November 29, 2013
This past Monday, the first draft of the City Budget was released. There is a $3.6m increase in arts funding, which, while good, it is still a far cry from the $6m that we asked for.
Despite early indications that the full next phase of funding was allocated, the current budget falls short of reaching our targets. This is yet another delay in reaching the $25 per capita target that was established way back in 2003.
Increasing the city’s investment in culture is a central part of the City’s strategic plan at the highest level, and was unanimously endorsed again in 2013. We need to build on the success of 2013 and keep that momentum going.
In particular, the areas in the 2014 budget that fall short of requested amounts are the granting programs – the Toronto Arts Council, the Local Arts Service Organizations, the Major Cultural Organizations program and CultureBuild.
While many councillors are supportive of our cause, not many are going to look through the budget detail specifically with the Arts in mind. So we need to let them know. Please email your Councillor, thank them for their support and ask them to follow-up with their colleagues, with Budget committee, with staff, and voice their support for getting that number back up to $6 million. Emails can be found HERE.
Plans in our sector were and are being made based on that $6 million. Jobs and productions were and are being created. Let’s not take one step forward, and 2.4 million backwards. Email your councillor. Please.
Budget notes pertaining to Culture and Ec-Dev are here.
November 25, 2013
KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE
This year, the Toronto Fringe is putting a little pizzazz in the Lottery Party. The nail-biting event that can make or break your summer is moving to a bar that is steeped in vintage Fringe history.
THE LOCATION: The Tranzac Club will play host to the evening’s festivities. Instead of waiting at home to hear your fate, be in the middle of all the action as numbers are called, careers are made and hearts are broken. Drown your sorrows or toast to your exciting summer with your peers. Be there for the cheers, the tears and the community.
THE EVENT: Hosted by Second City’s Jan Caruana, the evening will move along at a break-neck speed. And since you won’t be confined to your seats this year, you can feel free to mingle, grab a drink or even step into the Tiki Room if your category isn’t being called. And if you’re one of the unlucky ones, there will be CONSOLATION CAKE for all the companies who didn’t get drawn. Because we still love you.
IF YOU DO GET IN? You get to start marketing your show right away. If your number is called, you will be whisked away for a brief interview and photoshoot. You will be featured on the Fringe website and social media the next day.
Just the details:
Fringe Lottery Party
Monday November 25, 2013 at 7pm (doors at 6pm)
The Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave Click here for map.
Hosted by Jan Caruana
No admission fee, cash bar, free cake
Live Tweeting by Sue Edworthy
New Play Contest winners will also be announced
Why do we do it this way? Why leave it all to chance?
Because we believe that every story has a right to be told. Because we believe that everyone should be offered access to the creative opportunities at Fringe. No matter who you are – or who you know.
November 17, 2013
I am assuming you are reading this just prior to purchasing tickets for Bound to Create’s dirty butterfly – last performance is today’s matinée.
Artscape Is Looking For Volunteers!
and also this: Date a girl who doesn’t read