaging Audiences

Atlantic Presenters Association

The Atlantic Presenters Association is requesting proposals for the development and delivery of a marketing campaign to support the re-engagement of audiences and increase audience attendance at theatres, festivals, and live performing arts spaces throughout the Atlantic region. The deadline for proposal submissions is Thursday, October 6th, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. AST. Learn more and apply.

Details and Application

Together There: Join the New Residency from ArtsPond

Call for Visionaries/Appel aux visionnaires. Deadline/date limite: 10-Oct-2022.

ArtsPond is currently accepting applications to join Together There: a 16-week residency program designed to explore a hopeful vision for a just digital future in arts and culture. Eight creative and caring visionaries from Canada will be provided $4,500 along with an additional $1,000 for supplies and materials for their residency. Applicants from Indigenous, Racialized, Disabled, and suburban, rural, and remote communities outside the core are encouraged to apply.

There are residency positions created specifically for individuals “Outside the Core”; this include suburban, rural, and remote arts and culture practitioners. For more information on how to apply, visit the Together There webpage.

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, October 10th, 2022. Applicants who identify as D/deaf and/or disabled can submit their applications until Monday, October 24th, 2022.
Details and Application

Registration is Open for the New York 2023 ISPA Congress

Red and black banner. Text on the banner reads: Urgency of Now. New York City. January 10-12, 2023.The International Society for the Performing Arts is officially launching the New York 2023 ISPA Congress, Urgency of Now. Scheduled for January 10-12, 2023, this year’s conference marks the first fully in-person congress since 2020.

The ISPA hopes to explore and establish a dialogue focusing on tangible actions taken towards the pressing needs of the performing arts sector, and how to meet the challenges of the present moment and uphold our commitments to change at the 2023 ISPA Congress, hosted at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.

Early bird registration discounts of up to 15% are available through October 28th, 2022. Join the conversation and register for the New York 2023 ISPA Congress today.

Details and Application

Upcoming Conferences


Arts Northwest LogoArts Northwest 2022!
October 10-13 at the Hotel Murano & Theatre on the Square in Tacoma
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Conference Information

Folk Music Ontario Poster. London, ON. October 13-16, 2022.Folk Music Ontario 2022!
October 13-16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in London, ON
Showcase Application
Festival Information

Sparc Symposium poster 2022SPARC SYMPOSIUM 2022! 
October 13-16 at The Eddie in Bloomfield
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Symposium Information
If you have any questions, please email Rachel.

OSAC showcase poster 2022OSAC SHOWCASE 2022!  
October 14-16 at the Saskatoon InnBroadway Theatre 
Book Your Room
Showcase Information
If you have any questions, please contact Catherine.

Alberta Showcase 2022 - October 20 - 23, Dow Centennial Centre, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Alberta Showcase 2022!
October 20 - 23, Dow Centennial Centre, Fort Saskatchewan
Showcase Information


Manitoba Showcase & Conference Registration open

Manitoba Showcase & Conference 2022!
October 27- 30, 2022 in Portage la Prairie
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Showcase Information
Check out the FAQs

Biennale CINARS Biennale CINARS 2022!  
November 7-12 at the Hôtel Bonaventure 
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Showcase Information

Mundial Montreal 2022 bannerMundial Montréal 2022!
In person: November 15 -18
Online: November 1- 25 
Discover the atrists
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Event Safety Alliance Canada logo.Event Safety Alliance Canada Conference 2022!
November 21-23 at the Palace Theatre
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Ontario Presents is a performing arts community of presenters, artists, agents, and producers. Our mission is to foster effective working relationships among artists, agents, producers, and presenters in their mutual endeavours to stage great performing arts experiences that open citizen’s minds and hearts to the world and the peoples around them.

Ontario Presents honours past, present and future Indigenous Peoples as the original  stewards and caretakers of the lands we present, showcase, and engage upon. Recognizing embedded colonial structures in the performing arts sector, including ways of thinking and knowing, inspires our ongoing responsibility to decolonize our work practices, to remain committed to Indigenous resurgence and reclamation, as well as platform the stories of Black, People of Colour, Deaf/Disabled and LGBT2Q+ voices across the province.
Ontario Presents sends our heartfelt congratulations to all of the winners and nominees for the 42nd Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards. We extend a special congratulations to Crazy Smooth and Bboyizm for winning 4 Doras under the Dance Division for their dance production In My Body.

Industry Events

Each event below has been marked virtual, in-person, hybrid, or TBD. All are of course subject to change!
Ontario Culture Days Festival
Sept 23 - Oct 16 
Ontario (in-person)

Prismatic Arts Festival
Sept 26 – Oct 9
Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Creative City Summit
Oct 4– 6 
Waterloo, Ontario (in-person)

Arts BC Conference 2022
October 13 - 15
Richmond, British Columbia (in-person)

SPARC: Symposium 2022
Oct 13- 16
Prince Edward County (in-person)

OSAC Showcase
Oct 14- 16
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (in-person)

Oct 19- 23
Lisbon, Portugal (in-person)

Alberta Showcase
Oct 21-23
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta (in-person)

Manitoba Arts Showcase & Conference
Oct 27- 30

Nonprofit Driven
Nov 2- 3
Toronto, Ontario (in-person)

CINARS Biennale 2022
Nov 7- 12 (in-person)

Mundial Montreal
Nov 15- 18
Montreal (in-person)

Event Safety Alliance
Nov 21- 23
Calgary, Alberta (in-person)

Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival and Conference
Nov 28 - Dec 2
Toronto (hybrid)


New York 2023 ISPA Congress
Jan 10-12, 2023
New York, New York  (in-person)

APAP | NYC+ 2023
Jan 13-17, 2023
New York City, New York (in-person)

Arts Service Organizations: Positioning a Future Forward
Jan 23-24, 2023
Toronto, Ontario (in-person)

Rideau 2023
Feb 13-16, 2023
Québec City, Québec (in-person)

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
Mar 8-10, 2023
Treaty 1 Territory – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Pacific Contact 2023
April 13-16 
New Westminster, British Columbia


Evaluation Fundamentals for the Arts Training
Association for Opera in Canada, Mass Culture, and Good Roots Consulting

2022 Canadian nonprofit sector salary & benefits report
Charity Village

Grant Stewardship Checklist
Keela and Grant Connect

Creating a Diverse Board
Article by Cath Hume, CEO, AMA.

Why Gender Inclusion is Good for Business and Where to Start
Acumen Academy

Community nonprofit analysis: Rising demands on employees
Alberta Nonprofit Data Strategy Initiative

Rural Ontario Fact Sheet
Rural Ontario Institute

Nonprofits and digital transformation

The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada (Course 1)

The Path: Building Indigenous Intercultural Capacity (Course 2)

Nominations for the Toronto Arts Foundation Awards for artists, arts professionals and organizations is now open! The recipients of these awards will be announced at the annual Mayor’s Arts Lunch in May 2023. 

Read more here.

Recorded Webinars

Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Spring 2022

FLeX Spotlight Session

Arts for Mental Health
Mass Culture and Mississauga Arts Council

CSMN Webinar Recording 
ArtsBuild Ontario

Wikidata Workshops 

SPARC Expert Chats
Réseau SPARC Network

Connections: Pan-global Reflections by Artists in Lockdown 

Job Board


Executive Producer, Dance

National Arts Centre
Closing: October 9, 2022

Lead Hand, Community Programming

National Arts Centre
Closing: October 9, 2022

Wig Mistress/Mister

National Arts Centre
Closing: October 9, 2022
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Grant Deadlines

Please note that many grant deadlines are changing or flexible at this time. Please check the funder's website for the most up-to-date information.

Oct 14
Music Strategy Grant (City of Mississauga)

Oct 19
Indigenous Arts Support Program (OTF)

Dec 7
Resilient Communities Fund 


Access Support Fund (CCA)

Canada Cultural Investment Fund (PCH)

Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (PCH)

Enhance Your Community Funding Stream

Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program (PCH)

Indigenous Arts Projects (TAC)

Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund 

IPAA Grant Resource Website

Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative 

Market Access for Minority Language Communities (CCA)

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund 

Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program

Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant

Professional Development for Artists (CCA)

SOCAN Foundation Relief Fund 

Strategic Innovation Fund (CCA)

The Live Music Workers Fund (Unison)

Unison Benevolent Fund

Various programs & deadlines (FACTOR)
Ontario Presents gratefully acknowledges the following public funders:


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