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Welcome to another Member Memo!

Would you like to advertise to more than 250 artists, presenting colleagues, delegates, and industry reps? Buy an ad in the Contact East Handbook! All the details are below. 

Make sure to check out all the fantastic festivals that APA members are presenting this summer. See the full list below!

APA Achievement Award nominations are open! If you have someone in mind, make sure to fill out the nomination form—more details below!

Your regularly-scheduled reminder that Contact East 2022 registration is LIVE! Contact East 2022 will take place in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia from Thursday, September 22 to Sunday, September 25. REGISTER NOW!

If you haven't heard—Vu Le, creator of, will be the Keynote Speaker at Contact East 2022! Read more about Vu Le below

The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres is hosting a webinar on engaging lapsed, casual, and first time audience members. Keep scrolling for more info. 

As always, keep reading for more news, events, and resources for the presenting sector. 

- The APA Team


Buy ad space in the Contact East 2022 Handbook!

Calling all artists, agents, and arts professionals: do you want to get your message in front of more than 250 regional, national and international delegates? Purchase ad space in the Conference Handbook for Atlantic Canada’s premiere performing arts summit—Contact East!

$250 will get you a full-sized, full-colour rotating ad in the oft-perused Conference Handbook, which is an essential tool for all attendees. This year we're going digital, with an at-home print version available in advance for those who would like a hard copy. 

This year marks 46th edition of the event which will take place in Contact East 2022 will take place in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia from Thursday, September 22 to Sunday, September 25.  

If you would like to purchase an ad, please contact 

APA member summer festival dates

Check out the festivals that APA member organizations are presenting in July and August!

Pictou Lobster Carnival — July 5 - 10
Makin' Waves Festival (Sydney, Cape Breton) — July 7 - August 4
FollyFest — July 8 - 10
Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival — July 8 - 10
JazzEast & Halifax Jazz Festival — July 13 - 17
Halifax Pride Society — July 14 - 24
Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal — July 19 - 23
Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song Society — July 22 - 24
Stan Rogers Festival — July 22 - 24
Stephenville Theatre Festival — July 22 - August 21
Riverfront Jubile Festival "The Jubilee" — July 29 - 31
Gros Morne Summer Music — July - August
Under the Spire Music Festival — July - September
Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival — August 4 - 7
The Tuckamore Festival — August 8 - 21
Larlee Creek Hullabaloo — August 10 - 14
Cloggeroo - The Island Folk Festival — August 11 - 14
Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre — August 13 - 18
Writers at Woody Point — August 16 - 21
Nova Scotia Summerfest — August 19 - 20
If your festival takes place in July and/or August and we have missed your festival here, please email  and let us know!

APA Achievement Award nominations are open!

Do you want recognize someone who has made a positive impact on the Atlantic Canadian presenting sector? Nominations for the APA Achievement Award are officially open!

The Atlantic Presenters Association Achievement Award is presented annually to a deserving individual who has made a significant contribution to the performing arts presenting sector in Atlantic Canada, thereby furthering the objectives of the Association. The recipient is selected by the APA Board of Directors from nominations from the Association membership and/or the sector at large.

The deadline for nominations is September 7, 2022. Fill out the nomination form online here!

Contact East registration is LIVE!

The wait is over—registration for Contact East 2022 is officially OPEN!


Contact East 2022 will take place in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia from Thursday, September 22 to Sunday, September 25.  

Contact East is APA's hallmark showcase summit and Atlantic Canada's premiere performing arts booking conference. The event brings together performing arts presenters, managers, and agents to see top-quality performances from a diverse range of artistic genres, including but not limited to: music, cabaret, dance, Deaf, Disability and Mad arts, circus arts, theatre, comedy, youth-oriented programming, and cultural performances. 

Contact East 2022 will be a four-day showcase and professional development conference complete with approximately 30 artist performances, showcase and pitch sessions, as well as an unprecedented opportunity for presenters to network and learn from some of the best in the business from the Atlantic Provinces, across Canada, and internationally.

Hotel Halifax is the official accommodations partner of Contact East 2022. You can book a room in the Contact East room block at a guaranteed rate of $174.00 per night plus tax using the link below. Attendees have until August 20, 2022 to book at that guaranteed rate, after which any bookings will be as rooms are available and at a non-discounted rate. Parking is in Scotia Square, adjacent to Hotel Halifax. The daily rate is $24.00 plus tax and can be arranged at check-in with the front desk.


Contact East 2022 Keynote: Vu Le of

We are so excited to announce that Vu Le, creator of, will be the Keynote Speaker at Contact East 2022! The Keynote is presented in partnership ship with IONS (Impact Organizations of Nova Scotia). 

Vu Le (“voo lay”) writes the blog He is the former executive director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by supporting leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Vu is a founding board member of Community-Centric Fundraising, a movement that aims to ground fundraising practices in racial equity and social justice. Vu was born in Vietnam. He and his family came to the US when Vu was eight. He spent several years in Seattle, attending elementary and middle school, before moving to Memphis, Tennessee for high school and St. Louis for college and graduate school. He has a BA in Psychology and a Master in Social work. He is a vegan, a father of two kids (ages nine and six), and a staunch defender of the Oxford Comma.

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Engaging Lapsed, Casual, & First-Time Audience Members - Webinar

During the pandemic, ticket buyers fell out of the habit of attending performances, leading to a smaller pool of frequent attendees. In this interactive workshop from the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, you'll look at comeback data trends from TRG’s COVID-19 Sector Benchmark and apply empathy-mapping techniques to explore strategies to re-engage our lapsed, casual, and first-time audience members.

Date: Wednesday, July 13, from 1pm to 2:30pm ET

Register here. 

Digital Arts Nation digital playbook

The COVID-19 pandemic responses the world over shuttered much of normal life for a time beginning in mid-March 2020. In the resulting rush to digital we have seen how far the performing arts, and arts in general, have to go to realize the potential of the digital world to not only market live events, but explore and adopt digital business models for distribution and presentation.

Through these turbulent, rapidly changing times, Digital Art Nation has developed a Digital Playbook. It is a living tool to more easily assess digital opportunities for artists, arts organizations and alliances and make strategic and operational decisions about how to be online.

The documents were released in several installments through 2020 and 2021. All of the documents are available online HERE.

Member-to-member support

We wanted to remind you of the power and knowledge of the APA Member Think Tank. If you are looking for support from your peers and Colleagues, we encourage you to share your burning questions and concerns, just send us an email and we will share it via email to the membership. We have also set up a Member-to-Member channel on the APA Slack workspace where we will post your question or you can post it there directly. 

Email your questions to

Join out Slack channel HERE.

Use the APA conference & Zoom line

We are making our conference and Zoom lines available free of charge to APA members and other arts presenting industry folks in Atlantic Canada who need to host a phone/video meeting and do not have the means to do so.

(If you are able to set up your own conference service account, we ask that you save this free service for those who truly need it.)

If you are interested in using this service to host a meeting, please contact 

Reach out—we're here for you

We know this is a tough time for everyone, so do make sure to reach out to us if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat. We'll do our best to answer any questions the best we can as the situation continues to evolve. 


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