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  • Call for nominations: DUX Award at the National HR Forum



    June 13th, 2012

    The Inaugural Cultural Human Resources Council DUX Awards
    This year honouring an Outstanding Mentor

    Call for Nominations

    DUX is the Latin word for leader, and with the creation of this annual award, the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) plans to honour Canada's cultural HR leaders who have contributed to the dynamic and inspiring cultural life we enjoy in this country. In 2012 we honour those unsung heroes who selflessly dedicate their time and energies to nurture young talent: mentors.

    The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is pleased to issue a call for nominations for its inaugural DUX Award for Outstanding Mentor, to be presented at CHRC's national HR Forum, Building Bridges, on Friday, September 28, 2012. The Outstanding Mentor will receive a complimentary registration to the Forum. The prize includes a donation by CHRC of $1,000 to an organization selected by the Mentor.

    Cultural workers -- here is your chance to recognize and celebrate that amazing mentor who changed your life!

    Tell us how your mentor helped you choose or establish your career, realize your potential, refine your art practice or navigate your way through the vast sector you have chosen to work in. Deadline for nominations: July 13th, 2012.

    Download the nomination form.

    CHRC has long been identified with mentor/protégé programs, from its early days as an administrator of the Training Internship Programme (TIP) through more than a decade as administrator of the Youth Internship Programs -- Career Focus and Building Careers in Heritage, CHRC has identified, encouraged, supported, facilitated and enabled mentorships in the cultural sector.

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    Le 13 juin 2012

    Lancement du Prix DUX
    du Conseil des ressources humaines du secteur culturel
    À l'honneur cette année : un mentor exceptionnel

    Appel de nominations

    Le mot DUX signifie leader en latin. En créant ce prix annuel, le Conseil des ressources humaines du secteur culturel (CRHSC) veut honorer les leaders des ressources humaines du secteur culturel canadien qui ont contribué à créer la vie culturelle dynamique et inspirante dont nous jouissons dans ce pays. En 2012, nous voulons honorer les héros de l'ombre qui ont consacré leur temps et leurs énergies à nourrir de jeunes talents -- les mentors.

    Le Conseil des ressources humaines du secteur culturel (CRHSC) est heureux de lancer cet appel de nominations pour son premier prix DUX dédié à un mentor exceptionnel, qui sera présenté lors du forum national du CRHSC sur les ressources humaines, Construire des ponts, le vendredi 28 septembre 2012. Le Mentor Exceptionel qui remportera le prix recevra une inscription gratuite au Forum. Le prix comprend un don de 1000 $ du CRHSC à une organisation au choix du mentor.

    Travailleurs culturels -- Voici votre chance de reconnaître et de célébrer la personne qui a changé votre vie professionnelle.

    Dites-nous comment votre mentor vous a aidé à choisir votre carrière ou à l'établir, à réaliser votre potentiel, à raffiner votre art ou à faire votre chemin dans le vaste secteur dans lequel vous avez choisi de travailler. Date limite pour l'envoie des candidatures : 13 juillet 2012

    Télécharger le formulaire de nomination pour le Prix DUX.

    Le CRHSC est depuis longtemps associé aux programmes de mentorat et de « protégés ». En tant qu'administrateur du Programme d'initiatives de formation pendant plus d'une décennie et des programmes de Jeunesse Canada au travail Objectif carrière et Carrières vouées au patrimoine, le CRHSC a pu trouver, encourager, soutenir, encourager et concrétiser des mentorats dans le secteur culturel.

  • Contemporary dance matriarch Rachel Browne dies

    12-Jun-2012 CDA is saddened by the news that Canadian dance legend Rachel Browne has passed away. Our thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends.

    Rachel Browne, the nationally respected founder of Canada’s oldest contemporary dance company and the matriarch of the dance scene in Winnipeg, died suddenly in Ottawa on Saturday.

    Browne, 77, died peacefully in her sleep at an Ottawa hotel, said Stephanie Ballard, her fellow choreographer and friend of 40 years. The cause of death has not been determined.

    Browne was in Ottawa accompanying students from the School of Contemporary Dancers who performed at the Canada Dance Festival on Saturday.

    The trailblazing dancer, choreographer and teacher founded Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD) in 1964 and started its school in 1972.

    Born Ray Minkoff in Philadelphia in 1934, she trained as a ballet dancer. She came to Winnipeg from New York City in 1957 to join the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. After four years with the company she retired to raise her family, but missed dance and began to choreograph in a non-classical style.

    Browne served as artistic director of WCD for nearly 20 years. In the early days she toiled as the administrator, fundraiser and publicist as well as the main dancer and choreographer.

    Read more HERE

  • Turn art into gold at the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie!


    La version française suivra

    The Canada Council for the Arts is inviting Canada's youth to take part in the next Jeux de la Francophonie in Nice, France. We are now accepting applications from the best young artists in Canada in 12 different cultural disciplines.

    If you're a Canadian artist between 18 and 35 years old, why not apply? You'll find all the information you need on the Council's website, including all the steps leading to Nice.

    Application deadline: July 20, 2012

    Read more

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    Le Conseil des arts du Canada convie la jeunesse d'ici à participer aux prochains Jeux de la Francophonie, à Nice, en France. Le Conseil reçoit les candidatures des meilleurs jeunes artistes dans les 12 différentes disciplines culturelles.

    Vous êtes un artiste canadien âgé de 18 à 35 ans? Participez aux concours! Vous trouverez tous les renseignements nécessaires, incluant la description de toutes les étapes menant à Nice, sur le site web du Conseil.

    Date limite pour participer : le 20 juillet 2012.

    en savoir plus

  • Canadian National Dance Week 2012

    24-Apr-2012 The Canadian Dance Assembly is presenting this year's National Dance Week in Canada. With events from coast to coast that promote dance in all fashions from hip hop to ballet.

    The week begins April 22nd to the 29th with events being added to the already fascinating lineup that is being presented in different areas in Canada. If your a part of a dance group or troop you should add your event to there listings and get on board with the National Dance Week.

    Day 1: Sun April 22nd – Dance is vital our communities
    Day 2: Mon April 23rd – Dance is fitness and a tool for healthy communities
    Day 3: Tues April 24th – Dance expresses diverse communities – social cohesion
    Day 4: Wed April 25th – Dance is a source of well being for seniors
    Day 5: Thurs April 26th – Dance empowers Canadian youth
    Day 6: Fri April 27th – Dance creates a creative economy
    Day 7: Sat April 28th – Canadian dance’s international impact
    Day 8: Sun April 29th – International Dance Day!

    Submit your National Dance Week activities HERE
    All the updated schedule’s for this week can be found HERE
    The Official Press Release for National Dance Week and I love dance Campaign PDF

    The Canadian Dance Assembly also announced its I love dance/Jaime la danse National Campaign (2011-2017) which you can find more info by visiting or reading the press release above. CDA’s “I love dance/J’aime la danse” 6 year campaign is designed to strengthen the visibility of dance organizations and individuals in every community in Canada.

  • Opening of National Dance Week Press launch


    Celebrate the Opening of Canada’s first National Dance Week and the I love dance/J’aime la danse” National campaign with us!
    Toronto, ON - On April 19th at 10:30am the Canadian Dance Assembly will officially launch the I love dance / J’aime la danse National Campaign and Canada’s first ever National Dance Week at Canada’s National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis St. in downtown Toronto.

    This six year awareness campaign is dedicated to celebrating and strengthening the dance sector as an integral component to Canadian culture and embraces all dance forms and expressions. Celebrity Dance Ambassador Guillaume Côté, principal dancer for the National Ballet of Canada and Toronto City Councilor Josh Matlow will be participating in the Launch. The event will open with an elders blessing, and showcase performances by celebrated local artists Olga Barrios, Carlos Martinez Rivera, Kevin A. Ormsby and Gabriella Parson, and feature a short video montage highlighting National Dance Week.

    Canada’s first ever National Dance Week takes place April 22-29, where one theme will be celebrated each day across Canada to embrace the rich and varied landscape of Canadian dance. Find the complete listing of activities taking place nationwide on

    The much anticipated dance Manifesto will be unveiled at the launch. The Manifesto is the official message of the campaign and is written by dance critic Michael Crabb. This document expresses the core messages of the I love dance/J’aime la danse campaign, and encourages support for dance as an art form integral to our Canadian identity. The dance Manifesto is a declaration to be used nationwide and will appear in house programs and posters across the country over the next number of years. Support for the I love dance/J’aime la danse campaign is being celebrated by a simultaneous reading of the dance Manifesto in the chamber of the Ontario Legislature.

    We would be delighted if you attended this exciting launch for the Canadian dance community. Please
    RSVP your attendance to


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