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  • Toronto will get Canadian version of New York dance festival


    Toronto audiences will soon have a reason to dance for joy. Starting in October 2015, the Sony Centre will be the Canadian venue for an annual dance festival New Yorkers have been enjoying for more than a decade, at a price anyone can afford. Manhattan’s festival, created in 2004 at New York City Center, is called Fall for Dance. The Toronto version is being dubbed Fall for Dance North. It promises to bring in exciting dance troupes otherwise unavailable in this town.

    Just as tantalizing is the ticket price. Every seat in the house will be sold for the same price: $10.
    “We hope to satisfy a significant unmet need in Toronto,” says Ilter Ibrahimof, the new festival’s Montreal-based artistic director.

    Continue reading here.

  • Dancer, choreographer Tedd Robinson wins $40,000 prize for his contribution to Canadian dance


    Tedd Robinson, winner of the 2014 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, is a dancer who never stops questioning, innovating and sharing.

    In a career spanning four decades, Robinson is still active on the international scene, is artistic director of his own dance company and is a sought-after collaborator and mentor. He generously shares his time and knowledge with dancers to inspire and challenge them to new artistic heights.

    Robinson infuses his Zen Buddhist philosophy into all that he does and is known for his use of subtle humour in his performances.

    “Through his artistic vision, choreographies, performances as well as his role as mentor, Tedd Robinson invites Canadians to experience the expressive power of contemporary dance,” said Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council. “We are delighted to award him with the Walter Carsen Prize for his distinguished career achievements in dance.”

    About Tedd Robinson

    Ottawa-born Tedd Robinson is artistic director of 10 Gates Dancing, a non-profit company he founded to promote the development and perfomance of contemporary dance works.

    - He is also a National Arts Centre Associate Dance Artist, a founding member of 8 Days, and co-directs Centre: Q: a centre for questioning.

    - He has collaborated with many well-known dance companies and artists in Canada and abroad including Margie Gillis, Louise Lecavalier, Ame Henderson and Charles Quevillon.

    - He served as artistic director of both the Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (1984-1990) and the Festival of Canadian Modern Dance (1985-1990), which he founded.

    - His award-winning works are informed by many years of study as a Zen monk in Ottawa.

     Visit Tedd Robinson’s website to learn more.

    About the Walter Carsen Prize

    - The Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by Canadian artists in dance, theatre or music.

    - The prize money is drawn from earnings of a $1.1 million donation made to the Canada Council in 2001 by the late Toronto businessman and philanthropist Walter Carsen.

    - It is awarded annually on a four‑year cycle: dance, theatre, dance, music.

    - Members of the 2014 peer assessment committee were Byron Chief-Moon, Veronica Tennant and Isabelle Van Grimde.

    See the full press release here

  • A Remarkable Arts Day on the Hill, Nonetheless / Une Journée des arts remarquable, en dépit de ce qui s'en est suivi


    CDA was shocked and saddened by the tragedy that occurred on Parliament Hill so soon after our positive meetings at Arts Day on the Hill. Our thoughts are with all those affected. 
    Note: This news release was written prior to the October 22 events. The Canadian Arts Coalition steering committee decided not to revise it in order not to put additional stress on volunteers who had already worked with devotion to make Arts Day happen. 

    More than 100 art supporters responded to the invitation of the Canadian Arts Coalition and participated in the fifth edition of Arts Day on the Hill. They gathered in Ottawa yesterday to participate in 97 scheduled meetings with Members of Parliament, senators and senior officials to discuss the key role arts investment play in the economic and social health of Canada.

    Participants presented three key priorities:

    1. Increase the Canada Council for the Arts’ Parliamentary appropriation by $35 million in 2015 with a long-term goal of reaching $300 million.

    2. Increase Canada’s presence on the world stage for 2017 by establishing a $25 million pilot program over three years at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) for Canada’s 150th birthday.

    3. Investigate new revenue models to support a comprehensive Canadian Cultural Digital Strategy that would enable the creation, dissemination and engagement of Canadian cultural content online.

    Read the full release


    Plus de 100 sympathisants du milieu des arts et de la culture de partout au Canada ont répondu à l’invitation de la Coalition canadienne des arts pour prendre part à la cinquième édition de la Journée des arts sur la Colline. Ils se sont rencontrés à Ottawa hier afin de rencontrer 97 députés, sénateurs et hauts fonctionnaires pour discuter d’enjeux importants et du rôle du secteur des arts et de la culture dans la santé économique et socioculturelle du Canada.

    Les participants ont eu la chance de présenter les trois recommandations suivantes à chaque parlementaire qu’ils ont rencontré :

    1. Augmenter le crédit parlementaire du Conseil des arts du Canada de 35 millions de dollars en 2015 en vue d’atteindre à long terme une enveloppe de 300 millions de dollars.

     2. Renforcer la présence du Canada sur la scène mondiale d’ici 2017 en établissant un programme pilote à hauteur de 25 millions de dollars sur trois ans sous l’égide du ministère des Affaires étrangères, du Commerce et du Développement (MAECD) à l’occasion du 150e anniversaire du Canada.

     3. Explorer de nouveaux modèles de revenu pouvant soutenir une stratégie culturelle numérique globale qui favoriserait la création, la diffusion ainsi que la participation relative aux contenus culturels canadiens en ligne.

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  • Media advisory - Arts Day on the Hill / Avis aux médias - Journée des arts sur la Colline


    Members of the arts community from across Canada will be coming to Ottawa on Tuesday, October 21st to meet with Members of Parliament to discuss the key role arts investment plays in the economic and social health of Canada.

    The following spokesperson will be available for interviews in English: Kate Cornell, Executive director of Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) - Co-president – Canadian Arts Coalition

    Credit photo : Kristin Cornell

    Kate Cornell is a writer, teacher and arts manager based in Toronto. She has collaborated with the local, provincial, and national dance community for more than twenty years. Kate has worked for a range of organizations including: the Canada Dance Festival, Toronto Dance Theatre, Dance Ontario, the CanAsian International Dance Festival, DanceWorks and many more. Over the years, she has inspired thousands of children to dance with the Learning Through the Arts program and the National Ballet of Canada’s education programs. In addition, Kate has taught at several university performing arts and education programs. With a PhD in Communication and Culture, her graduate research focused on Canadian cultural policy on dance. Kate’s research has been published in anthologies, journals, magazines, and online. Kate has advocated for arts education and dance studies as the past Director of the Canadian Society for Dance Studies/La société canadienne d’études en danse.

    The Canadian Arts Coalition is a collaborative non-partisan movement spearheaded by a group of national arts service and membership organizations. We are united in the belief that the future of our citizens, their towns and cities and the nation itself depends on a rich, vibrant and diverse arts and heritage community. Since its inception, the CAC has successfully lobbied for increased support for the arts through the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

    To arrange an interview with Mrs Cornell contact:
    Laura Zasada
    Administrative Officer
    Canadian Dance Assembly
    Tel: 1.416.515.8444


    Sympathisants des arts et membres de la communauté artistique et culturelle de partout au Canada se dirigeront vers la Colline parlementaire à Ottawa le mardi 21 octobre 2014 pour rencontrer plusieurs parlementaires. Cette journée permettra d’échanger avec eux sur le rôle clé des investissements en arts et culture dans le développement économique et social au Canada.

    La porte-parole suivante sera disponible pour donner des entrevues en français : Carmen Gibbs, directrice générale de l’Association acadienne des artistes professionnels du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB) – co-présidente Coalition canadienne des arts

    crédit photo : LeBlanc Images

    Femme de causes et de communication, d’organisation et de relations publiques, Carmen Gibbs, grande féministe, s’est surtout fait connaître en Acadie et au Québec pour son travail dans le milieu associatif culturel et communautaire. Depuis 2001, Carmen Gibbs assume le poste de directrice générale de l’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick. Elle est reconnue pour sa capacité à rallier les gouvernements et les intervenant.e.s de tous les secteurs de la société aux enjeux des artistes et de leur milieu. Elle a joué un grand rôle de leadership dans le processus d'élaboration de la politique culturelle du N.-B., de la politique du livre et du retour d’un nouveau programme d’appui aux arts médiatiques. Sous sa direction, l'AAAPNB a été mandatée pour porter les États généraux des arts et de la culture et coordonner la mise en oeuvre de la Stratégie globale pour l’intégration des arts et de la culture dans la société acadienne, un des plus grands projets de société de l’Acadie.

    La Coalition canadienne des arts est un regroupement apolitique de collaboration lancé par des organismes de services nationaux dans le domaine des arts et des associations mutuelles. Nous avons tous l’intime conviction que l’avenir des citoyens, tant dans les grandes villes que dans les villages, et de la nation elle-même, dépend d’une communauté artistique et patrimoniale riche, vibrante et diversifiée. Depuis sa création, la Coalition a exercé avec succès des pressions pour faire augmenter le soutien accordé aux arts par l’entremise du Conseil des Arts du Canada et le ministère du Patrimoine canadien.

    Pour plus de renseignements, communiquez avec :
    Simone Saint-Pierre
    Chef des communications
    Fédération culturelle canadienne-française 613-241-8770 p. 22
    mobile : 819-930-5035

  • Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Kicks Off International Audition Tour


    The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s 2014/15 International Audition Tour kicks-off in Winnipeg with auditions being held on Thursday, October 9 at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (380 Graham Avenue). The Winnipeg date is the first of fifteen dates across Canada (October 2014-January 2015, see schedule below) and one date in the US (Minneapolis, January 2015). Every student with a dream to dance or teach professionally is encouraged to attend.

    The 2014/15 International Audition tour holds auditions for all three of the RWB School professional training programs. The full-time Ballet Academic Program combines first rate academic education with the highest quality of dance training for students from grades 6 to 12. Prospective students also have two opportunities to audition at the graduate level: the RWB School Aspirant Program and the RWB School Teacher Training Program. The Aspirant Program is a two year full-time program that provides experienced dancers the opportunity to expand their repertoire, refine their technique and gain valuable performance experience to launch their professional career. The Teacher Training Program is a three year full-time program that offers the finest pedagogical, practical and interpersonal skills for a career as a dance educator.

    RWB School graduates have been invited to join the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company and are sought out by top tier performing arts organizations. With its alumni having outstanding careers with world renowned companies – from Broadway to Cirque du Soleil to La La La Human Steps to New York City Ballet to Stuttgart Ballet – the RWB School has been producing some of the finest dancers and dance educators in the global arena for over four decades.

    Those who audition have the opportunity to win a full tuition scholarship for the four week Summer Session taking place in July 2015. A proud supporter of the RWB, Investors Group awards a $2,000 scholarship to an aspiring dancer in every province and territory across Canada. The four week Summer Session serves as the second phase of the audition process for the full-time program.

    Pre-registration is recommended and prospective students are encouraged to register now. All pre-registrations will be entered to win one of four custom designed bodysuits from Elevé Dancewear. Preregistrations are accepted in person, by email, or by post. The RWB School also accepts walk up auditions the day-of and auditions by DVD are also accepted. To download the registration form and learn more information, please visit the RWB School website at or call the RWB School Office at (204) 957-

    Please contact RWB Public Relations Coordinator Jane Puchniak to arrange interviews.
    (T: 204.957.3456 I E:


    Thursday, October 9, 2014
    Royal Winnipeg Ballet
    380 Graham Avenue
    Winnipeg, MB R3C 4K2

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    Martin School of Dance
    2078 Pascua Street
    Regina, SK S4T 4L9

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    Edmonton School of Ballet
    8205-90th Avenue, 3rd floor
    Edmonton, AB T6C 1N8

    Thursday, October 16, 2014
    McDonald-Wilson Dance Academy
    5107 33 Street NW
    Calgary, AB T2L 1V3


    Friday, October 17, 2014
    Canadian School of Ballet
    2303 Leckie Road
    Kelowna, BC V1X 6Y5

    Sunday, October 19, 2014
    Scotiabank Dance Centre
    677 Davie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6

    Monday, October 20, 2014
    Kirkwood Academy of Dance
    2138 Bowen Road
    Nanaimo, BC V9S 1H7

    ST. JOHN'S
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014
    Connie Parsons School of Dance
    77 Portugal Cove Road
    St. John’s, Newfoundland A1B 2M4

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014
    449 St George Street
    Moncton, NB E1C 1X9

    Thursday, November 6, 2014
    Halifax Dance
    1505 Barrington St. Ste G6
    Halifax, NS B3J 3K5

    Friday, November 7, 2014
    The School of Dance
    200 Crichton Street
    Ottawa, ON K1M 1W2

    Sunday, November 9, 2014
    Martha Hicks School of Ballet
    1660 Avenue, 2nd floor
    Toronto, ON

    Sunday, January 11, 2015
    Minnesota Dance Theatre
    528 Hennepin Avenue, 6th floor
    Minneapolis, MN 55403


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