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The Dance Ontario Awards Committee is delighted to announce that Ethan Bucholtz will be the recipient of this year's Jacque Foesier Youth Dance Award. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2019 during DanceWeekend'19 at the Fleck Dance Theatre in Toronto.


The Toronto Film Critics Association awarded Anthropocene: The Human Epoch the Rogers best Canadian film award – and a cash prize of $100,000 – last night. It’s a despairing documentary about humanity’s devastation of the natural world, but Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier – who co-directed the film with photographer Edward Burtynsky – made a very optimistic move.

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is pleased to announce that Erika Iserhoff has been appointed OAC’s new Indigenous Arts Officer. Erika succeeds long-time OAC Indigenous Arts Officer Sara Roque, who stepped down in 2018.

Congratulations to Bengt Jorgen now a Member of the Order of Canada.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada,recently announced 103 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new member list includes 2 Companions (C.C.), 15 Officers (O.C.) and 86 Members (C.M.), including 2 Honorary Members. Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

2018 highlights:   ▲ TAC hosted its first TAC Leaders Lab Alumni Gatherings, bringing together the first three cohorts of this leadership development program to identify and discuss key issues within the arts sector. The hope is that these gatherings will inspire Toronto’s future and current arts leaders to work together to strengthen the sector.  

Take part in our Annual Public Meeting (APM)—in person or online!

The Canada Council for the Arts invites you to join us January 15 at 4:00 p.m. EST for a look back at some of our recent activities, and a look at the year ahead. 

Media Release - Dance Ontario DanceWeekend'19



Contact: Amy Hampton


Toronto: November 27, 2018

DanceWeekend '19 …from fierce physicality to ethereal elegance!

January 26-27, 2019 Admission $15 min donation per patron (FREE for children under 8 years of age)
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Info  416 204 1083 or 416 973 4000

Ontario Arts Council has received an in-year funding cut of $5M.  The operating budget for the funder will now be approx $64M.  Similarly the Ontario Trillium Foundation was cut $15M and the Indigenous Culture Fund was cut by $2.5M.  There is no confirmation of base funding for these organizations for the 2019/20 fiscal year.

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen will bring its critically praised production The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition to Saskatchewan November 14 through November 21. This will be the first time CBJ’s Canadian version of The Nutcracker will be seen in Western Canada.

Community Safety Minister Michael Tibollo has been demoted from his post following allegations that he campaigned for a politician questioned in an OPP probe. Tibollo, who represents Vaughan-Woodbridge, takes on the role of Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
He will be replaced at Community Safety by Sylvia Jones