What's New

What’s New

Orchestras Canada’s board and staff are collaborating on an end-of-year challenge: we’ve collectively increased our giving in order to create a matching fund. For every dollar that we raise from donors before March 31, to a maximum of $3,000, our board and staff will match the gift, dollar for dollar! Whether you give $25 or $500, you’ll […]


The survey was distributed to one contact at each orchestra (usually the CEO, or a board member). Of the 125 organizations approached, 49 responded to the survey; this is slightly down from the 55 who responded to the 2016 edition. However, geographically, the 2018 edition is more representative of OC’s membership, with Québec and Ontario […]


Advocacy Checklist Download (DOC) Advocacy Checklist Download (PDF) Making Friends and Building Allies at your Orchestra Fostering and strengthening support with all levels of government – municipal, provincial and federal – is important for all orchestras. Having knowledgeable friends and allies is helpful at the best of times; when you really need them, it’s good […]


At two recent OC member convenings, Orchestras Canada welcomed conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser to talk about equity in the orchestra. Daniel is a member of the OC board, chair of our Equity Committee, and Artist-in-Residence and Community Ambassador with Symphony Nova Scotia. At these events, Daniel presented the Perfect Fifth of Diversity, a discussion tool for orchestras […]


Last fall, Orchestras Canada, led by our Digital Strategy Task Force, asked leaders of orchestras across the country to tell us about their use of digital tools and the state of digital strategy at their organizations General Information This survey was distributed to Orchestras Canada’s primary contact at each orchestra, usually the CEO/Executive Director for […]


Designing the 21st Century Orchestra: Embedding Canadian Orchestras in Canadian Communities We are excited to announce the theme and two of the keynote speakers for our 2019 National Conference, happening in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre, from June 12th – 14th. Information for Designing the 21st Century Orchestra is now live on our website. You can register, benefit from discounted […]


Each year, Orchestras Canada collects and collates financial information and audience numbers from member orchestras and produces a detailed Comparative Report which is then shared among all the participating orchestras. The 2017/18 Comparative Report contains information from 73 orchestras, including all member orchestras with budgets over $1.5 million, and almost all orchestras with budgets over […]


Thanks to our master statistician, C. Stephen Smith, and the efforts of orchestra people coast to coast, Orchestras Canada has just published the 2017-18 Comparative Report. Each year, Steve collects financial information and audience numbers from member orchestras and produces a detailed Comparative Report, which is then shared with participating orchestras. Summary information by region […]


At Orchestras Canada’s Ontario Music Directors’ Meeting on January 19th, we welcomed Carol Kehoe as a special guest. Carol has more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles at arts organizations such as Museum London, the Grand Theatre, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Choir, where she has recently been appointed […]