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eNews - October 2018

Your monthly update from the network and sector.

Wishing you all a happy fall and a restful long weekend coming up!

Read on for updates on upcoming grant and award deadlines, spotlight on Ange Loft, new tools from CHRC and ONN, a reminder to complete the Presenters Vitality and Impact Survey, and more from the network and sector.

Indigenous Artist Spotlight:
Ange Loft

"I feel like these cycles of how I approach my own work are related to... thinking about agreement-making, long-term relationships with people, trying to make sure that we all have a little bit in the bowl."

Spy Dénommé-Welch HeadshotAssociate Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre, multi-disciplinary artist and performer from Kahnawake Kanienkahaka Territory, Ange is an advisor for the Toronto Biennial and for the City of Toronto Indigenous Creative Culture Fund. She’s an ardent collaborator, facilitator and mentor working in storyweaving, arts based research, wearable sculpture and Haudenosaunee history. Ange is also a vocalist with the band YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN.  

Ange is currently directing Talking Treaties, a multidisciplinary performance project returning to Fort York, Toronto, this week (Oct 4th-7th).
Ontario Presents and its member presenting organizations recognize the importance of presenting Indigenous artists, stories and culture as part of their presenting practice. As we continue to encourage the respectful presentation of Indigenous art, we will be featuring an Indigenous artist each month in our e-newsletter and blog. Our sincere thanks to Denise Bolduc for conceiving of and continuing to support this Spotlight Series.



Ontario Contact - Thank you!

Miniscule performing at the Opening ReceptionGathering after a showcase

Thank you to everyone who took part in this year's Ontario Contact! Whether you were a showcasing artist, an exhibitor, or a delegate, you made the conference a success and we thank you for all of your hard work.

Special thanks to our sponsors, raffle donors, and generous hosts at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. We are thrilled to be returning to St. Catharines in 2019 - see you then!

Photos by Chesley House Fine Art

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Presenters' Vitality and Impact Survey

Presenters' Vitality and Impact Survey

Presenters, we need your help! As you may know, Ontario Presents is partnering with other presenting networks and with Hill Strategies Research to conduct a pan-Canadian survey of arts presenters. It is vital that we receive a high rate of responses so that the results of this survey can be used to measure, develop, and advocate for the sector.

If you have already completed the survey, thank you! If you have not, please take a few minutes to help us serve you better; take the survey and encourage your peers to do the same!

Start the survey here


New ONN-Recommended Sector-Wide Pension Plan

As part of their efforts to champion a decent work movement in the nonprofit sector, the Ontario Nonprofit Network has been working since 2015 to develop a sector-wide pension plan for Ontario nonprofits. Last month the ONN announced that they are recommending OPTrust Select, a defined-benefit pension plan open to sector employees and employers.

Find out more about OPTrust Select here

OAC Recommender Grant for Theatre Creators Moves to NOVA

Applications for the OAC's Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators have now moved online. Applications must be submitted using Nova, the OAC’s online application system. Two other third-party recommender programs – Exhibition Assistance and Indigenous Visual Artists’ Materials – moved online earlier this summer.

Find out more here

SPARC Collaborative Community Initiatives: Next Deadline

Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities' (SPARC) Collaborative Community Initiatives program is designed to support initiatives in rural and remote communities that build capacity and involve cross-disciplinary collaboration. The first round of projects was selected earlier this year; applications are now open for the October 29th deadline.

Find out more on the SPARC Member Site - if you are not already a member, you can sign up for free!

Next Deadline: October 29, 2018

Find out more here (login required)

Call for Nominations: Distinguished Contribution to Touring

The National Arts Centre and CAPACOA are once again extending a call for nominations for the National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring. Established in 1992, the $2,500 award honors exceptional achievement in fostering the touring of live performing arts in Canada. The recipient may be an individual, performing company, corporation or other organization.

Nomination Deadline: Friday, October 5, 2018

Find out more and nominate here

Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes

The Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes are awarded to two individuals – one in the arts and the other in the social sciences and humanities, who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding achievements. The prizes are intended to encourage ongoing contributions to Canada's cultural and intellectual heritage. There are two prizes valued at up to $50,000 each. Nominations must be submitted to the Council by a third party (individual or organization).

Nomination Deadline: November 1, 2018

Find out more and nominate here

New CHRC Tool on Workplace Harassment and Violence

The Cultural Human Resources Council's HR Management toolkit now includes a new tool addressing Workplace Harassment and Violence. This tool is part of the CHRC's Respectful Workplaces in the Arts initiative.

Download here

CHRC's Talent 2 Lead Program

CHRC is now accepting applications for it's T2L: Talent to Lead program. This professional development program is designed for mid-career cultural leaders seeking advancement in their career.

T2L3 will focus on selecting 20 cultural leaders from Indigenous, racialized and official language minority communities across Canada to participate in the program.

Deadline: October 3rd

Learn more and apply here

Job Board


Director of Development & Communications
Canadian Music Centre
Deadline: October 9th

Assistant Technical Director, Indigenous Theatre
National Arts Centre
Deadline: November 4

Industry Events

OCT 10-11
Nonprofit Driven
Toronto, ON

OCT 12-14
Showcase 2018
Regina, SK

OCT 18-21
Alberta Showcase
Fort Saskatchewan, AB

OCT 20
SPARC Regional Mini-Symposium
Harriston, ON

OCT 25-28
Manitoba Showcase
Portage la Prairie, MB

NOV 12-17
CAPACOA Conference
Biennale CINARS,
M Pour Montreal,
Mundial Montreal
Montréal, QC

JAN 4-8
New York, U.S.

JAN 8-10
ISPA Congress 2019
New York, U.S.

JAN 15-19
IPAY Showcase 2019
Philadelphia, U.S.

JAN 15-19
Contact Ontarois
Ottawa, ON

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Grant Deadlines

October 2
Music Production and Presentation Projects (OAC)

October 4
Dance Projects (OAC)

October 11
Deaf and Disability Arts Projects (OAC)

October 16

Touring Projects (OAC)

October 17
Multi and Inter-Arts Projects (OAC)

Music Organizations: Operating (festivals only) (OAC)

Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour (OAC)

Artistic Institutions (CCA)

Sector Innovation and Development: Project (CCA)

October 31
Digital Strategy Fund (CCA)

November 1

Compass (OAC)

Indigenous Culture Fund Projects: Individuals/Groups/Collectives (OAC)

Indigenous Culture Fund Projects: Organizations (OAC)

November 8:
Chalmers Professional Development Projects (OAC)

November 20:
Northern Arts Projects (OAC)

November 29:
Indigenous Presenters in the North: Music Projects (OAC)

December 12
Arts Across Canada: Circulation and Touring (CCA)

Arts Abroad: Circulation and Touring (CCA)

Arts Across Canada: Foreign Artist Tours (CCA)

The Art and Culture of Inuit, First Nations, and Métis Peoples: Short-Term Projects (CCA)

Arts Abroad: Co-productions (CCA)

January 16
Arts Across Canada: Translation (CCA)

Seed Grants (OTF - Registration Deadline)

February 6
Seed Grants (OTF - Application Deadline)

Building Communities through Arts and Heritage

Canada Cultural Investment Fund 

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund 

Market Development Travel: Dance

Market Development Travel: Northern Arts

OTF Collective Impact Grants

Professional Development for Arts Professionals

SOCAN Travel Assistance

Travel Grants for A
rtists and Arts Professionals

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