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

eNews - September 2022

Welcome to the September edition of the Ontario Presents newsletter. As the leaves turn their colours and the air becomes a little more crisp, we invite you to cozy up with a cup of tea as we introduce the latest in professional development opportunities, open applications, research initiatives, updates, 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


Register for Contact ONtour 2022 Pre-conference Webinars

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In just 1 week, we will be meeting together for Contact ONtour 2022! The conference begins on September 15th and will end on the 17th, featuring some of the most talented artists and brilliant minds from across North America! Before the official event begins, we will be hosting several pre-conference events! For further information of if you have any questions, please contact Cheryl or Craig. We can't wait to see you in Orillia!

Adjusting for Diverse Programming

Recognizing our spaces have been designed within a Western cultural framework is an important step toward understanding how to accommodate, modify and/or expand our practice and spaces as authentically inclusive. 

Join Andrew Kwan, JP Longboat, Kate Hilliard, and Michael Grit on Thursday, September 8 at 3:00pm as they share their perspectives as agents, artists and presenters.

Register for the Adjusting for Diverse Programming webinar.

Looking Back to Look Forward: How to re-imagine yourself as a touring artist today ….

This full day, in-person workshop focuses on how to navigate a new environment for experienced and first-time touring artists. Below is a list of topics that will be discussed, but we encourage you to bring questions, concerns, and areas of interest that will contribute to your professional needs.
  • Business Development in an Evolving Industry
  • The Evolution of the Artist
  • Touring Beyond Canada
This Pay What You Can workshop will take place in-person on Wednesday September 14th 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Orillia Opera House Green Room. Lunch will be provided to attendees.
Please contact Cheryl to pre-register for this session.

The Indigenous Creative Spaces Project

Join artist and producer JP Longboat and ArtsBuild Ontario as they discuss this project and its implications for our presenters. This session will take place in-person on September 14th 1:00pm at the Orillia Opera House.

Digital Marking to reach audiences under 40

Join Stevie Tea, Director of Marketing at Web 2.0/3.0 product house Weavik, as he partners up with Trimmed Creative to teach businesses and theatres how to create campaigns and content targeting younger demographics. Learn about the power of tracking leads and retargeting with paid and organic content on social media platforms including Instagram,TikTok, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google AdWords. This session will take place in-person on September 14th 3:00pm at the Orillia Opera House.

The Legal Arts: Taxation and Artists - Keeping out of Gaol

Missed the Legal Arts webinar? View the recording here.

Controversial artwork to be removed from Orillia Opera House

Our very own Administrative Director has been featured in this article where she requests that a carved and painted pole by Jimi McKee and Wayne Hill labelled “Totem Pole” be removed from the Orillia Opera House prior to the Contact ONtour event. 

"The totem says to the public that Orillia does not recognize its oppressive actions, nor takes responsibility for making its spaces inclusive, welcoming and safe for Indigenous Peoples,” said Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan, administrative director of Ontario Presents.

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Welcome New Members of Our Board and Staff!

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OP is delighted to introduce our new Digital Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Sydney Yang! 

Sydney is a multidisciplinary designer, well versed in graphic design, marketing and arts admin. She will be managing all of our communications moving forward. Please feel free to reach out to Sydney at 

In June, we also installed new members of our Board of Directors. Please join us in welcoming Jahn Fawcett, Nicole Rochfort and Jason Manitowabi!

Together they  bring a wide range of leadership experience in the professional not-for-profit arts sector and cultural industries provincially, nationally and internationally. We send Jahn and Nicole huge congratulations from the OP family and look forward to their contributions towards the next chapter of the arts in the province.

Meet Sydney
See the new Board of Directors

ArtsEngage: Grants for Community Engagement Projects 

ArtsEngage 2022 Call for Applicants: Engagement grants for community presenters. Deadline: September 16th, 2022. Funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Ontario Presents is excited to be partnering once again with the Department of Canadian Heritage to offer a limited number of $6,000 grants to presenters seeking to partner with local artists to co-create opportunities for engagement and participation in rural and remote communities across Ontario. 100% of these funds will go towards covering artist fees, allowing presenters and artists to prioritize project development and prepare a final report. 

We are looking for project proposals that cater to the unique needs of the local community and culminate in a public event that connects professional artists and community participants as co-creators in an artist-led creative process.

Additionally, selected applicants can expect to play a role in the ArtsEngage Learning Community and participate in virtual meetings with fellow specialists and program participants to discuss, learn and share. 

Applications are open to any not-for-profit presenter (volunteer or professional) based in rural or remote communities in Ontario. Applicants do not need to be members of Ontario Presents, nor must they be venue-based. Priority will be given to presenters and artists who identify as Indigenous, Black, or People of Colour, artists and presenters with disabilities, Deaf artists and presenters, and rural/remote communities.

Interested applicants are invited to submit an application through our online form. For further inquiries, please email Deb at deborah@ontariopresents.caApplications are due by 5pm on Monday, September 19th, 2022. 

Apply Today

Meet the Artist: Stacy-Ann Vassell

photo of Stacy-Ann Vassell during meet the artist videoStacy-Ann Vassell is a dancer, choreographer, costume designer, and the Artistic Director of Elite Dance and Company.  Stacy-Ann is part of Gathering Knowledge, Sharing Voices: Touring in the New Normala learning community for IBPOC dance and theatre artists. This project was designed to give participating artists a chance to build their knowledge and skills around touring and being presented. 

Click here to find out more about Stacy-Ann!

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Celebration of Nations: First Ontario PAC

Celebration of Nations' 2022

Celebration of Nations’ 2022 theme, Honouring Our Matriarchs: Restoring The Balance, will shine a spotlight on the rich wisdom and beauty of matriarchs when the Indigenous Arts Gathering returns for its sixth year to St. Catharines’ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) from Fri 9 Sept to Sun 11 Sept 2022.
From concerts showcasing the talents of Indigenous women including legendary Indigenous icon Buffy Sainte-Marie, vocal powerhouse Shawnee Kish and local female drum group Strong Water Singers, to sunrise ceremonies and sacred fire teachings hosted by respected female Elders, strong female voices will echo throughout the FirstOntario PAC all weekend long.

Click here for the Full Program
Details and Application

NEXT STEPS: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Workshop Series

CIMA cordially invites the signatories of the BDRB Declaration to “NEXT STEPS”, a FREE equity-focused monthly professional development workshop series presented by CIMA.

Register for the entire 10-part series here

Details & Application

Indigenous Curatorial Collective’s 2022

Framing Responsibility: A Gathering on Accountability  ICCA Hybrid Gathering October 7 – 30 2022Indigenous Curatorial Collective’s 2022 Annual Gathering, “Framing Responsibility: A Gathering on Accountability”! ICCA Hybrid Gathering October 7 – 30 2022. Register before September 30th, 12am EST, and you will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win 1 of 100 gift cards to NativeLoveNotes, an Indigenous-owned brand from Treaty One territory and Métis homelands (aka Winnipeg) that focuses on Indigenous humour, uplifting messages and colourful designs.

More Info & Registration

Upcoming Conferences

Contact East posterCONTACT EAST 2022!  
September 22-25 at the Hotel Halifax 
Book Your Room
Showcase Information

Sparc Symposium poster 2022SPARC SYMPOSIUM 2022! 
October 13-16 at The Eddie in Bloomfield
Book Your Room
Symposium Information
If you have any questions, please email Rachel.

OSAC showcase poster 2022OSAC SHOWCASE 2022!  
October 14-16 at the Saskatoon InnBroadway Theatre 
Book Your Room
Showcase Information
If you have any questions, please contact Catherine.

Alberta Showcase 2022 - October 20 - 23, Dow Centennial Centre, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Alberta Showcase 2022!
October 20 - 23, Dow Centennial Centre, Fort Saskatchewan
Showcase Information

Manitoba Showcase & Conference Registration open

Manitoba Showcase & Conference 2022!
October 27- 30, 2022 in Portage la Prairie
Book Your Room
Showcase Information
Check out the FAQs

Biennale CINARS Biennale CINARS 2022!  
November 7-12 at the Hôtel Bonaventure 
Book Your Room
Showcase Information

Mundial Montreal 2022 bannerMundial Montréal 2022!
In person: November 15 -18
Online: November 1- 25 
Discover the atrists
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Martin, You Will Be Missed.

On the passing of Martin Arsenau, Executive Director of Réseau Ontario. OP sends our deepest condolences to Martin's family and loved ones on this unimaginable loss. We also send our hearts and support to the team, members, and partners at Réseau Ontario and the Franco-Ontario community.

The global artistic world just lost a trailblazer. We are laying tobacco and dimming the lights.

Our hearts and minds are also thinking about those that have been tragically affected by the violence this past week in Saskatchewan, on James Smith Cree First Nation and surrounding area.  Tobacco is laid, and sweetgrass is burning.

Industry Events

Each event below has been marked virtual, in-person, hybrid, or TBD. All are of course subject to change!
Contact ONtour
Sept 15- 17
Orillia, Ontario (in-person)

Contact East Showcase
Sept 22- 25
Halifax, Nova Scotia (in-person)

Ontario Culture Days Festival
Sept 23 - Oct 16 
Ontario (in-person)

IPAA Intertribal Gathering
Sept 25- 27
Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Prismatic Arts Festival
Sept 26 – Oct 9
Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Creative City Summit
Oct 4– 6 
Waterloo, Ontario (in-person)

SPARC: Symposium 2022
Oct 13- 16
Prince Edward County (in-person)

OSAC Showcase
Oct 14- 16
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (in-person)

Oct 19- 23
Lisbon, Portugal (in-person)

Manitoba Arts Showcase & Conference
Oct 27- 30

Not for Profit Driven
November 2- 3
Toronto, Ontario (in-person)

CINARS Biennale 2022
Nov 7- 12 (hybrid)

Mundial Montreal
Nov 15- 18
Montreal (in-person)

Event Safety Alliance
Nov 21- 23
Calgary, Alberta (in-person)

Pacific Contact 2023
April 13-16 
New Westminster, BC 

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
Mar 8-10, 2023
Treaty 1 Territory – Winnipeg, Manitoba


Creating a Diverse Board
Article by Cath Hume, CEO, AMA.

Why Gender Inclusion is Good for Business and Where to Start
Acumen Academy

Community nonprofit analysis: Rising demands on employees
Alberta Nonprofit Data Strategy Initiative

Rural Ontario Fact Sheet
Rural Ontario Institute

Nonprofits and digital transformation

HR Intervals
Imagine Canada

HireNext: Hiring Recommendations

The Employability Skills Toolkit
Conference Board of Canada

Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sector Recovery from The Impact of COVID-19
Canadian Heritage

The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada (Course 1)

The Path: Building Indigenous Intercultural Capacity (Course 2)

Nominations for the Toronto Arts Foundation Awards for artists, arts professionals and organizations is now open! The recipients of these awards will be announced at the annual Mayor’s Arts Lunch in May 2023. 

Read more here.

Recorded Webinars

Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Spring 2022

FLeX Spotlight Session

Arts for Mental Health
Mass Culture and Mississauga Arts Council

CSMN Webinar Recording 
ArtsBuild Ontario

Wikidata Workshops 

SPARC Expert Chats
Réseau SPARC Network

Connections: Pan-global Reflections by Artists in Lockdown 
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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.

Sept 8
Artist Development Program 

Sept 7
Digital Literacy Exchange Program (OTF)

Sept 21
Presenters Capacity Building Program (CAPACOA)

Oct 14
Music Strategy Grant (City of Mississauga)

Oct 19
Indigenous Arts Support Program (OTF)

Dec 7
Resilient Communities Fund 


Access Support Fund (CCA)

Canada Cultural Investment Fund (PCH)

Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (PCH)

Enhance Your Community Funding Stream

Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program (PCH)

Indigenous Arts Projects (TAC)

Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund 

IPAA Grant Resource Website

Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative 

Market Access for Minority Language Communities (CCA)

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund 

Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program

Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant

Professional Development for Artists (CCA)

SOCAN Foundation Relief Fund 

Strategic Innovation Fund (CCA)

The Live Music Workers Fund (Unison)

Unison Benevolent Fund

Various programs & deadlines (FACTOR)
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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.
Ontario Presents gratefully acknowledges the following public funders:


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