National Conference

June 12-14, 2019

Designing the 21st Century Orchestra: Embedding Canadian Orchestras in Canadian Communities. National Arts Centre, Ottawa
Welcome

Registration is now open for ‘Designing the 21st Century Orchestra’. Join us at Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa for three days of knowledge-sharing, discussion and peer exchange.

Program

Digital Day: Tuesday, June 11

1pm – 5pm. Pre-Conference Digital Strategy Session

Join Fiona Morris and John White from The Space for a lively, interactive and roll-up-your-sleeves session that will help you integrate your strategic and business plans with your digital strategy.

Day 1: Wednesday, June 12


9am – 10am: Registration and check-in opens.

Coffee and snacks available.

10am – 11am: Conference Opening

Land acknowledgement, welcome, launch and presentation of Re-Sounding the Orchestra report, led by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser. Commissioned by Orchestras Canada and written by Soraya Peerbaye and Parmela Attariwala, this research investigates the relationships between Canadian orchestras and Indigenous artists and artists of colour.

11am – 12pm: Keynote Address: Donna Walker-Kuhne

Transcending differences through the arts.

12pm – 2pm: Lunch and tour

With the design team behind the renovation of the National Arts Centre and Southam Hall. Sponsored by Threshold Acoustics

2pm – 4pm: Breakout Sessions by Topic. Designing 21st Century…
  • Governance: Workshop for board members and staff led by Cathy Winter of OnBoard Canada.
  • Audiences: Workshop for arts marketers on identifying, connecting with, and selling to diverse audiences, with Donna Walker-Kuhne
  • Organizational Culture
  • Programming: What is Indigenous Song?  We’ve heard a lot about cultural appropriation—but why is it such a crucial discussion?  Panel discussion and workshop led by Dr. Dylan Robinson.
4pm – 4:30pm: Coffee Break

4:30pm – 6pm: Perspectives on Louis Riel

Dr. Dylan Robinson leads a panel discussion on the Louis Riel controversy, with perspectives from Alexander Neef (General Director, Canadian Opera Company); Ian Cusson (Carrefour Composer, NAC Orchestra); Jani Lauzon (singer, actor).

8pm: Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro in concert

Conference participants can purchase discount tickets online for $20, plus fees and taxes, with the code CONF2019. Be sure to confirm that your ticket is for the June 12th performance.

Day 2: Thursday, June 13

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

9am – 10am: Coffee and snacks

Sponsored by Honens International Piano Competition.

10am – 12pm: Peer Breakout Sessions

Small group breakouts by job title. Groups tbc.

12pm – 2pm: Lunch Break

2pm – 4pm: Breakout Sessions by Topic. Designing 21st Century…
  • Programming for people with special needs: panel discussion.
  • Orchestral training and career paths: long-term solutions and short term “hacks” for diversifying orchestras, chaired by Nelson McDougall.
  • Fundraising
  • Business Models: What is Resilience Anyway? Workshop led by Patrick Towell (Golant Media Ventures, and The Audience Agency).
4pm – 4:30pm: Coffee Break

Sponsored by Dean Artists Management.

4:30pm – 5:30pm: Arts Data You Can Use

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 summary of Council’s ground-breaking demographic profile of Canadian arts institution’s artists, boards and staff members; Council’s recent analysis of Canadian orchestra trends; and an introduction to Council’s work on the qualitative impact of the arts.

Evening: Optional participation (own cost) in one of the following. Please register your interest
  • 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.

Please register for the activity you wish to take part in.

Day 3: Friday, June 14


8:30am – 9:30am. Coffee and Snacks

9:30am – 10:30am: Keynote Address, Nina Simon

OF/BY/FOR All

10:30am – 12pm: Workshop with Nina Simon

OF/BY/FOR Whom? Sponsored by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir.

12pm – 12:30 pm: Conference Closing

8pm: Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro in concert

(For anyone staying until Saturday). Conference participants can purchase discount tickets online for $20, plus fees and taxes, with the code CONF2019. Be sure to confirm that your ticket is for the June 14th performance.

Presenters
Ian Cusson

Ian CussonIan Cusson is a Canadian composer of art song, opera and orchestral work. Of Métis and French Canadian descent, his work explores the Canadian Aboriginal experience, including the history of the Métis people, the hybridity of mixed-racial identity, and the intersection of Western and Indigenous cultures. More…

Fiona Morris

Fiona MorrisChief Executive and Creative Director, The Space. Fiona Morris is a music and arts producer with over 25 years’ experience producing and commissioning programmes. She has worked in the UK indie sector for most of her career but spent 6 years working in BBC Music. More…

Dylan Robinson

Dylan RobinsonDylan Robinson is a xwélméxw artist and writer of Stó:lō descent. He is an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts. His current research focuses on Indigenous public art, and the incarceration of Indigenous songs in museums. More…

Nina Simon
Nina Simon

Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and founder of the OF/BY/FOR ALL movement. Nina Simon will give both a keynote talk and a workshop, focusing on the risks and rewards of engaging our communities more closely with our institutions, and introducing OF/BY/FOR ALL, a new “global movement and a set of tools to help your organization become of, by, and for your community.” More…

Donna Walker-Kuhne
Donna Walker-Kuhne

Senior Advisor, Community Engagement at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and founder of Walker International Communications Group. Donna Walker-Kuhne will share best practices in the field of community engagement, discuss success metrics for community engagement programs, and give guidance on advancing in diversity, equity and inclusion work. More…

John White

John WhiteAs Chief Operating Officer of The Space, John White is responsible for the operational delivery of The Space’s programmes for a range of funders. Since 2013, he has managed the process of commissioning over 200 digital projects from UK arts and cultural organisations and overseen the delivery of training activities including workshops, mentoring and the provision of online learning materials. More…

Cathy Winter
Cathy Winter

Program Manager, onBoard Canada, The Chang School, Ryerson University. Cathy Winter leads the onBoard Canada program, an internationally recognized program which elevates effective leadership across Canada by providing online governance training to everyone, and bridging the diversity and inclusion gap in governance by matching qualified candidates from historically excluded groups to not-for-profit organizations and public boards, elevating their impact across Canada. More…

Travel & Hotel

Ground Travel
VIA Rail is pleased to offer OC National Conference participants a discount of 10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, or Sleeper class.  This discount is available from all stations throughout the VIA system to Ottawa, Ontario, and return, from June 7th, 2019 to June 16th, 2019.

The discount is “subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied,” and is unavailable for Escape fares and Prestige Class. Participants can book online or over the phone (888-842-7245), referencing the event’s discount code: 13836.

Air Travel
WestJet is pleased to offer OC National Conference participants a discount of 5% off Econo and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and2% off Econo, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling internationally into and out of Ottawa, from June 5th, 2019 to June 21st, 2019. Participants can book online using the event’s discount code: 1X3U7BG

Hotel
Orchestras Canada has secured a block of rooms at the Alt Hotel, 159 Slater Street, Ottawa at the rate of $199 plus taxes per night. This rate is available from June 10th -15th, 2019. Book your room here by May 3rd to receive the discounted rate. The hotel is a 9-minute walk from the National Arts Centre.

Concert

On the evening of June 12th, the National Arts Centre Orchestra will be presenting Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in concert. Conference participants can purchase discount tickets online for $20, plus fees and taxes, with the code CONF2019. Be sure to confirm that your ticket is for the June 12th performance.

Sponsorship

Our annual conference is OC’s biggest event of the year, bringing together 100 or so orchestra leaders and administrators from across Canada for learning and exchange.  This year, we’ll be at Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa from Wednesday, June 12 to Friday, June 14 for a program featuring trail-blazing keynote speakers, thoughtful plenaries, breakouts by provocative topic, and peer group meetings, too.  Our conference theme?  Designing the 21st Century Orchestra:  Embedding Canadian Orchestras in Canadian Communities. 

We’d like you, our potential sponsors and partners, to consider:

Sponsoring a session, a coffee break, a meal, registration or delegate kit collateral!  There are opportunities available, ranging in cost from $100 to $10,000, and we’re happy to work with you to customize your experience and maximize your visibility.

Interested? We invite you to contact Sarah Thomson sarah@oc.ca for more information. All sponsors will receive advance access to the conference attendee list with contact email as well as recognition on the conference website, in conference slides and in Orchestras Canada’s annual report.

Title Sponsor – 1 available at $10,000
Our title sponsor is a significant partner at our national conference.  As an exclusive sponsor, you will be recognized from the podium for your support and may display a banner in the plenary room for the duration of the conference.  You will also have your logo included on electronic and physical documents provided as part of the conference, and on OC’s website for the duration of the year following the national conference.  You will also be able to include one item in the delegate kit.

Interpretation and Translation Sponsor – 1 available at $6000
Our interpretation and translation sponsor helps us to defray the cost of providing simultaneous translation at the conference. As an exclusive sponsor, you will be recognized from the podium for your support and may display a banner in the plenary area for the duration of the conference. You will also have your logo included on electronic and physical documents provided as part of the conference, and on OC’s conference website. You will also be able to include one item in the delegate kit.

Opening Reception Sponsorship – 1 available at $2500
As an exclusive sponsor of a welcome reception on June 11, you are invited to display a banner or sign during the event. We will also provide space for you to display promotional literature, and you will be recognized from the podium for your support. You will also be able to include one item in the delegate kit.

Lunch Sponsorship – 1/2 still available (June 13) at $1500
As an exclusive sponsor of a lunch on June 12 or 13, you are invited to display a banner or sign for the day. We will provide space for you to display promotional literature, and you will be able to include one item in the delegate kit. Sponsors: Threshold Acoustics

Keynote Session Sponsorship – 3 available at $1000 each
As an exclusive sponsor of one of our keynote sessions, you will be recognized in the session introduction from the podium and as part of our session description on our conference website. You will also be able to include one item in the delegate kit.

Pre-Conference Workshop – 1 available (June 11) at $650
This year’s pre-conference experience is a half-day workshop with experts from The Space, a UK-based organization that helps the arts and cultural sector make great art and reach new audiences using digital media, content and platforms.  Their experienced trainers will lead participants through a tested process for building a customized digital strategy that’s linked to their business plans, target audiences and artistic goals.  As the exclusive sponsor, you will receive two workshop passes and have the right to distribute a promotional item to all participants and display your banner at the session.

Production Technology Sponsorship – 1 /2 available at $500 each.
Our technology sponsor helps us to defray audio visual expenses. As an exclusive sponsor, you will be recognized from the podium for your support and may display your banner in the plenary area for the duration of the conference. As well, you will be able to include one item in the delegate kit. Sponsors: Freeman Audio Visual.

Education Session – 7/9 available at $500 each
As an exclusive sponsor of one of our breakout sessions, you will be recognized in the introduction from the podium, and as part of the session description on our conference website.  You will also be able to include one item in the delegate kit, which may include reference to the session you are sponsoring. Sponsors: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, Angela Birdsell Cultural Policy and Management.

Wifi Sponsorship (taken)
Sponsorship of WIFI services throughout the conference space helps us to defray the costs associated with WIFI access. As an exclusive sponsor, you will be recognized from the podium for your support and may display your banner in the registration area for the duration of the conference. As well, you will be
able to include one item in the delegate kit. Sponsored by TicketPro.

Morning Coffee or Afternoon Coffee Break Sponsorship – 3/5 still available at $400 each
As a coffee break sponsor, you are invited to display a banner or sign in the refreshment area and to serve as host for the duration of the break. We will provide space for you to display promotional literature in the break area, and you will be able to include one item in the delegate kit. Sponsors: Honens International Piano Competition, Dean Artists Management.

Cellphone / Tablet Charger Table Sponsorship (Taken)
As a charging station sponsor, you may display your banner beside the charging station (outlets will be provided) for the duration of the conference. You may also include one item in the delegate kit. Sponsored by Long & McQuade.

Lanyard & Name Tag Sponsorship (Taken)
As a lanyard and name tag sponsor, you will supply Orchestras Canada with branded lanyards and sponsor the purchase and production of name tags (which Orchestras Canada staff will prepare). You are invited to include one item in the delegate kit. Sponsored by Andrew Kwan Artists Management.

Peer Meeting – 5/6 available at $200
As an exclusive sponsor of one of our peer meeting sessions, you will be recognized as the sponsor at the session and as part of the session description on our conference website. You will also be able to include one item in the delegate kit, which may include reference to the session you are sponsoring. Sponsors: Domoney Artists Management.

Delegate Bag Sponsorship (Taken)
As a delegate bag sponsor, you will provide a branded conference bag (ca. 100 in number) for each delegate. You may also insert one promotional item as part of the delegate kit. Sponsored by Sultans of String.

Delegate Kit Sponsorship – 8/10 available at $100 each
If you want to reach out to conference delegates but are looking for something economical, we invite you to be a delegate kit sponsor. You will provide a promotional item (print or otherwise), which will be included in our delegate bag. Sponsors: LeSage Arts Management, Agence Station bleue

Bursaries

Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts, the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, and OC’s donors, we are able to provide bursaries for members to attend our National Conference.

Lloyd Carr-Harris FoundationCongratulations to the following orchestras who have accepted bursaries for a member of their staff to attend this year’s conference: Arion Orchestre Baroque, Durham Chamber Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra, Fredericton Symphony Orchestra, Georgian Bay Symphony, Guelph Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Kingston Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, McGill Chamber Orchestra, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, North Bay Symphony Orchestra, Oakville Symphony Youth Orchestra, Orchestra Kingston, Orchestre Philharmonique de la relève du Québec, Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville, Orchestre symphonique de Laval, Orchestre symphonique de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent, Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra, Prince George Symphony Orchestra, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Symphony New Brunswick, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Vancouver Island Symphony, and Windsor Symphony Orchestra