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

eNews - January 2020

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a relaxing holiday! We're back with updates on what's been happening in the OP network,  important federal advocacy action, a range of items on the important role that the arts can play in health and well-being, plus news about a handy, new, digital "pay what you want" solution.

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Indigenous Artist Spotlight:
Nick Sherman

Nick Sherman is a Thunder Bay-based singer-songwriter and guitarist from Sioux Lookout, Ontario. In addition to performing across the country, Sherman spends part of the year in remote Indigenous communities bringing music programming into schools. Made Of, Nick Sherman’s evocative, blistering new album tells stories of the remote north, celebrating the tenacity and resilience it takes to survive it.
Read the interview


CAPF Advocacy: We need your support!

Megaphone graphicLast year, CAPACOA, the Canadian Arts Coalition, and the sector at large worked hard to secure a two-year increase to the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF). Now, we must tell the government to extend this investment beyond 2021.

Along with CAPACOA and our fellow regional networks, we ask you to send this template letter to your MP now. Tell your MP that this program makes a real difference in your riding, and ask for her/his support to extend the funding increase.

A heartfelt thank you to those who have already sent their letter! Our goal is to have the extension announced in the next federal budget, in March 2020, and every word of support helps.

Take action!

Presenter Delegations: Dance in Vancouver and Parcours Danse

Judy Harquail, Valerie Hopper, Monica Pain, Sam Varteniuk, and Helen Studholme at Parcours DanseThis past November, several members of the Ontario Presents network experienced extraordinary dance performances and took part in important conversations about dance presentation through two industry events: Dance in Vancouver and Parcours Danse.

Participants included members of the Northern Dances and Theatre Connects cohorts, as well as our broader member network. Experiences, knowledge, and connections gained by these delegations were therefore amplified throughout our networks.

The Parcours Danse delegation also included three Ontario-based artists from the Professional Development for Dance Artists from Indigenous and Racialized Communities program. In addition to shows and industry events, the Parcours delegation took part in a day focused on dance for young audiences, co-convened by the Alliance of Canadian Dance Networks. 

Our sincere thanks to our funders, colleagues, delegation participants, and all members who make knowledge-sharing and continual learning in our network possible.

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OnTour: Fall 2019

Each year, Ontario Presents presenting members actively participate in the block booking program to develop tours that will travel to their communities across Ontario. As we move into 2020, we wanted to take a look back at the shows that have completed successful OP member tours so far this season. In the fall of 2019, 28 communities across Ontario experienced high-quality performances by Canadian and International artists booked through the OP block booking program.
The movement of work that you can see in the above map would not be possible without our members’ collaboration. We look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that great performing arts experiences reach communities across Ontario!

Click below to find out more about the shows that toured this fall.
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Arts, Inclusivity & Well-Being Round-up

Following our blog post last month about empathy, inclusivity, and well-being at the Communicating the Arts conference, we came across many news items that continue to explore these themes.

Find these items, which explore the essential role that the arts can play in individual and societal wellbeing, and the resulting importance of ensuring that all people have access to meaningful arts experiences, below and in the sidebar.


WHO Europe Study on Arts and Health   

Theatre masks and caduceusThe World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe recently released a powerful report on the role of the arts in health and well-being. The authors reviewed over 3000 studies in English and Russian, and identified a major role for the arts in the prevention of ill health, promotion of health, and management and treatment of illness across the lifespan. They suggest that this impact could be furthered through acknowledging and acting on the growing evidence base; promoting arts engagement at the individual, local and national levels; and supporting cross-sectoral collaboration.

An additional report from WHO Europe suggests that arts organizations can support inter-sectoral action with the health sector by:
- Ensuring that arts provision is diverse, open, and accessible
- Making health and well-being part of organizational strategies
- Integrating measures of health and well-being into evaluations
- Sharing good practice nationally and internationally

Click below for the press release, fact sheet, full report, and sharable content.

Find out more

Expanding the Arts II

The Canada Council for the Arts has recently shared their Expanding the Arts II: Deaf and Disability Arts Engagement and Expression Strategy.

Following the 2012 Expanding the Arts strategy, the updated plan focuses on deepening the CCA's impact on the Deaf and disability arts sector through supporting the expression of artists who are Deaf and/or have disabilities and expanding the engagement of people who are Deaf and/or have disabilities.
Find out more

Pay What You Want Is Now Digital using lets your audience make a reservation, see the show and then pay what they wish afterwards - all from their preferred device. is a Vancouver-based digital solution built and created by actor and web developer Kahlil Ashanti. weshowup believes that pricing for arts, culture and entertainment should be an invitation to inclusion and not a barrier disguised as exclusivity.

This tool allows your audience to pay what they think the show is worth after they see it, when the experience is most valuable to them. The system also includes features such as the ability to carve out portions of the house for promotions, or try the new 'free to reserve' feature for communities and demographics that may be harder to reach.

weshowup is now being used by venues and festivals across the UK, Canada, the US, and Australia.

This news item is intended as informational only and does not represent an endorsement of this product from Ontario Presents. Please contact weshowup directly for more information.

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Call for Applications: CanadaHub at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

If you have a contemporary performance- or installation-based show you’d like to tour on a major international platform, this is the opportunity for you! A peer committee will select five to six performances to represent Canada at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a venue-specific platform, CanadaHub. CanadaHub will be taking over the King’s Hall venue in Edinburgh, presenting performances from August 7 to 31, 2020.

For those selected, the Canada Council will assist with costs related to travel, transportation, accommodation and subsistence. An agreement with the producer will state the artists' share of box office revenues.

Application Deadline: January 30, 2020

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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

JAN 26
FITA Chile at IPAY

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

FITA Chile at IPAY

FITA Chile @ IPAY SHowcase 2020 with logos and date (Jan 26, 2020)Due to civil protests in Chile, organizers were forced to cancel their bi-annual children's festival, FITA Chile. 

In unity and in support of the artists of Chile and FITA Chile, IPAY has announced FITA Chile @ IPAY, a full day of showcases and spotlights from South America. The showcase will take place on Sunday, January 26th, following IPAY's typical Showcase programming. FITA Chile @ IPAY will provide a world stage for FITA Chile to replace the stage that was tragically lost due to political unrest.

Learn more

Job Board

Executive Director
Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO)
Regina, SK
Deadline: Jan 24

Details here

ABO Learning Series

Module #4: Operational Planning Before, During & After a Capital Project  

Art leaders and creative spaces! Don't miss the last module in ABO's Online Training Series, which will dive into the world of operational planning during capital projects.

January 23, 1 - 2:30pm
Cost: $25

Details and registration here

Jacinda Ardern on the Importance of Culture

Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Arden recently shared her thoughts on the central importance of arts and culture to the human experience, and her government's focus on arts accessibility for all:

"I believe the arts and creativity are integral and inseparable parts of what it is to be human.

It concerns me that a mind-set still persists in which only those things that can be counted matter, and things not easily quantified are too quickly discarded. Using that mind-set, some argue the arts are simply a nice to have. I whole-heartedly disagree."

Read more here

Burnout: How Nonprofit Leaders Can Better Support Their Staff

Burnout is unfortunately all-too-common in the nonprofit sector and beyond. Charity Village has publlished a useful overview of how organizations can better support their staff. Tips include clear policies, flexible time when possible, and open conversations about what everyone needs to succeed.

Read the article here

Toronto Arts Stats 2019

Since 2013, the Toronto Arts Foundation has been working with Leger to research public opinion about the arts and document the findings in their Toronto Arts Stats booklets. The 2019 booklet takes a sobering look at the reality for artists and arts workers in Toronto, many of whom are considering leaving the city due to high costs and low incomes. This research will be used to inform future planning of TAF programs.

Read the report here

Grant Deadlines

Jan 15
Arts Across Canada: Translation 

Feb 4
Theatre Projects

Feb 13
Ontario Arts Presenters Projects

Feb 26
Seed Grant 

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

Mar 5
Touring Projects (OAC)

Mar 19
Multi and Inter-Arts Projects (OAC)

Mar 26
Music Production and Presentation Projects (OAC)

Mar 31
CAPF Supplementary Funding (PCH)

Apr 8
Dance Projects (OAC)

Apr 15
Artists in Communities and Schools Projects (OAC)

Apr 30
Northern Arts Projects (OAC)
Media Arts Projects (OAC)

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

Aug 12
Grow Grant 

Nov 18
Capital Grant 

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)
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