What’s New

In November 2018, members of Orchestras Canada’s Advocacy Committee met with their Members of Parliament to deliver a united message for Canadian orchestras. These meetings were the first phase of an ambitious effort to engage as many of you as possible in meeting with your MPs to share collective messages about the value of orchestras, […]


Slide Deck Available Here Canadian Opera Company Case Study Available Here At Orchestras Canada’s Ontario Small Budget Orchestras Workshop on November 3rd, we heard from Phil Stephens, an experienced arts marketer and fundraiser who has worked with a number of Toronto-area arts organizations including Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, Tapestry Opera, and the Toronto Bach Festival. Phil addressed […]


At Orchestras Canada’s Ontario Small Budget Orchestras Workshop on November 3, we heard from lawyer Ryan Prendergast, of Carters Professional Corporation. Ryan has extensive experience in providing corporate and tax advice to charities and non-profit organizations, and he led a lively session on the legalities of collecting, protecting and working with patron information. The slide deck from […]


Our friends at the Cultural Human Resources Council have recently released a new tool on Workplace Harassment and Violence, as part of their HR Management Toolkit. This important work has been done to help managers in the cultural sector to create more respectful workplaces. The Workplace Harassment and Violence tool is available for free download on […]


On October 2, the Canadian Arts Coalition organized a highly successful Arts Day on Parliament Hill, where arts advocates from across the country came together to meet with Members of Parliament and to promote the arts. OC’s Executive Director Katherine Carleton was one of more than 100 advocates who took part. The participants in this […]


Cheryl is currently the Manager of Community Sport Development at Sask Sport Inc. and resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She oversees a number of projects using a community-based approach that has been effective in contributing to health and well-being in communities throughout Saskatchewan. She joined the Orchestras Canada board in June, 2018 and is currently a […]


Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser comes to the Orchestras Canada board from a varied career as a music director, performer and music educator. He is currently the Artist in Residence and Community Ambassador with Symphony Nova Scotia, conducting ballet, pops, family and outreach concerts with the orchestra. Prior to this he also held assistant positions with the Kitchener-Waterloo […]


As summer draws to a close, we are writing to update you on OC’s recent advocacy work with the federal government. In July, we surveyed members to affirm the sector’s main federal public policy priorities. Not surprisingly, ensuring that the Government of Canada follows through on its full commitment to increased funding to the Canada […]


As part of our National Conference in May, we held a panel discussion on how orchestras can prevent, react and recover from workplace harassment. The moderator of this panel was Marca Strategy‘s Luiza Campos, who also runs the A branded world podcast. The first part of this discussion was featured in the latest episode of her podcast, and […]