Daily Archives: October 22, 2008

Job Posting: Part-Time Educational Outreach Coordinator, Te-Amim Music Theatre

Te-Amim Music Theatre has part-time work available for an Educational Outreach Coordinator for fall and spring contracts.

This is primarily a communications position, focusing on promoting our programs to elementary and high school educators, Boards of Education and other stakeholders. We are presently working with Boards of Education in Toronto, Peel Region, Durham, Halton and others.

Duties include:

  • Liaise with school contacts by email, phone and in person, as appropriate, to generate bookings for shows and workshops
  • Generate materials as needed for promotion of shows & workshops
  • Create, grow and maintain database of school contacts
  • Assist with coordinating and documenting of shows & workshops (photo, video, press clippings, feedback…)

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A background in communications and marketing and/or education outreach
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent MS office skills
  • Experience with data entry / database management
  • Familiarity with Ontario Curriculum Guidelines is an asset
  • An understanding of theatre industry is an asset
  • Driver’s license an asset

Term of Contracts:

  • Fall: October 27, 2008 – December 12, 2008 (Anticipated Start Date)
  • Spring: February 2 2009 – May 29, 2009. This is a growth-oriented position.

Salary: $15/hr for 2 days / week

Te-Amim Music Theatre is located in Toronto in the Centre for Social Innovation at 215 Spadina Ave Suite 401, Toronto Ontario M5T 2C7

Resumes can be sent to Rebecca Doll by post, by email rebecca@te-amim.com or by fax: 416-644-0116

Deadline to apply: Tuesday October 28, 2008.

Te-Amim Music Theatre

Te-Amim is the only company in Canada using the theatre stage to look at the history and legacy of the Holocaust as a route to addressing anti-racist issues through artistic expression and exploration. The company creates and develops new Canadian plays and produces main-stage theatrical productions. Te-Amim offers artist residencies for elementary and high schools that serve to stimulate creativity and self expression while empowering the students to develop awareness of the issues and an understanding of what they can do to promote social justice in their everyday lives.


Founded by Helena Fine, Te-Amim Music Theatre evolved from Magical Basket Productions (1989) and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2000, receiving its Charitable Registration in 2002. Since then we have worked closely with STAF and other arts service organizations to strengthen and build the administrative capacity of the organization. With the support of the Ontario Arts Council Compass Program, a strategic plan was developed in 2006. As a result, Te-Amim has hired its first administrator and moved into new offices. Since its inception, the company has produced 8 main stage productions, four of them Canadian premieres, and has reached over 70,000 learners. We have offered more than 20 arts education residencies in schools, each lead by 3-5 artists from various disciplines.

Our season of activities involves the creation of a play either through the adaptation of a literary work or the commissioning of a new work followed by a full scale production at a main-stage theatre venue. We offer arts education residencies in schools based on the themes and issues in the play. In addition we provide educational materials as well as training for educators on the use of arts to address and explore sensitive issues within the curriculum such as genocide, human rights and social justice. Our current season includes three arts education projects; Arts2Action, Unsung Heroes and A Message of Peace. We will also present Anne Frank: The Diary, a staged reading by German Muslim actress Asli Bayram; to date booked at capacity in 18 schools for over 4000 elementary and high school learners. In total Te-Amim aims to reach over 10,000 learners with our 2008-09 programs.


Workshop: International Physical Theatre Laboratory, Ystad, Sweden

International Physical Theatre Laboratory
with Sergei Ostrenko (Russia)

November 1-7, 2008
Ystad, Sweden

To apply for participation, please email your CV (resume) and a brief letter of motivation to lab@iugte.com stating the title and dates of the event. The Lab will take place in Ystad, a historical Swedish town situated at the southern point of Sweden on the Baltic Sea. During the Lab accommodation and meals are provided for participants.


Event: The Culture Congress, Harbourfront Centre

The Culture Congress: L’art du CONTACT – how do we make it?

Friday, November 14 – Sunday, November 16, 2008

Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Free to Attend!

TORONTO, October 20, 2008 – Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec, the Bureau du Québec à Toronto and PME-ART in Montreal, is thrilled to announce the second edition of The Culture Congress taking place from November 14 through November 16, 2008. The Culture Congress is a forum that brings together local, national and international cultural communities for an exchange of ideas, skills, and information.

For this latest edition, in recognition and support of the existing and the continued development of interactions among creative communities in Québec and Ontario, The Culture Congress poses the question: L’art du CONTACT – how do we make it? This exchange enables contact between people, contact with creative works and coincides with Québec Now!, a Toronto-wide exploration of contemporary arts and culture in Québec. In light of the current political climate, it is even more timely for artists to galvanize as a community to break down borders.

Over the course of three days, creators and culture workers from across Canada and abroad will be challenged through a series of workshops, round-table discussions and dialogue. Provocative questions will evolve in consideration of the many facets of making contact. Participants will investigate the artist’s contact with physical materials, tools, spaces, and language; the many degrees of connection between artistic works and audience; the impact and potential of collaborative processes and interdependence in creative settings; and the issues, challenges, and practices related to the Québec-Ontario cultural and artistic cooperation. The diversity of perspectives born of each artistic genre on each side of the inter-provincial border will not only add to the vibrant nature of the conversations, but enable exploration into the realities of multidisciplinary approaches.

Registration for The Culture Congress is free. Contact Katherine Grainger, 416-973-4239, or hatch@harbourfrontcentre.com

For additional details visit www.culturecongress.wordpress.com

To further contextualize the scheduled events, participants of The Culture Congress are also encouraged to attend performances taking place during the forum: Bashir Lazhar by Evelyne de la Chenelière, La Pornographie des âmes by Dave St-Pierre and The Montreal Stockhausen Project, all part of Québec Now!, in addition to other local events and exhibitions. Please the website for details: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/quebecnow/

Conference: Canada’s Tourism Leadership Summit, TIAC

Canada's Tourism Leadership Summit

Canada’s Tourism Leadership Summit
Hilton Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Québec
November 3-5, 2008

Join us in the National Capital Region
for this exciting industry event!

Canada’s Tourism Leadership Summit provides a unique opportunity for industry leaders like you to participate in a dynamic program that features interactive workshops and top-rated guest speakers. Connect with peers and enhance your business opportunities through this exceptional combination of educational and networking opportunities.

The Summit regularly attracts key members of the sector, including tourism entrepreneurs, destination marketers, and provincial and territorial tourism industry representatives. With this year’s Summit taking place in the National Capital Region, federal decision makers and public servants whose work directly impacts on the tourism sector will be in attendance as well.

Register Today for Canada’s Tourism Leadership Summit!

Quick Links:

– All aboard the Summit Express – Complimentary return VIA 1 rail service for Summit delegates to Ottawa-Gatineau from Toronto and Montreal

Focus on Sustainability sessions to feature some of the world’s premier experts and innovators

– Accomodation and Travel Information– Registration and Fee Information

– Additional Information

All Aboard the Summit Express! Complimentary VIA 1 Rail service for Summit delegates to Ottawa-Gatineau from Toronto and Montreal!

Through an innovative partnership with Via Rail Canada, TIAC is providing all delegates registered for Canada’s Tourism Leadership Summit with complimentary return transportation to Ottawa-Gatineau from both Toronto and Montreal. Passengers aboard the Summit Express will be treated with Via 1 service aboard a car reserved exclusively for Summit delegates, resulting in an excellent networking opportunity in comfort and style!

A complimentary shuttle service from the Ottawa train station will transport Summit Express passengers to the Hilton Lac-Leamy in time for the launch of Canada’s Tourism Leadership Summit.

Don’t delay, book your seat on the Summit Express today! Booking deadline is Friday, October 24 and is offered to registered delegates on a first-come, first-served basis. For the departure timetables, as well as registration information, please click here.

Focus on Sustainability sessions to feature some of the world’s premier experts and innovators

When it comes to implementing green initiatives and committing to sustainability in the tourism sector, Canada is increasingly falling behind its major competitor destinations. If Canada’s tourism sector is to remain competitive in the global market, it needs to embrace the sustainability imperative with greater commitment and conviction.

As the Summit kicks off on the morning of Monday, November 3rd, TIAC will host the Focus on Sustainability sessions. Focus on Sustainability will highlight the research, development and implementation of guidelines for sustainable tourism, and will feature some of the world’s premier experts and innovators in this essential area.

Anna Pollock (Co-Founder, the Icarus Foundation) focuses on strategic and tactical responses to climate change and the development of viable sustainability strategies.

Don Ross (Executive Director, Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve) has helped to build the Biosphere’s network focusing on ecology and conservation, cultural heritage, education, sustainable tourism and sustainable community development.

Jonathan Tourtellot (Director, and Geotourism Editor, National Geographic Traveler) a driving force in this area, he coined the term “geotourism”, and is the primary author of the Geotourism Charter.

Jeff Walker (Senior Vice-President, Harris/Decima) is an expert in public affairs and brand related research, whose work focuses on economic and environmental issues, and the economic and social impact of new technologies.

Accommodation and Travel Information

Join us as a delegate at Canada’s Tourism Leadership Summit and get a great rate at one of the National Capital Region’s leading hotels, the The Hilton Lac-Leamy. Room rates for the Summit start at $179/ night (plus taxes). To reserve your room, visit the online booking system or call 819-790-6444. When booking your room, please remember to quote the promotional code “CHV” and ensure that you identify yourself as a delegate of Canada’s Tourism Leadership Summit.

TIAC has partnered with Via Rail, Air Canada, Westjet and Hertz to offer great rates on travel to and from the summit. Please click here for more information on accommodation and travel.

Registration Information

For registration and fee information, please click here.
To register now, please click here.

Additional Information

For additional information on Canada’s Tourism Leadership Summit, please visit the Summit website, or contact Lisa Griffin, Registration Coordinator, at lgriffin@tiac.travel or 613-688-1468.

See you in Gatineau!

Grant Guidelines: Vital Ideas 2009, Toronto Community Foundation


Vital Ideas 2009
Grant Guidelines
Deadline: 5 p.m. on December 3, 2008


Application Guidelines for:
· Grant Funding

· Directory of Giving Opportunities for Foundation Donors

The Toronto Community Foundation is one of Canada’s largest public Foundations. The Foundation connects philanthropy with community needs by sharing its in depth community knowledge, particularly through its annual Toronto’s Vital Signs® report, by convening leading thinkers, and by developing city-building initiatives, all to improve the quality of life in Toronto.

The Vital Ideas grants support programs and organizations that are already making a positive difference in our community. Vital Ideas enables these proven, effective organizations to expand their reach, share their experience and better sustain their impact through capacity-building grants of up to $30,000 for one year.

A Vital Idea is a program or project that has been piloted or is currently in operation that helps make Toronto a better place to live, work, learn and grow. Its effectiveness can be proven through documented evaluation, reviews, testimonials or other means. A Vital Idea may challenge conventional thinking, but makes use of current knowledge and relevant expertise to address an issue area and present a practical solution that improves the quality of life in Toronto.

Improving Toronto’s Vital Signs®
Toronto’s Vital Signs® is a report which measures quality of life in 11 different issue areas. Published each fall by the Toronto Community Foundation, the report informs our granting and strengthens our ability to connect issues, convene partners, and address Toronto’s most pressing issues. The 2008 report can be accessed on our website at www.tcf.ca.

Priority is given to applicants whose work contributes to progress in at least one of the following issue areas in Toronto’s Vital Signs®:

  • Gap Between Rich & Poor
  • Safety
  • Health & Wellness
  • Learning
  • Housing
  • Getting Around
  • Getting Started
  • Arts & Culture
  • Environment
  • Work
  • Belonging & Leadership

Our goal is to help connect these Vital Ideas with others in our community who can learn from them, benefit from them and support them to increase their impact. Our aim is to ensure that Vital Ideas secure the attention and support they deserve so that they can sustain and grow their contribution to improving Toronto’s vital signs.


  • Funding:The Toronto Community Foundation supports strategic activities that help make the impact of a Vital Idea more sustainable. In other words, the Vital Idea grant is not program funding but is a capacity-building grant (for use to increase the effectiveness of a program). TCF provides grants of up to $30,000 over one year for activities such as:
    • Documentation: Ensuring that the beneficial impact of the Vital Idea is clearly understood
    • Replication: Encouraging increased use of the Vital Idea by others and setting the groundwork for the expansion required
    • Promotion: Communicating the benefits of the Vital Idea among those who can use it or help support it to grow

· Connection with Foundation Donors: Initiatives that present compelling giving opportunities for our community of donors will be:

o Featured in resources produced by the Foundation exclusively for our donors

o Included in our community knowledge research publications for use with Foundation donors and other community philanthropists seeking giving opportunities in related issue areas

o Assisted in developing connections with a larger philanthropic community through updates and invitations from the Foundation

· Public Recognition: Initiatives funded by the Foundation and its donors through the Vital Ideas program will be announced to our donors, volunteers, supporters, other community stakeholders and the media to further promote these initiatives among current and potential donors and decision-makers.

The Vital Ideas program is open to any registered charitable organization located in the City of Toronto whose work directly benefits Toronto residents in one or more of the issue areas listed above. Not-for-profit organizations that are not registered Canadian charities that wish to submit an application should refer to the information sheet “Who Can Apply?” for additional application requirements. The information sheet can be found on the Foundation’s website at http://www.tcf.ca

The application must be complete for consideration, and should contain one 3-page letter and required attachments as described below. One copy of the complete submission should be delivered in person or by mail to the Foundation at the address below. The letter must also be e-mailed to ngodkewitsch@tcf.ca

Both the e-mailed and hard copy of the application must be received by the Foundation no later than:

5:00 pm on December 3, 2008.


The initial application consists of no more than 3 pages plus required attachments: Cover sheet (1 page):

· Name of the applying organization

· Charitable registration number

· Contact address, phone number, e-mail address, web site address

· Name and signature of the lead staff person or volunteer (Executive Director or Chair of the Board) authorizing the application and anyone else who can be contacted for further information

Vital Idea program profile (maximum 2 pages)

The program profile presents your argument for why your program should be funded and should emphasize the track record, impact and philanthropic opportunity presented by the initiative. The profile should be clear and concise, keeping in mind that volunteer reviewers and donors reviewing it for funding consideration may have varying levels of familiarity with the work of your organization. The program profile should be brief (1-2 typed pages maximum), to-the-point and organized into three sections:

Overview: This section should address the following:

    1. Introductory sentence about your organization
    2. What is your Vital Idea and what aspects of Toronto’s quality of life does it positively impact? (see Toronto’s Vital Signs®)
    3. Who is responsible for the development and operation of the Vital Idea and what particular qualifications (knowledge, skills, and experience) do they bring to the initiative that makes it successful?
    4. What is uniquely effective about your approach or how does your initiative differ from or improve upon other practices in the community addressing the same issues?

Accomplishments: This section should address the following questions:

    1. Results to date: What benefits or results towards improved quality of life, both quantitative and qualitative, has the Vital Idea produced to date?
    2. What community or population benefits from the Vital Idea?
    3. Are there partnerships and/or unique collaborations that are involved in the Vital Idea? If so, what are they and what are their involvements?
    4. Cost/benefit: not including initial research and development costs, what does the initiative cost to operate to achieve the benefits or results described above? (Example: program cost per person).

Giving opportunity: This section should address the following questions:

1. What is the amount of funding you’re requesting and how will it be used strategically to grow and sustain the Vital Idea?

2. What evidence can you provide (research or statistical backup of need, interest or opportunity) to demonstrate the potential for your Vital Idea to grow its impact and further improve Toronto’s quality of life?

3. Telling your story: in the interest of building your organizational capacity as well as sharing compelling stories about grantee successes, between 10-15% of each grant must be earmarked to undertake a documentation/ evaluation process. Please identify a plan that will encompass the following: document process/best practice of organization/project funded; collect and share stories of impact (quotes, photographs, video, etc.); increase capacity of the organization to engage in future communications and/or fundraising.

4. Budget: Provide a simple project budget for activities requested, identifying costs and revenues secured (if any).

Please attach the following information to the hard-copy version of your application:

  • A list of the organization’s current Board members and their terms
  • A copy of the organization’s most recent, audited financial statements
  • A copy of the organization’s most recent annual report

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY: 5:00 p.m. on December 3, 2008

Applications will be assessed based on the following priorities:

  • The impact to date of the Vital Idea presents a compelling opportunity for the Foundation’s donors to make a significant difference in Toronto’s quality of life
  • The Vital Idea demonstrates solid understanding of current good practice in the issue it addresses and may also advance knowledge in that field
  • The Vital Idea is at a stage of its development that justifies the support requested
  • The funding requested presents a strategic approach to strengthening the impact and sustainability of the Vital Idea

Applicants short-listed for funding consideration will be requested to provide the following in January 2009:

  • An expanded 5-page proposal with answers to specific questions relating to the request
  • Up to 3 digital photos of the program/project illustrating action and impact, along with permission for the Foundation to use the photos to tell the impact story (more photos will be requested as part of the final report)


· Incomplete applications will be declined

· Only one application per organization will be accepted

· A full hard copy of the application should be delivered in person or by mail to the Foundation
office at the address below

· The 3-page letter must also be e-mailed to ngodkewitsch@tcf.ca

· The Vital Ideas program does not fund:

– Initiatives that have not yet been fully developed, researched or tested
– Initiatives that have not been evaluated for impact or benefit
– Ongoing program operating expenses
– Costs for which funding has already been received from another funder
– Budget deficits
– Retroactive costs before request has been approved

Nadien Godkewitsch, Program Officer
Toronto Community Foundation
33 Bloor Street East, Suite 1603
Toronto ON M4W 3H1

Tel: 416.921.2035 ext. 204
E-mail: ngodkewitsch@tcf.ca

To review descriptions of previous grant recipients please visit the Foundation’s web site at www.tcf.ca.