Body Percussion Festival opens tonight at Harbourfront


Tonight, a unique and exciting festival begins in Toronto.  Body Percussion Festival is dedicated to dance and other movement arts that create music and percussion through the body, footwear, and instruments that act as extensions of the body.

Body Percussion Festival is curated by Artistic Director Viv Moore, whose eccentric journey in dance has led her through English Music Hall, Clog, and, Butoh, amongst many other forms. The festival highlights the contagious energy of rhythm, playfulness and surprising humour that emerge from skilled improvisation, choreography and interplay between artists and the audience.

Moore has sought out both community-based and professional artists to participate in the festival to curate three unique performances with six performers for each show. The festival’s eclectic group of artists include: Inuit Throat Singer Iva; Montreal Gumboot Dancer Sipho Ndlela, originally from South Africa; Indigenous Artist Brian Solomon performing ‘Dances to Acknowledge the Land’; Kapa Haka Dance by Whakatopu Kotahi; English Sword Dance with Toronto Women’s Sword; Body Percussion by former Stomp performer Troy Sexton Rhythm Works; Belly Dance with Roula Said; Ottawa Valley Step Dancers Kerry and Tom Fitzgerald; 2012 Canadian Beatbox champion, Scott Jackson; Bharatanatyam Dance with Nova Dance; Ethnic Contemporary with Sashar Zarif; A Capella Singing and Vocal Percussion with Jane Miller; Tap Dancer Travis Knights; Flamenco Dance performed by ViDAnza; Body Percussion and Georgian Polyphony by MusiCamp; and Body Percussion with Body Percussion Ensemble of Toronto.

This creative and fun-filled event makes a special bond between performer and audience through novel improvisations, choreography and sounds that can only be derived from the body, as no music instrumentation is used at all. All the artists are new to the festival, and Moore is proud to give Canadian talent this unique chance to showcase their Body Percussion skills.

Body Percussion Festival at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre
December 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2017
Tickets: $12 – $30; Children 14 years and under $10
Discounts for Seniors, Students and Arts Workers

To purchase tickets, click HERE.

Brigantine Room
December 2nd, 2017
Tickets: $10 each

To purchase tickets, click HERE.


Looking for a workspace? Has DUO got a deal for you!


DUO’s lovely long-term tenants, THE AMY PROJECT have been selected as one of the resident companies at Generator for the 17-18 season. We will miss Rachel and the gang at the office, but this is a wonderful opportunity for AMY, and we wish them all the best.

Their departure means DUO currently has space for one more long(er) term tenant in its Hot Desk area.  Rental of a workspace with DUO includes access to high-quality in-office printing and photo-copying at very low rates, free wi-fi, free coffee (or tea), a shared kitchen and friendly and respectful co-workers. DUO tenants receive four hours of meeting room time in our board room as part of their rental agreement. 

Being part of our shared office area is only $82.50 a month. A mailbox and storage are available for inclusion in the rental for a small, additional monthly fee. DUO’s offices are conveniently located at Carlton and Parliament in the heart of the vibrant Cabbagetown neighbourhood. Our current roster of tenants includes several dance and theatre companies, as well as arts service organizations.

If you’re tired of shoving your work off to one side of the kitchen table every night before dinner, or trying to tune out your roomies or kids in order to get anything done, maybe it’s time to come and talk to us.

To arrange a tour of the facilities or to discuss renting at DUO in greater detail, drop us an email at:

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Bill Coleman’s DOLLHOUSE shortlisted for Edinburgh Festival’s Total Theatre Awards

The accolades for Dollhouse just keep piling up!

Dollhouse, created by Toronto’s Bill Coleman with Gordon Monahan, has been selected to be on the shortlist for this year’s prestigious Total Theatre Awards, highlighting the best talent in visual or physical theatre/performance at the 70th anniversary edition of the Edinburgh Festival, currently underway in Scotland.

Dollhouse is the only Canadian production selected for the shortlist.

A total of 538 eligible shows were assessed over the first 11 days of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by a curated panel of 28 peer assessors. The shortlisted shows now move to a judging panel where shows are seen by leading arts industry figures from seven countries including critics, academics, artists and programmers. The awards will be announced on Thursday 24 August.

Dollhouse runs until August 27 at Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance as part of the Edinburgh Festival.

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.

Congratulations to the DORA winners!

Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairead Filgate and Brodie Stevenson in Ylem/3 Eggs Ago

Last night DUO joined the dance, theatre and opera community to celebrate achievement in the performing arts at the 38th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

DUO sponsored the Outstanding Original Choreography Award which was presented to Lina Cruz for Ylem/3 Eggs Ago, presented by Danceworks/Throwdown Collective/Lina Cruz and Fila 13 productions. Congratulations!

Congratulations also to adelheid and the Theatre Centre for their wins in both the Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance categories in Dance for what it’s like. Simon Rossiter received the award for Outstanding Lighting Design for the production.

Outstanding performance awards in dance went to Michael Caldwell for his role in Crave for Kaeja d’Dance and to Jennifer Dallas for her role in Kittly Bender for Danceworks/CoWorks Kemi.

Outstanding Sound Design and Composition for Dance went to Benjamin Barrile for JANCINTO for Compania Carmen Romero.

DUO would also like to extend congratulations to our our colleagues and office mates at Musical Stage Company and Jahlen Barnes for his win in the Best Male Performer in a Musical category.  Barnes starred in MSC’s production of Passing Strange, which was nominated for several awards last night.





DUO sponsors Outstanding Choreography Award at tonight’s DORAS!

It’s finally here, the night the dance, theatre and opera community waits for the entire season:  the night of the Dora Mavor Moore Awards presentation and party.

The 38th annual awards show is a celebration of achievement in the Toronto performing arts community. The evening starts with a VIP cocktail reception for sponsors and presenters followed by the awards show and a celebratory after party.

This year, for the first time, the festivities are being held at the landmark Elgin theatre .

The Dance Umbrella  of Ontario is a proud member of TAPA, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts .  This year, for the first time, DUO is sponsoring the award for Outstanding Original Choreography Award in the Dance Division. This year’s nominees areKaren Kaeja for CraveYvonne Ng for  In Search of the Holy Chop SueyJennifer Dallas for Kittly-Bender; Kemi; Heidi Strauss for what it’s like and Lina Cruz  for Ylem (3 Eggs Ago).

The Dora Mavor Moore Awards are administered by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA). In addition to the Doras, other programs and services provided by TAPA include: the city-wide arts app TOnight “a box office in your pocket”;; Toronto’s Official Theatre Guide; hipTIX, offering $5 tickets to students between the ages of 14 and 29; citySPECIAL, offering free tickets to newcomers and marginalized communities; the Commercial Theatre Development Fund; and the Travel Retreat Initiatives Program – TRIP.

If you’d like to join us this evening  at tonight’s  celebration, tickets are available here.  See you tonight!


And the Nominees are…DUO clients nominated for DORA awards!

Congratulations to DUO clients Yvonne Ng ( tiger princess), Bill Coleman, and Throwdown Collective on their nominations in the dance category of the 2017 DORA awards, hosted by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.

tiger princess/Danceworks production IN SEARCH of THE HOLY CHOP SUEY was nominated for four awards:  Outstanding Production; Outstanding Lighting Design (Arun Srinivasan), and both Outstanding Original Choreography and Outstanding Performance –  Female for Ng.

Throwdown Collective is nominated for Outstanding Performance – Ensemble for VARIOUS CONCERT.

Bill Coleman‘s DOLLHOUSE is nominated for Best Production, Best Performance (male) and Outstanding Sound Design for Gordon Monahan.

We’d also like to give a shout-out to our long-time colleague, Karen Kaeja who is nominated for outstanding choreography for CRAVE/DEFIANT.

We are also very happy for our neighbours at Musical Stage Company , who garnered five nominations in the Musical Theatre category. Musical Stage Company‘s founding and artistic director, Mitchell Marcus is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award, given to an outstanding administrator with more than 10 years of demonstrated commitment to the performing arts who has made a significant impact on the industry in Toronto.

DUO is sponsoring the award for Outstanding Original Choreography in the Dance Division. The 38th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards will take place on Monday, June 26th, 2017 at the Elgin Theatre.


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.: