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

eNews - February 2023

Welcome to the February edition of the Ontario Presents newsletter. As we find ourselves deep into the colder months of the year, we're diving into 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


Meet the Artist: Black History Month Artist Spotlight

As part of our ongoing work to uplift and create a platform for the talented community of IBPOC artists across Canada, Ontario Presents is launching our Black History Month Artist Spotlight Initiative to highlight the amazing work created by Black performing artists. Each week, we will spotlight one performing artist and share their profile with our community on our website and our social media accounts. We encourage you to connect with these phenomenal artists and to remember that starting a relationship with an artist can begin with an invitation to lead a workshop, sit on a panel, collaborate or co-create.
Meet the artists

EDIAD Update: EDIAD Survey Deadline Extended

Logo for EDIAD (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Decolonization) at Ontario Presents.
Continuing our work to incorporate equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and decolonization (EDIAD) into all that we are as an arts-service organization, Ontario Presents is encouraging our members to complete the EDIAD survey. Your feedback will be critical in helping Ontario Presents establish an EDIAD baseline across our network and identify opportunities to weave EDIAD into our programs and services to better support our members. Members have until Wednesday, February 8th, 2023 to submit their responses to the EDIAD survey at the link below. Please contact Terri at if you have any questions about Ontario Presents' EDIAD approach.
Complete the EDIAD Survey

Cedar Tea Break: Thank You for Attending

Graphic of a cup of cedar tea, surrounded by cedar branches, sitting on a wooden table. Text reads: Cedar Tea Break.
Thank you, nya:weh to all who attended the fun conversation between Grandmother Kate Brant and Artistic Director Jayson Duggan at The Grand Theatre in Kingston last month. The evolution of this relationship is a fabulous example outlining how these important connections can start and continue between spaces and local Indigenous leaders. 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.


Advocacy Items

Participate in the #FutureOfLIVE Advocacy Campaign

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

The performing arts sector has less than two months before the 2023 federal budget to convince the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Finance to invest in the Canada Arts Presentation Fund and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program. As part of the #FutureOfLIVE advocacy campaign, CAPACOA and partner associations created 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 Deadlines

Choreographer applications for WYSIWYG from d:mic/fac

dance: made in canada/fait au canada (d:mic/fac) is accepting choreographer applications for their What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) platform at the d:mic/fac Festival. The festival will be taking place in Toronto from August 16th–20th, 2023. d:mic/fac will provide an honorarium of $1,500, along with a venue, publicity, marketing, a production team, and other support for selected artists for presentation. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, February 8th, 2023 at the d:mic/fac website here.
Submit your application

Request for Proposals: Evaluation of CPAMOPOC IV

Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) is seeking a consultant to conduct an evaluation of their CPAMOPOC program. To conduct an effective evaluation of the CPAMOPOC program, interested applicants will be required to understand CPAMOPOC's Goals, Objectives, Methodologies, resources provided and staffings; assess the Attendance, Structure and Scheduling of the various sessions; assess Session Design, Tools and Content; and assess program Impact on participants’ knowledge, commitment and change work supported by CPAMOPOC, including implementation and planning for sustainability

Interested applicants should submit proposals by Friday, February 10th, 2023. For more information, please visit the RFP page on the CPAMO website.

Learn more about the RFP

Applications open for the ICCA Community Cares Part 2: Recovery Response Microgrant

 Chief Lady Bird, “Bear Medicine”, (2020)The Indigenous Curatorial Collective (ICCA) continues to support the Indigenous arts community through the Community Cares funding initiative. Per ICCA’s agreement with the Canada Council for the Arts, the Community Cares Part 2: Recovery Response will provide microgrants of $3,000 to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists and cultural workers living in different regions, Francophone individuals, and individuals with disabilities whose practices and livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19 on a first-come-first-serve basis. Applications for the microgrant can be submitted at the form below.
Apply for the microgrant

Artist Applications Open: Tiny Lights 2023 Festival

Image of a woman playing the guitar singing. Text reads: Artist applications open. Logo for Tiny Lights Festival 2023 sits in the bottom left corner.
Artists touring Western Canada in June of 2023 who are comfortable performing at intimate and large stages are encouraged to apply for the Tiny Lights Festival 2023, to be held in a rural community in British Columbia. Selected artists will perform twice during the festival and are expected to be on-site from June 16th–18th, 2023. Applications should be submitted to the Tiny Lights festival website by February 15th, 2023.

Submit your application

Discounted Tickets and 3-for-1 Pricing Available for the Canadian Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference

Members of Ontario Presents are eligible for a $200 registration discount and 3-for-1 tickets to the Canadian Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference, presented in person by Arts Reach at 20 Toronto Street Conference Centre on May 30th-31st, 2023. Members who register by Friday, February 17th, 2023 will receive a $200 discount to their tickets and can bring two colleagues for free. Each additional delegate can attend for $299.

To learn more about the conference, view lodging options, and register for the event, visit the Arts Reach conference page here.
Find out more about the conference

Artist Showcase Submissions for Contact East 2023

Artist submissions are open for Contact East 2023Atlantic Presenters Association’s hallmark showcase summit in Woody Point, Newfoundland from September 21st—24th, 2023, bringing together performing arts presenters, managers, and agents for top-quality performances from performing artists. Artists chosen by the selection committee will have equitable representation across communities including Indigenous, Black, racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+, disability, and MAD arts communities. Applications should be submitted by Monday, February 13th, 2023 at 10:59 p.m. EST at the conference page here.

Submit your application

Mariposa Showcase for Emerging Artists: Submissions Open 

Image of four musicians performing at the Mariposa Folk Showcase. Text on a blue banner reads: Mariposa Showcase Applications Open.Emerging artists are invited to send in submissions to the Mariposa Folk Festival’s Mariposa Showcase for emerging artists. Shortlisted performers will be invited to audition in Orillia, Ontario and three finalists will be selected to perform at Mariposa Folk Festival 2023. Artists selected to play at the Mariposa Folk Festival will be paid $800 for solo artists, $900 for duos, or $1,000 for bands. Submissions should be emailed to by February 28th, 2023. View the submission guidelines and eligibility criteria at the link below.
View submission guidelines
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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!

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)

March 27–30, 2023

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

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

Pacific Contact 2023
April 13–16, 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, 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), Ontario (in-person)

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


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

An Intercultural Lens - How to Look at IDEA
February 8th @ 1:00 p.m.

The Ethics of Access to Leadership in Arts Organizations
February 15th @ 12:00 p.m.

Part 1 – Intro to Wikimedia Commons for Performing Arts Companies
February 22nd @ 10:30 a.m.

Part 2 – Linking Wikimedia Commons & Wikidata, A Step-by-Step Tutorial for Powerful Discoverability Results
February 24th @ 10:30 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

Job Board

Executive Director
Closing: Feb 19th, 2023

Producer/Producteur or Productrice
National Arts Centre
Closing: Feb 26th, 2023

Director of Operations, Site Activation
Northcrest Developments
Closing: March 5th, 2023

Programming Manager
Northcrest Developments
Closing: March 5th, 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

Feb 15, 2023
Ontario Arts Presenters Projects (OAC)

Feb 20, 2023
Participatory Creative Music Projects (CNMN)

Feb 21, 2023
Community Services Recovery Fund (GovCan)

Feb 28, 2023
Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program (PCH)

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

May 2, 2023
Northern Arts Projects (OAC)

Ongoing Grants

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

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (GovOnt)

Professional Development Assistance Program (SOCAN Foundation)

Strategic Innovation Fund (CCA)

Various programs & deadlines (FACTOR)

Ontario Presents gratefully acknowledges the following public funders:


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