3colour annniv logoOCAF to be highlighted in Paul Hoffert’s presentation to the Euro-Asia Economic Forum in XiAn, as part of his case study of Canada’ support of the arts and cultural industries as an important economic sector with leveraged benefits for tourism, exports of cultural products, and foreign intellectual property income.

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Click here to download the Power Point deck from Paul Hoffert’s presentation to the Euro-Asia Economic Forum

Click here to download Paul Hoffert’s full presentation to the Euro-Asia Economic Forum

For more information on the Euro-Asia Economic Forum click here http://www.euroasiaforum.org/

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symons_lecture_seriesConfederation Centre announces 2013 National Symons Lecture

The Right Honourable Paul Martin to give 11th Symons Lecture on October 10

 (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Former Canadian Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Paul Martin, has been chosen to receive the Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Symons Medal and give the 11th National Symons Lecture on the State of Canadian Confederation. Mr. Martin’s lecture is entitled ‘Confederation Today and Aboriginal Canada’ and will take place on Thursday, October 10, 2013 in Confederation Centre’s Homburg Theatre.

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Client Events Across Ontario – What’s On!

September 13 – 25, 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!

September 18 – September 22, 2013

Canada’s Walk of Fame (CWOF) is an established and internationally recognized brand unlike any other. Founded in 1998 as a way to permanently recognize and celebrate Canadian excellence in music, film, athletics, the literary, visual, and performing arts – compelling and inspirational stories that should be woven into our cultural fabric, CWOF celebrates its 15th year in 2013 of engaging Canadians in celebrating those who have excelled in music, sport, film, television, as well as the literary, visual, performing arts, science and innovation, as well as inspiring the next generation of emerging talent. Visit www.canadaswalkoffame.com for more information.

September 20 – September 22, 2012

A one of a kind gastronomic event is taking over the heart of Toronto, one that promises to reveal the flavours of the Americas, local artists and talent: The PAN AMERICAN FOOD FESTIVAL! From September 20th to the 22nd,  the first annual PAN AMERICAN Food Festival will showcase the best of the best food products, celebrating the great cultural diversity of the 41 countries of North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. A cultural festival of art, music and folklore will enhance the food experience to celebrate the region’s diverse cultural expression. Visit www.panamfoodfest.com for details.

September 21 to October 13, 2013

A monumental, site-specific curated public art exhibition Landslide: Possible Futures will be staged at the Markham Museum, a 25-acre open-air museum, from . A collaboration between the Markham Museum and Public Access, the goal is to create conversations about our “planet-in-transition” by exploring themes of sustainability, urbanization, land use, food and farming. This project will re-imagine what it means to live sustainably in Markham, a rapidly urbanizing area with prime agricultural land and one of North America’s most diverse communities. Organizers have invited over 30 international, national, and local artists who work in a variety of artistic media (from sculpture to data visualization) to transform the space at the Markham Museum’s Heritage site By presenting creative and challenging artworks outside of a typical gallery setting, Landslide will contribute to a growing public dialogue within Markham, Toronto, the GTA, Canada and internationally about how we live in and plan for a planet in transition. Visit www.markham.ca for more information.

Sept 13 – 15, 2013

An annual multi-arts, interdisciplinary collaborative event that celebrates the unique mix of cultures, businesses and creative people who work along James Street North – the thriving hub of Hamilton’s art community. It is an outdoor event that currently boasts a variety of art installations, live art performances, music stages, and many indoor exhibitions in various galleries and venues along the strip. Visit www.supercrawl.ca for more information.

Click Here to Download Full 9/12/13 OCAF Press Release


Client Events Across Ontario – What’s On!

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.

Guelph Jazz Festival 20th Anniversary, Guelph ON. September 4 – 8, 2013 Called “one of the country’s most visionary musical events” (Globe and Mail,)”the hippest place on the Canadian jazz scene” (NOW Magazine) and The Wire (UK) referred to it as “an essential stop on the North American festival circuit for lovers of creative improvised jazz”. Guelph Jazz Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Visit www.guelphjazzfestival.com for more information.

Ottawa Folk Festival, Ottawa ON. September 5 – 8, 2013 – The Festival is doing so well, they’re extending Hog’s Back Park! This expansion means the Festival means larger acts, double the amount of programming with four night time and two daytime performance periods and a second stage. The Festival is also adding an additional 12 performances/workshops on the Free Side of the Festival Visit www.ottawafolk.com for more information.


The Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay, ON September 5 – 8, 2013 The Festival will present a total of 40 films over 10 screenings during the Festival. The 2013 Festival will have a circumpolar theme, presenting films from Northern filmmakers. Now in In its 9th year, the Festival programming has expanded this year by adding a new Gala event on Wednesday evening to start the Festival with live music and performance; and an additional outdoor screening at the Prince Arthur’s Landing marina public park on Friday evening. Visit www.baystreetfilmfestival.ca for more information.

Coming soon to a theatre near you – it’s the Toronto International Film Festival! OCAF is pleased to be part of the Festival as the sponsor of “David Cronenberg: Evolution – A Celebration of Canadian Cinema at TIFF Bell Lightbox”, a major retrospective gallery exhibition taking place between September 6, 2013 and January 20, 2014 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto. For more information visit www.tiff.net



The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chair and Vice-Chair for its Board of Directors.John D. McKellar, C.M., Q.C., will become Chair of the Board, following the sad passing of Dr. Murray Frum this spring. ” McKellar said. “My fellow board members are active and passionate members of the cultural sector and I’m thrilled to step in as Chair at this important stage in OCAF’s development, celebrating 15 years supporting Ontario cultural tourism.Nalini Stewart, O.ONT., will assume the duties of Vice Chair of the Board.Kathleen Sharpe, Executive Director of OCAF says, “OCAF’s volunteer board is tremendously experienced and hardworking. John McKellar has been an enlightened Vice-Chair and will be a stellar Chair, as will Nalini Stewart as Vice-Chair.”

Read Full August 1, 2013 OCAF Press Release