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Federal government announces new measures for tourism and hard-hit organizations

The federal government announced the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program and the Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program.

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No recovery in sight for the performing arts

Despite a gradual easing of public health restrictions in the provinces and territories, performing arts companies, presenters and festivals still showed no signs of economic recovery in the second quarter of 2021.

National day for Truth and Reconciliation

On September 30th, CAPACOA’s office will be closed to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, a day to commemorate the legacy of residential schools. We invite our members to join us in committing to reflecting on Canada’s colonial legacy and learning...Read More

Side view of a performance featuring a piano player in the forefront and a saxophone player next to him. Audience members are visible in the background as well as in reflections in the windows behind the two musicians.

Budget recommendations for a lasting relaunch of the live performance sector

CAPACOA's pre-budget submission highlights just how far the live performance sector remains from recovery. The submission articulates seven recommendations for the upcoming 2022 federal budget.

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Phase 2 of Pan-Global Reflections: International Cohorts Update

A year ago, CAPACOA launched a series of international conversations by artists and presenters/producers/curators in lockdown. Canadians were joined by their counterparts from South America, Mexico, Scotland and Asia to meet, discuss their lockdown situations, share their practices and most importan...Read More

Wylie, M., Sculthorp, M., Gagnon-Turcotte, S. et Chatwin, M. (2021). Une voie prometteuse pour promouvoir la gouvernance des données dans le secteur des arts de la scène : analyser les chartes et les principes pour la gouvernance des données. Nord Ouvert et Association canadienne des organismes artistiques (CAPACOA).

Principles for data collaboration

CAPACOA, in partnership with Open North, launched their report “A Promising Path to Developing Data Governance in the Performing Arts Sector”.

Jamaican-Canadian reggae musician Ammoye during a live streamed performance with Small Word Music. Photo credit: Jonathan Campbell.

A closer look at the “hardest hit”: the National Culture Indicators for the first quarter of 2021

While the Canadian economy as a whole almost fully recovered from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the culture sector still lags behind.

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Vaccination: how do culture goers feel about it?

CAPACOA recently held a fascinating town hall on the theme On the Path to Recovery: Are Mandatory Vaccines for Audiences in the Mix? As a complement to the recap of this discussion, here are recent findings about culture goers’ attitudes regarding vaccination. 

On the Path to Recovery: Are Mandatory Vaccines for Audiences in the Mix?

As the performing arts sector opens its doors and welcomes back audience members, performing arts presenters are eager to determine how they can keep patrons safe, but creating safety protocols proves to be a logistical nightmare. One such protocol has been hotly debated – mandatory proof of vaccina...Read More

Open Letter to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

In these times of reopening borders, with theatres and concert halls in many countries welcoming audiences, we want to raise the question of the mobility of Canadian artists.

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TW: Residential Schools

Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the living survivors, family, friends and everyone grieving the discovery of the unmarked mass grave at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. We at CAPACOA are filled with sadness and we mourn those 215 Indigenous children, and the many other Ind...Read More

An IMDb for the Performing Arts?

For more than two years, CAPACOA and partner organizations have been laying the groundwork for a data ecosystem for the performing arts. Among other things, we have been assigning unique IDs to everything performing arts: artists, organizations, venues, productions and events. And we have been devel...Read More

View of the physically-distanced seating plan from the stage. Most seats are marked "reserved" leaving a few safely distanced bubbles.

A major boost for festivals in the 2021 federal budget

The 2021 federal budget provides funding for festivals and for music venues. But questions remain about the level of support for the rest of the live performance sector.

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A close-up shot of the live performance domain – May not be suitable for sensitive viewers

New quarterly indicators released today by Statistics Canada provide an accurate measure of the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the live performance domain.

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Online performances remain a valuable alternative for many cultural consumers

More and more cultural consumers have watched and paid for online performances. For these consumers, "free" is a poor value proposition.

Employment in arts and culture industries, February 2021

While employment rebounded across the Canadian economy in February, the live performance sector took another dive. Self-employed artists and technicians, who had managed to hold on thanks to emergency support, are most severely impacted.

Town Hall with the Honourable Steven Guilbeault

Date: Thursday, March 25th, 2021 Time: 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm EST Location: Zoom Webinar Following the investments announced to support arts and live events workers in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, CAPACOA is pleased to host a Town Hall with the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian H...Read More

Socially-distanced audience members wearing masks and talking while awaiting the start of the performance.

Government regulations and uncertainty about demand remain large obstacles for arts organizations

Government regulations were the top obstacle reported by arts, entertainment and recreation organizations, followed by demand-related concerns.

Online Performances And The Search for a Viable Business Model

Can the changes in the way we create and consume art in this era reshape the performing arts sector? Find answers from our two-part webinar.

Bold Budget Recommendations for the Rebuilding of the Live Performance Sector

On February 11, 2021, CAPACOA submitted a document titled Rebuilding the performing arts ecosystem after the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the Let’s Talk Budget 2021 consultation.

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Untold Stories: COVID-19 and Artist Agents

“I don’t want to sugarcoat the truth; my business is very challenged at the moment.” This is what Tara Bailey, an agent dedicated to youth and family programming and owner of the Bailiwick Booking Agency, said in response to my question regarding her agency’s current situation during the pande...Read More

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2020: The Year One in Four Arts Worker Lost Their Job

The COVID pandemic took a particularly heavy toll on the arts sector in 2020. One in four arts, entertainment and recreation workers lost their job in 2020, compared to 2019. That’s 114,400 artists, technicians, marketing staff, arts administrators and other cultural workers who could no longer earn...Read More

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Employment in arts and culture industries, December 2020

Employment declined in most industries in December, including the arts sector and in cultural industries in December 2020.

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Canadian Art Goers are Longing for Live Events

Audiences are yearning for live performances, and the demand for online performances might very well decrease once in-person events resume. This is what consumer surveys conducted in Alberta and Ontario are indicating.

The Art of Data Sharing Webinar

The Art of Data Sharing Webinar – Recording Now Available!

Open North partnered with CAPACOA to explore the use of a data charter to improve data collaboration in the Canadian performing arts sector. As part of this research, the two organizations held a webinar, The art of data sharing, to learn about how Apidae Tourisme, The Audience Agency, and la BTLF d...Read More