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A selection of news, press releases and events posted regularly:

  • Calgary city council rejects freeze, instead plans to nearly double arts agency funding


    CADA's yearly budget to increase from $6.4M to $11.4M

    City council voted 10-5 Wednesday against a motion that would have frozen the Calgary Arts Development Authority's funding and plans instead to nearly double the agency's budget next year.

    This year, the city gave CADA $6.4 million. The city's proposed four-year budget would set aside $11.4 million for the organization in 2019.
    Coun. Sean Chu, who brought forward the motion for the freeze, said it's not the right time to boost funding in Calgary.

    'I believe art is a want': councillor 
    "There's need and there's want, and I believe art is a want," said Chu.

    But Coun. Jeff Davison disagreed, saying the investment in the arts is a key part of the city's economic development strategy that can pay off in terms of jobs, not to mention how a thriving arts scene can attract investors to a city. To read the full article, click HERE

  • 2019 Canadian creative industries trade mission to Latin America


    Join Canadian Heritage on its second departmental trade mission. The mission will focus on Latin America, and more particularly Mexico, Colombia and Argentina from February 10 to 19, 2019. In addition to advancing business-to-business networking opportunities in the creative industries, the mission will foster a greater understanding of the Latin American business environment and its opportunities and challenges.

    Mission objectives

    Establish and build relationships with governmental counterparts and key organizations (i.e. Pacific Alliance States, Mercosur and Ibero-American States) in order to secure Canada as a partner of creative industries, trade and culture, and advocate for Canadian creative industries to foreign governments.

    Facilitate market entry for high-potential, export-ready Canadian creative sector small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
    Increase the visibility and profile of companies already established in the Latin American market.
    Targeted sectors

    The trade mission is targeted to sectors that present opportunities to leverage existing networks, play to Canada's strengths, and have complementarity with the Latin American market. The following six business clusters are being projected but are not limited to for the trade delegation:

    - film/audio-visual (including animation and visual effects);
    - video games and virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR);
    - music;
    - digital content for public/creative spaces/museums;
    - performing arts; and
    - books.

    Who should participate?

    The 2019 Creative Industries Trade Mission to Latin America will be tailored to Canadian businesses that are seasoned exporters and have high potential and readiness for the Latin American market – essential for the trade mission to be successful.

    For more information, click HERE

  • Open for Applications: National Ballet of Canada's Residency Programme


    The National Ballet of Canada’s Residency Programme is now open for applications!

    The programme provides studio space to dance artists in the GTA for residence up to one to two weeks. Open to applicants from the public, the programme
     aims to support a wide variety of dance genres and disciplines, sharing the National Ballet’s resources with the local dance community. Dance artists at any place in their career working on movement research, a new creation or further developing an existing work are all encouraged to apply. 

    All groups who identify as gender non-conforming/trans, LGBTQ+, visible minorities and Indigenous artists are encouraged to apply. The selections will be made by an advisory committee made up of the National Ballet’s Choreographic Associate Robert Binet, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Human Body Expression Hanna Kiel and Choreographer and Artistic Director of KasheDance Kevin Ormsby.

    For registration and for more information, click HERE.
    If you have any questions about the Programme please email

  • DTRC Executive Director Amanda Hancox will be stepping down


    For immediate release

    Dancer Transition Resource Centre Chair Monique Rabideau and Executive Director Amanda Hancox announced today that Ms. Hancox will be stepping down as DTRC Executive Director at the end of the year.

    Amanda Hancox “After 16 wonderful years at DTRC, it’s time for me to move on,” said Ms. Hancox. “Since my appointment as DTRC Executive Director in 2005 I’ve been privileged to work with hundreds of inspiring Canadian dancers as they navigated transitions throughout their performance careers. I’ve had wonderful partners in this journey and thank our dedicated staff, and the many board members and volunteers who have all contributed their skills and knowledge to continue to evolve and improve the DTRC.” Read more

  • A Recap on Arts Day 2018 / Revue de l’année 2018


    On Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018, over 100 arts advocates from across Canada traveled to Parliament Hill to deliver the messages of the Canadian Arts Coalition and to encourage continued investment in our vibrant and creative sector. Teams of advocates met with Parliamentarians in order to have productive discussions about our growing industry while expressing our specific and current needs from the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Finance.

    The Coalition’s messaging this year was focussed on addressing weak links in the creative value chain. In order to create synergies with previous federal investments, Arts Day delegates sought support in three areas:

    Arts presentation in Canadian communities;
    Training and internships; and,
    Charitable donation incentives.
    In total, we had 94 meetings with 104 delegates representing 77 arts organizations. These messages were well received by 75 MPs of the Liberal, Conservative, NDP, Bloc, Green parties as well as 2 independent MPs and 17 Senators. We met with Ministers and/or staff from Canadian Heritage, Small Business and Export Development, National Revenue, Indigenous Affairs, Indigenous-Crown Relations, Refugees, Citizenship and Immigration, Tourism and La Francophonie, Environment and Democratic Institutions. Meeting highlights of the day were connecting with the Leader of the Green Party, advisors to the Leader of the Opposition and NDP, Heritage Parliamentary Secretary and Opposition Heritage critics for NDP and Bloc Quebecois.

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    Le mardi 2 octobre 2018, plus de 100 représentants des arts de partout au Canada ont convergé vers la Colline du Parlement, porteurs des messages de la Coalition canadienne des arts, pour appeler à poursuivre le financement de notre secteur dynamique et créatif. Des équipes de représentants ont rencontré des parlementaires pour des entretiens productifs sur notre secteur en croissance et pour expliquer nos besoins courants précis au ministre du Patrimoine canadien et au ministre des Finances.

    Les messages de la Coalition cette année portaient sur les maillons faibles de la chaîne de valeur de la création. Pour réaliser la synergie des investissements fédéraux antérieurs, les délégués de la Journée des arts sur la Colline souhaitaient un soutien dans trois domaines :

    Diffusion des arts dans les collectivités canadiennes
    Formation et stages
    Incitatifs pour les dons de charité

    Au total, nous avons tenu 94 réunions auxquelles ont participé 104 personnes qui représentaient 77 organismes artistiques. Nos messages ont été bien reçus par 75 députés des partis suivants : Parti libéral, Parti conservateur, Nouveau Parti démocratique, Bloc, Parti vert, ainsi que par deux députés indépendants et 17 sénateurs. Nous avons rencontré des ministres, et de leur personnel, des ministères suivants : Patrimoine canadien, Petite entreprise et Promotion des exportations, Revenu, Affaires autochtones, Relations Couronne-Autochtones, Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada, Tourisme, Francophonie, Environnement et Institutions démocratiques. Parmi les faits saillants de la journée, soulignons une rencontre avec la chef du Parti vert, les conseillers du chef de l’opposition et du Nouveau Parti démocratique, le secrétaire parlementaire du Patrimoine, et les porte-parole de l’opposition (NPD et Bloc) en matière de patrimoine.



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