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While Orchestras Canada serves a national network of Canadian orchestras, our office is on the treaty and traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg. We offer gratitude to the First Peoples for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations. We will honour those teachings. We are grieved by the anti-Black racist events in […]


“Anchor institutions are enduring, place-based organizations that play a vital role in the social and economic success of their communities. Arts and culture organizations can take on the mantle of anchor institutions. Around the world, enduring enterprises including museums and performing arts centers, theater companies and community-based arts centers employ artists, engage companies, activate community, […]


Even though our concert halls are closed, staying on our patrons’ minds is critical as the sector positions itself for reopening. As part of Orchestras Canada’s Re-launch online learning series, we welcomed Bob Harlow to present on what strategic audience engagement might look like right now, and how orchestras might target their current efforts to specific audiences […]


We encourage you to download the PDF of this brief and to share it with your MP. Download Brief PDF A template for a cover letter email is also available for your use here: Download Cover Letter Summary Orchestras Canada/Orchestres Canada is pleased to participate in this consultation. We represent the perspectives of 130 Canadian […]


The COVID-19 crisis is affecting the arts and culture sector in an unprecedented way. Amidst an uncertain and seemingly ever-shifting environment, organizations must continue to respond to immediate challenges presented by the crisis while attempting to understand the potential implications of the crisis for next month, next season, and beyond. As part of our Re-launch […]


On May 25th, as part of our Re-launch online learning series, Orchestras Canada welcomed economist and futurist Linda Nazareth to reflect on the impact of COVID-19 on orchestras: now, in the mid-term, and into the future. In an idea-packed 45-minute talk, Linda gave a quick overview of social issues and economic factors that are currently […]


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 […]