Archive for January, 2015

January 11, 2015

Audience Forums and Seagulls and #nstf

1  pm today is the Disappearing Act forum on audiences. It’s warmer out today so I expect to see you there. Looking forward to this discussion!

I’ve got my tickets booked for this and cannot wait to see it


Next Stage is still running strong this week – the beauty of it is that you’ve got ten shows, all different, all 90 minutes or less and all have something about them. Schedule here – find something and see it.

and finally – and I do LOVE this:Artscape Youngplace is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Artscape Youngplace Community Fund, a fund that supports community events and programs at Artscape Youngplace. This fund was made possible through the generous support of Catherine Gordon, RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Limited, and by funds raised at a series of community events. 

Individuals, organizations and collectives are invited to submit applications seeking modest financial and in-kind support for initiatives that improve the opportunities for community members to connect, learn and create at Artscape Youngplace.

Community Funds can be requested to support facilitator fees and materials (up to $400 of direct expenses per initiative) plus in-kind contributions of space at Artscape Youngplace.

January 7, 2015

Budget Analysis and Clowns

The Canadian Conference of the Arts, Canadian Arts Coalition and Saskatchewan Arts Alliance are pleased to release the analysis of the 2014 Federal Budget which examines federal funding for the arts and culture sector over the whole 2014 calendar year. The analysis explores funding to the Department of Canadian Heritage and other federal cultural agencies and crown corporations; organizational and funding trends at the Department of Canadian Heritage; expenditures on key programs across the arts, heritage and cultural industries, and other developments affecting the sector.  For details, visit their website >



Application deadline for the 10th Annual Toronto Festival of Clowns has been extended to MONDAY JANUARY 12, 2015.Be a part of Toronto history as they move into ‪#‎TFOC10‬  Information on how to apply here:

And a reminder that the 2015 Next Stage Theatre Festival opens TONIGHT! Starting my festival adventures off with Mine and Unbridled&Unstable – see you at the tent!

January 5, 2015

and we’re back – welcome 2015!

“It seems wrong and unfair that Christmas, with its stressful and unmanageable financial and emotional challenges, should first be forced upon one wholly against one’s will, then rudely snatched away just when one is starting to get into it. Was really beginning to enjoy the feeling that normal service was suspended and it was OK to lie in bed as long as you want, put anything you fancy into your mouth, and drink alcohol whenever it should pass your way, even in the mornings. Now, suddenly we are all supposed to snap into self-discipline like lean teenage greyhounds.”
“Bridget Jones Diary”, Helen Fielding

on that note…



The Next Stage Theatre Festival opens on Wednesday the 7th – 10 amazing shows to choose from – book your tickets here

What began as a Facebook  thread has morphed into an in person podcasted event with nearly 400 people claiming they will attend. Disappearing Act? A Public Forum on Canadian Theatre & Toronto Audiences will take place at Theatre Passe Muraille on January 11 – visit the Facebook event for details, question submission and more.

And finally have a listen to Tina Rasmussen’s podcast on what’s in store for us at this year’s World Stage 2015, including the return of the #Artlive ball.

Cold out there – bundle up and make it through. You brought your lunch because it’s a New Year and you resolved to do so for health and wealth purposes, so you don’t even have to go outside.  Onward into 2015!



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