Client Events Across Ontario August 13 – 27, 2014

August may mean trips to the cottage and long afternoons, but it doesn’t mean there’s not plenty happening.  Get out there and enjoy the sun!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook to stay absolutely up to date! 

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SUMMER 2014: Lots of great events across Ontario!

Check out OCAF’s Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) to see some great shots from client events so far this summer!

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ALEX COLVILLE at the AGO

Opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario at the end of this month is a fantastic exhibit featuring one of Canada’s visual art icons.

Born in Toronto in 1920, Colville was a painter, printmaker and veteran who drew his inspiration from the world around him, transforming the seemingly mundane figures and events of everyday life into archetypes of the modern condition. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1982 and won a Governor General’s Visual and Media Arts Award in 2003. Book your tickets now! 

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STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC

There’s more than just Shakespeare happening in Stratford this summer!!  Check out the great line-up of bands and musicians happening From July 14 – August 24th.

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ONGOING

Only three weeks left to enter The Forbidden City at the Royal Ontario Museum.  This stunning exhibition invites you to cross the threshold to see over 200 national treasures from Beijing’s Palace Museum – some travelling outside China for the first time. Closes September 1.

 And don’t forget to check out the awesome line-up of events at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre – the perfect way to get a bit of culture and a bit of lakeside living right in the middle of the city! No cottage traffic required! The Summer of Wonder runs all the way to Thanksgiving weekend!

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TORONTO ARTS FACTS 

Toronto Arts Facts gathers together key information about the arts in Toronto, compiled from a wide variety of research studies and statistical resources. This information – which falls into the general areas of the arts’ role in the economy, its impact on communities, and its place in people’s lives – was intended, at first, to provide fact-based information to arts funders and policy makers.
Toronto Arts Facts is a publication of Toronto Arts Foundation, compiled and edited by Jini Stolk, Creative Trust Fellow, with Kathleen McLeod and Kasia Gladki.

Fantastic Compilation of Research by the Toronto Arts Foundation:

Toronto Arts Facts gathers together key information about the arts in Toronto, compiled from a wide variety of research studies and statistical resources. This information – which falls into the general areas of the arts’ role in the economy, its impact on communities, and its place in people’s lives – was intended, at first, to provide fact-based information to arts funders and policy makers.
Toronto Arts Facts is a publication of Toronto Arts Foundation, compiled and edited by Jini Stolk, Creative Trust Fellow, with Kathleen McLeod and Kasia Gladki.

Client Events Across Ontario June 15 – 31, 2014

The sun is shining and the weather is sweet!

All across the province, summer is in full swing, and so are all kinds of awesome events! 

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook to stay absolutely up to date! 

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Congrats to WORLDPRIDE June 20 – 29

Official numbers aren’t in yet, but all are agreed, this year’s WorldPride was off the charts!  Ten days jam packed full of events all across the city of Toronto showed the world how Proud Ontario can be!

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ROM Presents THE FORBIDDEN CITY

The ROM turned 100 this year, and to celebrate they showcase some of the best pieces in their permanent collection, alongside an enormous collection brought in from the UNESCO world heritage site, China’s Imperial Court…The Forbidden City

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Lear is King this season in STRATFORD!

North America’s largest Shakespeare festival is in the middle of one of their greatest seasons yet!  Five of the season’s hits have been will be held over for an extended run into October!

Get your tickets now!

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FRINGE returns best box office yet!

The Toronto Fringe Festival ran July 2 – 13 this year and broke records with a fantastic  $438,000 in box office sales returned to more than 150 presenting companies!  Congrats gang!

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HARBOURFRONT CENTRE – All summer long

Ongoing events at Harbourfront this summer include jewellery classes, Celtic concerts, Family fun days, Dancing under the stars – and so much more.  This hub of Toronto arts and culture has dozens of events in the month of June – and all summer long.

Client Events Across Ontario June 12 – 26, 2014

It’s finally starting to feel like summer, and there’s plenty of fun in the sun to be had all across the province.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook to stay absolutely up to date! 

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Peterborough Arts and Waterfront Festival

Peterborough Arts and Waterfront Festival is a three-day event taking place at Del Crary Park in Peterborough, from Friday June 20th to 22nd, featuring top talent on the water and on the Peterborough Arts and Waterfront Festival Stage.

This popular wakeboard competition on Little Lake is a  Grass Roots Fun Tournament this year, with divisions based on skill level from Novice to Open. Be sure to check out the Adaptive Water Sports Demo, a cool new addition to this years on-water line up!

\Other attractions include the Antique and Classic Cars Show, presented by the Peterborough Destination Association and Vendor’s Village. Enhanced youth activities and youth-centred talent. Visit again on Saturday for modern-day hit-makers and more local favourites. Classic Rock, Beach Party, Wakeboard competitions, one stage!

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 ROM 100

The ROM turned 100 this year, and they may be getting older, but they definitely know how to party. Friday Night Live continues at The Royal Ontario Museum for the month of June. Check out all the outstanding exhibits while you enjoy a bar, snacks and a full dance floor. Ever wanted to dance with an Egyptian mummy and a dinosaur at the same time? This is your chance.

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North America’s largest Shakespeare festival opened to rave reviews this month. Get your tickets now for the 4 star production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and much more! Click here for tickets, and here for info on the Stratford Direct Bus!

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LUMINATO FESTIVAL June 6 – 15, 2014

This is your last chance for Luminato 2014 – Don’t miss out on all the fantastic programming in the jam-packed final weekend!  Is there any better way to kick off the summer than with a bit of reggae and contemporary dance legends?  Feeling a little bit literary?  How about a picnic?

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IT’S FRINGE TIME!

The Toronto Fringe Festival opens July 2 and packs 150 shows into 12 days! Don’t miss this great event to kick off summer with a bit of theatre. And by a bit, we mean a LOT!

Check out the shows and book your tickets here.

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HARBOURFRONT CENTRE – All summer long

 Ongoing events at Harbourfront this summer include jewellery classes, Celtic concerts, Family fun days, Dancing under the stars – and so much more.  This hub of Toronto arts and culture has dozens of events in the month of June – and all summer long.

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WORLDPRIDE June 20 – 29

Check out the amazing concerts and street parties that welcome the World for this year’s festival – over two million people are anticipated to come from all over the world.

Client Events Across Ontario May 15 – 29, 2014

Festival season is here!  The heat is finally on – and so are all kinds of great events across Ontario!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook to stay absolutely up to date! 

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 STRATFORD

Congrats to The Stratford Festival which opened this week, marking the beginning of summer Festival season across Ontario. Click here for tickets, and here for info on the Stratford Direct Bus!

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SHAW

Things are going strong and hotting up in Niagara – the Shaw Festival has some fantastic shows on the playbill this season – watch the trailer below and click here to find out more!

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BURLINGTON SOUND OF MUSIC FESTIVAL, June 7 – 15, 2014

Sound of Music Festival is one of the summer’s most popular community attractions and over the course of its 35 year history; it has grown to become Canada’s Largest Free Music Festival. The event attracts over 210,000 visitors annually. The Festival features a unique blend of new and emerging artists, Canadian icons and returning fan favourites, located on several stages throughout our waterfront and downtown area. Complete with a Carnival, Downtown Streetfest, Parade, Family Zone, and a free music education program for children, the event offers something for everyone and appeals to a wide demographic.

This year the Festival features music from Carole Pope to Jarvis Church, The Sheepdogs, and many many more – and not a single curtain was harmed in the making of this fest!

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LUMINATO FESTIVAL June 6 – 15, 2014

Time to start planning your Luminato Festival must sees! Click here to flip through the online brochure –  We’re definitely excited to see The Roots, experience the work of Pina Bausch and hear the always incredible Buffy Saint Marie!

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HARBOURFRONT CENTRE – All summer long

Ongoing events at Harbourfront this summer include jewellery classes, Celtic concerts, Family fun days, Dancing under the stars – and so much more.  This hub of Toronto arts and culture has dozens of events in the month of June – and all summer long.

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WORLDPRIDE June 20 – 29

Don’t forget, Toronto hosts World Pride opening June 20- ten days of amazing concerts and events celebrating Toronto’s place at the end of the Rainbow!

Client Events Across Ontario May 15 – 29, 2014

Good weather means excellent offerings from OCAF clients from art and architecture to music festivals to art themed BBQ to WorldPride! Get outside and see what’s in store! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook to stay absolutely up to date! 

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 Art, Architecture and Music in the Waterloo Region Introducing a new celebration of art, architecture and music that will take place May 31 to December 31, 2014 in multiple locations in the Waterloo region. Expect sound art installations as well as workshops, a multi-site exhibition tracing the tradition of architecture and design excellence in the Waterloo region and more! Participating organizations will be the Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo; Centre in the Square, Waterloo; City of Kitchener; BikeKitchener; City of Waterloo; Jazz Room; Multi-Cultural Theatre Space; Neruda Productions; and Alternatives Journal. Visit www.cafka.org for details.

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Markham Contemporary Music Festival Founded by Maestro Kristian Alexander in 2011, Markham Contemporary Music Festival is an annual event that takes place in various concert venues in Markham, Ontario. The Festival promotes the performance of music written worldwide in the 20th and the 21st centuries. It also includes lectures and seminars in both English and French, workshops, master-classes, pre-concert chats, intermission discussions, post-concert receptions, documentary films about the life of contemporary composers, and networking events. Visit http://www.ksorchestra.ca for tickets and information. 

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Luminato – Closer Than You Think!

When Luminato says they cover all arts and creativity, they aren’t kidding – this includes the culinary arts as well. Hungry for art and a bite to eat? Their much-loved mass food experience will return to the heart of the Festival with TASTE OF THE BEACH located at the Festival Hub at David Pecaut Square on Saturday, June 7th. Local chefs will be paired with Luminato Festival artists to present a themed menu of barbecue foods accompanied by a live afternoon performance.  TASTE OF THE BEACH  fittingly takes place within  CARDBOARD BEACH, a whimsical installation designed especially for Luminato’s 2014 Festival Hub by internationally renowned  Cuban artist collective LosCarpinteros. Visit www.luminato.com  for details.

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Burlington Sound of Music Festival Sound of Music Festival is one of the summer’s most popular community attractions and over the course of its 35 year history has grown to become Canada’s Largest Free Music Festival! Enjoy free concerts in the park and later that night; help congratulate the runners in the annual Moon in June road race in Downtown Burlington.  Post-race activities will be held at the park, award presentations will take place on the Festival Stage during the evening concert. Check here for the full 2014 line-up and on the video link below for last year’s highlights!  

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Join us in Toronto in 2014 for WorldPride!

WorldPride 2014 Toronto (WP14TO), presented by Pride Toronto, is shaping up to be one of the biggest international events of our times. These ten days of queer celebration will turn streets into parades, parks into parties and strangers into friends. Come out and meet the people from around the world expected to gather downtown and in neighbourhoods right across the city. The Opening Ceremony is June 20; visit www.worldpridetoronto.com

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Come to the Party at this year’s Redpath Waterfront Festival!

Redpath Waterfront Festival - Flyboard Pilots

Happening June 20-22 along Toronto’s waterfront from Spadina to Sherbourne, this action packed Festival will have something for everyone. Enjoy family fun and dog friendly events with the 2014 DockDogs® World Qualifying Championships, presented by the Toronto Port Authority. Then, soar over to the inaugural 2014 Flyboard® North American Championships and watch Flyboard Pilots battle it out for a spot on the podium. Then head over to Sugar Beach and unwind at the Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival and get a taste of the latest trends, while the hottest new musical talent in Toronto entertains you at the EMERGE Artists Showcase. Scheduling and entrance fee info at www.towaterfrontfest.com.

Client Events Across Ontario April 24-May 8, 2014

Lots going on province-wide!

Birthday celebrations, 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!

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Happy 450th, Will!!  

  

The Stratford Festival is celebrating William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with an enhanced line-up of productions four Shakespeare plays and one adaptation of Shakespeare are part of the 2014 season. It launched in Toronto with a grand celebration on Shakespeare’s birthday and continues throughout the season – click here for festival information (and 2-for-1 Tuesdays and Thursdays)! 

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Experience Perth through the Ages! 

The Classic Theatre Festival is Ottawa Valley’s only professional theatre company, located in Perth, Ontario. “Perth through the Ages” is an interactive theatrical walking tour throughout Perth that will run four days a week (Wednesday to Saturday) between 11am and 12:30pm. It will take place in a series of venues both indoors (such as at the Matheson House Museum) as well as in significant outdoor locations of historical value. Visit www.classictheatre.ca for more information.

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Markham, Music, May!

The Markham Contemporary Music Festival takes place May 15-21, 2014 with expanded venues and activities with contemporary jazz music, contemporary music from France and the United States and light classics added to the Festival’s core programming of contemporary chamber and orchestral music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Additional programming this year includes pre-concert chats, intermission discussions, post-concert receptions, lectures in French and English, and open visit of the World Musical Instruments Collection at the International Music Academy, and composers workshops. Click here for schedules and information.

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Simon Brault named as new Director of the Canada Council for the Arts

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover today announced the appointment of Simon Brault as Director of the Canada Council for the Arts for a term of five years, effective June 26, 2014. Click here for full details.

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.