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

  • Leadership Change at the Canadian Dance Assembly / Changement à la direction de l’Assemblée canadienne de la danse


    For immediate release
    April 7th, 2020

    National Council President Fannie Bellefeuille would like to recognize the extraordinary work of outgoing Executive Director Kate Cornell. Dr. Cornell has been Executive Director of the CDA for that last six years and is leaving the organization this month to join the new organization AfterMeToo as the Training Director for the Rosa Project – an initiative to address harassment in federally regulated sectors, including the arts.

    “On behalf of the membership, the CDA would like to sincerely thank Kate for her passionate advocacy, her collaborative leadership, and her exceptional vision. Kate is leaving the CDA in an improved financial position. Under Kate’s direction, the CDA began the Decolonizing Canadian Dance initiative, raised its public funding by more than 30%, and successfully advocated for more than $300 million of federal funding for the arts sector. We are grateful for Kate’s leadership.” - Fannie Bellefeuille.

    The National Council is pleased to announce that General Manager Aviva Fleising has agreed to become the CDA’s Interim Managing Director. Cornell exclaimed that, “The CDA is in extraordinarily good hands with Aviva. She is a steadfast leader with the community’s best interests at heart. Aviva is keenly aware of the needs of the dance community.” Aviva Fleising will transition into this new position on April 15th.

    With this ongoing change in staff structure, National Council will be reassessing the CDA’s strategic priorities. National Council and staff will be crafting a new strategic plan for the organization this year. Currently, the CDA is focussing on its membership - conducting regular calls with organizations and individuals. During the COVID19 pandemic with reduced staff, the CDA will prioritize community engagement.


    Pour diffusion immédiate
    7 avril 2020

    Fannie Bellefeuille, présidente du Conseil national, tient à saluer le travail extraordinaire de notre directrice générale sortante, Kate Cornell. Madame Cornell, PhD, est directrice générale de l’ACD depuis six ans et quittera notre organisme ce mois-ci pour se joindre à AfterMeToo, une nouvelle entité, comme directrice de la formation pour le projet Rosa, initiative conçue pour contrer le harcèlement dans les secteurs de compétence fédérale, dont les arts.

    « Au nom de tous ses membres, l’ACD tient à remercier Kate du fond du coeur pour son travail de représentation enthousiaste, son leadership collaboratif et sa vision exceptionnelle. Sous la gouverne de Kate, l’ACD a grandement amélioré sa position financière et le déficit accumulé est pratiquement éliminé. Toujours sous la direction de Kate, l’ACD a lancé l’initiative de décolonisation de la danse au Canada, a réussi à obtenir une augmentation de plus de 30 % de ses crédits publics et a contribué à procurer plus de 300 millions de dollars en subventions du fédéral pour le secteur des arts. Nous tenons à exprimer notre reconnaissance pour le leadership de Kate. » - Fannie Bellefeuille

    Par ailleurs, le Conseil national a le plaisir d’annoncer que notre gestionnaire générale, Aviva Fleising, a accepté le poste de directrice générale intérimaire de l’ACD. Madame Cornell a affirmé que « l’ACD se trouve entre d’excellentes mains avec Aviva. Elle est résolue dans son leadership et a à coeur l’intérêt premier du secteur de la danse. Et Aviva connaît à fond les besoins du monde de la danse. ». Aviva Fleising assumera son nouveau rôle le 15 avril prochain.

    Étant donné les changements en cours au niveau du personnel, le Conseil national réévaluera les priorités stratégiques de l’ACD. Le Conseil national et le personnel établiront donc un nouveau plan stratégique pour l’ACD pour l’année en cours. Présentement, l’ACD s’occupe de ses membres et tient des conférences téléphoniques régulières à l’intention des organismes et des particuliers. Pendant la pandémie de COVID-19 et la période de réduction du personnel, l’ACD accorde la priorité à la mobilisation sectorielle.

  • Artists are getting us through COVID-19. Never question their value again

    Most of the country is in lockdown, attempting to slow the spread of COVID-19. And it's led many of us to reflect not only on the current moment but also on what comes next. If there will be an "after" COVID-19, the world will be fundamentally changed. (Yes, I said "if.")

    There's a question that I've noticed coming up a lot lately: what kind of new world do we want to build? Part of the answer lies in reflecting on what we don't want to continue. I suggest that in this new iteration, we stop devaluing artists' worth.

    Read the full article written by Amanda Parris HERE

  • What you need to know about the new COVID-19 emergency wage subsidy

    Ottawa to offer a 75 per cent wage subsidy to all businesses that have lost 30 per cent of their revenue

    Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced Wednesday a plan to backstop much of the Canadian economy through wage subsidies to prop up struggling businesses — and the workers they employ — during the COVID-19 crisis.

    The wage support program, called the Canada emergency wage subsidy (CEWS), is designed to discourage companies from laying off workers at a time when social and economic life has ground to a halt, crippling nearly every industry and pushing millions onto government income replacement programs.

    To read the full article click HERE.
  • Resources for the art sector - Business / Arts

    27-Mar-2020 On March 26, Business / Arts along with Global Public Affairs held a special webinar with the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage to learn what measures the government is taking to assist the art sector. Business / Arts received an overwhelming response to the webinar and we plan on hosting more in the near future to assist this sector through this unprecedented time.

    While the Minister could not answer all of the questions posed, his team provided some resources which may be of help.

    Please see the below links for more information:

    Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan / Plan d'intervention économique du Canada pour répondre à la COVID-19 

    Canadian Heritage’s FAQsFAQ du Patrimoine canadien

    Canada Council for the Arts’ FAQs
    / FAQ du Conseil des arts du Canada

    Tool for risk-assessment of mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic / Outil pour l’évaluation des risques relativement aux rassemblements de masse pendant la pandémie de COVID-19 

    Venues that may be willing to offer space to governments and health authorities for testing spaces, clinics, etc. If you are interested in adding your venue, please enter your information directly into the spreadsheet

    Document on various metric categories for COVID19 impacts that arts organizations are documenting.

    If you have suggestions for new categories to add to the document, please email

    For further information, please contact:
    Sean Casey –
    Tara Mazurk –

  • Coronavirus and COVID-19 - Statement from Luminato Festival Toronto


    Luminato Festival Toronto cancels 2020 Festival which was due to take place June 11 – 28.

    In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and with the health and well-being of our artists, our staff and volunteers, and our audiences above everything else in our minds, it is with great sadness that we cancel Luminato Festival Toronto 2020. Given Luminato’s origins as an initiative to help rejuvenate Toronto after SARS, we are keenly aware of our responsibility to the City in this moment, and also later, when we return.

    We have followed guidance from the City, Provincial and Federal governments very closely, and have been in contact with our colleagues in other cultural organizations, as well as with the artists and venue partners in our 2020 Festival. We have tried to make our best estimate of the practicality of going ahead with our 14th festival this June, but after all of that it is clear that Luminato 2020 is sadly not to be. Read more


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