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

  • Resources for the art sector - Business / Arts

    27-Mar-2020 On March 26, Business / Arts along with Global Public Affairs held a special webinar with the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage to learn what measures the government is taking to assist the art sector. Business / Arts received an overwhelming response to the webinar and we plan on hosting more in the near future to assist this sector through this unprecedented time.

    While the Minister could not answer all of the questions posed, his team provided some resources which may be of help.

    Please see the below links for more information:

    Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan / Plan d'intervention économique du Canada pour répondre à la COVID-19 

    Canadian Heritage’s FAQsFAQ du Patrimoine canadien

    Canada Council for the Arts’ FAQs
    / FAQ du Conseil des arts du Canada

    Tool for risk-assessment of mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic / Outil pour l’évaluation des risques relativement aux rassemblements de masse pendant la pandémie de COVID-19 

    Venues that may be willing to offer space to governments and health authorities for testing spaces, clinics, etc. If you are interested in adding your venue, please enter your information directly into the spreadsheet

    Document on various metric categories for COVID19 impacts that arts organizations are documenting.

    If you have suggestions for new categories to add to the document, please email

    For further information, please contact:
    Sean Casey –
    Tara Mazurk –

  • Coronavirus and COVID-19 - Statement from Luminato Festival Toronto


    Luminato Festival Toronto cancels 2020 Festival which was due to take place June 11 – 28.

    In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and with the health and well-being of our artists, our staff and volunteers, and our audiences above everything else in our minds, it is with great sadness that we cancel Luminato Festival Toronto 2020. Given Luminato’s origins as an initiative to help rejuvenate Toronto after SARS, we are keenly aware of our responsibility to the City in this moment, and also later, when we return.

    We have followed guidance from the City, Provincial and Federal governments very closely, and have been in contact with our colleagues in other cultural organizations, as well as with the artists and venue partners in our 2020 Festival. We have tried to make our best estimate of the practicality of going ahead with our 14th festival this June, but after all of that it is clear that Luminato 2020 is sadly not to be. Read more

  • Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit / Le gouvernement instaure la Prestation canadienne d’urgence


    The Government of Canada is taking strong, immediate and effective action to protect Canadians and the economy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. No Canadian should have to choose between protecting their health, putting food on the table, paying for their medication or caring for a family member.

    To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB would be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit. Read more


    Le gouvernement du Canada prend des mesures importantes, immédiates et efficaces pour protéger la population et l’économie canadienne contre les répercussions de la pandémie mondiale de COVID‑19. Aucun Canadien ne devrait avoir à choisir entre protéger sa santé, se nourrir, payer ses médicaments ou prendre soin d’un membre de sa famille.

    Afin de soutenir les travailleurs et d’aider les entreprises à garder leurs employés en poste, le gouvernement a proposé un projet de loi appelé la Prestation canadienne d’urgence (PCU). Cette prestation imposable permettrait d’offrir 2 000 $ par mois pendant quatre mois au maximum aux travailleurs qui perdent leur revenu à cause de la pandémie de COVID‑19. La PCU constituerait une combinaison plus simple et plus accessible de l’Allocation de soins d’urgence et de l’Allocation de soutien d’urgence, annoncées antérieurement. Lire la suite

  • Trudeau unveils $82B COVID-19 emergency response package for Canadians, businesses

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a massive $82-billion aid package to help Canadians and businesses cope with the global COVID-19 pandemic, including income supports, wage subsidies and tax deferrals.

    The package includes $27 billion in direct supports and another $55 billion to help business liquidity through tax deferrals.

    Combined, the package represents more than three per cent of Canada's GDP. Trudeau said the deep spending and delayed federal revenue will not drive the country into recession, insisting "prudent" decisions made over the last five years have put Canada on a strong economic footing to weather the crisis.

    "We will be able to make sure our economy gets back up to speed very quickly," he said.

    Parliament could be recalled as early as next week to pass legislation to bring in the fiscal measures.

    Read the full article HERE.

  • Dance Ontario Announces Change in Leadership

    Dance Ontario Announces Change in Leadership

    Longstanding Executive Director Rosslyn Jacob Edwards will retire as of the end of March 2020. Leadership of the organization will pass to Amy Hampton who has served as Program Manager for several years.

    “I want to thank the Board of Directors who have been tremendously supportive over the years,” says Rosslyn Jacob Edwards. “The Dance Ontario community and its wonderfully talented artists have been a constant inspiration making my time here a gratifying experience. While I will miss working across this sector, I am excited to see what lies ahead for Dance Ontario!”

    Amy Hampton will take over as Executive Director in April 2020. She is a graduate of L'École Supérieure de Danse du Québec and was a member of Le Jeune Ballet du Québec, performing works by international choreographers in both Quebec and France. She has performed nationally and internationally with CORPUS and has danced with many Toronto companies including The Chimera Project, Kaeja d’Dance, tiger princess dance projects, Anandam Dance Theatre and Larchaud Dance Project. Independently, she has originated roles in works by Kathleen Rea, William Yong, Lydia Wagerer, Keiko Ninomiya, Meagan O’Shea, Lincoln Shand, Avinoam Silverman and Michael Caldwell and participated in a three-year collaboration between choreographer Robert Desrosiers and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

    To read more about this new announcement click here.


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