News Centre

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

  • Cultural Diplomacy and Trade: Making Connections


    This event launches “Cultural Diplomacy and Trade: Making Connections”, a report prepared for the Department of Canadian Heritage. The report states that by cultivating all relevant constituencies to build networks of shared purpose between state and non-state actors, governments can unlock the full potential of cultural diplomacy to achieve specific policy objectives, including those related to trade.

    Event Details:
    March 7, 4-6 pm
    Seeley Hall,
    Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Ave

    Report introduction will be presented by North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative co-founders Lynda Jessup, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies and Global Engagement), Queen’s University, and Sarah E. K. Smith, Assistant Professor, Carleton University.

    Report discussion will take place with: César Villanueva Rivas, Professor of International Relations and Public/Cultural Diplomacy, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City; Christine Nakamura, Vice-President, Toronto Office, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Ben Schnitzer, Cultural Studies, Queen’s University; Salvador Alanis, Executive Director, Institute for Cultural Exchange-Americas (ICE).

    NACDI Report:

    Light refreshments served

  • Call for Applications: National Ballet's Residency Program, Open Space


    In support of Canadian choreographers and the dance community, through the National Ballet of Canada's CreativAction new initiative, Open Space Residency Programme provides 1,200 hours of free studio space each season to independent choreographers free of charge at The Walter Carsen Centre for one to two-week periods. 

    The Open Space programme is currently looking for applications now until March 1st
    For more information and to apply, click HERE.

  • McMaster names Indigenous artist Santee Smith its next chancellor


    McMaster University has become the second Canadian institution in as many weeks to announce that its next chancellor will be an Indigenous person.

    The school says Santee Smith, an artist, dancer and choreographer from the nearby Six Nations of the Grand River, will take over as the honorary head of the university in November.

    Smith hold two degrees at McMaster, one in physical education and another in psychology in addition to a master's degree in dance from Toronto's York University.

    "To be in these positions that are perceived to be of power and prestige, I think it's important." - Santee Smith

    "Recovering from two broken legs, she completed six years of training at Canada's National Ballet School, undertook theatre training and earned her McMaster degrees. She returned to dance in 1996 as a choreographer and dedicated six years to create and produce her first dance work, Kaha:wi, a family creation story," said a press release from McMaster. Read more. 

  • Culture Labour Force 2019 / main-d'oeuvre culturelle 2019


    Cultural Sector Labour Market Information (LMI) Survey

    To all Canadian arts and culture sector workers and organizations who have not completed the Labour Market Information (LMI) Study survey: the deadline is extended to February 11th!

    Your input is the very important first step to the 2019 Cultural Labour Market Information Study! Last released in 2010, the study presents the realities of working in culture in Canada today, and can influence funding, policy decisions and training options! We urge you to share your perspective with us for this much-needed update before it’s too late!

    Employers, artists and cultural workers are encouraged to respond and/or disseminate the link through their networks.

    For any issues or questions about the survey and/or the LMI, please contact:
    Grégoire Gagnon, D. Mus. & MPA
    Project Manager, CHRC


    Sondage pour l’Étude d’information sur le marché du travail (IMT) de la main-d’œuvre culturelle

    À tous les canadiens et à toutes les organisations œuvrant dans les arts et la culture qui n’ont pas rempli le questionnaire du sondage de l’étude d’information sur le marché du travail (IMT) : nous avons repoussé la date limite au 11 février.

    En complétant ce sondage, vous contribuez à la première grande étape de l’étude du marché du travail du secteur culturel. La dernière édition étant en 2010, nous voulons que vous renseigniez l’étude en cours en partageant vos opinions, vos idées et vos perspectives pour démontrer les réalités d’aujourd’hui. Le tout servira à aiguiller les prochaines décisions de financement, politiques et offres de perfectionnement. Participez en grand nombre avant qu’il ne soit trop tard!

    Accédez au sondage par le lien suivant :

    Employeurs, entrepreneurs, artistes et travailleurs culturel, n’hésitez pas à faire suivre dans vos réseaux.

    Pour toutes questions concernant ce sondage ou l’IMT, veuillez contacter :
    Grégoire Gagnon, D. Mus. & MAP
    Chargé de projet, CRHSC

  • Gender Parity study in Canadian Artistic and Cultural Organizations submitted to the House of Commons


    On January 29th, the Report on Gender Parity in Canadian Artistic and Cultural Organizations was tabled in the House of Commons. The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) is thrilled to see the publication of this important study.

    CDA's Executive Director Kate Cornell was a witness during the study and is quoted in the report.

    Witnesses noted that change at the highest level can have a positive effect on hiring and recruitment throughout the entire organization. Ms. Cornell, explained: "if we change who sits on the boards, it will impact who is hired as artistic director, who is hired as executive director, and then it goes on down to the staff level."

    In particular, CDA will be advocating to the Minister of Canadian Heritage that Recommendation 6 is enacted swiftly, "That the Government of Canada, in collaboration with service organizations, develop and offer professional development programs focused on gender parity for board members."

    You can read the Report HERE.


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