Monthly Archives: May 2009

Call for Submissions: Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards

Nominations are open to the public for the GOVERNOR GENERAL’S PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS

Get involved! Nominate someone today for lifetime artistic achievement or voluntarism in the performing arts.

Deadline: June 15, 2009

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards recognize lifetime artistic achievement in the fields of theatre, dance, classical music, popular music, film, and radio and television broadcasting as well as for voluntarism in the performing arts.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Awards.

All it takes is:

  • a nomination form (find it at )
  • a strong supporting letter (maximum two pages) and
  • a biography of the artist.
  • It can then be submitted by email, mail or fax.

Get involved and nominate a deserving Canadian in the performing arts or arts volunteerism to honour their lifelong commitment and contribution to the arts. Or share and distribute this call for nominations to others in your community.

Find out more about who can be nominated, how the nominees are selected and the criteria for recipient selection. Visit today.

Le public est invité à soumettre une candidature aux Prix du Gouverneur général pour les arts de la scène

Impliquez-vous! Soumettez la candidature d’un artiste ou d’un bénévole canadien du domaine des arts de la scène.

Date limite des mises en candidature : le 15 juin 2009

Les PGGAS soulignent l’œuvre de toute une vie d’artistes qui se sont distingués en théâtre, en danse, en musique classique, en musique populaire, en cinéma ou en radiotélédiffusion et d’individus qui se sont consacrés au bénévolat dans les arts de la scène.

Les candidatures sont présentement acceptées pour les PGGAS 2010.

Procédures :

  • compléter un formulaire de mise en candidature (disponible à )
  • écrire une lettre passionnée de mise en candidature (deux pages au maximum)
  • joindre une biographie de l’artiste
  • Vous devez ensuite acheminer les documents par courriel, par la poste ou par télécopieur.

Impliquez-vous et soumettez la candidature d’un artiste ou d’un bénévole canadien du domaine des arts de la scène afin que ses réalisations exceptionnelles et sa contribution soient honorées. Ou encore, partagez et distribuez cet appel de candidatures auprès des membres de votre communauté.

Pour en savoir davantage sur les critères d’admissibilité, le processus de sélection et les critères d’évaluation, consultez le site


Classes: FREE classes June 2, 4, and 6 for kids (3-17), Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts Kids Program

The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts Kids Program is offering FREE classes June 2, 4, and 6 for kids (3-17). Classes are in Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, as well as Triple Threat Musical Theatre. For a schedule of trial classes, contact Nicole at or 416-924-2243×225.  Visit their website to find our more about summer classes.

Audition: Jerry Springer – The Opera, Hart House Theatre

Hart House Theatre is now accepting submissions for the return of the Canadian Premiere of JERRY SPRINGER – THE OPERA Music by Richard Thomas Book and Lyrics by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas Directed by Richard Ouzounian Musical Direction by Lily Ling

Deadline for Submissions: Monday June 8, 2009 (early submissions are encouraged).

Those contacted for auditions will be seen on June 14th or 15th. Performance run: September 24 to October 10, 2009.

Non Union, Non Paying Please send headshots and resumes to:

We strongly encourage actors of all ethnic backgrounds to audition. Only those contacted for an audition will be seen.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Please prepare TWO 16 bar numbers to show your diversity as a singer, in both Broadway and Classical styles. The pieces will be presented a cappella (a starting note will be given if needed) and should show your ranges in both belt and head voice. Please bring sheet music. Remember you are auditioning for JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA – be as ridiculous as possible! Show us that you have what it takes to be an audience member or a guest on the Jerry Springer show.

About Hart House Theatre: Hart House Theatre, established in 1919, is the University of Toronto’s Performing Arts Leader. Since its inception, the theatre’s unique mix of young professionals, alumni, and students has garnered the theatre a reputation as not only a cultural destination for the U of T community but one for all of Toronto.

Workshop: Professional Development Workshop, Theatre Gargantua

Led by core members of the award-winning Theatre Gargantua (TG) ensemble, this workshop offers an exciting opportunity for professional actors and advanced students to experience TGs critically acclaimed method of creating imagistic, physical, music theatre. Participants will be instructed in TG’s distinctive approach to movement, vocal work and text exploration and creation. Actors will be given unique tools to develop original movement and vocal compositions, and will learn how to integrate these creations with text.

“compelling theatre…theatre of the best sort. – Gargantua never ceases to push the boundaries of our imaginations. And beyond those boundaries, it is clear, Gargantua has envisaged a whole new world and called it theatre.” – The Toronto Sun

One of Canada’s leading multi-disciplinary theatre companies, TG has been developing ensemble-based works for over 16 years, garnering 27 prestigious Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations. TG has toured nationally and internationally to critical acclaim,

2 Workshop Times Available:


Space is limited to 8 participants. Interested actors should submit their resume to:
Please note, this course is physically demanding and participants should be in good physical condition.

Event: Become A Diva For A Day Contest, Canadian Opera Company

The Canadian Opera Company’s popular Diva for a Day contest gives one lucky winner the opportunity to be wined, dined and pampered – Japanese style – with a grand prize package valued at $4,000.

The COC’s interactive contest, which closes at midnight on May 25, invites users to take a cyber journey to the new, eye-catching Madama Butterfly Historical Journey. Visitors travel behind-the-scenes through the COC archives and discover the making of this production of Madama Butterfly.  Once the journey is complete, contestants must correctly answer five COC-related questions to be randomly selected to win one of 12 diva-worthy prize packs.

One Grand Prize Package includes:

  • Grand Ring level seats with on-air personality Alexa Petrenko to the opening night performance of Madama Butterfly
  • An invitation to the Madama Butterfly opening night cast party
  • Accommodations, dinner and breakfast for two at Hilton Toronto
  • A complimentary limousine return trip courtesy of Rosedale Livery
  • Dinner for two at Yuzu Sushi and Sake Bar
  • A LI’TYA Kodo body massage treatment at Elmwood Spa
  • And much more…

One Second Prize Package:

  • A CD/DVD gift package valued at $500 courtesy of Decca

Ten Third Prize Packages:

  • A 15-disc compilation Puccini: The Great Opera Collection, courtesy of Decca

Presented in partnership with Classical 96.3 FM, the contest closes at midnight on May 25, 2009.  For contest details and entry visit

Workshop: ANIMOTION 2009, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, one of Canada’s most respected puppetry arts producers, will once again offer a unique training program. Under the auspices of Mermaid’s Institute of Puppetry Arts, the four-week puppetry intensive for performers will run from August 3rd – 28th, 2009.  A limited number of participants will explore a range of puppetry styles, broadening their frame of reference and skill set. Faculty will include an outstanding roster of Atlantic Canada’s leading professionals.

ANIMOTION 2009 will take place at Mermaid’s headquarters in Windsor, NS, which is a 35-minute trip from Halifax.  Cost is $1130 (HST included). 10% discount for ACTRA and CAEA members. For more information or a brochure please contact Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s Institute of Puppetry Arts – 902-798-5841 ext. 7,, or visit our website

Volunteer: Canadian Stage TD Dream In High Park, Canadian Stage Company

Toronto’s longest-running outdoor summer theatre event is looking for volunteers. The Canadian Stage Company invites individuals 15 years and older to be a part of the 27th Annual Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park and spend several evenings under the stars volunteering at this year’s production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, June 26 to September 6, 2009.

The Canadian Stage Company is seeking individuals who enjoy theatre, meeting new people and looking for relevant experience to join our diverse team of volunteers. The Company is looking for greeters as well as donation, gate and hill attendants to work five shifts of their choosing, from 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., at the Dream site in High Park. Full training is provided.

Volunteers are rewarded with tickets to the Canadian Stage Company’s upcoming season, an Appreciation BBQ, a TD Dream in High Park volunteer t-shirt, games and prizes. Volunteering at the Dream is of special appeal to high school students as The Canadian Stage Company is able to offer the opportunity to meet required community service hours.

For more information or to sign up, please visit our website at, email or call 416.367.8243 x 252.

Nationally and internationally acclaimed, The Canadian Stage Company is Canada’s leading not-for-profit contemporary theatre company. Founded in 1987 with the merger of CentreStage and Toronto Free Theatre, the Company is dedicated to programming international contemporary theatre and to developing and producing landmark Canadian works which have been awarded some of the country’s most prestigious literary and performing arts honours, including the Governor General’s, Chalmers and Dora Mavor Moore Awards. The Company presents the richest variety of Canadian and international plays and musicals – from edgy and provocative works at the Berkeley Street Theatre to productions with universal appeal at the Bluma Appel Theatre and a summer of Shakespeare at the Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park. With a long-standing commitment to education and enhancement programs for the public, nurturing theatre professionals, and developing new Canadian plays, Canadian Stage plays an essential role in bringing thought-provoking theatre and high quality entertainment into the lives of millions in Toronto, one of North America’s largest theatre centres.