Upcoming Events & Open Applications!
January 20th, 2023

Hello OP network!

Below we have a list of updates and opportunities from across the sector for your consideration. If you have suggestions or news that you would like to share with our network please reach out to us at

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ArtsEngage Spotlight Session: Arts Audiences, Community Building, and the Tourism Connection

Image: Ruth Burns, smiling at the camera. Text:Arts Audiences, Community Building, and the Tourism Connection.Spotlight Session with Ruth Burns, Executive Director at Ontario Culture Days. January 20th, 2023 at 2:00 pm Eastern Time. Register for the event on Zoom.
Arts Audiences, Community Building, and the Tourism Connection is a FREE, interactive, virtual conversation with guest speaker Ruth Burns, Executive Director at Ontario Culture Days. This will be our second and final Spotlight Session!
Executive Director Ruth Burns will give an overview of the Ontario Culture Days approach to leading a province-wide festival, and its strategy for audience development and community engagement. Ruth will delve into ONCD's cultural tourism strategy, and how it has informed the organization's approach to partnership building with tourism and arts organizations alike.

This Spotlight Session will take place on Friday, January 20th at 2:00 p.m. EDT. We encourage your to register in advance to attend this webinar and to share this event with your colleagues. For accessibility needs or any further inquiries, please contact Deb at
Register for the Spotlight Session

EDIAD Update: Upcoming EDIAD Survey and Cedar Tea Break

Logo for EDIAD (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Decolonization) at Ontario Presents.
Image: a cup of cedar tea on a wooden table. Text: Cedar Tea Break with Jayson Duggan, Kingston Grand Theatre, and Grandmother Kate Brant. January 27th, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
Ontario Presents is excited to announce that we will be holding our first Cedar Tea Break later this month. Cedar Tea Break is a monthly opportunity to join with a local to regional Indigenous Leader and Presenter team to ask questions, discuss realities, and learn more about how you can grow relationships with Indigenous Neighbours. The inaugural Cedar Tea Break with Jayson Duggan, Kingston Grand Theatre, and Grandmother Kate Brant, will be taking place on Friday, January 27th, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

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; therefore, it is crucial that we gather as many perspectives from our membership as we can. 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.

Register for Cedar Tea Break
Complete the EDIAD Survey

Join the Canada Council for the Arts’ Annual Public Meeting on January 24th

Image: Dark grey banner with multicolour raindrops. Text: APM 2023 APA.
Canada Council for the Arts will be holding their Annual Public Meeting (APM) as a hybrid meeting. At the APM, Canada Council for the Arts will review the past year’s accomplishments, describe priorities for the future, and respond to questions and comments from the audience. Participants have the option to attend in person at the Canada Council’s offices in Ottawa or via livestream. The APM will be accessible for live in-person and remote participation in English, French, ASL, and LSQ. Participants are encouraged to send their questions in advance by emailing and will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the event.

The APM will be held at the Kakaewin meeting room at 150 Elgin Street, Ottawa on Tuesday, January 24th, 2023. Participants can register for the event at the link below. 

Register for the APM

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

Image: Toronto skyline at sunset. Text: Two Days of Connecting with Peers for Discovering New Ways Forward! Canadian Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference, Toronto. May 30 and 31. Get 3-for-1 by Feb. 15.

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.

The conference presents a unique opportunity for collaboration and to strategize new ways forward. The key word for the conference is "Collaborate". Multiple team-building workshops have been built into the program, and the prices have been structured to encourage team attendance from organizations. Members who register by Wednesday, February 15th, 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.

Register for the Conference

Register for the SPARC Regional Gathering & Cabaret in Almonte

a black background reads: SPARC's Newest event! Regional Gathering & Cabaret, Almonte, Saturday February 25, 2023. There are two red suns beside the writing.
Creators, artists, presenters, producers, and community animators are invited to attend the SPARC Regional Gathering & Cabaret in Almonte, Ontario for a day of connection, peer-to-peer learning, local performances, and fantastic workshops. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, facilitate group conversations surrounding presentation and creating work in the region, and attend workshops and panels.
The Regional Gathering and Cabaret—part Community Consultation, part mini-Symposium, and Part Cabaret of local performances—will be held on Saturday, February 25th, 2023. Register for the gathering at the link below.

Register for the Gathering
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