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Sector News - June 2019

03 June 2019

Latcham Art Centre and Gallery Exhibit: WHERE WE STAND

Artist: Camal Pirbhai and Camille Turner
Date:  May 16, 2019 to June 29, 2019

The past, present and future collide in the collaborative work of Camal Pirbhai and Camille Turner, where suppressed histories of transatlantic slavery in Canada are unearthed to be reconsidered in a new light.  The complete WANTED series, 10 large-scale photographs that respond to runaway advertisements posted by Canadian slave owners in late 18th century Canadian newspapers will occupy the gallery walls.  The photographs transform the descriptive texts of humans as property into contemporary fashion ads presenting a fresh and empowered lens in which to look back and ahead.  These powerful images will accompany the video installation, Family Matters, a work that also traverses time, inspired by an enslaved mother and son who were offered for sale in an 1806 Upper Canada Gazette advertisement.

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Canada Needs a More Robust Strategy on Cultural Diplomacy

Why international relations will be a big focus for Simon Brault, the newly reappointed Canada Council director, in his second term. 
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Shadowpath Theatre Company and York Region Arts Council Release Creative Space Feasibility Study

This report and action plan is the culmination of 12 months of research referred to as the York Region Creative Space Feasibility Study. This study was funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) and was conducted in collaboration between two independent non-profit charitable organizations, Shadowpath Theatre Productions and the York Region Arts Council (YRAC), who have a mandate to serve York Region artists and engage citizens in local arts experiences. The intention of the study is to explore potential solutions to gaps in creation
and presentation spaces that local arts professionals currently face. Read Report

Theatre Ontario's Summer Theatre Intensive

24 May 2019

AUGUST 4 TO 9, 2019
Exploring and Learning Together!

This year we head to the East side of our province to beautiful Kingston Ontario! Our courses will be held at historic Queen’s University and will include a week of incredible training opportunities for you to explore something new or boost your skills. We have the opportunity to keep all courses, the accommodations and all meals on the premises and we are taking full advantage of the wonderful, modern facilities Queen’s has to offer.

"I have learned things both tangible and intangible that I know will influence my future work in a positive way. I benefitted from being able to hear feedback ... and so too the chance to discuss and react to what my colleagues are working on. It's a rare privilege and I'm very grateful for the experience." - 2018 Summer Theatre Participant


For 2019, we are offering the following courses:
Fundamentals of Acting, with Rosanna Saracino
Devised Theatre for Intersectional Artists, with Sabah Haque
Playing with Commedia Dell'Arte, with Catriona Leger
Directions on Directing: An Introductory Look at Directing, with Andrew Lamb
Digging into Directing, with Lezlie Wade
Exploring the Art of Adaptation, with Rosamund Small - CANCELLED
Music Direction for Community and Regional Theatre, with Scott White


  • Check in at your accommodations between 3:00pm-5:00pm on Sunday
  • Welcome party on Sunday at 5:30pm, followed by a meet and greet with your instructor and classmates
  • Catered meals daily for lunch and dinner including vegetarian fare
  • Class and assignments throughout the week will follow your instructor’s schedule, with at least thirty hours of in-class instruction
  • Evenings will be made up of class assignments, a live play reading, and a trip to Thousand Islands Playhouse to take in a show
  • Courses finish: Friday at 12pm, with a closing luncheon to follow


Summer Theatre Intensive features Playwright-in-Person play readings from a Canadian playwright.
Our 2019 Playwright will be announced soon!


Queen's University
99 University Avenue
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 3N6

International Music Arts Festival

01 May 2019

International Music Arts Festival (IMAF)

Since 2017, IMAC (previous IMEC) has successfully presented annual International Musical Arts Festivals.  Today, we extend an open invitation to musicians from all over the globe: whether you are a well-known musician, a talented musical youth, or a passionate amateur music lover, whether you are a singer, dancer or instrumentalist, this festival will provide you with a unique opportunity to fulfill your music dreams. IMAC’s International Musical Arts Festival will become a new focus in the international music scene, a stage where musicians and artists share their talents and accomplishments and where young professionals gain international exposure and reputation.  Welcome to the 3rd IMAC International Musical Arts Festival!

This event/project received support from the Richmond Hill Community and Cultural Grant Program.

Dates: September 13-15, 2019
Location: Various locations in Richmond Hill, Thornhill, and Markham


York Region Arts Council, YRAC

395 Mulock Drive,
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 4Y9

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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