Monday, January 26, 2009

Arts Network for Children and Youth asks for email support for proposals to government

To read the proposals submitted, see:

Government of Canada Stimulus proposal
Presentation to Ont. Standing Committee of Finance

The Arts Network for Children and Youth has submitted “proposals” to the Federal Government for the “Stimulus Package and the Province of Ontario’s “Standing Committee of Finance”. To both the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario we have made three requests:

Recommendation #1: Creative Spaces Children and Youth Infrastructure Fund

Federal Budget - A beginning investment of $50 million to be used for pilot infrastructure projects in urban, rural, remote and First Nations communities.

Provincial Budget - A beginning investment of $10 million to be used for pilot infrastructure projects in urban, rural, remote and First Nations communities.

Recommendation #2: Children and Youth Arts Engagement Fund

Federal Budget - We are asking that a minimum of $15 million dollars be placed in the 2009 budget with the intent that this will also be an annual core operating fund to organizations that will increase yearly as cost to other sectors decrease.

Provincial Budget - We are asking that a minimum of $15 million dollars be placed in the 2009 budget with the intent that this will also be an annual core operating fund to organizations that will increase yearly as cost to other sectors decrease.

Recommendation #3: Training Fund

Federal Budget - We are asking that $50 million dollars be used to set up training programs for youth artists who, upon completion will then be able to deliver community based programs at the municipal level.

If you support these “Proposals” we suggest that you “add your voice” and forward them on!!

Government of Canada contacts: Federal Government e-mails include:

Federal Member of Parliament e-mail contact list:

the Honourable Jim Flaherty the Minister of Finance his e-mail is: [email protected]

the Honourable James Moore the Minister for Canadian Heritage his e-mail is: [email protected]

the Honourable Tony Clement the Minister of Industry his e-mail is [email protected]

the Honourable Diane Finley the Minister for Human Resource Skills Development Canada her e-mail is [email protected]

the Honourable John Baird the Minister of Infrastructure his e-mail is [email protected]

the Honourable Chuck Strahl the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs his e-mail is [email protected]

Government of Ontario contacts: Government of Ontario e-mails include:

Province of Ontario Member of Parliament e-mail contact list:

the Honourable Aileen Carrol the Minister of Culture her e-mail is: [email protected].org

the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Culture, Laura Albanese, her e-mail is: [email protected]

the Honourable Margarett Best the Minister of Health Promotions her e-mail is [email protected]

the Honourable Hon Dwight Duncan the Minister of Finance his e-mail is [email protected]

the Honourable Hon Deborah Matthews the Minister of Children and Youth her e-mail is [email protected]

the Honourable Hon Kathleen Wynne, the Minister of Education her e-mail is [email protected]

the Honourable Brad Duguid Minister of Aboriginal Affairs his e-mail is [email protected]

We hope that this will be one of the next steps in the creation of the expanding “Children and Youth Arts Sector”.

Thank you for your support

Arts Network for Children and Youth

580 King St. W.

Toronto, On.

M5V 1M3



[email protected]

Sunday, January 18, 2009


The Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University (AMS) invites applications for the position of CFRC 101.9 FM Operations Officer. One of the oldest radio stations in Canada, CFRC 101.9 FM is owned and operated by the AMS and aims to provide innovative and alternative radio programming that enriches and challenges the academic and cultural life of the University and Kingston community. CFRC provides students and community members with the opportunity to gain experience in the collective operation of a radio station whose programming and practices are not constrained by demands for profit.

Suitable candidates should have:

2 - 5 years of related experience

University Degree or completion of a relevant post-secondary school program an asset

Relevant administrative, managerial and organizational experience in a student and/or community focused environment

Excellent interpersonal, oral communication and written communication skills

Demonstrated ability to create and maintain financial control of working capital and operational budgets

•Thorough knowledge of and interest in broadcasting practices and principles of station management, particularly as they apply in campus-based community radio

Starting salary at $40,000.
Position commences late March/early April 2009.
Resumes with cover letters are welcome by mail or courier until Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at the following address:

Attn: CFRC Operations Officer Posting
The Alma Mater Society
John Deutsch University Centre, Queen’s University
Kingston, ON K7L 3L6

Please note that only those selected for a multiple interview process will be notified. The first round of interviews will take place Saturday, February 21st or Sunday, February 22nd, 2009. The Alma Mater Society thanks you in advance for your interest!

Visit for a detailed job description and application instructions.

Auditions for theatre dance production

Red Sky Performance will hold auditions for its theatre dance production for young audiences - "Raven Stole the Sun" - written by acclaimed Canadian author Drew Hayden Taylor. This leg of the tour will include performances in Toronto, Ottawa and throughout central and northern Ontario from April 6 to May 30, 2009. Red Sky will be casting one male actor / dancer.

Abilities & Characteristics:
One Male 20 - 45 years
ability to move, dance and rap
vain, curious, delightful, humorous, chatty, cheeky

Preference will be given to Aboriginal performers (including First Nations, Metis and Inuit), but all qualified actors are encouraged to audition. If you wish to be considered for an audition send your resume, an 8 x 10 headshot, and contact information to Sandra Laronde, Artistic Director, to
[email protected]

Selected candidates will be notified and scheduled for an audition to be held on Thursday January 22.

About Red Sky
Renowned for its artistry and innovation, Red Sky is a leading company that shapes contemporary Aboriginal performance in dance, theatre and music, and explores the artistic landscape where world Indigenous cultures merge. Established in 2000 by founding artistic director Sandra Laronde, Red Sky creates and produces original works for family and adult audiences on local, national and international stages.

About Raven Stole the Sun
Red Sky takes a traditional story to exciting new heights through a compelling theatre dance piece for family audiences. Raven is a fabulous and magical creature of impulse and curiosity. In order to satisfy his overwhelming sense of curiosity, Raven hatches a brilliant scheme for stealing the stars, the moon, the sun, and ends up bringing light to the people of the world.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Call for Artist Submissions for "Urban Landscapes"

April/May 2009 group show at Tay River Gallery

Urban spaces or cityscapes of any locale - high realism, expressionism or abstraction in oils, acrylics, pastels or watercolours.

Accepting submissions for upcoming Small Group Show "Urban Landscapes" with show dates April/ May 2009.
Pls. submit up to 6 images (low resolution jpg format) together with biography, artist statement and website url. Email your submission to [email protected]. Selection by review of electronic submissions by curating committee.

Deadline: February 15, 2009

Tay River Gallery is located at 28 Wilson St. W. in Perth On. K7H 2M9 613-264-5448.
Lisa Brown
Tay River Gallery

Bulletin for: Feature film, television and documentary producers

Ontario Media Development Corporation:

Bulletin for: Feature film, television and documentary producers

"From Page to Screen"
March 6, 2009 at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre
250 Yonge Street, 35th Floor, Toronto

Application Deadline – February 5, 2009 by 5:00 PM

This event has been created to promote the adaptation of Canadian fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature published by Ontario publishers to the big and small screens. It will provide a forum for Canadian film and television producers to meet with Canadian-owned, Ontario-based publishers in one-on-one scheduled meetings followed at the end of the day with a networking reception for participants. Applications are invited from production companies working in one or more of children’s, animation, drama and non-fiction/documentary.

Please note the following:

* Companies must be Canadian-owned, Ontario-based. Producers must be Ontario residents, with Canadian citizenship.
* Producers must have at least two producer credits on films, series, or one-offs that have been theatrically distributed or broadcast.
* Space for publisher meetings is limited to 40 production companies, with a limit of 2 executives per company.
* Priority for selection of participants will be given to applicants who have previous experience optioning book rights and adapting published work for the screen.
* There will be both morning and afternoon meetings scheduled for producers to meet with publishers. It is expected that the producers will be scheduled either for morning or afternoon meetings (which will enable us to accommodate a greater number of producers). Producers may indicate their preference as to which session they wish to attend and while we will do our best to accommodate, it may not be possible to accommodate your schedule preference.

There will be a catalogue created for this event which will include corporate profiles and contact information on attending producers and publishers, as well as specific titles included for each publisher.

Registration for "From Page to Screen" is complimentary. Please note that the event agenda is primarily brokered one-on-one meetings. Given the space limitation it is expected that selected participants will be able to attend this event and meet with publishers as arranged. Individual meeting schedules will be provided prior to the date of the event.

There will be a networking reception at the end of the day to allow for additional informal relationship-building between "From Page to Screen " participants.

February 5th – Deadline for applications
February 12th – Confirmation to producers re: participation in event
March 6th – "From Page to Screen" Event at Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, 250 Yonge Street, 35th Floor, Toronto

For further information on this program, please contact:

Janet Hawkins
[email protected]

Craft Artists, Call For Entry: Masterworks East

A “Best of” Juried Travelling Exhibition of Contemporary Eastern Ontario Craft.

This call is open to all makers living in a K or J postal code who create outstanding works in any craft media (clay, metal, fibre, glass, wood, stone, etc.)

Deadline January 30th.

Ontario Crafts Council Conference 2009

The Ontario Crafts Council has several things going on relevant to eastern Ontario craft-based artists.

February 28th – March 1st: Building Your Successful Crafts Career Conference 2009

· Saturday February 28th, 7pm: Reception event at Club SAW, Arts Court in Ottawa. Featuring digital display of works accepted into the 2009 juried touring exhibition Masterworks East. Cash bar.

· Sunday March 1st, 9am-5pm: Conference speeches and workshops, relevant to artists and makers of all professional levels. Topics include: artist gallery relationships; grant writing on both provincial and federal levels; digital business strategies; promotional photography and more.

For the best rates, register by January 15th.

Union Gallery Exhibitions Jan 2009

In the main space, the Union Gallery presents Profane Illuminations, an exhibition by two fourth year Fine Arts students Genna Kusch and Morgan Wedderspoon, on display from January 13 - 31, 2009. A reception to meet the artists will be held on the evening of Thursday, January 29th, 2009, 6-8pm. In the project room, the Union Gallery presents Leaf Collection: encounters with Madame E and her suit of environmentally conscious a(r)mour, an exhibition by graduate student Lisa Figge.

Upcoming February 6 - March 3rd, you are not your car by 4th year BFA students Kyle Topping and Julia Stephens.

In the main space:

Morgan Wedderspoon and Genna Kusch present new paintings and prints that examine ideas of 'good' and 'evil' in relation to concepts of 'beauty' and 'ugliness'. Wedderspoon uses printmaking techniques to combine beauty with a lurking darkness while Kusch takes inspiration from children's stories and extracts the innocence that often veils wickedness.

In the project room:

Leaf Collection: encounters with Madame E and her suit of environmentally conscious a(r)mour presents documentation of a project by Lisa Figge a.k.a. Madame E. Creating an alternative identity, which is aligned with nature and the environment, Figge challenges the status quo in the public realm through performative interventions.

Also please note that we have extended the deadline for the Art Shift and Food Fight II projects, please see attached flyers for more information. The new deadline is January 31st 2009.

Also Upcoming on Friday, January 16th from 9:30-11:30am, a Web Design Workshop.

For more information go to

Thursday, January 15, 2009



* Forever Plaid (Stuart Ross), the 'heavenly' hit musical comedy about four harmoney singers, The Plaids, which gently spoofs the guy-groups of the 50's. This international hit features a raft of classic favourites and lots of laughs (May 13 - June 13)
* The Drowsy Chaperone (Lisa Lambert, Bob Martin, Greg Morrison, Don McKellar), a home grown high-kicking, tap-dancing, Tony Award-winning musical comedy extravaganza (June 18 - Aug 1)
* The Mollycoddlers, this tale of terrible pirating by Kingstonian John Corrigan, in which five poor farmers turn to piracy to help make ends meet, features an outdoor battle and a raft of auxilliary community events (Aug 6 - Sept 5)
* Old Love, a new comedy in which romance, courtship and relationships are rethought. By Norm Foster and starring Norm Foster (Sept 11 - Oct 10)
* The Wingfield Trilogy (Dan Needles) takes you back to the beginning of it all with the world's most popular stock broker turned farmer, as Rod Beattie performs the first three installments in this incredibly popular series. He may be only one man, but he brings an entire community, in all its eccentric glory, to life. (Oct 14 - Nov 7)


* Summer of My Amazing Luck, by Chris Craddock, adapted from the novel by Miriam Toews. A hilarious and heartbreaking summer-time road trip with all the intelligance, humour and compassion that have made the novel so popular (June 4 - July 11)
* The Blonde, The Brunette and The Vengeful Redhead (Robert Hewett), a darkly humourous one woman tour de force, which has played to packed houses around the world, including the Stratford Festival for two years running (July 16 - Aug 22)
* Trudueau Stories, Brooke Johnson's engaging tale of a surprising friendship, explores her relationship with our most charismatic leader (Sept 1 - Sept 19)

See for more details.