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May 12, 2022

Call for Showcase Submissions: Contact East 2022

Contact East is the Atlantic Presenters Association’s (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 take place from September 22-25, 2022, in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Showcase submissions for Contact East 2022 are now open.

Applications must be submitted by Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Contact East 2022 will be a three-day showcase and professional development conference complete with approximately 20 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.

This year Contact East will take place September 22-25, 2022, in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

This year, APA is further committing to its mandate to present a diverse range of artists from a variety of backgrounds. APA acknowledges that past artist selection processes were not fair or equitable and understands the value that lived experiences and community-based practices have when it comes to making decisions. APA is committed to implementing and upholding equitable practices in choosing artists to perform at Contact East 2021 and beyond.

To further ensure a fair selection process, APA will be putting out a call for applications for interested individuals to be on this year’s selection committee. In the past, Contact East’s selection committee has been hand-picked from APA’s membership rather than opened up to the larger presenting community. The goal of this change is to make sure the committee represents a cross-section of different artistic genres and cultural backgrounds, resulting in an overall diverse representation of committee members to ensure the selection process is as fair and equitable as possible.

Beginning in 1975, the event was produced by the Touring Office of the Canada Council for the Arts. In 1982, the event was managed by a steering committee of representatives from the four Atlantic Provinces. With the incorporation of the Atlantic Presenters Association in 2001, the organization took over management of the event and has been producing quality conferences ever since.

Accessibility

The artists chosen by the selection committee shall have equitable representation across populations, including Indigenous, Black, racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+, Deaf, Disability, and Mad arts communities. Atlantic Presenters Association is dedicated to providing a space that is accessible, inclusive, and free from oppression, harassment, and discrimination.

APA acknowledges that past selection processes were not fair or equitable to all and acknowledges the value that lived- and community-based experiences and practices have in creating fair artist selection processes. APA is committed to implementing and upholding equitable practices in choosing artists to perform at Contact East 2022 and beyond. We will provide any needed support to ensure fair, adequate, and accessible representation. We will be selecting artists that represent the wide diversity of artists that we are committed to bringing to Contact East. The artists chosen by the selection committee shall have equitable representation across communities, including Indigenous, Black, racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+, disability, and MAD arts communities.