Congrats to new Executive Director of SHRC

Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC)
Announces New Executive Director!

The CHRC Board of Directors is pleased to announce Grégoire Gagnon as its new Executive Director (ED), effective immediately.

Grégoire replaces long time ED, Susan Annis, who is retiring through a short transition period.

In welcoming Gregoire, Board Chair Richard Hornsby extended the thanks of CHRC and the sector to Susan for her many years of service and leadership at CHRC on behalf of arts and culture in this country. More about Susan and her tenure with CHRC in a later release.

Many in the sector will know Grégoire from his leadership over the past year on the Labour Market Information (LMI) Study of the Cultural Workforce. He is currently touching down in every province and in the North as part of a series of LMI communication roll outs, presenting and explaining LMI data analysis and recommendations to sector leaders, artists, cultural workers and employers. He has collaborated with our Provincial and Territorial Advisory Committee (PATAC) partners in particular over the course of the LMI project, and well appreciates their valuable support for CHRC.

Grégoire has also worked closely with the CHRC team over the past year – Lucie D’Aoust, Erma Barnett, Lise Labine, Annalee Adair, Michael Lechasseur and Kenji Toyooka – all very pleased to be working with him in his new role.

Grégoire is a musician/arts administrator/project manager who has worked in the sector at the local grassroots level and on a national scale. He comes with an impressive academic background that includes a Doctorate in music, an MPA and a pending MBA.  

CHRC is proud and pleased to have him at the helm of our organization.

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Saskatchewan Arts Foundation Awards are now open for submissions

The Saskatchewan Arts Foundation Awards are now open for submissions. The deadline is November 15th, and you can find information from their website here.

This is the list of awards:
1. Literary Award: The Colleen Bailey Memorial Fund This fund is in memory of Colleen Bailey
2. Indigenous Literary Award: The Dick & Jane Fund
3. Regina Award: The Harry Nick Kangles Fund
4. Visual Award: The Jane Turnbull Evans Fund for the Arts
5. Visual Award: The Shurniak Fund
6. Indigenous Artist Award: The Cameco Endowment for Aboriginal Artists

Mass Culture needs your help

Dear Colleagues,

In partnership with Ryerson University, Mass Culture received a SSHRC grant to look the role of art service organizations and their capacity to support arts research. They have put together a survey and have asked us to share it amongst our members. The survey takes approximately 18 minutes. I attach the English and French link.

English Survey:

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Saskatchewan Arts Alliance

Would you like to change direction in your theatre career?

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Would you like to change direction in your theatre career? Do you have an idea of what you would like to do?

Are you a theatre actor wanting to learn more about administrative roles or lighting or costume? Or something else? The sky is the limit. Talk to us! We have cash to help you succeed!

SATP launched its new professional development training program for professionals working in the live performing arts.

Details on the Professional Theatre Mentorship Program through the Application Guideline and Application links and forms. The application deadline will be December 1st, 2019, midnight.

A Notice about the Future of Theatre Ontario

ANNOUNCEMENT October 3, 2019 Toronto, Ontario

The Theatre Ontario Board of Directors very reluctantly announces the impending closure of the organization, pending a vote of members.

This is a very difficult recommendation for the Board to make, as it means shutting down an arts service organization that has a 48-year history of supporting the theatre and arts communities of Ontario.

It also means a permanent layoff of our staff, Brandon Moore and Raeburn Ferguson, who are Theatre Ontario’s backbone and heart and who have gone above and beyond to make the organization function at a high level. Their leadership, creativity, professionalism and energy has been exemplary. We applaud their commitment to our members and to the artistic community across Ontario.

Theatre Ontario’s financial situation has deteriorated over the past several years. The final blow was the substantial cuts in the provincial government’s funding to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) that included an 8% decrease to Theatre Ontario’s operating grant and the outright and immediate cancellation of funding for the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) and the Youth Theatre Training Program (YTTP). We recognize that making these cuts was difficult for the OAC, and we appreciate their support over many years.

All Theatre Ontario programs that are currently in process – including Next Generation Showcase 2020, Festival 2020, and Adjudicator Professional Development – are under review.


In accordance with the Canada Corporations Act and the Theatre Ontario bylaws, a special meeting of members will take place on Saturday, October 26 at 11am. The purpose of the meeting is to consider a resolution to be put forward by the Board of Directors to wind down the organization. Members can participate in-person at the Theatre Ontario offices at 401 Richmond St., Toronto, Suite 350 or using teleconference technology. The meeting will be open only to members of Theatre Ontario whose membership was purchased or renewed prior to September 26, 2019. Specific instructions will be distributed separately to all eligible voting members by October 16.


Theatre Ontario was incorporated in 1971 and immediately filled the gap created by the demise of the Dominion Drama Festival and Theatre Canada, to serve the needs of the professional, amateur and educational theatre scene across Ontario. Its programs and services have included the Professional Theatre Training Program, the Youth Theatre Training Program, Next Generation Showcase, Theatre Ontario Festival, the Talent Bank, the Summer Theatre Intensive, and many more. A full list of our programs and services can be found on the Theatre Ontario website:

The Board of Directors regrets that this decision was necessary. Further updates will be posted as needed.

Congratulations to Short-listed Nominees of 2019 Saskatchewan Arts Awards

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The Saskatchewan Arts Board is pleased to announce the short-listed nominees for the 2019 Saskatchewan Arts Awards and the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented by the Arts Board, these awards celebrate the contributions and achievements of individuals, groups and organizations in all arts disciplines. Recipients are awarded a limited-edition sculpture by a Saskatchewan artist and a cash prize.


  • Martha Cole, Disley


Artistic Excellence

Sponsored by the Ministry of Parks,
Culture and Sport

  • Amalie Atkins, Saskatoon

  • Carole Epp, Saskatoon

  • David L. McIntyre, Regina

RBC Emerging Artist
Sponsored by RBC

  • Julie Oh, Saskatoon

  • Krystle Pederson, Saskatoon

  • Mary Lynn Podiluk, Saskatoon

Arts and Learning
Sponsored by the Saskatchewan Arts Board

  • Adam Breckner, Saskatoon

  • Connie Moker Wernikowski, Regina

  • Zoey Roy, Saskatoon

Presented in partnership with
Jarislowsky Fraser Partners Foundation

  • Joel Bernbaum and Heather Morrison, Saskatoon

  • Kim Houghtaling, Swift Current

  • Jennifer Matotek, Regina

Sponsored by SaskCulture

  • Common Weal Community Arts

  • PAVED Arts

  • Saskatchewan Book Awards

Biographies are available at
Also unveiled today was the new Arts Awards sculpture by Saskatoon artist Marie Lannoo. The piece is called, North, South, West, East -- Nothing, Something, Wavelengths, Everything. It is based on the light in the Saskatchewan landscape. Each award represents one colour of the spectrum and has one colour gradation. The aluminum wavelength has a stem that fits into the base, a polished acrylic cylinder. Lannoo says, “Light produces wavelengths, the raw materials that illuminate colour. We are essentially immersed in the light and colour of our environment on the prairies. The Saskatchewan Arts Award speaks to who we are through its design and materials and honours all artists inspired by living and working in this glorious place.”
Recipients will be announced at the awards event on Monday, November 4, 2019 at the Frank & Ellen Remai Arts Centre in Saskatoon. The Saskatchewan Arts Awards brings artists, arts organizations, patrons of the arts and members of the business community together to celebrate the enormous contributions the arts community makes to our province's quality of life and economy.
The evening’s host is Regina performer Kris Alvarez. Entertainment will include Indigenous dancer Randi Candline, Rosie and the Riveters, Flamenco Borealis, and jazz duo Kim Salkeld and Gent Laird. There will also be a display of Lifetime Achievement recipient Martha Cole’s artwork from the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Permanent Collection.
The Saskatchewan Arts Board thanks the supporters of the 2019 Saskatchewan Arts Awards: Alt Hotels, Bradbury Brand + Design Experts, Creative Display, Impact Printers, Jarislowsky Fraser Partners Foundation, Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, RBC, SaskCulture, Tourism Saskatchewan, Veritiv and Village Auto Group.
Tickets for the awards are $60 each or $30 for self-declared artists and may be purchased online at or at the Persephone Theatre box office.
The Saskatchewan Arts Board‘s mission is to provide funding and support to the arts for the benefit of all people in Saskatchewan. For more information on Arts Board programs and services, visit

Canada Council for the Arts Grant Presentations in Saskatchewan

Canada Council for the Arts

Grant Presentations in Saskatchewan

Join representatives from the Canada Council for the Arts for information sessions about Canada Council for the Arts funding programs:

La Troupe du Jour’s Studio 914
914 20th Street West
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Info Session + Q&A
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Globe Theatre (Rehearsal Hall)
1801 Scarth Street 
Friday, October 18, 2019
Info Session + Q&A
12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Information sessions are designed to provide an overview on grants available to artists working across artistic fields of practice.

You will have the opportunity to: 

  • Find out more about a pilot project dedicated to new and early career artists;

  • Learn about programs at the Canada Council for the Arts;

  • Get advice on how to prepare a grant application;

  • Understand how applications are assessed.

To RSVP and reserve your spot, click here.
Please make sure to answer all the questions included in the RSVP email.
To request sign language interpretation or access related supports, or for more information please email:

John Hobday Awards in Arts Management

John Hobday Awards in Arts Management

Canada Council for the Arts

Deadline: July 25, 2019 - October 01, 2019

Are you a mid-career or established arts manager looking for assistance with professional development? Consider applying for the John Hobday Awards in Arts Management!

These awards are granted to talented arts managers in Canadian professional arts organizations for professional development or mentoring purposes.
• Value: Two (2) prizes of $10,000
• How to qualify: Apply to the Canada Council for the Arts by mail
• Deadline: October 1st 2019
• For further information, please refer to the guidelines.
Please share this information through your networks.

Sarah Brown
Program Officer
Prizes, Canada Council for the Arts
1-800-263-5588 | 613-566-4414
ext. 6004

More information