Daily Archives: April 8, 2010

Call for Submissions: Silver Ticket Award Call for Nominations 2010, TAPA

Since 1980, the Silver Ticket Award has been presented annually at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards by TAPA to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Toronto stage and to the development of Canadian Theatre.

The distinguished past winners of the Silver Ticket Award meet every year to evaluate the nominations submitted and to award the new Silver Ticket recipient. The jury considers those special people who have not only excelled in their own careers, but have also contributed to the development of Canadian Theatre by helping and encouraging others.

Please send the following information to Sandra Lefrançois, Dora Manager by email by Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 5 p.m. Mailed or faxed nominations will not be accepted.

  • Nominator’s Name, Title, Company, Phone and email;
  • Name of nominee and nominee’s bio;
  • Why you feel that the nominee should be awarded the Silver Ticket (up to 2 pages);
  • Support letters/testimonials for the nominee (up to 3 pages);
  • Please indicate clearly that your nomination is for the Silver Ticket Award.

Call for Submissions: Barbara Hamilton Award Call for Nominations 2010, TAPA

The Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award, inaugurated in 1996, is given to a Canadian artist who demonstrates excellence in the performing arts and is dedicated to advocating and being an ambassador for the arts in Canada. The award comes with a cheque for $1,000 and a scroll from the City of Toronto. The Selection Committee is comprised of Martha Burns, Jacoba Knaapen, Eric Peterson and Jim Roe.

Please send the following information to Jacoba Knaapen by email by Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 5 p.m. Mailed or faxed nominations will not be accepted.

  • Nominator’s Name, Title, Company, Phone and email
  • Name of nominee
  • Nominee’s bio
  • Headshot or photograph of the nominee
  • Why you feel that the nominee should receive the Barbara Hamilton Award (up to 2 pages)
  • Please indicate clearly that your nomination is for the Barbara Hamilton Award

Event: Spring into Action with International Dance Day April 29, 2010!, Canadian Dance Assembly

The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) invites all Canadians to participate in the numerous activities taking place across the country during International Dance Day, 2010. CDA members will host an array of performances, workshops and activities to promote the art of dance to the public. On the heels of the Cultural Olympiad, let us continue the momentum of spirited celebration and embrace the abundance of talent within our borders!

Initiated in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute (http://iti.unesco.org), International Dance Day falls on April 29 of every year, commemorating the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, a distinguished choreographer that brought about significant reforms in ballet production. Every year, an international message authored by a well-known dance personality is circulated around the world as part of International Dance Day celebrations. Additionally, since 2005,
the Canadian Dance Assembly has issued a Canadian message in conjunction with the UNESCO message.

This year, the Canadian Dance Assembly has invited award winning dancer-choreographer Crystal Pite to author the International Dance Day message. Pite has received critical acclaim both in Canada and abroad and is known as one of Canada’s most innovative and exciting choreographers. Pite’s message speaks to the nature of dance that lives in us all; she invites us to delight in our existence and “to be danced by experience”.

“On April 29th, we invite you to celebrate International Dance Day. You are dancers, all of you. Life moves you; life dances you. To dance is to investigate and celebrate the experience of being alive. Like life, a dance creates and destroys itself in every moment. Like love, it is beyond reason. Ephemeral as breath, concrete as bone, dance is made of you. You sculpt space. You write with your body in a wordless language that is deeply understood. You grace the space within and around you when you dance. Force, trajectory, inertia, and recovery: dancing is a ride, a duet between your instinct and imagination. To dance is to heighten your experience of the present moment. Your body is your location – when you dance, you are profoundly engaged in being there. To dance is to feel the resonance of your life, to delight in your existence. To be human is to be danced by experience, energy and emotion. On International Dance Day, let’s celebrate the life that moves us.”

The International Dance Day Message, commissioned by ITI – UNESCO, has been written this year by Julio Bocca. Julio has been a guest artist with major ballet companies around the world; he is the recipient of numerous awards and currently is director of Ballet Argentino which he founded in 1990. His message is as follows:

“Dance is discipline, work, teaching, communication. With it we save words that perhaps others would not understand and, instead, we establish a universal language familiar to everyone. It gives us pleasure, it makes us free and it comforts us from the impossibility we humans have to fly like birds, bringing us closer to heaven, to the sacred, to the infinite. It is a sublime art, different each time, so much like making love that at the end of each performance it leaves our heart beating very hard and looking forward to the next time.”

The following provides an overview of some of the highlighted activities taking place in celebration of International
Dance Day. Also, new this year, be sure to check out the International Dance Day – Canada Facebook page; become
a fan of dance!

DanceTO proudly presents an afternoon of free dance activities at Yonge-Dundas Square May 2 between 1-5pm to mark International Dance Day. The show will feature b-boy battles, capoeira matches, Nia demonstrations, contemporary choreography, belly dancing, ballroom lessons, hip hop routines, dance-theatre shows, African dance, and more. Situated in the open heart of Toronto, this special public event offers an eye-opening and interactive experience, highlighting Toronto’s rich, diverse and inclusive dance community. This event is fun for all and everyone is encouraged to participate! For further details on this event visit www.danceumbrella.net/idd.htm.

The Dance Ontario Youth Board has organized a unique performance that will take place at the Toronto Pearson airport,
Terminal 1 on April 29. There will also be many performances taking place in and around Ontario during this time, please
check the Dance Ontario website for information on upcoming shows www.danceontario.ca.


You’re Invited!

Since 1994 The Harold Awards have come to represent the independent and hard-working spirit of Toronto’s theatre community. Inspired by, and named after the late Harold Kandel, this annual event is a rabble-rousing alternative to June’s Dora Mavor Moore awards.

Awards are bestowed from one individual to the next in recognition of an outstanding and often under-recognized dedication on or off the stage. The Harold Awards lineage reads like a who’s-who of Toronto theatre, including: Luther Hansraj, Kirsten Johnson, Daniel MacIvor, Don McKellar, Darren O’Donnell, Sarah Stanley

WHEN: Monday, May 3rd, 2010, doors open 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue)

WHY: Because it will be awesome!