Event Category: Call for Submissions

SOUND OFF: Open Call for Submissions

Attention Deaf performing artists!

SOUND OFF, Canada’s national festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts is announcing an open call for submissions.

In collaboration with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and Fringe Theatre Adventures, the third annual edition of SOUND OFF will take place between February 13th and 17th, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta at the ATB Financial Arts Barns in the heart of the Old Strathcona neighbourhood.

We are currently accepting proposals from individual artists or groups who would be interested in performing for this festival. To submit your proposal, please email chris.dodd@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Title and description of the performance
  • Number of actors involved
  • Short biography for all performers
  • Description of performance history (new work? previously performed?)
  • Approximate running time (shows between 45 and 60 minutes are preferred)

A limited number of spots are available. Deadline is September 14th, 2018. Funding for travel and accommodation is available for participants.

Visit the SOUND OFF website for more information.

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Art Encounters

Aerial view of Nathan Phillips Square during the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair


Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition invites artists and makers who are deaf and/or disability identified to apply as part of the Art Encounters program, an initiative that embodies our core value of accessibility.

At Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, we have established a rich tradition of launching successful careers and providing a highly accessible venue for artists and the public to meet face-to-face. For the past 57 years, we have aimed to remove barriers to the arts from the perspective of cost, approachability and by welcoming diverse artists and audiences.

The Art Encounters program provides assistance to offset the costs and relieve the economic pressure of participating in the fair to a select group of artists or makers who are Deaf and/or disability identified. The Art Encounters program is an initiative that embodies our core value of accessibility. Through this program, we will be providing an in-depth professional development opportunity in the form of one-on-one mentorship sessions and a group workshop that will equip the selected artists with tools for success during the 2018 Exhibition.

Thousands of promising and exceptional artists have launched their careers from a simple white tent at Nathan Phillips Square. We want to make sure there are no barriers to any artists to access this fertile environment that we have nurtured for independent artists.

How to apply:
Email a single PDF titled, Your.Name.Art.Encounters with “TOAE Art Encounters Application” as the subject to ania@torontooutdoor.art with the following:

  • 5 images of your artwork with title, size, medium and year created for each.
  • 300 word bio/description of your artwork
  • Full name, email, phone number, and home address
  • Link to your website and/or social media accounts

Please read the Reproduction Policy for eligibility.

If you require an alternative application method, or have questions about the application/eligibility please contact the Artist Relations Coordinator at ania@torontooutdoor.art, 416-408-2754.


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Animated short films on the theme of witchcraft and ritual

Deadline: May 25, 2018 (by midnight)

The Toronto Animated Image Society seeks submissions for Bewitched, a touring programme of animated short films that focus on the potential for a decolonial future through the practice of witchcraft and ritual.

This project is premised on the idea that within the current global political and sociocultural climate there is a stronger presence of occult practices in everyday conversations and the media. Bewitched aims to delve into the politics of the occult and the role it plays in the process of healing and decolonizing one’s mind and body.

Crystal healing, cleansing rituals, Reiki, witchcraft, and other practices have risen in popularity. Guest curator Geneviève Wallen is seeking animated works that address, directly or indirectly, how these practices allow for spiritual connections and reclaiming ancestral gifts. Wallen is especially interested in exploring how the occult and magical practices function outside of colonial histories, and tap into ancestral knowledge.

Historically, witchcraft and healing rituals have helped to sustain communities and fight against oppression. The spiritual impacts of these activities offer agency to those seeking cultural reclamation and reconciliation across a wide spectrum of oppressed communities. The practices are also tools for self-love and empowerment, and source of communal sustenance.

This call prioritizes artists that are Indigenous, Black, persons of colour, cis women, gender diverse people, LGBTQ2+, people with disabilities, or from other underserved communities. TAIS recognizes that all individuals are intersectional.

Visit the Toronto Animated Image Society’s website for more details and to submit your film.

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JRG Grant for Artists with Disabilities

The JRG Grant for Artists with Disabilities

The AMY Project is pleased to be partnering with The JRG Society For The Arts to co-present the inaugural JRG Grant for Artists with Disabilities.

About the grant:
This grant aims to sponsor artists with disabilities in preparing and presenting artwork across a variety of disciplines. The motivation for the award is the life of Justin R Grant, a Halifax filmmaker who died of ALS too early in his life. Art-making was a passion of his.
The maximum value of grant to be awarded for 2018 is $3500, which will be distributed to one successful applicant. The winner will also be invited to receive the award at an event in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Fall 2018, with travel expenses paid.

About the JRG Society of the Arts
The JRG Society of the Arts is a newly established organization that exists to honour the life and work of Justin R. Grant through supporting the work of artists with disabilities. JRG Society for the Arts has a broad and encompassing understanding of the term disability, seeing it as any physical, mental or emotional state which the individual needs to overcome in order to deal with the activities of daily life. To learn more about the JRG Society for the Arts, visit their website.


  • For the 2018 iteration of the JRG Grant, applicants must:
  • Be under the age of 35 and/or be in the first 5 years of their artistic career
  • Identify as a person with a disability/disabilities
  • Be seeking funds in support of developing and/or presenting an artistic project
  • Reside in Canada

Projects can be in any artistic discipline (i.e. filmmaking, visual art, theatre, dance, writing, etc). Applicants who are not successful in 2018 may re-apply in future years.

We welcome and encourage applications from artists with disabilities who experience multiple structural barriers to resources and artistic development opportunities, i.e. women; transgender and non-binary artists; Indigenous artists; Black artists; artists of colour; queer artists, low-income, poor, and working-class artists, etc.

Eligible expenses:
The grant will fund any costs related to the development and/or presentation of an artistic work, including sustenance for applicant, materials, fees to collaborating artists, and production/exhibition costs.
This grant is not intended to be a scholarship for artistic studies or professional development training.

Applications will be assessed by a small committee of disability-identified artist representatives from The JRG Arts Society and The AMY Project. Applications will be asses based on the following criteria:

  • The application meets all eligibility requirements
  • Merit: Artistic merit of proposed project
  • Viability: the artist has established a clear and viable work schedule/process
  • Impact: the potential impact of the project for the applicant’s own artistic development, and for the wider community.

How to Apply:
Application is here: https://tinyurl.com/JRGgrant
The application is via an online form. If you need support to complete the application, or if you require an alternative way to apply, please contact us at grants@theamyproject.com – we are happy to find an application process that is accessible to you.

The deadline to apply is Friday April 27th, 2018, 5pm EST.

The recipient of the JRG Scholarship must acknowledge support from The AMY Project and The JRG Society For The Arts on all materials and publications relating to the project.

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Flourishing: Call for Submissions

Tangled Art Gallery

Tangled Art + Disability is currently accepting applications from Canadian Mad, Deaf, & disability identified artists from across Canada to take part in an upcoming series titled Flourishing.

We are searching for seven (7) artists from across Canada to contribute artistic work centering the experiences of Deaf, Mad and disability-identified folk in exploring what it means to “flourish”. With this exhibition series we seek to discover and expand new understandings of flourishing and to affirm how we may live and thrive even when society may expect differently. Flourishing can and does happen in unexpected ways, despite widely held ableist beliefs that disability, frailty and suffering make it no longer possible.

We invite applications from artists at any stage in their career/practice. We encourage applications from artists in any field, including but not limited to:

-visual artists

We welcome perspectives that are intersectional and reflecting Deaf, Mad and disability cultures from diverse lived experiences including LGBTQQIIA, Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour communities. Interested artists should share with us: where they are in their career, what is their creative practice and how this collaboration might support their practice at this time.

There is a form to apply though the Tangled website below. Within the application tell us about yourself, where you are from, and about the kind of art you make.


Submissions must be received by March 22, 2018. We will not accept late applications.

Only submissions from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists will be considered. Artists whose creative practice involves or includes a personal support worker, assistant or an essential collaborator are welcome to apply.

“SWITCH”: Postcard show and Fundraiser

Collage image of birds and men kissing each other.


At the SWITCH postcard show, a variety of original, postcard-sized artworks on paper are displayed anonymously. It’s the show with a secret: the identity of the artist is only revealed after purchase (as the postcards are signed on the back only). Proceeds benefit the Bi Arts
Festival, building community through a celebration of bisexual visibility in arts and culture.

Postcards will be on display September 21-23rd, 2018, at a location TBA (Toronto, ON, Canada). All works are displayed anonymously; the identity of the artist is only revealed upon purchase.

Each original work will be sold for $40 (CAD) on a first come first served basis and the collector will take the work with them at the close of the weekend. Money raised supports the Bi Arts Festival – an annual event that celebrates bisexual visibility, culture and history. Click here for Entry Guidelines.

BI Arts Festival Call for submissions

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Artists – authors – filmmakers – performers – musicians – actors – dancers – Are you interested in participating in the 2018 Bi Arts Festival? We’d love to hear from you! Submit 2018 Expressions of Interest here. The call for vendors for our Craft Fair as well as submission info for CRUSH (the zine) will be issued separately.

We are particularly interested in hearing voices from the following communities: Black, Indigenous and other artists of colour, trans & non-binary artists, bisexual men, artists with disabilities, newcomers and refugees, bisexual youth, working class artists, and artists with HIV.

Akin Studio Program at MOCA: Call for Submissions

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Akin and The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA) are excited to announce our Call for Applications for the Akin Studio Program. This program will provide affordable studio space to 20+ visual artists and cultural practitioners in the museum’s new home which is set to open on May 26, 2018 at 158 Sterling Road in the Junction Triangle.

Selected artists will be invited to move their studio into the museum for a term of one year and will share their practices with the museum’s visitors through programs such as open studio events. Regular Akin studio rental fees will apply. The studios will vary in size from approximately 50 to 250 square feet and will be designed by Akin to create a bright and welcoming environment for artists to develop their work. Similar to Akin’s seven other locations, the space will foster a community atmosphere and the exchange of ideas.

This call is open to student, emerging and professional art practitioners, curators and writers living in Toronto.

The deadline for the Call is March 5, 2018 at 5:00pm.

*Applicants who require additional resources, support or time to complete their applications can request as such. Please request this assistance at least two weeks in advance of the submission deadline. To do so, or for additional information, please contact moca@akincollective.com or call 416 826 2053.

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The Akin Studio Program is a unique opportunity for art practitioners, curators and writers (hereafter referred to as artists) to lease shared studio space within The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA) at 158 Sterling Road in Toronto. In addition to a one year studio space rental selected artists will be immersed within a community of peers, offering various opportunities for engagement. Studio members will be encouraged to develop and expand their individual practices while playing a role in the artistic community within the museum itself.

Studio Rental Program Start Date: May 1, 2018
Studio Rental Program End Date: April 30, 2019

Submission Details
Deadline to apply: March 5, 2018, 5:00pm.

Application Criteria, Artist Expectations and Opportunities
Applicants should consider the unique shared studio environment within the museum in which Akin’s Studio Program occurs. Certain processes and forms of production, materials and hardware (especially use of aerosols, and creation of dust or substantial noise) are not well suited to this context. Please ensure that your process is a good fit before applying, and contact us if unsure. While the focus for selected artists will be to use their studio spaces for independent practice, research and development, this is an inclusive, shared studio environment where artists will benefit from insight provided by not only their studio peers, but also guest curators and art professionals. Selected artists agree to participate in three public open studio days, organized in collaboration with the museum, during the course of their year-long program (dates to be determined).

Application Process
Within one single PDF document, applicants are asked to provide the following:

Phone Number:
Website if available:
Link to art-focused social media profile if available:
*Artist collectives please include the name of the collective as well as contact info for its members as indicated directly above and answer the following questions from the perspective of your collective.

A brief artist statement and biography. (300 words max)

Supporting documentation of up to 10 images of work and installation shots, including relevant caption information (title, medium, date, dimension). In the case of curators or art writers, please include two sample texts or appropriate work examples in addition to up to 5 related images if applicable. As noted above, please embed images and all application information into one PDF document.

A written statement considering the following questions: How do you feel your experience and practice will help cultivate and contribute to a vibrant, equitable and diverse artistic community in our shared studio space environment within MOCA? How will you use your rented space, and how do you feel this opportunity will benefit and support your artistic practice at this time in your career? The studios will be flanked by a large open-studio where MOCA intends to develop and host workshops, talks and other programming that focuses on socially engaged artistic and interdisciplinary practices. Do you see your practice aligning with these concerns and interests and if so, please describe how? (300 words max)

CV or relatable artistic experience.

Can you commit to the entire program period from May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019? If not, what duration (necessarily beginning May 1, 2018) can you commit to? Please note that, if necessary, selected artists can relinquish their studio space by way of providing at least one full calendar month notice.

Optional: Should you desire to, please identify if you are a member of one the Toronto Arts Council’s Equity Priority Groups detailed in the Selection Process information below.

Below are examples of sizes and prices of Akin’s studios. Please rank the sizes of studios that you would consider renting, beginning with your ideal size. If your application is successful we will do our best to match you with a space that is as close to your preference as possible.

25sf – $160/mth
50sf – $250/mth
75sf – $340/mth
100sf – $420/mth
150sf – $545/mth
200sf – $670/mth
250sf – $780/mth
550sf – $1300/mth

All prices include 24/7 access to the studios, taxes, insurance, wifi, access to communal working areas as well as shared storage, kitchen, and bathroom. There are no additional fees, though there will be a small rent increase in January 2019. Upon selection, artists will be required to pay first and last month’s rent in order to confirm their placement within the program. Please note that pricing is the same as at other Akin studio locations

*Selected applicants must be available to begin their rental on May 1, 2018.

Accessibility Information
Within the building, there is elevator access to all floors as well as AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) compliant washrooms.

The Museum ground floor has three accessible entries:
East Vestibule, MOCA – operation-assisted doors to a ramp to an automatic sliding door to the main lobby.
West Vestibule, MOCA – operation-assisted doors from grade directly to the lobby.
West Vestibule, Base Building – operation-assisted doors directly to the elevators to all floors.

The washrooms are gender-neutral.

The doorways into Akin’s studios are 36” wide and are not operation-assisted.

The kitchenette is AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) compliant.

Submission Format
Email application document to moca@akincollective.com with the subject line: Akin Studio Program 2018 Application // [last name]. Please ensure that the total file size of your PDF is 10mb or smaller.

Deadline for applications: March 5, 2018, 5:00pm.

Selection Process
An impartial jury comprised of local artists, curators, arts professionals and MOCA’s Constituent Curator, will select artists and creatives based on their submitted material, anticipated benefit from the program, anticipated contribution to the studio environment, and practical considerations regarding their proposed use of the rented studio space.

Selected studio rental applicants will be notified of their status approximately 2 weeks following the application deadline, or as soon as selections have been made.

A significant component of the jury selection process is a desire to reflect the diversity of our city’s artistic community and the different voices within it. As part of this process, jury members will reference the Toronto Arts Council’s Equity Framework and its list of Equity Priority Groups(Persons of Colour, Deaf Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Persons Living with Mental Illness, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQIAP). More information on this framework, as part of the TAC Strategic Plan, can be found here. Please note that the application and selection process for the Akin Studio Program at MOCA has adapted parts of the TAC Equity Framework and that it is not the same process used by TAC for the purpose of adjudication of grant applications.

Adapting the TAC Equity Priority Policy, applications of merit proposed by applicants who self-identify as belonging to one (or more) of Toronto Arts Council’s Equity Priority Groups or who primarily involve or serve artists from these groups will be prioritized. We encourage applications from these communities. The jury will similarly prioritize artists living or working within the museum’s local Junction area given the recent displacement of artists within the neighbourhood.

Application Accessibility Support
Applicants who require additional resources, support or time to complete their applications can request as such. Please request this assistance at least two weeks in advance of the submission deadline. To do so, or for additional information, please contact moca@akincollective.com or call 416 826 2053.

Thank you to The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA) and to the Toronto Arts Council for their feedback on the selection process.

Seeking curator

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The RMG is committed to equity and diversity and encourages applications from members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Curator and Manager, Exhibitions and Collections
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) is seeking a Curator and Manager, Exhibitions and Collections, charged with generating innovative strategies to propel the RMG toward new levels of programming excellence, inclusion and engagement. Under the direction of our strategic plan, this individual will be encouraged to take risks and be given the room to do so. Follow this link to learn more: http://rmg.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/CuratorManager_ExhibitionsCollections-2018.pdf

Join the Board of Directors
The RMG Board of Directors sets policy, exercises oversight and provides strategic direction for the important work of the Gallery. Directors’ terms are voluntary positions for a period of 3 years with the option to renew.

General Audition and General Musical Audition Notice

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Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is accepting resumes for its 2018 General and General Musical Auditions on March 5th, 6th and 7th at 165 Front Street East, Toronto ON M5A 3Z4. Members of Canadian Actor’s Equity Association who haven’t previously auditioned will have priority.

YPT wants to see as broad of a range of actors as possible at our auditions. Performers of all races, ethnicities and body types are strongly encouraged to request an audition. We would also encourage individuals with a range of All Abilities, regardless of level of training, to apply.

General Audition: 2 contrasting modern monologues, of which one must be by a Canadian playwright, totaling no more than 5 minutes.
General Musical Audition: One Broadway-style song and one monologue. An accompanist will be provided.

Send headshot/resume/cover letter clearly marked “General Audition” or “General Musical Audition” to the attention of Stephen Colella. Please do not apply if you have auditioned for YPT in the last three years. No e-mail submissions. Materials must be received by 5 pm on Wednesday February 7th. Only those selected for an audition will be contacted.

Please send materials to:
Stephen Colella
165 Front Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 3Z4