Local News


Call for applications: 9 Internships in recognized art organizations thanks to démART-Mtl

By: Conseil des Arts de Montreal

Application deadline: October 13, 2017

From January to July 2018, démART-Mtl will enable 9 Montreal art organizations to enrol culturally diverse, newly arrived or first-generation professional artists into a paid internship. The goal of this program is to boost the employability of artists by helping them develop their craft and become knowledgeable about the Montreal arts community, thus facilitating their professional integration, while also contributing toward the development of host organizations.

Organizations wishing to benefit from démART-Mtl must meet the Conseil’s general subsidy program requirements and be able to offer a quality internship in one of the disciplines funded by the Conseil. Organizations and eligible trainees must jointly submit their application file by October 13, 2017. For complete details on eligibility norms and criteria and to download the application form.

Interested artists and organization representatives are invited to attend an information session on June 15 at 10 a.m. at the Maison du Conseil des arts de Montréal, 1210 Sherbrooke Street East. Places are limited so advanced registration is mandatory at iasalagor.p@ville.montreal.qc.ca.

Find out more here. 


June 21: Canada 150 and National Aboriginal Day in Montréal

By: Department of Canadian Heritage, Quebec Region

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) will present Aboriginal Day Live. During this event, a host of activities will be presented outdoors at Place des Arts (corner of Sainte-Catherine and Jeanne-Mance) between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. We invite you to participate in these completely free of charge festivities that will showcase the richness of Aboriginal cultures through a parade, songs, ceremonies, a series of concerts, and much more!

At 1 p.m., don’t miss the Deer Family Mohawks Singers and Dancers as they perform the Round Dance, while various troupes perform this traditional dance simultaneously in eight cities across the country! An evening of music awaits you, starting at 5:30 p.m., with shows by the Omer Awashish Band, Matiu and Sylvester, followed by performances by Dalannah and Owen, Daniel Lanois, Marijosée and Sinuupa, at 7:30 p.m. A second site, Cabot Square park, will also come to life during the festivities, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., with artistic programming developed by the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal. A number of musical performances and stone carving workshops are planned.

This event is made possible through financial support provided by Canadian Heritage in partnership with the Land InSights organization. To connect with as many people as possible, please circulate this invitation throughout your networks.

For more information about the event, contact: Gabrielle de Bellefeuille (Communications, Canadian Heritage, Quebec Region) at 514-283-5191 or gabrielle.debellefeuille@canada.ca


June 27: Celebrate Canada 150 and Canadian Multiculturalism Day

By: Department of Canadian Heritage, Quebec Region

Les FrancoFolies de Montréal will stage Celebrate our Diversity! This festivity-packed day will take place on the Parterre symphonique in Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles (corner of Clark and de Montigny) from 2:00 p.m. until midnight.

For the occasion, you are invited to take part in a huge barbecue and to attend free concerts and shows that will be going on throughout. Bring your own food for the barbecues and enjoy your meal while watching shows that are a mix of world rhythms and dances.

This program, made possible with the financial support of Canadian Heritage, is put on with the collaboration of Vision Diversité, the Festival international Nuits d’Afrique in Montreal, Mundial Montréal, and Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville.

For more information about the event, contact: Gabrielle de Bellefeuille (Communications, Canadian Heritage, Quebec Region) at 514-283-5191 or gabrielle.debellefeuille@canada.ca


Swift positive reaction to Couillard’s new anglo secretariat

By: Philip Authier, Montreal Gazette

“Conceding some of the recent tensions in the English-speaking community over health and education could have been averted, Premier Philippe Couillard has announced plans to put in place a new government secretariat dealing with the minority’s issues.” Read more.



By: Quebec Community Groups Network

Here is a pdf copy of the QCGN’s annual report to get you up to date about what the organization does for the community, what services they offer, and what they plan to present for the next year. A great read to know more about ways to get support for the government. Find out more here.


Le CQT réitère la demande d’un investissement immédiat de 40 M$ en faveur du CALQ

By: The Conseil Quebecois du Theatre

“Le CQT tenait ce matin une conférence de presse, à 9 h 30 au Théâtre de Quat’Sous, au sujet de l’annonce du ministre de la Culture et des Communications, Luc Fortin, quant à l’octroi de 4 M$ au Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ).

Denis Bernard, Frédéric Dubois, Martin Faucher, Brigitte Haentjens, Marie-Ève Huot, Olivier Kemeid et Ginette Noiseux ont rappelé avec force la précarité grandissante dans laquelle se trouve le milieu artistique depuis plusieurs années et ont exhorté le ministre de la Culture et des Communications et le président du Conseil du trésor à doter le CALQ des 40 M$ nécessaires qui lui permettront de remplir adéquatement sa mission.”

Read the full press release here.


National News

Inside Out Theatre Launches Program of Year-Round Accessible Performances

By: insideouttheatre.com

In partnership with Calgary companies including Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Vertigo Theatre, and more, the Good Host Program will facilitate relaxed performances, audio-described plays, and ASL interpretation. Find out more about the program here.


Call for Submissions for Buddies in Bad Times’ Emerging Creator Unit

By: buddiesinbadtimes.com

The Emerging Creators Unit at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto ON) is accepting proposals for original 25-minute performance projects from queer or trans artists age 30 and under (age exceptions may apply). The deadline to apply is August 11. Find out more about the project here.


Stratford Festival and DAREarts Mark Canada 150 with Program for Indigenous Youth

By: theglobeandmail.com

“To mark Canada 150, the Stratford Festival has set up a project in collaboration with DAREarts – an organization for children and teenagers who don’t fit in and don’t feel good about themselves. These kids are considered at risk of not reaching their potential.” Read more.


Toronto: Kelly Straughan steps down as head of the Toronto Fringe Festival

By: stage-door.com

“Announced today by the Board of Directors of Toronto Fringe, Kelly Straughan will be leaving her post as Executive Director of Toronto Fringe effective July 28th, 2017 to become the Artistic/Executive Director of Workman Arts. Kelly Straughan took over as Executive Director of The Toronto Fringe in 2012 and in that time has stewarded the organization through a period of great growth and change.” Read more.


International News


How to build a theatre season: something old, new – and a bolt from the blue

By: theguardian.com

“’ Nobody knows how a theatre season is made,’ Paul Miller says cheerily. There is no rule book, no key to artistic or box-office success. Still, nothing made Miller, the artistic director of the resurgent Orange Tree theatre in Richmond, more chuffed than a recent compliment from a fellow director, Ellen McDougall. She said she would recognise an Orange Tree season at a glance, even if the theatre’s name was omitted.” Read more.


Photo Flash: The League of Professional Theatre Women Stages 5th Annual WOMEN STAGE THE WORLD

By: broadwayworld.com

“On June 13th as audiences lined up to see Broadway shows , The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), a not-for- profit organization promoting visibility and increased opportunities for women in the field, held their 5th Annual Equality March through Times Square advocating for gender parity.” Read more.


This Month in Theatre History

By: americantheatre.org

“From the first theatre in North America to the birth of Margo Jones’s Theatre ’47 and VASTA’s first conference, June was a hot month for theatrical milestones.” Read more.