CDA in the News

From time to time the Canadian Dance Assembly will appear in the media near you!  Watch out for CDA in the news, and download recent articles below.

  • Ontario Elections 2018 - Make sure to VOTE!


    This provincial election in Ontario is essential for the arts sector. We are likely to have a new Premier at the end of the day on June 7th which will mean potential changes for the Ontario Arts Council’s budget, depending upon which party is elected.

    PLEASE get out and VOTE.

    How to Vote (even if you didn’t get your voter card), click HERE

    Information on the arts issues: Ontarians for the Arts, click HERE

    Not sure which party reflects your values? Take this five minute survey, click HERE

    Image Courtesy of Global News 
  • CRA demotes Halifax sculptor to 'hobby artist' and gives him $14K tax bill


    An established Halifax sculptor says he was shocked and insulted by a Canada Revenue Agency ruling demoting him to the status of "hobby artist" and giving him a $14,500 tax bill.

    Installation artist Steve Higgins, also a part-time instructor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, was notified his expense claims from a 2013 art project were rejected because the work was funded by public grants and not sold for profit. The basis of the ruling has some Canadian arts groups concerned about what they see as a dangerous precedent. Higgins said he received the reassessment from the CRA in January. His expense claims were rejected and he was informed he owed $14,495.37 in back taxes. Those taxes are due today, the April 30 deadline for Canadians to file their income tax returns.

    To continue reading, click HERE

  • Liberals threaten to hold back arts funding under new anti-harassment policy


    April 25, 2018 - Arts groups that want funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage or the Canada Council will have to commit to keeping their workplaces free of harassment, abuse and discrimination as the government clamps down on sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announced on Wednesday that Ottawa will no longer provide money to organizations, including those in the performing arts, that have failed to adopt a “no tolerance” policy toward sexual violence and harassment. The Heritage department and the Canada Council for the Arts, the country’s public arts funder, have also agreed to spend a combined $552,000 to sponsor workshops to provide training that will help arts organizations create and maintain respectful workplaces.

    Kate Cornell
    , the executive director for the Canadian Dance Assembly, a recipient of Canada Council funding, and a spokeswoman for the Canadian Arts Coalition, said it is “fabulous” that arts workplaces will have to be harassment free to obtain grants and contributions from the council or the government. The Canadian Arts Coalition has been helping to build safer and more respectful work spaces, Ms. Cornell said. “So it is important for the funders to be on the same page as the community. And they have really heard us.”

    For more information, continue reading HERE

  • What Artists and Art Organizations Need to Know About Budget 2018


    The federal government’s 2018 budget was released with a big push on equity (or “Equality + Growth” as the actual title of the budget document begins). It’s a welcome theme for many in the arts community who have long been concerned about discrimination, harassment and unequal pay in the cultural sector and beyond. But at the same time, some were wondering where the arts were at all in the new budget. Here’s what some leading arts advocacy experts have identified as a few key wins and losses for Canada’s artists and arts organizations.


    “As a female arts advocate, I am pleased to see this focus on women in Budget 2018,” says Kate Cornell of the Canadian Arts Coalition. “We were also encouraged by the funding to confront gender-based harassment”—even though, she notes, “we were hoping to see it addressed in the arts and culture sector specifically.” (Given recent high-profile harassment cases such as Albert Schulz at Soulpepper in Toronto, art collector Francois Odermatt in Montreal, and Michael Coleman at SchoolCreative: Institute of the Arts in Vancouver, a specific anti-harassment initiative in the arts is likely needed.)

    Read the full article HERE

  • DCD's New Exhibit & Radio Interview with Kate Cornell


    On February 3rd, 2018, Canadian Dance Assembly's Executive Director, Kate Cornell was interviewed as part of CBC Radio One, 'World this Weekend' podcast segment covering the It's About Time: Dancing Black in Canada 1900 - 1970 exhibition presented by Dance Collection Danse and curated by Seika Boye. Take a listen to recording HERE The It's About Time: Dancing Black in Canada 1900 - 1970 exhibition illuminates the largely undocumented dance history of Canada’s Black population before 1970. The exhibit exposes the representation of Blackness on Canadian stages, as well as audience and media reception of Black performance in Canada during this era. It’s About Time explores legislation of leisure culture, dance lessons and the role of social dances at mid-century.
    The exhibition will be on display at the following two locations: Location: Dance Collection Danse Gallery (149 Church Street, 3rd Floor) Dates: January 31 - June 22, 2018 Location: Ignite Gallery, OCAD University (165 Augusta Ave) Dates: July 11 - August 19, 2018 Find more information, visit their website HERE

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