Application DEADLINE NOV 1st: OPEN ART SURGERY – a Hip-Hop Theatre Workshop with Jonzi D and Crazy Smooth -FREE!


Breakin’ Convention and Harbourfront Centre know Toronto has a wealth of Hip Hop talent. We also recognize there is a lack of quality professional development opportunities available. We are proud to offer Hip Hop artists/crews a unique opportunity to develop theatrical skills. Participants will work with dance theatre heavyweights, Jonzi D and Crazy Smooth for one week of mentoring, experimenting and devising new work that culminates in a public performance.

Who issearch it for?

You don’t need to have any previous theatrical experience but you should have a solid understanding of your own Hip Hop discipline (dance, rap, dj, beatbox etc). The course is designed to explore ways of approaching choreography, story-telling, direction and staging. We aim to give you the means to create theatre from fresh, new angles without losing the essence of what you do.

Breakin’ Convention is committed to the elevation of Hip Hop theatre and believe this is a valuable opportunity for even the most accomplished Hip Hop artists.

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Venue: Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Dates: Monday, March 13 – Saturday, March 18, 2017

To apply please email the following details to address below:

1. Your contact details including name, email, telephone and address.

2. A statement about yourself and/or crew and your reasons for wishing to attend Open Art Surgery (400 words max).

3. A link to footage of your past theatre work, performances or battles.

However all participants must be available for the full week as outlined above.

Participants and their crew must be able to commit to all of the course. Please do not apply if you are unable to make any of the dates.

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2016.

The course is FREE to successful applicants.

You will be informed of our final decision by November 15, 2016.

Submit your application, or direct any questions you may have to: Lynanne Sparrow, Artistic Associate, Harbourfront Centre at  416-973-4231 or

For full program details click here.


For more information about Breakin’ Convention visit:

Oct 15 Deadline to Submit for Anandam Dancetheatre’s CONTEMPORANEITY


Photo credit: Arctic Char, Performer: Lee Su-Feh, Piece: Dance Machine, Choreographer: Lee Su-Feh

Anandam Dancetheatre is seeking new works and works-in-progress by artists practicing in Asian, African, Latin American, Arab and Indigenous dance forms, to be presented through the company’s new presenting series, CONTEMPORANEITY.

Supported by the Toronto Arts Council’s Open Door program, CONTEMPORANEITY focuses on expressions of non-Western dance in Toronto and Canada today. The series is a response to the widespread use of “contemporary” as a term to describe European or white American theatrical dance; instead, Anandam proposes re-centering “contemporaneity” as a shared inquiry, widening the circles of inclusion, and animating a current and collective interest in holding the dancing body in the world. The series will take place through six editions between 2016/17 and 2017/18 (fall, winter and spring/early summer), in different dance and theatre venues across the city, as well as galleries, museums and public spaces.

What are they looking for?
New works, or previously created works that could benefit from a period of further R&D/creation, by artists practicing in Asian, African, Latin American, Arab and Indigenous dance forms; approx. 15 – 20 minutes in duration for shared programming, longer pieces and durational offerings will be considered for special presentations

CONTEMPORANEITY is open to artists of all racial, gender and sexual identities, of all abilities, prioritizing practices and artists of colour and Indigenous artists. Beyond non-European dance practices, the series also welcomes other diasporic dance forms such as flamenco, and racialized/ sexualized/ queered forms that have re-emerged in current pop/protest culture, such as vogue and twerking.

Andanam seeking works that take conceptual risks; that bring together essential explorations of form with new inquiries and creative processes – regardless of genre; works that are alive to the form’s potential. They invite multiple ways of seeing “traditional”, “classical” and “contemporary”, “high” and “low” art forms. We are also interested in site-specificity, extended duration in performance and contemplative/ritual explorations that take place in non-traditional venues and public space. Above all else, we are interested in knowing what is happening in the field and how we can support.

What can they offer?
Previously mounted works will receive up to 20 hours of residency and a presentation fee; new works will receive up to 30-40 hours, a fee covering commissioning and performance rates
Residency includes studio time, dramaturgical support through Anandam’s Artistic Director, Curatorial and Program Co-Director, and/or members of the CONTEMPORANEITY advisory committee; feedback through the company’s Audience-in-Residence program; and networking opportunities with the artistic directors of our partners;
Performances will be presented as part of a shared program in 2016/17 or 2017/18 (fall, winter or spring/early summer).
Anandam will assist with travel/accommodation costs for out-of-town artists

To apply:
Please submit:
– A 1- to 2-page artist statement describing how you work, what your current interests or questions are, and a description of the work you are proposing.
–  A list of technical requirements for the work you are proposing.
–  A video sample of your current or most recent work.
–  Vous pouvez aussi soumettre votre demande en français.

Please also let them know if you already have support for this work (e.g., grants, commissions, an upcoming presentation opportunity etc.), or what support you plan to seek, and in what season you would like to be programmed. If you do not have experience applying for grants, residencies etc., and have questions about how to prepare your application, please contact them and they can help.

Deadline: October 15, 2016
Send all applications via email to with the title Contemporaneity Application in the subject line. For more information, please contact Soraya Peerbaye, Curatorial and Program Co-Director, at, or visit
They will respond to all applications.

Into Contact Dance? New Blue Emerging Dance wants to hear from you!


Submission Call – Creating Contact Residency

This new and exciting Creating Contact Residency is open to emerging choreographers interested in creating contemporary dance with contact dance as a foundation. For five months, you and your dancers (maximum of eight) will receive free access to the Wednesday night contact dance jam/class at Dovercourt House, two hours of studio space a week (equaling a total of 44 hours), mentorship, an in-studio work in progress showing, including a Q&A/feedback session, and a chance to debut a full length work at The Festival (June 2017) by New Blue Emerging Dance!

What is Contact Dance?
Contact dance improvisation is a partnered dance form that uses momentum between two or more people to create and inspire dance movements. Techniques include rolling point of contact, balancing over a partner’s centre of gravity, friction slides, following momentum, and “listening” with the surfaces of the body.

This residency is open to all levels of experience/abilities and genres of dance.  Apply Today!

Applications  are due by Tuesday November 15th 2016 at 11:59 PM.

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TOES FOR DANCE & DanceWorks Collaborate on a Co-design Project


Designing for Dance is a collaborative project between TOES FOR DANCE and DanceWorks to explore how design thinking approaches can activate new possibilities for public engagement with Toronto’s professional dance community. The project will focus on ways that co-designing with primary stakeholders can benefit long term engagement, organizational planning, sustainability and social relevance.

Co-Artistic Director of TOES FOR DANCE, Kristen Carcone states, “Through innovative research strategies we aim to better understand the needs of our community.” David Norsworthy, Co-Artistic Director TOES FOR DANCE adds, “Testing new prototypes for audience engagement, including platforms that are movement-driven and conversation-driven, will help us to create dance experiences that are inclusive, accessible and meaningful.”

Mimi Beck, Dance Curator at DanceWorks is eager to explore the opportunity in design thinking approaches stating,  “Designing for Dance offers a compelling opportunity for learning, exchange and co-design. As DanceWorks and TOES FOR DANCE embark on this collaborative venture, I am deeply inspired to build on our core belief in the power of dance to illuminate, engage and transform all who participate.”

Members of the community are encouraged to participate as co-designers and knowledge users throughout the duration of the project. To sign up for updates and/or to become involved please send your name and email to Project Lead, Maria Luisa Contursi, marialuisa@toesfordance.caTo join us in the community conversation around this project use the #DesignforDance hashtag on all of your social media platforms.

The project is generously funded by the Metcalf Foundation

Companie Marie Choinard: Upcoming Audition


COMPANIE MARIE CHOINARD the internationally acclaimed dance company based in Montreal (Canada),  invites high-calibre professional male dancers with a strong stage presence to audition for their company.

Please send your CV and a photo to before Thursday, October 20, 2016, 5pm.
On the audition day, the studio will open at 10:30am. You will have one hour to warm up. Please note that  the company will not offer any classes, and, therefore you are responsible for your own warm-up.
Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 11:30am
Espace Marie Chouinard
4499, Esplanade Avenue
(corner of Mont-Royal Avenue)
Montreal, PQ

Auditions with Marie Chouinard for further details and information

Born in 1995? Got a Project? NIGHTSWIMMING wants to hear from you!



Call For Proposals

Nightswimming was born in 1995. If that’s your birth year, and are developing a performance project, this is a great opportunity. Applications to commission a new work from artists born in 1995 are currently being accepted.

5×25 is open to any kind of performance project: dance, music, interdisciplinary and the deadline is November 15, 2016. For more information on this five year initiative go to:

Nightswimming’s 5×25 Call for Submissions


Are you a playwright, choreographer, composer or performance creator? Were you born in 1995?
Then we want you.

5×25 is an unprecedented national competition launching the careers of emerging playwrights, composers, choreographers and creators who were born in the year that Nightswimmming was founded: 1995. It’s a 5-year creative project started in 2015, in which we seek out proposals from artists born in 1995, then commission one annually until 2020.

Last year our call for proposals was answered with great enthusiasm by strong candidates from across the country, and Montreal-based Rhiannon Collett was selected for our first commission. Rhiannon is now working on her theatre piece Wasp in collaboration with Nightswimming.

Being chosen to be the first artist in the 5×25 initiative has been a huge honour. To have Nightswimming’s support as such a young artist has provided me with the opportunity to take risks, to ask questions, to explore, and to fully integrate my playwriting practice into my life. – Rhiannon Collett


Nightswimming’s 5×25 is open to writers, choreographers, composers, designers and activists who love performance and have an idea and a project they want to create. We’re open to anything that happens in a space with an audience.

Tell us what you want to create. We’ll read the proposals, short-list the applicants, and then announce our second commission.

If we accept your proposal, you’ll join our roster of commissioned artists. We’ll provide a $5,000 commission, develop a process with you to create the piece, bring you to Toronto to work on it, and seek out producers or festivals to get it in front of an audience.

To document the approaches described by applicants, we’ve commissioned emerging playwright and performer Jeff Ho to create a 5×25 website to document this 5 year process.

We welcome applicants and projects from across Canada, in all performance disciplines and all languages.

We welcome and encourage applications from LGBTQ* artists, artists of colour, women and Indigenous/First Nations artists.


Please subscribe to Nightswimming’s e-newsletter so you’ll receive notification of deadlines and application details. For more information, or if you have questions about applying, contact us at 416.504.3898 or visit our website HERE.

We look forward to reading your application.
– Brian Quirt, Artistic Director and Leslie Haller, Producer

We’re pleased to acknowledge that 5×25 has been supported in part through “The Collaborations – at Canada’s National Arts Centre”.

“Nightswimming keeps thinking about work in new ways and 5×25 is no exception. Next generation creatives are ready to engage and this project is an exciting way to access and support the voices of under twenty-five year olds telling tales out of school.” – Sarah Garton Stanley, Associate Artistic Director, English Theatre



Ismailova Theatre of Dance is looking for female and male dancers/actors to perform for its new full-length dance/physical theatre production to be presented in August 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016 | 12PM | Dufferin and Finch, Toronto, ON
Sunday, July 31, 2016 | 11AM | Dufferin and Finch, Toronto, ON
– This is a paid project
– Any dance and physical theatre background is welcome, but must be willing to learn different dance styles
– Registration required. Exact location of Audition/Call Backs/Casting Rehearsal will be provided once registered
– Must be committed, responsible and available to rehearse intensely between August 6th to August 22nd 2016

Email with your contact information and a resume or short artistic bio with a link to dance reel/class video/rehearsal video if available
SEPARATE CALL for dancers/actors 18 and under:
Email with subject title “JUNIOR AUDITIONS”

For more information, click HERE

ASPIRANTE: Video auditions due July 15th

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ASPIRANTE: ProArteDanza’s Summer Intensive (Ages 14-17) – Video auditions due July 15th

August 8th to September 3rd, 2016 | Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:30pm | Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm | Cost: $1800 + HST

CCDT – 509 Parliament Street, Toronto

ASPIRANTE is a unique summer training intensive for participants between the ages of 14 to 17. The program provides young dancers with an opportunity to build training foundations with the guidance of professional teachers, choreographers and dancers who have decades of experience in the field.

Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:30pm | Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm

Performance Dates:  September 1st, 2nd  and 3rd at 8pm at the Winchester Street Theatre

VIDEO AUDITIONS: due by 5:00pm on Friday, July 15th

Fill out the online application form (click HERE) and then you will be contacted about submitting your video audition.

See the website for more program details and click here to learn more.

Are you programming in a park this summer?

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Calling Toronto Arts Organizations!
If you’re programming in Toronto parks – take advantage of the Arts in the Parks marketing and promotion campaign:

  • Open to all Toronto events
  • No cost to participate

Arts in the Parks will be promoting events throughout the city in advertising, on billboards and social media. Add your event to the map.

Looking for information on park permits?

  • New in 2016, free permits are available to artists and organizations presenting smaller events: see here for details.
  • TAC funded organizations: call your grants officer to see if you qualify for a permit reimbursement.

For more information on Arts in the Parks, contact Jaclyn Rodrigues.