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

  • Cultural Hubs or Community Hubs? // Centres culturels ou centres communautaires?


    by Frédéric Julien

    March 29, 2018
    - Today, the Canadian Arts Coalition was appearing before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage as the part of the Study on Cultural Hubs and Cultural Districts in Canada.

    The Co-Chairs of the Coalition, Kate Cornell and Frédéric julien, presented a testimony inspired by the 2016 infrastructure brief. The testimony highlighted the need for affordable housing for artists in cultural districts, the need for greater coordination between the federal government and the provinces on cultural infrastructure, and the need for specific funding for the maintenance of cultural spaces, both old and new. The testimony also paid particular considerations to infrastructure needs in underserved communities: rural and remote communities, Francophone minorities, and Indigenous communities.

    For more information, read more HERE

    Read the Testimony on Cultural Hubs and Cultural Districts

    Listen to the meeting (at 9:57:15)

    by Frédéric Julien

    29 mars 2018 - Aujourd’hui, la Coalition canadienne des arts comparaissait devant le Comité permanent du Patrimoine canadien dans le cadre de l’étude sur les Centres culturels et districts culturels au Canada.

    Les coprésidents de la Coalition, Kate Cornell et Frédéric Julien, ont présenté un témoignage inspiré du mémoire de 2016 sur les infrastructures. Ce témoignage mettait en exergue les besoins en logement social pour les artistes dans les districts culturels, la nécessité d’une meilleure coordination entre les paliers de gouvernements qui investissent dans l’infrastructure culturelle, ainsi que le besoin d’un financement dédié à l’entretien des espaces culturels, les neufs comme les vieux. Le témoignage accordait aussi une attention particulière aux besoins en infrastructures dans les communautés rurales et éloignées, dans les communautés de langue officielle en milieu minoritaire, ainsi que dans les communautés autochtones.

    Lire le témoignage

    Écouter la comparution (à 9:57:15)

  • Call for Proposals: 10th Anniversary HDC Annual Conference 2018


    Healthy Dancer Canada invites presenters to submit proposals to their 10th Anniversary Conference 2018, Create, Communicate, Collaborate to be held on September 28th - 30th at the Harbourfront Centre. Consider taking part in fostering and facilitating communication and collaboration among the dance community, health professionals and researchers. 

    Download the Call for Proposal guidelines for more information. 


  • Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault: Between traces and writing


    Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault is delighted to invite you to their upcoming focus days, organized in collaboration with the Dance Department at UQAM and Hexagram UQAM.

    Conference Dates: May 15 -19, 2018

    Tuesday, May 15
    Traces and writing in dance
    What do we mean by traces, writing, notations, diagrams and scores? How can we define orality, writing and memory in dance? What are their essence and scope? How can we preserve a work over time?
    With Simon Hecquet (France), Armando Menicacci
    Facilitator: Anne Bénichou

    Wednesday, May 16
    Digital technologies: documentation and creation
    Can digital technologies help us bring the past to life so we can better understand the present? Do technologies create new forms of symbolization? How do we bring digital realities and dance together? How does the digital landscape challenge our notions of authorship? How can we resist the temptation to accumulate and store massive amounts of data? What can we say about our fascination with technology?
    With Armando Menicacci, Alexandre Michaan (France), Denis Poulin, Thecla Schiphorst (Vancouver)

    Thursday, May 17
    Practical workshop: Memory and transmission: The Afternoon of a Faun, following Nijinsky’s notations
    In this workshop, you’ll discover and decode Nijinsky’s notes in order to learn excerpts of the work.With Claudia Jeschke (Germany)

    For additional programming information, visit their website HERE

  • CAPACOA 2018 Attendance Trends: Where Are Performing Arts Audiences?


    March 12, 2018 – As the demographics of the Canadian population change, so are their habits for accessing live performances and other forms of entertainment. In this last article of the "Attendance Trends" series, we will look at preferred locations for live performance attendance.

    The breadth of performing arts attendance among the population is worth celebrating. However, other attendance trends are a source of concerns.
    Crowd cheering Michael Kaeshammer According to the Arts and Heritage Access and Availability Survey, attendance of performances and arts events is as strong as ever. In 2016-2017, 87% Canadians attended at least one performance or arts event (including craft shows and visual arts exhibits). Overall attendance is also high (80%+) across all regions and most segments of the Canadian population. These are the highest attendance ratios ever registered by the Access and Availability Survey (previous iterations of this survey were conducted in 2012, 2007 and 2001).

    However, depending on the types of venues they use, some multi-displinary presenters may not have witnessed much growth in their ticket sales. To the contrary

    Read more HERE for more information. 

  • A round dance to celebrate International Women's Day 2018

    Members of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation honoured women through a round dance and feast on March 8th, 2018. The event honoured the nation's relationship with women, which stems from a relationship with Mother Earth, explained Dawn-Estelle Miskokomon. 

     Photo Credit: Dawn-Estelle Miskokomon is the violence prevention coordinator with Chippewa of the Thames' justice department. She helped host the dollmaking and round dance activities in celebration of International Women's Day. (Paula Duhatschek/CBC News)

    "Everything that we know and everything we understand comes from our teachings with creation from our natural world," said Miskokomon.

    Although it was a night to honour women, the proceedings also offered an opportunity to honour the respectful relationship between men and women, she said.

    "As we gather around in a circle and song with our men, they honour our women in song to show them their pride and the utmost respect they have for them," she said.

    Read the full article HERE


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