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

  • Turn art into gold at the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie!


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    The Canada Council for the Arts is inviting Canada's youth to take part in the next Jeux de la Francophonie in Nice, France. We are now accepting applications from the best young artists in Canada in 12 different cultural disciplines.

    If you're a Canadian artist between 18 and 35 years old, why not apply? You'll find all the information you need on the Council's website, including all the steps leading to Nice.

    Application deadline: July 20, 2012

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    Le Conseil des arts du Canada convie la jeunesse d'ici à participer aux prochains Jeux de la Francophonie, à Nice, en France. Le Conseil reçoit les candidatures des meilleurs jeunes artistes dans les 12 différentes disciplines culturelles.

    Vous êtes un artiste canadien âgé de 18 à 35 ans? Participez aux concours! Vous trouverez tous les renseignements nécessaires, incluant la description de toutes les étapes menant à Nice, sur le site web du Conseil.

    Date limite pour participer : le 20 juillet 2012.

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  • Canadian National Dance Week 2012

    24-Apr-2012 The Canadian Dance Assembly is presenting this year's National Dance Week in Canada. With events from coast to coast that promote dance in all fashions from hip hop to ballet.

    The week begins April 22nd to the 29th with events being added to the already fascinating lineup that is being presented in different areas in Canada. If your a part of a dance group or troop you should add your event to there listings and get on board with the National Dance Week.

    Day 1: Sun April 22nd – Dance is vital our communities
    Day 2: Mon April 23rd – Dance is fitness and a tool for healthy communities
    Day 3: Tues April 24th – Dance expresses diverse communities – social cohesion
    Day 4: Wed April 25th – Dance is a source of well being for seniors
    Day 5: Thurs April 26th – Dance empowers Canadian youth
    Day 6: Fri April 27th – Dance creates a creative economy
    Day 7: Sat April 28th – Canadian dance’s international impact
    Day 8: Sun April 29th – International Dance Day!

    Submit your National Dance Week activities HERE
    All the updated schedule’s for this week can be found HERE
    The Official Press Release for National Dance Week and I love dance Campaign PDF

    The Canadian Dance Assembly also announced its I love dance/Jaime la danse National Campaign (2011-2017) which you can find more info by visiting or reading the press release above. CDA’s “I love dance/J’aime la danse” 6 year campaign is designed to strengthen the visibility of dance organizations and individuals in every community in Canada.

  • Opening of National Dance Week Press launch


    Celebrate the Opening of Canada’s first National Dance Week and the I love dance/J’aime la danse” National campaign with us!
    Toronto, ON - On April 19th at 10:30am the Canadian Dance Assembly will officially launch the I love dance / J’aime la danse National Campaign and Canada’s first ever National Dance Week at Canada’s National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis St. in downtown Toronto.

    This six year awareness campaign is dedicated to celebrating and strengthening the dance sector as an integral component to Canadian culture and embraces all dance forms and expressions. Celebrity Dance Ambassador Guillaume Côté, principal dancer for the National Ballet of Canada and Toronto City Councilor Josh Matlow will be participating in the Launch. The event will open with an elders blessing, and showcase performances by celebrated local artists Olga Barrios, Carlos Martinez Rivera, Kevin A. Ormsby and Gabriella Parson, and feature a short video montage highlighting National Dance Week.

    Canada’s first ever National Dance Week takes place April 22-29, where one theme will be celebrated each day across Canada to embrace the rich and varied landscape of Canadian dance. Find the complete listing of activities taking place nationwide on

    The much anticipated dance Manifesto will be unveiled at the launch. The Manifesto is the official message of the campaign and is written by dance critic Michael Crabb. This document expresses the core messages of the I love dance/J’aime la danse campaign, and encourages support for dance as an art form integral to our Canadian identity. The dance Manifesto is a declaration to be used nationwide and will appear in house programs and posters across the country over the next number of years. Support for the I love dance/J’aime la danse campaign is being celebrated by a simultaneous reading of the dance Manifesto in the chamber of the Ontario Legislature.

    We would be delighted if you attended this exciting launch for the Canadian dance community. Please
    RSVP your attendance to

  • CAPACOA responds to Fed budget


     March 30th, 2012

    The Honourable James Moore  Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
    House of Commons
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1A 0A6

    Dear Minister Moore,

    We write to you today on behalf of the Canadian presenting and touring sector in response to yesterday’s Federal budget. We are truly appreciative that your "government recognizes that arts and culture is an important generator of jobs and growth" and we commend you for ensuring that funding for the Canada Council for the Arts remains stable. Council’s responsibility for facilitating the creation of Canadian culture, the role they play for artists – and the commitment those artists make on behalf of all Canadians places our nation at the apex of global creativity.

    As with all industry, supply requires distribution – a robust ecology that connects the work with audiences. Performing arts presenters are the "amplifiers" of culture, helping the artists to share their distinctively Canadian messages. As importantly, presenters provide artists with a source of reliable income in an environment where traditional revenue streams have been eroded by others issues (such as the economy, piracy, etc.).

    CAPACOA members are grateful recipients of support through Canadian Heritage programs such as the Canada Cultural Investment Fund, Cultural Spaces and the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. We trust that these programs and their importance will continue to be recognized when the time comes for the Department to implement deficit reductions as outlined in Budget 2012. We look forward to understanding more about the mechanisms and measures the Department will be putting into place as you "move to a more integrated policy framework" and seek to "focus on funding that leverages contributions from partners".

    The presenting and touring sector welcomes partnerships, be they with the public or corporate sector. In fact, a recent EKOS survey revealed that three in four presenters say that they have "a large role to play in building partnerships". Both the National Arts Centre and the CBC provide excellent examples of such value-added partnerships as they offer leadership by cultivating audiences, developing artists and championing a strong sense of shared ownership within the ecology. Their contributions create indispensable synergies within the sector. We are eager for ongoing dialogue with your government regarding their decreased capacity and the impact of these and other funding cuts on, and future opportunities for, the cultural sector.

    As you do, CAPACOA believes that "supporting the arts is essential to supporting Canada’s economy and quality of life". Presenters help to tell our unique stories. Your commitment to ensuring strong support for Canadian culture makes certain these stories can be heard.


    Phyllis Stenson

    President, CAPACOA Board of Directors

  • Budget 2012 Preserves Key Arts Investments



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    Budget 2012 Preserves Key Arts Investments

    Thursday, March 29, 2012 (Ottawa) - The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) - a united national movement of artists, cultural workers, business leaders and volunteers, applauds the Government of Canada for preserving investment in the Canada Council for the Arts.

    “We are very encouraged to see that the Government has delivered on one of our key recommendations” commented CAC spokesperson Shannon Litzenberger. “Heritage Minister James Moore has been a vocal champion for arts and culture, working with the Coalition to build a stronger relationship between the Government of Canada and the sector.  As the budget document noted, "for over 50 years, the Canada Council for the Arts has been the leading supporter of Canadian artists."

    During pre-budget consultations, the Coalition presented a more modest set of priorities than in previous years, recognizing the Government’s goal to eliminate Canada’s deficit by 2014. Parliamentarians were asked to maintain investment in the Canada Council for the Arts, integrate arts and culture in the government’s foreign policy initiatives, and to maintain funding levels to key arts, culture and heritage programs delivered by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

    Budget 2012 reveals that the Department of Heritage will weather significant reductions.  "We hope that savings within this portfolio will be found primarily within operations rather than through granting programs," said Coalition Co-Chair Eric Dubeau. "The arts have an important role to play not only in economic recovery, but also to the vitality of communities and the wellbeing of Canadians”.

    For the arts and culture sector, there is still much work to be done to leverage Canada’s potential – in particular to re-integrate culture into Canada’s foreign policy and improve overall levels of investment in Canada’s creative economy.   Unlike many other sectors, the cultural sector has continued to grow at a rapid rate in recent years.  Cultural workers, including artists exceed 600,000. One in every 30 people in Canada has a cultural occupation. That’s twice as many people as work in the forestry sector and more than twice as many as work in Canadian banks.


    For more information contact:
    Shannon Litzenberger
    Steering Committee,
    Canadian Arts Coalition
    Cell Phone: 647-271-6354
    Simone Saint-Pierre
    Communications Director
    Fédération culturelle canadienne-française
    613-241-8770, ex. 22
    203 – 460, rue College St., Toronto ON  M6G 1A1
    tel 416-366-8834 x 223; e/c;




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