2019 Conference Schedule


* Schedule subject to changes.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

1400 - 1700

2:00 - 5:00pm

Lobby, ALT Hotel

Registration and networking lounge

Stop by the Ticketpro registration table located in the lobby for your badge or any information around the event.

You will find many spaces in the hotel lobby for casual meetings. The CAPACOA conference will occupy the entire ALT Hotel, this will make for great networking between peers.


1700 - 1900

5pm - 7pm

Rossy Pavilion, National Arts Centre,1 Elgin Street, Ottawa

Gathering Dinner and Awards - with ticket

Join us for a special opening dinner at the National Arts Centre in the great Rossy Pavilion room over looking Ottawa.


The National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring and the CAPACOA Award will be bestowed over the course of the evening.

1900 - 2100

7:00 - 9:00pm

4th Stage, National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa

Conference Opening Show - Transforming Landscapes

Female voices are the backbone of complex human and natural landscapes. Through performance and musical narratives these artists' voices will reverberate, amplify and expand the mind, spirit and body.

Ogimaakwewak Singers

Ogimaakwewak Singers is a collective of Indigenous singers and hand drummers that reside in the Ottawa area. The collective includes Algonquin,  Ojibway, Cree,  Tuchonne  Haida and  Metis women. Ogimaakwewak means female leaders or boss ladies in Anishinabemowin.

Moe Clark

Feast of the Invisible | wîhkohkêwin | ᐄᐧᐦᑯᐦᑫᐃᐧᐣ

Drawing from indigenous creation stories, earth-based ceremonial practices and a deep desire for musical expansion, Métis artist Moe Clark ignites the stage with five musicians bringing sounds of jazz, folk, trance and teweikan (hand drum) songs to life. Created and performed in English and nêhiyawêwin (Plains Cree language), these original works journey between visible and invisible worlds as animal and ancestral spirits come to life in a musical feast. Northern lights spill out from a crack in sky world as Coyote brings messages from beyond. Grandfather maskwa readies for hibernation and calls on a small child to join him. Grandmother ôho hunts the darkness that lives deep inside her grandchild. Evocative vocal harmonies and haunting Inuit throat singing weave together with shimmering harp distortions and teweikan drum song crossing thresholds of living and dreamed imaginaries.

Award winning poet, vocalist and creator, Moe Clark captivates audiences with her embodied lyrical explorations. As a creator, she is devoted to improvisation and collaborative process as tools to waken personal and collective transmissions through the sounding and imaging of stories.

iskwē | ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ

iskwē | ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ is, among many other things, an artist – a creator and communicator of music and of movement, of pictures, poetry and prose. And through it all, she’s a teller of stories that have impacted our past and will inform our future. acākosīk | ᐊᒐᑯᓯᐠ is the culmination of her creation and collaboration to this point. It’s a collection of seven sonic explorations that not only blur lines between sources and styles, but also between the actual and the ideal, the real and imagined.

Building on the foundation of potent, cross-cultural electro-pop established on her self-titled 2013 debut and Juno-nominated, Polaris Long-Listed 2017 follow-up The Fight Within, acākosīk incorporates more intense and urgent tinges of alternative, post-rock, and even industrial. The cohesive-yet-combustible result tips a cap to modern innovators like Florence + The Machine and FKA twigs while simultaneously borrowing sounds accumulated over centuries by iskwē’s Cree and Métis ancestors. Orchestral arrangements for three of the songs were debuted by iskwē and the NAC Orchestra at the NAC Golden Anniversary Gala on October 5, 2019.

Contact: Keely Kemp


Conference Opening Show by Guest Programmer, Denise Bolduc.


Sponsored by:



ALT Hotel Bar, Altcetera Café

Late Night Kick Back

Come finish the evening with your peers for great conversations or even for a game of pool at the ALT Hotel, Altcetera Café.







Sponsored by: Duane Francis - Capital Wealth Architects - Mandeville Private Client Inc.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

8:00 - 17:00

8:00am - 5:00pm

Lobby, ALT Hotel


Registration and networking lounge

Stop by the Ticketpro registration table located in the lobby for your badge or any information around the event.

You will find many spaces in the hotel lobby for casual meetings. The CAPACOA conference will occupy the entire ALT Hotel, this will make for great networking between peers.


8:00 - 8:45

8:00am - 8:45am

Orange Room, ALT Hotel


The Succession Plan Program Orientation

For The Succession Plan mentees only.


Sponsored by: The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall

9:00 - 10:30

9:00am - 10:30am

Indigo Room, ALT Hotel

New Voices  New Visions

Looking towards the future, this conversation opens space for a new generation of visionaries and their curatorial perspectives of engagement, process, and presentation.

Lindsay Lachance

Dr. Lindsay Lachance is the first Artistic Associate of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre. Lindsay is from an Algonquin Anishinabe and settler Canadian family and has loved storytelling and theatre from a young age. She earned a PhD in Theatre from the University of British Columbia and in January 2018 successfully defended her dissertation titled “The Embodied Politics of Relational Indigenous Dramaturgies.” Lindsay’s academic work exists at the intersections of Indigenous Theatre and Critical Indigenous Studies, where she celebrates and supports Indigenous theatre art and artists. Lindsay works as a dramaturg, supporting new play development, through a practice that centers the knowledges, skills and gifts of her collaborators that honours each process. She has published articles, shared her ideas at various conferences and offered responses to performances she has witnessed.

Robert Thomson

Robert Thomson is a musician, music curator, and performer of Haida, Tsimshian, and mixed European ancestry. He is the band leader of soul-pop project Sister Says, an artistic producer at Full Circle: First Nations Performance and the music programmer for the Talking Stick Festival and Muyuntsut ta Slulum Concert Series. Outside of Full Circle, Robert worked on the Indigifest (2019) artistic team, co-curated the concert, Giving Voice (2017), for the Bill Reid Gallery, was an integral role in programming music, dance, and spoken word performance for the Kanata Festival (2017) held in Vancouver.


Pam Patel

Pam Patel is Artistic Director of MT Space, an organization dedicated to centralizing marginalized and racialized voices through theatre. Pam has helped to establish and grow several initiatives including industry series conferences to discuss issues affecting BIPOC artists, youth mentorship opportunities to foster future cultural leaders, and employment and creative opportunities to newcomer artists. Pam is also the Chair of Arts Awards Waterloo Region, and was most recently a recipient of Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellowship for Service Above Self in Arts and Culture. Pam is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s music program, and performs with numerous Canadian companies, touring nationally and internationally.


Sponsored by:

10:30 - 12:15

10:30am - 12:15pm

Indigo / Rose Room, ALT Hotel

One to One Meetings

Short pre-schedule meetings, pre-registration will be required to take part in these meetings. Invitations to delegates will be sent 2 weeks prior to the event.


Sponsored by: Caline Artists International and Magnum Opus Management, Partners in the Maverick Cooperative


12:15 - 13:30

12:15pm - 1:30pm

Lunch on your own


12:15 - 13:30

12:15pm - 12:30pm

Lobby, ALT Hotel


The Succession Plan mentee and mentor lunch

For The Succession Plan mentees and mentors only.


Sponsored by: The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall

13:30 - 15:30

1:30 - 3:30pm

Indigo Room, ALT Hotel

Radical Collaboration in a Linked Digital World

In an era of algorithms and highly personalized recommendations, anything that is unavailable as data is very unlikely to be found or recommended. Whereas other industries have long made their contents readily discoverable by machines, the live performance sector lags behind. Linked open data could enable performing arts organizations to catch up. Together.


Akoulina Connell, Corporate Agility Consultant

Akoulina ConnellAkoulina Connell is an experienced executive and arts advocate who catalyzes systems transformation through co-creation and data innovation strategies to increase agility, transparency, inclusion, and public engagement. She has worked in both the public and private sectors; has led two provincial funding agencies; was managing editor of a literary press; worked in the IT sector; and has held communications roles in several Federal Departments

Frédéric Julien, Director of Research and Development, CAPACOA

Frédéric JulienFrédéric Julien has been active in the performing arts for several years as an artist, an arts administrator, a consultant, an advocate, and a change maker. Frédéric has been leading research and development activities at the Canadian Arts Presenting Association for the last nine years. In this capacity, he has directed or authored several key research initiatives such as: The Value of Presenting, Vital Signs: Arts and Belonging, and Digitizing the Performing Arts. An active volunteer, Frédéric has served as Co-Chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition, and board member of Arts Health Network Canada. Frédéric is thrilled to be leading the Linked Digital Future initiative with a team of talented contributors.


Sponsored by: Vancouver Civic Theatres

Vancouver Civic Theatres



ALT Hotel Lobby

Meet in hotel lobby and bus Departure for École de la Salle


16:00 - 17:00

4:00 - 5:00pm

Ecole de la Salle

501 Old St-Patrick Street, Ottawa




In 15 years, Victor Quijada and his RUBBERBAND have not only redefined breakdance codes within an institutional context and enlivened the Quebec dance scene but have opened the way for new creators fascinated by this dance form. Armed with a technique he conceived for dancers, the RUBBERBAND Method – an electrifying vocabulary combining the energy of Hip Hop, the refinement of classical ballet, and the angular quality of contemporary dance – and some 40 creations and collaborations in Canada and abroad behind him, Victor Quijada has always continued to evolve and innovate throughout his prolific career. In December 2017, Victor Quijada received the award for cultural diversity at the Prix de la danse de Montréal.

Contact: Élisabeth Comtois



Bus Departure for Blacksheep Inn

1800 - 18:30

6:00pm - 6:30pm

Blacksheep Inn

753 Chemin Riverside, Wakefield


Elle Márjà

Elle Márjà is a Sami multitalented artist who in recent years has distinguished herself as an artist at the major International industry festivals, as a film music composer and as a filmmaker. She is outstanding at the intersection of Yoik, electronics and indigenous music. Through her art she tells personal stories from her family background as reindeer herding. The concerts are always highly visual with an audio-visual landscape often referred to as poetic and otherworldly. Together with the producer Morten H. Pettersen they have together created a unique sound. It`s cool and Arctic colored by ancient and new Yoiks.

Elle Márjá recently collaborated musically with film composer Christophe Beck (Frozen, Hangover) in the feature film "The 12th Man" (2017) by Harald Zwart. She was named "Highlight" at the Folk Alliance International festival in Kansas City in 2017 (USA). She has experience from the Sami National Theater Beaivváš as a composer. She has also directed and produced several short films, music videos and art films. Elle Márjá has played a number of concerts and performances at festivals and events in the Nordic countries, and has experience from international scenes in the USA, Canada, Russia, Germany, Lithuania, Sweden, Guatemala, Brazil and France. Eira is current in the band Snoweye with world stars John Paul Jones and Lucy Parnell (UK / SÁ). This year she is showcasing at Womex.

Contact: Morten Pettersen


Sponsored by: Imperial Theatre


1830 - 20:00

6:30 - 8:00pm

Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield

Group Supper with ticket


Sponsored by: Imperial Theatre


20:00 - 21:30

8:00pm - 9:30pm

Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield




Silla and Rise

Silla and Rise blend Inuit throat-singing and futuristic dancefloor beats. Silla are Cynthia Pitsiulak (Kimmirut, NU) and Charlotte Qamaniq (Iglulik, NU) their name comes from the Inuktitut word "Sila" meaning weather. Sila is what surrounds us; it is what connects us to our land, to the moon, sun and stars, the ocean and the air we breathe. In respecting and honouring the need to preserve Inuit culture and paying homage to our land and the strong connection to its spirituality, they experience and perform the sounds of traditional and contemporary throat songs. Rise is Ottawa’s Rise Ashen, a Juno Award nominated global-grooves producer, DJ and dancer who has spent his life pursuing the intersection of traditional and futuristic music.

Silla and Rise were nominated for a Juno for Indigenous Music Album of the Year in 2017 for their self-titled Debut: Silla + Rise, as well as an Indigenous Music Award for Best Inuit, Indigenous Language, or Francophone Album.  They won the Stingray Award at Mundial Festival in Montreal in 2018 and they are currently working on a second album.

Contact: Eric Vani





Boogát is a Canadian-Mexican musician from Montreal (Qc, Canada), blending hip-hop with  Latin Music styles such as Cumbia and Reggaeton. He won the Juno Award and the Félix Award for ''World Music Album of the Year'' for his album Neo-Reconquista, respectively, at the Juno Awards 2016 and the ADISQ 2016.

Of Paraguayan and Mexican descent, he was born in Québec City to immigrant parents and raised in the Beauport borough of the city, then moved to Montreal in 2001 where his career took off. Performing initially in French, Boogát switched to Spanish after playing with the Latin Music group Roberto Lopez Project and Electro producer Poirier; discovering a new world of possibilities that opened doors to collaborating with artists such as Frikstailers, Uproot Andy, El Hijo De La Cumbia, Radio Radio, Lido Pimienta, El Dusty, G-Flux, Sotomayor, Super San, Niña Dioz, Mati Zundel and El Remolon, amongst others.

He released his first full-length Spanish album El Dorado Sunset in 2013. The album won two Félix Awards for ''Best World Music Album'' and ''Producer of the Year'' at ADISQ 2013. He has been touring non-stop in Canada, USA, México, Argentina, UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, Czech Republic and Spain ever since. Neo-Reconquista, which includes collaborations with La Yegros, Sonido Pesa'o and Pierre Kwenders, was released in 2015.

Contact: Noémie Azoulay



Reeny Smith

Reeny Smith is a powerhouse on the stage and in the studio. A songwriter, musician and producer, Reeny delivers magic every time she hits the stage. Her extraordinary vocals, confident presence and energetic live show make for a truly unforgettable, entertainment experience.

Accolades for her talents are piling up. At this year’s East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown, Reeny’s stunning performance at the Awards Show brought her a standing ovation topped off with two trips to the podium to take home a pair of trophies. She was also named to the Top 10 of CBC’s national Searchlight.

Her first full-length album, WWIII: Strength Courage Love was released in 2018 and her song-writing took her to Germany and Japan. She’s collaborated with artists like Quake Matthews and opened for Anderson Paak, but through it all, Smith says the thing she’s the proudest of is developing her craft as a songwriter and being recognized for the hard work she’s put into the depth and realism of her work.

She is currently working on a new Christmas album for release this fall.

Reeny has always been inspired and nurtured by her extensive musical family and friends growing up in North Preston, Nova Scotia.

Contact Fiona Diamond


Sponsored by: Imperial Theatre




Bus Departs for ALT Hotel



ALT Hotel Bar, Altcetera Café

Late Night Kick Back

Come finish the evening with your peers for great conversations or even for a game of pool at the ALT Hotel, Altcetera Café.



Friday, November 15, 2019

8:00 - 5:00

8am - 5pm

ALT Hotel Lobby

Registration and networking lounge

Stop by the Ticketpro registration table located in the lobby for your badge or any information around the event.

You will find many spaces in the hotel lobby for casual meetings. The CAPACOA conference will occupy the entire ALT Hotel, this will make for great networking between peers.


8:30 - 11:00

8:30 - 11am

ALT Hotel Lobby

Exhibit Hall Set-Up

8:30 - 10:00

8:30 - 10:00am

Indigo Room, ALT Hotel

Making Artistic Cents: Communication Conundrum - Identifying the how, what, why, when, where of connecting with our colleagues.

In our ever-changing performing arts field, we are constantly questioning how to make effective contact and efficiently communicate with each other whether it be agent/manager, presenter, artist or service organization. This interactive session will focus on an authentic and inclusive dialogue with one another i.e. initiating contact, negotiating contracts, pre-engagement planning, post engagement follow-up or seeking concrete information.  Designated presenters, agents and artists will share brief comments regarding modes of communication, establishing and respecting timelines and boundaries, hearing a "yes" or "no" and what encourages a spirit of discovery.  Facilitated break-out sessions will follow in an interactive discussion.

Facilitator - Eoin Ó Catháin

Mike Green

Mike Green is the co-owner and agent with Mike Green & Associates, representing a small roster of traditional and roots music artists, using the tagline “Breaking Tradition.” Following a short stint as a touring artist and a few years as a presenter, Mike has been a booking agent since 1986. He is currently board president for NAPAMA (North American Performing Arts Managers & Agents). Outside of his agency work, Mike is an avid cook, gardener, bicyclist, and guitarist and singer with a rock & roll band that you will probably never get to hear.





Bruce Halliday – Port theatre

Clothilde Cardinal – Place des Arts

Tara Bailey -  Baliwick Agency


Presented in collaboration with: NAPAMA

8:30 - 12:00

8:30am - 12:00pm

Orange Room, ALT Hotel

Cultural Human Resources Council workshop on Maintaining Respectful Workplaces

CAPACOA is proud to deliver the Cultural Human Resources Council Maintaining Respectful Workplaces workshop. Through the Respectful Workplaces in the Arts program, CHRC is supporting efforts to address all kinds of harassment in arts workplaces (including sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination and violence), and to lay the groundwork for “respectful workplaces” as the norm in the cultural sector. This workshop is adapted for the arts presenting world and helps explore how to best deal with harassment situations through:

discussions of what IS and IS NOT a respectful workplace;

a review of situations and scenarios to identify how to create and sustain a respectful workplace; and

a consideration of the roles of both employers and artists and cultural workers in establishing and maintaining a respectful workplace.

Tools and tips, including province/territory-specific legislation and website resources will be highlighted. This is a facilitated learning session, not a policy development, legal or counselling session.

Registration is required for this session, a sign-up sheet will be available at the registration table.


Victoria Steele

Victoria Steele is a bilingual arts and non-profit management consultant with over 35 years’ experience managing Canadian arts organizations at the local and national level. Ms. Steele works collaboratively with clients, teams, artists and stakeholders to develop strategies, realize innovative projects and mentor careers. She is passionate about the power of the arts to connect Canadians. Ms. Steele is an experienced facilitator and workshop leader, a member of Arts Consultants Canada and the Canadian Association of Management  Consultants, and teaches in both the Master’s in Arts Leadership program at Queen’s University and the Theatre Department at University of Ottawa.

Among her past contributions to the cultural sector, Ms. Steele was Vice-President of CAPACOA, a member of the National Arts Centre senior management team and Executive Director of Arts Network Ottawa where she also served as Chair of the Ottawa Cultural Alliance.

9:00 - 10:00

9:00 - 10:00am

Rose Room, ALT Hotel

Working Together Towards Environmental Sustainability

It is becoming abundantly clear that as a society, we must keep the environment front of mind in all aspects of our lives, including how we do business as a sector. What’s our collective responsibility towards the environment? What initiatives are being undertaken in your region, venue, or area? How can we work together? Bring your initiatives and ideas for collaboration for this discussion on ways to move forward!

Mhiran Faraday is a Nova Scotia-based arts administrator who currently works with Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, serves on the Arts Nova Scotia Board of Directors, and is a Canadian Fellow with the International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA). Previously, she was Executive Director of Debut Atlantic and has worked with Symphony Nova Scotia and in the theatre sector.

Mhiran Faraday

10:00 - 12:00

10:00am - 12:00pm

Indigo Room, ALT Hotel

Inconvenient Ideas

Seasoned arts practitioners discuss their perspectives to challenge, instigate and shape change. 

Majdi Bou-Matar

Majdi Bou-Matar is a theatre-maker who emigrated to Canada from Lebanon in 2003. He holds a Masters degree in Drama from the University of Guelph with research focusing on Canadian intercultural theatre. Majdi directed several productions in his native Beirut before he founded MT Space, a professional theatre company dedicated to cultural diversity, in Kitchener-Waterloo in 2004. He is also the founder of Waterloo Region’s biennial international theatre festival IMPACT. His most recent directing credits include The Last 15 seconds, Paradise, The Raft, Amal as well as Adrenaline and Suitcase, both of which you can see this season at Theatre Passe Muraille from January 16 to February 1, 2020. Majdi’s work tours nationally and internationally.

Margo Kane

Cree-Saulteaux Metis performing artist, Margo Kane is the Founder and Artistic Managing Director of Full Circle: First Nations Performance. For over 40 years she has been active as an actor, performing artist and community cultural worker. Her desire to share artistic performance that has meaning for her people is the catalyst for her extensive work, travels and consultation within Indigenous communities across Canada and abroad.

She developed and runs the annual Talking Stick Festival along with many other programs. She has received numerous awards for her work and community work including an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of the Fraser Valley and most recently the Order of Canada from the Governor-General.

 Alfredo Caxaj

Since arriving in Canada in 1985 during the height of political repression in his native Guatemala, Alfredo Caxaj has truly made a difference in his adopted community of London, Ontario. Alfredo has served as the Executive and Artistic Director of the non-profit Sunfest-London Committee for Cross Cultural Arts Inc. for more than two decades. Since debuting in July 1995, SUNFEST World Music/Dance & Jazz Summer Festival(the Committee’s signature free-admission festival of music, dance, crafts and cuisine from around the globe) has grown into “Canada’s Premier Celebration of World Cultures” with an annual attendance of more than 200,000. Alfredo is also responsible for the organization and production of all year around program of activities which includes The SUNFEST World Music & Jazz Series, Outreach School Programs and Art Exhibits.


Sponsored by:weshowup.io

10:00 - 10:30

10:00am - 10:30pm

Fushia Room, ALT Hotel

Agents and Managers Peer Session



More 10:30 - 12:00

10:30am - 12pm

Fushia Room, ALT Hotel

How to keep healthy while traveling

This presentation offered by Kimberly-Ann Waters, ND, naturopath specialized in natural global health, will give you easy and healthy tips on how to travel happy with good energy, rest and peace of mind! Working trips can be exhausting and can affect your quality of response to tasks and commitments, either at work or more often in your personal life…

Before we start, here are few questions to help me guide you where you need it the most:

  1. Approximately how often do you travel (weekly, monthly)?
  2. What do you enjoy most about traveling?
  3. What are your greatest challenges when traveling?
  4. If you could change one thing to help you “travel happy”, what would it be?


Kimberly-Ann Waters

"Discovering natural health apporches has given me my life back."

Naturopathic graduate of the Quebec College of Naturopathy (C.S.N.Q), Kimberly-Ann Waters N.D is specialized in iridology. This practical and non-invasive analysis of the iris, makes it possible to assess the state of health of a person as well as that of their organs. In addition, certified as digestive system; intestinal hygienist, by none other than the great Dr. Jean-Claude Rodet, I offer colonic irrigations and nutritherapy. These holistic approches has transformed my life and that of people around me. I now want to share and use my knowledge to transform help yours!

12:00 - 14:00

12:00am - 2:00pm

Second Floor Lobby, ALT Hotel

Exhibit Hall with Lunch


Sponsored by: Regional Presenting Networks

12:00 - 14:00

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Orange Room, ALT Hotel


The Succession Plan Program Mentor - Mentee Lunch

For The Succession Plan participants only. Exhibit Hall Lunch, see above.


Sponsored by: The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall

14:00 - 15:30

2:00 - 3:30pm

Indigo Room, ALT Hotel

Drivers of Arts Participation

What motivates people to attend the performing arts? And what drives them to become regular patrons? These questions are top of mind for all arts marketers. In reality, they should be a preoccupation for every staff members, because the top drivers for frequent attendance depend on other aspects than marketing. In this session, Nik Nanos will bring the Diversity and Drivers of Arts Participation report to life. Most of all, he will lead you to consider how you and your entire team can co-create experiences that entice attendees to come back. Again and again.


Nik Nanos, Nanos Research Group

Nik Nanos

Nik Nanos is Chief Data Scientist and Founder of the Nanos Research Group of Companies, a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, and a research professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is also the current Chair of Carleton University. He leads Nanos Research, one of Canada’s most distinguished research companies, which he founded in 1987. The Nanos Research Group of Companies includes Nanos-dimap Analytika, an analytics and targeting research practice that is a joint venture with dimap, one of Germany’s top research organizations.

Nik also leads the team behind the Nanos Bloomberg Canadian Confidence Index which monitors consumer confidence in the Canadian economy and streams data to Bloomberg terminals each week. Moreover, Nik took a leadership position in the development of the questionnaire and fieldwork for Culture Track, a landmark initiative on the important impact culture and its audiences.



Sponsored by:

14:00 - 15:30

2:00 - 3:30pm

Orange Room, ALT Hotel

Wikidata: a do-it-yourself and do-it-together way of making Canadian artists stand out in the digital world

Tired of dealing with dozens of platform to populate or search for information on artists? Well, we ain’t gonna lie to you: the era of scattered and siloed information isn’t quite over. Yet. Imagine an open knowledge base that could be read and edited by anyone, and that could be linked to many, many other platforms. This knowledge base exists. It’s called Wikidata. It’s free. And it needs information about Canadian artists. This workshop will offer an introduction to Wikidata and other Wikimedia collaborative platforms, as well as instructions for editing information in Wikidata. The workshop is designed primarily for artists, agents and managers, but it will also be valuable to anyone with a keen interest in digital discoverability.

Stacey Allison-Cassin

Stacy Allison-Cassin is a Digital Pedagogy Librarian in the Student Learning and Academic Success Department at York University. She has an active interest in the intersections between people, metadata, and infrastructure, with a particular focus on critical approaches to knowledge organization. A citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Stacy sits as the Indigenous Ancestry Representative on the CFLA Board of Directors and is an incoming member of the IFLA Indigenous Matters Interest Group, a position she will hold on behalf of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians. Stacy is also an active volunteer in the Wikimedia community through which she actively organizes community initiatives focused on the GLAM sector. Over the last three years, she led The “Music in Canada at 150 Wikipedia Project”, an initiative that enabled a group of volunteer librarians to edit hundreds of Wikipedia and Wikidata entries for Canadian musicians.



ALT Hotel, Lobby

Meet in ALT Hotel lobby and walk to Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, 355 Cooper Street, Ottawa

15:45 - 16:15

3:45 - 4:15pm

Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, Ottawa

355 Cooper Street, Ottawa

Pause santé avec l'Assemblé Canadienne de la danse

Une collation sera servie


Commandité par: National Arts Centre

16:15 - 17:15

4:15 - 5:30pm

Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, Ottawa

355 Cooper Street, Ottawa

Artist Voice - Joint Session with Canadian Dance Assembly

Animikiikwe Couchie

Animikiikwe Couchie is an emerging multidisciplinary dance artist from Nipissing First Nation.

She has worked across a number of disciplines and artistic genres. Most notably, she has engaged and worked with a number of large-scale community arts projects, including Like an Old Tale / Jumblies Theatre and Dances of Resistance / Aanmitaagzi. In 2013, Animikiikwe worked within acclaimed choreographer Penny Couchie’s dance theatre piece entitled “When Will You Rage?”. She narrated and danced within her mother’s piece. It was the most influential project that Nimikii has the privilege of working on, and also her first professional theatre project. In 2015 she worked on a project called Dances of Resistance with Aanmitaagzi, which was a three-year long process. This project involved working with a team of skilled artists who put their energy and time into seeing the vision be brought to life.

In September 2019, she was apart of the cast of Unnatural and Accidental Women, marking the opening of the inaugural season of the National Arts Centre’s new Indigenous Theatre department.

She would like to thank her parents, Penny Couchie and Sid Bobb, among many other arts organizations and artists for giving her the space to explore her art form within in these projects.


Presented in partnership with Canadian Dance Assembly:

17:15 - 17:30

5:15 - 5:30 pm

Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, Ottawa

Dance Break with Bboyizm


17:30 - 18:15

5:30pm - 6:15pm

Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, Ottawa



Pearle Harbour

Justin Miller is a queer, Toronto-based theatre artist and drag queen. Blending the aesthetics of drag, the ethos of bouffon clown, and a gonzo, participatory performance style, he creates uniquely theatrical spaces that celebrate the transformative power of collective experience. As his alter-ego Pearle Harbour— wartime wonder and tragicomedienne—he has been called “one of the most welcome additions to the Toronto performance scene… glamorous, poised, and devastatingly funny” (Xtra). His original works has been presented at the SummerWorks Performance Festival, Why Not Theatre’s RISER Project, Theatre Passe Muraille, The High Performance Rodeo, Rhubarb Festival, OUTstages, The Cultch, The Second City, the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, the University of Toronto, and countless other theatres, clubs, and cabarets across Canada. He is an artist-in-residence at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre. Accolades include the Audience Choice Award (SW17), Outstanding Solo Performance (My Entertainment World), Favourite Lead Performance (Hart House Subscriber’s Choice Award), and a Dora Mavor-Moore Award-nomination for Outstanding Male Performance, and Dora Mavor-Moore Award nominations for Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Costume Design.

Contact: Justin Miller


Rea Beaumont

“A tremendous pianist” (CBC Radio), Dr. Rea Beaumont is “an internationally recognized interpreter” (The New Classical) specializing in 20C and virtuosic new music. Beaumont’s performances and recordings, reviewed as “beautiful” (MPR), are broadcast worldwide.  She collaborates with leading composers such as R. Murray Schafer to premiere new works, in addition to those commissioned for her by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Beaumont’s book on Barbara Pentland was short-listed for an international award and she recently received the Ontario Arts Council’s prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship. Additional awards include FACTOR, OAC SOCAN, Banff Centre, BC Arts Council, Canada Council.

Contact: Max Horowitz 



East India Company, 210 Somerset St West, Ottawa ON, K2P 0J4

Walk towards Group Dinner, East India Company, 210 Somerset street


18:30 - 20:00

6:30 - 8:00pm

East India Company, 210 Somerset St West, Ottawa ON, K2P 0J4

Group Supper East India Company




East India Company, 210 Somerset St West, Ottawa ON, K2P 0J4

Bus Departure from restaurant for Ecole de la Salle


20:15 - 22:00

8:15 - 10:00pm

Ecole de la Salle

501 Old St-Patrick Street, Ottawa

Showcases and Pitch Program 1


GADFLY’s artistry sits where urban dance styles and other art forms collide and tune together. They merge art with entertainment through the authenticity, artistry, and athleticism found in Urban Dance Culture. Gadfly’s body of work includes full-evening works, performances at Ted Talks Toronto, Nuit Blanche, Luminato, Festival DansEncore, and contributions to 12 charitable organizations. With ‘Klorofyl’, GADFLY was the recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance. GADFLY's work reflects a distinct language that personifies innovation.  


Contact: Apolonia Velasquez  



Multi-award nominated, winner and loser, creator Brian Solomon is of Anishinaabe and Irish heritage, born in Shebahonaning-Killarney on the North Channel of Lake Huron. As a creator his work is multidisciplinary, raw, challenging and full of spirit. His commissions have ranged from community-rooted works with over 100 interpreters, solos in trees, to animated installations of landfill. His works have been presented and toured across Turtle Island and abroad. He is passionate about helping people relearn their ancient bodies, and take back the space those bodies occupy.

Contact: Brian Solomon - Electric Moose




Bombay Black (CAD)

Arshdeep Purba, 2018. Photo Credit: Raymond Kam

Rohit Chokhani is a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award-winning arts curator, as well as a director and cultural leader. Rohit was awarded the prestigious 'Vancouver Now Representation and Inclusion Award' in 2018. He is also the recipient of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award in the Large Theatre Category for 'Significant Artistic Achievement' (2017) and recipient of the Shiamak Vancouver Community Award (by Bollywood star choreographer Shiamak Davar) in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of Entertainment and Theatre Arts (2017). He will be presenting at the Showcase his project Bombay Black which is now available for national and international touring along with a few projects under development. 

Poetic, mythic and brave, Indo-Canadian Anosh Irani’s multiple Dora Award-winning and Canadian Governor General nominated script Bombay Black is a searing play set in the bitter reality of India. Funny, violent, humane, Bombay Black took the Vancouver Fringe Festival by storm in 2017 with its sold-out run.  It is confirmed for another week-long regional run in 2020 through support from City Of Surrey and presenting partnership with the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Contact: Rohit Chokhani 


Mr. Red Light - Nightsong (NZ)

Mr Red Light is a man who attracts bad luck. So naturally, when he tries to rob a bank he fails miserably – and ends up in a pie shop dealing with three very uncooperative hostages and the world’s worst police negotiator. As time ticks by, Mr Red Light and his captives play a game of getting to know you. Mysteriously, Mr Red Light seems to know more about his hostages’ lives than is possible. Is he a fool or a prophet? Created by the award winning New Zealand company Nightsong - with Trygve Wakenshaw in the title role. Wild slapstick & the meaning of life.

Nightsong creates distinctive theatre of vision and scale, championing experiences that question and affirm our place in the world. Celebrating nuanced ideas which ricochet between the absurd and the profound. Nightsong is artistically led by Ben Crowder and Carl Bland. They have been collaborating on acclaimed shows for over 12 years. Together they create unique and innovative New Zealand works with high production values, mixing rich poetic language with music, visual arts, illusion and choreographed movement.



Svāhā - Nova Dance (CAD)

Nova Dance transports audiences to a place of wonderment with work that ranges from solos to ensembles and collaborative creations. Celebrating and challenging the art form of dance with daring, thought-provoking creations, the artistic vision of the company is propelled by a desire to integrate the aesthetics of Indian performance practices into contemporary Canadian cultural expression; to collaborate and query; to hold our histories while reflecting the present; and to dream the future with dance.

Svāhā is an epic pageant of dance, chant, and ritual performed by women.  Created by Toronto-based, award-winning choreographer Nova Bhattacharya  Svāhā features an ensemble cast of twelve Canadian virtuoso dancers trained in classical Indian dance styles, sharing the stage with dancers and musicians from South Asian techniques assembled as a body-choir.  Driving, compelling, ceaseless and loud, Svāhā is 75 minutes in duration. Currently in development. Premiering at Meridian Hall (formerly Sony Centre for the Performing Arts) in October 2020.  Avant-Premiere at Meridian Arts Centre in May 2020.



Bus Back to ALT Hotel 



ALT Hotel Bar

Late Night Kick Back

Come finish the evening with your peers for great conversations or even for a game of pool at the ALT Hotel, Altcetera Café.



Saturday, November 16, 2019

8:00 - 14:00

8am - 2pm

ALT Hotel Lobby

Registration and networking lounge

Stop by the Ticketpro registration table located in the lobby for your badge or any information around the event.

You will find many spaces in the hotel lobby for casual meetings. The CAPACOA conference will occupy the entire ALT Hotel, this will make for great networking between peers.


8:30 - 10:15

8:30 - 10:15am

Indigo / Rose / Cyan Rooms, ALT Hotel

Great Knowledge Café - Joint Session with Canadian Dance Assembly

In collaboration with the Canadian Dance Assembly, attendees are invited to a knowledge sharing activity with experts exchanging ideas on ride-ranging themes.

Here is the list of topics for the 2019 Great Knowledge Café:


  • Filling seats in suburban and rural areas
  • Building meaningful relationships with Indigenous Communities
  • Intergenerational exchange in the performing arts


  • Truth and Reconciliation Action Plans 
  • The Future of Arts Service Organisations
  • How to steward holistic arts sector development between arts ecosystem stakeholders and government
  • Cultural diplomacy


  • Navigating the Disability Arts Domain
  • Enshrining Equity in your Human Resources Policies
  • Building capacity for contemporary circus
  • Digital Strategies, an Introduction


  • Touring internationally in Europe, Mexico, Central and South America, and leaving Canada.

On site registrations will be required.


Consult the program schedule here.


Presented in partnership with Canadian Dance Assembly:

10:30 - 11:30

10:30 - 11:30am

Indigo / Rose Rooms, ALT Hotel

Second period of One to One Meetings

Short pre-schedule meetings, pre-registration will be required to take part in these meetings. Invitations to delegates will be sent 2 weeks prior to the event.


Sponsored by: Caline Artists International and Magnum Opus Management, Partners in the Maverick Cooperative




ALT Hotel Lobby

Bus departs for Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

12:00 - 13:30

12:00am - 1:30pm

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

299 Montreal Road, Vanier

Closing Group Lunch


With the support of: Regional Presenting Networks

13:30 - 15:15

1:30 - 3:15pm

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

Collective Response

Reflecting on the past couple days, this is a moment for a spirited and collective exchange to dream big, expand and open up with inspiration from panel members and international guests. 

This is the third phase of the New Voices New Visions (Nov 14 @ 9:00AM) and Inconvenient Ideas (Nov 15 @ 10:00AM) panel engagements.  Conference delegates are encouraged to witness these two presentations, and to bring their 'big dream' responses on Saturday (Nov 16 @ 1:30PM) for the ALL delegates, inclusive collective response!

Co-Facilitated by:

Tim Yerxa

Tim Yerxa has serves as the Executive Director of the Fredericton Playhouse, a venue-based multi-disciplinary presenting organization. Under his leadership, the organization has been the recipient of numerous local, regional, and national awards and recognitions from the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, the East Coast Music Association, and the Canadian Arts Presenting Association.

Mr. Yerxa was the first recipient of the New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts’ Arts and Cultural Management Award in 2009 and the Atlantic Presenters Association’s Achievement Award in 2018. He has served on numerous boards and committees both within his sector and in his community -- serving as president of the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) and the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and chairing the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, and the 2008 East Coast Music Awards.

Terri-Lynn Brennan

As the CEO of Inclusive Voices Inc., Terri assesses and builds equitable community agencies through the creation and redesign of strategic planning, public policy and project management. She researches and delivers regional-to-local cultural history and Indigenous protocols relevant to business and government networks. Terri combines a 30-year professional career with national to global experience, is a sector trainer for the CHRC in Maintaining Respectful Workplaces, and recent clients include the Town of Canmore, CAPACOA, IPAA, AFN, Canadian Geographic, Apple Canada. Terri is of Haudenosaunee and British descent. Her family originates from Six Nations of the Grand River and Brantford, Ontario.



Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

Bus departs for École de la Salle


16:00 - 17:30

4pm - 5:30pm

École de la Salle

501 Old St-Patrick street, Ottawa

Showcases and Pitch Program 2


Video Phase - LUMENS

Video Phase is the result of the collaboration between two musicians - creators,Julien Robert and Julien Compagne. Their common idea is to develop a new kind of art that equally combines music, video, and technology. Strongly influenced by Steve Reich’s music (the inspiration of their first show) but also by electronic music, they create a synesthesia between their musical and visual universes,one representing the other and vice versa. The visual component of their shows is totally interactive; this gives them the freedom to improvise and preserves the magic of live performance. With the use of technology, they seek to provide the audience with more than a regular concert - a real multi-sensory experience.

Contact: Eoin Ó Catháin



Since forming in 2010, the Toronto-based vocal band, Countermeasure, has earned standing ovations and critical acclaim worldwide. Led by award-winning composer/producer Aaron Jensen, the group has collaborated and recorded with artists including Randy Brecker, Ron Sexsmith, Alan Doyle, The Barenaked Ladies, and Evelyn Glennie; and has performed alongside the likes of Corey Hart, Alan Frew, The Swingle Singers, and Naturally 7.
Countermeasure features 13 of Canada’s top vocal talents, performing innovative a cappella covers, and award-winning original songs. Their diverse repertoire has equipped the group to headline international choral concerts, play the main stage at jazz festivals, or coax club-goers onto the dance floor. Incorporating innovative live looping, instrument imitation, and vocal percussion, Countermeasure has sold-out theatres across, Canada, the U.S., Italy, Scotland, Japan, and the U.K.

Contact: Genny DeMerchant




Pitch Presentation

Little Volcano: Veda Hille

Veda Hille’s new work is a musical memoir, a testament to maternal love, a joyful embrace of nature and much more. The singer, pianist and songwriter takes us through her life using stories, Bach preludes, a selection of her own music and some unique and surprising recordings, redefining autobiography as she goes along. 

Over 30 years as an artist, Hille has had her moments of triumph and darkness, and here she>pays tribute to the forces that have seen her through; the show includes the stories of her  female forebears, and through the ghostly, stubbornly physical medium of vinyl we hear her mother’s voice and the sounds of one of Mother Nature’s most vocal species. Reflective and  uplifting in equal measure, Little Volcano is, like all great art, an experiment in self-expression; the beauty of Hille’s effort lies in its bracing honesty, its daring intimacy and its triumphant exaltation of the feminine.

Contact: Jim Smith


Pitch Presentation

No Change in the Weather 

No Change in the Weather takes some of the finest Newfoundland songs, and combines them with traditional sounds and instruments, memorable characters, and a conclusion that turns the province’s past on his head, all working together to create a once in a lifetime theatre experience. The show takes place in God’s Back Pocket, where family and friends have gathered together on a wet and foggy night for the wake of their beloved matriarch. It’s a time to revisit with their past, settle the old scores, and try to find a way forward. The work is performed by 7 actors with 6 live musicians (percussion, keyboards, bass, guitar, fiddle & accordion).

Terra Bruce Productions is a newly formed Creation Company led by Executive Producer Walter Schoeder, Producer Bob Hallett and Managing Producer Ann Connors. The Company was formed in 2019 the ambitious new musical Newfoundland Musical, No Change in the Weather, which features the work of 25 of the best preforming and creative artists from Newfoundland. No Change in the Weather just completed a 4-month run to St. John’s, Corner Brook, Hamilton. Ottawa, Kitchener, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto and was performed to over 15,000 Canadians.

Contact: Angela Sullivan



École de la Salle

Bus Departs for ALT Hotel

18:00 - 19:00

6:00 - 7:00pm

Second Floor Lobby, ALT Hotel

Exhibit Hall with Cocktail


With the support of:

19:00 - 20:00

7:00 - 8:00pm

Exhibit Hall Teardown

19:00 - 20:30

7:00 - 8:30pm

Dinner on your own

19:00 - 20:00

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Orange Room, ALT Hotel


The Succession Plan Program Debrief

For The Succession Plan Participants only.


Sponsored by: The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall

20:30 - Late

8:30 - Late

ALT Hotel, Upper and lower lobby and bar

Closing Party

Join the fun as we celebrate another year of coming together.

We will have the honor to have CAPACOA's founder, Peter Feldman's band, Undercover, perform for us.