Indie Trade Forum

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


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

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 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; the Dora Mavor Moore Awards; the Go Live Theatre Guide with current listings for theatre, dance and opera performances; 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
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
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.


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