Event Type: Call for Submissions

Community Grants

Deadline: April 6, 2020

The Tegan and Sara Foundation remains committed to uplifting the LGBTQ+ community, especially as our current times have left queer people uniquely disadvantaged.

From the closing of queer small businesses, strained access to health services for LGBTQ+ people, to the inability for LGBTQ+ youth to attend school, our community is looking for ways to support, heal, gather and strengthen.

Our goal is to fund the projects meeting the immediate needs of those most affected, whether through making resources for the community available digitally, creating spaces online for art, positivity and conversation, and more.

We want to hear about small, and especially youth-led, initiatives that will impact their communities, and just need a little help. LGBTQ+ people need support and investment in their futures now more than ever. Tegan and Sara Foundation Community Grants can help to start meeting the needs of your community now.

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Call for Submissions: Stay-at-Home-Web-Residency Program

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Deadline: April 9th, 2020

Knot Project Space would like to invite artists to submit to our new stay-at-home-web-residency program. Over the course of five weeks, three artists will meet weekly over the internet alongside the Knot’s Artistic Programmer in order to discuss their artistic practices. Reading and media discussions will be had throughout, alongside studio visits with local and national scholars, curators and artists. Each resident will receive a fee of $1000.00 for the diffusion of 1 of their works created over the course of the residency on our social media platforms.

Priority will be given to underrepresented artists as well as to workers of the gig economy.

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General Auditions Call for Actors, Musicians & Artistic Teams

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Deadline for submissions: 5:00 pm on April 20, 2020

The Musical Stage Company is Canada’s largest and leading charitable musical theatre organization. Our musical productions – including award-winning contemporary musicals, world premieres, and concerts – are seen live by 30,000 people over the 80+ nights that we are onstage annually.

In light of this extraordinary time, when all current public programming is being put on hold, we want to dream of the possibilities for the future. As such, we would like to use this opportunity to meet an expanded network of performers, directors, choreographers, music directors, and designers, both emerging and established. These General Auditions will be hosted entirely online.

We especially encourage folx who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQ2S+, d/Deaf, Mad, Disabled/People with Disabilities, and/or Neurodiverse to submit.

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Call for Participation: Artistry “Under the Table”: Disabled Artists’ Livelihoods in Canada

We are interested in your perspectives on the opportunities and challenges pertaining to your experience as a disabled and/or d/Deaf person involved in artistry.

The interviews are confidential. They may be done virtually on a video call, or over the phone (in the current interest of maintaining social distancing, we will not be conducting in-person interviews). The interview may take 45 minutes to one hour to complete, with breaks if needed, though the length of the interview will depend on how much you wish to share, which is entirely up to you. You will have the option to skip any question you do not feel comfortable answering and to end the interview at any time.

More information and how to get involved

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Deadline: April 13, 2020

#CanadaPerforms is a $200,000 short-term relief fund that pays Canadian artists for their online performances. It was launched by Facebook Canada and the National Arts Centre to help ease the financial strain for Canadian artists impacted by the closure of performance venues across Canada related to COVID-19, and to lift the spirits of Canadians during the crisis. Artists who are selected will receive $1,000 and their online performance will be broadcast on the NAC’s Facebook page.

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2020 Social Distancing Exhibition

We know, you’re stuck at home.

While many are stocking up on household essentials, artists are worried about running out of gesso.

In the hopes of bringing some joy back to our current situation, the Federation is asking you to submit works created during your period of social distancing.

Artworks can be of any subject, size or style. Preference for awards will be given to artworks that best exemplify or communicate beauty, joy and/or humour to our jury panel

More information and how to submit

Sync Canada

Deadline to apply: March 23

About Sync

Sync Leadership is a disabled-led programme exploring Deaf and disabled leadership, founded in 2009 by Sarah Pickthall and Jo Verrent, two disabled leaders based in the UK.

The programme combines leadership theory with one to one coaching, supporting participants to develop their leadership potential. Sync has already run programmes in Australia, South Korea, Singapore and the UK.

Sync Canada is supported by British Council and Canada Council for the Arts. This May, in Toronto, we will work with Deaf and disabled leaders working in arts, culture, heritage and media in Canada, developing new skills, confidence and solutions so those chosen can move their careers forward with renewed purpose.

More information and how to apply

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Call for Writers: The Cripsters

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There is no deadline. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis.

The Cripsters is a monthly Akimblog feature on disability and culture from the point of view of people with disabilities.

We are looking for submissions of 750-1000 words on topics that intersect with art and disability through a social justice lens and that crip/disrupt the way we think about disability.

Submissions can take the form of a critical review, an interview, or an article on artistic/curatorial processes, theory and ideas, commentary, community, etc.

A writer’s fee is paid.

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Open Call for Artists: #CripRitual

Deadline for submission of proposals for artwork: April 1, 2020

The Critical Design Lab, in collaboration with Tangled Art+Disability and the Doris McCarthy Gallery, invites disabled, crip, d/Deaf, Mad, and Sick artists to submit works on/about #CripRitual.

Exhibition dates: January-April 2021

Exhibition location: Tangled Art+Disability and The Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

More information and how to submit your work

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