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June 2013

We would like to thank all of you who came to the May Meet & Greet. Nicole Lavigne and Donna Stewart from the Ottawa Story Tellers gave an entertaining and informative talk, followed by shared stories by the participants.  It was great fun!

CNCAC will participate in the Carnival of Cultures: Friday June 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Saturday June 8 from 12:30 to 10:00 pm, and Sunday June 9 from 12:30 to 8:00 pm. We will have a booth with CNCAC information and musician and visual artist Said Musfiq Hashimi will give a workshop on calligraphy on Sunday at 5:00 pm info

CNCAC will also participate in WOW: Welcome Ottawa Week at City Hall, in partnership with CPAMO from June 26 to 28. More information on this event will be published in mid-June.

We hope to see you there.

Yours, The CNCAC team

Allan Sansom, Artistic Producer and Manager at Centrepointe Theatre in its 25th Anniversary

Does Centrepointe Theatres offer programs for and by artists who are new Canadians? Do you have some examples?


Centrepointe Theatres is made up of two performance spaces. Unlike an arts centre, our primary focus is to provide a venue for artists to present their work. We are completely committed to making Centrepointe Theatres a welcoming place for all ethno-cultural communities. To this end, we’ve adopted a strategy of removing as many financial and logistical barriers as possible to existing groups, and using our staff’s expertise to help these groups to strategize and make optimal use of their time with us. Centrepointe has been proud to host groups like the Gharana Arts Festival, Mushfiq Ensemble and Expressions Of Muslim Women in our 200-seat studio theatre. In the 950-seat mainstage, we have also provided a venue for various middle eastern comedians and musicians, as well as events surrounding the Chinese new year celebrations, just to name a few.


How does the Centrepointe Theatres contribute bringing diverse communities together?


Centrepointe Theatres is an affordable venue, with a professional team to support the efforts of local cultural organizations. We have state-of-the-art equipment that will enable these organizations to realize their artistic aspirations. Judging from the increase in use this year of the studio theatre by the multi-cultural community, our venue is fast becoming a second home. We are now working hard to get the word out about the studio theatre’s flexibility. Not only is it a wonderfully intimate performance venue, but it can also be used for film screenings, rehearsals (since all of the seating is removable), and special events.


How do you find emerging artists, and what is the process to showcase their work?


The shows that form our in-house programming, entitled Centrepointe Theatre Presents are chosen with the advice of programming committees on the Centrepointe team, which bring forward suggestions to me, Allan Sansom, as Artistic Producer and Manager. While Centrepointe Theatres’ mandate is not necessarily to showcase emergent artists, I am a true “culture vulture”, and make it my business to keep my eyes and ears open to the emergent artistic community. I have contacted a number of local artists to speak with them about what we have to offer, and feel that most have been pleasantly surprised by how affordable the facility is.


If an artist or cultural group is interested in booking Centrepointe Theatres, the first step is to contact our theatre bookings clerk Christine Lane. Her email address, and all of our rates are available at If they would like to engage in a conversation with me as Artistic Producer and Manager, I would invite them to email me at, or to call me at (613) 580-2424 x 46653.

Art and Culture

Enriched Bread Artists EBA hosts the exhibit Dutch Settlement, vernissage June 1 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Open from June 1 to 10, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm info

Random Hacks of Kindness, Ottawa Random Hackaton, developing solutions to address challenges faced by non-profits and global gender-equality issues, Jun. 1 and 2 info

L.A. Pai Gallery, 14 Jewellery Artists from Quebec from Jun. 2 to 22 info

Westfest, a free festival of music, art and life in Westboro from June 6 to 9 schedule, info

Carnival of Cultures, Ottawa International Folkloric Festival, Jun. 7, 8 and 9 info

The New Art Festival, a curated art exhibit at Central Park, Jun. 15 and 16 from 10:00 to 5:00 pm, free entrance info

Celtic Fest, in Russel ON., Jun.15 info

Carivibe Beach Festival, Petrie Island, 727 Trim Rd. Orleans, Jun. 15 info

Kiwi Garden Show, at Perth showcases arts, crafts and plants on Jun. 15 and 16, $5.00 website

ALSO (Artists' Legal Services Ottawa), organizing a panel on Social Media, Jun. 19 at 6:00 pm, at the Ottawa Art Gallery Facebook

National Art Gallery presents Sakahàn: Contemporary Indigenous art, May 15 to Sep. 2, artworks by more than 80 artists from 16 countries and six continents info

Blink Gallery summer activities link

Ottawa Jazz Festival, Jun. 20 to Jul.1 info

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Learning Opportunities

The Collective (GULP) Dance Projects is offering a dance workshop on June 8 from 2:30 to 5:30 $45 register, info 

Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa IFCO presents 2 16 mm projection, performance, talk by Alex MacKenzie at Ottawa Arts Court on June 7, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. IFCO also offers a workshop on Hand Made Emulsion (creating black and white film emulsion from scratch), with Alex Mackenzie at Department of Visual Arts, Ottawa University, June 8 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, $120 to $200 depending on status email, info 

Theatre Ontario is offering a workshop on Introduction to Planning for Artists. Wether you are a theatre company or an individual artist-entrepreneur, you will benefit by developing a career business plan for your organization or your career. Jun. 11, 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Theatre Ontario Boardroom. $30 + HST for members, $50 + HST for non members info or call (416) 408-4556

AOE offers Artpreneur Ottawa 2013. Transform your passion into a profession: Rebranding the Artist. Oct 1, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Early bird registration before Sep.1 $30 after Sep. 1 $45 register

Grants & Jobs

Ottawa Public Library launches the Teen Tech Contest. Invitation to youth from 13 to 18 to make a video of any genre video

Call to Artists for Selections 2013 at the AOE, deadline Jun. 4 criteria, apply

Call for Submissions for short videos for Reel Youth Film Festival, youth up to 19 years old. Deadline Jun. 14 info

Call for Submissions, City of Kitchener, Youth Video Contest for ages 12 to 25 years old. Deadline Jun.14 info, Facebook , email or call (519) 741-2200 ext. 7912 or (1-866) 969-9994

Call for Submissions for the Short Urban Film Festival TUFF, silent one-minute films. Deadline Jun. 15 info 

Call for Submissions for Trinity Square Video, one-D, two-D, three-D and performance. Deadline Jun. 17 info

Call for Volunteers for Arboretum Arts Festival, Ottawa's boutique, new music, food and art festival, takes place in August 16 and 17 at Arts Court's Waller Park apply

Call for Proposals, City of Ottawa Public Art Program 2014 Exhibition Season. Invitation to artists, artists collectives, curators working in visual arts, media arts, and fine craft to propose an exhibition. Deadline Jun. 25 description, email or call (613) 244-6852

Call for Submissions, The City of London Public Art Program (Ontario) at Queens Park Public Art Project. Budget $200,000 deadline Jun. 27 at 3:00 pm apply or email

Call for Proposals, City of Ottawa Public Art Program Opportunity, O-Train Expansion program. Total commission $80,000 plus HST website

Job Opportunity, Ottawa Art Gallery is looking for a Gallery Programmer. Deadline Jun. 2 email

Job Opportunity, Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax NS is looking for a Director. Deadline Jun. 3 email

Job Opportunity, Kingston Arts Council is looking for an Office Administrator. Deadline Jun. 3 job description

Job Opportunity, Contemporary Art Forum at Kitchener ON is looking for an Artistic Director. Deadline Jun. 7 email

Job Opportunity, Union Gallery in Kingston ON is looking for a Program Assistant (Communications and Programme Support) deadline Jun. 10 email

Grants from the Ontario Arts
Council: June to December 2013

June 3, 2013

Chalmers Professional Development
Public Art Galleries
Public Art Galleries Projects
June 17, 2013
Chalmers Arts Fellowships
Chanson et Musique (only in French)
Popular Music
Visual Arts Projects
Writers' Works in Progress
July 2, 2013
August 1, 2013
Theatre Projects
September 3, 2013
Artistes visuels et des métiers d'art (only in French)
September 16, 2013
Aide à la diffusion artistique (only in French)
Culturally Diverse Dance Training Projects
Media Arts Projects
National and International Touring
Ontario Arts Presenters
Ontario Touring
Visual Artists: Mid-Career


Guerrilla Magazine, Culture at Ground Level link