Soundstreams and Michael Greyeyes offer a FREE season preview at the Gardiner Museum September 22


Take a journey through the past, present, and future of Canadian music as Soundstreams kicks off its 35th season in style tonight at the Gardiner Museum! The evening features a sneak-peak into the making of a brand new dance piece by actor, director, educator and award-winning choreographer Michael Greyeyes, which premieres at SoundstreamsNorthern Encounters concert on October 16 at Koerner Hall.

Soundstreams invites you to join in the celebrations with prize giveaways and special musical performances, complemented by a docent-led tour of the Gardiner’s Canadian Odyssey of Lord Milton and its collection of Canadian historical ceramics in our European Porcelain Galleries.

September  22, 2017 at 7 P.M.
The Gardiner Museum
111 Queen’s Park, Toronto ON

Reserved seats are only $7 with pay-what-you-can and FREE options available : Tickets

d:mic/fac wants to hear from YOU!

d:mic/fac may be over for another year, but the crew is already thinking about the next festival. To that end, they’re asking people who attended this year to take a short, snappy  SURVEY so the next festival can be even more awesome.

Thanks so much!


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And the winners are…d:mic/fac winners announced!

The cast of Keil’s “Welcome to Our Home – Tangled”. Photo by Frances Chudnoff

On behalf of princess productions, co-festival directors Jeff Morris and Janelle Rainville, and guest curators Danièle Desnoyers and Marc Parent, Artistic Director Yvonne Ng announced the award winners from this year’s dance: made in canada / fait au canada.

The fourth edition of this biennial cutting-edge contemporary dance festival had a hugely successful run last weekend at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto.

 Audience Choice Awards (ACA) were established for the MainStage Series and What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) Late-Night Series during d:mic/fac 2013. Audience members have the opportunity to vote for their favourite artists in both series. This year, $1,200 in prize money was donated by arts lovers, with prize pool divided 60/40 respectively between the winners from each series.

The 2017 d:mic/fac ACA MainStage Series Award went to Toronto’s Hanna Kiel/Human Body Expression for the world premiere of Welcome to Our Home – Tangled which drew on Kiel’s personal family experience and featured 11 dynamic dancers. Hanna Kiel/Human Body Expression received a cheque for $720.

The 2017 d:mic/fac ACA winner from the WYSIWYG Series was Toronto’s Lucy Rupert/Blue Ceiling dance for Frankenstein Fragments which saw Rupert sew together a literal monster with a devilish sense of humour. Lucy Rupert/blue ceiling received a cheque for $480.

Congratulations Hanna and Lucy!  By the way, they’re both DUO clients – just saying:)

Canadian Dance Assembly hosts a Toronto Dance Community Summer Meet-Up Thursday, August 24th

Toronto Dance Community Summer Meet-Up
Join your colleagues for some summer cheer
When: Thursday, August 24th
4:00 pm
Location: House on Parliament
(upstairs patio, weather permitting)
454 Parliament Street
Toronto, Ontario

We hope to see you there!


Summerworks is sharing the love tonight – with Toronto Community Dance Love-In!

Summerworks Performance Festival
Toronto Dance Community Love-In 

brings you





9:30 outdoors
** heart readings  **  tarot readings ** nail painting ** more **

11PM – 1AM 

DJ CrystalWhispurr – LIVE
appearances by Lovers, lo bil, mystic chord and friends

featuring video by Mary- Dora Bloch-Hansen and Francesca Chudnoff

11PM – 1AM

@ Pia Bouman Scotiabank Studio Theatre

6 Noble Street. (Near Queen and Dufferin)




An awakening of the body, mind, heart in a somatic rave. Immerse yourself in a fluid trance of healing movements.

Let’s channel the LOVE


Lovers: Amanda Acorn, Robyn Breen, Tina Fushell & Kate Nankervis

Part of the SummerWorks Late Night Series, our nightly party on the SummerWorks Back Patio featuring an eclectic mix of local artists, musicians, and DJs.

Full lineup of events at
SummerWorks Performance Festival
August 3-13

SummerWorks is Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, live art and interdisciplinary forms. This year’s 11-day Festival features 52 unique projects, as well our SLIP series of artist workshops, a collection of new performance experiments in the SummerWorks Lab, and nightly parties.

All SummerWorks venues are physically accessible, and many events offer accessible options such as ASL Interpretation, Relaxed Performances, and free or discounted tickets. For more info on accessibility at SummerWorks, visit

Dusk Dances continues in Toronto this weekend at Withrow Park

It’s on both the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail’s  lists of great things to do in Toronto this August, and with good reason.  For more than twenty years, Dusk Dances has been enchanting audiences with a pay-what-you-can, all-ages, outdoor concert of contemporary Canadian dance in beautiful Withrow Park.  Plus, it’s Taste of the Danforth this weekend. So grab some delicious street food, arrive early, spread out a blanket and prepare to enjoy one of the highlights of a Toronto summer.

DUSK DANCES 2017  in Withrow Park
GADFLY (Ofilio Sinbadinho / RAWRABIDE)
Rhodnie Désir (DUSK SOCIETY)
Company 605 (Dana Gingras / NEW ANIMAL – evenings only)
BoucharDanse (Sylvie Bouchard / LA GIGUE EN SOUVENIR)

Friday August 11th to Sunday August 13th
Opening Band
and YogaDance class start at 7:00 pm
Dance Performances start at 7:30 pm

Suggested contribution $15.00 per person

Sunday August 13th
Opening Band
and YogaDance class start at 2:00 pm
Dance Performances start at 2:30 pm

Suggested contribution $15.00 per person

Withrow Park is located south of the Danforth, between Logan and Carlaw. Closest subway station: Chester.

For more info: (416) 504 6429 ext 24 or find us on FACEBOOK.

SummerWorks Industry Coffees start next Friday! (psst! they’re FREE!)

Come see your friends and make some new ones. Get to know other artists in SummerWorks, as well as local, national and international presenters attending the Festival this year.

Complementary coffee/pastries/wifi provided.

The Theatre Centre Cafe
1115 Queen Street W, Toronto, Ontario

Friday August 4th 10:00am – 11:30am
Friday August 11th 10:00am – 11:30am

Ticket Price: Free

Looking for a fun, creative opportunity for your kids this summer? SOCACIZE CULTURAL SUMMER CAMP still has a few spots!

A message from our colleagues at Dance Ontario about The 2017 Dance Directory


The 2017 Dance Ontario Directory will be published next month and, in view of some responses from Dance Ontario’s recent survey, we would like to clarify issues that arose regarding printing of our annual catalog. Some respondents indicated that we should consider publishing an online Directory only that members could download if required. In that respect, we would like to clarify that the publication generates  considerable advertising and sponsorship revenues for the organization which would not be the case if the Directory was not mailed.
These incomes would need to be replaced probably through increases in membership fees.
As a compromise, however, members who feel strongly about this concern because of environmental issues, please send an email to with “DO NOT SEND A HARD COPY OF THE DIRECTORY” in the subject line.

A request to participate in a survey from our colleagues at Canadian Dance Assembly

This is an update to our last blog post, now that we’re midway through our research for “Re-imagining Service Organizations: Decolonizing Canadian Dance.” We’ve spent the past few months filling in our knowledge of the dance sector and its service organizations, interviewing a sample of the service organizations themselves, and preparing to launch a sector-wide survey about how well the service organizations are meeting your needs. More on the survey in a moment. First, let’s review what we’ve learned so far and why we need your input to help us round out the picture.

The Canadian dance service ecosystem has gone through numerous configurations over the years, alternately fracturing due to competing needs within the sector, consolidating as a result of funding cuts, and giving birth to new organizations to serve contemporary needs. This is not the first time that the organizing structure of dance services in Canada has been under review, and it’s important that this project learns important lessons from the past. We’re starting from a good place, given the extensive amount of research that precedes us, not least the Canadian Dance Mapping Study.

Dance is frequently cited as the least resourced of the arts sectors in Canada. This grievance also extends to its service organizations. What’s more, the resources that do exist are rarely equitably distributed across the sector. While dance service organizations have historically provided much-needed support for dancers and dance organizations working in ballet and contemporary dance in the major cities, practices such as Indigenous dance, racialized dance, disability dance, and dance outside the major cities have not received the same level of support. This historical inequality of service within the sector has resulted in the uneven playing field for different dance forms we see today.

Despite many valiant efforts to make the system fairer, some parts of the dance world continue to be better served than others. There is inequity in representation, funding, political power, and resources. Dancers and dance companies in the major cities have a wealth of services at their doorstep; those in rural regions typically need to look farther afield. Marginalized groups tend to be underrepresented on the boards and staff of service organizations, and thus have fewer seats at the table when it comes to decision-making power.

The service organizations also face challenges in adapting themselves to provide a more equitable offer for the sector. With low membership numbers from marginalized groups, it is difficult for dance service organizations to prioritize their needs; however, unless they start recognizing these specific needs, they will have difficulty attracting more of these members. Moreover, a lack of reliable data hampers their efforts to understand and advocate for the whole of the dance sector.

This is what we want to help CDA understand in more detail via the survey that we’re launching today. Our survey asks about how much you value dance service organizations in their current state; how they could change to better serve your needs; and how well they’re doing in being open, inclusive, and reflective of Canada’s identity. An online survey can be a relatively blunt tool, but there’s also plenty of space for comment and feedback.
~ James Doeser and Melissa Wong

Your responses will play an important role in helping us feed back to the service organizations about their relevance to the sector. They will also be a vital component of the discussions as the project progresses. The more people who complete the survey, the more useful it will be. Please tell your colleagues and friends in the sector. We’d love to know what they think.

Complete the Survey