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

eNews - December 2019

Your final update for 2019!

As we wrap up 2019, read on for community engagement inspiration, an upcoming webinar on audience demographics, updates on avoiding visa issues for artists, and much more.

Thank you to everyone who has worked hard to bring the performing arts to communities across Ontario and beyond this year! We wish you a safe and restful holiday and look forward to working with you in 2020.

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Indigenous Artist Spotlight: Classic Roots

Classic Roots headshotClassic Roots brings the sexy heartbeat of the boreal north to life with his unique brand of Electronica and pow wow techno. The Thunder Bay native is an award winning producer and DJ who is impacting the music community with his fresh sound and meaningful collaborations with diverse artists.

Plus, click here to take a look back at all of our Spotlights. Thank you to all of the artists who took the time to share their stories this year!
Read the interview


Integrating the Arts into Communities


New Perspectives from John Killacky

OP's old friend John Killacky, a long-term arts manager and now member of Vermont's House of Representatives, has written a wonderful article on the importance of integrating the arts into all aspects of community. John articulates the need for arts organizations and funders to break out of our silos and work with community organizations of all kinds:

"Those of us with lived experience understand the profound transformative power of the arts; yet this does not resonate in a broader community context, especially for those disenfranchised. Art is still perceived as a luxury for the privileged, not a necessity for all. Cultural organizations need to recalibrate efforts and partner with local, regional, and national agencies..."

Read the article

Empathy, Inclusivity, and Well-Being: Inspiration from Communicating the Arts 

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Earlier in the fall, our Communications and Membership Services Coordinator Natalie attended the Communicating the Arts conference in Montreal. The focus of the conference, which gathered cultural leaders from around the world, was Empathy, Inclusivity, and Well-Being.

Natalie has written a round-up post with some of the most interesting ideas, resources, and case studies from the conference. A few resources of particular note:
  • The Arts and Well-Being Collective, based in Victoria, Australia, offers numerous resources on personal well-being for arts professionals of all kinds. Particularly useful for the OP network is the Tour Well resource for positive mental health on the road
  • The Empathetic Museum offers perspectives and resources on how an institution can be deeply connected with its community
Click below for the full blog post . Looking for more community engagement inspiration? Visit 
Read the blog

Updates from the CAPACOA Conference

CAPACOA LogoOntario Presents was very happy to connect with our colleagues and continue important discussions at this year's CAPACOA conference. Sincere thanks to CAPACOA for your hard work on another successful gathering. 

Among these discussions, OP was excited to host the first in a series of consultations around the development of a new and improved online block booking tool. If you are interested in this initiative and would like to join the discussion, please contact Ceilidh.

We were also honoured to sponsor the opening reception, Transforming Landscapes. Curated by Denise Bolduc, the reception featured performances driven by strong female Indigenous voices: Ogimaakwewak Singers, Moe Clark, and iskwē. Our thanks to the artists and to Denise. We appreciate the hard work of all of the artists, organizers, and panelists at the conference!

Finally, thank you to our fellow Regional Presenting Networks for your continual collaboration, and for including Ontario Presents in the sponsorship of the Friday and Saturday lunches.
Look back at the conference

Webinar: Demographics of Arts Participation

Graphic with group of peopleYou know who’s in your audience, but do you know who else could be? The Demographic Patterns in Canadians’ Arts Participation in 2016 (released February 2019) reveals that Canadians of all ages and backgrounds attend a variety of arts activities, sometimes in surprising rates and patterns. Join Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies Research as he takes us through the highlights of this report and explores how the presenting sector can use these insights to look at audience diversification with a whole new lens.

December 11th, 2019 at Noon EST 
Presented by The Performing Arts Alliance

Details and Registration


Access 2 Program

Access 2 LogoDid you know that your venue can register to accept the Access 2 card and provide free admission for support people? 

Through the program, administered by Easter Seals, people with permanent disabilities who require a support person carry a personalized Access 2 card with them, indicating that the individual requires the support of an attendant.

Participating venues grant one free admission for the support person while the person with the disability pays the regular admission fee. This helps ensure all individuals receive the support they need to participate fully in entertainment, recreational and cultural opportunities.

Find out more

Update: Avoiding Visa Issues

Megaphone graphicCAPACOA has published a useful article on a new process that presenters should be aware of to avoid visa delays for out-of-country artists. If you are presenting an artist from a country that requires a visa to enter Canada, you can now register with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Special Events Unit.

Once you’ve registered your event, the Unit can provide you with valuable information and support, free of charge, including:

  • Explaining Canada’s visa and entry requirements, including the visa process and the letter of invitation, which organizers must provide to visa-required artists; and,
  • Informing Canada’s visa offices abroad about your event so they can plan for the timely processing of artists’ visa applications.
Find out more

Share Your Input: Survey on Supporting Workplaces Through Harassment Investigations

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts BannerAs part of the Cultural Human Resource Council’s Respectful Workplace in the Arts initiative, CHRC has engaged Jeanne LeSage of LeSage Arts Management to further explore support mechanisms for employers who are faced with cases of workplace harassment.  

English employers across Canada and French employers outside of Quebec for the artistic disciplines of Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Literary Arts are invited to respond to a new survey that will explore employers' concerns, needs, and ideas on how organizations could be supported in conducting workplace harassment investigations. 

Survey in English or French
Deadline: December 6th, 2019

Take the Survey

Accessibility Series from WorkinCulture

WorkInCulture has recently wrapped up a blog series on accessibility in the culture sector, written by Toronto-based author and consultant Emily Gillespie. The series has some great tips for simple steps that you can take to make your work more welcoming for all. 

Read the Entire Series: 
Blog #1: Prioritizing Access, What Volunteers Should Know
Blog #2: Teaching Tips for an Inclusive Workshop
Blog #3: Working with Support Providers
Blog #4: Leaders with Disabilities, Re-Imagining the Art World
Blog #5: Incorporating Trauma-Informed Practices in the Cultural Sector
Blog #6: So, You Built a Ramp… Community Engagement and Meaningful Outreach

Read the Series

Industry Events

JAN 10-12
CITT Ontario Connect2020
Toronto, ON

JAN 10-14

New York, NYC

JAN 14-16
ISPA Congress

New York, NYC

JAN 14-18
Contact Ontarois

Ottawa, ON

JAN 21-25
IPAY Showcase

Philadelphia, PA

FEB 16-20

Québec, QC

MAR 5-7
2020 Actsafe Entertainment Safety Conference
Richmond, BC

MAR 25
Montréal, QC

APR 2-5
Pacific Contact

Burnaby, BC

SEP 10-12
Ontario Contact 2020

London, ON

Job Board

VP of Progarmming
TO Live
Toronto, ON
EXTENDED Deadline: Dec 13th

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Grant Deadlines


Dec 11:
Creating, Knowing, and Sharing: Short-term 

Arts Across Canada: Circulation and Touring (CCA)

Arts Across Canada: Foreign Artist Tours (CCA)

Arts Abroad: Circulation and Touring (CCA)

Arts Abroad: Co-productions (CCA)


Jan 15
Arts Across Canada: Translation

Feb 26
Seed Grant

Mar 31
CAPF Supplementary Funding (PCH)

Aug 12
Grow Grant

Nov 18
Capital Grant

First Spark Initiative (PCH)

Building Communities through Arts and Heritage (PCH)

Canada Cultural Investment Fund (PCH)

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (PCH)

Market Development Travel Assistance (OAC)

Collective Impact Grants (OTF)

Professional Development for Arts Professionals (CCA)

SOCAN Travel Assistance

Travel: Arts Across Canada (CCA)

Frankfurt 2020: Canada Guest of Honour Special Initiative for Canadian Artists

Pacific Contact and BC Touring Listing

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Registration is now open for Pacific Contact, to be held April 2-5, 2020 in Burnaby, BC. A preliminary schedule is now available.

Register here

The BC Touring Council is also accepting submissions for the 2020 ArtsonTour Artist Directory. The directory will launch on January 6th, featuring listings of performing artists from all disciplines looking to tour and perform in BC.

Find out more here

Call for Artists: Theatre Centre Residencies

The Theatre Centre’s Residency Program is a structured two-year program (sometimes longer!) the provides groups/artists with the necessary space, funding and mentorship to craft ideas still in their infancy into finished works that are provocative, innovative, and ambitious. Residency facilitates a highly collaborative artistic process that supports new work led by directors, designers, composers, choreographers, architects, visual artists, or even neurologists. The Centre is looking for good ideas.

Questions? Visit The Theatre Centre for Office Hours with Aislinn Rose. December 11th, 10am-6pm 

Deadline: January 8, 2020

Find out more and apply here

Canada Council for the Arts Stats and Stories

The Canada Council for the Arts has released their annual overview of funding from the past year. Open data tables and detailed funding statistics are available on the Canada Council's investments across the country. This information is freely available and may be shared and used as needed.

Find out more

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