Speakers and Workshops

Sat. 6, 9:30-10:45

Sat. 6, 13:45-15:30

Sat. 6, 13:45-15:30

Sat. 6, 15:30

Sun. 7, 13:30-15:30

Sun. 7, 13:30-14:30

Sun. 7, 14:30-17:30

Mon. 8, 10:000-11:30

Mon. 8, 16:00-15:00


Keynote : Change, Collaboration, Creation with Jeffrey Melanson (Sat. 6, 9:30-10:45)

Jeffrey Melanson, Executive Director, co-CEO, Canada's National Ballet School (bio)

Jeff Melanson

The arts are facing a period of extreme challenge and opportunity.  Our traditional audiences are aging, young people are gravitating towards digital media, financial and human resources are stretched to the limit.

How do artists, arts presenters and arts organizations respond to this vast array of change?  Are there new models of collaboration and partnership that should be explored?  How do we create the content and build the arts business models that our changing world demands?  Perhaps most importantly, how do we retain our inspiration and profound sense of purpose through a period that leaves so many feeling cynical or pessimistic about the future of our sector?

Mr. Melanson will strive to address the key change elements, to ground these changes in the evolution of the arts, and to identify key opportunities for growth and future success.  Conventional and unconventional partnership opportunities will be explored in an effort to lay the ground work for expanding the role and presence of the arts in our society through efficiently sharing resources and reaching new audiences through collaboration, and several promising new forms of artistic creation and business models will be highlighted.

We are living in an era in which the arts are more central to people’s lives than ever.  Join us as we explore opportunities for the arts sector to more fully benefit as our world continues to evolve.


Social Media and Networking (Sat. 6, 13:45-15:30)

Kenna Burima (moderator), Kasia Morrison, Jennifer Covert, Cecily Carver

Placing content in context for your audience: a theoretical, practical and pertinent exploration of social media and networking trends, tools and practice aimed at helping you create access and improve communications with the ticket buying public of today.



Collaborating with the Government - Key Players and Processes at the Federal Level (Sat. 6, 13:45-15:30)

Alain Pineau,Canadian Conference of the Arts

This cultural policy workshop is designed to inform participants about how public policy is developed at the federal level and about the opportunities of influencing decision-makers. During this two hour session, participants will develop an understanding of the key players and processes within the federal government and will identify effective ways to become involved with them. This workshop is specifically intended for arts associations and service organizations and will be valuable to anyone who believes in active citizenship.


The Shape of Collaboration (Sat. 6, 15:30)

Jowi Taylor, Six String Nation


Six String Nation Photo Booth and the Voyageur Guitar:  hold this incredible instrument, join the 50,000 other Canadians who have been photographed with it, and meet the visionary behind this unique and special collaborative project, Jowi Taylor.  Voyageur is made from 63 pieces of Canadian history and heritage representing many different cultures, communities and characters from all across the country.

A glimpse into some of the story of "Voyageur", the Six String Nation guitar.



Agents and Managers: An Essential Key to the Health of the Presenting Field (Sun. 7, 13:30-15:30)

Judy Harquail, Jane Marsland

Agents and managers are invited to join this session to share your vision of the future of presenting and touring in Canada.  Join facilitators Jane Marsland and Judy Harquail as we explore how agents and managers can provide support to the presenting field with regard to curatorial competencies, audience development and advancement of the sector.


Cultural Pluralism in the Performing Arts Movement Ontario (CPPAMO): Town Hall, Key Note and Performances (Sun. 7, 13:30-17:00)

CPPAMO is a movement of Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists working with presenters to empower the performing arts communities of Ontario.  CPPAMO is supported by Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists who are involved in theatre, music, dance and literary arts

CPPAMO Keynote Address by George Elliot Clarke

George Elliot Clarke

In addition to being a poet, playwright and literary critic Clarke is the E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. He taught English and Canadian Studies at Duke University (1994-1999). During 1998-99 he was appointed the Visiting Seagrams Chair in Canadian Studies at McGill University, then became professor of English at the U. of T. in 1999, before being appointed E.J. Pratt Professor in 2003. (Full bio)


Town Hall / Panelists / Performances

CPPAMO, with its host Charles Smith, will present its third Town Hall for 2010.  This will be a significant event highlighted by a keynote address by the Governor-General Award winning African Canadian poet George Elliot Clarke and featuring dance performances by several of Canada’s top Aboriginal and ethno-racial dance companies.

To read the FULL CPPAMO program and for detailed biographical material Click Here

CPPAMO Panel resource leaders:


CPPAMO Performances


Plenary Session - At Risk: Pushing the programming envelope through collaboration (Mon. 8, 10:00-11:30)

Pierre Des Marais (moderator) - with Heather Daley, Heather Moore, John Lambert, , Eric Lariviere, David Pay and Jacob Zimmer

A thoughtful examination and discussion of how presenters assess, interpret and integrate the concept of risk into programming and other ideas such as mitigating risk through collaboration; exploring the perception of risk in different communities; partnerships with artists and agents, and what our role is in developing an audience's relationship with new work.


Artist Voice with Rob Kapilow (Mon. 8, 16:00-17:00)

The Artist Voice session is designed to give conference participants an opportunity to enjoy a presentation by a distinguished leader in the field of the performing arts. This session is both inspirational and informative.

The Artist Voice is scheduled for 60 minutes and includes a question and answer period and an opportunity to chat with the Rob following the session.


You Have to Change to Change

There’s an old Chinese saying: “If we don’t change the direction we’re headed, we’ll end up where we’re going.” Having seen in recent years the disastrous results of ending up where we were going, nearly everyone now acknowledges the need for change. However, on a deep level almost none of us actually want to do it. We subconsciously want to have “things” change while we remain the same. But whether we like it or not, you have to change to change. And before we rethink what we want to do, we must first rethink who we want to be.