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City Council passed its 2018 operating budget on February 12, including a $2 million increase to arts funding, $500,000 of which will go to Toronto Arts Council. With this increase, the City has finally met its longstanding $25 per capita funding target. We thank and acknowledge City Council for all its good work contributing to this achievement.

At DanceWeekend's 25th Anniversary Edition, Claire Whitaker received this year's Jacque Foesier Youth Dance Award from last year's recipient, Tess Vosper.
She was nominated by Patricia Fraser, Artistic Director of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

Image: Patricia Fraser and Claire Whitaker

Eleanor McMahon will leave Tourism, Culture & Sport for the Treasury and Daiene Vernile, who represents Kitchener Centre, is now Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Daiene Vernile was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Kitchener Centre.





"The end of a calendar year is a time for reflection on the year past. As I look back on 2017, I’m struck by how much we accomplished. It was a busy year for my ministry and we achieved a lot together. That is why I am thrilled to share with you some highlights from this year.

George Brown Dance alumnus Nobahar Dadui has been cast as the lead performer in Cirque du Soleil’s exciting new production Crystal -  A breakthrough ice experience. Nobahar is a graduate of the 2013 Dance Preparation program and spoke about how George Brown Dance prepared her to take on this lead role.

The Canada Dance Festival will not be happening in 2018 as the annual event looks to find ways to make up lost grant money.

The festival has been showcasing Canadian dance in the Ottawa area for three decades in a partnership with the National Arts Centre.

It said in a news release on Wednesday that it's lost too much funding in the last two years and doesn't have enough cash to pay its staff.

TDT have recently returned home after two weeks touring in Columbia.
They fell in love with the country and its friendly people and were touched and encouraged by the warm response to our work.

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen will perform The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition to a record sold out performance on Saturday December 9th from 2-4pm at First Ontario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place).

Choreographer David Earle launches A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival in Guelph and Toronto