Monthly Archives: May 2010

Announcement: Bill 65, the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, Ontario Nonprofit Network

On May 13th, 2010 the Hon. Sophia Aggelonitis, Minister of Consumer services introduced Bill 65, the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 to the Ontario Legislature for its First Reading.

The new act, once passed, promises to modernize legislation governing not-for-profit organizations. We are particularly pleased that it allows not-for-profit corporations to engage in commercial activities where the revenues earned are reinvested in the corporation’s not-for-profit purposes. Bill 65 promises to make it easier for not-for-profit corporations to successfully operate and do business in today’s economy.

Bill 65 is the culmination of extensive work and consultations that have taken place between the government and nonprofit organizations across Ontario since 2008.  The input into this legislation laid the foundation for the creation of the Ontario Nonprofit Network and the strengthening of the relationship with government. The “Partnership Project” led by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Ontario Trillium Foundation will further strengthen the ability of the sector to work together with the government.

Bill 65 is a landmark piece of legislation. To ensure its success the Ontario Nonprofit Network is reconvening the Expert Reference Group that originally briefed the sector on this legislation. This group and others will be coming together again to do a detailed review of the legislation and will provide briefings to the sector and participate in the legislative committee hearings as Bill 65 moves its way through the legislative process.

On May 17, 2010 Bill 65 moved to Second Reading in the House of Commons for debate among the political parties.

If you would like to be involved with the Expert Reference Group please contact Janice Wiggins at:


Announcement: New Producer/General Manager, Nightwood Theatre

Nightwood Theatre is proud to announce the appointment of a new Producer/General Manager, Denyse Karn.  She replaces Monica Esteves, who is moving to Crow’s Theatre as their Managing Director. Currently, Associate Artistic Producer of Nightwood Theatre (courtesy of the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation), Ms. Karn will step into her new role at Nightwood at end of July 2010.

Denyse Karn has been working in the Canadian theatre for over 25 years as a producer and designer. Her history with Nightwood Theatre goes back to the 1980’s when she designed the original production of Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet. She is Artistic Producer/General Manager of In Good Company Theatre, who toured the award-winning play God’s Middle Name to the Magnetic North Theatre Festival and across the country. Denyse was the Associate Producer at Eastern Front Theatre as well as Producer and Programmer of their SuperNova Theatre Festival. Her experience with touring and festival planning resulted in being asked to be on the national board of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, where she is Chair of the Industry Relations Committee. Also worth noting is her work as an entrepreneur. In 1991, Denyse started Bravado Designs, a breastfeeding and maternity lingerie manufacturing company with international wholesale distribution, and successfully built the business to 1.8 million in sales in just 6 years. She is a recipient of a Chalmers, Dora Mavor Moore and five Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Awards and was nominated for the Siminovitch Award in Theatre in 2006. As a producer, In Good Company received a Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Award for Outstanding Production in 2008 and was a finalist for two years running for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award in 2008 and 2009.

Commenting on the appointment, Nightwood Theatre Acting Board Chair Karon Bales said, “Denyse is a bright and passionate individual. She brings with her a deep love for the theatre, solid experience as a producer, a lively entrepreneurial spirit matched by strong financial management. We are thrilled to have her join the Nightwood team.”

Artistic Director, Kelly Thornton said, “I salute Monica Esteves for her immense contribution to Nightwood Theatre and wish her all the best with Crow’s. I’m delighted to welcome Denyse into her new position with the company. She is creative, smart and fearless with a deep commitment to Nightwood’s mandate. It’s truly an exciting time ahead. “

In accepting her appointment to the role of Producer/General Manager of Nightwood Theatre, Ms. Karn said, “I have to thank Nightwood for giving me the incredible opportunity this past year and preparing me to take on a leadership role in the national community of women in the arts. The legacy that Nightwood has created in the past 30 years is powerful. I am excited to work with Kelly Thornton to build on this rich history and bolster the company into the future.”

Announcement: Festival Voices Plays Written by Students and Teachers for the Sears Ontario Drama Festival edited by Wayne Fairhead and Jane Gardner, Playwrights Canada Press

978-0-88754-910-6 € $25.00

Since its inception, students and teachers from across Ontario have been writing new, original plays to showcase their talents at the Sears Ontario Drama Festival, the province’s largest and most prestigious student theatre festival. Festival Voices is a collection of eight plays that premiered at the Sears Festival from the past ten years. Written by Ontario teachers and students, these plays explore coming of age, intolerance, and personal traumas, both past and present.

This title is a must-have for high-school drama teachers looking for creative and innovative works, as well as for students who are looking to explore their artistic depths. Festival Voices emphasizes the budding talent of Ontario¹s youth. All profits from the sale of the book will be donated to the Ken and Ann Watts Memorial Scholarship Foundation to help offset the cost of post-secondary education for exceptionally talented students entering a performing arts college or university of their choice.

Jane Gardner is the general manager of Carousel Players, a TYA touring company located in St. Catharines, Ontario. She previously managed the Blyth Festival and the Great Canadian Theatre Company, and is a former executive director of Theatre Ontario.

Wayne Fairhead was a teacher for thirty-eight years, teaching and advising at all levels. He has been the executive director of the Sears Ontario Drama Festival since 1991 and was the consulting director of educational services for the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in Toronto from 2006 to 2007.

For more information please contact:
Melissa Anthony

Announcement: Theatre Books and Plays for Sale, Roxanne Reads New & Used Books

Roxanne Reads New & Used Books located at 750A Queen Street East is closing.  We have a great selection and deals on plays and theatre books.  We are open:

  • Wednesday May 19   11 – 6 pm
  • Thursday May 20        12 – 8 pm
  • Friday May 21             12 – 8 pm
  • Saturday May 22        12 – 7 pm
  • Sunday May 23           12 – 5 pm
  • Monday May 24          12 – 5 pm
  • Tuesday May 25         11 – 8 pm

1 – 5 books at 50% off, 6th book + at 75% off or visit our downstairs and fill a small bag of plays for $5.00 or a larger bag for $15.00

Roxanne Reads New and Used Books
750A Queen Street East
Toronto, ON  M4M 1H4

Announcement: New Residents at the Four Seasons Centre: Honeybees!, Canadian Opera Company

The Canadian Opera Company is proud to announce that two honeybee hives have been recently installed on the roof of its opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, located in downtown Toronto at the corner of Queen Street. and University Avenue.  With these two hives, the COC joins a small but growing number of urban spaces in Toronto with honeybee colonies on its property.

Since 2007 there has been a mysterious and significant decline in the number of bee colonies which scientists have labeled Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).  Many scientists are concerned because of the fundamental role bees play in the human food supply, as they are active participants in the productivity of virtually all naturally grown products in the world.  However, while the CCD crisis shows no signs of abating, there are measures that can be taken to promote a healthy bee population in Canada – such as the introduction of more urban hives.  Ironically, in urban areas, where there is less pesticide use, bees have a greater chance of flourishing than in agricultural areas.

“The planet is losing honeybees at an alarming rate and we are happy to provide a place for them atop our opera house,” says Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company.  “We are always open to new ways to contribute to our community, and by adding honeybee hives to the roof of the Four Seasons Centre, we are one of the few companies in Toronto taking a leadership role in this area.  More than anything, we wanted to take one small step towards helping the bee population recover its numbers.  It’s completely vital to the future of the planet.”

Beekeeper Fred Davis approached the Canadian Opera Company in the fall of 2009 with the idea of placing hives on the Four Seasons Centre roof.  As a member of the Toronto Beekeepers Co-operative since 2004, Mr. Davis, is an amateur apiarist who has already installed two hives within the grounds of Toronto’s Casa Loma in 2009.  “The COC’s opera house is an ideal location for honeybees, as they can benefit from the density of flowers and green spaces within a 3 – 5 kilometre range of the building,” says Mr. Davis.

Patrons visiting the Four Seasons Centre need not worry for their safety.  “Honeybees are docile, well-behaved, respectful urban citizens, and remain near their hives on the roof, or search for pollen in nearby gardens,” says Mr. Davis.  Alexander Neef concurs, “In all my years of working for the Paris Opera, I never once saw a bee in or around the opera house and they have had hives on their opera houses’ roofs for many years.”

Approximately one-third of food products are derived from plants which require pollination from honeybees.  Honeybees in the downtown area help proliferate thousands of flowers, trees and rooftop and balcony gardens in the surrounding urban area.  The addition of these new residents will help diversify the types of species of bees and plants that currently exist in the area, which will lend to the bee population’s overall growth and strengthening.

As the hives become stronger, the COC will benefit from a bounty of natural, unprocessed honey.  One hive, in full production, could have up to 60,000 bees working to produce approximately 100 lbs. of honey.  If the hives flourish in the first year, the COC can expect to collect approximately 50 to 60 lbs. of honey.

The two bee hives can be seen from a glass door located on Ring 4 in the Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room of the Four Seasons Centre. The hives are not accessible to the public.

“Bee” Blog
Read regular posts by beekeeper Fred Davis and occasional updates from Gianna Wichelow of the COC.

Hive Installation
See photos and watch videos of beekeeper Fred Davis installing the two bee hives and explaining the rationale behind why the Four Seasons Centre rooftop is an ideal urban location.  Keep a look out for more fun videos of Fred visiting the queens and their colonies at (To access photos at the above link the username is cocpress and the password is mediapix.)

The Canadian Opera Company’s award-winning website,, contains information on all productions and programs and allows visitors to enjoy a wide variety of interactive features available for downloading and streaming.

About the Canadian Opera Company
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and third largest in North America, and celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2009/10.  Under its new leadership of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC continues its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation.  The COC currently enjoys a remarkable 100% attendance rate and the highest subscription rate in North America.  The COC performs in its opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects.  From its inauguration in 2006, the Four Seasons Centre has been hailed internationally as one of the finest opera houses in the world.  The Four Seasons Centre is also the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada.  For more information on the Canadian Opera Company please visit

Workshop: Summer Intensive with Dean Gilmour and Michelle Smith, Theatre Smith Gilmour

THE ACTOR MAY 24 to MAY 27, 2010
10 am to 1 pm
$265.00 (equity discount available)

Using the visions of Jacques Lecoq and Philippe Gaulier this workshop will explore clown, melodrama and tragedy through the texts Shakespeare, Ted Hughes and Hugo.

BOUFFON MAY 31 to JUNE 3, 2010
10 am to 1 pm
$265.00 (equity discount available)

Once a year, the Buffoon emerges from the swamps to tell their stories.  They are the outcast. They are ugly, their bodies are twisted and they arrive limping or crawling or however they can, but always in a pack.  Their weapon is parody and they use it to denounce the hypocrisy.  Their laughter, their silence, their exaggeration cuts like a knife.  They are the children of the devil.

CLOWN JUNE 7 to 10, 2010
10 am to 1 pm
$265.00 (equity discount available)

What is most important for every performer is to find the pleasure to make an entrance, to play with abandon, to make a joke,  to be lost and not run away in shame – this is the world of the CLOWNS.  They come into the theatre armed with jokes, gags, a song, a dance,
many verses of Shakespeare and when they fall flat on their faces they search deep inside themselves for the strength to continue to see if they can find a way to connect with the audience.

For more information and to register, call Dean Gilmour at 416 526 0023 or email at:

Workshop: Fresh Ideas in Puppetry Day, Puppetmongers

The Toronto School of Puppetry presents their almost annual FRESH IDEAS IN PUPPETRY DAY 2010

A one-day conference, festival and good time JUNE 5th 2010, at Puppetmongers’ Studio,
401 Logan Avenue (at Dundas East)
Day 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Evening start time 8 p.m.

Party to follow
Early Bird online discount $90 for Day and Evening ($95 cash at the door)
Early Bird online discount $20 for Evening ($25 cash at the door)

Presenters, Panelists and Performers include:
Martha Adam (UQAM, Montreal), Ronnie Burkett (Theatre of Marionettes), Bruce Barton and Pil Hansen (Vertical City), Mark Cassidy (Threshold Theater), Louise Lapointe (Casteliers, Montreal), Ann Powell (Puppetmongers), Jamie Shannon, Eric Wolfe (Eldritch Theatre), Vida Ghahremani, Catherine Hernandez, Marcus Jamin.

To reserve and for more info visit or call 416-469-3555

Internship: Youth and Community Intern, Canadian Stage

Canadian Stage is now accepting applications for the (volunteer) position of YOUTH AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER INTERN.

Based in Toronto, Canadian Stage produces and showcases innovative theatre work from Canada and around the world, allowing its audience to encounter daring work guided by a strong directorial vision and a 21st century aesthetic.

Reporting to the Community Relations Manager, this Intern position offers an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge in developing and leading programs that cultivate artistic opportunities in community settings for youth and families, associated with the Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park. This position also offers opportunities to develop experience with marketing, communications and outreach activities for community initiatives.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with the Facilitation of Summer Youth and Community Programs in Program Sessions
  • Assisting with the communication and evaluation of programs offered
  • Assisting with the co-ordination of Youth and Community Programming throughout the summer

The Intern will have opportunities to participate in program planning, communication and execution, including attending program sessions. The internship offers numerous opportunities to develop administrative, communication and leadership skills in the implementation of new initiatives.

Start Date: June 14, 2009

End Date: September 5, 2009

The Youth and Community Intern must commit to 10-15 hrs per week.  Schedule can be flexible. Must be available July 1st and Sunday evenings throughout the summer.

Minimum requirements:

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Interest in youth and community arts programming, family-friendly programming, communications and outreach
  • Experience in leadership roles and desire to improve leadership skills
  • Ability to work well individually and as part of a team
  • Previous office administration experience and previous creation experience are an asset
  • Self-starter. Full training will be provided but in some cases the successful candidate will be asked to work independently on assigned projects.
  • High computer proficiency (MS Word & Excel experience preferred, e-mail and internet)
  • Being enrolled in a course of study that involves interning at an arts organization is considered an asset but is not required.

In addition to the many benefits of Canadian Stage’s Intern Program which include information sessions with staff members of their choice, the successful candidate will also be assisting artists or administrators who are engaged with the youth and community programs of the company.  The intern will also receive free tickets to Canadian Stage productions and will be invited to readings, workshops and other artistic development initiatives.  We strive to make our intern positions as valuable an experience as possible.

Please submit cover letter, résumé and 3 (phone) references by May 28, 2010 by email only, (attach documents in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat)


Julie Cloutier, Manager of Volunteer Resources


Please note in your cover letter where you saw this intern posting. We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview are contacted. No telephone inquiries please. All applications are considered confidential.

Canadian Stage is an equal opportunity employer.

Workshop: Grant Writing-Theatre Section, Toronto Arts Council

Grants to Playwrights Program

Thursday May 27th

5:00-7:00 pm

The Toronto Arts Council and Playwrights Guild of Canada will host a grant writing workshop to help writers apply to the Toronto Arts Council’s Playwrights’ Program. This is an information session for playwrights with very little grant writing experience and/or knowledge of Toronto Arts Council programs.

The Grants to Playwrights Program supports writers in the creation of new works or works-in-progress for stage or radio plays. Emerging, mid-career and senior playwrights can apply. The next deadline for applications is June15th, 2010.

Applications are available on line at:

The workshop is free but all participants must register.  Registration is limited.


Playwrights Guild of Canada

210-215 Spadina Ave.

(near corner of Spadina and Queen)

To register email by May 21st

Workshop: Random Acts of Culture: Reclaiming Art and Community in the 21st Century, Jumblies Theatre

Thurs. May 20th, 6:30 to 9:00

Clarke Mackey will present and discuss ideas from his book Random Acts of Culture: Reclaiming Art and Community in the 21st Century at the Fixt Point Studio, 1550 Queen St. West in Parkdale

Clarke Mackey’s new book reexamines of contemporary culture and challenges many widely held assumptions. He argues that, besides popular mass culture and the high culture of the elites, there is a third category of cultural activity that is old as human society itself but is seldom discussed: vernacular culture. Activities in this category include conversation between friends, social gatherings and rituals, play and participatory sports, informal storytelling, musical jam sessions, cooking and gardening, homemade architecture, and street festivals. In this talk, Mackey proposes that a simple, conscious emphasis on practicing and celebrating such activities at the expense of passive, consumer culture would have far-reaching beneficial effects on all aspects of human life in the new millennium.

Clarke Mackey’s feature films, television shows, and documentaries on social justice issues have won awards and garnered much critical praise over the last forty years. In the early nineteen eighties he took a six-year sabbatical from his media career to work as a preschool teacher. It was during this time that he first developed his ideas about vernacular culture. Years later Mackey created an innovative multimedia website called Memory Palace: Vernacular Culture in the Digital Age. His new book, to be published this fall, is the culmination of a thirty-year journey to make sense of these ideas. Clarke Mackey has taught in the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University since 1988.

AND the launch of a new Jumblies publication: Out of Place – collected essays by Jumblies artists, interns and colleagues. The first issue includes essays by Elizabeth Rucker, Michael Burtt, Diana Tso, Eric Schwindt and Maggie Hutcheson, and the second issue (to be published in fall 2010) will include essays by Lisa Marie DiLiberto, Leah Houston and others.

6:30 – greetings, food and drinks
7:00 – presentation and discussion
8:00 – mingling and more drinks and refreshments
PWYC for soup, drinks and snacks

For more info. contact: