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Sandra Laronde Receives the 2020 Celebration of Cultural Life Award

Presented every two years as part of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Signature Awards, the Celebration of Cultural Life Award recognizes excellence in three Toronto individuals whose work is a celebration of life through the arts.

Photo courtesy of Unsplash
 

Which Election Issues Are Top of Mind for BC Artists?

As British Columbians head to the polls tomorrow, many artists across the province are looking for more support as they experience job losses and instability further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

That's a Wrap

Dancefilm, as an art form, is by no means a new medium, but after theatres were shut down and choreographers and dancers found themselves without a stage, an impressive amount of dancefilms were produced.

 

Video of Tene Ward of The National Ballet of Canada trying on pointe shoes that match her skin tone goes viral

“There’s certain traditions like pink shoes that just don’t work for the twenty-first century anymore, given the fact that the people that are included in the ballet world now aren’t just white,” Ward said.

 

Fall For Dance North Offers a Netflix-Style Festival

Like many other events, the sixth edition of the dance festival Fall For Dance North (FFDN) began online on Tuesday. But this festival is hosted on a new, Netflix-style website that features an array of performances, interviews and workshops.

Williams / Photo courtesy of Williams
 

York University Students Write Open Letter to Dance Department About Issues of Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion

On August 26, students from the dance department at York University posted an open letter to the department, urging it to move past shallow actions and re-evaluate the curriculum considering how white supremacy and colonialism are deeply embedded in pedagogy.

 

ScotDance Canada raises $50,000 for Food Banks Canada and Kids Help Phone Canada

Exceeding its own expectations, ScotDance Canada raised $50,000 in one week to donate to Food Banks Canada and Kids Help Phone Canada.

 

Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur to Produce Ten Dancefilms Over Two Weeks

Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (FASS)’s online project will run July 5 through September 6, highlighting the work of Quebec-based artists.

 

Canada’s Drag Race Premieres During an Important Time

Tonight, the inaugural season of Canada’s Drag Race premieres during an important time in history: Just after Pride month, during a global pandemic and amid calls for justice and more representation of marginalized voices from the Black Lives Matter movement.

 

Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Award Winners Announced

Like so many other events, the forty-first annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards found themselves right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The National Ballet of Canada Met With Dancer Nicholas Rose After He Called Out the Company on Instagram

In the wake of protests over police brutality and systemic racism, Rose told the company to “do better.”

 

Canadian Dance Teams Compete in World of Dance

The teams, consisting of teenagers, are from Vancouver and Edmonton and will be competing for $1 million.

 

Adaptive Dance Teacher Adapts to a Virtual Classroom

Hilary Walsh takes her classroom online, teaching adaptive dance within COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions.

A dancer stretches / Photo courtesy of City Dance Corps
 

Online Dance Classes Accessible During COVID-19 Isolation

A roundup of online dance classes to keep you moving at home.

 

National Arts Centre and Facebook Canada to Provide $100,000 to Support Online Performances

Funding for online performances between now and March 31

 

Reimagining The Possibilities

Andrew Tay named artistic director of Toronto Dance Theatre

Grand-Maître / Photo courtesy of Alberta Ballet
 

Shape-Shifting

Jean Grand-Maître announces he will be stepping down from his role as artistic director of Alberta Ballet in 2022. The role will be taken over by Christopher Anderson.

Evans / Photo by Jonathan Elliott
 

Performing in Protest

Dance artists perform in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

 

Santee Smith Wins Inaugural Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize

Smith wins one of the five $25,000 prizes

 

Fifty Years of Swan Lake

Karen Kain to retire as artistic director of The National Ballet of Canada

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