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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

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Employment in arts and culture industries, November 2020

Last week, Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland announced that certain “fiscal guardrails will help [the government] establish when the stimulus will be wound down.” One of these indicators – total hours worked – is particularly fitted to account for under-employment in sectors, such as the arts, t...Read More

CAPACOA Appears before The House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

On Monday, November 30th at noon, CAPACOA appeared as witness, represented by its Director of Research and Development Mr. Frédéric Julien, at the invitation of The House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, in view of its study of Challenges and Issues Faced by the Arts, Culture, He...Read More

Equity and Inclusion in Canadian Arts Organizations: An Ongoing Labor

What is it Like to be an Indigenous Transgender Artist in Canada? Imagine that you’re invited to a dinner party, but you’ve only received your invitation that same afternoon a couple of hours before the party. You put on your best outfit in a hurry. When you arrive at the party, you find out that th...Read More

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Employment in arts and culture industries, October 2020

New public health restrictions ordered by provincial governments in response to spiking COVID-19 cases impacted many industries in October. Those that were already among the hardest hit reported further job losses.

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We Are All In This Together

“We all did a show, all together, from coast to coast in Canada. Now THAT is a first!” - Morgan Myler, co-founder, Live Event Community

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Employment in arts and culture industries, September 2020

On September 22nd, nearly 700 venues lit up in red across the country to raise awareness of job losses among live event workers. As a matter of fact, all employment indicators in performing arts and entertainment industries once again fell in September.

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CAPACOA’s International Market Development Initiative 2020 – Pilot Program

CAPACOA is pleased to announce the launch of its International Market Development Initiative (IMDI) - pilot program. This initiative will explore network development in the era of COVID-19, with a view to advantageously positioning Canada in a post recovery environment.  CAPACOA will facilitat...Read More

All Access Town Hall speakers

All Access Town Hall: Rebuilding Upon More Sustainable and Equitable Foundations – The Environment

Throughout the COVID crisis, many suggested that this is an opportunity for the arts sector to embrace new practices and policies. Could this be a chance to rethink and learn how to be more responsible when it comes to protecting our planet?

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A Stronger and More Resilient Canada: Together with the Performing Arts!

The Speech from the Throne, which was given on September 23, 2020, had this to say: "This fall, in addition to extending the wage subsidy, the Government will take further steps to bridge vulnerable businesses to the other side of the pandemic by ... introducing further support for industries that h...Read More

Is age a significant factor in patrons’ intention to return to the performing arts?

Many audience survey reports were released over the last two months. CAPACOA read them and looked for conflicting and converging findings regarding age, comfort levels and reassuring measures.  So? Does age matter?

Ghost light at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre.

Rebuilding Upon More Sustainable and Equitable Foundations

How can the live performance sector recover from the COVID crisis and at the same time foster innovation, resilience, sustainability and equity? It seems like a pretty big order for a sector that was decimated by months of restrictions on live events.

Participate in #LightUpLive!

We’re calling all live arts organizations to join us, along with the Live Event Community in raising awareness for our industry which continues to remain dark. We are asking live performance venue managers across the country to light up their buildings and marquees in red on Tuesday, September 22, 2...Read More

All Access Town Hall: The Gradual Reopening of Performances

UPDATE: the Town Hall has been postponed to September 15 at 3PM ET)

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Employment in arts and culture industries, August 2020

While the Canadian economy is slowly recovering, another 6,600 live performance workers lost their job in August.

Agents and Managers Community Meetings

Since March, CAPACOA has provided a channel through which our business members may assemble. These meetings, moderated by Eoin Ó Catháin (chair of the NAPAMA Canada Executive), have been an invaluable resource for the community of agents and managers in Canada to connect and share with their peers. ...Read More

All Access Town Hall: Global Toronto Successes

Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Time: 14:00 (ET) As an increasing number of artist showcases, pitches, and conferences began to shift from in person to digital platforms, we can glean from past successes to look at our future practices – CAPACOA hosted a town hall on this very subject. On Tuesd...Read More

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Employment in arts and culture industries, July 2020

Nearly all arts, culture and heritage industries showed signs of recovery in July 2020. Employment in performing arts industries is still 23% below pre-COVID levels, but hours worked continued to rebound.

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CAPACOA submits recommendations for the continuation and recovery of the live performance sector

CAPACOA’s pre-budget submission brings forth new recommendations for emergency and recovery support in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.

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International Market Development Initiative 2020 Announcement

About the opportunity CAPACOA is a national presenting association, with a mandate for leadership in the arts and culture sector.  One of CAPACOA’s priorities is to be a catalyst for Canadian organizations to engage in cultural diplomacy, in order to facilitate collaborative, reciprocal and cre...Read More

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Employment in arts and culture industries, June 2020

Performing arts companies saw the largest decrease in total hours worked in June 2020: -73,5%.

Online cultural offerings satisfy audiences’ cravings… for now

A lot of people enjoyed live-streamed performances since the beginning of the COVID crisis. But they may not continue when venues reopen.

Artists and cultural workers still among most impacted by the COVID outbreak

Employment in the information, culture and recreation industry was 83.1% of its pre-COVID level, the second-lowest proportion across all industries.

All Access Town Hall: Showcasing and Conference Models

On July 21st at 1:00 PM EDT (please note the webinar was originally scheduled at 3:00 PM), CAPACOA is hosting a panel discussion to highlight the new pitch, conference and showcasing models exacerbated by the global circumstances we must now navigate. In this moderated discussion, panelists will exp...Read More

All Access Town Hall: CAPACOA Programs Information Session

In this hour-long information session, members of the CAPACOA team will answer your questions about two of our programs: the Linked Digital Future initiative (LDFI) and the Presenters Capacity Building Program (PCBP). Both programs are important parts of the support CAPACOA aims to build in its memb...Read More