Daily Archives: May 1, 2012

Workshops: Financial Management and Technological Innovation, The Canadian Dance Assembly

The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) is happy to offer two dynamic workshops in Toronto this month! On May 17, 2012 we will explore two key topics: Financial Management and Technological Innovation. These workshops are being offered as part of CDA’s I love dance / J’aime la danse National Campaign.


Financial Management: Building a Strong Bottom Line

Looking to increase your financial literacy in the arts sector? Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn hands-on techniques from experienced and influential arts managers who have helped turn projects into financial success stories. The workshop will begin with general tips and terms to assist with understanding of finances, and will then explore examples of how to focus on private and earned revenue, donor cultivation, deficit reduction, recovery from financial collapse and balancing artistic vs. management choices.

Following that, by using real case studies, participants will get the chance to walk through financial statements and analyze the financial health of an organization. Have fun with numbers while brainstorming with colleagues and take away practical tools which you can implement in your daily work. Discover the art of finance!

Speakers: Kendra Fry (General Manager, Theatre Passe Murraille) and Heather Young (Principal, Young Associates)

Technological Innovation: On and Off the Stage

As technology moves ahead at light speed, how do we keep up!? This unique and innovative workshop explores the many possibilities of opening the technological realm in the arts – both on and off the stage.  Beyond Facebook and Twitter, propel your project to the next level of innovation by integrating new and exciting marketing strategies in your work. Don’t fight technology, use it to your advantage and be creative in your administration.

Additionally, discover the endless possibilities of using technology in your craft as stages become research labs with installations, video projections and other dynamic interactive technologies. Participants will learn the ups and downs of technology, hear from experts in their field and will get a Papertronics Lunar module to make and take home.

Curious to find out more? Come check out this interactive workshop and walk away with dynamic tools to integrate in your practice, whether it be in the office or on the stage!

Speakers: William Yong (Zata Omm Dance Projects), Julian Sleath (Program Manager, Special Events City of Toronto), Sue Edworthy (Arts Consultant)


  • 1 Workshop – $35 (*Member)
  • 2 Workshops – $65 (*Member)
  • 1 Workshop – $45 (Non-Member)
  • 2 Workshops – $85 (Non-Member)

*Member rates require that you belong to one of these organizations (CDA, DTRC, DUO, PACT, CCI, CPAMO)

Cost includes complimentary refreshments throughout the workshop!

Take advantage of the group rate and register for both workshops at once, make it a fun-filled afternoon of learning, discovery and growth! You can register online at any time by filling out the event form  HERE

LOCATION: Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Ave. Suite 400 (The Innovation Lab)

For more information please contact info@dancecanada.net 416-515-8445 or visit http://www.cda-acd.ca/en/programs-services/regional-activity-2012-2013

Generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council, the Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) is pleased to offer professional development workshops in partnership with the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC), the Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO) and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) – with the support of, Creative Trust and CCI – Ontario Presenting Network.

Our partnerships allow us to offer dynamic, inspiring and multi-disciplinary workshops that strengthen our professional networks. This pilot project offers a series of workshops in Toronto and may inspire further initiatives such as this in other provinces. Don’t miss out, sign up today!


Call for Submissions: Monologues by Toronto Writers and Artists for a New Book, City Voices

We are currently accepting submissions for “City Voices: A Book of Monologues by Toronto Artists”, a book that will be published in both hard copy and electronic formats later this year.  “City Voices” will be a collection of monologues by Toronto writers and artists that will represent the diversity and vibrancy of voices that populate this dynamic city.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Monologues must be written pieces that are intended for performance by an individual (A monologue is any piece of written work. It can take the form of a traditional theatrical monologue, poem, spoken word, diary entry…so long as it’s performative)
  • 1-2 minutes in length
  • Previously unpublished and original work
  • Emerging or established artists, as well as hobbyists, who have, at some point in their lives, resided in Toronto
  • Content is open, and a wide range of topics, voices and writing styles are encouraged
  • No minimum age to submit, so long as parental permission is given if the artist is under 18 years of age
  • Up to 2 monologues may be submitted per person

There is no fee to submit.
Deadline to submit is June 30th, 2012 at 5pm.

At a time when those in the arts are having to fight to be recognized amidst the current political climate, it is vital to create forums in which to celebrate who we are and our creativity, as well as opportunities to make our presence known and our voices heard.  “City Voices” has been conceived as a vehicle by which to celebrate passion and creativity, and to showcase the fierce talent of Toronto writers and artists.

For more information, please check out our website: www.cityvoices.ca or email Jenna Harris at info@cityvoices.ca with any questions you may have.

Announcement: May TAPA Ticket Wiki Offers, TAPA

Are you an Arts/Industry Worker? Would you like discounted tickets to a variety of theatre, dance and opera productions? If so check out the TAPA Ticket Wiki! On the TAPA Tcket Wiki you will find a variety of discounted and complimentary tickets for Artists and Arts Workers to TAPA Member company productions for the 2011/12 season.

There are currently 8 offers posted to the TAPA Ticket Wiki for May including:

The TAPA Ticket Wiki is updated on an ongoing basis so make sure to check back often!

For more information about TAPA click Here

Job Posting: General Manager, Smile Theatre

Smile Theatre
188 Lowther Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1E8
Phone:  (416) 599-8440 x 222    Email:  info@smiletheatre.com


Position Summary: General Manager (GM), Smile Theatre The GM shall provide services on a first priority, part-time basis, 25 hours per week.
Reporting To: 
Board of Directors

About Smile Theatre:  The Smile Theatre Company has been bringing professional musical theatre to seniors in Ontario for 40 years – audiences that, because of physical or transportation difficulties, cannot attend regular performances. Each year, Smile tours four original productions to hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other seniors’ facilities. The company performs over 300 shows over a ten month season. The actors, stage managers, choreographers and designers at Smile are active professional theatre artists.  The company is operated by a General Manager, Artistic Director Jim Betts, and Office Manager Stephanie Galpern as well as a 10 person Board of Directors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1) Manages the effective and efficient operation of all administrative functions of the Company including, but not limited to, finance and accounting, information systems, scheduling and bookings, marketing (jointly with the Artistic Director), fundraising (jointly with the Artistic Director) in accordance with the standards, policies, and practices set forth by the Board of Directors of the Company.

2) Develops (jointly with the Artistic Director) the annual operating budget, capital budget, marketing plan, talent plan and achieves all budgets and plans as approved by the Board of Directors.

3) Implements corrective strategies when there is a budget plan variance to ensure the overall achievement of the objectives set forth in the Strategic Plan.

4) Monitors all budgets and financial plans, including preparing required reports, creating and tracking cash flow of the Company, creating and maintaining overall company, budgets, all payroll requirements, bank deposits, accounts payable and accounts receivable. Consults and communicates with the appropriate members of the Board of Directors on these fiscal matters.

5) Ensures that adequate systems are in place to monitor integral internal processes for the Company, including, but not limited to financial systems, payroll, scheduling and fundraising.

6) Ensures that appropriate contracts are in place for all individuals employed by The Company and that individuals contracted by the Company are paid in accordance with provincial employment standards and Canadian Actors Equity Association.

7) Acts as a liaison between those working in artistic, technical and administrative roles and setting the context in which they work with one another to build a highly effective team.

8) Manages the performance of the Office Manager including, but not limited to setting goals and objectives, assessing skills and knowledge gaps, allocating resources to close gaps, as may be required, and, assessing performance through feedback and coaching.

9) Builds the Company brand in accordance with the vision, values, mandate and strategy set by the Board of Directors. Develop and produce all promotional and publicity materials ensuring that the artistic goals of the Company are properly reflected.

10) Oversees performance bookings and reporting procedures carried out by the Office Manager.

11) In conjunction with the Artistic Director and the appropriate members of Board of Directors, develops the philosophy and goals for fundraising strategy and plans. This includes communicating with donors and subscribers throughout the season, building strong relationships and soliciting their continued support and investment in the Company. The General Manager will also identify opportunities for increased funding through government grants and prepare annual or multi-year operating grant applications to the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government, as well as funding requests to appropriate foundations, corporations and individuals.

12) Responsible for (in conjunction with the Artistic Director) negotiating and entering into agreements and contracts on behalf of the Company in connection with the actors and stage management, insurance coverage, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, office, storage, rehearsal space and service agreements on equipment and systems.

13) Responsible for (in conjunction with the Artistic Director) ensuring that all administrative policies, processes and systems are documented in writing, and in good working order.

14) Represents the Company in public in the external marketplace in a professional manner; and acts as a spokesperson on matters related to the Company in accordance with the Company’s policies, practices and standards.


  • A passionate belief in the power of theatre and the positive impact it can have on seniors. 
  • A minimum of 5 years experience in arts management in the not-for-profit sector.
  • Experience working with Canadian Actors’ Equity Association contracts and agreements.
  • Experience with budgeting and grant writing.
  • Experience dealing with donors and communicating effectively in a manner that meets their high expectations.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent time management, planning and organizational skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Knowledge of word processing, email, and spreadsheet software.
  • Ability to meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize is essential.

While all submissions are gratefully received, only select candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Audition: Voice Actors Needed for Short Radio Play, Jason Samilski

Toronto‐based writer and sound producer looking for 3 voice actors to record a short independent radio play on May 23.

Voices needed:

  • DETECTIVE: (Male, 30 to 50): A slick‐talking cool guy (riffing on Bogart) with fast lines and sharp delivery, but who can be a little mentally off‐kilter at times.
  • CLIENT: (Female: 20 to 40): The classic “beautiful lady in distress comes to seek out the services of a private investigator” kind of thing. She knows how to put on the sob story, and speaks in a sexy, seductive voice.
  • CORONER: Male (30’s and up): The morgue authority who shares some fast talking comedic dialogue with the Detective.

The script is full of unconventional comedy, and comes with the room for much flexibility and experimentation with delivery styles and voice performance.

Voice Actors must be available from mid afternoon to 8 p.m. on May 23 for recording session in Parkdale (Queen and Lansdowne). Apologies for the inflexible time, but studio is already secured. *Note: Coroner character required for less time (estimate 1 hour).

I’m producing this project on a budget that would make Tiny Tim seem rich, but I can afford to provide an honorarium for your time. In lieu of a big payout, I promise to create a fun, relaxed, and enjoyable recording atmosphere, and produce a product that will make a great addition to a demo reel.

Please leave a voice message or short applicable monologue with name and contact information at 416‐604‐5994. Sorry, but if there is a high level of response, only those selected will be contacted.

For reference to my work, please feel free to listen to my last radio play at http://www.prx.org/pieces/71219


Jason Samilski
Writer, Producer

Event: The Festival of Ideas & Creation is Just Around the Corner!, Canadian Stage

We are so excited that next week we will be hosting a dozen outstanding events celebrating music in performance. Reservations are going fast – some pieces are nearly ‘sold out’ so we encourage you to plan ahead and make your reservations today! We’ve included descriptions for all of our incredible festival projects below, and you can also visit us at https://www.canadianstage.com/festival for reservations and additional information.

See you at the Festival!

2012 Festival Line-Up
All events are FREE and take place at The Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley St) unless otherwise stated. Tickets can be reserved online or by calling 416-368-3110. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Art in Leadership, 7:00pm
Reserve seats HERE

Art in Leadership is a community theatre program in partnership with Toronto Community Housing and the Wellesley Community Centre. Youth from St. Jamestown, Regent Park and surrounding areas participate in multi-disciplinary workshops to gain confidence, motivation and leadership skills. Youth present an original piece created during this 12-week program.

Innovators Program, 7:30pm
Reserve seats HERE

Final presentations from the directors, designers and stage managers in this specialized training program for artists under 21.

The Loyalists, 7:45pm – 8:45pm
Presented by Single Thread Theatre Company
Created by Liam Karry, Jonathan Langley, Alex Dault & Lindsey Higgs
Reserve seats HERE

Single Thread Theatre Company gives a sample of their planned epic recreation of the occupation of York, 1813 in this outdoor installation-style performance. Audiences experience the soundscape and music of the historic village and get a chance to interact with the found-space installation and its residents.

The GYM Playoffs, 8:30pm
Reserve seats HERE

The Playoffs is a cabaret-style evening featuring a wide range of short theatrical pieces presented by members of Canadian Stage’s GYM, our emerging artist program.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Noor Over Afghan, 7:30pm
By Anusree Roy and Christiaan Venter, Directed by Sue Miner
Reserve seats HERE

Composer Christiaan Venter and Librettist Anusree Roy share a section from their new opera. Set in Afghanistan, Noor Over Afghan tells the story of Noor and Jaan, two young Afghani sisters. Their life takes a dramatic turn when one sister asks the other to take her place in marriage. As the groom waits outside, the sisters swap places, clothes and jewellery. From that moment on both their lives are changed forever.

Ocean Carving, 8:30pm
Created and Directed by Gein Wong
Reserve seats HERE

Nothing grows stronger than the instinctual desire to protect those you love. Blending live erhu (Chinese violin) music, ambient electronic music, video art projection, movement and theatre, Ocean Carving tells the story of a Toronto woman who left China by jumping into the ocean and swimming away.

In Conversation with Justin Rutledge, 9:30pm
Reserve seats HERE

An intimate evening of words and music with singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge, revealing his unique creation and performance process for recent theatre hits such as Michael Ondaatje’s Divisadero and Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. Hear sneak previews of his original songs and learn about his newest project, the upcoming Canadian Stage production of The Arsonists directed by Morris Panych.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Gesture Transmissions, 7:30pm
Choreography by Hari Krishnan, Sound by Debashis Sinha
Reserve seats HERE

Gesture Transmissions is a new performance work for a dancer and musician, based on the highly codified system of mudras, hand positions used in classical South Asian dance forms. Sinha and Krishnan use this system to create gestures that control sound output from radio transmitters and other electronic sound-making objects, blurring the lines between each performer’s role onstage. Part audio performance and part dance, this is an austere, contemporary choreography of movement and sound, firmly rooted in and yet abstracted from south Asian artistic and spiritual practice.

The Loyalists, 7:45pm – 8:45pm
Presented by Single Thread Theatre Company
Created by Liam Karry, Jonathan Langley, Alex Dault and Lindsey Higgs
Reserve seats HERE

Single Thread Theatre Company gives a sample of their epic recreation of the occupation of York, 1813 in this outdoor installation-style performance. Audiences experience the soundscape and music of the historic village and get a chance to interact with the found-space installation and its residents.

Life, Death and the Blues, 8:30pm
By Raoul Bhaneja, Directed by Eda Holmes
Reserve seats HERE

Twenty years a professional actor and twenty years a professional musician, Raoul Bhaneja, a multicultural, multi-tasking, multi-talented extrovert, ventures into the heart of the Blues – a journey that has brought him to the edge and back, featuring a live blues score.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Concord Floral, 7:30pm
Presented by Suburban Beast
Created and Directed by Jordan Tannahill
Reserve seats HERE

An abandoned greenhouse in Vaughan becomes a refuge for ritual and subversion among ten neighbourhood teens. Director Jordan Tannahill fuses the paintings of Toronto’s Kris Knight, Boccaccio’s 14th century plague text The Decameron, and teen garage band DIY to create a raucous sound and image-driven performance that asks where the sacred is in his generation.

The Sparrow Songs, 8:30pm
By Barbara Nichol and Tom Bellman
Reserve seats HERE

The Sparrow Songs: a Country Song-String is a theatrical presentation of the one remaining example of what was thought to be a lost musical genre. The song-string was an after-dinner pastime of the 19th century American West in which participants would – on the spot – string songs together to form a story. Part country concert, part historical artifact, The Sparrow Songs is an evening of previously unheard country tunes, describing the intersecting lives, loves and losses of its characters.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Dive, 8:00pm
Presented by the Mermaid Collective
By Nik Beeson and Richard Sanger, featuring Fides Krucker

Please note: This is a special offsite event at 312 Sackville Street; tickets $20-40. To reserve tickets for this event only, please email dive.mermaidproject@gmail.com or call 416.927.1534.

Dive is an immersive voice salon and sound installation. A mermaid takes you down deep into her watery world. Fides Krucker voices the wild and the divine through a visceral electroacoustic score by composer Nik Beeson; the music for Richard Sanger’s moving and darkly humorous adaptation of Lampedusa’s short story “Lighea”. Additional performances on May 12, 18, and 19.