Event (National): Level Up hosted by the Associated Designers of Canada

LEVEL UP is a four week symposium of live video conference sessions that will connect theatre artists of diverse disciplines to engage in meaningful collaboration and conversation on how digital tools and resources can augment live performance, and help artists present their work within a reality of COVID-19 restrictions (and beyond).

Hosted by The Associated Designers of Canada, this symposium consists of a series of presentations and moderated discussions between presenters and attendees which will actively bring together collaborators from across the country in an online platform that is safe and without risk, an absolute necessity for the success of our Canadian performing arts ecology at this time. With the insight of leading industry experts and attendees like you we will deepen our community’s understanding of how visual design, interactive technology, social media, and online broadcasting tools can support live storytelling and will provide a platform to establish flexibility and allow stalled projects to pivot into suitable formats for the current COVID-19 era (and beyond).

When: January 18th, 2021 to February 15th, 2021
Event website: levelup.designers.ca
Cost: All events are free to attend!
Sign up for sessions: levelup.designers.ca/schedule

Presentations and discussions will be presented in the following formats:

Past Production Presentations

By creating opportunities for attendees to learn from the successes of p​ast productions ​and the existing technologies used, we will help theatre makers internalize a wider sense of possibility in terms of applying digital tools to their current and future work.

Critical Conversations

Adding ​critical conversations ​as a key component of the Symposium will make room for a spirit of reinvention, and reinvigorate our community’s understanding. This will open a pathway to new opportunities of theatrical practice through strategic thinking.

Live Design Experiments

Finally, an e​xperiment​ c​omponent followed by peer based analysis will allow us to try out possible artistic hypotheses and discover what can and cannot work in an environment designed for creative risk taking. Focusing on what can be achieved ‘long distance’ with collaborators, presenters, and attendees all connecting remotely through video conference will make this Symposium an effective environment in which to explore the ways in which accessible technology can become a vehicle for creating contemporary performance, while also presenting in depth on the most cutting edge technological advancements to inspire and enlighten our attendees to possibilities for theatre making, and connecting with audiences in a way that is safe and remains impactful.


COVID-19 has displaced our live performances from stages and public venues to homes and onto computer screens. As a result our entire sector is in crisis. The issues at hand are nothing short of a near-complete halt in theatre production and theatre creation opportunities nationwide. While daunting, this also creates an enormous opportunity for us as live performance artists and makers to invest in our personal and professional digital literacy and capacity for digital production.

This Symposium is a sorely needed opportunity for artists in our community (like you!) to learn from those with existing knowledge and experience working with digital tools and techniques to glean their wisdom and contribute to an expanded digital literacy across disciplines and generations.

What’s Online (Edmonton): Varscona Theatre Virtual Holiday Gala

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Varscona Theatre luminaries gather together in seasonal style for their first ever virtual Holiday Gala, made possible in part through support from the Heart + Soul Fund by EPCOR.

Filmed on location in Old Strathcona and in living rooms across the city, this online fundraiser premieres December 20, 2020 on Youtube at precisely 7:30 PM.

Tickets are free; donations are suggested.

Find out more at https://www.varsconatheatre.com/gala
Watch on https://www.youtube.com/channel

Event (National): 2020 Siminovitch Prize

Siminovitch Prize - Thursday, November 26, 7:00pm EST

Join the celebration of Canadian theatre innovation and find out who will win the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize.
Joignez-vous à nous pour une célébration de l’excellence et de l’innovation en théâtre canadien et découvrez qui va remporter le prix Siminovitch de 100 000 dollars.
This year’s shortlist features five exceptional playwrights:
Cette année, la liste des finalistes comprend cinq dramaturges exceptionnels:
Image of Carmen Aguirre, Tara Beagan, Martin Bellmare, Karen Hines, and Annick Lefebvre
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2020, 7:00 pm EST
Featuring Antonine Maillet, Ravi Jain, Mani Soleymanlou, Vanessa Porteous, and more.
JEUDI 26 NOVEMBRE 2020, 19 hres HNE
Avec Antonine Maillet, Ravi Jain, Mani Soleymanlou, Vanessa Porteous et bien d’autres.
We hope that you will join theatre-makers and theatre lovers from across Canada for this special 20th anniversary virtual celebration.
Nous espérons que vous vous joindrez aux créateurs et aux amateurs de théâtre de tout le Canada pour cette célébration virtuelle du 20ème anniversaire.

About the Prize

Over a three-year cycle, the Siminovitch Prize celebrates a professional mid-career director, playwright, or designer who is acknowledged as a leader in the theatre and whose work is transformative and influential. The Siminovitch Prize Foundation thanks the generous donors who make this possible. 

À propos du prix

Sur un cycle de trois ans, le prix Siminovitch récompense un metteur en scène, dramaturge ou concepteur professionnel en milieu de carrière, reconnu comme tête de file en théâtre et dont le travail est transformateur et influent. La Fondation du Prix Siminovitch remercie les généreux donateurs qui rendent ce prix possible.

Event (Calgary): African Healing Practices – The Colour Factor

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You’re invited to the second instalment of a series of three workshops under Cultural Healing Tools: African Healing Practices.
The Colour Factor’s mission is to decolonize and decommodify wellness and reclaim traditional ancestral forms of healing by creating brave spaces for BIPoC to connect, create and thrive!
As we continue to navigate the changing landscape of our city and globe alike, don’t miss out on an evening of intention, education, community, individual and collective healing. In partnership with Woezo Africa.
What to bring: journal + writing utensil + open heart
Together we have struggled, but together we can heal!


  • 6:00 p.m. | Doors Open
  • 6:30 p.m. | Event Starts + Dance Performance
  • 6:45 p.m. | Welcome + Group Activity
  • 7:45 p.m. | Spoken Word + Drum Circle
  • 9:00 p.m. | Event Ends
*All social distancing and health measures will be in full effect.*
Please do not attend if you have been in close proximity to anyone or you yourself are experiencing any flu-like symptoms.

Please be advised this event is by donation. If you are in need of financial assistance, please email us to discuss a complimentary ticket.

Free Parking + Pay-What-You-Can
Questions? Email [email protected]

What’s On (Leduc): All Shook Up – Stageworks Academy

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Stageworks is excited to produce the Broadway Musical All Shook Up

When:  October 20 – October 30, 2020
Where:  City Life Auditorium
Who:  Stageworks Productions
All Shook Up is a musical comedy built around a number of songs made famous by Elvis Presley. It’s NOT a biographical revue. It takes place in 1955, somewhere in middle America, where one girl’s dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll. Among the 24 songs featured in the score are classics like “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and of course the title tune.
This event will be done in a safe manner and in accordance with the guidelines outlined by Alberta Health & Safety.

Here are 5 Things You Need to Know before coming to All Shook Up.

  1. Please register everyone in your cohort in one transaction so appropriate seating numbers will be available for your party.
  2. If you or any family members have symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat) we kindly request that you do not attend the service. If you have a high-risk medical condition and choose to attend, please take necessary precautions.
  3. Please Maintain social spacing of 2m at all times (auditorium is set up with 2m space between seats & cohort groups).
  4. To comply with government guidelines, we ask that those intending to participate in the singing portion of the show to please wear a face mask.
  5. Clean &/or sanitize your hands when entering and exiting the facility.

What’s On (Calgary): Shakespeare’s Hallowed Haunted Hotel

The Shakespeare Company and Hit & Myth
with the Delta Hotel Calgary Downtown present

Shakespeare’s Hallowed Haunted Hotel

October 29 & 30, 2020 at 7PM

Enjoy a spooktacular night of dinner and entertainment. Have dinner at the Shoe & Canoe Restaurant at the Delta Marriot Calgary Downtown, and throughout the night you will experience 4 of Shakespeare’s Hallow themed rooms.
WHEN: Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th at 7pm
WHERE: The Shoe & Canoe at The Delta Hotel Calgary Downtown (209 – 4th Avenue SE, Calgary AB)
COST: Tickets are $100. Includes a 3 course dinner and 4 themed room experience. Gratuity is included in the ticket price.

Event (Online): Canada-Wide Community Theatre Discussion Hosted by ACT-CO

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Concerned that your community theatre might not survive the pandemic? Interested in raising awareness of community theatre at this precarious time? Want to make your voice heard by your federal, provincial, and local governments?

The Association of Community Theatres – Central Ontario is hosting an information-gathering exercise to discuss the creation of a country-wide group of community theatres. All representatives of community theatres from across Canada are invited.

Date: October 21, 2020
Time: 6 pm EDT
Where: Register in advance at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register Registration Closed


What’s Online (St. Albert): Amplify Festival

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Photo credit: Marc Chalifoux

Our friends at Amplify Festival are excited to host virtual programming this year, to spotlight the power and potential of youth, art and community in our city. Amplify Festival takes place on Oct 16 & 17 with a weekend of (online) music, poetry, visual art and more. And new this year, Amplify will host its first Film Festival!

There are different activities for youth in Grade 7 to age 21 to participate virtually throughout the two days. Most of the events are free and the workshops are $10 each.

Visit www.amplifyfestival.ca for the full schedule of virtual programming for Amplify Festival.

What’s On (Calgary): The Blessing of the Artists – Fire Exit Theatre

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Monday Oct.5th at 7PM
Join Fire Exit Theatre at The Lantern Church (1401 10 Ave SE)
For the 4th Annual Blessing of the Artists

Music, Spoken Word, Dance

We believe in the power of gratitude, the joy of community
and that we could all use a litttle help this season.


*Masks Mandatory*



Announcement (Calgary): The UofC School of Creative and Performing Arts Presents Online and In-Person Events

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The COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to the majority of the live events industry with live, in-person performances being cancelled all over the city, the country and even the world. Over the past few months, the UCalgary School of Creative and Performing Arts has been looking into ways of creating performance opportunities for students and faculty, working closely together with University Risk Management and following federal and provincial guidelines.

Over the next few weeks, we will present a variety of events. Most of our performances are focused on giving our students the live experience needed in order to graduate, despite being in the middle of a pandemic. Although we know it’s not the same as pre-COVID, we are proud we are still able to share their hard work with the wider community, whether it is online or in-person.


Our graduate drama playwriting students will have the opportunity to have their new works read and directed by established and emerging artists. The staged readings will be available to view online starting mid-October.

Other graduate drama students are working on presenting their MFA Thesis productions to an in-person audience. Please note that seats for all in-person performances are very limited and tickets have to be requested at least three business days before the event. There are no online sales, no door sales, no walk-ups.

  1. Jawbone, by Meghan Greeley, will run from Oct. 16 to 24 in the University Theatre. This new Canadian play is a darkly comedic one-woman show.
  2. Just like the Moon, a devised piece created by Lizz Windnagel, the creative team and the ensemble—two actors and one percussionist—will be presented from Nov. 27–Dec. 5 in the Reeve Theatre. Following a sad clown named Pierrot, this production will take a virtuosic look at the human condition.


This fall, graduate music students will perform their thesis recitals in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. The recitals will be livestreamed and can be watched from the comfort of your home.

On Oct. 2 at 8 p.m., the School will livestream “A Celebration of Music by Black Composers” from the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall in the Rozsa Centre. The program was initiated in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and is a collaboration between faculty, students, alumni and guests.

Finally, the UCalgary String Quartet will present a Beethoven Anniversary Celebration on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. This concert will be livestreamed from the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall in the Rozsa Centre.
It is important to note that events are subject to change, as new information becomes available.

For the most recent information, make sure to visit scpa.ucalgary.ca/events.

Event (Vancouver): DigiMarCon Canada West 2021 – Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition

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DigiMarCon Canada West 2021 is your chance to…

  • Experience a safe and intimate gathering with marketing leaders and professionals in a clean and hygienic environment.
  • Hear from some of the most audacious and thought provoking speakers in the digital marketing, media and advertising industry.
  • Gain insight into emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, and best practices to move your business to the next level.
  • Network with thought leaders, collaborate with your peers and build your professional network.

DigiMarCon Canada West, the Premier Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition in Western Canada returns May 13th to 14th, 2021 to the luxurious Westin Bayshore Vancouver Hotel in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Join your peers in-person or online for 2-days jam packed with digital marketing best practices, latest trends, practical solutions, strategy and networking, also check out the next generation of technology & innovation; Internet, Mobile, AdTech, MarTech & SaaS Technology.

Immerse yourself in topics like digital strategy, programmatic advertising, web experience management, usability / design, mobile marketing & retargeting, customer engagement, user acquisition, social media marketing, targeting & optimization, video marketing, data science & big data, web analytics & A/B testing, email marketing, content marketing, conversion rate optimization, search engine optimization, paid search marketing, geo-targeting, predictive analysis & attribution, growth hacking, conversion rate optimization, growth marketing tools, marketing & sales automation, sustainable growth strategies, product marketing & UX / UI and much, much more!

At DigiMarCon Canada West 2021, you will receive all the elements you need to achieve digital marketing success! Conventional thought will be challenged, new ways of thinking will emerge, and you will leave with your head, notebooks and professional toolkit full of action items and ideas to lead and supercharge your agency / team / account to even greater success.

Be a part of DigiMarCon Canada West 2021 and discover how to thrive and succeed as a marketer in a rapidly evolving digital world. Top keynotes, case studies, strategy sessions, networking and more in a safe and hygienic environment!

See why people keep coming back year after year to this must-attend event! Register and secure your seat today.

For more details visit https://digimarconcanadawest.ca.

Announcment (Toronto): iMissLiveTheatreTo Celebrates Performances That Would Have Been


Toronto’s Theatre, Dance & Opera Sectors Launch Weeklong Campaign to Celebrate the Live Performances That Would Have Been in 2020-21

  • While many parts of our economy cautiously begin to reopen, the performing arts remain largely dark – amongst the first to close and will be the last to re-open.
  • The impact to date in Toronto is 25,000 cancelled or postponed public performances; $500 million lost ticket sales; 20 million lost audience members.
  • I Miss Live Theatre TO — #iMissLiveTheatreTO — is a campaign to raise awareness of the plight of the cultural sector under COVID-19.
If the COVID-19 pandemic had not pressed pause on human activities six months ago, this would have been the week in which Toronto’s illustrious and vibrant theatre, dance and opera companies would have collectively launched the 2020-21 live performance season. And what a season it would have been: hundreds of plays, musicals, dances and operas playing to millions of audience members. Today the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is launching a public awareness campaign to celebrate what would have been and to honour the loyal and resilient Toronto audience that has made the city’s performing arts community among the largest in North America.
I Miss Live Theatre TO — #iMissLiveTheatreTO — will run September 21 to 27. This online campaign encourages audience members to declare their love of the city’s performing arts by sharing some of their favourite Toronto theatre moments of the past. We may not yet be able to gather to watch a live performance as we have done in other seasons, but we can at least publicly acknowledge our love of live theatre.
“While many parts of our economy have cautiously begun to reopen, the performing arts are still in the dark,” says Chris Goddard, board president of PAIS (Performing Arts Information Services). “We were amongst the first to close and will be the last to re-open. The impact to date of the COVID-19 pandemic in the theatre, dance and opera sector for the TAPA membership is projected to be $500 million lost ticket sales, and 20 million lost audience members. These numbers are staggering.”
Régine Cadet, board president of TAPA, adds: “We are working together with numerous affiliate organization and every day I Miss Live Theatre TO will spotlight a different organization to help build public awareness. We are proud to announce I Miss Live Theatre TO affliates include: Playwrights Guild of Canada, Toronto Musicians Association, ACTRA, EQUITY, IATSE, Associated Designers of Canada, Destination Toronto, WorkInCulture, and AFC. We also wish to thank The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star for their tremendous promotional support of this campaign.
“Everyone has unforgettable live performing arts experiences. It is our hope that by recalling these magical moments I Miss Live Theatre TO will evoke joy, inspiration, hope and excitement for the triumphant return of the performing arts in our city. Make no mistake, our theatres will be reignited again, and with your help we will return with renewed innovation, inclusion, equity, and accessibility for all. We invite you all to share your favourite Toronto theatre moment on your social media platforms using the hashtag #I Miss Live Theatre TO.”
TAPA executive director Jacoba Knaapen says: “As new programming and initiatives roll out in the future, please engage, enjoy and support your local theatre, dance and opera artist and companies. We look forward to seeing you again as soon as it is safe to come back. Until then, please don’t forget our artsworkers — actors, singers, musicians, dancers, playwrights, directors, creators, dramaturges, administrators, stage managers, technicians, ushers, box office workers, designers, videographers, choreographers, and so many more. We are still here!”
For more information, and to find out how you can participate please visit: https://tapa.ca/imisslivetheatreto-2/
How audiences can participate:
  • Everyone has unforgettable live performing arts experiences. Recalling these magical moments will evoke joy and generate hope and excitement for the triumphant return of the performing arts.
  • Use a cellphone to record a video of MY FAVOURITE TORONTO THEATRE MOMENT to share to any social media platform with the
  • hashtag #iMissLiveTheatreTO.
  • Begin your recording with the word “When…” and then recall a favourite show, a specific moment in a show (such as a performance or design element — anything that stood out for you), or a specific tradition surrounding going to the theatre (e.g. the moment when the lights go down). Make sure the message captures the feeling that the moment brought you.

What’s Online (Edmonton): Virtual Vibes – A Theatre Network @Home Party

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We miss the excitement of live performance and the magic you, our supporters, bring to every curtain call. So, let us get together (virtually) to enjoy some of the fabulousness we have missed during quarantine.
Virtual Vibes, hosted by Bridget Ryan, is an online variety-show fundraiser perfect for a cohort (or group of physically distanced theatre lovers) to enjoy together. We can not wait to entertain you with special guest performers and give you a sneak peek inside the NEW Roxy Theatre, currently under construction.
We will also take this time together to update you on ‘what the next year looks like for us’ as we transition into Theatre Network’s new home!
Prior to, and during the live-stream, you can head to the Virtual Vibes Online Auction to bid on some treasures donated by our community supporters. The Auction closes at the end of the event, with winners contacted shortly after.
Even though we are apart during this temporary closure, we hope Virtual Vibes gives you a taste of what is to come. The show must go on and together, we can make sure it does.

Event (Calgary): Indigenous Healing Practices – The Colour Factor

A series of events aimed at re-introducing and educating BIPoC communities about the ancestral healing tools that exist within our cultures.

About this Event

You’re invited to the first instalment of a series of three workshops under Cultural Healing Tools: Indigenous Healing Practices.
The Colour Factor‘s mission is to decolonize and decommodify wellness and reclaim traditional ancestral forms of healing by creating brave spaces for BIPoC to connect, create and thrive!
Join us in friendship and partnership with The Aboriginal Friendship Centre as we learn about the sacred teachings of the Medicine Wheel by Elder Dakota Eaglewoman.
As we continue to navigate the changing landscape of our city and globe alike, don’t miss out on an evening of intention, education, community, individual and collective healing.
Together we have struggled, but together we can heal!


  • 6:00 p.m. | Doors Open
  • 6:30 p.m. | Event Starts
  • 6:45 p.m. | Welcome + Group Ice-Breaker
  • 7:00 p.m. | Teachings of the Medicine Wheel with Elder Dakota Eaglewoman
  • 9:00 p.m. | Event Ends
*All social distancing and health measures will be in full effect.*
Please do not attend if you have been in close proximity to anyone or you yourself are experiencing any flu-like symptoms.
Free Parking + Pay-What-You-Can – REGISTER HERE
Questions? Email [email protected]
Supported by the City of Calgary

Event (Calgary) : Light Up Live – Supporting the Live Event Community

Support Your Live Event Community with #LightUpLive #EclaironsLesScenes #WeBuildEntertainment

Live Event Community, an organization formed to support Canadian live event workers who’ve lost their livelihoods due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is organizing a Day of Visibility on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020.

Live Event Community is asking technicians, suppliers, and venues across Canada to light the night red one hour after sundown to raise awareness for an industry that is still dark – and will be one of the last to recover.

Please join some of Canada’s most iconic landmarks in lighting your venue, building, home, or even yourself in red and sharing photos and videos on social media.

Visit https://lightuplive.ca to add your venue to the interactive map and use the hashtags #LightUpLive / #EclaironsLesScenes on social media leading up to and during the Day of Visibility.

The Day of Visibility for the Live Event Community will run Tuesday 22 September from an hour after sundown, coast to coast. Follow along at https://lightuplive.ca. Live event workers looking for resources can visit https://liveeventcommunity.org, call (647) 483-4102, or email [email protected]

In Calgary:


We have secured Olympic Plaza for September 22 to set up a visual representation of how many live event workers will likely remain unemployed until the end of the pandemic, this is a free event. The goal is to draw attention without drawing too many people together.


We are asking venues with visible fronts in Calgary to light themselves up RED from 830pm to 100am for awareness on September 22, 2020. We will be supplying limited equipment and supplies for venue that want to participate, but are currently unable to provide their own. If you are able to light up your venue, please add yourself to the map at lightuplive.ca


We are also asking people at home to put a red light on either on their porch or window for that duration snap a photo and post it to social media with the soon to be provided hashtags from 830pm to 100am for awareness on September 22, 2020. We will also have a limited amount of supplies for those wanting to participate at home but supplies are a barrier to participation. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.

-Social Media Campaign-

Six photos of people showing support for the LightUp Live event.We are seeking submissions for a social media campaign. This campaign is asking for “Reddit-style selfies” The person holds up a piece of paper in the selfie and the piece of paper contains the following “Hi, My name is and I do this this, this is who I am, is what I miss about my industry” which is followed by the campaign hashtags. For example: “Hi, my name is Eleanor and I am a production and operations manager as well as a mom and a mentor, I miss making people happy and I fear for my family’s future” followed by the hashtags #LightUpLive and #WeBuildEntertainment. We are also seeking short videos on the impact to organizations. Information from this campaign will be used in the display and as part of the ongoing conversations about the community.

Add your face to the campaign here: https://forms.gle/uufbEAUaeMx5Ak7W7

We will be releasing a video with footage of the event with images and video from the social media campaign so we continue to humanize the impact to this community long after the day is done.