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

eNews - November 2022

Welcome to the November edition of the Ontario Presents newsletter. As we begin seeing the first touches of frost for the winter, we are eager to touch base with you as we introduce 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


Meet 5 Phenomenal Dance and Theatre Artists

Dark blue banner with images of Kate Kamo McHugh, Mayumi Lashbrook, Stacy-Ann Vassell, Norma Araiza and Olga Barrios. Text reads "Meet the Artists. Gathering Knowledge, Sharing Voices: Touring in the New Normal

Our Meet the Artist series highlights amazing and talented performing arts professionals from diverse backgrounds. Over the past 4 months, we shared profiles featuring a few of the phenomenal dance and theatre artists participating in Gathering Knowledge, Sharing Voices: Touring in the New Normal—a learning community for IBPOC dance and theatre artists.

We invite you to watch their interviews as they share their wisdom, their projects, and their passion with the performing arts community, and to remember that starting a relationship with an artist can begin with an invitation to lead a workshop, sit on a panel, or collaborate with a local artist.

Meet the Artists

Program Updates from the ArtsEngage Learning Community 

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The ArtsEngage Learning Community welcomes the 2022 - 2023 cohort of artists and presenters from rural and remote communities. This year’s program participants were selected by an independent selection committee. The participants for the 2022 - 2023 program are: Globus Theatre Inc., Razzmatazz Kids’ Shows!, Midland Cultural Centre, Camexicanus, Folkus Concert Series, Pied Piper Kidshows, Comedy Country, and Festival of the Sound.

Each artist-presenter pair will work with their ‘Creative Friend’ or mentor to explore particular challenges or ideas and have productive detailed discussions. This year’s mentors are Ange Loft, Ruben “Beny” Esguerra, Fanny Martin, and Krista Dalby.

Participants will take part in core group sessions, as well as Spotlight Sessions. This year’s spotlight sessions are open to anyone interested in learning more about community engagement. Webinars will be taking place on: 

Registration details for these webinars will be coming soon. Be sure to monitor the ArtsEngage page on our website for program updates.
Visit the ArtsEngage page


Funding Updates

Upcoming Webinar: Grant Applications with Playwrights Guild Canada and The Canada Council for the Arts 

Orange poster with a laptop keyboard on the right. PGC Webinar logo. Text reads: Grant Applications with The Canada Council For The Arts. November 10th at 1:30 p.m. EST. Presenter: Matthew Tiffin, Program Officer with Explore and Create. The webinar is a free event. Canada Council for the Arts logo on the bottom right corner.

Playwrights Guild Canada is hosting a free information session and Q&A with Canada Council for the Arts focusing on grant applications. Matthew Tiffin, Program Officer at the Canada Council’s Explore and Create program, will teach attendees how to create an artist profile on the Council’s portal, what types of grants are available, what to expect during the application process, and how to put your best foot forward. The information session will be taking place on November 10th, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

Register for the webinar

Resilient Communities Fund Grant Applications are Open

Photograph of a person on a swing. Text reads: Resilient Communities Fund. Deadline: December 7. Ontario Trillium Foundation logo on the bottom right corner.

Non-profit organizations and registered charities are invited to apply for The Resilient Communities Fund grant provided by Ontario Trillium Foundation. Applicants can apply for a minimum of $10,000 and up to $200,000 to support projects that help rebuild an organization’s capacity, enhance their resiliency, and meet the changing needs of their communities. The next round of applications opens on November 9th, 2022 and closes on December 7th, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
Find out more and register

Upcoming Events

ACCA Is Accepting Applications for the Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Initiative

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The ACCA Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Initiative will provide assistance to inspire, rebuild, and renew the professional capacity of the performing arts sector. The program will partner experienced mentors and mentees to create 24 mentorship pairings that help each other “rebuild better” through focused training and valuable knowledge transfer over a four-month period. Applications can be submitted for individuals and mentor/mentee pairs, and will be accepted on a first come rolling basis until November 11th, 2022. 

Learn more and apply

Upcoming Webinar - Visitor Visas and International Artists: Delay Issues

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This webinar, hosted by CAPACOA in conjunction with the 20th CINARS Biennale, will focus on creating a dialogue around visitor visa delays and related artist mobility issues experienced by international artists performing in Canada. Guests will have the opportunity to share their experiences and tips during an open facilitated group discussion. French-English simultaneous interpretation will be available for this webinar. Click on the link below to register for this webinar happening on November 11th, 2022 at 11:30 a.m.

Click here to register

Register for Balancing Act Canada’s Conference of Care 

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Join Balancing Act in Toronto for a one-day conference to explore multiple facets of care in the performing arts. This in-person conference aims to care for caregivers, offering artistic and panel presentations, highlights from the policy models developed through the pilots of the ‘21-22 Level UP! Strategy Partners, restorative sessions, childcare by The SummerHill Club, programming for young people by Theatre Direct’s Creation Warehouse, a quiet room, and good food. Caregivers and dependents are invited to participate in this conference on Friday, November 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Eastminster Church.

Find out more and register

CITT/ICTS Launches the In-house Assistantship Program

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

CITT/ICTS is launching the In-House Assistantship Program with support from the Canadian Heritage’s Resilience Fund (CPAWRF). This exciting new program will fund individual, self-created short-term paid assistantships in which independent or self-employed professional arts workers from across Canada seeking to change directions or advance in their careers in production and technical theatre will be able to create their own training program to shadow a more senior production professional within a host theatre organization, venue or production in Canada. Applicants can apply for a funding package of up to $8,000. The application portal for the IHAP program is open, and the deadline for the first round of applications is November 18th, 2022.
Submit your application

Apply for Financial Support with Arts Reactivation

the world of live performing arts drawn by colleen macIsaacThe AFC is accepting applications for their Arts Reactivation program, with generous funding and support from the Government of Canada, providing direct financial assistance to independent and self-employed workers in the live performance sector experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who require financial support to maintain or regain work in the sector. Eligible applicants will receive a one-time relief payment of up to $2,500 for assistance with basic living expenses, expenses that will help you get back to work, and additional costs incurred during the pandemic caused by financial instability. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and financial support is distributed on a first-come-first-served basis.

Learn more and apply

Applications Are Open for NIFF 2023 

Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival logo.Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival is currently accepting applications for their June festival. Applicants have an equal chance to come and play in the festival, as successful applicants will be selected via a lottery process. NIFF will also host a series of free online workshops ranging from project development to tech to publicity.  Applications to join a group of great artists, community and arts workers at this magical event are open until January 10, 2023.
Apply today
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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.
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Ontario Presents sends our warmest congratulations to the recipient of the second-ever Toronto Arts Foundation Indigenous Artist Award: Ange Loft, an Interdisciplinary performing artist and initiator from Kahnawà:ke Kanien'kehá:ka Territory. We congratulate 2022 finalists Rebecca Baird, a senior Nehiyaw Cree/Métis mixed-media visual artist, and Sandra Laronde, a multidisciplinary artist working as a director, producer, choreographer, digital storyteller, and author.

Industry Events

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

CINARS Biennale 2022
Nov 7–12
Montréal, Québec (in-person)

Mundial Montreal
Nov 15–18
Montréal, Québec (in-person)

Event Safety Alliance
Nov 21–23
Calgary, Alberta (in-person)

Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival and Conference
Nov 28–Dec 2
Toronto, Ontario (hybrid)


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)

Rideau 2023
Feb 13–16, 2023
Québec City, Québec (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)

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)

CAPACOA Conference 2023
Nov 6–10, 2023


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

Raising an Artist Profile with Wikidata
Nov 10 @ 3:00 p.m. | 6:00 p.m.

Performing Arts in Canada: Where are the Audiences?
Nov 16 @ 12:00 p.m.
Orchestras Canada, Association for Opera in Canada, CAPACOA, Choral Canada, Canadian Dance Assembly, Regroupement québécois de la danse, PACT, TAPA

Data Enrichment for Dancers and Dance Organizations
Nov 16 @ 1:30 p.m.
Nov 17 @ 1:30 p.m.
Regroupement québécois de la danse

Email Marketing 101: The Fundamentals of Email Marketing for Nonprofits
Nov 17 @ 1:00 p.m.

Grantmaker AMA: What Funders Want You To Know About Securing Funding
Nov 17 @1:00 p.m.
Imagine Canada's Grant Connect and Keela

A Hands-On Introduction to Wikidata
Dec 1 @ 12:00 p.m.
CAPACOA and the Canadian Open Data Society

Recorded Webinars

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


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Opera Canada Magazine
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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.

Nov 8
Northern Arts Projects (OAC)

Nov 11
Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund (CFC)

Nov 16
Strategic Innovation Fund: Cultivate Grants

Nov 25
Advance Brampton Fund (BAO)

Dec 1
Canada Cultural Investment Fund (PCH)

Dec 7
Resilient Communities Fund 


Access Support Fund (CCA)

Arts Reactivation (AFC)

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (PCH)

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

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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