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

eNews - January 2022

Happy New Year!

In this newsletter, you will find mental health resources, sector events, grant updates and deadlines, resources, and heartfelt interviews from some of the most creative artists from within our sector.

Please reach out to us at if you have any questions comments or suggestions. It's our pleasure to serve you. We wish you a safe and happy new year.

The Ontario Presents Team

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Indigenous Artist Spotlight: Jace Martin

Started in 2018, the Indigenous Artist Spotlight series is intended to foster greater awareness and understanding of the strength and diversity of Indigenous art available in Ontario and beyond. 

This month we spoke with mainstream artist & producer Jace Martin!

Jace Martin, Indigenous Artist Spotlight

Jace Martin is a USA Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Charting artist & producer. He has won 5 Music Awards. In 2021, a song he co-wrote and produced "Not Waiting Anymore" hit #1 on Canada's R&B iTunes Charts. He has toured North America and shared the stage with Robbie Robertson, Sam Moore, Jonny Lang & More. His newest album “Rainboworld” released in 2020 is dedicated to his greatest mentor in music, Salome Bey. Jace also cohosts a brand new talk show on Bell Fibe TV, The Harv N Jace Show streaming on-demand across Canada & is the President of The Darren Ross Agency.

Check out the interview!
Find all of our past Spotlight interviews here!

Check out the Interview

Meet the Artist: Augusto Bitter

Augusto Bitter Headshot The Meet The Artist series highlights amazing and talented performing arts professionals from diverse backgrounds. 

Augusto Bitter is a Venezuelan-born, Dora Award-winning performer, writer, facilitator, and artistic producer for stage and screen, based in Toronto. They have been a resident artist at Canadian Stage, Aluna Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, and hub14. Augusto is developing commissions for Factory Theatre's Year of the Rat (Feb 2022) and Soulpepper and the City of Toronto's Awakenings programming at Spadina Museum.

You can find out more about Augusto's first play now turned short film series Chicho by reading the interview or on their website.

Read the Interview


Funding Updates: Small Business Relief Fund & Other Grants

Yesterday, the Ontario Government announced that they would be providing targeted relief for businesses and people impacted by the current public health measures aimed at blunting the spread of the Omicron variant. As part of this plan, the government is introducing a $10,000 grant for eligible businesses that are subject to closures under the modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen and is providing additional electricity-rate relief for businesses, as well as workers and families spending more time at home.

Businesses that were eligible for the previous Ontario Small Business Support grant will be contacted about the new program.

Additionally, online applications for the Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program will open on January 18th. This program will provide eligible businesses that are required to close or reduce capacity with rebate payments for up to 100% of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to public health measures in response to the Omicron variant. 

The team at OP will provide further updates when more details become available. 

Below is a list of other funds that are available for business who are currently in need of financial support. Thanks to our friends at PACT for helping us compile this list.

Learn More

Farewells and New Opportunities at Meaford

OP extends a heartfelt farewell and congratulations to Susan Lake, Manager of Cultural Spaces for the Municipality of Meaford who will be retiring at the end of March. Although we will miss Susan, her leaving provides the opportunity for a new Manager to take her place.

In this position, the new manager will provide management, leadership, and promotion of activities to support arts and culture services in the Municipality, including Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre and the Meaford Museum.

The successful applicant should have a Diploma or Degree in Marketing or Business Administration or another related field. A minimum of 3 years of experience in a management/supervisory capacity, preferably in a theatre/performance venue environment would be an asset. Proven experience in marketing, programming, economic development, event planning, and fundraising would also be an asset for this role. 

To read the full job posting, you can visit our job board or you can see more opportunities from Meaford here

Applications are due by Monday, January 31, 2022

Read More & Apply


ThisGen Fellowship 2022

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If you’re a BIPOC Woman and/or Non-Binary* performing arts practitioner looking to get to the next stage of your career, now is your last chance to apply to ThisGen Fellowship 2022.

Produced in partnership with the National Arts Centre, ThisGen Fellowship 2022 runs from April 2022 - May 2024. It includes paid online training with a renowned international faculty, one-on-one mentorship with industry experts, a paid work placement, and peer-to-peer connection. 

*Note: ThisGen Fellowship is a Trans-inclusive program.

For more information visit If you have any questions about the program or the application process, email producer Tom Arthur Davis at

The deadline to apply is Thursday, January 13th, at 11:59 pm 

Details & Registration

Statistic Canada's Invitation to Participate in Pilot Study on Everyday Well-being

Statistics Canada is now conducting the Pilot Study on Everyday Well-being, in collaboration with Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage. The survey will run from January 10 to March 31, 2022. This project will use a new mobile-phone application called Vitali-T-Stat to test a new way of collecting data.

This invitation is to anyone over the age of 15 to participate. We encourage you to complete the survey and share among your networks as participation is important to our sector.

This pilot study asks Canadians in-the-moment questions about their activities and feelings. The goal is to gain a better understanding of the factors that influence well-being, particularly arts and culture activities, which are the main focus of this pilot. These data could be used to better understand the factors that can promote emotional and mental resilience, which could result in the development of programs and services that improve the quality of life of all Canadians.

Download the app to get started!
Visit Google Play or App Store, search for Vitali-T-Stat by Statistics Canada and download the app onto your mobile device (Android or Apple).

Download the App

Mental Health Resources & Activities from our Friends at TPM

We were all hoping that 2022 would bring freedom and a way forward out of the pandemic. However, we have found ourselves in yet another lockdown which is quite the opposite of what we thought  the province would look like almost two years into the pandemic.

With all of this in mind, organizations across the sector have been finding ways of supporting not only organizations but individuals. Through this list is compiled by Theatre Passe Muraille's Community Engagement Coordinator Angela Sun, we hope that you will find the support that you need to work through these challenging times.

Resources for Indigenous Communities Resources for Racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ Communities General Mental Health Resources We encourage you to send any comments or suggestions for the following list to Angela at TPM. 
Contact Angela

Professional Development Events with Mass Culture

Shaping Strong Governance Workshop January 17, 2022 at 1pm ESTFutures of Arts Work: Shaping Strong Governance Workshop

Participants will select a breakout room dedicated to one of the three subject areas detailed in the worksheet: Mandatory Requirements, Duty of Care, or Strong Organizational Oversight. Guided by a knowledgeable facilitator, participants will have the opportunity to discuss a specific worksheet section, suggest edits, and share resources that could also guide others who are interested in shaping strong governance for their organizations.

Registration is required for this event.
January 17, 1 pm Eastern

Play-Go-Round: Digital Infrastructure in Rural and Northern Communities

Mass Culture, in partnership with Gros Morne Summer Music, is proud to host their second of three Play-Go-Round events with speakers Todd Hennessey, Holly Cunningham, and Michael Mooney. They will be discussing their ideas emerging out of the question: How do we build capacity for digital artistic practices for creatives who reside in rural and northern areas throughout Canada? 

Registration is required for this event.
January 19, 1 pm Eastern

Gamifying Your Strategic Planning Process

In summer 2021, Mass Culture hosted a series of sessions with its governing body to inform its strategic plan. They experimented by gamifying the process and, upon several requests from participants, They've decided to turn this process inside out and share it with all of you!

Registration, including a fee, is required for this event.
February 3, 1 pm Eastern

Learn More and Sign Up

Industry Events

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

ISPA Congress 2022
Jan 11-13
New York City, USA (hybrid)

Feb 13- 17
Quebec City (in person/hybrid TBD)

Pacific Contact 2022 
April 7- 10
Burnaby, BC (in person)
April 13- 14

Canadian Music Week 2022
April 19- 23
Toronto, ON (hybrid)

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

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

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

SPARC: Symposium 2022
Oct 13- 16 

CINARS Biennale 2022
Nov 7- 12 (hybrid)


City of Hamilton Arts Awards
Deadline: Jan 14

Shirley Elford Emerging Artist Commission Prize
Nominations open in Feb 2022

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Artist Directory

Find all of the Showcase & Spotlight artists from last year's conference, plus an additional 30 artists!

Upcoming Webinars

Level UP! National Roundtable: Flexible Working Models
Jan 13th, @ 1pm
PACT & Balancing Act

Futures of Arts Work: Shaping Strong Governance Workshop
Jan 17th @ 1pm
Mass Culture

Play-Go-Round: Digital Infrastructure in Rural and Northern Communities
Jan 19th @ 1pm
Mass Culture

First Annual Black Pledge Collective Community Forum
Jan 25th @ 1pm 

Gamifying Your Strategic Planning Process
Feb 3rd @ 1pm
Mass Culture

Wikidata Workshop
Feb 2nd @ 3:30pm 

Recorded Webinars

Building a Digital Arts Nation Conference Recordings (Atlantic Presenters Association)

November Executive Briefing (Audience Outlook Monitor)

Emerging Ideas on Arts Governance (Business / Arts)

Presentation & Discussion: Indian Residential Schools in Canada (NVision The Path)

SPARC Expert Chats

Connections: Pan-global Reflections by Artists in Lockdown (CAPACOA)

Indigenous Cultural Safety Toolkit

The Indigenous Primary Health Care Council has released a free 
Ne'iikaanigaana ("All My Relations") Toolkit to help organizations to implement their cultural safety learnings and create safer environments for Indigenous Peoples.

Access the Toolkit.

Job Board

Marketing Manager
Ontario Culture Days
Deadline: Jan 24th

Manager of Cultural Services
Municipality of Meaford
Deadline: Jan 31st

Outreach And Partnership Coordinator,
Ontario Culture Days
Deadline: Ongoing, open until filled
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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.

Jan 27
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Mar 31
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (PCH)

April 13 & Oct 19
Indigenous Arts Support Program (OTF)

May 7
Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (PCH)

Hardest Hit Business Recovery Program (PCH)


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 (OTF)

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 
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