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Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced a major change to performance categories for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards that will be implemented for next year's 40th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards in June 2019.

All performance categories for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards beginning with the 2018-19 season will be gender neutral with all binary male and female designations eliminated and replaced with gender-inclusive "Outstanding Performance" categories as applicable.

A Fond Farewell to Principal Dancer Taylor Gill

From the OTF
Today, the Ontario Trillium Foundation invites the nonprofit sector to connect with the Knowledge Centre, an online community with a shared learning environment.

This online resource hosts a discussion forum, and provides access to knowledge products including reports, videos, infographics, and more to foster community engagement, collaboration and learning. 


database update form 2018

If you have any changes to your information for the 2018 Dance Ontario Directory please send in your Database Update form by April 30, 2018.

Dance Ontario's Creative Partnership Program will provide $2,000 in production/creation support to each of two choreographers for NEW work to be premiered at DanceWeekend'19 next January. Choreographers whose membership is current at the time of submission are eligible to apply.

All forms of dance will be considered and two works each approximately 15 minutes in length will be selected.

Announcing: Arts Action Now!
Arts Action Now is Ontarians for the Arts primary activism vehicle.
We are looking for insightful, knowledgeable and proactive community leaders to volunteer as arts advocates and meet with local MPPs and Candidates. We encourage to you get involved! 

Toronto Dance Theatre is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Whitford as its new Managing Director. Ms Whitford has been working at the intersection of arts and business as an independent producer for the past decade in both Toronto and London, UK. She is currently the manager of Culture & Arts at Baycrest Health Sciences, overseeing a dynamic team of professionals who enrich older adults’ lives through cultural programming.

The following has been recdeived from the RAD's Clarke MacIntosh who has been working diligently to reduce current licensing fees -
On January 12, 2018 the Copyright Board issued an updated Tariff 6.B for the years 2013-2017. This recent determination increases the tariff for dance schools rather significantly:  


Settlement Tariff 6.B

A recent change to the rules in the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW) will be a huge step forward for artists in Ontario who get benefits from these income support programs and receive arts grants.

On December 13, 2017, the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) announced that, effective that day, arts grants are exempt as income and assets in both ODSP and OW.

The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) is surprised by Budget 2018’s oversight of artists. This budget focuses on women, Indigenous, and marginalized members of the Canadian society, which is commendable. Yet, if the goal was to highlight precarious workers, the federal government missed the opportunity to recognize the role that 650,000 cultural workers play in the Canadian economy. Based on the Statistical Profile of Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada, the average income of artists is 32% lower than other workers.