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Breaking through audience hesitancy

Consumers’ levels of comfort in-person events is 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.

Socially-distanced audience watching a concert.

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