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.

Come Work With Us! DUO is Hiring a Senior Bookkeeper

Senior Bookkeeper

Start Date: October 27, 2016

Salary Range: $40,000 to 50,000 commensurate with experience
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Term: Full time

Deadline: October 19, 2016

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.

DUO’s 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. 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.
Job Description

The Senior Bookkeeper manages, prepares and executes monthly client billing, invoicing, bank reconciliations, investment funds, banking and client relationships. The position reports to the Executive Director and provides support for organizational budgets and financial reporting. The Senior Bookkeeper manages DUO’s accounts and payroll. The candidate works out of the DUO office for the full workweek. The position actively seeks out and solicits new clients for DUO.

Duties and Responsibilities

Your duties and responsibilities shall include such duties and responsibilities as DUO may from time to time request you to perform. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, your duties may be described as follows:

  • Works directly with the Executive Director to execute all plans of action, based on the goals and objectives laid out in DUO’s strategic business plan.
  • Records all Accounts Payable and Receivable, Disbursements, Revenue, payroll and other financial transactions and/or the monitoring and reconciliation of those transactions made by DUO’s staff and those DUO clients who purchase our accounting services.
  • Administers the DUO payroll and benefits programs
  • Provides monthly financial statements of bookkeeping records for DUO and DUO clients who purchase our accounting services.
  • Executes the delivery of bank deposits regularly and of DUO’s financial clients.
  • Monthly invoicing to DUO’s clients, contact with those clients by letter, email, or telephone regarding status of their accounts and collection of overdue accounts, in accordance with DUO’s policies and instructions.
  • Monitoring of DUO’s and DUO clients’ cash flow and investments to facilitate the best and most secure return of interest revenue, in accordance with DUO’s policies and instructions.
  • Ad hoc investigation, calculations, analyses or reports on financially related subjects on behalf of DUO.
  • Preparations of audit working papers and assistance to DUO’s auditor in locating and summarizing financial documentation.
  • Preparations of audit working papers and assistance to those clients’ auditor in locating and summarizing financial documentation.
  • Assisting the preparation of DUO’s and DUO’s financial clients’ financial reporting documents to any /all funding agencies/government bodies.
  • Sales and petty cash reconciliation and prepares HST/GST rebate claims
  • Filing of Government reports and documents for DUO and clients as needed


  • Experience with Sage accounting program and other accounting software
  • Five years experience managing multiple clients
  • A strong understanding of accounting principles, budgeting and financial reporting
  • Strong interpersonal skills and able to mange dance artists and dance companies
  • An ability to set and balance priorities, manage time wisely, and meet deadlines
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and deadline orientation
  • An understanding of the principles of not-for-profit and charitable organizations
  • Computer literacy, particularly in a PC environment
  • Working knowledge of dance and the performing arts is an asset


The ideal candidate is a highly motivated individual, with experience in the non-profit sector. The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting, or equivalent business experience and 5+ years of progressively responsible experience.

  • Mature, and experienced in accounting processes, including, budgets, bank and general ledger account reconciliations, consolidations, payroll and preparation of timely financial reports
  • Excellent computer and typing skills and knowledge of software programs a must – Word, Excel, and Sage Accounting, Toggl.
  • Post-secondary education (college or university).

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter and 3 references to:

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Those selected will be contacted within one week of the submission deadline. No phone calls, please.



5 things you should be doing on social media

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5 things you should be doing on social media

Written by: Nicole Rosove, Communications Director, Dance Umbrella of Ontario

The world of social media is evolving…daily. With new apps, algorithms and features popping up across the plethora of social media platforms…it can be hard to keep up. To all the choreographers, dancers and artistic directors who are faced with the task of juggling your artistic practice with social media activity…we get it. It can be overwhelming deciding what content to share, when to share it and who to share it with. So, we’ve decided to share a few of our tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your social media usage.


Research has shown that Tweets with photos get 313% more engagement. Check out these GREAT TIPS on how to incorporate photos into your tweets. BONUS: very shortly, when you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos or polls to your tweet, Twitter will no longer count these as characters within your Tweet. Aka more room for words!


You may have noticed that when you embed a YouTube video onto your Facebook page, the views and engagement levels are not as high as you’d like them to be. Why? As the second largest referral source for online videos, Facebook favours native video uploads over third-party video embeds. According to Loren Baker, Co-Founder of Foundation Digital, native videos equal 7 times more engagement than YouTube embeds. (Source: Why You Should Upload Videos to Facebook)

That being said, before you get upload crazy, it is important to keep in mind some key factors when using Facebook to share your videos: relevancy, length and quality.

Relevancy. The more relevant your videos are to your audiences, the more likely you’ll see your views, shares and comments increase.

Length. How long is your video? Is it likely that your audiences will watch the whole thing or could certain parts be edited to make the video more concise, but still get your message across?

Quality. Fuzzy, grainy video? Poor sound quality? No thanks. Make your videos user friendly.


We said it before and we’ll say it again, the world of social media is evolving daily, and if you want to stay up to date, it is important to familiarize yourself with what’s trending on the platforms you do use. Examples: Facebook now has Facebook Live, Boomerang for Instagram etc… You may be thinking: exactly HOW am I supposed to keep on top of all of this? A few simple tricks include following social media influencers on Twitter and keeping an eye out for tweets about platform updates, joining social media LinkedIn groups and subscribing to social media blogs. Read more tips and tricks HERE.

The bottom line: accept that social media is ever evolving…and adapt as it adapts!


Here’s something that happens far too often. You find out a company has a performance coming up, let’s say, through word of mouth, and you want to find out more information. When is it? Where is it? What’s the price? You go to the company’s website but notice it hasn’t been updated in awhile, so you decide to visit their Twitter page only to see their last tweet was from Nov. 2015…hmmm. Okay, let’s try Facebook. Well…there is a recent post, but it’s a photo of the Artistic Director and their dog. Instagram? No user found.

The point? Being consistent on social media is KEY for developing and maintaining a strong online presence. Not only does it make it easier for your audiences to stay in the loop on what you’re up to, it also gives you/your company more credibility in general as an active and RELEVANT company to watch. Don’t have the time to manage multiple accounts or tweet/post on the daily? There are some fantastic social media management tools you can use to pre-schedule your content across multiple platforms, such as Hootsuite or Buffer. The nice thing too is that many content managers offer free trial versions, so you can test a few out to find out which tool you prefer.


It’s clear that authenticity on social is key to having an engaged audience. Whether you’re involved in social marketing, customer service, community building or all of the above, being real to build relationships is where it’s at.” – Candice Charleton, Manager, Social for Hootsuite.

Case study after case study shows that brands that are authentic on social media and that engage with their audiences often see an increase in user engagement and followers. Why? When you are authentic, you are allowing people to connect to you/your brand/your company in a way that is real. This builds trust and loyalty. So before posting or tweeting, ask yourself, would I ‘share’ or ‘like’ this?

Social media is a social tool based on a two-way conversation. Get involved in your online community. Interact, comment, discuss! Remember, it’s not always about you. What are your peers, colleagues, community members doing?

Lastly, make it FUN. Incorporate giveaways, guest features or takeovers on your social platforms. Share entertaining content. We’re not saying it is easy…but it is important. Learn more about how to keep it real on social media HERE.


Looking for assistance on building your own personal brand on social media? Give us a call at 416-504-6429 x 23 or e-mail nicole(at)


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Buried in work? DUO is here to help!

 We’re often asked…what exactly does DUO do?

DUO helps independent artists and small to mid-scale performing arts companies build the projects they’ve been dreaming of. We design tailored contracts to meet your budgetary needs and provide administrative and management support to help you fulfill your artistic goals.

Writing your first grant? Looking for co-working space? Want to build your online presence? Need assistance with bookkeeping?

Connect with us at or give us a call at 416-504-6429 to book a free 1-hour consultation.

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