SAMPRADAYA DANCE presents an Emerging Artist Performance Showcase on March 26

In Memoriam: Penelope Reed Doob

The dance community lost a distinguished scholar and a great advocate with the passing of Dr. Penelope Billings Reed Doob on Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Toronto at the age of 73.

Dr. Reed Doob was a Professor of Dance, English Literature, and Women’s Studies at York University, where she also served as Chair of the Department of Dance, Associate Vice President of Faculties, Associate Principal of Glendon College, and Academic Director for York’s Centre for the Support of Teaching. Her teaching and research areas encompassed Medieval and Renaissance studies; dance history and criticism; sexual stereotypes in opera, literature, and dance; and non-fiction writing. She co-authored with Stephen Godfrey legendary Canadian principal dancer Karen Kain’s Movement Never Lies: An Autobiography.

Dr. Reed Doob’s reviews and feature articles appeared in publications such as the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, Dance Magazine, Ballet News, Performing Arts in Canada, and Ballet International. She developed more than 20 documentaries for the CBC Radio program, The Dance, and wrote extensive historical program notes for the National Ballet of Canada.

Dr. Reed Doob was active as a facilitator for strategic planning in many arts and academic organizations in Canada and the USA.  A long-time director of the Actors’ Fund of Canada (1993-2006), she was also founding Chair of Corps de Ballet International and a charter member of the Canadian Society for Dance Studies.

Her professional contributions included serving on the board of the World Dance Alliance (2001-05) and co-chairing its Education and Training Network (2001-09).

She will be missed.





Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie

An expanded version of James Kudelka’s Dora Award-winning #lovesexbrahms will add the remaining five of Brahms Intermezzi for solo piano, featuring CLC dancers, Evelyn Hart, and Sarkis (the puppet) in the role of an enigmatic host.


Choreographer: James Kudelka 

Pianist: Andrew Burashko

Dancers: Evelyn Hart,Danielle Baskerville, Bill Coleman, Luke Garwood, Tyler Gledhill,  Louis Laberge-Côté, Laurence Lemieux, Andrew McCormack, Victoria Mehaffey, Ryan Boorne and Daniel McArthur

March 16-18, 2017  |  8pm
March 19, 2017  |  4pm
*March 16 | 7pm: Opening Night Gala hosted by CLC Board Chair, Stephen Delaney with a special introduction by James Kudelka

The Betty Oliphant Theatre
404 Jarvis Street, Toronto

$25 General Admission
$20 Artists, Students, Seniors
$100 Gala March 16 only
Box Office by phone: 416.364.8011 ext.1

Box Office by email: or at



Heidi Strauss & Amanda Acorn 

On this double bill, Heidi Strauss’ baseline toys with identity and time’s influence on knowledge, while Amanda Acorn’s multiform is a love letter to perpetual motion, drawing on the work of painter Mark Rothko.

Photos by Jeremy Mimnagh and Dahlia Katz



Heidi Strauss
Amanda Acorn


March 30: Special Gala performance and celebration of baseline
March 31-April 1; April 5-8, 2017  |  8pm

The Citadel
304 Parliament Street, Toronto

$25 General Admission
$20 Artists, Students, Seniors
Box Office by phone: 416.364.8011 ext.1

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for more information about Gala tickets: $75 and $125 for Gala only (with charitable receipt)

An Important Update from the Canada Council on Grant Applications

If you are one of the 11,000 artists and arts organizations who have registered an account in our new applicant portal, thank you! As you know, this will be your entry point to apply to our new programs.

Important Updates

Preparing your application(s)

If you plan on applying to some of our first new program deadlines this spring, mark your calendars! On March 10, you will find updated guidelines, application and budget forms on our website. We encourage you to use these resources to prepare your grant applications in the coming weeks.

Completing and submitting your applications online

By the end of April 2017, you will be able to submit your complete applications and forms directly in our new applicant portal.
Please note, we will adjust some of our April and early May deadlines. More information will be released on March 10 on our website and on our social media feeds.
If you haven’t yet created a portal account or submitted your profiles, get started today! Here’s what you need to know.

Here’s how you can get in touch:

Email :

Phone : 1-800-263-5588

Copyright © 2017 The Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des arts du Canada, All rights reserved.

We’re available to answer your questions from 8:45 am to 5:00 pm EST, Monday to Friday.

A Message from The Canada Council re: The Canada Dance Mapping Study

The Canada Dance Mapping Study resulted in three major online initiatives that are interactive and present some of the findings in innovative ways!

A big thank you to all of the dancers, choreographers, teachers, organizations and collectives who took part in this major initiative lead by the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council and shared the results with their networks. The results enrich our understanding of dance in Canada, its diversity and social impacts.

All the reports and initiatives are now available on one page so you can access the information easily and by theme!

Feel free to share and promote the summary and findings with your networks and on social media. Here is the link: Dance mapping study.

The Dance Across Canada Study was the first of its kind — the only to include both the professional dance sector and a full range of dance activities outside of the professional field.

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After 10 Years, FLUX Festival in London, Ontario says good-bye

We don’t do this often at DUO, but we wanted to let the organizers of the wonderful FLUX Dance Festival in London, Ontario say farewell in in their own words:



To our fellow Londoners and artists,

FLUX London Dance Festival has seen three very successful seasons with many talented artists, dedicated volunteers and a wonderfully supportive audience. It has been an honour and a pleasure to bring dance to many venues and to so many members of the London community. We have witnessed the thrill in the eyes of our youngest audience members and seen others moved to tears. Such is the beauty of dance and we hope that this will stay with each and every one of you who experienced a performance, workshop or participated by performing at one of the events.

We have come to the difficult decision to end FLUX and will no longer be producing annual dance festivals in the city. This has been a labour of love for over 10 years. FLUX began in 2006 as a platform to produce professional contemporary dance and to bring this wonderful genre of dance to a London audience. FLUX transitioned into a festival with multiple showcases in 2014 and with the inclusion of our outdoor venues and various ways to get involved the original goal of FLUX was definitely met. It has been a beautiful thing to witness and we had many more dreams for FLUX long into the future. Alas in the words of Barbra Streisand “No matter how hard we try some good things never last”.

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all who participated in making FLUX London Dance Festival such a marvelous success. To our advisory board, staff, volunteers, the dance artists, sponsors, London Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Department for Canadian Heritage we could not have done this without all of your passion and support. We would also like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude and thanks to Guelph Dance Festival and Dusk Dances for their inspiration and mentorship.

Although the chapter of FLUX is coming to an end we will continue to pursue our creative projects independently through our companies. Lacey will continue her work with Dasein Dance Theatre and Ruth with All Dance Projects. We are committed to dance and to finding ways to connect meaningfully through our medium with others. Until our paths cross again in our future endeavours, we thank you all and keep dancing.

Should you wish to connect with us, please email us at

Our deepest gratitude,

Lacey Smith and Ruth Douthwright


CDA is Holding an Artists’ Meeting on Friday, February 10th at Dancemakers Centre for Creation

Acting Up Stage & Obsidian Theatre Open PASSING STRANGE Tomorrow Night!

DUO’s very talented neighbours at Acting Up Stage Company together with Obsidian Theatre Company have been hard at work for months now in preparation for the opening of their production of the award-winning, thought-provoking musical Passing Strange tomorrow night, January 27th at Toronto’s preeminent music venue, The Opera House.

You can save 10% on your ticket purchase with the code OPERA HOUSE.

Passing Strange is considered one of Broadway’s most groundbreaking musicals in the 21st century.
Celebrating the diversity found within the city of Toronto, Passing Strange will deliver performances by the outstanding talent of its award-winning cast: Jahlen Barnes, Divine Brown, Beau Dixon, Peter Fernandes, David Lopez, Sabryn Rock and Vanessa Sears.

An advanced look at Dixon’s opening performance in ‘Prologue’ is now available online.

The unique punk, rock, R&B and soul- influenced score will be performed by an all-star band, live and on stage, led by Music Director Bob Foster. This Canadian premiere marks the first musical for acclaimed director Philip Akin.

Passing Strange
January 24 – February 5, 2017
The Opera House, 735 Queen Street East.
Tickets: $35 and up (Please note: All performances are 19+. Sunday January 29 is open to all ages.)
Box Office: or 1-888-324-6282
Passing Strange is a 19+ production

Tickets and a behind-the-scenes look at the show are available now at

Early Bird Discounts Available for SplitScreen Tickets!

Early-bird discount tickets are available for Peggy Baker Dance Project‘s upcoming show, SplitScreen for $20 when you use promo-code EARLY20 before Jan 31st!

The show is comprised of four visually arresting and dynamic performances by our superlative ensemble dancers, Ric Brown, Sarah Fregeau, Kate Holden, David Norsworthy and Peggy Baker.

Following the show the audience is invited to enjoy a drink as guitarist Tim Motzer, who will be joining the company from Philadelphia, plays live with a succession of duet partners drawn from some of Toronto’s most acclaimed players, including: Rich Brown, Joshua Van Tassel, Debashis Sinha, Fides Krucker and Robin Buckley.

Peggy Baker Dance Projects presents

SplitScreen as part of Dance Card 
The Theatre Centre,
1115 Queen Street West, Toronto
February 21st to 26th, 2017
To purchase over the phone, or for any questions, call the Box Office at 416.538.0988.