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

eNews - January 2023

Welcome to the January edition of the Ontario Presents newsletter and our first newsletter of 2023. We're here to start off the year strong with new professional development opportunities, research initiatives, updates, 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


Indigenous Artist Spotlight: Caitlin Goulet

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 singer, songwriter, and producer Caitlin Goulet.

Caitlin Goulet’s voice is vulnerable, confident and emotionally charged. The Métis singer was described by CBC Reclaimed host Jarrett Martineau as “One of my favourite new artists from the West Coast underground... Caitlin Goulet writes songs that are like dreams you can get lost in.” Her album “Inside Thoughts” explores the inner world of a sad-girl gone bad-girl who’s bossing up and healing. Raw, conversational, and unapologetic lyrics are channelled through a dynamic and magnetic voice. Her alt-pop, dream-pop, and alternative R&B stylings are likened to Banks, FKA Twigs, Solange, Tei Shi, Lana Del Rey, Tove Lo, Aaliyah, and Brandy.
Watch the interview

ArtsEngage: Save the Date for this Month's Spotlight Session

Last month, we were joined by Pam Patel, Artistic Director of MT Space for our first ArtsEngage Spotlight Session of the 2022-2023 year. Following this enriching and inspiring conversation on community engagement, we are excited to announce that we will be holding our second Spotlight Session on January 20th, 2023 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. with Ruth Burns, Executive Director of Ontario Culture Days.

During this session, attendees will learn about Ontario Culture Days and how to create opportunities for community engagement in the arts through Ontario Culture Days projects. All interested members of the performing arts community are invited to join our FREE, interactive, virtual conversation. We especially invite past participants of the program, IBPOC and LQBTQ+ professionals and arts makers and persons from smaller communities to join us. For accessibility needs or any further inquiries, please contact Deb at
Watch the recording of the Spotlight Session with Pam Patel
Register for the Spotlight Session with Ruth Burns

EDIAD Update: Cedar Tea Break and EDIAD Survey

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Ontario Presents is excited to announce that we will be holding our first Cedar Tea Break later this month. Cedar Tea Break is a monthly opportunity to join with a local to regional Indigenous Leader and Presenter team to ask questions, discuss realities, and learn more about how you can grow relationships with Indigenous Neighbours. The inaugural Cedar Tea Break with Jayson Duggan, Kingston Grand Theatre, and Grandmother Kate Brant, will be taking place on Friday, January 27th, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

Ontario Presents also sent out a short survey to our membership to learn about EDIAD initiatives that have been undertaken within your organizations. This feedback will be crucial in helping Ontario Presents establish an EDIAD baseline across the network furthering opportunities to support and enhance this work within its programs. We encourage all members to take a moment to think about their EDIAD successes and challenges and share their responses at the survey link below.
Register for Cedar Tea Break
Complete the EDIAD Survey


Advocacy Items

Participate in the #FutureOfLIVE Advocacy Campaign

Purple banner with white text reading: #FutureOfLIVE. Investing in the future of live performance.

Supplementary funding for the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program (BCAH) is coming to an end on March 31st, 2024. That is why CAPACOA and partner associations launched an advocacy campaign asking the federal government to invest in the future of live performance.

According to the House of Commons website, the federal legislature is currently adjourned until January 29th, 2023. This is the perfect time to connect with your federal MP and encourage their continued support for the live performing arts.

We encourage you to take action to support the #FutureOfLIVE in one of the following ways: 

  • Send your federal MP a personal letter using this template.

  • Invite them to attend one of your upcoming events.

  • Thank them for the exceptional support throughout the pandemic.

  • Explain to them why additional, ongoing support is needed

  • Share these digital assets with your colleagues and networks. 

Supplementary information to assist your discussion with your federal MP, including a meeting script with talking points and an informational document containing background info, charts, and tables, are available on the #FutureOfLIVE advocacy campaign webpage.

We need you to contact your federal MP and enlist their support for the future of the live performing arts sector and the #FutureOfLIVE campaign recommendations.

You can find the federal MP representing your riding here:

Find your Federal MP
View the Letter Template

Upcoming Deadlines

Call for Indigenous Artists to Showcase at the International Indigenous Music Summit

International Indigenous Music Summit 2023. Call for Indigenous Artists to Showcase. May 31 to June 4. Toronto, Northern Turtle Island, Treaty 13. Deadline to apply is January 9, 2023.
Showcase applications are open for the 2023 International Indigenous Music Summit., May 31st - June 4th, 2023 in Toronto. Showcases will shine a spotlight on artistic excellence in the Indigenous music community. Submissions are open to Indigenous artists specializing in any genre of music, contemporary or traditional, across Turtle Island and across the world. There is an application fee of $20.00, which will go towards showcase production costs.

Applications close on January 9th, 2023. For more information and to apply, visit the International Indigenous Music Summit website.
Learn more and apply

Call for Artist Submissions: Lumière: The Art of Light 

 A navy banner with the logo for the Lumière: The Art of Light exhibition. A purple button with white text reading “Submit Now” sits underneath the logo.

Lumière: The Art of Light (formerly Winter Light Exhibition) is an acclaimed annual art event that will temporarily transform Trillium Park in Toronto between March 10th – May 7th, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

This free light exhibition allows visitors to explore the park and experience art developed by Ontario artists. Utilizing innovation, light and discovery, Lumière encourages Ontario artists and creators to “illuminate” the park under a curatorial theme of “renewal”, celebrating the change of seasons from winter to spring.

Submission and application guidelines can be found on the Lumière: The Art of Light webpage. All applications must be submitted by January 16th, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Submit your application

Apply for the CITT/ICTS In-House Assistantship Program

CITT/ICTS In-house Assistantship Program/Programme d'assistanat à l'interne.

Final-round applications are open for the CITT/ICTS In-House Assistantship Program (IHAP). The mentoring program provides recent graduates or experienced independent workers interested in pursuing careers in the technical or production fields of the performing arts the opportunity to create their own paid assistantship to shadow a professional in a host organization, venue, or production to learn that professional’s job functions.

Applicants will work with the mentor and the host venue/company/production to generate a goal for the program, a plan to accomplish that goal, a clear and achievable schedule, and a budget that will pay the applicant a living wage and cover any associated costs for the duration of the program. Please note that all assistantships must be completed by March 31st, 2023. 

Learn more about the program and submit your application at the CITT/ICTS website by January 20th, 2023.

Apply for the IHAP

Call for Proposals: Community-engaged projects for Ontario Culture Days 2024

Ontario Culture Days is seeking proposals from artists and creatives throughout Ontario to be featured as a part of Ontario Culture Days’ Creatives in Residence (CiR) program.

Selected artists will be given a project orientation to develop projects related to their discipline(s) and medium(s) with the goal of community engagement, while considering questions of accessibility and inclusion. Each artist will receive $3,000.00 in artist fees, up to $5,000.00 in Production Fees, and mentorship and networking opportunities with partner organizations across the province, and marketing support with an internal team and external firms.

The call is open to all artists and cultural workers working across mediums working in Ontario, including artists from the disciplines of dance, theatre, and music. Applicants who identify as Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC), Trans, Non-Binary, LGBTQ2S+, Women, as well as individuals from rural and remote communities are especially encouraged to submit their proposals. 

To apply, please submit a proposal to with the subject line 2024 ONCD Festival  – (Your Name) by January 30th, 2023.
Learn more about the project

Upcoming Events

Wind in the Leaves Collective’s Conference on IBPOC Artists Touring Network

With funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council, the Wind in the Leaves collective is working with various presenters and producers to set up a touring network supporting multidisciplinary IBPOC artists. The wind in the leaves collective partnered with bespoke collective, led by Sabrina Richard, to conduct a feasibility study aimed at exploring the benefits, outcomes, structures, and supports needed to establish a touring and information-sharing network for IBPOC and allied multidisciplinary artists in dance, theatre, poetry/spoken word, and music. 

The findings of the feasibility study will be presented at the conference at the end of May 2023, mapping out the next steps for the network’s growth. The conference will involve panellists and performances from project partners; potentially interested organizations, including art councils; and IBPOC artists and allies. The conference will take place May 26th – 30th, 2023. For more information, please contact charles c smith, Artistic Director at or Bia Rohde, Administrator, at

Email charles and Bia

Mass Culture Positioning a Future Forward Convergence Conference

ASO Convergence Conference. January 22 to 24, 2023.

Join fellow arts service organizations (ASOs), and ASO representatives for the ASO Convergence Conference - a future-oriented gathering; a convergence of like-minded organizations and people. During the two-day convergence, attendees will be discussing the findings of Mass Culture’s Solution Pathways, sharing potential ways forward in the sector, engaging in interactive professional development workshops, and participating in collaborative transformative discussions.

The event will be held at Toronto Metropolitan University’s Catalyst Space, located on the 2nd floor of 80 Gould St. between January 22nd – 24th, 2023. Mass Culture has reserved a block of rooms at the Chelsea Hotel in Toronto to better accommodate guests joining from out of town. If you are interested in booking a room at the Chelsea, please reach out to

Visit the Mass Culture website to learn more and register for the event.

Register for the Conference

PuSh Industry Series Returns in January 2023


A dark washed out teal banner. Text on the banner reads: PuSh Industry Series in partnership with Talking Stick. January 29 to February 5, 2023.

The PuSh Festival’s The Industry Series is back and in-person. This week-long series is an opportunity for professional artists, cultural workers, and art enthusiasts alike to connect with one another, engage in thought-provoking discussion, and experience transformative performances together.

This year’s programming, presented in partnership with Talking Stick Festival, includes workshops, artist talks, curated pitches, walks with local artists, and social events from an Indigenous lens, one that aims to bring participants back into community with each other after so much time apart.

The Industry Series will be taking place from January 29th - February 5th, 2023. There is a registration fee of $60.00, and registered delegates will receive access to all Industry Series events, a discount code for 20% off all PuSh Festival programming, and free access to each night of Club PuSh. To register for the Industry series, visit The Push Festival’s website here.

Register for The Industry Series

ILMC 35: International Live Music Industry Premiere Conference

International Live Music Conference Spa and Last Resort. London. February 28 - March 3, 2023.

At the 2023 edition of ILMC, the international live music industry’s premiere conference and networking event, delegates are invited to participate in discussions on the state of the venue market, bleeding-edge marketing strategies, how new tech is impacting the live performing arts, the festival business in 2023, ticket pricing, the production community, touring exhibitions, and much more. This year’s ILMC will have a unique focus on the Latin American market next year, under the banner of Latin Live 2023. Also at this year’s conference, ILMC is launching London Calling—a first-of-its-kind central London showcase featuring some of the best emerging artists in the world. 

The ILMC 35 will be taking place from February 28thMarch 3rd, 2023 at the recently upgraded Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. A special discounted Early Bird rate is available now for a limited time. Full information about the conference, including details about the ILMC Spa & Last Resort for the live sector’s annual health check, can be found at
Find out more and register
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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.

Industry Events

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

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)

International Association of Blacks in Dance
Jan 25–29 2023
Toronto, Ontario (in-person)

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

APA Shift Change
Feb 24–26, 2023
Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia (in-person)

Puppet Festival Mississauga 2023
March 8–15, 2023
Mississauga, Ontario (in-person)

April 13–14, 2023
Montréal, Québec (in-person)

Pacific Contact 2023
April 13–16, 2023
New Westminster, British Columbia (in-person)

2023 TYA/USA National Festival & Conference
May 10–12, 2023
Tempe, Arizona (in-person)

IPAA Intertribal Gathering 2023
May 10–12, 2023
Sydney, Unama'ki (Cape Breton Island)(hybrid)

Ottawa Children's Festival de la jeunesse
May 11–14, 2023
Ottawa, ON (in-person)

Conference on IBPOC Artists Touring Network
May 26-30, 2023
Toronto, ON (TBD) 

Vancouver International Children's Festival
May 30–June 4, 2023
Granville Island, Vancouver (Hybrid)

International Indigenous Music Summit 2023
May 31–June 4, 2023
Toronto (Northern Turtle Island, Treaty 13), ON (in-person)

The Winnipeg International Children's Festival
June 8–11, 2023
Winnipeg, Manitoba (TBD)

ISPA Manchester 2023
June 27–30, 2023
Manchester, UK (TBD)

35th Toronto Fringe Festival
July 5–16, 2023
Toronto, ON 

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023
August 4–28, 2023
Edinburgh, United Kingdom (TBD)

CITT/ICTS Rendez-vous 2023
August 16–19, 2023
Toronto, Ontario (in-person)

Global Toronto 2023
Sept 18–22, 2023
Toronto, Ontario (in-person)

Creative City Summit 2023
Oct 3–5, 2023
St. John's, Newfoundland (TBD)

Manitoba Showcase 2023
Oct 26–29, 2023

CAPACOA Conference 2023
Nov 4–8, 2023


The 2022-2025 Canadian Opera Agreement
Canadian Actors' Equity Association

Doing the Real Work Towards Truth and Reconciliation Presentation & Discussion Series

artsUNITE Leadership Masterclass Series

Longer-term job changes in jobs and economic impact of the arts and culture
Hill Strategies

The UNcommon Wealth

Research Study and Needs Assessment on Dance Rehearsal Spaces in Ontario
Dance Umbrella Ontario

Research on the Value of Public Funding for Indigenous Arts and Cultures
Canada Council for the Arts

The Future of Arts, Culture and Heritage in Canada - Final Report
Canadian Heritage

Impacts of the Pandemic on Indigenous Artists
Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance and the Indigenous Curatorial Collective

At the Mic Podcast
Arts Consultants Canada 

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.

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

Nonprofits and digital transformation

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

The Path: Building Indigenous Intercultural Capacity (Course 2)

Upcoming Webinars

Google Ads for Small Business
Digital Main Street Workshop and Webinar Series
January 10th @ 10:00 a.m.

Theatre Projects Grant Writing
Toronto Arts Council
January 11th @ 3:00 p.m.

Your Voice in Policy Development - Participating in government consultations and budget cycle
January 11th @ 4:00 p.m.

Community Services Recovery Fund Information Session
Canada Council for the Arts
January 12th @ 2:00 p.m.

The Spirit of Indigenous Culture through an Arts lens
January 14th @ 3:00 p.m.

Consulting Best Practices
Arts Consultants Canada
January 18th @ 1:00 p.m.

Facebook & Instagram Advertising on a Small Budget
Digital Main Street Workshop and Webinar Series
January 19th @ 7:00 p.m.

Ethical Practices in the Arts | Ethics is....
January 21st @ 12:00 p.m.

TikTok for Small Business
Digital Main Street Workshop and Webinar Series
January 24th @ 7:00 p.m.

Crafting Content for Social Media

Digital Main Street Workshop and Webinar Series
January 31st @ 7:00 p.m.

Recorded Webinars

Performing Arts in Canada: Where are the audiences?
Orchestras Canada, Association for Opera in Canada, CAPACOA, Choral Canada, Canadian Dance Assembly, Regroupement québécois de la danse, PACT, TAPA

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

General Manager
Closing: Rolling basis

Executive Director
Koffler Centre of the Arts
Closing: Feb 5, 2023
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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 2023
Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators (OAC)

Jan 12, 2023
Canada Summer Jobs 2023 (Employment and Social Development Canada)

Jan 20, 2023
Young Canada Works (PCH)

Jan 23, 2023
Commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (PCH)

Jan 26, 2023
Community Needs Grants 2023 (Canadian Women's Foundation)

Feb 1, 2023
Resilient Communities Fund (OTF)
Creative Communities Projects (Toronto Arts Council)
Youth Engagement Grant (ArtReach)

Feb 7, 2023
Theatre Projects (OAC)

Feb 15, 2023
Ontario Arts Presenters Projects (OAC)

Feb 20, 2023
Participatory Creative Music Projects (CNMN)

Feb 21, 2023
Community Services Recovery Fund (GovCan)

March 15, 2023
Creating, Knowing, Sharing, The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples (CCA)

March 22, 2023
Multi and Inter-Arts Projects (OAC)

March 28, 2023
Music Production and Presentation Projects (OAC)

March 29, 2023
Dance Projects (OAC)

April 1, 2023
Programming: Presenter Support Organizations - Canada Arts Presentation Fund (PCH)

April 12, 2023
Indigenous Artists in Communities and Schools Projects (OAC)
Indigenous Arts Projects (OAC)

April 20, 2023
Artists in Communities and Schools Projects (OAC)

May 2, 2023
Northern Arts Projects (OAC)

June 14, 2023
Capital Grant (OTF)


Access Support Fund (CCA)

Arts Reactivation (AFC)

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (PCH)

Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives (PCH)

Concept to Realization (CCA)

Enhance Your Community Funding Stream

Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program (PCH)

IPAA Grant Resource Website

Market Access for Minority Language Communities (CCA)

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (GovOnt)

Professional Development for Artists (CCA)

Professional Development Assistance Program (SOCAN Foundation)

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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