Toronto's Dovercourt House, a hub for dance in the city for over twenty years, is being forced to close. Dovercourt House has been the full-time home of princess productions, CORPUS and Kaeja d’Dance for 21 years. These resident companies occupied Dovercourt’s ballrooms during daytime hours developing works that have toured the world. In the evenings and weekends the space turned into a centre of social dance, classes and events.
The Ontario government is supporting the arts sector with a one-time investment of $25 million to help artists and arts organizations survive the COVID-19 pandemic, remain solvent and prepare for a time when they can fully re-open their facilities, resume full programming and welcome back their visitors and audiences. Through the funding, $24 million will be provided to 140 arts organizations.
Shine the Light is a short interview documentary featuring Toronto BIPOC artists as they share their experiences in the contemporary dance, theatre and music industries.
Good News! The Live Performance Health and Safety during COVID-19 Guidelines, developed with industry professionals who serve on the Live Performance Health and Safety Advisory Committee are now available. They provide employers and artists in the theatre, dance and music industry with workplace and department-specific guidance to identify and address potential workplace risks related to COVID-19. The guidelines were approved by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and should appear on the Ontario government website next month.
Dance stops for nothing, because it can adapt to anything. We’re introducing the DanceON Series this year for Dance Ontario! Get ready for Monthly Community Workshops, Show and Share Sessions and Expert Q&As. Featuring voices from across the dance community, these events will be a place for our members to learn and connect. More info coming soon.
Toronto Arts Council is joining arts and social justice advocates across the country calling on the federal government to support a Basic Income Guarantee.
The time for a federal basic income guarantee is now:
The Canada Council for the Arts has launched a major recruitment campaign open to all, with a priority for Indigenous, Black, racialized and Deaf applicants, as well as applicants with disabilities. This campaign is an invitation to work in a stimulating environment—a place where the staff are inspired by their organization’s mission.
Patricia Fraser has been the Artistic Director of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre for nearly 28 years, and will retire at the end of the 2020-21 school year. She has brought to her position an extensive teaching background, significant experience as a dancer and artistic director, and most importantly, a personal commitment to the life-long learning continuum of a dance artist.
We have received changes to the COVID-19 screening requirements and updates to COVID-19 screening tools from theMinistry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.