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First Up with RBCxMusic / À l’affiche avec RBC

“To support the Canadian music community during these challenging times, RBC is excited to introduce First Up with RBCxMusic, a series of 30-minute, recorded performances submitted from selected emerging artists across Canada.

Each individual performance will be a part of a cross-country initiative that includes emerging Canadian musicians and recording artists. RBC will provide each selected individual participant with a $1000 reward (or up to $1500 for a group of 2 or more selected participants), promotional support and mentorship opportunities.

Are you ready to show Canada how Music Makes You?

Check out if this opportunity is for you!

For more information:

Afin de soutenir le secteur canadien de la musique durant cette période difficile, RBC lance À l’affiche avec RBC, une série de prestations enregistrées de trente minutes d’artistes émergents de partout au Canada.

Chaque prestation fera partie d’une initiative nationale à laquelle participeront des musiciens et artistes émergents canadiens. RBC versera à chaque artiste sélectionné une somme de 1 000 $ (ou une somme pouvant aller jusqu’à 1 500 $ pour un groupe de deux personnes ou plus), et lui fournira du soutien promotionnel et des occasions de mentorat.

Êtes-vous prêt à montrer au Canada comment la musique vous façonne ?

Consultez les détails afin de voir si cette occasion est pour vous !

Pour en savoir plus :

-source: RBCxMusic

The Gathering: Online (Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario)

Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) is launching a series of conversations exploring frameworks for understanding how Artists and Arts Organization are thinking about their work and programming given the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s ongoing impact on the Arts Sector.  We are committed to being a supportive convenor of arts practitioners from the Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities.

The Gathering: Online invites artists and organizations to speak about their work and the viewers to engage with the artists while having a forum for asking questions in real time.

We hope you can join us. It is our intent to offer further space for networking with artists and organizations, asking the same questions about IBPOC visibility, inclusion and their intersections with artistic/organizational practices while speaking to many perspectives in the arts and the changing demographics of audiences and participation within the Arts sector.


All sessions are 1-4 pm EST

June 4: Importance of Digital Research and Prototyping: CPAMO IBPOC Digital Strategy report launch

June 11: Navigating Precarity and the Impact of COVID-19 on Arts Administration

July 2: A Boards Perspective: Leading an Organization Focussed Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

July 23: Arts in the Reflection to Our Time: Creation in Response to and with Community

August 13: Diversity in Indigeneity and its Representation in the Arts

September 3: Arts Practice vs. Queer Arts Practice: Emergence, Similarities and New Realities

September 24: Visual Representation: The Problematic Nature of the Gaze for IBPOC Visual Artists

October 15: Writing Narratives: Diverse Lens of Canadian Experiences

November 5: What Have We Learnt?: Developing Policies for Mitigating Organizational Instability  in Crisis Situations

November 26: Festival Planning /Crisis and the implications on Programming  for Equity Seeking Arts Organizations


-source: CPAMO

Appel aux artistes : STELLA (La FéCANE)

“La Fédération culturelle acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse lance STELLA pour l’année 2020-2021. STELLA a comme objectif d’appuyer le développement artistique et professionnel des artistes créateurs de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui poursuivent des projets en français. Les participants pourront bénéficier de programmes individualisés et d’activités en lien avec le perfectionnement, la formation et la promotion. Toutes les disciplines artistiques sont admissibles et l’accent sera mis sur le développement des artistes et non la compétition comme les années précédentes. Les programmes se dérouleront entre juillet 2020 et mars 2021, selon les horaires et disponibilités des participants et formateurs sélectionnés.

Les artistes souhaitant participer peuvent présenter une demande en remplissant le formulaire : DEMANDE STELLA 2020-2021. Un jury fera l’évaluation des candidatures. La date limite pour soumettre une demande est le 28 juin 2020. 

Ce programme est rendu possible grâce à l’appui financier de Patrimoine Canadien, Musicaction, l’Office des Affaires acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Écosse et du Réseau National des galas de la chanson.

Pour plus d’informations, visitez

-source : La FéCANE

Livestreaming May I Take Your Arm? performance

Yellow and white text on a photograph of a handcrafted small world that features a paper person using a white cane.

May I Take Your Arm? livestream
Friday June 12 2020 | 7:30 p.m. EST, CANADA
FOLDA – Festival of Live Digital Art

May I Take Your Arm? (MITYA) – created by Alex Bulmer, Anna Camilleri, Tristan Whiston, and Katie Yealland, with creative access support from Becky Gold – emerged from audio-recorded walks between blind performer Bulmer and strangers who provided sighted guide in a downtown neighbourhood in Toronto. It evolved into a theatre piece that integrates live performance, immersive audio, live video animation, tactile installation, and interaction. Reimagined as a livestream performance, May I Take Your Arm’s exploration of interdependence and how we turn space into place into home is more poignant than ever.

MITYA is a Red Dress Productions project. 

FOLDA Access Statement

The Festival of Live Digital Art is committed to improving accessible opportunities for all people to participate in a variety of events and performances at the festival. Access support is available by request through the workshop registration. Should you have any questions please contact the festival team at producer[at]”

-from Red Dress Productions

Culture Days 2020: September 25th – October 25th

“Join us for an even bigger national celebration where arts, culture, and creativity intersect. Indoors, outdoors, and online—discover the world of arts and culture across Canada.

Culture Days is extending beyond the traditional Culture Days Weekend to a more inclusive and interactive 4-week schedule of activities. Kicking off September 25th and running until October 25th, Culture Days invites everyone to participate in and show appreciation for arts and culture in their own communities and nationwide!

The Culture Days website will act as a promotional platform for creators of every kind to showcase thousands of virtual and in-person activities. Visitors can find small-gathering or self-guided events near them, while going digital allows participants to virtually criss-cross the country and discover live-streamed performances and other online presentations.

Our team of provincial and national partners would like to thank Culture Days organizers from across the country for their input and patience as we’ve been developing our contingency plans for the summer and fall. We’re excited to continue working with the collective network and supporters to present Culture Days in a way that celebrates arts and culture, while protecting the health of everyone.”

For more information:

En vue de septembre

Joignez-vous à nous pour une célébration nationale encore plus grande où les arts, la culture et la créativité se croisent. À l’intérieur, à l’extérieur et en ligne, découvrez le monde des arts et de la culture à travers le Canada.

La Fête de la culture va au-delà de la fin de semaine traditionnelle et propose un programme d’activités plus inclusif et plus interactif sur quatre semaines. La Fête de la culture, qui débute le 25 septembre et se poursuit jusqu’au 25 octobre, invite tout le monde à participer et à montrer son appréciation des arts et de la culture dans sa propre communauté et à travers le pays !

Le site web de la Fête de la culture servira de plateforme promotionnelle pour les créateurs de tout genre, afin de présenter des milliers d’activités virtuelles et en personne. Les visiteurs pourront trouver des petits rassemblements ou des événements auto-guidés près de chez eux, tandis que le passage au numérique permettra aux participants de parcourir virtuellement d’un bout à l’autre du pays et de découvrir des spectacles en direct et d’autres présentations en ligne.

Pour en savoir plus :

source: Culture Days / Fête de la culture

Engaging Communities Remotely: Addressing Barriers to Access

Engaging Communities Remotely: Addressing Barriers to Access

A Gathering by Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa

Thursday May 28 2020 | 2:00 – 3:30pm | Register on Eventbrite for Zoom URL

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, community engaged-artists have been devising new ways of bringing communities together in remote time and place. For some, these virtual channels for participatory art-making have made programming accessible where it wouldn’t have been before. For others, these changes present new barriers to participation, amplifying and compounding existing ones. What resources, tools and processes can artists build into their practice to better address access barriers, including how to help mitigate learning curves associated with shifting to digital platforms? Panelists will share key learnings and reflections from their recent experience adapting their programming. We will also discuss and explore the opportunities in all of this to address issues of accessibility, equity and inclusion within the field of community-engaged art which pre-date this crisis.

A panel discussion with Rachel Gray and Stephanie Nadeau (BEING Studio); Emily Jones Joanisse (Connected Canadians); and Seanna Connell (ArtBridges & ArtHeart Community Arts Centre)

About the panelist organizations:

BEING Studio is a community of artists with developmental disabilities. At BEING, artists have access to the space, the tools, and the representation to create and commercialize their visual art and creative writing. BEING has been continually adapting to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, and recently launched a virtual program called BEING Home. The virtual program offers facilitated chat sessions, home art supply deliveries and video prompts to inspire art projects from home.  What felt at first like a lifeline for our community has begun to open a world of possibility and expanded connection that we never thought possible.

Connected Canadians is a federally incorporated non-profit organization established in 2018 to help connect older adults with free technology training and support. Many Connected Canadians volunteers are new Canadians who are highly skilled technology workers, collectively they speak 12 languages. Volunteers benefit from the cultural awareness and conversational practice opportunities that come from their interaction with clients, and clients feel a sense of pride and connection in helping to welcome newcomers into the community.

ArtBridges is a hub and forum for connection for anyone interested in or active in community-engaged arts and arts for social change in Canada. Find out about affordable and accessible community-engaged arts initiatives. Learn about what’s going on, opportunities, workshops and resources. Share information about a community arts initiative that you know about!

The year 2020 marks ArtHeart Community Art Centre (ArtHeart)’s 29th year of providing free visual arts programs in Regent Park! Since its opening, ArtHeart has engaged thousands of children, youth, adults and seniors in community-engaged arts programs, worked with three generations of Regent Park residents, and been an anchor in a changing community.

Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa is a community-engaged arts program by Arts Network Ottawa / Réseau des arts d’Ottawa, and is made possible through the generous financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ottawa Community Foundation.

Original print used in graphic by Melanie Yugo

Arts Network Ottawa acknowledges that the land on which we gather is the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin nation.

Engagement communautaire à distance : remédier les obstacles liés à l’accessibilité

Un rassemblement d’Art des quartiers d’Ottawa

Jeudi 28 mai 2020 | 14h | Inscrivez-vous sur Eventbrite pour l’URL Zoom

En réponse à la crise de COVID-19, les artistes d’art communautaire engagé ont développé de nouvelles méthodes pour rassembler les communautés à distance. Pour certains, ces voies virtuelles de création artistique participative ont rendu des programmes accessibles là où ils ne l’auraient pas été auparavant. Pour d’autres, ces changements présentent de nouveaux obstacles à la participation, aggravant et compliquant ceux qui existent déjà. Quels sont les ressources, les outils et les processus dont les artistes peuvent se servir dans leur démarche pour mieux répondre aux barrières d’accès, notamment en ce qui concerne les courbes d’apprentissage associées à la transition vers les plateformes numériques ? Les panélistes feront part des principaux apprentissages et réflexions de leur récente expérience à adapter leur programmation. Nous discuterons et explorerons également les possibilités, dans tout cela, d’aborder les questions d’accessibilité, d’équité et d’inclusion dans le domaine de l’art communautaire engagé, qui sont bien antérieures à cette crise actuelle.

Une table ronde avec Rachel Gray et Stephanie Nadeau (BEING Studio); Emily Jones Joanisse (Connected Canadians); et Seanna Connell (ArtBridges et ArtHeart Community Arts Centre).

Les présentations auront lieu en anglais, suivies d’une séance de questions et réponses organisée en anglais et en français. Une “fiche-conseils” sera disponible dans les deux langues après l’événement.

L’Art des quartiers d’Ottawa est un programme d’art communautaire mis en place par Arts Network Ottawa / Réseau des arts d’Ottawa, et est rendu possible grâce au généreux soutien financier de la Fondation Trillium de l’Ontario et de la Fondation Communautaire d’Ottawa.

Impression originale utilisée dans le graphique par Melanie Yugo

Le Réseau des arts d’Ottawa reconnaît que la terre sur laquelle nous nous rassemblons est le territoire traditionnel et non cédé de la nation algonquine.”

-source : Arts Network Ottawa / Réseau des arts d’Ottawa

Digital Originals: Micro innovation grants / Connexion création: Microsubventions pour l’innovation

“Countless artistic activities have been cancelled or delayed due to COVID-19, but countless creations have also reached an impressive online audience.

The Canada Council and CBC/Radio-Canada’s Digital Originals initiative supports and amplifies this new, strong, and innovative online relationship between audiences and artists from Canada.

What is the Digital Originals initiative?

Digital Originals is a new initiative to help artists, arts groups, and organizations pivot their work for online sharing.

Artists, groups or organizations can either adapt their existing work or create a new work for digital dissemination to the Canadian public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital Originals offers a $5,000 micro innovation grant from the Canada Council.

Funded projects will be housed on a dedicated CBC/Radio-Canada website. In addition, CBC/Radio-Canada will feature selected projects for showcase on at least one of its digital CBC/Radio-Canada platforms.

Selected projects for the curated CBC-Radio/Canada showcase will receive a supplemental amount of $1000.

With the sponsorship of the RBC Foundation, as part of their ongoing activities to support youth in Canada, $150,000 in Digital Originals funding is available for new and early career artists.”

For more information, please visit:

Connexion création: Microsubventions pour l’innovation

“Si d’innombrables activités artistiques ont été annulées ou reportées en raison de la COVID-19, une multitude de créations ont aussi été diffusées en ligne auprès d’un public grandissant.

L’initiative Connexion création appuie et amplifie cette nouvelle relation entre le public et les artistes du Canada, une relation solide et novatrice.

L’initiative Connexion création : qu’est-ce que c’est?

Connexion création est une nouvelle initiative qui aide les artistes, les groupes et les organismes artistiques à orienter leurs œuvres vers le partage en ligne.

Les artistes, groupes et organismes peuvent soit adapter des œuvres existantes, soit créer de nouvelles œuvres pour les diffuser de façon numérique au public canadien durant la pandémie de la COVID-19.

Connexion création offre des microsubventions pour l’innovation de 5 000 $, versées par le Conseil des arts du Canada.

Les projets financés seront hébergés sur un site web de CBC/Radio-Canada prévu à cet effet. De plus, CBC/Radio-Canada sélectionnera des projets qui seront mis en vedette dans au moins une de ses plateformes numériques.

Les candidats dont les projets ont été retenus pour cette présentation spéciale de CBC/Radio-Canada recevront une somme supplémentaire de 1 000 $.

Grâce à une commandite de la Fondation RBC, offerte dans le cadre de ses efforts soutenus pour appuyer la jeunesse canadienne, 150 000 $ de plus seront offerts sous forme de subventions aux nouveaux artistes et aux artistes en début de carrière.”

Pour en savoir plus:

Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des arts du Canada

Call for Applications: If You Ask Me (Workman Arts)

If You Ask Me (IYAM) is a free program that supports emerging filmmakers with mental health and/or addiction experiences to develop a short film in the company of like-minded peers in a supportive environment. Over the summer, a small group of filmmakers will be selected to engage in workshops led by industry professionals and receive mentorship from IYAM alumni. Workshop topics include: developing a script, production, directing, cinematography, editing, and sound. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to screen their work at the 28th Annual Rendezvous with Madness Festival currently set to run October 15-25, 2020.

This year IYAM will run virtually! Under the current conditions of self-distancing, filmmakers will be asked to push their own creative constraints by adopting strategies for filmmaking from home. Filmmakers will negotiate what it means to explore stories of mental health at this time and how recent global changes will affect a generation of filmmakers. All genre of film are welcome, such as documentary, experimental, fiction, and animation; all devices for filmmaking are welcome, whether it is phone, tablet, or any variety of camera!

Each filmmaker will receive:

  • access to bi-weekly skill-building workshops
  • personalized mentorship
  • a screening opportunity at The Rendezvous with Madness Festival (RWM)
  • a festival pass to attend all RWM events
  • connections with film and festival networks and potential collaborators
  • future leadership opportunities with IYAM and Workman Arts

In order to be eligible for IYAM, you must be:

  • between the ages of 16-25.
  • be available from July to September to attend bi-weekly workshops and RWM.
  • have the ability to join online workshops.

The application form for IYAM 2020 can be found here.
The deadline for applications is June 8th, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.

For more information, please visit:

-from Workman Arts

Virtual Collaborative Art Project: She is Awakening – Emerging through Art + Sound

“As the world slows and quiets during this time of physical distancing, we’re able to listen more intently. Step outside and into nature – what do you hear?

Myths and Mirrors, in partnership with Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury and artists EMILIO PORTAL, WILL MORIN, and DARLENE, invite you to take part in a virtual art project exploring art, sound, and collaborative creation as we celebrate Mother Earth and the changing of the seasons.


1. Using your phone or digital audio recorder, record a sound from nature (45 sec max) and submit by email to Deadline to submit is SUNDAY, MAY 24th.

2. Then join us online SATURDAY, JUNE 6th, 1-3PM, for a virtual workshop with EMILIO PORTAL and WILL MORIN as we share and weave sound to create a collaborative soundscape.

3. On SATURDAY, JUNE 13th, 1-3PM, join DARLENE for a vocalization/choral workshop and find out how you can add your voice to the project.

4. Artists are also invited to submit works of art inspired by the sounds of nature and/or the collaborative soundscape (once it’s available online). Submissions can be shared in the Facebook event page or submitted by email to mythsandmirrors[at]

5. On SATURDAY, JULY 4TH, 1-3PM, hear the final collaborative soundscape and share your own artwork inspired by the sounds of nature and this project.

For more information, contact mythsandmirrors[at]”

-from Myths and Mirrors Community Arts

IndigArts Takeover Weekend (Paprika Festival)

Paprika Festival is excited to present our 2020 IndigArts Takeover Weekend across our social media platforms, featuring Indigenous artists from across Canada and our current Indigenous Arts Program participants!

Thursday May 21, 2020

3:00pm EST
Chantal Stormsong Chagnon | Opening Ceremony on IG Live

4:00pm EST

Jay Northcott (IAP Facilitator) in Conversion with five prominent Indigenous and Metis artistic leaders from across Canada and members of the #Paprika19 Indigenous Art Program. This is a chance for communities to connect and break the barriers of distance. From East to West and even up North we meet, laugh and learn from one other. Join us on Facebook Live to listen, witness, and learn for these amazing artists and their stories.

The panel features:
Justin Manyfingers | Former AD @ Making Treaty 7 (Calgary)
Colin Wolf | Gwaandak Theatre (Whitehorse)
Sheldon Elter | Actor (Edmonton)
Jeanette Kotowich | Dancer/Choreographer (Vancouver)
Sarain Fox | Dancer/Film Maker (Halifax)
Sophie Dow, Pesch Nepoose, Theresa Cutknife | IAP Participants


Friday May 22, 2020 | 7:00pm EST
Michael Hassler & Mohammed Shehab

Saturday May 23, 2020 | 7:00pm EST
Tyler J Sloane

Sunday May 24, 2020 | 7:00pm EST
Ziigwen Mixemong”

Panel discussion as part of our IndigARTS Takeover Weekend moderated by our IAP Facilitator Jay Northcott. They will be…

Posted by Paprika Festival on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

-from Paprika Festival