Monthly Archives: June 2010

Event: The Fringe Club-It’s All New and All Awesome!, Toronto Fringe Festival

Don’t just stand there, have some fun!

When 150 plays simply isn’t enough to satiate one’s need for theatre, The Fringe Club is the go-to-spot for more, more, more. Now in it’s new central location on Honest Ed’s parking lot (at Bathurst and Bloor), the Fringe has reformatted its Fringe Club in location, in scale, in programs, and in community engagement.

There’s never been a Fringe Club like this one before!

The bigger and better Fringe Club offers festival-goers, and art-lovers alike the chance to learn a new skill, enjoy a few extra shows, meet and greet their favourite fringe performers (as well as other members of the cultural community), and enjoy a beer into the early morning hours at the new McAuslan Tent. As if all that weren’t incentive enough, it’s free!

NEW Daytime & Evening programming: Inspired by the 4th Plinth project in Trafalgar Square, the Art Wank is a stage at the front of the Club where anybody in the world can take to the stage for 30 minutes. Hopefuls can sign up for a spot at:

Where can a person finally learn to shake their hips like Shakira? Or to replicate a fight scene from The Matrix? At the Fringe Club Workshops, of course! Topics range from Bellydancing to Stage Combat to Improv 101.

For those looking to expand their industry knowledge, Tent Talks are a wonderful way for artists to learn about and discuss everything from how to take their theatre company to the next level to theatre criticism in Toronto. These hour-long talk-back sessions will give artists the chance to pick the brains of various players from the cultural community. Some topics include “Professional Producing: Taking a Theatre Company to the Next Level”, “Producing New Musicals: A Panel Discussion”, and “Crosswalks/Crosstalks: the intersection where dance meets theatre”.

Every afternoon The Fringe takes on The World Cup with its own soccer game in the south end of the Honest Ed’s laneway. Fringe artists will team up and face-off against one another for the ultimate prize: bragging rights, and a Fringe-style trophy.

AWESOME Late Night Programming: Every night from 10-11pm audiences can enjoy Late Night at the Fringe in the McAuslan Tent. The programming includes cabaret shows with burlesque and boylesque, a preview of this year’s Just For Laughs Festival, and who could miss the Most Interesting Person in the World Competition?

And, The Fringe Club is the only patio in the neighbourhood where people can drink until 1am. So party on, Fringers! Now in its 22nd year, the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival is the city’s largest theatre festival, with over 70,000 attendees per year. From June 30 – July 11, THE FRINGE will host over 150 plays, at 27 venues, with 1,200 artists.

Job Posting: Outreach and Communications Coordaintor, Mixed Company Theatre

Mixed Company Theatre produces innovative, socially relevant drama as a tool for positive change.  For over 25 years, this internationally recognized company has worked in schools, the community and the workplace.  Mixed Company continues to use Forum Theatre and interactive arts to educate, engage and empower audiences.

The Outreach and Communications Coordinator is responsible for designing and implementing outreach, communications and marketing strategies to effectively promote and expand Mixed Company Theatre’s educational and social theatre programming throughout Ontario.  This full-time entrepreneurial position plays a significant role within Mixed Company Theatre and reports directly to the General Manager.  The Outreach and Communications Coordinator works closely with media, school boards, community organizations, and government officials to create awareness, successful programming and partnerships for the organization. This position also holds responsibility for logistical coordination of all educational tours across Ontario.  The selected candidate will be resourceful and dynamic, capable of working in a fast-paced environment with a diverse team under tight time constraints.  The position demands strong organizational skills, creative problem-solving and an entrepreneurial spirit and through support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation receives mentorship from an Audience and Resource Development Specialist.



  • Liaising with community organizations, government advisors, school boards and committees to promote educational tours.
  • Researching new opportunities to represent the company at events, conferences, exhibits, etc
  • Coordinating Educational tours across Ontario


  • Creating electronic and print promotional materials for tours, workshops, performances, showcases and events
  • Creating and editing company newsletter published three times per year
  • Writing and distributing weekly press releases; drafting media pitches
  • Updating the Company website and social media portals
  • Acting as media liaison – setting up interviews, drafting backgrounders, preparing media kits and briefing notes

Related Administrative

  • Researching potential grants, opportunities, partnerships and networks
  • Editing and assisting with grants, interim and final reports for funders
  • Maintaining and improving the Company Contact Database (Sumac)


  • Minimum of 2 years of work experience, preferably in the arts field, plus completion of post-secondary education
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to set and meet targets and deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to network, build and maintain community contacts
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with a small team
  • Demonstrated confidence required to represent the company in meetings, networking sessions, showcases and media
  • Proven research and analytical skills
  • Required Computer skills: extensive experience with Microsoft Office and Google Calendar
  • Preferred Computer skills: experience with Contact Management Software (Sumac), HTML Editors (Seamonkey), Web Site Development (Contribute), Social Networking (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube)
  • Occasional access to a vehicle and valid Class G drivers license an asset
  • Degree in Communications, Marketing or Arts Management an asset

Salary Range: under review
Deadline for application: Sunday, July 4, 2010
Send Resume to: Ainsley Skye, Outreach and Communications Coordinator
Email:, Fax: 416.515.9251

No telephone inquiries please.  All submissions are considered confidential.  Candidates selected for interview will be contacted no later than July 12, 2010.  Interviews will be held between July 12-15, 2010.  We appreciate all applications and regret we are able to respond only to those selected for interview.  Mixed Company Theatre is an equal opportunity employer.

Event: Special Sneak Peek – A reading of a play in progress: More Fine Girls, Theatre Columbus

Theatre Columbus Fundraiser FRIDAY JUNE 18, 2010
Special Sneak Peek – A reading of a play in progress: More Fine Girls by Jennifer Brewin, Leah Cherniak, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Alisa Palmer and Martha Ross.

Read by Leah Cherniak, Ann-Marie MacDonald, and Martha Ross. One night only! Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto) 7 p.m. Tickets $50. Includes a glass of wine and delectable.

For tickets phone 416-504-0019 or email us with your request

Job Posting: Executive Coordinator-Arts Disciplines Division, Canada Council for the Arts

Competition: 2304 (Internal / External)                                    Status:  Regular full-time
Salary Scale: $68,078 to $82,130                                               Closing date:  June 30, 2010

About the Canada Council for the Arts
Join our team and play a role in supporting Canadian creativity. The Canada Council is a dynamic, highly-respected national agency with a mandate to promote the study and enjoyment of, and production of works in, the arts.  We offer competitive salaries and benefit package.  For more information about the Canada Council for the Arts, please visit our website at

About the role
Under the direct supervision of the Director, Arts Disciplines Division (DADD), the incumbent establishes deadlines; ensures quality standards are met for all documentation for the signature of the DADD including briefing notes and fact sheets; reviews and verifies material going to the Executive Management Group and Board of the Council; develops, manages and sustains a broad consultation network across the Council on behalf of the DADD; in collaboration with various members of the Executive Management Group (EMG), acts in a liaison role as delegated by the DADD; manages day-to-day crises and hot files which arise within the Division; manages special projects assigned by the DADD, including horizontal or sensitive files, and files that do not fall within the purview of a specific Arts Discipline Section or Office; provides verification with respect to Access to Information & Privacy Act (ATIP) files. Manages the provision of administrative support for the DADD.

Basic requirements of the position

  • A university degree in Arts Administration, Public Relations, Business Administration or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience;
  • Five (5) years experience directly related to the principal responsibilities of the position in communication, programme and project management, preferably related to a government, business or arts environment;
  • Must possess excellent communication, writing and editing skills;
  • Excellent initiative, judgment, interpersonal and relationship building skills;
  • A high level of innovation, problem-solving and judgment is required;
  • This position requires the use of both official languages. The requirements in the second official language are: an advanced level in oral, reading comprehension and in writing.

This position is located in Ottawa and the incumbent travels up to 20 days per year.

How to apply
Send the completed Application for Employment form  quoting the competition number listed above and a copy of your resume to the attention of Roch Brunelle, Human Resources, prior to the closing date by either:

  • email:
  • fax: 613.566.4323
  • mail: 350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5V8

For more information or a copy of the role profile, please contact Roch Brunelle at 613-566-4414 or
1-800-263-5588, extension 4124 or by e-mail at  We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We value diversity in our workforce and encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups:  women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


Coordonnateur exécutif, Division des disciplines artistiques

Concours no :   2304 (Interne/Externe)                         Statut : Régulier à plein temps
Échelle salariale : 68 078 $ à 82 130 $                           Date de clôture : 30 juin 2010

Au sujet du Conseil des Arts du Canada
Joignez-vous à notre équipe et participez au soutien de la créativité canadienne! Le Conseil des Arts du Canada est un organisme national dynamique et tenu en très haute estime qui a pour mandat de promouvoir l’étude, la diffusion des arts, ainsi que la production d’œuvres d’art.  Nos salaires et avantages sociaux sont très concurrentiels.  Pour plus d’information au sujet du Conseil des Arts du Canada, veuillez visiter notre site Internet au

Au sujet du poste
Sous la supervision directe du directeur, Division des disciplines artistiques (DDDA), le titulaire fixe les échéances; s’assure que tous les documents qui doivent être signés par le DDDA respectent les normes de qualité, incluant des notes d’information et des fiches de renseignements; passe en revue et vérifie des documents destinés au Groupe exécutif de gestion et au conseil d’administration du Conseil ; établit, gère et maintient un vaste réseau de consultation au sein du Conseil au nom du DDDA; délégué par le DDDA, gère des crises quotidiennes et des dossiers chauds qui relèvent de la Division, en collaboration avec divers membres du Groupe exécutif de gestion (GEG); gère les projets spéciaux assignés par le DDDA, ce qui comprend les dossiers horizontaux et délicats, ainsi que les dossiers qui ne sont pas du ressort d’un des Services ou Bureaux des disciplines artistiques précis; et s’occupe de la vérification des dossiers de l’Accès à l’information et de la protection des renseignements personnels(AIPRP); gère la prestation de services de soutien administratif au DDDA.

Exigences du poste

  • Détenir un diplôme universitaire en administration des arts, relation publique, administration des affaires, en administration publique, ou d’une combinaison d’études et d’expérience professionnelle;
  • Cinq (5) ans d’expérience directement reliée aux principales responsabilités du poste en communication, gestion de programme et de projet, préférablement  dans le secteur gouvernemental ou artistique;
  • Détenir d’excellentes aptitudes en rédaction et révision ;
  • Faire preuve d’une excellente initiative, de jugement et de grandes compétences en relations interpersonnelles;
  • Présenter d’excellentes compétences en résolution de problèmes, en faisant preuve de discernement et de créativité;
  • Les fonctions du poste requièrent l’utilisation des deux langues officielles.  Les exigences relatives à la deuxième langue officielle sont les suivantes: parler : niveau avancé; lire : niveau avancé; écrire : niveau avancé.

Ce poste est situé à Ottawa et peut exiger jusqu’à 20 jours de déplacements par année.

Comment soumettre votre candidature
Envoyez le formulaire de demande d’emploi complété indiquant clairement le numéro du concours ainsi que votre c.v. à l’attention de Roch Brunelle, Ressources humaines, avant la date de fermeture soit par :

  • Courriel :
  • Télécopieur : 613.566.4323
  • Courrier postal : 350, rue Albert Street, C. P. 1047, Ottawa (Ontario)  K1P 5V8

Pour plus d’informations ou pour une copie de profil de rôle, veuillez communiquer avec Roch Brunelle au (613) 566-4414 ou 1-800-263-5588, poste 4124 ou par courriel  à .  Nous remercions tous les candidats et les candidates de leur intérêt; cependant, nous ne communiquerons qu’avec les personnes sélectionnées pour une entrevue.

Nous valorisons l’équité et la diversité dans notre effectif, et nous encourageons les candidats à s’identifier selon les groupes désignés suivants : femmes, minorités visibles, Autochtones, personnes handicapées.

Workshop: Voice Workshops with David Smukler, Equity Showcase Theatre

Equity Showcase Theatre is very proud to offer Voice Workshops with David Smukler. David is one of the leading voice teachers in North America and has been committed to offering workshops with EST for almost 30 years. Mr. Smukler is also the Director of Canada’s acclaimed National Voice Intensive. David’s workshops are divided into two levels:

Level 1 is for those who are new to studying with David and who wish to acquire a secure understanding of the techniques and process David uses. We refer to this as the Introduction level.

Starts June 29th 7:00 – 9:30 pm, for 4 classes

$240 (CAEA/ACTRA Members $192)

Level 2 tends to be attended by those who have studied with David before and who wish to continue to take care of their vocal instruments on an ongoing basis. Level 2 is primarily attended by professional actors and artists and operates from a more advanced place. We refer to this as intermediate/advanced.

Starts June 30th, 7:00 – 9:30 pm, for 4 classes

$240 (CAEA/ACTRA Members $192)

The Introduction class is ideal for artists who feel they have had not had enough voice training, who are new to David’s method, who are pursuing a career in the performing arts or for those in need of vocal training for their specific professions. In addition to working with 1000′s of artists, David has also worked through his introductory level with individuals involved in public speaking, radio, broadcasting, politics, and business and executive professionals.

All classes are held at The Second City Toronto Training Centre
70 Peter Street, Lower Level

Please go to and click on PDP classes to browse all of our current classes and to submit your online application. Or click this Link

Announcement: Out Of Place (dispatches from artists on the loose), Jumblies Theatre

Jumblies Theatre is pleased to announce the arrival of their publication entitled, Out Of Place (dispatches from artists on the loose). This is the first of a what they hope will be a series (roughly annual), featuring eclectic writings by their artists, interns and associates stemming from their seminars, projects and offshoots of the Jumblies Studio.

It’s now available through their website in 2 forms:

  • For free, as a downloadable pdf.
  • As a full-colour printed version, plus postage, for $20, which will help to support Jumblies.

This inaugural copy was funded by the Interarts section of the Canada Council For the Arts. To celebrate its existence, it’s a full colour document. The next issue, which will be coming out in the fall or winter, will  probably have less colour and be less expensive.

Please let Jumblies know if you download it, so they can keep track of the interest and use, and also they would appreciate any critical comments and feedback.

Announcement: Vote for the Audience Choice Award, TAPA

As was announced by TAPA Executive Director Jacoba Knaapen at the Dora Press Conference several weeks ago, TAPA is pleased to welcome back NOW Magazine and Yonge-Dundas Square as co-sponsors of the Audience Choice Award.

The public is invited to vote for their favourite show from the list of Dora nominees for Outstanding Production in all Divisions:  General Theatre (Play or Musical), Independent Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Opera and Dance OR they can choose their own favourite production.  Voting begins Thursday,  June 10 (today!) online at Voting closes  11pm Thursday, June 24. The Audience Choice Award winner will be presented at the 31st Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards on Monday, June 28.

Job Posting: Executive Director, STAF – Small Theatre Administrative Facility

Founded in 1991, Small Theatre Administrative Facility (STAF) is a non-profit arts service organization that provides management, administrative and marketing services to a growing roster of emerging and established independent theatre artists and companies throughout Ontario. STAF’s Board of Directors seeks a dynamic professional arts manager with a commitment to a vital and healthy independent theatre community and to the support of its artists.

STAF’s Executive Director will need the practical expertise required to act as a hands-on Manager for its general management clients as well as the vision necessary to lead the organization into the next phase of its existence. A networker and community builder, the ideal candidate should have an awareness of the factors affecting independent theatre production in Toronto (indeed across Canada) as well as the ability to read a balance sheet to reconciling the
bank accounts at month end. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will lead the STAF team in their provision of services to more than 20 companies/artists or collectives each year.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Acting as spokesperson and advocate for the organization and its clients
  • Undertaking the development and setting of annual goals and objectives including the annual budgets for STAF and its management clients
  • Planning and management of the day-to-day operations of STAF and its management clients
  • Supervision and leadership of the organization’s personnel
  • Identification of opportunities and collaborations that further goals and objectives of the organization


  • A minimum of 5-7 years as a professional arts administrator or manager with a background in either independent production or as a manager with a producing theatre company or collective
  • Knowledge of the independent professional theatre community in Toronto and across Canada
  • Experience in annual planning and grant-writing
  • Hands-on experience in bookkeeping and understanding of financial reporting and accounting practices in the charitable sector
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple assignments in order to meet deadlines in a very demanding environment
  • Excellent communications skills (both oral and written) with the ability to communicate with staff, stakeholders and the general public
  • Excellent leadership and community engagement skills
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office, and experience in patron databases and computerized bookkeeping (ideally FileMaker Pro and Quickbooks)
  • A related post-secondary degree or diploma


  • Commensurate with experience

Please submit your letter of interest with salary expectations and resume by email on Friday, July 2, 2010 at 5 PM to:
Sara Meurling, Chair, Search Committee –

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted for interviews.

STAF is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity and invites applications from all qualified individuals.

Announcement: G20 Ticket Discount, Factory Theatre


Ever since her husband was eaten by a bear, everyone wants something from Loretta. An unabashed comedy of desperate characters willing to do almost anything to notch themselves one rung higher on the ladder of survival. Vintage Walker comedic mayhem at its hilarious best.

Saturday shows are at 9:30 p.m
Courtyard Bar open Saturdays before the show!

If you haven’t see the show yet and want to enjoy one of Walker’s funniest plays… Beat the G20 with GEE $20tickets to see the show by quoting: “GEE 20”!

Offer valid while quantities last; quote promo code GEE 20; first-come, first serve; not valid with any other offer.

Internship: Youth Programs Intern, Nightwood Theatre

Nightwood Theatre is seeking a Youth Programs Intern to assist our Director of Youth Programs on our annual Busting Out! Program.

Find out more about Busting Out! by clicking visiting our website at

The Intern should be a highly organized individual with a passion for arts education and relative experience.

The duties will include attending all sessions, making detailed notes about activities each day, and remark about the goings on for the final report, along with calling parents/participants with daily reminders as needed. There will be other tasks as assigned.

The intern must be available for all the following dates:

  • On or around August 2 to contact all program participants/parents with information (could potentially be done from home).
  • The session dates from August 9 to 20th (Monday to Friday from 1pm-6pm).
  • The public presentation date on August 22 from 1pm-5pm.

Following the successful completion of the internship a letter of reference can be provided.  Please note this position is non-paying.

If you are interested in this opportunity please send a cover letter and resume to Hilary Green, Associate Producer at (email submissions only please).

The deadline for application is June 18, 2010.