Public meeting for East Bayfront

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Public Meeting for the East Bayfront Public Realm – April 25, 2007

The Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation (TWRC) would like to invite you to the kick off meeting as we launch the design process for Sherbourne Park. This 1.5 hectare (3.7 acre) public waterfront park and gathering place will be one of the most important public spaces to be built in the East Bayfront Precinct, and will be a key catalyst to redevelopment in this area.

Public input is important to the planning and design of this project. Please join us for a visioning session with Greg Smallenberg of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg and the West 8 + DTAH design team for the Public Realm including Sherbourne Park and the Water’s Edge Promenade.

Public meeting details are as follows:

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Novotel Hotel (Champagne Ballroom)
45 The Esplanade, Toronto

We look forward to seeing you on April 25th.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please visit our website at http://www.towaterfront.ca or contact Andrea Kelemen at akelemen@towaterfront.ca .

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What really happens backstage?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

This is a bit of a plug, but I also think it’s a fantastic event. Check it out!Four Seasons Centre for the Performing ArtsTORONTO ALLIANCE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTSBACKSTAGE TORONTO 2007BRINGING BACKSTAGE FRONT AND CENTREThe TAPA Board of Directors is proud to launch a new spring initiative – BACKSTAGE TORONTO. On Saturday, May 12, 2007, twelve venues will open their doors to the public for behind-the-scenes, guided tours at some of Toronto’s most intriguing performing arts spaces – both large and small.BACKSTAGE TORONTO features three unique tour packages. Ticket holders will board buses (courtesy Gray Line Bus Tour) at designated venues, and travel throughout the day to performing arts spaces throughout the downtown core. In addition to exploring backstage, each venue will introduce an additional “backstage” element ranging from box office tours to wardrobe, lighting and rehearsals. Each tour also includes a delicious complimentary lunch featuring special guests from the performing arts industry. Staggered bus runs begin at 9:45am with the final tour ending at 2:30 p.m.Confirmed venues for the BACKSTAGE TORONTO event include Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Diesel Playhouse, the Elgin Winter Garden Theatre Centre, The Princess of Wales, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, The National Ballet of Canada/Walter Carsen Centre, Harbourfront Centre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Tarragon Theatre, Four Season Centre for the Performing Arts and CanStage-Berkeley Street Theatre.Tourists and Torontonians alike will love this sneak-peak into the inner workings of Toronto’s most-loved and vibrant performing arts institutions. “Backstage Toronto showcases a wide variety of our city’s theatre, dance and opera spaces and is a unique opportunity to visit behind-the-scenes at some of these fabulous venues,” Says Celia Smith, Chair of TAPA’s Board of DirectorsProceeds from this event will assist TAPA in enhancing the services and support it offers to over 190 member companies and doubles as an event to enhance public awareness of some of the live performing arts venues in the downtown Toronto core. Tickets for BACKSTAGE TORONTO are $60 per person (or $100 for 2 tickets), which includes transportation, tours and lunch, and are available for purchase at www.totix.ca, or by calling 416.536.6468, or in person at the T.O.TIX Booth at Yonge-Dundas Square.EVENT DETAILS

  • DATE: May 12, 2007
  • TICKETS: $60.00 per person / $100 per couple
  • TOUR A: Departures at 10:00am and 10:30am from Royal Alexandra Theatre – Tour A includes tours of the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Factory Theatre, Diesel Playhouse, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Tarragon Theatre (Lunch at the Diesel Playhouse)
  • TOUR B: Departures at 10:00am and 10:30am from Four Seasons Centre for the Arts – Tour B includes tours of the Four Seasons Centre for the Arts, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Diesel Playhouse, the Walter Carsen Centre, Harbourfront Centre (Lunch at the Diesel Playhouse)
  • TOUR C: Departures at 9:45am and 10:15am from the Princess of Wales Theatre – Tour C includes tours of the Princess of Wales Theatre, CanStage-Berkeley Street Theatres, The Elgin Winter Garden Theatre Centre, Diesel Playhouse (Lunch at the Diesel Playhouse)
  • BOX OFFICE: Tickets for BACKSTAGE TORONTO are $60 per person, which includes transportation and lunch, and are available for purchase at www.totix.ca, or by calling 416.536.6468, or in person at the T.O.TIX Booth at Yonge-Dundas Square.The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is a professional arts service organization dedicated to advancing the arts in the City of Toronto by promoting and advocating on behalf of local theatre, dance and opera companies and providing services to enhance the artistic, technical and administrative development of its membership.Among the programs and services provided by TAPA are: the T.O.TIX Booth – Toronto’s One-Stop Ticket Shop at Yonge-Dundas Square and online at www.totix.ca; the Dora Mavor Moore Awards; the Go Live Theatre Guide with current listings for theatre, dance and opera performances; www.goliveto.ca featuring comprehensive show listings; The City Special, offering free performing arts tickets to members of communities-at-risk; hipTIX, sponsored by BMO Financial Group, offering $5:00 tickets to students between the ages of 15 and 25; 5 Star Experiences, unique and affordable theatre packages; and the Commercial Theatre Development Fund.Group Booking contact:For information on group rates and bookings, please contactKathy MacKenzie at (416) 536-6468 ext. 21 or kathym@tapa.cawww.tapa.ca


    New Commercial Producer in town …

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007

    I, for one, am very excited.

    Yesterday I was invited to the press launch of DanCap Productions – the new commercial theatre producer in Toronto. It was quite the event, let me tell you. No expense was spared. Held at the gorgeous Elgin Theatre at Yonge and Queen, DanCap wooed attendees with champagne, valet parking, Clores Leachman (as the “voice” of DanCap), musical numbers from their upcoming season with singers from New York and London in attendance, and lots of nibblies.

    It was an event, and a great way to make a splash on the theatre scene here. Most of the media in the past few years have said that theatre is dying or in serious trouble in Toronto … which is not true. Sure, there haven’t been tons of commerical productions other than what Mirvish has brought us (this certainly isn’t the mid 90’s when Livent was around), but the mid-size to smaller theatres have been doing amazing work on our stages consistently with new companies cropping up every year, new and innovative work being produced in non-traditional stages, and a wealth of talent being used to showcase it all.

    But – it’s the halo effect that we’ve been missing since the 90’s. When Livent was around, when Phantom was running for what seemed like forever, when Showboat and Sunset Boulevard and Ragtime were around, that’s when theatre was in the conciousness of the public – that’s when Torontonians went to the theatre because we were known as a “theatre town”. As such, the smaller venues and companies reaped the benefits of the theatre-going public. It was something we did rather than a special night out or an “event”. Mind you, we spent our time differently. Since the mid 90’s and the rise of the internet, we spend our time in a completely different way. There isn’t more of it, but we certainly spend the same amount doing more things. But I digress …

    With the launch of DanCap, I think we’re going to see a revitalized commercial theatre sector, which can only help the rest of the industry – eventually.

    I’ve heard some rumblings from insiders about the lack of Canadian content in the innaugural season – all the shows are tours being brought in from the States (or London’s West End). And yes, it would be great to have the premiere of a new Canadian work in the first season, but let’s be realistic here for a moment. Audiences in Toronto are conservative. They won’t necessarily go see something that hasn’t been proven elsewhere (and this is the average citizen, not the savvy arts-goer). I believe it’s a smart move for DanCap to bring in big names and then, as they said last night, eventually move towards creating new Canadian work and taking it to Broadway and the West End.

    Their first seasons consists of:

  • My Fair Lady
  • 3 ‘Mo Divas
  • Spelling Bee
  • Jersey Boys
  • Avenue Q
  • The Drowsy Chaperone
  • Not a bad line-up at all. Most of these are Tony Award winners and have been very successful on Broadway. I’m very excited to see the return of The Drowsy Chaperone – a homegrown success which started in the back of the Rivoli as a wedding gift. It really is an extraordinary story and can’t wait to see it again!

    Theatre never died in Toronto … the marketplace changed. And it’s changing again, for the better.


    An interesting twist on the Spadina Subway expansion …

    Saturday, April 21, 2007

    I just came across this article from Steve Munro’s site – very interesting how the City is dealing with the Province. I think it’s about time the City put its foot down and not pay for, as Steve says, “a Provincial pet project”.

    Taking A Bite Out Of Spadina

    The City of Toronto Budget Committee fired back at Queen’s Park in their ongoing battle over proper funding of provincial obligations under legislated shared-cost programs. Ontario’s underpayment for 2007 is $71-million.

    Councillor Mihevc, who also sits on the TTC as vice-Chair, moved that the city withdraw $30-million of its contribution to the Spadina Subway Extension trust fund. The remaining $41-million shortfall will be taken from City reserve funds.

    Councillor Rae moved that the City Solicitor be instructed to apply for a judicial interpretation of provincial cost sharing obligations for various social services.

    Both motions carried unanimously. The motion regarding the Spadina funds will go to Council as part of the final budget debates, while the motion about the legal situation for shared cost programs can be approved at Executive Committee next week.

    There is already budgetary pressure on the Spadina extension project because final approval has been delayed beyond the date originally anticipated by the TTC (there is a passing reference to this on next week’s TTC agenda without any specific numbers). Inflation will push up the final project cost if the line is not built on the planned schedule.

    The Budget Chief, Councillor Carroll, as well as Councillors Mihevc and Rae, indicated that the Spadina Subway extension is a Provincial priority, not a City priority.

    Queen’s Park wants Toronto to spend on a Provincial pet project, but won’t pay their share of social programs forcing Toronto to pick up the tab.

    As of midday April 12, Queen’s Park has not responded to this situation.


    20 Minute Make-over

    Friday, April 13, 2007

    The count down on litter is on! It’s time to commit your participation in the City’s 4th annual 20-Minute Toronto Makeover. Mayor David Miller is asking all Torontonians at work, school or at home to stop what you’re doing on Friday, April 20, 2007, come outside at 2:00pm and do a 20-minute clean-up blitz around your office, school or neighbourhood.

    Please work with your supervisor, colleagues, teacher or fellow students to plan your participation. The 20-Minute Toronto Makeover is a complementary event to Mayor David Miller’s Community Clean-up Day, scheduled for the following day, Saturday, April 21.

    More info here


    World Premiere: Pulse Front: Relational Architecture 12

    Wednesday, April 11, 2007

    I just got this in my inbox at work and thought it look amazing – I’m really looking forward to this installation!!

    Luminato

    Luminato Lights Up Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre with World Premiere of Pulse Front: Relational Architecture 12

    Presented by TELUS

    Epic light installation by Mexican-Canadian Artist
    Rafael Lozano-Hemmer entirely controlled by the heart rate of passers-by

    TORONTO (April 10, 2007) – Blending the intimate with the spectacular in one of Toronto’s best-loved, high-traffic public spaces, Luminato proudly announces the world premiere of Pulse Front: Relational Architecture 12, commissioned by and premiered at Luminato, curated by The Power Plant and co-produced with Harbourfront Centre and sponsored by TELUS. Pulse Front is a ground-breaking technical and artistic marvel developed by renowned electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

    Nightly at dusk beginning May 31 through June 10, Pulse Front will illuminate the skies over Harbourfront Centre with 200,000 watts of power projecting light beams visible from 15 km away. The installation will be the largest ever produced and is designed to elicit constant, personal interaction through an ever-evolving parade of interactive light sculptures – all generated by the heart rate of on-site participants.

    “I definitely consider this to be a signature item of Luminato,” said Janice Price, Luminato CEO. “Just imagine a mesmerizing matrix of moving light beams streaming above Harbourfront Centre, projected by 20 of the world’s most powerful searchlights and actually controlled by the presence of passers-by! This is certain to be among the most innovative and truly awe-inspiring programs within Luminato.”

    Interactivity is achieved via 10 metal sculptures each embedded with biometric sensors positioned along the waterfront. These sculptures will be able to detect the pulse of participants by touch, sensing individual systolic and diastolic readings that will be immediately converted into pulses that determine the orientation of the light beams. All 20 robotic searchlights will simultaneously project beams creating an ever-changing matrix of illuminations that will transform the visual landscape of Toronto’s waterfront.

    “Pulse Front’s highly engaging and stunning merger of art and technology is sure to ignite a deep appreciation for creative innovation within Canadians,” said Dan Golberg, vice-president, Small Business, TELUS Business Solutions. “At TELUS, we believe that Canada’s future is built by young innovators and as such, we are committed to supporting initiatives such as the Luminato festival, in order to make a real difference in the lives of Ontarians. By taking a lead in business, culture, education, healthcare, sports and the community, TELUS will continue to make the future friendly for all Canadians. We are very proud to be a valued partner of the Luminato festival.”

    Pulse Front is the creation of Mexican-Canadian electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer who derived it from his interest in biometrics as input for non-linear dynamic artworks. Based out of Montreal, Lozano-Hemmer’s large-scale interactive public installations have been commissioned for events around the world including Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the United Nations’ World Summit of Cities in Lyon (2003) and the Expansion of the European Union in Dublin (2004).

    Curated by Director of The Power Plant Gregory Burke the installation is being presented in association with the summer exhibition Auto Emotion at the gallery. “Lozanno-Hemmer has been acclaimed around the world for his large scale interactive works he describes as anti-monuments. It is a dream come true to be able to realize such a work in Canada for the first time, and that is thanks to Luminato and TELUS. With Pulse Front the heartbeats of participants will become luminous autographs projected into the sky, based on cardiograph readings that record changes in physical and emotional states,” said Gregory Burke.

    The beginnings of his series of works using heart readings as control was displayed in Mexico City in 2006 with the installation of “Pulse Room” wherein 100 incandescent light bulbs blinked to the recorded pulse of individual members of the public, thereby creating a mesmerizing interior environment.

    Pulse Front, presented by TELUS at Luminato, is the newest iteration of Pulse Room, mounted on an urban scale. Pulse Front, as in other Lozano-Hemmer works, reverses the role of the art and the viewer as the piece reads the public’s participation, establishing a connection between the city and its inhabitants, between intimacy and scale. Pulse Front will be the world’s largest interactive installation produced to-date and makes its world premiere in Toronto during Luminato.

    Technology
    Pulse Front features 20 Syncrolite SX10K robotic searchlights, each with an SB10K magnetic ballast. This fixture is the brightest searchlight in the world, with a focusable beam, weather protection and very accurate servo motors that have reliable positioning repeatability, a crucial feature considering the control system will ensure that the light beams will never impact surrounding buildings or cross airport flight paths.

    The searchlights will be placed on short scaffold towers and controlled by a DMX data signal coming from a central computer placed in a control room. The DMX signal will control the pan and tilt of the fixture for positioning, the venetian blind douser for intensity and the beam spread, which will be typically a “pencil” tight collimation.

    Each of the 20 interface sculptures will be made with stainless steel, ground bolted if possible or ballasted, and contain the following elements: a Vernier dual cylinder heart rate sensor with a USB connection; a Mac mini computer hidden inside the base running custom-made software; and an ethernet connection leading to the main control room. When a person holds the sensor, the Mac Mini automatically detects the vital signs, and relays the data to a main computer via ethernet. The main computer converts this data into suitable DMX signals for the searchlights.

    Pulse Front: Relational Architecture 12 is Luminato’s newest programming addition and a key signature of the inaugural festival. In addition, Luminato will feature more than 100 free and ticketed events across the city taking place June 1 – 10, 2007. Tickets for the inaugural Luminato Festival of Arts & Creativity go on sale Monday,
    April 16 through Ticketmaster outlets (www.ticketmaster.ca). For more information on both free and ticketed Luminato events including dates, locations and schedules visit http://www.luminato.com.

    About Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
    Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City in 1967. In 1989 he received a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. The Mexican-Canadian electronic artist develops large-scale interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. His main interest is in creating platforms for public participation, by perverting technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance or telematic networks. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival and animatronics, his huge light and shadow works are “anti-monuments for alien agency”.

    His works have been commissioned for the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the Cultural Capital of Europe in Rotterdam (2001), the United Nations’ World Summit of Cities in Lyon (2003), the opening of the Yamaguchi Centre for Art and Media in Japan (2003) and the Expansion of the European Union in Dublin (2004). Work in kinetic sculpture, responsive environments, video installation and photography has been shown in museums in four dozen countries and Biennials in Sydney (Australia), Liverpool (UK), Shanghai (China), Istanbul (Turkey) and Havana (Cuba). His work is in important private and public contemporary art collections such as the Daros-Latinamerica Collection in Zürich, the Jumex Collection in Mexico, the Speyer collection in New York, the Cisneros Fontanals Foundation in Miami and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. At the Prix Ars Electronica in Austria, his pieces have received a Golden Nica, a distinction and two honourable mentions. He also won two BAFTA British Academy Awards for Interactive Art in London, a distinction at the SFMOMA Webby Awards in San Francisco, “Artist of the year” at Wired Magazine’s Rave Awards, a Rockefeller fellowship, a Langlois Grant, the Trophée des Lumières in Lyon and an International Bauhaus Award in Dessau, Germany, among others. Lozano-Hemmer will represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale 2007. Visit http://www.lozano-hemmer.com


    Indie Trade Forum

    Tuesday, April 10, 2007

    Indie Trade Forum image
    TAPA’s popular independent artist trade forum returns this year bigger and better than ever!

    TORONTO ALLIANCE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (TAPA) ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR THE
    2007 INDIE TRADE FORUM

    TORONTO – The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) in association with Harboufront Centre and Buddies In Bad Times Theatre is thrilled to announce the upcoming annual Indie Trade Forum (ITF) to be held on April 14, 2007 at the York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

    The Indie Trade Forum is a not-to-be missed source of information for the inquisitive independent artist. This year the ITF is offering participants a broader range of topics with a more international flair as the TAPA works in conjunction with Harbourfront Centre’s New World Stage international performance series.

    Those partaking in the sessions planned for the ITF can look forward to discussions and workshops including: Web 2.0 technologies hosted by Blair Francey (TAPA) and Sean Howard (SpinGlobe), Board of Directors development with Justine Greenland Duke (Administrative Director, CADA), Jane Marsland, Natasha Mytnowych (former Artistic Director of the Paprika Festival, Company Manager, CanStage) and moderated by Celia Smith (TAPA Board President), international and national touring from the perspective of local, national and international artists and presenters including Tina Rasmussen (Director, Performing Arts, Harbourfront Centre) and Meredith Potter (General Manager, Volcano & Peggy Baker Dance Projects), granting information with Bushra Junaid (Multi-Arts Officer, OAC), Pat Bradley (Theatre Officer, OAC) and Soraya Peerbaye (Dance Officer, Toronto Arts Counci) and an informal discussion about career paths and the nature of indie work featuring Ann Powell (Puppetmongers Theatre), Jon Kaplan (NOW Magazine), Lindsay Ann Black (scenic painter), Hume Baugh (actor and playwright), Liza Balkan (actor, director, dancer), Mimi Beck (DanceWorks) and moderated by Allyson McMackon (Theatre Rusticle). More panelists to be announced soon!

    Returning once again is the ITF Marketplace offering attendees the chance to chat one on one with representatives from various cultural, funding and service organizations. This is a great opportunity for participants to find out what services are out there to help them create their art.

    New this year is the ITF Soap Box – a chance for attendees to let the entire group know about an upcoming production, a new initiative they’re working on, a great show they saw, the fact that they need a lighting designer, whatever it is they’re looking for, the ITF Soap Box is a chance for participants to have their say.

    Also new this year is the chance for attendees to continue the discussion after the ITF is over with the ITF Mixer held at the Lakeside EATS in the south end of the York Quay Centre. This will give attendees a chance to informally network while having a drink before heading over to the free performance of Trudeau: Long March/Shining Path (Enwave Theatre), commissioned by Fresh Ground new works, a Harbourfront Centre initiative to commission new multi-disciplinary Canadian artworks. A special sneak peek at the new opera from creative team D.D. Jackson (composer) and George Elliott Clarke (librettist), this staged recital gives audiences a rare glimpse into the process of opera in its early stages, before its ultimate premiere.

    More information on the Indie Trade Forum, as it becomes available, will be posted online at http://www.tapa.ca.

    The Indie Trade Forum will be held on Saturday April 14, 2007 at the York Quay Centre, Harboufront Centre (235 Queen’s Quay West) from 10am – 5:30pm, ITF Mixer from 5:30pm – 7:00pm followed by the Trudeau: Long March/Shining Path performance at the Enwave Theatre at 7:30pm.

    Registration is open and available through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office by calling 416 973.4000 or in-person at the York Quay Centre, Tuesday – Saturday, 1pm – 6pm.

    The cost is $30 for TAPA Members and $40 for non-TAPA Members.

    Attendees wishing to see Trudeau: Long March/Shining Path are asked to send an email to rsvp_nws@harbourfrontcentre.com or call 416 952.0786 to reserve a seat. Seats will be held until 7:15pm; the performance will begin at 7:30pm.

    Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts:
    The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts is an arts service organization that represents nearly 200 professional theatre, dance and opera companies in the City of Toronto and works to create an environment in which the performing arts may flourish and maintain its leadership role in the vitality and liveability of the City of Toronto.

    Among the programs and services provided by TAPA are: the T.O.TIX Booth – Toronto’s One-Stop Ticket Shop at Yonge-Dundas Square and online at http://www.totix.ca; the Dora Mavor Moore Awards; the Go Live Theatre Guide with current listings for theatre, dance and opera performances; http://www.goliveto.ca featuring comprehensive show listings; The City Special, offering free performing arts tickets to members of communities-at-risk; hipTIX, sponsored by BMO Financial Group, offering $5:00 tickets to students between the ages of 15 and 25; 5 Star Experiences, unique and affordable theatre packages; and the Commercial Theatre Development Fund.

    Indie Trade Forum Schedule

    Saturday April 14, 2007
    York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre

    Indie Trade Forum Schedule
    Saturday April 14, 2007
    York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre

    * 10:00am
    Doors Open / Marketplace Open
    Marilyn Brewer Community Space

    * 11:00am
    Welcome / Ice Breaker
    Brigantine Room
    The ice breaker will give participants a chance to find out who else is attending and why they’re there – a great way to start networking with fellow artists

    * 11:50am
    Keynote speaker
    Brigantine Room
    Artistic Director of the Theatre Centre, Franco Boni speaks about an anachronistic theatre, the rise of cultural democracy, and a meaningful experience between audience and performer … a keynote speech not to be missed!

    * 12:30pm
    Lunch
    Marilyn Brewer Community Space
    ITF participants will be treated to a delicious lunch provided by PizzaPizza.

    * 1:30pm
    Web 2.0
    Brigantine Room
    Blair Francey (Director of Communications and Membership, TAPA), Sean Howard (Director, SpinGlobe)
    What is Web 2.0 and how can I utilize it for my company? Learn about the latest and greatest technologies available on the web that will help you market your shows and services better. A great opportunity to ask questions about web technologies with one of the leaders in the Toronto online community.

    * Touring
    Lakeside Terrace
    Tina Rasmussen (Director, Performing Arts, Harbourfront Centre), James Tyson (Theatre Programmer, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales), Meredith Potter (General Manager, Volcano, Peggy Baker Dance Projects)
    Presenters, artists and others with experience in the touring and presenting milieu discuss the ins and outs of moving work around the country and further afield. Particular attention will be paid to key factors like getting your work seen, various presentation models, how to put together a package, and building relationships.

    * 2:45pm
    Granting
    The Loft
    Bushra Junaid (Multi-Arts Officer, Ontario Arts Council), Pat Bradley (Theatre Officer, Ontario Arts Council), Soraya Peerbaye (Dance Officer, Toronto Arts Council)
    So you’ve read the programme guidelines…now what? More than your basic introductory session, this discussion is focused on giving indie artists and companies a better sense of where they fit within a variety of granting structures, disciplines and programmes. Bring your questions and examples, as this session will explore how to focus applications for work that may move fluidly between disciplines or projects that seem to fall into more than one category. How do you find the programme that will best serve your work and how do you craft a proposal to best represent it?

    * Board Development
    Lakeside Terrace
    Justine Greenland Duke (Administrative Director, CADA), Jane Marsland (Consultant), Natasha Mytnowych (Outgoing Artistic Producer, Paprika Festival, Board Member, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre), Celia Smith (President, TAPA Board of Directors)
    There are many different models for a successful board – how do you find the one that works for you? Representatives from various non-profit boards and organizational representatives will talk about what has worked (and hasn’t) in a range of circumstances, organizational size, and purposes. A great session for those forming a board for the first time or needing a little revitalization – explore the structures that best suit your needs.

    * 4:00pm
    The SoapBox
    Lakeside Terrace
    A chance for attendees to let the entire group know about an upcoming production, a new initiative they’re working on, a great show they saw, the fact that they need a lighting designer, whatever it is they’re looking for, the ITF Soap Box is a chance for participants to have their say.

    * 4:10pm
    Career Paths: From A-B
    Lakeside Terrace
    Ann Powell (Co-Artistic Director, Puppetmongers Theatre), Jon Kaplan (Theatre Critic, NOW Magazine), Lindsay Anne Black (Scenic artist), Hume Baugh (actor, playwright), Liza Balkan (actor, director, dancer), Mimi Beck (Artistic Director, DanceWorks), Allyson McMackon (Artistic Director, Theatre Rusticle)
    What are the distinguishing features of creating or participating in independent theatre and dance? Why and how do we make the work we do? Why is it important? How do we build a career and why do we choose that path? Join a diverse panel in a candid discussion about their careers and experiences within the independent theatre and dance communities as we look at some of these questions. We’ll examine the more philosophical and personal aspects of the indie experience sharing stories, challenges, victories and hopes for the future.

    * 5:30pm
    ITF Mixer
    Grab a drink and continue networking with other ITF participants in an informal setting at Lakeside EATS

    * 7:30 p.m.
    Trudeau: Long March/Shining Path
    Enwave Theatre
    All Indie Trade Forum participants are invited to the staged recital of D.D. Jackson and George Elliott Clarke’s new opera, commissioned as part of Harbourfront Centre’s Fresh Ground new works programme, exploring the life and times of Canada’s superstar Prime Minister.