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

eNews - May 2022

Welcome to this month's newsletter. Below you will find OP announcements, sector events, grant updates and deadlines, resources, and many more opportunities! 

Please reach out to us at if you have any questions, comments or suggestions. 

The Ontario Presents Team


Are you a member of OP who is interested in collaborating as an active leader with us?

    Ontario Presents is currently accepting expressions of interest for new Directors on our Board.

For a 3 year term, you will represent and assist Ontario Presents as we strengthen and support the practice of performing arts presentation so that it becomes more collaborative, artist-focused, and meaningful to communities. 

The primary prerequisite for being considered to serve on the board is a desire to engage and be accountable to the membership with a commitment to attend and share at  meetings. Experience with OP and not-for-profit boards is preferred. Please note that nominations from the floor will also be accepted during the AGM on June 15th, 2022 prior to the confirmation of the candidate slate, and if necessary, a vote to finalize the new board members. Following which, the complete list of Directors will be officially announced.

Please send an email with your name, contact information and reason for wanting to serve on the board to Claire Senko, current Vice President.

Please note: Board membership requires you to be a member of OP.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 18th, 2022.

Email Claire

Ontario Presents' 34th Members’ Annual General Meeting 

We are pleased to announce that OP will be hosting our AGM on Wednesday, June 15th, 2022 at 4 pm ET. This meeting will be held in-person on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, specifically the Chippewa, Ojibwa and Potawatomi peoples, under the terms of the Robinson-Huron Treaty #61 of 1850, and the Williams Treaties of 1923 at The Algonquin Theatre: 37 Main St E, Huntsville, ON.

The AGM will be held on the fist day of our Annual Spring Gathering. We invite all of our members to attend. Drinks are on us! 

Annual Member's Spring Retreat 2022

    Ontario Presents Spring Retreat poster for Huntsville 2022

All are welcome to register for our Annual Spring Retreat from June 15th -17th, at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario

We will be joined by SUNFEST World Music & Jazz Summer Festival's Alfredo Caxaj. Alfredo will be sharing his knowledge with us at a World Music themed workshop during the gathering. 

Alfredo Caxaj has served as the Executive and Artistic Director of the non-profit Sunfest-London Committee for Cross Cultural Arts Inc. for more than two decades.

Deadline for hotel bookings is May 20th, 2022. 
Details & Registration


Indigenous Spotlight: Dancing the Land 

Dancing the Land
Our Indigenous spotlight this month comes in the form of this new video series from the NAC called Dancing the Land.  

For Dancing the Land, Indigenous Theatre invited artists from coast to coast to coast to create brief digital works using the land as their source of inspiration. We were gifted passionate, raw, and beautiful explorations of the artists’ relationships to the land and this moment in time. 

Over the next 12 months, the NAC will present 18 creations from across Turtle Island and beyond. These pieces come from community; they arrive by the roots of the people who have always been here. 

Find out more here.

Check out the Series

Contact East Showcase Submissions

   artist submissions for Contact East 2022 are open until MAY 12, 2022!
Applications to showcase at Contact East 2022 are now being accepted through

Contact East is APA's hallmark showcase summit and Atlantic Canada's premiere performing arts booking conference. The event brings together performing arts presenters, managers, and agents to see top-quality performances from a diverse range of artistic genres, including but not limited to: music, cabaret, dance, Deaf, Disability and Mad arts, circus arts, theatre, comedy, youth-oriented programming, and cultural performances. 

Contact East 2022 will take place in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia from Thursday, September 22 to Sunday, September 25.  

The application deadline is Thursday, May 12th, 2022.

For more details and to register, please visit Artists can apply for a Contact East showcase here.


ON-Ramp: New Horizons in Cultural Tourism

   ON-Ramp New horizons in cultural tourism symposium June 8-9, 2022
ON-Ramp: New Horizons in Cultural Tourism is a two-day event investigating the state of reopening for the arts, culture and tourism sectors.

Taking place in person at the Toronto Reference Library as well as online, from Wednesday, June 8 to Thursday, June 9, 2022. The symposium will focus on arts and culture in the context of regenerative tourism, diversity and inclusion. This event will also offer industry expert advice on reopening.

For more information on in-person and online tickets click the link below.

More Information Here

CHRC Student Work Placement Subsidies

CHRC is pleased to announce another year of Student Work Placement (SWP) internship subsidies for the Cultural sector! The SWP program supports cultural sector employers in hiring post-secondary students with wage subsidies of 50%-70% of the full wage cost to a maximum of $5,000-$7,000 per placement. The subsidy is available for placements as of April 1st, 2022.

With funding from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), CHRC is offering a new round of funding into 2022-2023 for students of all academic fields to gain work experience.

This year, CHRC is offering a maximum 50% wage subsidy (maximum $5,000) for eligible placements, and a maximum 70% wage subsidy (maximum $7,000) for students confirmed to be part of a priority group! To learn more about priority groups, click here.

For any questions, more information or to participate in our information sessions, please contact one of the following Communications and Administration Officers:, or

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OSAC Artist Applications

Each October, the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils presents its annual Showcase Conference. Artists come to Showcase from across Saskatchewan, Canada, and the United States. The weekend includes performing arts and school presenters, visual artists, managers, agents, OSAC Members, industry representatives, and government funding partners.

Showcase 2022 will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, October 14-16, 2022!
Performing Arts Showcases are 20 minutes long. There are 14 showcases, juried and curated, and all performances will be held at the Broadway Theatre, Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th. The host hotel is the Saskatoon Inn.

For more information please visit their website or

Send your Application
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Industry Events

Each event below has been marked virtual, in-person, hybrid, or TBD. All are of course subject to change!

Juno Awards 2022
May 15
Toronto, ON (in person)

NAPAMA Retreat 2022
May 15- 17
New Orleans, USA (in person)

Folk Alliance International
May 18- 22
Kansas City, Missouri (virtual)

Hong Kong 2022 ISPA Congress
May 24- 27 (virtual)

WeeFestival of Arts and Culture for Early Years
May 31 - June 12, 2022 (in-person)

Global TO
June 6- 10
Toronto, ON (hybrid)

Canadian Music Week 2022
June 6- 11
Toronto, ON (hybrid)

Ontario Presents' Annual Spring Retreat
June 15- 17
Huntsville, ON (in-person)

Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival 2022
June 21- 26
Nogojiwanong/Peterborough, ON (in person)
Aug 6- 16
Calgary, Alberta (in person)
Aug 11- 13
Calgary, Alberta (in person)

Contact ONtour
Sept 15- 17
Orillia, Ontario (in person)

Contact East Showcase
Sept 22- 25
Halifax, Nova Scotia (in person)

Ontario Culture Days Festival
Sept 23 - Oct 16 (in person)

Creative City Summit
Oct 4– 6 
Waterloo, ON (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)

CINARS Biennale 2022
Nov 7- 12 (hybrid)

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

Upcoming Webinars

Strategies for Website Accessibility
Accessibility Services Canada
June 15 @ 1pm - 4pm

How to Evaluate Your Website or Accessibility
Accessibility Services Canada
June 22 @ 1pm - 4pm


Investing in Black Futures: Black creatives talk about year round support of Black initiatives
Ontario Culture Days

Cultural Resilience: Using Innovation to Stabilize in Times of Crisis.
Creative City Network of Canada

Fundamentals of Digital Marketing & Fundraising for the Arts
Arts Boost

The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada

Recorded Webinars

FLeX Spotlight Session

The Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Fall 2021

February Executive Briefing "The Omicron Factor"
Audience Outlook Monitor

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

Theatre Technician,
Town of Oakville
Closing: May 13, 2022

Executive Director,
Koffler Centre of the Arts
Closing: May 15, 2022

Administration Manager,
Propeller Dance
Closing: May 15, 2022

Director of Revenue and Financial Strategy,
Theatre Passe Muraille
Closing: May 27, 2022

Theatre Technician,
Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre
Closing: June 30, 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.

May 7
Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (PCH)

Hardest Hit Business Recovery Program (PCH)

Aug 3
Capital grant (Ontario Government)

Oct 19
Indigenous Arts Support Program (OTF)

Dec 7
Resilient Communities Fund 


Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant

Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program

The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (PCH)

Strategic Innovation Fund (CCA)

Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative 

Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program (PCH)

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund 

The Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund 

Access Support Fund (CCA)

Canada Cultural Investment Fund (PCH)

Various programs & deadlines (FACTOR)

Indigenous Arts Projects (TAC)

Market Access for Minority Language Communities (CCA)

Professional Development for Artists (CCA)

Unison Benevolent Fund

SOCAN Foundation Relief Fund 

IPAA Grant Resource Website
Ontario Presents gratefully acknowledges the following public funders:


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