May 09, 2014 - By Mark Brownlee
Ottawa festivals are getting creative in their bid to compete for the sponsorship dollars many of them need to survive. “You can’t just do logos anymore,” said Kelly Neall, the managing director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival. “You have to do something where the company is involved and where they can brand a component of the festival as their own.”
Ms. Neall cited a partnership her festival created between two different companies as an example of how sponsorship is changing.
She provided an animation company with a sponsorship for the festival in exchange for producing a 30-second animated film for another Ottawa company. The company that received the film then agreed to sponsor the festival as well.
Ms. Neall said she isn’t concerned that these sorts of activities take the festival away from its core function. Almost all of her time is consumed with getting sponsorship dollars, she said, which account for about half of the organization’s revenues.
“Sometimes you have to get a bit creative with things like that,” she said.
J. KELLY NESTRUCK - The Globe and Mail - Apr. 22 2014, 1:55 PM EDT
Vancouver artist Stan Douglas’s cinematic play Helen Lawrence was set to open Montreal’s Festival TransAmériques in May, the first time that a production from the rest of Canada had been programmed in a prestigious performing arts slot previously occupied by international stage stars such as Germany’s Thomas Ostermeier and American choreographer Merce Cunningham.
But now the FTA is scrambling to find a last-minute replacement as Helen Lawrence lead producer Canadian Stage and Canadian Actors’ Equity Association have been unable to reach an agreement that would allow the show’s 12-actor cast to perform in Montreal.
“This is the first English-language Canadian piece to be invited [to open the festival], so it’s heartbreaking,” says Su Hutchinson, managing director at Toronto’s Canadian Stage.
At the heart of the matter are Equity rules that require there be eight weeks of down time between a show closing and its next engagement.
Helen Lawrence ended its run at Vancouver’s Arts Club on April 13, leaving only five weeks before its three-night showcase in Montreal, then only three weeks before the show is schedule to reopen at the Munich Kammerspiele in Germany. (HelenLawrence’s stops in Munich and, subsequently, at the Edinburgh International Festival and in Toronto are still set.)
According to Hutchinson, actors and agents were made aware of the Montreal tour date during casting in October – and Canadian Stage has been engaged in seeking a concession from Equity to permit the show to go ahead since then. “On March 31, they let us know that they were not approving the concession,” she says. “Either we pay actors for 11 weeks for three performances in Montreal … or we cancel the show.”
A representative from Canadian Actors’ Equity Association was not immediately available for comment.
Helen Lawrence is one of the first major English-Canadian productions to attempt to break into the international festival circuit that European and Quebec productions regularly tour – and to Hutchinson, it’s the demonstrated some of the limits of the Canadian Theatre Agreement, which is negotiated between the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (of which Canadian Stage is a member) and Equity. “What we’ve taken out of this is that the CTA is not in any way set up for taking the work out to the world,” Hutchinson says. “The constraints that we’re working under are quite particular to English Canada.”
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March 29, 2014 by Maggie Clegg
The Stratford Festival is celebrating a huge success under their new leadership. With Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and Executive Director Anita Gaffney at the helm, the 2013 season saw increased attendance and reduced expenses, resulting in a surplus of 1.4 million dollars. Ticket sales were strengthened by new programming and marketing initiatives, which included the Stratford Festival Forum, the Stratford Direct Bus, and incentives such as two-for-one Tuesdays, while demand for tickets led to the extension of five productions. In all, ticket sales were up by 11 per cent or 50,000 patrons over the year before, the largest percentage increase since 1999. Revenue was up 5 per cent for a total of 57.1 million dollars, while expenses were slashed by 3.5 per cent thanks to an extremely effective cost management strategy. Also at the Annual General Meeting, Cimolino and Gaffney announced Stratford@Play, the Festival’s film project which will see the capture of an estimated three productions each season. They can then be distributed through cinemas, television, on-demand, and on DVD. The films will also be made available to schools and will be accompanied by digital study guides. The 2014 season of the Stratford Festival will run from April 21 to October 12.
The "unique" partnership will provide affordable cultural space for local artists
CBC News Posted: Feb 05, 2014 Vancouver city council has voted to approve a unique partnership that will secure a cultural space for local artists at CBC for the next 30 years.
The City and CBC are welcoming the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society and partners — Touchstone Theatre, the Documentary Media Society (DOXA Documentary Film Festival), and Music on Main Society — to a community amenity at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre.
Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson says it makes both cultural and economic sense.
“The city is proud to support affordable spaces for artists, and the community cultural hub in the CBC building is a great fit for groups like the PuSh Festival,” said the mayor.
“Investing in the arts supports our economy and makes Vancouver a more creative, dynamic city."
Robertson says the announcement has been in the works since 2006. That's when the city secured 8,477 square feet of ground floor space at CBC at a nominal rent for 99 years.
Georgia Straight JAN 30, 2014
THE PUSH INTERNATIONAL Performing Arts Festival and three other local arts groups could be getting a new home. City staff are recommending PuSh, along with Touchstone Theatre, DOXA festival organizer the Documentary Media Society, and Music on Main as tenants in city-leased space in the CBC building on Hamilton Street. According to a report scheduled to go before council next week, the tenants will pay a “nominal rent” of $10 for the 8,500-square-foot space, which was secured by the city in 2006 to be used as a community cultural amenity. PuSh is being proposed as the lead subtenant, and will partner with Touchstone Theatre Society in the governance, operation, and management of the space. “For two years, PuSh and Touchstone Theatre Society have been working together to realize a co-location project including completion of several feasibility studies,” the staff report reads.
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by MARSHA LEDERMAN The Globe and Mail, Jun. 07 2013
Next time you hear someone complain about fat cats in the arts living high off the government hog, consider Myriam Steinberg. Ms. Steinberg’s full-time occupation – for which she is barely compensated – is running a remarkable little festival called In the House, which you will find in 13 homes in a pocket of the Commercial Drive neighbourhood this weekend. The performances – 20 over three days – are literally in houses (or yards), including Ms. Steinberg’s not-exactly-spacious bungalow. With shows ranging from puppetry to music to burlesque, it is an innovative, exciting and highly intimate cultural experience. “It’s amazing,” says Ms. Steinberg, 39. “You’re up close and personal with the person beside you, and with a performer.” Ms. Steinberg is the force behind the festival, which is marking its 10th anniversary. Having run it (and related events throughout the year) for most of its history, she has made it happen with dedication, determination – and on a shoestring. Read more
Application Deadline: May 28, 2013 | Festival: June 21 & 22, 2013
149 Arts is proud to announce the premiere of Festival Launch! a performance and mentorship event dedicated to showcasing Vancouver’s professional emerging artists and enabling them with career development skills to launch their careers.
Successful applicants will have the opportunity to showcase their work before a panel of artistic professionals and participate in career-building workshops. Festival Launch! mentors include Max Wyman, a Vancouver writer and arts policy consultant, and one of Canada’s leading cultural commentators; Jim Smith, producer of DanceHouse Vancouver; and award-winning musician, songwriter and composer Veda Hille.
The showcase and workshops will take place on June 21 and 22, 2013 at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver.
Festival Launch! is now accepting submissions in five disciplines:
Canopy Arts Desk
Tammy Hampel (Isaacson)
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