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eNews - March 2023

Welcome to the March edition of the Ontario Presents newsletter. As winter slowly melts into spring, we're marching into the month with new professional development opportunities, 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


Save the Date: Annual Member's Spring Retreat 2023

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Ontario Presents is excited to return to the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario from May 31stJune 2nd, 2023 for the Annual Spring Retreat 2023. Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements as details are being confirmed. We can’t wait to spend some sunny days with you in beautiful Huntsville.
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Indigenous Artist Spotlight: Kairyn Potts

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Kairyn (Kai) Potts (he/him) is proudly Nakota Sioux from Treaty 6 Territory, from Paul First Nation, and the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation. He is a proud Two-Spirit person and currently sits as the National Youth Board Representative for the 2 Spirits in Motion Society.

As a former Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention Team representative, he is a passionate youth advocate who works to improve Indigenous youth's lives, particularly interested in queer youth and youth in the child and family services system. Kai now makes his home in beautiful T'Karonto where he works as a writer, actor, model, TV host, and continues his youth advocacy through content creation and frontline workshops and community events.

Watch the Interview

EDIAD Update: Stay Tuned for Cedar Tea Break

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Stay tuned for the next Cedar Tea Break as the date and guests will soon be announced. Check our website for up-to-date information as it gets posted.
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Advocacy Items

Participate in the #FutureOfLIVE Advocacy Campaign

As part of the #FutureOfLIVE advocacy campaign, CAPACOA and partner associations invites members of the performing arts sector to reach out to your federal MPs and discuss the importance of the Canada Arts Presentation Fund and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program. The #FutureOfLIVE campaign page contains resources including a letter template, meeting script, and supplementary information to assist your discussion with your federal MP.

You can find the federal MP representing your riding here:

Find your Federal MP
View the Letter Template

Upcoming Events

Join CAPACOA for Connections 2.0

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Registration is open for CAPACOA’s Connections 2.0—a virtual networking event providing a platform for connectivity and networking amongst arts practitioners from Canada and throughout Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, New Zealand, and Spain. Canadian and International artists will have the opportunity to showcase their projects through 5-minute virtual Snapshots, while uncovering potential collaborations with presenters via one-on-one B2B meetings and virtual round table discussions throughout this free four-day event. Live translations will be available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. The event will be taking place from March 27th30th, 2023. Visit the Connections 2.0 website to learn more about the artists and to register today.

Register for Connections 2.0

Register Now for Dana Waranara Digital

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Registration is open for producers, programmers, presenters and global First Nations peers to attend the Critical Response Process (CRP) as part of Dana Waranara Digital. The CRP process, facilitated by Joyce Rosario, offers an invitation to provide valuable input to the development of five Australian Indigenous works through facilitated feedback sessions taking place across March–May 2023. Capacity is limited with the first session taking place in early March. To learn more about the projects and to register, visit the BlakDance website.

Register Now

Wapikwaniwin Gathering at reStays Ottawa

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Register for Pacific Contact 2023

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BC Touring Council's annual showcase festival and conference Pacific Contact will be taking place April 12th–15th, 2023 in New Wesminster, BC on the unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Halkomelem-speaking peoples. Regular registration rates are available up to March 23rd, 2023, after which prices will increase by $50. BCTC will waive the membership fee for presenters registering from out of the province. Visit the Pacific Contact webpage to register for the conference.

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Upcoming Deadlines

IBPOC Touring Network Conference: Update and Call for Submissions

The Wind in The Leaves Collective (WILC) has partnered with Atlantic Ballet, Canada Dance Assembly, Canadian Stage, Citadel and Co., Decidedly Jazz, Sampradaya Dance and the Westben Centre to explore the potential of a Canadian touring network that supports Indigenous, Black and racialized artists. 

Please complete this 10-minute survey by March 17th, 2023 and enter for a chance to win two tickets to the WILC’s Allies & Friends Program on May 26th and 27th, 2023.

Multidisciplinary IBPOC artists and allies working with IBPOC artists are invited to submit a video of their work, to be shown at a conference for presenters in May 2023. Selected artists will receive $200 and have their bio, website, and contact information included in the conference program and available online. All submissions, including bios and descriptions of work, must be sent either by WeTransfer or Dropbox to by March 24th, 2023. To view submission guidelines and learn more, click on the button below.

Complete the Survey
View Submission Guidelines

Showcase Applications and Early Bird Registration for Mundial Montréal

Mundial Montreal November 14-17, 2023. 13th Edition. Call for artists is closing in 2 weeks! February 1 to March 15 presented by the Caisse de la culture Desjardins. APPLY NOW!

Artists and their teams are invited to apply to be considered for a showcase in the 13th edition of Mundial Montréal. The call for artists, presented by the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture, seeks to bring market-ready artists who wish to develop their careers at a national and international level to become part of the official program of Mundial Montréal 2023. To submit your project, fill out the form below by March 15th, 2023. Please note that an administrative fee of $45.00 is required for each artist application.

Early-bird ticket pricing is available for PRO and PRO OF PROS passes to this year's edition of Mundial Montr
éal taking place November 14th17th, 2023. Tickets can be purchased on the ticket page here.

Complete the Application Form
Register for Mundial
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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!

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

Wapikwaniwin Gathering
March 10–11, 2023
Ottawa, Ontario (in-person)

March 27–30, 2023

Prelude Young Audience Showcase
April 4, 2023
Vancouver, British Columbia (in-person)

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

Pacific Contact 2023
April 12–15, 2023
New Westminster, British Columbia (in-person)

Emergence Congrès National Conference
May 3–5, 2023
Hamilton, Ontario (in-person)

IPAA Intertribal Gathering 2023
May 10–12, 2023
Halifax, Nova Scotia

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

Wee Festival 2023
May 16–June 11, 2023
Toronto, Ontario (in-person)

Conference on IBPOC Artists Touring Network
May 26–30, 2023
Toronto, Ontario (TBD)

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

Ontario Presents Annual Spring Retreat 2023
May 31–June 2, 2023
Huntsville, Ontario (in-person)

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

For more events, view the OP Calendar of Conferences and Gatherings.


Home on Native Land

Artist Producer Resource

Audience Trends in the Arts Response Tracking Survey

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

Evaluation Fundamentals for the Arts Training
Association for Opera in Canada, Mass Culture, and Good Roots Consulting

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

The Path: Building Indigenous Intercultural Capacity (Course 2)

Upcoming Webinars

NEXT STEPS Workshop #10: Data Collection + Analysis
March 9th @ 1:00 p.m.

Who Are You Engaging, and How? Social Identity Data Collection and Analysis
March 9th @ 3:30 p.m.

Reimagining the future of performing arts
March 11th @ 2:00 p.m.

From Infographic to Action

Mass Culture
March 22nd @12:00 p.m.

Culturally Responsive Evaluation: Examples from Working with South Asian Communities
March 22nd @ 1:00 p.m.

Optimizing for Search Engines - Understanding SEO Basics

Digital Main Street
March 28th @ 10:00 a.m.

Recorded Webinars

Your Greatest Resource is Your Community: Spotlight Session with Pam Patel from MT Space

Arts Audiences, Community Building and the Tourism Connection: Spotlight Session with Ruth Burns from Ontario Culture Days

Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Fall 2022

Job Board

Programming Manager
Northcrest Developments
Closing: March 5th, 2023

Chief Executive Officer
National Arts Centre Foundation
Closing: March 12th, 2023

Technical Director, English Theatre
National Arts Centre
Closing: March 12th, 2023

Artistic Director
Live Art Dance
Closing: Rolling Basis
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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

March 8, 2023
Canada-Korean Connections Fund (CCA)

March 10, 2023
Arts Reactivation (AFC)

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

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 5, 2023
Touring and Circulation Projects

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

May 2, 2023
Northern Arts Projects (OAC)

Ongoing Grants

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

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (GovOnt)

Professional Development Assistance Program (SOCAN Foundation)

Strategic Innovation Fund (CCA)

Various programs & deadlines (FACTOR)

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