Day 2: Thursday June 13th

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This day also includes a parallel smaller regional orchestras program. Details available here.

9am – 10am: Coffee and snacks. Check-in for Small Budget Orchestra Day. NAC Stage Door (Queen Elizabeth Drive)

Sponsored by Honens International Piano Competition.

9am – 10am: Optional Advocacy Meeting for Ontario Members. Meet at Equator Coffee to go to Atelier

This year, OC is piloting our first two provincial advocacy networks – one in Quebec, one in Ontario – to inform our work and to catalyze member engagement. Ontario members are invited to join us for this kick-off meeting, hosted by OC advocacy committee chair Andrew Bennett. Bring your insights and ideas, meet OC’s new government relations advisor Eric Dubeau, and let’s work together to make a difference in “interesting times”!

10am – 12pm: Peer Breakout Sessions
  • Artistic Administration, NAC Board Room. Chaired by Jennifer MacDonald, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Sponsored by Domoney Artists Management. AGENDA
  • Community Engagement, Rehearsal Hall A. Chaired by Natasha Harwood, National Arts Centre Orchestra. AGENDA
  • Leadership – large orchestras, Rehearsal Hall B. Chaired by Jean R. Dupré, Orchestre Métropolitain. AGENDA
  • Leadership – mid-size orchestras, Massey-Levesque A room, Canada Council for the Arts, 150 Elgin Street, 2nd floor. Presentation from Canada Council staff, followed by peer meeting chaired by Tanya Derksen, Regina Symphony Orchestra. AGENDA
  • Marketing, Atelier. Chaired by Bobbi Jaimet, National Arts Centre Orchestra. AGENDA
  • Operations, Actors’ Quiet Room. Chaired by Rachel Malach, Toronto Symphony Orchestra. AGENDA
  • 10am – 2pm. Small Budget Orchestra Day, Rossy Pavilion.
12pm – 2pm: Lunch, Rehearsal Hall B

Grab a sandwich, then join one of several optional discussions:

Social Prescribing 101, Rehearsal Hall A: Hosted by Aaron McFarlane (Toronto Symphony Orchestra) with Sonia Hsiung (Alliance for Healthier Communities), Janis Dahl (Centretown Community Health Centre) and Surkhab Peerzada (South Riverdale Community Health Centre).

The new Experimental Media Agreement, NAC Board Room: Hosted by Kelly Tweeddale (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) and Richard Sandals (Symphonic Services Canada)

Re-sounding the Orchestra, and What’s Next, Atelier: Hosted by the OC Equity Committee.

2pm – 4pm: Breakout Sessions by Topic. Designing 21st Century…

– Orchestras and Social Inclusion: Reports from the Field, Rossy Pavilion. Panel discussion with Elizabeth Simpson (National Arts Centre Orchestra), Dr. Erin Parkes (Lotus Centre for Special Music Education), Faith Scholfield (Windsor Symphony Orchestra), Ian Ritchie, (Setúbal Music Festival). Sponsored by Angela Birdsell, Cultural Policy and Management Consulting.


– Orchestral training and career paths, Atelier. Long-term solutions and short term “hacks” for diversifying orchestras, chaired by Nelson McDougall.

– 2:15 – 3:45 Fundraising Workshop, NAC Board Room. With Jayne Watson, CEO of the National Arts Centre Foundation.

– What is Resilience Anyway? Rehearsal Hall A. Workshop led by Patrick Towell (Golant Media Ventures, and The Audience Agency).

4pm – 4:30pm: Coffee Break, Rehearsal Hall B

Sponsored by Dean Artists Management.

4:30pm – 5:30pm: Arts Data You Can Use, Rehearsal Hall A

Aimé Dontigny and Alexis Andrew (Canada Council for the Arts) present a report on the Canada Council’s recent research relevant to orchestras. Highlights will include a presentation of the Council’s recent analysis of Canadian orchestra trends; an introduction to the Council’s work on the qualitative impact of the arts; and an overview of the Council’s pilot survey of the demographic composition of Canadian artistic institutions’ employees and boards.

Simultaneous interpretation for this session is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Evening: Optional participation (own cost) in one of the following. Registration is now closed for these activities.
  • 6:30pm: Indigenous Walking Tour: Monuments of Parliament Hill (Leaving from the National Arts Centre. Cost: $20 per person, to be paid in cash to the host on the night.
  • 6:30pm: OrKidstra End of Season Concert (Dominion-Chalmers Church, 355 Cooper Street). Cost: free, but do register!
  • 6:45pm: Prix fixe 3-course Dinner at Le Café (National Arts Centre). Cost: $50 per person plus tax, tip and beverages.
9pm A conversation over drinks, hosted by OC’s Advocacy Committee

What would you like to see on Orchestras Canada’s federal advocacy calendar this year – pre-election, and following? Find out what your peers are thinking, share your own perspectives, and learn how you can get involved. This meeting will be hosted by OC advocacy chair Andrew Bennett. Metropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex St.

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