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  • Why Ontario’s New Culture Strategy Still Needs Work


    CDA's Executive Director, Kate Cornell, and many others in the arts chime in on what they think of Ontario's new culture strategy in this column by Canadian Art magazine. 

    Here's an excerpt:

    Artist Groups Respond to Status of the Artist Act
    Architects and designers aren’t the only ones concerned about inclusion in the new culture strategy.

    “Dance is only periodically mentioned in the strategy,” writes Kate Cornell, executive director of the Canadian Dance Assembly, in an email to Canadian Art. Cornell also, like Josephson, notes the relative lack of material for those in the design field.

    Overall, though, Cornell is pleased by the strategy’s direction.

    “The Culture Strategy’s four goals are admirable,” Cornell writes. “Eliminating barriers and increasing access are the primary themes. Indigenous arts and deaf and disability arts play a large role in the strategy.”

    One of the biggest boons, it seems, could be a commitment to build upon the Status of Ontario’s Artists Act.

    “The policies will benefit the arts sector generally, especially artists working in communities and/or schools,” Cornell notes. “Most notably, the influential Framework document and toolkit that will be distributed to other Ministries will build on Ontario’s Status of the Artist Act.”

    Originally passed in 2007, the Status of Ontario’s Artists Act recognizes the importance of the province’s artists—but, as the actors’ union ACTRA Toronto notes, the original act “fell short of what ACTRA and other artists had hoped for.” As a result, ACTRA Toronto and others have “continued to pursue rights and benefits for Ontario’s artists,” in particular “labour rights for artists.”

    Representatives from CARFAC Ontario were also pleased to see mention of building upon existing Status of the Artist legislation.

    “It is good to see a mention of a commitment to building on the Status of Ontario’s Artists Act,” CARFAC Ontario executive director Sally Lee and board president Yael Brotman said in a joint statement. “We hope for continued participation/consultation to ensure that legislation includes wording that addresses artists’ socioeconomic standing; makes a commitment to developing a labour relations mechanism; and requires periodic reviews of the legislation.”

    Read the full article on Canadian Art magazine site.

  • Dance Scholarship Opportunity


    Vancouver-based contemporary dance company EDAM is offering a number of training scholarships in the fall of 2016 for dancers who have recently finished their basic technical training (alternative physical training will be considered). This program is intended for dancers emerging into the professional community.
Participants will receive free morning classes Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon from September 12 through December 16, 2016. Classes take place at EDAM's studio in Vancouver. 
Scholarship recipients must be available to participate in a minimum of three morning classes per week.

    Application Deadline

    Applications are due by August 15, 2016. Students accepted into the program will be notified by August 26.

    Submissions and Further Information

    If interested, please send your dance resume and a head shot to

  • Calling Performing Artists to Tour BC Schools! Apply to ArtStarts Showcase


    Calling performing artists to tour BC schools! ArtStarts in Schools invites performing artists from all disciplines - theatre, music, dance, storytelling, interdisciplinary and more - to apply to perform at the annual ArtStarts Showcase and Conference and be positioned to tour BC schools starting September 2017. The deadline to apply is October 7, 2016. Learn more and apply online at

  • Igor Dobrovolskiy RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award Winner | lauréat du Prix des 25 grands immigrants du Canada de la RBC


    Igor Dobrovolskiy Named a RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award Winner 2016 

    TORONTO, June 21, 2016

    Igor Dobrovolskiy, Co-Founder and Artistic Director Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada has been named as a recipient of RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award, along with several other artists, academics entrepreneurs and champions of many worthy causes. Presented by Canadian Immigrant magazine and sponsored by RBC, this award recognizes inspirational immigrants who have come to Canada, achieved success, made a positive difference living here and helped make Canada a better country. Over 600 nominations were received from across Canada.  After two rounds of judging by a panel of consisting of past Top 25 winners, Canadian Immigrant editorial staff, plus leaders from across Canada as well as public voting, the annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards were announced. 

    A true illustration of the diversity Canada represents, this year’s winners originally hail from Ireland to Sri Lanka to Nigeria, and now make their home in communities across Canada. Each winner has made a positive economic, social and cultural impact to Canada, and while many of them are internationally renowned for work in their respective fields, just as many are pillars in their local community. 

    Mr. Igor Dobrovolskiy joins the ranks of past notable names such as: Gradimir Pankov, Artistic Director, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montréal; Olivia Chow, Member of Parliament; Arlene Dickinson, CEO, Venture Communications, and Star of Dragons’ Den; and many more. 

    “I am deeply honoured to receive this recognition. This national acknowledgement speaks to the contribution immigrants make in Canada, both locally and nationwide,” said Igor Dobrovolskiy, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Atlantic Ballet Theatre. “I’m proud to call Moncton, New Brunswick home. The chance and opportunities that I’ve been given (as an immigrant) to prove myself, as well as the incredible support I have received, are both touching and impressive. I take great pleasure in raising my family here; in such a warm, welcoming and accepting community. 

    Ukrainian-born, Mr. Dobrovolskiy immigrated to Canada with his wife Yuliia in 2000; initially speaking neither French nor English. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in pedagogy of ballet, dance and choreography from Kiev National University of the Arts. As an award-winning director and one of Canada’s most prolific choreographers – Mr. Dobrovolskiy has created eleven full length ballets, one one-act ballet and 48 short works to date for Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, which, together with Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, he co-founded in 2002. 

    Thanks to his creative work, Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada has been catapulted on to the international stage. Beginning in 2006, Dobrovolskiy’s works created for the company have toured regularly throughout Europe - Belgium, Switzerland, France and Germany and the United States.

    Full Press Release.


    Igor Dobrovolskiy est lauréat du Prix des 25 grands immigrants du Canada de la RBC 

    Igor Dobrovolskiy est le cofondateur et directeur artistique du Ballet-théâtre atlantique du Canada compte parmi les lauréats du Prix RBC des 25 grands immigrants au Canada, qui en est à sa huitième année Ce prix reconnait le mérite d’immigrants inspirants qui sont venus au Canada, ont réussi, ont fait une différence positive en tant que citoyens et ont contribué à faire du Canada un meilleur pays. Plus de 600 candidatures ont été reçues, provenant des quatre coins du Canada. Les lauréats des Prix des 25 grands immigrants du Canada de la RBC ont été dévoilés après deux rondes d’évaluation par un jury composé d’anciens lauréats de ce prix, du personnel éditorial de Canadian Immigrant et de leaders de partout à travers le Canada, ainsi qu’un vote public.

    Les lauréats de cette année brossent un véritable portrait de la diversité canadienne : originaires de l’Irlande, du Sri Lanka, du Nigéria ou d’ailleurs, ils sont aujourd’hui bien implantés partout au Canada. Chaque lauréat a apporté au Canada une contribution positive sur le plan économique, social et culturel. Certains sont reconnus à l’échelle internationale dans leur domaine alors que d’autres jouent un rôle essentiel dans leur milieu.

    M. Igor Dobrovolskiy se retrouve parmi de grands noms tels que Gradimir Pankov, directeur artistique des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal; Olivia Chow, députée fédérale; Arlene Dickinson, DG, Venture Communications et vedette de l’émission Dragon’s Den; et beaucoup d’autres.

    « Je suis très honoré de recevoir ce prix. Cette reconnaissance canadienne démontre la contribution apportée au Canada par les immigrants, tant à l’échelle locale que nationale, » a souligné Igor Dobrovolskiy, cofondateur et directeur artistique de Ballet-théâtre atlantique. « Je peux dire avec fierté que Moncton au Nouveau-Brunswick est mon chez-moi. La chance et les occasions de me prouver qui se sont présentées en tant qu’immigrant, ainsi que le soutien incroyable dont j’ai bénéficié m’ont beaucoup touché et impressionné. C’est avec grand plaisir que j’ai choisi d’élever ma famille ici dans une communauté si accueillante et ouverte.

    Originaire d’Ukraine, Igor Dobrovolskiy a immigré au Canada avec son épouse Yuliia en 2000. Récompensé pour son travail de direction, il est l’un des chorégraphes les plus prolifiques au Canada, auteur à ce jour de onze ballets complets, d’un ballet en un acte et de 48 pièces brèves à l’intention du Ballet-théâtre atlantique du Canada. Le travail de création d’Igor Dobrovolskiy a catapulté la compagnie sur la scène internationale et à compter de 2006, ses œuvres et la compagnie ont fait l’objet de tournées régulières en Europe - Belgique, Suisse, France, Allemagne – et aux États-Unis.

    Communiqué de presse.

  • Survey of the Social Impacts of Dance Orgs - Enquête sur l’impact social des organismes de danse


    Survey of the Social Impacts of Dance Organizations in Canada

    This Survey of the Social Impacts of Dance Organizations in Canada represents the final phase of the Canada Dance Mapping Study. The goal of this phase of research is to provide new knowledge and to gain a better understanding of activities or programs that are offered by dance organizations to achieve social impacts. For the purpose of this survey, the term “social impact” is used to signify a broad range of impacts that incorporate the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of individuals and the communities they live in. 

    See the results via an interactive data visualization which you can explore pointe by pointe online.

    View the Full Report and Summary.


    Enquête sur l’impact social des organismes de danse au Canada

    Le présent Sondage sur les impacts sociaux des organismes de danse constitue la dernière étape de l’Étude cartographique de la danse au Canada. Cette étape de la recherche a pour but de fournir de nouvelles connaissances et d’obtenir une meilleure compréhension des activités ou des programmes mis sur pied par les organismes de danse dans le but d’avoir un impact social. Aux fins du sondage, le terme « impact social » est utilisé pour désigner un large éventail d’impacts comprenant le bien-être physique, émotionnel et psychologique des individus et des communautés dans lesquelles ils vivent. 

    CAC faire part des résultats par l’intermédiaire d’un outil interactif de visualisation des données que vous pourrez explorer pas à pas en ligne

    Cliquez ici pour le rapport.


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