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

eNews - February 2020

Your monthly update from the presenting network and sector

It's a busy time of year! Read on for lots of updates from the sector, including: OP Spring Gathering dates, recorded webinar on audience demographics, accessibility audits, and multiple funding and professional development opportunities.

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Indigenous Artist Spotlight:
G.R. Gritt

Greyson Gritt headshotG.R. Gritt is a Juno Award winning, Two-Spirit, Transgender, Francophone, Anishinaabe/Métis artist. Pulling effortlessly from the past to create soulful futurisms, their new sound elegantly weaves melodies using vocals, guitar and new electronic elements. They create both intimate and anthemic music that would fit in a folk club, a dance club, and anywhere in between.
Read the interview


Apply to Showcase at Ontario Contact

Ontario Contact logoOntario Contact 2020 is on its way, and showcase applications are now open! Performing artists from all genres are invited to apply by March 15th. The event will take place in London, ON from
September 10th-12th, 2020.

Applications are accepted through IWanttoShowcase. We recommend that you read our FAQs and Checklist, available here, before applying.

Find out more and apply

Save the Date: Spring Gathering 2020

FlowerOntario Presents members are invited to join us for OP's annual Spring Gathering (previously the Spring Retreat) from June 24th-26th in Peterborough, ON. We are thrilled to gather in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong during the Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival (NIFF), the world's first Indigenous Fringe Festival.

Participating members will have an opportunity to see work and interact with the festival, in addition to gathering with peers from across the province. More details and registration will be announced in the coming months. We hope to see you there!

Catch up with ArtsEngageCanada

ArtsEngage logoLooking to make meaningful connections with your community in 2020? Check out our latest ArtsEngageCanada enews for community engagement inspiration. The enews offers a roundup of inspiring case studies, articles, and useful resources that have recently been added to

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Read the update

Upcoming Works by Indigenous Artists

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We are continually updating our listing of upcoming performances by Indigenous artists. A reminder that this listing is freely available to all, and Ontario Presents member presenters can apply for travel funds to see these works!

There are lots of exciting shows coming up across Ontario, including This is How We Got Here and bug at Native Earth Performing Arts, Susan Aglukark and Lacey Hill in Toronto, The Trail of Nenaboozhoo at Debajehmujig Creation Centre, the Julian Taylor Band in Paris, Diyet and the Love Soldiers in Mississauga, and more!
Explore upcoming shows

Recorded Webinar: Demographic Patterns in Performing Arts Attendance

If you missed the webinar with Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies back in December, or want to look back at the information, the recorded webinar and slide deck are now available in the Ontario Presents Resource Centre. In the webinar, Kelly walked us through the Demographic Patterns in Canadians’ Arts Participation in 2016 report and looked at specific insights that can be used to inform audience diversification in performing arts presentation.
View the recording

Presenters Database Underway

Survey graphic: Image by mcmurryjulie from Pixabay Work is now underway to develop an up-to-date database of performing arts presenters in Ontario. OP Project Assistant Phillip Goodchild has begun reaching out to venue presenters, series, and festivals across the province to collect data to be included in the database. If you have been contacted, we would so appreciate a moment of your time to provide this information. If you have not been contacted but would like to be included in the database, or if you know of other presenters who we may not be aware of, please reach out to Thank you for your help in making this tool a reality!
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Creative Space Projects Brainstorming Workshop

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On February 25, join ArtsBuildOntario for workshop full of high-value activities and discussion with other creative space professionals taking on capital projects. This workshop provides the opportunity for participants to discuss their projects and openly problem-solve with others tackling similar projects. Participants will be guided through a series of exercises that will allow them to brainstorm solutions or ideas around their issues.

Find out more and register

Delegation to ASSITEJ World Congress for YA Professionals

The Canada Council invites professionals in the Performing Arts for Young Audiences community to apply to be part of a council-led delegation to the ASSITEJ World Congress in Tokyo, Japan. The ASSITEJ World Congress is the most important gathering globally of artists and arts professionals working in the performing arts for young audiences. Applications are open to artists, presenters, and arts professionals with a focus on YA work and interest and capacity for international work. Grants will cover airfare, accommodation, conference fees and per diem.

Applications are due by February 13th. For more information or to request a copy of the application form contact Program Officer Craig Holzschuh

Free Building Accessibility Audits

The Rick Hansen Foundation, thanks to funding from the Ontario Government, is offering free building accessibility audits and certifications to nonprofits, businesses, and public sector organizations in Ontario. The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification rating scorecard will highlight specific areas where you can improve accessibility and your site may be certified at one of two levels. Under the Ontario grant program 250 organizations will be selected from ten eligible municipalities. Applications are due by March 27th.

Find out more and apply

New Ways to Communicate Impact

Two funding bodies have recently announced new frameworks for better communicating the impact of investments in the arts.

#ArtsAddValue graphicThe Ontario Arts Council just launched The Ripple Effect, a new campaign designed to share stories of impact from OAC-supported artists and organizations. Find the stories on the website here, or on social media at #ArtsAddValue.

Meanwhile, the Canada Council for the Arts has commissioned a new qualitative impact framework to better articulate the impact of the arts on communities and society at large. Both the framework and the resulting insights and data have the potential to help members of the arts community to plan, program, and make more compelling cases for investment in and support of the arts. Explore more here.

Call for Nominations: CITT/ICTS Awards

CITT/ICTS is now seeking nominations for their annual awards. The six CITT/ICTS Awards are designed to honour individuals and companies from a wide spectrum of the Canadian live performance industry:

  • Dieter Penzhorn Memorial Award
  • The Ron Epp Memorial Award For Professional Achievement
  • CITT/ICTS Educational Achievement Award
  • CITT/ICTS Supplier (Corporate) Achievement Award
  • CITT/ICTS Award of Technical Merit
  • The Honorary Membership Award
The awards will be handed out at the award banquet held on Friday August 14 during the CITT/ICTS Rendez-vous 2020 in London, Ontario. 

Nominations are due by March 31st. Please note that you must be a current CITT/ICTS member in order to submit a nomination.
Nominate a colleague

Talent to Lead: Applications Now Open

Applications are now being accepted for the 4th edition of Talent to Lead, CHRC's leadership program. Talent to Lead (T2L) is designed for mid-career cultural leaders seeking to take their careers to the next level of leadership. T2L 4 will focus on selecting 20 leaders from Indigenous, racialized communities and official language minority communities that are currently working in a variety of cultural organizations and practices across Canada. Apply by January 30th.

Find out more and apply

New Deadline: John-Hobday Awards in Arts Mangement

Are you a mid-career or established arts manager looking for assistance with professional development? Consider applying for the John Hobday Awards in Arts Management. These awards are given to arts managers in Canadian professional arts organizations for professional development or mentoring opportunities. The new deadline is March 1st.

Find out more and apply
Ontario Presents logoOntario 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.

Industry Events

FEB 16-20

Québec, QC

FEB 20-22
Halifax, NS

FEB 20-24
Talking Stick Festival

Vancouver, BC

FEB 25-27
Festivals and Events Ontario Conference

Richmond Hill, ON

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

MAR 25
Montréal, QC

APR 2-5
Pacific Contact

Burnaby, BC

May 4-24
for Arts and Culture

Conference May 13-16
Toronto, ON

May 7-10
SPARC Symposium

Six Nations of the Grand River, ON

SEP 10-12
Ontario Contact 2020

London, ON

Promotion at
Ontario Contact

Looking to get your name out at Ontario Contact? Our numerous promotional opportunities, including print/web advertising, sponsorship, raffle donation, and independent showcases, are now available.

Find out more here

Registration for Ontario Contact will open in the spring- stay tuned!

Job Board
Film Program Coordinator
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
St. Catharines, ON
Apply by Feb 21

Full details here
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Upcoming Charity Village Webinars

Charity Village offers free webinars throughout the year. The February 13th webinar on Empathy may be of particular interest to anyone who has been following our recent updates on this topic!

Feb 13
Empathy: The Secret Sauce in Effective Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Feb 27
Hiring Help for Nonprofit Managers

Explore upcoming webinars

Call for Proposals: The Choreographic Marathon

Across Ocean Arts is now seeking proposals for new creation pieces in all genres of dance and movement performance. Selected artists will take part in a three-day intensive including studio space and mentoring, from May 16-18, 2020 in Toronto. Applications are encouraged as soon as possible as invitations are made on a rolling basis.

Find out more and apply here

The Succession Plan at Festivals and Events Ontario

The next iteration of CAPACOA's mentorship program, The Succession Plan, will be offered at the Festivals and Events Ontario Conference in Richmond Hill from Feb 25-27. TSP is a mentorship and network development program for emerging and mid-career presenters and other performing arts professionals. Interested candidates are invited to contact Melanie Bureau and apply by February 10th.

Legal Needs Assessment Survey for the Arts

Our friends at CPAMO are working with arts-focused legal clinics across Canada to carry out a needs-assessment in support of a national network of federally funded legal services for artists and arts professionals. The results will give a fulsome picture of artists’ needs from coast-to-coast and will be presented to the Canada Council of the Arts in April 2020. Artists and arts organizations are invited to complete the survey by February 21st.

Find out more here

Grant Deadlines

Feb 4
Theatre Projects

Feb 13
Ontario Arts Presenters Projects

Feb 24
Canada Summer Jobs

Feb 26
Seed Grant 

Mar 4
Indigenous Artists in Communities and Schools Projects (OAC)

Indigenous Arts Projects (OAC)

Mar 5
Touring Projects (OAC)

Mar 18
Creating, Knowing, and Sharing: Short-Term Projects

Mar 19

Multi and Inter-Arts Projects (OAC)

Mar 26
Music Production and Presentation Projects (OAC)

Mar 31
CAPF Supplementary Funding (PCH)

Apr 1
Arts Across Canada: Public Outreach (CCA)

Apr 8
Dance Projects (OAC)

Concept to Realization - Composite (CCA)

Apr 15
Artists in Communities and Schools Projects (OAC)

Apr 28
Foreign Artist Tours (CCA)

Apr 29
Arts Abroad: Co-Productions (CCA)

Apr 30
Northern Arts Projects (OAC)

Media Arts Projects (OAC)

May 6
Sector Innovation and Development (CCA)

Jun 3
Frankfurt 2020: Canada Guest of Honour Special Initiative for Canadian Artists (CCA)

Jun 17
Creating, Knowing, and
Sharing: Long-term Projects

Arts Across Canada: Translation (CCA)

Aug 12
Grow Grant 

Nov 18
Capital Grant 

Arts Abroad: Circulation and Touring (CCA)

Arts Across Canada: Circulation and Touring (CCA)

Arts Across Canada: Travel (CCA)

Building Communities through Arts and Heritage (PCH)

Canada Cultural Investment Fund (PCH)

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (PCH)

Digital Strategy Fund (CCA)

Market Development Travel Assistance (OAC)

Collective Impact Grants (OTF)

Professional Development for Arts Professionals (CCA)

Professional Development for Artists (CCA)

SOCAN Travel Assistance
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