L'ACD dans l’actualité

À l’occasion, l’Assemblée canadienne de la danse n’hésite pas à se faire entendre sur les ondes de vos médias locaux! Surveillez ses interventions au fil de l’actualité. En voici quelques exemples ci-dessous que vous pouvez télécharger.

  • Communication and Culture Alumni Profile: Kate Cornell


    Alumni Profile: Kate Cornell (ComCult PhD '08)
    Kate graduated with a PhD in Communication and Culture in 2008. She is the executive director for the Canadian Dance Assembly, and the co-chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition.

    My advice for students in ComCult is to enjoy your time in the program, and to use that time to diversify your skillset and prepare for work in the 21st century, which is precarious and creative. 

    Current Work
    I am the executive director of the Canadian Dance Assembly, external link, a registered charity and a national arts service organization (NASO) that works to support the dance community in Canada. Our work centers on advocacy and networking, and so I talk to politicians at all levels of government about the importance of funding the arts, particularly funding dance. Because we are a charity and a non-profit, my work also involves grant writing and creating proposals. I am also the co-chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition, external link, a national volunteer group that advocates for the economic and social impact of the arts to the federal government. In October, we hosted Arts Day on the Hill, the biggest arts and lobby day in Ottawa.

    In addition to advocacy, my work with the Canadian Dance Assembly also involves working with and supporting dance communities across Canada. One of our current initiatives is called “Decolonizing Canadian Dance, external link,” and the form that it’s taking right now is a review of the policies, procedures, and staffing of the organization itself, to make sure that we are taking into consideration equity, diversity, and inclusion in everything that we do.

    Reflections on ComCult
    My initial goal when I entered the PhD program was to become a professor. I worked as a sessional instructor for ten years and while I loved teaching and the work was incredibly satisfying, there was a lack of tenure track positions for young scholars, particularly young female scholars. When teaching didn’t become a full time position, I left academia and worked as a freelance consultant for a few years before taking this position with the Canadian Dance Assembly. Read More.

    Photo by Dahlia Katz

  • CDA Annual General Meeting of Members / Assemblée générale annuelle de l’ACD


    Annual General Meeting of Members

    The Annual General Meeting for Members of the Canadian Dance Assembly will take place on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 4:00pm, followed by refreshments. Location: TBA

    AGM business will include:
    1. Welcome
    2. Adoption of Agenda
    3. Adoption of the 2018 AGM Minutes
    4. President’s Report
    5. Executive Director's Report
    6. Treasurer’s Report
    7. Advocacy Report
    8. Nomination Report
    9. Other Business/Open Forum

    If unable to attend the meeting, a member has the right to assign their vote to another member in good standing. A proxy form is included for this purpose. Note that non-members are welcome to attend the meeting as observers.

    CDA will be offering a live-stream option via Zoom meeting so that participants may dial-in to the AGM remotely. Zoom dial-in and weblink information will be circulated shortly.

    Open Call for Nominations
    National Council nominations - There are currently 2 vacant positions if members wish to put forward a nomination to sit on National Council. Members must be in good standing as individuals or represent an organizational member. Voting will take place at the AGM. If no nominations are presented (either self-nomination or a third party nomination), National Council will present a slate for appointment.

    Committees Call for Participation - CDA manages various committees that work alongside the National Council and staff to maintain the activities of the organization. The committees for the 2018/19 year are as follows: Advocacy, Pluralism, Conference and Finance.

    For further information or to express interest contact the office at 416-515-8444 or email


    Assemblée générale annuelle

    Veuillez noter que l’Assemblée générale annuelle (AGA) des membres de l’ACD se tiendra le le 18 juin 2019, à 16 h et sera suivie d'un repas léger et de rafraîchissements. Emplacement : (à confirmer)

    Sont inscrits à l’ordre du jour de l’Assemblée générale annuelle :
    1. Bienvenue 
    2. Adoption de l’ordre du jour
    3. Adoption du procès-verbal des délibérations de l’AGM de 2018
    4. Le rapport de la présidente
    5. Le rapport de la directrice générale
    6. Le rapport de la trésorière
    7. Le rapport de répresentation 
    8. Le rapport de mise en candidature
    9. Autres dossiers/Discussion ouverte

    Si un membre ne peut assister à l’AGA, il a le droit de mandater un autre membre en règle pour voter à sa place. Vous trouverez ci-inclus un formulaire de procuration. Les personnes non-membres peuvent assister à l’AGA en tant qu’observatrices. 

    Nous offrirons le service de réunion Zoom en continu afin que les participants puissent assister à l'AGA à distance. Le numéro et le lien Zoom vous seront communiqués sous peu.

    Appel de candidatures pour les comités et le Conseil national
    Candidatures pour le Conseil national – Deux sièges sont actuellement à combler au Conseil national. Les candidats doivent être des membres de bonne réputation comme individus ou représentants d’un organisme. L’élection se tiendra pendant l’AGA. En cas d’absence de candidats (proposés ou autoproposés), le Conseil national présentera une liste de nominations.

    Comités – L’ACD profite de plusieurs comités qui alimentent et soutiennent le Conseil national et l’équipe dans la conduite de ses activités. Les comités en 2019/2020 sont : répresentation, finance, pluralisme, conférence.

    Les membres désireux de se joindre à l’un de ces comités ou de proposer une personne pour le Conseil national doivent nous en informer au 416 515-8444 ou à


  • Getting Involved at the Federal Level


    Donald Trump.

    Did that get your attention? Keep reading.

    How about Rob Ford? Stephen Harper? Doug Ford?

    In a time of polarizing political rhetoric, it is vital for artists and arts organizations to be engaged. But as an arts advocate, I struggle to get the dance community’s attention.

    Of course, it’s ironic that I don’t struggle to get politicians’ attention. Since October 2015, I have developed relationships with numerous MPs and ministers in Ottawa. In Toronto and the GTA alone, I have met with fourteen different MPs to discuss the importance of arts funding to Canadian society. And those are just the federal elected officials. I have advocated to provincial and municipal leaders as well. All of this advocacy culminates at Arts Day on the Hill, the biggest lobby day in Ottawa. I don’t mean the biggest lobby day for the arts; I mean the biggest lobby day that Ottawa sees all year. Read more.

  • Advocacy Alert: Federal Budget 2019 / Appel à l'action : Le budget fédéral 2019


    Budget 2019 Will Deliver More Arts Events in Canadian Communities

    March 19, 2019 – The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) is pleased to see the government commit to a $16 million increase of the Canadian Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) over two years in the 2019 Federal Budget as well as an impressive amount of other increases for the sector. The CAC advocated for this targeted investment in the creative value chain at Arts Day on the Hill 2018.

    Kate Cornell, Co-Chair of the Coalition and Executive Director of the Canadian Dance Assembly stated, “This strategic investment in Canadian festivals and presenters is pivotal to ensure that diverse and innovative works created by Canadian artists can reach Canadian audiences.” Read More.


    Le budget fédéral 2019 donne un élan à la tournée et à la diffusion des arts

    19 mars 2019 – La Coalition Canadienne des arts salue le financement consenti par le gouvernement du Canada au secteur de la tournée et de la diffusion des arts dans le budget déposé aujourd’hui. Le budget fédéral accorde notamment un financement de 16 millions de dollars sur deux ans au Fonds du Canada pour la présentation des arts.

    « Cet investissement augmentera les moyens dont disposent les festivals d’art et les diffuseurs de spectacles pour mieux répondre aux ambitions de nos créateurs. Il permettra aux Canadiens de vivre des expériences artistiques de calibre mondial chez eux, dans leur collectivité, aux quatre coins du pays », se réjouit Frédéric Julien, coprésident de la Coalition canadienne des arts. Lire la suite

  • Budget 2019 Changes Canada’s Art Laws, and More


    Arts and culture organizations say they’re happy to see a restoration of incentives for cultural-property donations, and a boost to some arts-festival funding. 

    National Importance.

    It’s a phrase containing just two words.

    But since a federal court ruling in June 2018, the presence of these two words in certain parts of the federal Cultural Property Export and Import Act have halted millions of dollars in artwork donations to museums and art galleries across Canada.

    Yesterday, Budget 2019 offered a simple, if unexpected, solution to the impasse: a change to the act, and related taxation law, that means the “national importance” criteria no longer apply when it comes to obtaining specialized tax credits for artwork donations.

    “Budget 2019 proposes to amend the Income Tax Act and the Cultural Property Export and Import Act to remove the requirement that property be of ‘national importance’ in order to qualify for the enhanced tax incentives for donations of cultural property,” says the budget document.

    The new measure is considered effective as of Budget Day: March 19, 2019.


    Kate Cornell, co-chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition, says she was pleased to see a boost of $16 million to the Canadian Arts Presentation Fund in Budget 2019.

    “It’s been a decade since this fund has had any investment,” says Cornell over the phone. “And the fund is incredibly oversubscribed,” so that $16 million is needed.

    Cornell notes that the Canada Council for the Arts is working toward a doubling of its budget, and many more performance and dance works are now being created as a result. But without a similar growth of performance venues, there is a “bottleneck,” she says, between creation and presentation. Read More. 

    Justin Trudeau met with musician Elton John and partner David Furnish in September 2018 to discuss the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Performing arts festivals and the Canada Music Fund are among those sectors finding a boost in Budget 2019. Photo: Facebook.

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