Ontarians for the Arts is a non-partisan movement of Ontario-based artists, arts organizations, and arts supporters whose purpose is to promote and advocate for the importance of the arts across Ontario and to secure adequate resources and enabling policies that will support the development and enhancement of diverse arts practices and provide access to rich, vibrant arts activities for all Ontarians. June 2018.
Kaeja d’Dance bridges dance art and the public. The work is personal, highly physical, quirky and sensual, revealing stories, lives lived and risks we take as human beings. Since 1991, Kd’D has triggered a cascade of award-winning contemporary creations in dance performance, site works with extreme numbers of dancers and screen dance.
A serendipitous exchange of dance making, where one dancers solo becomes another’s inspiration to create and perform. Produced by Kaeja d’Dance as part of Xtraordinary TO Dances (XTOD), the Solo Dance Xchange (SDX) is a platform for 22 extraordinary Toronto dance artists to intimately expose and fertilize each other’s creative process with essences of what makes them who they are. A multiplicity of generations and practices, these artists will perform a 3-minute stage solo inspired by another’s original improvised XTOD film footage, shot in the summer of 2017. This gateway between dance artists and their practices is a unique eye into what makes each dancer move and respond. February 2018.
Theatre Passe Muraille believes there should be a more diverse representation of artists, audience members, and stories in our theatre in Canada. TPM aspires to be a leader locally, nationally and internationally in establishing, promoting, and embracing collaborative and inclusive theatre practices that support and ignite the voices of unique artists, communities and audiences. Founded in 1968, TPM is Canada’s original alternative theatre company, currently developing and producing new Canadian plays, striving to articulate a distinct Canadian voice that reflects the complexity of our intercultural society. 2017/18.
Acha Bacha For years Zaya has balanced his relationships with his religion and his queer identity. But as secrets from the past reveal themselves, and crisis strikes his family, he is torn between loyalties, culture, and time. January 2018.
The Drawer Boy Miles, an aspiring actor from Toronto, has relocated to rural Ontario. The actor’s theatre company is there to research country life with the hopes of developing a play. During an extended visit with two farmers Miles discovers the challenges of manual labor and inadvertently stumbles upon a secret that has been held for decades. February 2018.
b current performing arts co. is a not-for-profit arts company, which presents and supports performance works emanating from Black and other Diasporic Communities in Canada. This Toronto-based theatre company focuses on developing and producing material often only seen outside of mainstream and even contemporary alternative venues. 2017/18 season, 2018/19 season.
Take d Milk, Nah? “This is the story of how I once birthed a cow…kinda…” Jivesh is “Canadian.” And “Indian.” And “Hindu.” And “West Indian.” “Trinidadian” too. Or maybe he’s just colonized. In Take d Milk, Nah? Parasram blends personal storytelling and ritual to walk an audience through the Hin-do’s and Hin-don’ts at the intersections of these cultures. The show is a refreshingly candid and delightfully funny look at race, religion and nationalism(s): What divides us – and what we’re willing to accept in the desire to belong. Oh, and there’s a cow. April 2018.
Louder Than A Bob (LOVE) Since 1993, Leave Out Violence (LOVE) has helped youth challenged by the many forms of violence to build the skills and confidence necessary to change their lives and communities. LOVE was founded on the belief that youth challenged by violence can be agents of change, capable of transforming their own lives, investing themselves in their communities, and making the world a safer place. Louder Than A Bomb is the largest youth poetry festival in the world. This 12-week program brings Toronto’s top spoken word artists into the classroom to explore storytelling, the written word and prepare them for the Louder Than A Bomb Festival.
Louder Than A Bomb is more than an event. It’s a movement. It’s a city-wide poetry festival that celebrates the voices of youth and provides a platform to share their stories and build community. May 2018.
Shacklands Brewing Co. Established in 2017, Shacklands Brewing Co. is a small batch brewery located in Toronto’s west end Stockyards neighbourhood. Focusing primarily on Belgian style ales, their eclectic brewery has a little bit of everything from pinball to comic books, 8-tracks to vinyl. All the comfort of your best friend’s basement, accompanied by well crafted artisanal Belgian style ales. Ongoing.
Two Birds, One Stone Rimah Jabr was born a Muslim Palestinian, Natasha Greenblatt was born a Jewish Canadian. They met for the first time in Toronto, but have they seen each other before? Two Birds One Stone investigates the forces that push us through time and across continents to find each other. Two Birds One Stone is a fictional documentary that investigates these two artists’ criss-crossing histories. Featuring two dynamic performances from two very different performers playing dozens of characters on both sides of the wall. Two Birds One Stone asks complicated questions about identity, privilege, and home. Previously produced as part of Why Not Theatre’s RISER Project, and presented this June at the Tarragon Theatre Workspace. June 2018.
Your Dance Fest random acts of dance is proud to present Your Dance Fest; a new community oriented dance festival in the heart of Toronto’s St. Clair West neighbourhood. This audience-focused festival boasts performances chosen by non-dancers, unique audience/artist interactions, free workshops for everybody, prizes, parties and more – something for every viewer! August 2018.
Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF)
The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF) was established in 1999. It has two aims: to increase cultural tourism by providing investments to assist Ontario organizations to develop, promote and present one-off or first time events, or a significant expansion of existing activity, which are designed to attract new tourists and visitors to cultural events; and to increase the earned revenue capability of the applicant organization. Since 1999, the Government of Ontario has invested $32 million in the Fund and the success of the over 450 initiatives in which OCAF has invested has led to a healthy replenishment of the Fund for future projects. Attendance to OCAF funded events has reached 35 million to date. Ongoing.