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

  • Ruling on Sun News' Krista Erickson is a triumph for the obnoxious


    My goodness but Krista Erickson of Sun News has a lot of middle-aged male apostles.

    By “a lot” I actually mean a handful, but they are noisy media types – pundits who are online and barking, sniping at her detractors and rising to her defence with alacrity. Justin Bieber could only dream of such ardent Internet warriors launching scathing attacks on persons unmoved by his alleged charisma.
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  • Arts Alliance disappointed with budget


    VANCOUVER — The Alliance for Arts and Culture is calling British Columbia’s budget “disappointing,” saying the government is “making a long-term commitment to keep our province dead last in per-capita arts funding.”
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  • Call for Proposals: 2012/13 DanceWorks CoWorks Series


    DanceWorks is accepting applications for the 2012/13 DanceWorks CoWorks Series. Selfpresenting professional dance artists and companies, events and festivals working in any contemporary dance form are invited to apply.

    The CoWorks Series provides production support and marketing benefits to approximately ten professional dance events each year, primarily in Toronto, Ontario.

    For a fee of $300 (plus HST; $339.00 total), a DanceWorks CoWorks Series event receives any or all of the following:

    • photo and listing in the DanceWorks season brochure
    • listing on season DanceWorks Display Boards
    • listings in DanceWorks programmes and promotional materials where possible
    • ticket sales through the annual telemarketing campaign
    • telephone ticket line for reservations and advance ticket sales on credit cards
    • consultation on fundraising, production and media relations
    • access to electronic press list
    • other services tailored to meet your needs

    These services are available for an additional fee:

    • access to third person liability insurance coverage
    • box office staff

    The package is flexible and subject to availability.

    If you want your event to be part of the 2012/13 DanceWorks CoWorks Series, please send a proposal with the following information:

    1) project description
    2) artists' résumés
    3) performance dates
    4) name and address of venue
    5) production budget
    6) examples of choreographic work on DVD disc format or by weblink


    55 Mill Street
    Case Goods Building (74)
    Suite #304
    Toronto, ON, M5A 3C4
    Fax: (416) 204 1085

    For CoWorks Series events taking place between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013, the latest
    date to apply is April 30, 2012. Applicants will be notified of programming decisions by June 2,

    For more information, contact Mimi Beck, Dance Curator at (416) 204-1082 or visit:

  • Marie Chouinard honorée par l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres


    Désormais considérée à Paris comme une figure majeure de la danse contemporaine, la chorégraphe montréalaise Marie Chouinard fera son entrée lundi dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

    Le ministre français de la Culture, l'ancienne vedette de la télévision Frédéric Mitterrand, lui remettra les prestigieux insignes de chevalier au cours d'une cérémonie dans ses bureaux du Palais royal.

    La France rend hommage à Marie Chouinard au moment où elle présente sa dernière création Le Nombre d'or, au Théâtre de la ville, temple européen de la danse contemporaine (1000 places), dont elle est devenue au fil des ans non seulement une habituée mais une tête d'affiche.

    C'est la sixième fois que la Québécoise y est invitée (en incluant ses passages au Théâtre des Abbesses, la seconde salle de l'institution).

    «Depuis 2002, toutes les oeuvres qu'elle a créées ont été présentées aux Abbesses et ici», se réjouit Paul Tanguay, le directeur du développement international de la compagnie Marie Chouinard, perpétuellement en tournée à travers le monde.

    Encensées par la critique, applaudie par un public intraitable,  bODY-rEMIX et son «orgie dionysiaque» Orphée et Eurydice, ses deux créations précédentes, avaient marqué sa consécration parisienne. Son retour au Théâtre de la ville, moins de deux ans après son dernier passage, était attendu: Le nombre d'or, une pièce pour 14 danseurs, complexe, foisonnante voire déroutante, joue à guichet fermé, indique-t-on

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  • Dance Umbrella Of Ontario Appoints Jay Rankin as its new Executive Director

    19-Jan-2012 Dance Umbrella of Ontario is proud to announce the appointment of Jay Rankin as its new Executive Director.  Jay succeeds Christine Moynihan who has led the organization since 2002.

    Jay comes to the organization with vast experience working in the performing arts and dance. Mr. Rankin joins DUO having played key leadership roles at companies including Ballet BC and Toronto Dance Theatre.  His recent posting at Ballet BC saw a remarkable transition for the company, making it a viable and thriving contemporary ballet company.  Jay will be known to many people in the community in Toronto as the former Managing Director of Toronto Dance Theatre.

    “Jay is a highly respected arts manager in Canada. His many varied skills and vast scope of knowledge will enable DUO to undertake a new direction in service to the community of dance artists in Ontario,” says Michael Du Maresq, Board Chair of DUO. “This is a pivotal time in DUO’s history and we’re thrilled to have Jay’s creative leadership guiding the organization.”

    “I am very excited for the opportunity to create conditions for dance artistry to flourish in Toronto and this province.  I look forward to partnering with the dance artists, arts organizations and the public to celebrate the tremendous creative energies at play in this city,” says Jay Rankin.

    Jay Rankin is a dedicated and proven leader who has served the professional dance community in Canada for over 30 years.  With an accomplished record of successfully guiding organizations, he aspires to be an excellent ambassador at DUO, anchored by a profound respect for the art form, valuing excellence, artistic expression, and integrity.   He will bring clear and forceful leadership to the position with financial, marketing, touring and resource development acumen coupled with a creative, strategic and consistent management style.

    Jay has served on many funding panels at various government levels and has been an active board member at the Canadian Dance Assembly where he currently serves as Board Chair.

    Jay will begin his contract at DUO on January 23, 2012.


Canadian Dance Assembly
55 Mill Street, Suite 312
Case Goods Building #74
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
Tel: 1.416.515.8444
Fax: 1.416.515.9444