Toronto Arts Council introduces NEW Cultural Leaders Lab.

Toronto Arts Council is introducing a new Cultural Leaders Lab

This pilot program has been created by TAC and The Banff Centre to enhance leadership capacity in Toronto’s arts and culture sectors. The program is designed for arts professionals (artists and administrators) who have demonstrated the potential to lead change in their organizations, communities or arts sectors.

Participants will be selected in a competitive process managed by TAC. The ideal candidate will share a deep desire to elevate Toronto’s arts sector and will embrace the open exchange of ideas in a cross-disciplinary environment.

TAC Cultural Leaders will make a commitment to attend a one-week intensive leadership retreat in Banff in April, 2015. Following the retreat, the Leaders Lab will be engaged in a series of activities and exchanges in Toronto over a minimum period of one year.

For more information, and to access the application, click HERE. Application deadline: November 10, 2014.

Call for Contemporary Circus Artists

Produced by Femmes du Feu and CCAFT in partnership with Harbourfront

Call to artists opens September 15th and closes November 1st, 2014
The Circus Sessions, part of NextSteps 2014/15, is a weeklong creative laboratory and think-tank that will offer 15-20 contemporary circus artists the opportunity to work with an internationally renowned mentor (mentor still in negotiation) in one of Toronto’s best venues. This initiative is open to the diverse forms of practice that span the five families of circus: Aerial, Acrobatics, Balancing, Object Manipulation and Clown. The Circus Sessions looks to encourage artists to engage in a creative dialogue that examines their evolving form, cultivates experimentation in performance, as well as networking, advocacy and audience development and engagement strategies.

Circus Sessions is free to all participants. Participants will be responsible fortravel costs.

Date and Location
Workshops and shows take place in The Harbourfront Centre Theatre (Toronto)

Workshop takes place May 11-17th from 10am-5pm
Show on Friday May 16th and 17th at 8pm

Submission guidelines (Please send submissions electronically to
• Name
• Bio (max 250 words)
• Primary discipline and training background
• Artist statement/ inspirations & investigations
• Why Circus Sessions interests you
• Link to video of your work

More information can be found at


Algoma Fall Festival
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Nuit Blanche
Theme : The Great Lake Superior
Saturday, October 4, 2014
7pm-12 am

Calling for: A performance art or dance piece to be performed outside on grass on the theme of the Great Lake Superior. Performance at the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site (similar to Fort York)

Performers should be able to dress warmly, as it may be cold. A schedule can be negotiated to include rest/breaks but to try to keep the “dead-time” to a minimum.

The Festival can provide travel, accom and fee. All can be negotiated.

If you can provide piece, have an idea, for a live performance, music, interpretive, performance art, dance….please respond, urgently.

Check out our month long Festival at

Contact: Louisa – 705-971-8249 or


Tziporah Productions: Audition for DanceWeekend 2014












Tziporah Productions: Auditions for DanceWeekend

Tziporah Productions will host an informal audition on Friday Oct. 3rd and Saturday Oct. 4th for a creation for DanceWeekend.

When: Friday Oct. 3, 1-3pm CCDT 509 Parliament, studio D | Saturday Oct. 4, 2-4pm Citadel 304 Parliament, lower studio

Please send in your headshot and resume ahead of time and confirm which date you will attend.

Tziporah Productions is pleased to present Nature of Things in the January 2015 DanceWeekend put on by Dance Ontario at the Fleck Theatre in Harbourfront Centre.

Currently looking for male and female dancers in a variety of styles, namely Jazz and Contemporary with experience/comfort in dance theatre.

For more details or any questions please contact Aviva at



DUO: Call to Volunteers

ProArteDanza and BoucharDanse are looking for volunteers to help with flyer distribution for their upcoming performances


Volunteer duties:

  • Distributing brochures in an assigned location
  • Taking pictures of where the brochures are placed
  • Must be able to commit to 3 to 5 hours (times are flexible)


DATES: September 22nd – 26th


Volunteers will be given a small honorarium for their involvement.


For more information please email 




AIR: Audience in Residence 2014-15 Call for Participants


Have a craving to dance?  Anandam Dancetheatre is looking for members of the public (18+ years of age, no dance experience required)  to contribute to the development of original contemporary dance performances through the company`s new Audience in Residence (AIR) Program 2014-15.


Proudly supported by the Metcalf Foundation, AIR participants will be invited to attend selected company rehearsals and help further the evolution and coauthoring of new public participatory dance performances over the 2014/15 season. The first sessions of AIR take place throughout October 2014 as the company works toward the premiere of our newest production, Seismology, on October 28 to November 1, 2014.  Participant involvement is flexible based on availability and level of interest, including scheduled daytime and evening rehearsals on weekdays and/or weekends.  All participants receive an honorarium for their involvement.


To participate, please send a short statement of interest outlining your curiosity in being part of this project to  For more information, please call Jessa Agilo at (647) 920-6187 or visit



Led by Artistic Director Brandy Leary, Anandam Dancetheatre celebrates the multifaceted world of contemporary performance by creating work through collaborative, dance-based entry points within cross-genre (circus, theatre, site-specific) and poly-cultural (European, Indian) perspectives. Animating the intersections between traditional and contemporary practices, Anandam brings artists and audiences together through highly physical, revisionist and unconventional contemporary programming, including public participatory productions in diverse contexts and interactive educational programs. Through our work, Anandam continually interconnects and engages with diverse local, national and international practices and publics.

LeanArts Call for Applications

Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance is launching a new pilot program in Toronto to help performing arts
organizations de-risk promising initiatives by applying the tools and methodologies used by technology

LEANARTS will be delivered in partnership with MaRS and The Working Group, two leaders in the
startup world in Toronto.

LEANARTS will bring together teams from a range of performing arts disciplines for a five-week crash
course in startup-style ideation. Working with experienced mentors and instructors, participants will
learn new strategies for shaping project ideas, explore new revenue models and improve their
probability of funding.

Up to ten teams will be selected to participate in the program, which begins in January 2015. The course
is structured through a mix of collaborative weekly sessions, one-on-one mentorship and assignments.
Organizations working across dance, opera, orchestra, theatre and spoken word are invited to apply by
submitting their ideas for sustainable new projects or initiatives.

“There are parallels between the startup world and the arts sector in terms of scant resources. Risk capital is
essential to research, development, and the inevitable and essential failure that comes with experimentation. Yet
in the arts, we have no money to waste. How can we learn to prototype on a small scale, test our ideas, and fail
faster and cheaper? How can we make the most of our limited resources while improving our chances at
success? We think applying Lean methodology to great ideas in the early stages of development might offer an answer to these questions. LEANARTS is the realization of this idea, and the first ever program of its kind for the arts.”

Christina Loewen: Executive Director,


Teams interested in participating have until October 1st to submit their applications.


Those interested in finding out more are invited to attend an information session at MaRS Discovery District on Friday,
September 12 from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. More details can be found at

For more information please contact
Holly Knowlman: Marketing Manager, The Working Group , 647 920 9650

DANCE MATTERS – Call to Dance Artists

Risky Business and Rebel Yells
February 21st at 8pm, 22nd at 4pm
Tech rehearsals: February 20th after 5:15pm
Venue: Scotiabank Studio Theatre, Pia Bouman School
Deadline September 26th, 11:59pm
Risky Business & Rebel Yells encourages physical, choreographic/artistic performance risks; fusion of dance aesthetics and forms; dances with risk or rebellion as the central theme. Works of up to 20min will be considered.

You will receive an honourarium of $500, a video of each performance, full technical staff and marketing as well as a fantastic opportunity to show your work and meet other artists! 
To download the application form:
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For more information about Dance Matters: 

Series 8:08  Creator’s Space Residency

Call for Artists

DEADLINE:                Friday, September 19th at noon (12 pm). E.S.T

In order to be eligible to apply to our Creator’s Space program, all applicants must be a member in good standing. 
Please pay your membership fee ($25) via e-transfer to along with your application. If you are unable to send your membership payment via e-transfer, simply mention this in your application and our administrator will be in touch with you about how to make your payment.

We will be officially announcing the membership model shortly, including your membership perks.

Stay tuned for more details.

What It Is
Series 8:08 is pleased to offer an 8-month residency for two to three selected artists. This is a partnership with Dovehouse Dance Ballroom and two other studios. The residencies will provide the selected participants with time, space, guidance and professional development opportunities to further research their artistic processes and creation. A small report and two entries for our blog will be required before completion of the residency. The selected choreographers will also have a final showing of their work at the end of our season.

Only two to three residency spaces are available. All 8:08 Creator’s Space artists are required to also show their works-in-progress at a minimum of two CPW’s (including the May Creator’s Space showing).

Series 8:08 is initiating this program to:

  • Offer Creator’s Space artists the opportunity to be informed from their initial performance experience and feedback from a regular CPW, and to identify how this feedback supports their work and creative process.
  • Support interested dance artists to continue to research and develop their work in a residency (in partnership with Dovehouse Dance Ballroom, Collective Space and Dovercourt House), while considering the feedback from the audience and ROE.
  • Offer Creator’s Space artists opportunities to show their work-in-progress at a more developed stage, in order to help artists receive more in-depth feedback.
  • Offer Creator’s Space artists a dedicated Resident Outside Eye during their process.

Please note:

Updated application forms and our paypal membership payment option will available online at VERY SOON.
Artists wishing to receive an application emailed to them prior to this can click below to request the form.

AUDITION NOTICE: Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

Kaha:wi has an upcoming audition for dancers for the 2014/2015 production season and it would be greatly appreciated if this could be shared among your media outlets.

Brief Description: Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) is looking to hire dancers for the upcoming 2014/2015 production season.

Date and Time: Sunday September 7, 1-3 PM
Location: Pia Bouman-Studio C

Toronto, ON. M6K 2C6

Other Notes: *Pre-Registration is Required* to register, please contact Leslie McCue, General Manager at or by calling (416) 923-7373