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Ongoing Initiatives


Virtual Program 

CAPACOA continues to develop global digital exchanges around key markets of interest that lead to exciting opportunities and future collaborations. This project seeks to:

  • Build reciprocal relationships with key organizations in target international markets
  • Promote the discoverability and touring potential of Canadian artists 
  • Uncover potential co-productions with significant international companies
  • Build strong international networks in the performing arts 
  • Tour Canadian and international artists by working directly with venues
  • Strengthen artist to artist relationships

The Cohorts

Last fall, Canadian presenter cohorts included 40 CAPACOA members, paired with colleagues from countries and regions around the globe. These participants represent the multi-disciplinary breadth of work from all provinces and territories across Canada; from equity-seeking organizations exploring diversity and inclusion. The Canadian artists and presenters were joined by peers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Mexico, Norway, Scotland, and Taiwan. 

A second series of Virtual encounters has now launched which supports a new series of Market Development opportunities for Canadian presenters and artists with new partners in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Spain, and Portugal. 


Launched in May 2021, this pilot program consists of two activities:

1. Weekly Roundtable Conversations

May 2021 – November 2021

Every Tuesday, CAPACOA held roundtable conversations facilitated by artists from the IMDI 2020-21 cohorts via Zoom. These events offered casual ways to connect with colleagues from around the globe to discuss a wide variety of topics, themes, and ideas.

2. Bi-weekly Artist Spotlight Series

This activity invites artists from the IMDI 2020-21 cohorts to share a deep look into the work they are doing. This might be done through a studio visit, a walk through their neighbourhood as they describe their process, or as a discussion between them and their collaborators, It’s totally up to the artist to decided how they want to engage! Each session features 1 Canadian artist and 1 international artist and takes place bi-weekly on Thursdays.

All are welcome to attend! Join the conversation as we highlight these amazing artists and work towards our commitment to building strong international networks in the performing arts.