News Centre

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

  • Michelle Olson's new choreography honours loss, dreams and the transformations of women


    Choreographer Michelle Olson is the artistic director of Raven Spirit Dance, where she creates work that is born from Indigenous worldviews. And it's from this history that she created Gathering Light, a performance that she first staged over 10 years ago.

    As she describes it, it's about "a seed that is dreaming itself into being — that idea of a little seed cracking open and digging through the dirt and searching for the light, and finding the light and then finding full bloom." And you can see this metaphor playing out through the movements of the women who performed the piece in Toronto this year.

    To read the full article, click HERE

  • Announcing the New Dance Across Canada Map!


    As you may have seen, CDA is now the home to the new Dance Across Canada Map! The Canadian Dance Assembly, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, is pleased to present this dynamic resource for the community.

    In 2011 the Canada Council for the Arts, in partnership with the Ontario Arts Council, launched the Canada Dance Mapping Study to identify, quantify and describe the ecology, economy and environment of dance in Canada. It was an initiative to investigate dance in its evolving state and with its multifaceted influences on the lives of Canadians. Currently, the map has over 2,880 entries mapping dance activity from coast to coast to coast.

    Now, in 2019, the Canadian Dance Assembly re-developed the mapping site with Cornerstone Digital and will be managing and maintaining the site moving forward.

    We are excited to share this new site with a fresh design and enhanced capabilities. With the new map, you can:
    • manage and edit your organizational profile(s) by logging in to your account
    • manage multiple listings under one user name
    • add a brief description, photo and video link to your listing

    Visit our FAQ section to learn more about getting on the map or managing your existing information.Questions? Email

    To read the full press release, click HERE


  • 2019 Labour Market Information study of Canada's cultural workforce


    To all Canadian arts and culture sector workers, employers and organizations, the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is proud to announce the release of the 2019 Labour Market Information Study (LMI) of Canada’s cultural workforce. This study was undertaken in collaboration with the Conference Board of Canada (CBoC); and was funded by the Government of Canada's Sectoral Initiatives Program.

    “With the $58.8B contribution to the Canadian GDP and a workforce of nearly 800,000 strong, the Conference Board of Canada demonstrates the importance of our sector in Canada’s economy. The report highlights the challenges that the sector and its workers face, in turn, it offers important recommendations to help economic growth and sector strength.” - Richard Hornsby, CHRC Chair

    The LMI report is available in both French and English online at

    If you have any questions or comments, please contact CHRC’s LMI Project Manager, Grégoire Gagnon, at


    Le lancement de l’Étude sur l’information sur le marché du travail (IMT) de la main-d’œuvre du secteur culturel

    À tous les travailleurs, employeurs et organisations du secteur culturel canadien, le Conseil des ressources humaines du secteur culturel (CRHSC) est fier d’annoncer le lancement de l’Étude sur l’information sur le marché du travail (IMT) de la main-d’œuvre du secteur culturel. Financée par le gouvernement du Canada par le biais du programme d’appui aux initiatives sectorielles, cette étude est une collaboration du CHRSC et le Conference Board du Canada (CBdC).

    « De par sa contribution de 58,8 milliards au PIB canadien et une main-d’œuvre de presque 800 000 travailleurs, le Conference Board du Canada démontre bien l’importance du secteur envers l’économie canadienne. Ce rapport illustre bien les défis avec lesquels les parties prenantes sont aux prises. Conséquemment, le rapport offre d’importantes recommandations pour appuyer la croissance économique et sectorielle. » - Richard Hornsby, Président CRHSC

    L’étude IMT est disponible en ligne en français et en anglais, veuillez consulter le

    Si vous avez des questions ou commentaires, n’hésitez pas à contacter Grégoire Gagnon, Chargé de projet IMT par courriel :

  • More than $4 million in federal arts funding announced in Alberta


    Artists across Alberta will be getting a financial boost this fall.

    Edmonton-Centre MP Randy Boissonnault announced Sunday on behalf of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism that more than $4 million in federal funding has been allocated to support more than 50 arts and cultural organizations across the province.

    Speaking from the Fringe grounds on the festival’s final day, Boissonnault stressed that the announcement is part of closing the funding gap between artists in Alberta and in other provinces.

    “Whether it’s the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, or right here at the International Fringe Festival, Edmonton punches well above its weight in the arts and culture,” said Boissonnault. “And I can tell you, it’s not only an economic boost, it’s a cultural boost.”

    Currently, Alberta represents 8 per cent of Canada’s artists and receives around 5 per cent of federal arts funding, Boissonnault said. In July, minister of natural resources Amarjeet Sohi announced more than $64,000 in federal funding for the Edmonton Heritage Festival. To continue reading, click HERE

    Edmonton-Centre MP Randy Boissonnault announced on Sunday, August 25, 2019 that more than $4 million in federal funding has been allocated to support more than 50 arts and cultural organizations across the province.

  • ArtsNL announces plan for $1 million increase to its annual allocation


    August 2, 2019 (Eastport, NL) –Today ArtsNL is pleased to share the details of a plan for the recently announced $1 million increase to the arms-length provincial public arts funding agency’s annual allocation, which was included in the provincial 2019-20 budget.

    “We were certainly very pleased with the announcement of the $1 million increase for ArtsNL contained within this year’s provincial budget as well as government’s commitment to raise ArtsNL’s overall allocation to $5 million by 2022,” said Stan Hill, ArtsNL Chair. “As a result of efforts made by the arts community throughout the province in their call for an increase to ArtsNL, the overall allocation is $2,936,600 for this fiscal year. This increase will provide Council with the ability and flexibility to increase funding in its provincial arts grant programs, fulfilling its mandate to foster and promote the creation of arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”

    Members of ArtsNL’s Council recently met to discuss how the additional funds would be distributed across ArtsNL’s public arts grant programs. Council agreed to allocate the total $1,000,000 into four of ArtsNL’s existing grant programs as follows:

    - The Professional Project Grants Program will see an increase of $490,000 (making a total of $1,040,000 available).
    - The Professional Artists’ Travel Fund (PATF) will double available annual funds from $30,000 to $60,000, or $20,000 per session (the PATF has three sessions per fiscal year).
    - The Sustaining Program for Professional Arts Organizations (SPPAO) will have an additional $380,000 allocated (bringing its total to $955,000).
    - The Annual Operating Grant for Professional Arts Organizations (AOPPAO) will have an additional $100,000 allocated (bringing its total to $250,000).

    For more information, click HERE


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