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DUO: Potential Email Disruptions Today

In Announcements on August 12, 2011 by danceumbrella

We will be attempting to launch our new website this afternoon! Hopefully everything will go smoothly and the website will be up soon. There will be an official announcement when that happens.

However, during this transition between the old and the new website, there may be server disruptions that can possibly affect our emails as well. Hence, it is possible that we may not be able to receive your emails this afternoon.

If you need to get a hold of us, call us!
Our phone lines will not be interfered by the transition. DUO phone number: 416-504-6429

Look out for our new website!




Choreographic Dialogues: Lola MacLaughlin

In Announcements on July 20, 2011 by danceumbrella

Dance Collection Danse has posted the fifth installment of the Choreographic Dialogues Series, curated by Carol Anderson.
This edition features a conversation about Lola MacLaughlin and is particularly poignant as it was recorded the day before Lola passed away on March 6, 2009. Her company, Lola Dance, was on tour in Toronto and an audience at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre had the privilege of listening to an engaging conversation between Bernard Sauvé, part of Lola’s management team; Caroline Farquar, a dancer and student of Lola’s; and Alison Denham, a dancer who had recently stepped into a role in Lola’s Provincial Essays, which was the choreographic work presented in Toronto.

The website component of Choreographic Dialogues combines transcripts of each presentation mixed with photographs and video clips.

Click here to read the perspectives of three artists who worked closely with Lola MacLaughlin:


Beat the heat! Our air-conditioned collaboration space is now free! (until Aug 2nd)

In Announcements on July 20, 2011 by danceumbrella


Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie launches capital campaign for The Citadel

In Announcements on July 12, 2011 by danceumbrella

Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie (CLC), the renowned contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of award-winning artists Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux, has launched its Brick by Brick capital campaign to fund the renovation of The Citadel, CLC’s dance centre located in the heart of Toronto’s revitalizing Regent Park neighbourhood.

The total cost of the renovation is $1.6 million dollars and $800,000 has already been secured. The goal is now to raise $800,000 from private and corporate donors to fund the renovation of CLC’s historic Salvation Army Citadel building, located on Parliament Street just south of Dundas, and transform it into a renewed and upgraded performance space for CLC as well as a centre for dance aimed at the Regent Park community.

Built in 1912, the Citadel was used for decades as a soup kitchen by the Salvation Army. In 2007, Coleman and Lemieux decided to purchase the building for use as a rehearsal studio and performance venue. They found themselves in the middle of one of the most exciting urban renewals in the world. The 6,500 square foot Citadel is two blocks away from the planned Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre.

In partnership with The YogaBeat, a ‘pay what you can’ yoga studio, CLC is broadening the purpose of the building to include its use as a centre for both professional and community dance and art, coinciding with the new developments in Regent Park. Coleman Lemieux is spearheading an artistic renaissance in the area, while preserving Regent Park’s impressive spirit of community that so often defines an at-risk neighbourhood.

One of the hallmarks of the campaign is that donors will be given the opportunity to purchase individual bricks of the building for $25 apiece.
Donors at various levels will also have the opportunity to sponsor and name specific rooms in the new facility, and even name the building itself. On September 28, the company will hold a Brick by Brick fundraising event at The Citadel.

For more information about the Brick by Brick capital campaign and building programme visit .


Free films and toolkits for youth organizers and artists

In Announcements on July 6, 2011 by danceumbrella

Free films and toolkits for youth organizers and artists!

ArtReach Toronto is proud to announce the official launch of the Toolkits Microsite!

The brand new microsite — which you can visit at — contains tons of resources, films and kits developed as part of the Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Series that has been going strong since 2007. The workshops create a space for facilitators (many of whom are young people, or those that have been involved in grassroots organizing and project development) to share their insights and resources with youth groups, organizers and artists. At the new Toolkit site you will find info on a range of topics, from grant-writing to event planning, fundraising and financial management!

Here is the link once more:

Please share this announcement with youth organizers and artists as well as your networks, friends, and fellow community members! Tweet, update your status, email it out… And enjoy!


Evi-Dance – Sun July 10 – 2 Toronto Fringe shows / NewFoundDance’s Sweet and Salty

In Announcements,Events on July 5, 2011 by danceumbrella

Evi-Dance can be heard every Sunday morning, from 9-10a.m., on radio station ciut89.5fm.
* Evi-Dance – Sunday July 10 2011:

> Two choreographers talk about their dance productions in Fringe Toronto 2011 taking place at various venues July 6-17 in Toronto:

NYC Choreographer Alaine Handa on the A.H. Dance Company production of Chameleon, The Experience of Global Citizens, a multi-disciplinary presentation exploring the notions of home, cultural identity and relationships. Helen Gardiner Phelan Theatre, 79a St George, Toronto.

Choreographer Kendra Hughes on the Kinetic Elements presentation of reSURGEnce, a collection of dances that examines issues in society and deconstructs and transcends the boundaries that society puts upon us. Factory Mainspace, 125 Bathurst Street, Toronto.

> Also (not in the Fringe):

Choreographer Robyn Breen, York grad and School of Toronto Dance Theatre student, on the NewFoundDance presentation of Sweet and Salty featuring new works by aspiring and talented choreographers. Takes place July 16-17 at The Scotiabank Studio Theatre at The Pia Bouman School, 6 Noble Street, Toronto.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Residency Opportunity

In Announcements,Call to Artists,Grants on June 20, 2011 by danceumbrella

Next deadline: August 31st 2011

Located in the La Filature building – a magnificently renovated former industrial textile mill – DAÏMÔN is an artist-run centre with the mandate of supporting research-creation, production and dissemination of media arts, with an emphasis on video, audio and photography.

By way of its programs Artist Residency, Research and Creation, Photography and digital printing and Support for First Works, DAÏMÕN encourages artists to push the limits of their practice and to develop new approaches to image, video, sound and electronic art, including installation, interactive and performative practices. DAÏMÕN privileges projects emphasising the increasingly complex interrelations between media and those that push the limits of intermedia rather than simply addressing the vocabulary of the chosen media. Only projects involving a degree of research will be considered.

With its STUDIÕ, production and exhibition spaces, DAÏMÕN encourages the installation of, and experimentation with, works of significant scale as well as the development of hybrid practices. Public and informal meetings are regularly organized in order to allow the local community to interact with the work of artists-in-residence. This multipurpose STUDIÕ is available to artists for the experimentation, production and presentation of work requiring a specific technical infrastructure.

DAÏMÕN provides artists with access to image and sound recording equipment and digital audio and video editing suites. A darkroom enables large scale (1m 32) silver emulsion development from negatives of up to 280 mm. A digital printing service (EPSON Stylus 9600 Pro) is also available.

Artist Residency
Research and Creation
Support for First Works
Photography and Digital Imaging

Artist Residency
Offered to professional artists outside the Ottawa-Gatineau region, this program aims to promote fruitful exchange between artists from here and elsewhere. Established, mid-career artists with at least five (5) years of active and significant practice in a specific field of research in media arts are invited to apply. Artist from Québec, Canada and abroad are eligible for this program.

For each of the projects the Centre provides a residency of 4 to 6 weeks including accommodation, access to the Centre’s equipment, and the services of a technician (60 hours). An artist’s fee of $1500 is provided. DAÏMÕN is also able to provide travel allowance and cover limited daily expenses. All other production costs are the responsibility of the artist. DAÏMÕN organises a public evening artist’s talk, in which the artist presents their past and present work.

Research and Creation
This program is open to professional emerging, mid-career or established artists with an active practice in media arts. DAÏMÕN selects six artists annually, three (3) from the Ottawa-Gatineau region and three (3) from Québec and Canada.

DAÏMÕN provides each artist with technical and artistic support, access to the Centre’s equipment for four (4) weeks and the services of a technician (50 hours). DAÏMÕN is also able to provide travel allowance and cover limited daily expenses for artists from outside the region. All other production costs are the responsibility of the artist.

Photography and Digital Imaging
This program aims to improve the support offered to artists working on paper using darkroom or digital imaging techniques. Only research-creation project in photography are eligible. This program is open to professional emerging, mid-career and established artists from the Ottawa-Gatineau region, Québec and Canada.

DAÏMÕN provides each artist with technical and artistic support, access to the Centre’s equipment for three (3) weeks and the services of a technician (15 hours). DAÏMÕN is also able to provide travel allowance and cover limited daily expenses for artists from outside the region. All other production costs are the responsibility of the artist. Artists using darkroom facilities must provide their own development chemicals and photographic paper.

Support for First Works
DAÏMÕN continues its support for the production of a first work for three (3) artists from the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Admissible projects include the production of an original work using video, audio, photography or the application of hybrid media in an artwork.

Emerging artists from the Ottawa-Gatineau region with basic training are invited to apply to create a first work in a professional context. Students are ineligible. Professional artists from the Ottawa-Gatineau region with an established practice in another discipline (painting, sculpture, photography, installation, etc.) who wish to develop a production in video or new media are also encouraged to apply.

DAÏMÕN provides each artist with technical and artistic support, access to the Centre’s equipment for three (3) weeks and the services of a technician (30 hours). All other production costs are the responsibility of the artist.

Artists areencouraged to consult the specific conditions of the program that interests them. All applications should clearly indicate which program you are applying for and include :
– summary of project (5 lines);
– artist’s statement (max 1/2 page);
– clear and concise project description (max 1 page);
– specificationsof technical needs (max ½ page);
– timeline (max 1/2 page);
– resume (max 3 pages);
– supporting documentation* with descriptive list;
– self-addressed, pre-paid envelope for return of material if desired ( for international returns, please include sufficient postage in canadian funds).

*The support materiel must reference one’s artistic practice and not be limited to the proposed project. Supporting documentation may include:
– a maximum of 20 images (digital documents in JPG format compatible with MAC with a resolution of 72 dpi and having a maximum of 1 MB and 1024 X 768 pixels);
– 1 CD or 1 DVD (max 10 min.) – video (.mov) – audio (.aiff or .wav) 16 or 24 bits;

We also accept:
– 1 URL address
– 1 publication
– press materials

Proposals can be submitted in French OR in English.
If either of these dates falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
Your completed application and all support material must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.
DAÏMÕN will not accept applications postmarked after the deadline, incomplete applications, or those submitted by fax or email.

In order to have access to the Centre’s services, artists whose projects are chosen must become active members at a cost of $75.

Applications should be sent to :
Call for submissions / Centre de production DAÏMÕN
78, rue Hanson
Gatineau (Québec)
Canada J8Y 3M5

DAÏMÕN thanks its members, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Service des arts, de la culture et des lettres de la Ville de Gatineau.

Marie-Hélène Leblanc, artistic director
819.770.8525 ext. 302