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General Questions What means are you using to communicate new safety protocols to your patrons, before they make the decision to attend, once they’ve decided, when they’re in your venue, and after they have left? If “contract tracing” is required, do you have patrons’ permission (and a telephone number to use) to contact them after […]


Download as PDF May 8th, 2020 Orchestras Canada/Orchestres Canada (OC) is the national association for Canadian orchestras, representing over 130 groups from coast to coast, ranging from volunteer-driven community ensembles to youth and training orchestras to nationally and internationally-renowned groups. Our mandate includes advocacy, convening, research and knowledge-sharing, and we work in close collaboration with […]


Donovan Seidle of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra takes you through the process of creating a physically distant or virtual ensemble. Watch the full Facebook Live video here, or read this post in blog format below. I use a 2010 MacPro for editing and producing. I’ve found it a great operating system for my creativity, and love […]


On April 17th, Orchestras Canada hosted a panel discussion with senior members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s staff team: Jeff Alexander (President & CEO), Dale Hedding (VP Development) and Ryan Lewis (VP Marketing & Sales). We recommend listening to the recording of the event, as it’s packed full of useful fundraising and marketing approaches, for […]


A letter from our Executive Director, Katherine Carleton Dear members, In the last four weeks a wave of cancellations has spread across the country in the wake of lockdown measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. Every one of our approximately 130 member orchestras has been affected. It has been nothing short of inspirational to […]


Jeff Alexander is the President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. He has overseen the activities of the orchestra’s 125th anniversary season; worked in support of the wide range of education and community engagement program; supported and represented the organization on multiple domestic and international tours; and led a process to develop a new strategic […]


The 2015 Truth and Reconciliation report and its calls to action destabilized many common assumptions about relationships between Indigenous and settler communities in Canada. In response to the report, many orchestras and other cultural institutions began to examine how we engage with our communities, and to rethink the ways in which we collaborate and partner […]


Updated April 9th, 2020 The Government of Canada has announced details for the proposed Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program offering a 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would apply at a rate of 75 per cent of the […]


Download Letter PDF Sent by email to the Honourable Lisa Macleod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries. Dear Minister Macleod: I am writing to thank you most sincerely for your advocacy on behalf of your Ministry’s many and varied stakeholders: as you’ve emphasized in your town hall meetings, Ontario’s heritage, sport, tourism, and […]


The Ontario Arts Council has changed some of its grant program deadlines for this spring, and you can click through to details from this page. The OAC also has useful and regularly-updated COVID-19 FAQs on its website, here. Minister’s Town Hall Meeting This morning, March 26, Lisa Macleod (Ontario Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture […]