Four participants from the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe/CAPACOA group posing shoulder to shoulder.

Expressions of Interest for Canadian Arts Presenters to attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Expressions of Interest for Canadian Arts Presenters are now open for support to attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival August 17 – 24 August, 2022.

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Audiences need to be reminded of the benefits of attending

Mental health and trying something unique or different are among the top benefits that may compel audiences to attend live performances.

Call for Applications: Canadian Artists

We are looking for Canadian artists to be featured in our 2022 Snapshots Sessions.

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Encouraging signs of recovery for the performing arts

The GDP and employment increases observed over the second half of 2021 echo government interventions announced a year before.

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Federal budget acknowledges uneven recovery, but leaves much to be desired

The 2022 federal budget provides little new funding for the performing arts sector. But we remain hopeful that the National Recovery Summit will provide another opportunity to address the needs of the industry.

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Finding Our Way: National Town Hall Report

On January 25, CAPACOA welcomed members of the performing arts community to share their hopes for the future. Discussions around digital space, social inequity, and the climate crisis led to new discoveries.

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Employment among arts and entertainment industries falls back to square one

According to the Labour Force Survey, employment among performing arts, spectator sports and related industries declined for a third consecutive month in January 2022.

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Performing Arts, Tourism and the Experience Economy: The Untapped Potential

Research shows that amongst travellers, there is a growing desire for authentic experiences that enliven and deepen connections to place. Live events and festivals provide these types of experiences year round.

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5 steps to improve your digital presence

If a performing arts organization could only take one or two steps to improve its digital presence, where should it start?

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Beginning of a resurgence in the performing arts

The live performance sector saw its first signs of a recovery during the third quarter of 2021.

All Access Town Hall: National Check-in and Round Table Discussions in preparation for the Heritage Canada Summit

It’s a new year with new opportunities for connection and advocacy! Join us for a chance to check in with colleagues nation-wide as we navigate recently announced restrictions, funding sources, and solutions for the future.  As a sector, we know we are stronger together. By gathering...Read More

A duo of dancers. The woman leans backward and the man pulls her back.

Breaking through audience hesitancy

Consumers’ levels of comfort with in-person events are closely tied to vaccine rollout and fluctuations in the number of cases. This is particularly true among performing arts audiences.

Artists performing as per public health requirements for masks and dividers.

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.