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Toronto, January 10, 2022 — The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Chair Rita Davies today announced the departure of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Carolyn Vesely.

"The OAC Board of Directors wish Carolyn well in her new endeavours and we thank her for her contributions, years of service to OAC and to the arts in Ontario," said Rita Davies.

Statistics Canada will soon be conducting the Pilot Study on Everyday Well-being, in collaboration with Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage. The survey will run from January 10, 2021 to March 31, 2022.
Postponed - DanceWeekend'22

In response to the very serious and rapidly evolving COVID situation in Ontario, we have made the difficult decision to postpone DanceWeekend’22, initially scheduled to run Jan 20-23, 2022.


December 14, 2021 - The Goverment of Canada's Economic and Fiscal Ipdate from the Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, outlined a new funding program for the Performign Arts Sector with $60 million for the new temporary Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund.

Save the Date! DanceWeekend'22

*SAVE THE DATE* Dance Ontario is thrilled to announce the return of our annual flagship event DanceWeekend’22 happening January 20th through 23rd! The 4-day event featuring live performances, dance films and workshops by 30+ artists will be presented virtually and in-person. Mark it down in your calendars!


That's a Wrap on ONWARDS!

From November 19 to December 3, 2021, ONWARDS featured world premieres of works by award-winning choreographers Rodney Diverlus and Matthew “Snoopy” Cuff as well as short films from choreographers Devanshi Mishra, Shameka Blake, and Angelo De Torres and filmmakers Olya Glotka and Manuel Garcia.

The deadline has been extended to December 13th, 2021 for the Recovery Funding for Professional Arts Presentation Organizations through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF).

On November 3, 2021, the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries (MHSTCI) announced $4 million (including program administration costs) for Indigenous Arts Support.

Sarah Harrison will become Deputy Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries