Come work with DUO! We’re Hiring a Production and Marketing Assistant for the summer

Are you a full-time student looking for a really interesting summer job, working downtown in arts management?  DUO has a great opening that might be perfect for you.  Read on!

Job Title: Production and Marketing Assistant
Start Date: June 5, 2017
End Date: August 4, 2017
Contract Fee: $11.40 per hour x 35 hours per week
Contract Length: 9 weeks
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Term: June 5th to August 4, 2017

Organization Description
Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO) is a not-for-profit provider of management services to Ontario’s dance enterprises. DUO was founded in 1988 by the Arts Councils to support dance enterprises with their administrative and business activities. In addition to providing a suite of tailored and flexible services, DUO strengthens the dance sector by undertaking new strategic and progressive initiatives.

DUO supports dance artists and enterprises in the creation, production and dissemination of their art. Our typical clientele includes: independent artists, small- and mid-scale organizations based in Ontario. DUO supports dance artists by providing the best and most appropriate administrative and infrastructure allowing them to grow as they focus more fully on their art. We do not guide the artistic product of clients. DUO is committed to diversity in all of its activities and the enterprises it serves. We envision DUO to be the place where new growth in the sector is fostered. Dance Umbrella of Ontario is the employer for this contract.

 Job Description
DUO is seeking an enthusiastic and passionate individual ready to plunge into the exciting role of Production and Marketing Assistant. Reporting directly to DUO’s Administrative Producer and the Communications Manager, the Production and Marketing Assistant will provide support in the preparation and production of client-based projects for the duration of the contract. This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in communications and event production and management.

The successful candidate will conduct research, write reports, create social media content, compile and edit notes for festival and performance programs, solicit program advertising and donations, assist with booking and tracking guest artist travel arrangements and provide other on-site support during festival events. The assistant will shoot on-site photos for social media and assist with the preparation and dissemination of social media posts, and e-newsletters.

The successful candidate should have strong communications and business skills. A basic understanding of arts management and live event production, social media and digital marketing would be assets.

Skill Sets Required:

  • The candidate has completed or is completing an Arts Administration, business or marketing program or the equivalent at an accredited college, university, or high school
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Knowledge of and aptitude with Microsoft Office in an Apple environment
  • Ability to multi task, and manage several projects at once
  • Extremely organized with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to provide a high level of customer service in a mature, personable manner
  • A strong sense of responsibility, very reliable, and a team player
  • Positive attitude under pressure
  • A self-starter who enjoys taking initiative

The candidate will work regular business hours Monday-Friday, 9-5, with some evening and weekend work required. Total hours per week will not exceed 35 hours.

Tasks and responsibilities:
The Production and Marketing Assistant will work collaboratively with the clients on the following tasks:

Production and Administration:

  • Provide support with fundraising events
  • Working closely with DUO’s Manager of Production and Administration, gather information, proofread and get final approvals for house programs
  • Gather information for the display board at festival events
  • Manage distribution of promotional materials in different venues across the GTA
  • Manage volunteers, assisting them with preparing postcards for distribution to mailing lists
  • Confirm and secure hotel reservations for artists on tour and out of province
  • Update the tour book with hotels information, dates, schedules and contacts
  • Support the administration of fundraising events, including dissemination of tax receipts
  • Approach local businesses to solicit gift certificates as promotional giveaways
  • Solicit local businesses for advertising in festival programs
  • Research and invite local summer camps to matinées

Marketing and Communications:

  • Research relevant news articles and fun facts to include in social media campaigns for various clients
  • Create and schedule approved social media content on the Hootsuite platform
  • Create and disseminate e-newsletters on MailChimp
  • Proof read press releases
  • Website updates/maintenance
  • Research cross promotion opportunities and execute partnerships
  • Research relevant media contacts and update DUO’s media list
  • Taking photos on-site during rehearsals and events for dissemination across multiple platforms
  • Add events to online listings
  • Other administrative duties as assigned

How To Apply:
Please submit your resume, cover letter and three references to:
The deadline to apply is: May 18, 2017 at 5pm.

Dance Umbrella of Ontario co-presents LA CHANA at the HOT DOCS FILM FESTIVAL

Dance Umbrella of Ontario is excited to co-present the feature documentary,  LA CHANA at the HOT DOCS FILM FESTIVAL opening Monday, May 1st, 2017 at Hart House, University of Toronto.

Antonia Santiago Amador, better known as La Chana, was a gypsy flamenco legend who mysteriously disappeared from the spotlight at the height of her career.

Through archival footage of La Chana’s many jaw-dropping television performances, director Lucija Stojevic’s IDFA Audience Award–winning debut is an invigorating portrait unravelling the story behind a feisty and energetic presence.

Now in her late 60s, more determined and empowered than ever, La Chana returns to the stage after a 23-year break for one last show.  As the Catalan pioneer reflects on both her storied career and what could have been, she finally reveals the secret behind her lengthly disappearance.

This is the 24th annual edition of HOT DOCS FESTIVAL, North America’s largest documentary festival which runs in Toronto from April 27 – May 7, 2017.

LA CHANA @hotdocsfestival
Monday, May 1st, 2017
9:15 PM

Wednesday May 3rd, 2017
11:00 AM

Thursday May 4, 2017
9:30 PM

For further information or to order tickets go to ➡ Hot Docs

Job Opportunity: Festival Volunteer Coordinator


Date Posted: Mar 22, 2017

Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2017

Start Date: Apr 10, 2017

Salary: Commensurate with experience
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Term: Contract

Organization Description

Dance Umbrella of Ontario
The Dance Umbrella of Ontario/DUO, is one of Canada’s leading arts management organizations for professional dance creators and small-scale dance companies.

Job Description

Festival Volunteer Coordinator, Subtle Technologies (Toronto)

For 20 years, Subtle Technologies has served as a platform for sharing new ideas at the intersection of art, science and technology. Through our annual festival and year-round programming, we incubate the next generation of artists and thinkers who are passionate about the overlap of art and science, showcase Canadian creativity and promote projects generated by those encounters. The 20th edition of the festival will take place from May 10th to June 25th, 2017 (more info on
We are currently accepting applications for the position of Festival Volunteer Coordinator. Under contract with Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO), the Festival Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for recruiting and coordinating all festival volunteers and provides additional production coordination support. The Festival Volunteer Coordinator reports directly to DUO and to Subtle Technologies’ Artistic Director.

The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of arts festivals. S/he will possess firsthand experience in managing volunteers and production coordination.



• 2+ years experience in project management and volunteer coordination
• Proficiency in a Mac environment
• Cordial and effective communication skills
• Experience working with the public
• Strong problem solving skills
• Self starter and able to work in a team environment
• Proven ability to prioritize and manage simultaneous tasks
• Strong written and verbal communication
• Prior experience in production coordination is a plus.



Volunteer Coordination
• Coordinate and disseminate call for volunteers to multiple organizations across multiple platforms/channels
• Recruit a minimum of 25 volunteers for various roles for the duration of the festival
• Confirm volunteers and communicate their times and expectations at regular intervals
• Prepare and disseminate a volunteer package (short description of festival programming; tasks and responsibilities for each position)
• On-site at various locations for the duration of the festival to manage volunteers and event
• Maintain and update shift volunteer schedules throughout the event
• Other duties as required

Other festival coordination
• Installation of the opening reception (May 10)
• Attend all meetings as required
• In close collaboration with the Festival Director, purchase necessary supplies for workshops
• Compile and print guest lists and disseminate as required
• Assemble festival and press passes
• Other duties as required


➢ Start date: April 10th, 2017
➢ End date: June 27th, 2017
➢ Prep time prior to the festival is estimated at 8 hours per week until festival opening event May 10th
➢ Must attend all festival events and workshops. Working hours during the Festival, require flexibility. A detailed schedule will be provided to the successful applicant.


➢ Flat fee commensurate with experience
➢ A desk will be provided at DUO for the preparation periods in April and May and during the festival.
➢ The contractor is required to have a fully functioning personal laptop and cell phone.


How to Apply:

Please send an up-to-date CV and letter of interest in MS Word or PDF format to Include “Volunteer Coordinator 2017” in the subject line. No phone calls will be accepted when applying for this position.

Application deadline: March 31st, 2017

While we appreciate all interest in the position, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. DUO is an equal-opportunities employer.


Contact Info:

Name: Caroline Caire
Telephone Ext.:

Robert Sauvey selected as part of the TAC Leaders Lab Fellows 2017 Cohort

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Robert Sauvey, who has been selected to participate in the Toronto Arts Council’s Leaders’ Lab.  This exciting program has been created by the TAC and The Banff Centre to enhance leadership capacity in Toronto’s arts and culture sectors. The program is designed for mid to senior level arts professionals who have demonstrated the potential to lead change in their organizations, communities or arts sectors.

Before he became the Executive Director of the Dance Umbrella of Ontario, Sauvey successfully performed an impressive series of  leadership positions across the arts and cultural sector.

He was the Executive Director of Dancemakers, the second oldest contemporary dance company in Ontario. While he was there, Sauvey developed and implemented a new curator-led operating model in response to community needs and to position the organization for the future.

His dance experience also includes over five years as the Director of Touring and Artistic Administration for Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Sauvey had previously assumed diverse management roles with Groundswell, Manitoba’s longest running new music series, The National Screen Institute, where he was the Manager of Creative Film and Television training initiatives and Video Pool Media Arts Centre, a non-profit, artist-run centre dedicated to the creation, exhibition and promotion of independent media art where he was Head of Distribution. He has curated exhibitions for galleries, sat on national arts juries and been a board member for numerous arts organizations.

Sauvey also has considerable experience in film and television. He was the Manager of Development for a well-established film and television company, and ran his own independent company where he developed and produced projects, and won a Canadian Screen Award for best-produced documentary.

The Leaders’ Lab includes an intensive one-week retreat at Banff Centre, followed by bi-monthly events in Toronto in collaboration with local partners over a one-year period.

“By crafting solutions to complex issues, we aim to inspire arts and cultural leaders and contribute to stronger communities and a more resilient creative and cultural sector,” says Dan Buchner, vice president, Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute.

Congratulations, Robert!

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DanceWorks presents Throwdown Collective in DW219: Ylem (3 Eggs Ago) / Various Concert from February 9 -11th, 2017 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre

DanceWorks presents DUO clients Throwdown Collective in DW219: Ylem (3 Eggs Ago) / Various Concert  from February 9 -11th, 2017 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre.

Throwdown brings a touch of magical realism to the stage with their physically exciting contemporary dance performances. Members Zhenya Cernazocv, Mairéad Filgate and Brodie Stevenson perform the world premiere of Ylem (3 Eggs Ago), a co-production between Throwdown Collective and Lina Cruz’s Fila 13 Productions, and their award winning creation, Various Concert.

Throwdown Collective

Founded in 2008, Toronto-based Throwdown Collective is a contemporary dance company that supports the collaborative creative pursuits of founders Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate and Brodie Stevenson. Creating both site-specific and stage work, the collective have created three site-specific commissions for Dusk Dances: One Couch (2009), Boxset (2011), and 1981FM (2013); all of which went on to tour with the festival and beyond, throughout Ontario, to Trois-Rivières, Quebec; & Vancouver, British Columbia.

Recently their work, Various Concert received the Dora Mavor Moore Award (2016) for Outstanding Choreography, and the Audience Choice Award at the dance: made in canada/fait au canada Festival (2015). The work also received Dora nominations for Outstanding Lighting Design/Arun Srinivasan, Outstanding Sound Design/Joshua van Tassel, and Outstanding Male Performance/Brodie Stevenson.

DanceWorks began in 1977 as a collective of independent dance artists. It has grown to become Toronto’s leading presenter of independent dance.

To order tickets click here.



All of us at DUO would like to wish you and your loved ones a joyful holiday season and a wonderful New Year!

Please note that DUO offices will be closed from Thursday, December 22, 2016 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Before we close, stop by DUO and join us for some holiday cheer on Wednesday, December 21st from 3:00pm to 5:00pm!

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DUO Clients Make Globe & Mail’s End of Year Top 10 List

ProArteDanza artists in Fearful Symmetries 

Congratulations to DUO clients ProArte Danza and Rutas Festival  for making Martha Schabas’ Top 10  Toronto Dance Shows of 2016 list published in yesterday’s  Globe and Mail .

ProArteDanza‘s artistic director Roberto Campanella’s FEARFUL SYMMETRIES and the RUTAS presentation of Hamlet de los Andes  by Teatro de los Andes, in the RUTAS Panamericas Festival were both singled out for praise.

DUO is proud to have these artists and organizations  as part of our roster of talented clients.  Bravo!




Congratulations to DUO client Yvonne Ng, the Artistic Director of princess productions who has been awarded the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize by The Canada Council for the Arts.

The extremely prestigious award recognizes the work of an established dance professional who has made an outstanding contribution to dance in Canada.

We are very and proud of and happy for Yvonne and her company.

Dancer Transition Resource Centre: on the MOVE

on the MOVE is a FREE professional development event for graduating students and emerging dance artists of all genres. Dancer Transition Resource Centre welcomes you into the professional community with lively panels, workshops and networking activities.

Success, in the business of dance, will extend beyond what you’ve learned in studio. It’s everything you need to know to get the edge on your dance career!


Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Lower Lobby & O’Keefe Lounge (downstairs)

1 Front Street

January 20, 2017

9:00am – 4:30pm

Registration closes: January 16, 2017 at 11:59pm

To register CLICK HERE.

7th Annual Arts Day at the City today at Toronto City Hall

imagesThe Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), in partnership with the Friends of the Arts network is meeting  with 26 Toronto City Councillors  today to discuss the importance and the impact of the arts and culture in Toronto.

DUO is a TAPA member and was there to participate on behalf of the organization and the larger dance community.

Arts Day at the City is an annual event led by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), an arts service organization representing 201 professional theatre, dance, and opera companies operating across Toronto, including commercial and not-for-profit companies, and 34 performing arts venues. The Friends of the Arts network includes: Arts Vote Toronto, Arts Etobicoke, Business for the Arts, Canadian Dance Assembly, EastEnd Arts, Lakeshore Arts, North York Arts, Scarborough Arts, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, Toronto Arts Foundation and Urban Arts; as well as thousands of artists, arts workers, audiences, and community members who believe that a strong arts and culture sector is a vital part of the City of Toronto.

“For over a decade, Toronto’s entire arts and culture sector has advocated tirelessly to encourage Toronto City Council to increase spending on the arts and culture to $25 per capita, a goal established in 2003. We are on track to reach this milestone in 2017. The Friends of the Arts network strongly encourages Toronto City Councillors to achieve this goal and include the final instalment of $2 million in the upcoming 2017 City Budget,” said TAPA’s Executive Director Jacoba Knaapen.

Arts Day at the City includes 26 meetings scheduled throughout the day, with teams of artists, administrators and youth meeting with City Councillors to make the case for continued and growing investment for culture in Toronto.

The 7th Annual Arts Day at the City also features the Cultural Expo in the Rotunda at Toronto City Hall. The Cultural Expo features some of Toronto’s leading theatre, dance and opera companies who showcase their current seasons, as well as the important work their respective organizations perform to strengthen communities across the city.