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Ottawa and Montreal-based choreographer Crazy Smooth has been enthusiastically selected by an esteemed panel of jurors to receive Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s 2020 Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award. Crazy Smooth, one of Canada’s top street dancers, has been instrumental in preserving and growing this art form around the world. He is Founder and Artistic Director of Bboyizm, an award-winning street dance company.

The National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts, a group made up of existing Canadian pro-bono legal clinics, has released a pressing report housing significant new research on the multitude of legal challenges facing individuals working in the Canadian arts sector - accelerated to critical levels due to the devastating impact of COVID-19.

The $1.6M Arts Response Initiative is an investment in the diversity and vitality of the arts across Ontario. The one-time initiative supports individual artists, ad hoc groups and collectives, and arts organizations to carry out their activities in an environment of change. This initiative encourages exploration, adaptation, and the development of new ways of working that will increase the inclusiveness and resilience of Ontario’s arts sector, both now and into the future. 

The Ontario Trillium Foundation has introduced the one-time Resilient Communities Fund to invest in the recovery and rebuilding efforts of the non-profit sector impacted by COVID-19.
  Due to the impact on capacity, increased demand, as well as the anticipated community needs for organizations to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, the Ontario Trillium Foundation is redirecting funds from the Grow grant and Capital grant cycles for 2020 into this new fund.

The federal government plans to move out-of-work Canadians into the employment insurance system when a key emergency benefit runs out in the fall, and provide an EI-like support for millions who can't qualify under existing rules. 

The change signals a potentially sweeping overhaul to the decades-old social safety net criticized in recent years for not keeping up with a modern labour force marked by increasing contract and gig work.

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announces the appointment of Jesse Wente as Chairperson of the Canada Council for the Arts for a five-year term, effective today, July 28.


75,000 Canadian artists unite: It’s time for a basic income. 
Today, artists, writers, technicians and performers are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to create a permanent basic income guarantee. 

“A Public Letter from the Arts Community for a Basic Income Guarantee” 

July 13 - 2020 - The Ontario government has announced that a significant portion of the province will move to Stage 3 as of Friday, July 17th, with the exception of the GTA and parts of southern Ontario.  Find out what stage your region is in here.

The Molson Prizes are awarded every year to two people—one in the arts and one in the social sciences and humanities—who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding achievements.

The Federal government announced  the details of the final components of Phase 2 on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.  It primarily includes funding for arts and culture organizations that do not currently receive funding from Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund, Musicaction or FACTOR, and/or did not receive funding in Phase 1.

As in Phase 1, the second component of Phase 2 emergency support will be provided through grants and contributions. The distribution of funding is as follows: