Client Events Across Ontario April 10-24

OCAF client events are bursting forth like flowers in bloom!
We’ve also got marketing tips, a new client case study and more. Read on and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook to stay absolutely up to date!

 Luminato Announces 2014 Festival programming

 

The Luminato Festival embraces all fields of creativity and encourages cross disciplinary collaboration and creation among leading artists and inspired thinkers of all kinds to transform Toronto, create a culture that is accessible to all people and impact Canadian and global arts. Now in its 7th year, programming has just been announced for this year’s Festival and promises more culture and creativity than ever before. Click here to be taken to the Festival Hub for a look at all things Luminato!

 

No need to Knock -  Doors Open Ontario!

From May to October 2014, communities open the doors to some of Ontario’s most intriguing and charming heritage sites. Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand. New communities for 2014 are Essex County, North Wellington, West Nipissing, West Elgin, Saugeen Shores, Elliot Lake, Kirkland Lake and Fort Frances, as well as in returning communities of Peterborough, Sault Ste Marie, North Bay and Scugog. Visit www.doorsopenontario.on.ca to find a door open near you.

Click here to read “Bringing the City Alive”, a Leger survey done on behalf of Toronto Arts Foundation that found that a majority (70%) of GTA residents regularly participate in the arts by attending events, volunteering, or donating.
Robert Lepage receives the Tenth Glenn Gould Prize at Rideau Hall
 

Robert Lepage (centre) receives the Tenth Glenn Gould Prize from His Excellency David Johnston, Governor General of Canada (right) alongside Brian Levine (left) Executive Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation at a gala ceremony on March 31, 2014, Rideau Hall, Ottawa. Visit www.glenngould.ca for more news to come!

OLA’s Festival of Trees – Culmination of the Forest of Reading

The OLA’s Forest of Reading and the Festival of Trees occupy major places of prominence in Canada’s literary landscape. The Festival of Trees™ culminates in a 2-day awards celebration for the school-aged programs.  The Festival is Canada’s largest literary event for young readers and is continuing to grow. More than 8,000 people attend this event, which is co-presented by IFOA, at Harbourfront Centre. In addition to the award presentations featuring the nominated authors/illustrators, the days are packed with fun and engaging activities, including workshops put on by the authors/illustrators themselves

Client Events Across Ontario, Crowdfunding, Film Opportunities and More! March 20 – April 3 2014

It’s been a long winter and spring is finally here (we hope!)  along with upcoming events with OCAF clients! Our social media marketing tips continue to be popular, as well as our client case studies (up next, 4th Line Theatre!)  so look for those as well. Follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook to stay absolutely up to date!

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Congratulations Theatre Centre!

After 34 years of existence in more than 10 different locations, the Theatre Centre will finally move to a permanent home in January 2014 in the heart of Toronto’s dynamic West Queen West neighbourhood. It will occupy the renovated historic Carnegie library building at 1115 Queen Street West, which has been renovated into a new, fully-equipped, multi-space and multidisciplinary performing arts facility. The opening of their permanent home presents a unique opportunity for The Theatre Centre to present an exciting six-month program of new local, national and international performance work, as well as free activities. Click here to read an interview with artistic director Franco Boni.

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The Gardiner Museum Turns 30

The Gardiner inspires and connects people, art and ideas through clay, one of the world’s oldest art forms. Year-round the Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures and clay classes to complement its permanent collection. To celebrate their 30th birthday, the museum will offer a year of special programming including “Camp Fires: Léopold Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette”, “West Coast Points East: Ron Thom and the Allied Arts”, and “Thirty Objects, Thirty Insights”. In addition the Gardiner Museum will have special events and ancillary programming throughout the year to celebrate the Anniversary including a 30th Anniversary Lecture series, Book Launch, 30th Anniversary Celebration Weekend and Family Days.  Visit   Visit  www.gardinermuseum.on.ca for more information.

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A new way to fund independent arts and culture nationwide!
FWYC is run by the Toronto Fringe, which is a non-profit arts organization
that provides creative opportunities for artists and their supporters.
“We see ourselves as facilitators and enablers of independent art. FWYC is an extension of what we do, because funding is one of the building blocks of any creative endeavour. Our mission is to see great projects come to life.”
Anyone who has an indie arts project can create a campaign and anyone with access to a
computer can back it! You do not have to be in the Fringe Festival, or be in Toronto, or be
especially pretty to use the site. If you have a project in mind, please use this site to make it a
reality.
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Calling all East/South/Southeast Asian filmmakers!
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival wants your work – submission fees waived until April
30!
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Coming soon at tiff cinematique…..
In recognition of current Glenn Gould Prize Laureate Robert Lepage, TIFF and The Glenn Gould
Foundation are pleased to present this retrospective of the celebrated Québécois stage and film
director’s cinematic oeuvre.Lepage will be in attendance for five of the series’ eventsclick
here for the full schedule.

Client Events Across Ontario, Marketing Tips and More February 28 – March 16

Although we hear there are signs of spring around town, we’re going to go with the idea that March is just around the corner – and so are some upcoming events with our clients!

 We’ve also noticed you seemed to be interested in more marketing tips (thanks for the Facebook likes!) and our case studies so we’ll be continuing with those – this newsletter features the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. For the next little while we’ll continue to feature marketing articles, how-tos and Q&As from some of the best in the business. Follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook to stay absolutely up to date!

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Case Study

Reel Asian Film Festival (2013)

“OCAF’s support benefited our organization by contributing

to our ability to develop our audiences. Through OCAF’s support of this project, we were able to respond to increasing demand for programming reflecting the diversity of Ontario residents and reach the significant Asian populations beyond the city of Toronto.” 

Click here to read the full case study.

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Coming Soon!

To honour Glenn Gould’s spirit and legacy by celebrating brilliance, promoting creativity and transforming lives through the power of music and the arts with the Foundation’s signature activities including the Glenn Gould Prize.

In order to honour Laureate Robert Lepage, the Foundation has developed a week-long celebration to accompany the Gala Concert and Awards Ceremony. Visit

glenngould.ca for more information.

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Last Call for The Great Upheaval! Final Weekend!

The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918 showcases the dynamism, creativity, and innovation of art produced in Europe in the years leading up to and during the First World War.

Featuring paintings from the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso, among others, the exhibition chronologically traces the achievements of these tumultuous years as artists experimented with new ways to create art while launching such movements as expressionism, futurism and cubism. Click here for tickets.

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The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors

Emperor Yongzheng -The Enigma

 

This exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum will present artifacts and objects from the collection of the Palace Museum to explore and introduce to audiences the intrigue of palace life and the daily life of China’s imperial families.  

Numerous public programs will be developed in conjunction with this blockbuster exhibition, including (i) a themed lecture series with a focus on Chinese art, social history and culture; (ii) artistic workshops; and (iii) family weekend programming.Click herefor more info

 

 

 

(Indoor) Client Events Across Ontario, Marketing Tips and More February 1 – 14, 2014

We’re into 2014 now and the snow seems like it has no intention of stopping. Since most of our client events take place the other three seasons, we’ll use this newsletter to remind you of events happening indoors with some of our previous clients as well as a case study on MonstrARTity – “Bollywood Monster Mashup” (2013)

As well, we’ve noticed the most used resource on our website is the marketing tool kit. It’s been recently updated with more tips and tricks, but we think we can do more – for the next little while we’ll be featuring marketing articles, how-tos and Q&As from some of the best in the business. Follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook to stay absolutely up to date!

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ON NOW AT THE AGO

The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918 showcases the dynamism, creativity, and innovation of art produced in Europe in the years leading up to andduring the First World War.  Featuring paintings from the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso, among others, the exhibition chronologically traces the achievements of these tumultuous years as artists experimented with new ways to create art while launching such movements as expressionism, futurism and cubism.

 

“The Great Upheaval bears witness to how dazzlingly fruitful an eight-year period can be….In the brief interlude before the outbreak of war, original ideas sprang up in such profusion that a single metaphor cannot contain them: they skyrocketed, snowballed, mushroomed, and multiplied” Ariella Budick, FinancialTimes   On until March 2 – click for more information.

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ON NOW AT THE ART GALLERY OF HAMILTON

 

Repeatedly in his work, Canadian artist Kim Adams has explored the patterns of a mobile society, creating works of art that are eccentric hybrids of the readymade. Blending humour, satire and seriousness, he builds “worlds” as a means of social critique.
A magnificent visual masterpiece, Bruegel-Bosch Bus consists of a 1960 Volkswagen that appears to pull a post-industrial universe displaying a cornucopia of fantastic and seductive worlds that play with our senses. It was produced over a 7-year span. This futuristic diorama is a permanent fixture in the AGH Sculpture Atrium overlooking the Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden, past Hamilton City Hall and the Niagara Escarpment. Click here for details. 

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Congratulations Harbourfront Centre!

On Saturday, February 1st Toronto’s House of Nuance joined forces with Harbourfront Centre to celebrate the launch of the World Stage 2014 season – watch the trailer below!

 

World Stage 2014 Season Trailer

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Congratulations Toronto Fringe!  

A record breaking year for Next Stage!
The highest grossing Next Stage Theatre Festival ever wrapped up with an all-time box office record of $90,000, up from the festival’s previous box office record in 2012 of $78,000. And best of all: the Toronto Fringe will return over $63,000 of that revenue to Next Stage artists – directly supporting the future of independent theatre and theatre-making in Canada

 

Client Events Across Ontario – What’s On! January 17 – 31, 2014

Welcome to 2014! We hope you had a good holiday break (weather notwithstanding) and we’re glad to be back to keep you informed about our clients and our organizations. New and of interest are cases studies we’ve been creating based on client projects.

Having sent off 2013 with a fantastic 15th Anniversary party,  we’ve got some great events continuing, some great events coming up, and of course are always interested in what’s going on in your community.

Happy New Year!

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Celebrating 30 Years of Science North

“Arctic Voices”, a new blockbuster exhibition produced by Science North, focusing on the science of the Arctic region and the impacts of climate change. The exhibition will immerse visitors in the natural world of the northern polar region and allow them to explore the impacts of the changing climate on the Arctic through educative and scientific displays as well as interactive content. In addition, Science North presents its newest large format film production, “Wonders of the Arctic” at the IMAX cinema during the run of the exhibition. Visit www.sciencenorth.on.ca for more information, or click here to download the exhibit booklet. _______________________________________________

Have you been to the ROM lately?  
The ROM is an Ontario Institution with not to be missed exhibitions and galleries – and 2014 marks their 100th anniversary! We’re proud to support what promises to be a spectacular year-long celebration filled with relevant, surprising and lively content and programming.

 

ROM 100, 1914 - 2014

ROM 100, 1914 – 2014

Visit their website to see what’s on at the ROM right now.

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A quick reminder that tickets are now on sale for Stratford’s 2014 season!  Click here for the 2014 playbill, and order online today through their website or call the Box Office at 1.800.567.1600.

 

It’s the final weekend of  TIFF’s first major original exhibition, David Cronenberg: Evolution. Get your tickets now to explore the dark universe of one of Canada’s most original and frightening filmmakers.  Running till January 19 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.   

 

 

  

 

This weekend also marks the final days of the 2014 Next Stage Theatre Festival – 12 DAYS OF THE BEST INDIE THEATRE IN CANADA. 10 shows. 3 performance spaces. 1 venue. Get your tickets now by calling 416-966-1062 or visit the online box office. 

 

What did 2013 look like for OCAF (and our clients)?

Our last e-blast of 2013 is easy on the eyes – we’ve rounded up photos from the events we funded this year and thought we’d share them with you.

In addition, our 15th anniversary party was a great success – and we’ve got the photos to prove it!

We’re so pleased and proud to have worked with so many organizations across Ontario, and look forward to investing in even more extraordinary events in 2014!

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2013 in Photos!

Welcome to our look back at 2013! This map shows you how far we’ve reached since 1999 – click HERE to be taken to a photo album of events from the past twelve months.

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OCAF CELEBRATES!

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Monday December 9th was a wonderful evening celebrating fifteen years with old friends and new, artists from all over the province and supporters of every stripe. Thank you all so much for celebrating with us at the Gardiner Museum, and if you couldn’t make it – click HERE for more photos!

 

Client Events Across Ontario – What’s On! November 27 – December 12, 2013

We’re winding down for 2013 with a celebration of 15 years of investing in good ideas, and our next e-blast will feature some of the fantastic projects we’ve funded over the year!

Have You RSVPed? Celebrate With Us!
Please join us and The Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, on Monday, December 9, 6 – 8 PM, the Gardiner Museum.
Preparations are well underway for OCAF – Celebrating Fifteen Years, taking place at the Gardiner Museum December 9th. Join us from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. to mark fifteen years of investing in good ideas. If you’ve received this newsletter then you’ve received an invitation, you can RSVP through paperlesspost or drop us at ocaf.fmco@gmail.com.
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The Cronenberg Exhibit continues to draw crowds to TIFF – don’t forget it’s not just about seeing a film! Click here for a listing of talks and roundtables happening through December 29!
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2013 TORONTO REEL ASIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS!

For a complete listing of winners, click here.

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Don’t forget the Ryerson Image Gallery has some fantastic exhibits for you to experience – currently on view: Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art. combines contemporary artworks and photographs from the Black Star Collection to examine the role of the artist as activist, as chronicler and as provocateur in the ongoing struggle for Indigenous rights and self-empowerment. The exhibit also includes a truly meaningful interactive blog section on the website – click to participate.

Client Events Across Ontario – What’s On! October 25 – November 7, 2013

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund continues to be a proud supporter of many of the fantastic events happening across Ontario for residents and visitors alike. Remember to add us to your address book to stay connected with OCAF events in your community!

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Celebrate With Us!

The Board of Directors of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund invites you to a celebration marking our fifteenth year of investing in good ideas.

OCAF has been privileged to work with so many wonderful organizations and individuals across Ontario resulting in hundreds of cultural festivals and events across the Province.

These extraordinary events, created for Ontario residents and visitors are the result of tireless championing on the part of many.


Please join us and Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, on Monday, December 9 at 6 p.m.  Details to follow.

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Continuing

David Cronenberg: Evolution:
A Celebration of Canadian Cinema at TIFF
November 1 – January 19

TIFF’s first major original exhibition, David Cronenberg: Evolution opened with David Cronenberg, his collaborators (including Jeremy Irons) and other esteemed members of the Toronto and international filmmaking community at an exclusive event on the TIFF Bell Lightbox rooftop overlooking the Toronto skyline.

The exhibition doesn’t end at the Lightbox, though – the MOCCA Main Space is featuring David Cronenberg: Transformation featuring six new TIFF-commissioned artworks by leading Canadian and international contemporary artists who share David Cronenberg’s inspirations from literature and philosophy-writers such as McLuhan, Burroughs and Ballard-and his fascination with biological horror, the human psyche and the merging of humans and media. Through December 29.

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Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

The 17th edition of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival opened this week, and in case you still have some leftover Halloween spirit, click here for a celebration of the weird and the wonderful the Festival has to offer.
Works include films and videos by East, South and Southeast Asian artist in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world.

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  In Other News

Ontario Tourism Summit  

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) is honoured to be hosting the 9th Annual Ontario Tourism Summit and the Ontario Tourism Awards at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto from November 13-14, 2013. This year’s theme, Mapping the Opportunities, will look at ways to develop Ontario as a destination of choice – driving investment, growing visitor spending and creating more jobs for Ontarians.

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Arts Day at The City – Friday November 8, 2013

Arts supporters, donors, artists and arts administrators will spend the day in meetings with a record number of councillors representing a range of wards from across the city. Discussions will focus on the Creative Capital Gains Report issued in May 2011 which City Council unanimously supported.   A key message is to thank Council for unanimously voting for the City’s per capita spending on arts and culture to be increased from $18 to $25, and to remind them that this is just the beginning.   In addition participants will be discussing the importance of enhancing Toronto’s global position as a cultural capital, and the City’s leadership role in promoting our rich cultural assets to its citizens and visitors alike.

Client Events Across Ontario – What’s On! October 25 – November 7, 2013

There are so many fantastic events happening across Ontario, and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund is a proud supporter of many of them. Add us to your address book to stay connected with OCAF events in your community!

David Cronenberg: Evolution:
A Celebration of Canadian Cinema at TIFF
November 1 – January 19

Launching November 1 in the HSBC Gallery at TIFF Bell Lightbox, TIFF’s first major original exhibition, David Cronenberg: Evolution, parallels David Cronenberg’s evolution as a filmmaker with his longstanding fascination with the possibilities and perils of human evolution itself. Curated by TIFF Director CEO Piers Handling and Artistic Director Noah Cowan, and divided into three major sections that provide a loosely chronological overview of Cronenberg’s career, the exhibition traces the development of the director’s evolutionary themes across his filmography through more than sixty original artifacts, visionary designs, and rare and unseen footage.  Visit tiff.net/cronenberg for details.

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Celebrate With Us!

The Board of Directors of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund invites you to mark our fifteenth year of investing in good ideas.
OCAF has been privileged to work with so many wonderful organizations and individuals across Ontario resulting in hundreds of cultural festivals and events across the Province.
These extraordinary events, created for Ontario residents and visitors are the result of tireless championing on the part of many.

Please join us and Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, on Monday, December 9 at 6 p.m.  Details to follow.

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

17th Annual Edition November 5-16, 2013  

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival® is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by East, South and Southeast Asian artist in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world. As Canada’s largest Asian film festival, Reel Asian® provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada.
Click here to watch trailers from this year’s selections!

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 Continuing

International Reading Series at Harbourfront

the Festival of the the finest international novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and biographers continues. Click here for a Toronto Star interview with translator Darryl Sterk, and visit ifoa.org for schedules and tickets.