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A selection of news articles and job postings are posted here regularly, click on the links to view the full article.

  • New Funding Model at the Canada Council / Un nouveau modèle de financement au Conseil des arts du Canada


    Yesterday, Canada Council for the Arts’ CEO Simon Brault announced a new non-disciplinary funding model that will see the Council dramatically reconfigure 142 funding programs into 10. The Council’s fundamental values, namely commitment to artistic excellence and peer assessment, will be maintained in this new structure. This new model is still in the planning phase, but it will include simpler online applications beginning in June 2016.  Although the 10 programs have not been finalized, Brault guaranteed that Aboriginal Arts will be retained. Brault asserted that this non-disciplinary funding model will sustain the Council’s relevance 15 years from now.  Brault assured the audience at the Annual Public Meeting that no current client will lose $1 as a result of this change and that the Council will continue its role as catalyst for art-making in Canada.  

    In dance, this new funding model presents many questions. Will the Dance Office still exist?  Will dance be clearly understood by a cross-disciplinary jury? Will dance be competitive in this non-disciplinary structure? At the Dance Debates last year in Toronto, the community debated this exact issue and notably, the dance community voted for the debaters who argued to maintain discipline-based funding.  If you missed the Dance Debates, the topics were inspired by Shannon Litzenberger’s Metcalf Foundation report Choreographing Our Future: Strategies for Supporting New Generation Arts Practice

    The CDA will take an active role advocating for dance during this shift at the Canada Council. Colleagues at Regroupement québécois de la danse and AUSDance will be consulted in order to understand the impact of non-disciplinary funding on dance specifically.  

    For more information about yesterday’s announcement at Canada Council for the Arts, you can view Simon Brault’s speech HERE. Learn more about the work towards Canada Council's new funding model in this blog post by Roger Gaudet, Director of the Arts Disciplines Division.

    Hier, Simon Brault, directeur général du Conseil des arts du Canada, annonçait un nouveau modèle de financement non disciplinaire qui ramènera les actuels 142 programmes de financement du conseil  à 10. Les valeurs fondamentales du Conseil, notamment l’excellence artistique et l’évaluation par les pairs, seront maintenues dans cette nouvelle structure. Ce nouveau modèle est encore dans sa phase de planification, mais on prévoit déjà la mise en ligne de formulaires plus simples dès juin 2016. Bien que les dix programmes ne soient pas complètement déterminés, Brault assure que celui des arts autochtones sera maintenu. Brault affirme que ce modèle non disciplinaire de financement assurera la pertinence du Conseil pour les quinze prochaines années. Il a aussi affirmé devant l’auditoire de l’assemblée publique annuelle que les actuels clients ne perdraient rien au change et que le Conseil continuerait de jouer son rôle de catalyseur dans la pratique des arts au Canada.

    Pour la danse, le nouveau modèle pose plusieurs questions. Le service de la danse existera-t-il toujours? La danse sera-t-elle bien évaluée devant un jury multidisciplinaire? La danse sera-t-elle bien en vue dans une telle structure multidisciplinaire? Lors des débats sur la danse à Toronto, la communauté avait justement discuté de cet aspect et on avait voté pour le maintien d’un financement disciplinaire. Si vous avez manqué ces débats, les sujets s’inspiraient du rapport de Shannon Litzenberger de la Metcalf Foundation Mettre en scène notre avenir : Stratégies de financement de la prochaine génération de pratiques artistiques.

    L’ACD s’engagera activement dans la défense de la danse durant cette transition au Conseil des arts du Canada. À ce propos, nous consulterons nos collègues du Regroupement québécois de la danse et d’AUSDance  au sujet des impacts sur la danse d’un mode de financement non disciplinaire.

    Pour plus d’information sur cette annonce faite hier au Conseil des arts du Canada, vous pouvez entendre le discours de Simon Brault ICI. Apprenez-en davantage sur notre nouveau modèle de financement dans ce billet de blogue de Roger Gaudet, directeur de la Division des disciplines artistiques.

  • Sharing Dance Play Exchange / Jeu d'échange


    Sharing Dance is an exciting program of Canada’s National Ballet School and it has been named one of six finalists for a national competition called The Play Exchange.  The winning idea gets $1-million to dramatically enhance and expand their program. The winner is determined by public vote.  

    Please visit You will want to watch the beautiful short video about the program and then follow the prompts to vote at You will have a chance to vote (3 times) for Sharing Dance and help this great program win The Play Exchange. 

    The voting window opens tonight at 7:00PM EST and closes at 11:59 EST on January 16. Your vote can help this program impact 1-million Canadians.  Please vote and please share this note with your friends, family and contacts.

    See the full show details here



  • Federal Budget Analysis Provides Thorough Overview of Year 2014 / L'analyse du budget fédéral brosse un portrait détaillé de l'année 2014


    The Canadian Conference of the Arts, Canadian Arts Coalition and Saskatchewan Arts Alliance published the analysis of the 2014 Federal Budget which examines federal funding for the arts and culture sector over the whole 2014 calendar year.
    While overall funding levels remained relatively steady compared to last fiscal year, the roll out of funding cuts announced in 2012 continues to have an impact on the sector, including at the CBC. The good news is that the government made permanent a few existing funding commitments. There is also hope that, with a balanced budget in 2015 and celebrations in 2017, the government will invest in the sector.

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    La Conférence canadienne des arts, la Coalition canadienne des arts et la Saskatchewan Arts Alliance ont publié l’analyse du budget fédéral 2014, qui examine le financement fédéral des arts et de la culture pour l’année 2014.
    Dans l’ensemble, les niveaux de financement sont demeurés relativement stables, mais l'impact des compressions annoncées dans le budget de 2012 se fait sentir, notamment chez Radio-Canada. Néanmoins, la pérennisation d'engagements financiers existants constitue un signal positif. De plus, l'atteinte de l'équilibre bugétaire et les célébrations de 2017 permettent d'espérer que le gouvernement investira dans le secteur.

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  • Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD) Auditions for both the Company and the Professional Training Program


    DJD is a professional jazz dance company that is dedicated to creating original world-class jazz performances, and to offering world-class training opportunities for jazz dance artists. National auditions, for both our dance company and our professional training program, take place annually.


    DJD employs 8-12 professional dancers annually on a 33-42 week contract. Contracts include health benefits, chiropractic, physiotherapy, and health club/yoga studio memberships. Dancers interested in auditioning for Company positions must be at least 20 years of age, have a passion for jazz dance, and jazz music, plus strong technique and great personal groove.


    The Professional Training Program(PTP) at DJD offers 10-15 students an eight-month intensive training experience, dedicated to the development of skilled and knowledgeable jazz dance artists. The program runs Monday to Friday from September to May, with three hours of training each day. Dancers auditioning for the Professional Training Program must be at least 18 years of age, and interested in furthering their knowledge of jazz dance and the work of DJD.

    Click here to see all audition dates and locations

  • A new NAC: Re-imagining Canada’s home for the performing arts / Un nouveau CNA : cure de jeunesse pour le carrefour des arts de la scène au Canada


    The Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs and M.P. for Ottawa West-Nepean, and the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced capital funding of $110.5 million to transform and revitalize the National Arts Centre.

    Situated in the heart of the nation’s capital, the renewed NAC will include improved performances spaces, public areas for education and events, improved accessibility for people with mobility challenges, and a magnificent glass entrance.

    The NAC is Canada’s only bilingual, multi-disciplinary performing arts centre and was built as a centennial project, first opening its doors in 1969. The NAC will remain open during the construction phase and all scheduled performances will go ahead. The target date to open the new transparent entrance of the NAC facing Confederation Square will be sometime in 2017.

    Read the full press release here


    L’honorable John Baird, ministre des Affaires étrangères et député fédéral d’Ottawa West-Nepean, et l’honorable Shelly Glover, ministre du Patrimoine canadien et des Langues officielles, ont annoncé aujourd’hui l’octroi au Centre national des Arts d’un financement de 110,5 millions de dollars en fonds d’immobilisation pour transformer et revitaliser les installations du Centre national des Arts.

    Situé au cœur de la capitale du Canada, le CNA arborera une nouvelle conception architecturale comportant des lieux de diffusion améliorés, des espaces publics consacrés à l’éducation et aux réunions et banquets, et une splendide entrée en verre, et sera accessible pour les personnes à mobilité réduite.

    Le CNA est le seul centre des arts de la scène multidisciplinaire bilingue au Canada; construit à titre de projet du Centenaire, il a ouvert ses portes en 1969. Le CNA restera ouvert pendant les travaux, et toutes les présentations à l’affiche auront lieu comme prévu. L’ouverture de la nouvelle entrée vitrée du CNA donnant sur la Place de la Confédération est prévue pour 2017.

    Lisez le communiqué de presse complet ici


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