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

eNews - April 2021

As always, we have lots of updates for you! Our sector is full of inspiring people who continue to persevere. We hope that you continue to take care of yourselves, and to reach out to OP if there is any support that we can provide.

Every month we wonder at the wealth of opportunities and news from the sector available to share, despite all of the hardship that we have endured. Our colleagues are strong and continue to work hard to keep our sector going until we are able to bring audiences and artists together in person again!

Stay well and be kind to yourself,
The Ontario Presents Team

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Indigenous Artist Spotlight:
Tai Amy Grauman 


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. As Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists face an incredibly difficult time, we will continue to spotlight inspiring Indigenous artists. 

This month we spoke with theatre artist Tai Amy Grauman.

Tai Amy Grauman is Metis Cree and Haudenosaunee from Ardrossan, Alberta.  She is an actor, playwright and MFA candidate as well as an artistic associate at Savage Productions Society and an associate artist at the Citadel Theatre. 

Read the interview 

Find all of our past Spotlight interviews here!
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Contact ONtour: Showcase & Pitch Applications Now Open

Contact ONtour: Applications to Showcase Now Open. FAQ Sessions: Wednesday 7th April 2-3pm or 7:30- 8:30om ESTIn case you missed it – last week OP announced that Contact ONtour (formerly Ontario Contact) will be going virtual this year. Contact ONtour will take place virtually during the week of September 13th-18th, 2021, with some activities taking place throughout September. While we wish we could gather in person, we are excited by the opportunities that a virtual conference present. This year all showcases and pitches will be virtual, and both will require an application.

Applications are now open to all Canadian artists and are due via IWanttoShowcase by May 7th, 2021 at 11pm EST. Click below for full details. 

Read the details

A Farewell and a Welcome

This month, Ontario Presents’ is sending our best wishes for a very happy retirement to our long-time Executive Director Warren Garrett! Warren is retiring after more than 20 years as Executive Director of Ontario Presents, and a full career dedicated to transforming the performing arts sector. Colleagues from across the sector will agree that Warren’s quiet leadership, unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and boundless empathy will be greatly missed. Thank you Warren for leaving your colleagues and your sector better for your influence! Enjoy a much-deserved, restful retirement.

We would also like to welcome the newest member of our team! Deborah Maitland has been with us for several months and we are so pleased that she will be extending her time with us in a new position as Communications Coordinator. Natalie Dewan and Ceilidh Wood will be moving into the roles of Program Associates and continuing their work across OP’s suite of programs.

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Updates on Government Regulations, Supports, and Advocacy

There has been a lot of news in the world of government regulations and financial supports! We’ve done our best to summarize the latest below. Please continue to keep an eye on our emails for the latest updates, and to let us know if you have any questions or concerns:
As you know, as of April 3rd Ontario has entered another  provincewide lockdown for a minimum of 28 days. Our friends at the CLMA have spoken with the Ministry and confirmed that unfortunately this means that livestreaming is not permitted in performing arts spaces. 
The Ontario Trillium Foundation announced details of their Community Building Fund – Operating Stream. Non-profits, charities, and Indigenous communities who operate facilities or deliver public programs in the arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation sectors can now apply for between $10k and $250k of funding. Applications are due by April 28th at 5pm. More details about the Capital Stream of this fund are expected in the coming months.
Several new funding streams were announced in March, including:

The Federal budget is expected on April 19th – we will continue to keep our community updated as information becomes available.
The Ontario budget was announced in late March. Of particular relevance to the arts and culture sector:
  • The Ontario Small Business Support Grant has been doubled. If you have already received this grant, you will automatically receive a second payment of the same amount.
  • The government has introduced a new Ontario Tourism and Hospitality Small Business Support Grant. OP is monitoring for further clarity on which businesses will be eligible. We can confirm that businesses that already received the original Small Business Support Grant will not be eligible.
  • An additional $10 million has been allocated to arts and culture in the Budget, to be disbursed with support from the OAC. Further details are yet to be announced.
    • Ontario Presents is continuing to work with our colleagues in the PASO-OPSA coalition to advocate for fair and equitable allocation of these funds across the sector. In particular, we are advocating that funds be disbursed at the discretion of the OAC, using their sector knowledge, priority groups, and peer-review processes.


CAPACOA Connections: Pan-global Reflections by Artists in Lockdown

      Early in the pandemic, CAPACOA  launched an International Market Development pilot project to bring international arts practitioners together virtually, providing artists and presenters with empathetic spaces to share their lockdown experiences, exchange ideas, and develop new contacts and networks. Nine cohorts of presenters and artists from Canada and other countries were convened via videoconference.

As a culmination to the project, CAPACOA asked each of the artists and a selection of the presenters to produce a 3-minute video to share their practice, inspiration, vision, lockdown activities, and hopes for future international exchange. The resulting series, Connections, features 65 artists from around the world. Each video is a personal reflection filmed by artists and presenters, mostly on their telephones - an intimate and personal “point of view” of this unique moment in time.
The first two videos are available now, with 6 more premiering throughout April and May. 

Watch the videos

ArtsBuild Ontario: Learn it, Build it, Manage it 

Part two of ArtsBuild Ontario's Learn it, Build it, Manage it, continues with virtual consultations in the Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, Orangeville and Waterloo communities. 

This series is the first province-wide workshop designed to help nonprofit arts, culture, heritage, faith and community organizations. Participants will be able to sign up for project specific sessions with Randy Dalton and Bryn Jones

Registration is free and open to organizations outside of each community although priority will be given to city-based organizations. You will be asked to prepare a summary of your project before the consultation. 

Deadlines for registration, dates and times for each of these sessions differ based on location. These consultations will take place from April 13th - July 6th 2021
Find out more

Event Safety Alliance Virtual Severe Weather Summit

Throughout the month of April, the Event Safety Alliance will host their 2021 virtual Severe Weather Summit. The summit is available each week on April 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th @ 2:00 PM EST

Week 1: Severe Weather Boot Camp (recording available) 
Week 2: If You Build it, Wind will come! Weather Impacts on Event Structures.
Week 3: The Wisdom of Crowds
Week 4: Putting it All Together- Developing a Severe Weather Action Plan

These sessions will explore: 

  • Severe weather phenomena that can threaten all types of events and facilities
  • Why playing “amateur meteorologist” can be dangerous
  • Public and private-sector resources that can assist in weather preparedness
  • Technologies that can provide advanced warning of threatening weather
  • Impacts of severe weather on event infrastructure and
  • How to develop an actionable severe weather plan

Registration is free to members of the ESA. You can sign up here to become a member. 

Details and registration

Theatre Direct's Forward March Festival: Spark the Future!

Theatre Direct's third annual Forward March Festival: Spark the Future! will feature live performances from emerging artists and an Industry Series including screenings, workshops and panel discussions with industry professionals around the creation and curation of digital work and theatre for young audiences.

This five day of festival takes place from April 12-16 and will uncover new ways to let the show go on! All programming is free and offers ASL interpretation and closed captioning. 

If you have any questions, please contact Associate Artistic Director Sehar Bhojani at:

Register here
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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!
Pacific Contact (virtual)
Apr 8-11
CMIM Piano 2021 (virtual)
Apr 26- May 14

Synapse C: Data Echo Culture (virtual) 
Apr 27-29

NAPAMA Agents/Managers Retreat (virtual)
May 15-18

CPAMO The Gathering: Spring (virtual)
May 19-21

CINARS Web 2021 (virtual)
May 25-28

PACT's Management Leaders Retreat (virtual)
May 26

Digital Toronto Fringe Festival (virtual)
July 21-31
PACTcon (virtual)
Aug 31 to Sept 2
Details and registration coming in June.

Contact ONtour (virtual)
Sept 13-18

BreakOut West (in person)
Oct 13-17
Winnipeg, MB

Nonprofit Driven (TBC)
Oct 27-28

BCTC Conference (hybrid)
Oct 28-31
Burnaby, BC

Upcoming Webinars

Staying Upbeat in COVID Times - What has Happened?
April 14

Ontario Budget Town Hall 
April 8

New on our Job Board 

Box Office and Digital Services Coordinator
Aurora Cultural Centre
Deadline: April 9th

Communications/ Marketing Officer
National Arts Centre 
Deadline: April 25th 

National Arts Centre
Deadline: April 25th 

Webinar Recordings and Resources

Covid-19: “The Great Unequaliser?”
Centre for Cultural Value

The Path: Your Journey through Indigenous Canada 
CLMA & NVision Insight Group

Mass Culture Opportunity

Mass Culture is currently seeking Authors/ Co-authors for an Arts & Culture Chapter as part of Mass Culture’s Annual Federal Budget Analysis activities and its ongoing support to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Alternate Federal Budget.

An honorarium of $500 is available.

Start Date: April 15, 2021
Deadline: April 9, 2021

Canadian Independent Music Association Welcomes New Head 

Andrew Cash, Former MP and JUNO-Winning Artist, has begun his tenure as the Head Canadian Independent Music Association. Cash will harness his music and government experience to help lead Canada’s independent music sector to recovery.

Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award 

Nominations for the 2021 Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award are now open. Since 2007, this prize has been awarded to an individual who demonstrates outstanding administrative or managerial leadership within the Canadian theatre community.

Deadline: Monday, April 19th at 6pm ET

Learn more and nominate a colleague
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Grant Deadlines

Please note that many grant deadlines are changing or flexible at this time. Also note that the CCA and OAC have placed a blackout period on a number of travel-related programs. Please consult their websites for the latest news. Please check the funder's website for the most up-to-date information.

Apr 7
Arts Across Canada: Public Outreach - Project (CCA)

Apr 8
Explore and Create (CCA second deadline Oct 6)

Dance Projects (OAC)

Apr 14
Music Creation Projects

Apr 15
Artists in Communities and Schools Projects (OAC)

Apr 20
2021 Reconnect Festival and Event Program ()

April 27 
Artist-Presenter Collaboration Projects (OAC second deadline Oct 28)

Apr 28
Arts Across Canada: Foreign Artists Tours (CCA)

Arts Abroad: Co-productions (CCA)

Digital Now (CCA)

Apr 29
Northern Arts Projects

May 5
Sector Innovation and Development - Project and Composite Grants (CCA)

Jun 16
Arts Across Canada: Translation (CCA)

Creating, Knowing and Sharing: Short-Term Projects (CCA)

June 25
Canada Healthy Communities Initiative (Fed. Gov.)

Oct 5
Music Production and Presentation Projects (OAC)

Music Production and Presentation Projects (OAC)

Oct 14
Multi and Inter-Arts Projects (OAC)

Nov 5
Theatre Organizations - Operating (OAC)

Access Support Fund (CCA)

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (PCH)

Canada Cultural Investment Fund (PCH)

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (PCH)

CAPF- Development (PCH)

Indigenous Arts Projects (TAC)

Market Access for Minority Language Communities (CCA)

Professional Development for Artists (CCA)

Unison Benevolent Fund

SOCAN Foundation Relief Fund 
Ontario Presents gratefully acknowledges the following public funders:


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