2019 Schedule

* Schedule subject to changes

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
1400 – 1700 / 2pm – 5pm

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

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 Awards will be bestowed over the course of the evening.

1900 – 2200

7pm – 10pm

4th Stage, National Arts Centre

Opening Night


ALT Hotel Bar, Altcetera Café

Late Night Networking Lounge

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


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 – 8:30

8:00am – 8:30am

ALT Hotel

The Succession Plan Program Orientation

For TSP Participants only.

9:00 – 10:30

9:00am – 10:30am

ALT Hotel

Professional Development Session
10:30 – 12:00

10:30am – 12:00pm

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.

12:00 – 13:30

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Lunch on your own
12:00 – 13:30

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Mentee and Mentor Lunch

For TSP participants only

13:30 – 15:30

1:30pm – 3:30pm

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.

More details around this session to come.

Akoulina Connell, Corporate Agility Consultant

Akoulina 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 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.



ALT Hotel Lobby

Bus Departure for École de la Salle
16:00 – 17:00

4:00pm – 5:00

Ecole de la Salle


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 Comptois



Bus Departure for Blacksheep Inn
1730 – 18:00

5:30pm – 6:00pm

Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield

Note that showcase order might change

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

1800 – 19:00

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield

Group Supper (tickets $35)
19:00 – 21:00

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield

Note that showcase order might change

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: MortenPettersen

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


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



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
8:30 – 10:00

8:30 – 10:00am

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.

10:00 – 12:00

10am – 12pm

ALT Hotel

How to keep healthy while traveling – Professional Development Session for agents and managers
11:00 – 13:00

11:00am – 1:00pm

ALT Hotel

Mentor and Mentee Meeting for participants of The Succession Plan Program.
12:00 – 14:00

12:00am – 2:00pm

Second Floor Lobby, ALT Hotel

Exhibit Hall with Lunch (ticket $20 + tax)
14:00 – 15:30

2:00pm – 3:30pm

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. He leads Nanos Research, one of Canada’s most distinguished research companies, which he founded in 1987. The Nanos Research Group of Companies includes Signal Leadership Communications, a social public relations firm specializing in issues and image management in a digitally disrupted era. It also 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.

14:00 – 15:30

2:00pm – 3:30pm

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? We’ll 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 step by step 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

Walk to Dominion Chalmers
16:00 – 17:15

4:00 – 5:30pm

Dominion Chalmers, Ottawa

Artist Voice – Joint Session with Canadian Dance Assembly
17:15 – 17:30

5:15 – 5:30 pm

Dominion Chalmers, Ottawa

Dance Break with Canadian Dance Assembly
17:30 – 18:15

5:30pm – 6:15pm

Dominion Chalmers, 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



Dominion Chalmers, Ottawa

Bus Departure to Ecole de la Salle
18:30 – 20:00

6:30 – 8:00pm

Ecole de la Salle, Ottawa

Group Supper (ticket $35)
20:15 – 21:30

8:14 – 9:30pm

Ecole de la Salle, Ottawa



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


Bombay Black

Rohit Chokhaniis aJessie 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)andrecipient 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 Blackis 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

More showcases to announce



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
8:30 – 10:15

8:30 – 10:15am

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. More information on the subjects to come.

10:30 – 11:30 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.



ALT Hotel Lobby

Bus departs for Wabano
12:00 – 13:30

12:00am – 1:30pm


Closing Group Lunch (with ticket $20 with tax)
13:30 – 15:15

1:30 – 3:15pm


Professional development session – more information to come



Bus departs for École de la Salle
16:00 – 17:00

4pm – 5pm

École de la Salle


Video Phase

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 alsoby electronic music, they create a synesthesia between their musical and visual universes,one representing the other and vice versa. The visual component of theirshows is totally interactive; this gives them the freedom to improvise and preserves themagic of live performance. With the use of technology, they seek to provide theaudience 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



École de la Salle

Bus Departs for ALT Hotel
17:15 – 18:15

5:15 – 6:15 pm

ALT Hotel

TSP Mentee Debrief Session

For TSP participants only.

17:30 – 18:30

5:30 – 6:30pm

Second Floor Lobby, ALT Hotel

Exhibit Hall with Cocktail
18:30 – 19:30

6:30 – 7:30pm

Dinner on your own
19:30 – 22:00

7:30 – 10:00pm

Location TBC

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.