Vitality and Impact Survey

Crowshot. Photo is courtesy of FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

The Presenters’ Vitality and Impact Survey is a pan-Canadian survey of performing arts presenters and festivals led by a consortium presenting networks and associations. It will gather information about the scope, vitality, economic impact, and practices in the presenting sector. This initiative will contribute to performance measurement in the sector, to strategic watch over the health of the sector, and to advocacy.

Hill Strategies Research was hired to conduct the survey. If you have any question about this initiative, please contact Frédéric Julien, Director of Research and Development at CAPACOA.

Take the survey

Are you a series presenters or a festival? Do you present shows on stages or in public spaces? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this survey is meant for you.

The survey should take you about 15-30 minutes to complete. Upon completion of the core survey, you will have the option to answer supplementary financial questions, which could take another 5-10 minutes. To answer the survey more quickly, have your organization’s financial, programming and attendance information in hand.

Tools for survey respondents

Survey questionnaire [PDF]

Supplementary financial questions [Excel]

These alternative versions of the survey questionnaire are made available so that you may scan the questionnaire prior to taking the survey. You may also use them to sollicit assistance from your book keeper or accounting department to answer the financial questions.

If you find yourself unable to answer a question, please note that you may skip the question and come back to it at a later time. The survey software uses cookies to allow you to revisit your survey answers (provided you use the same web browser and cookies are enabled).


Any information provided will be used for research and arts promotion purposes only. The consortium will only disclose disaggregated survey results to participating presenting associations – and only for their own members. In other circumstances, only aggregated survey results will be disclosed.

Advisory Committee

  • Sylvain Aumont, Réseau des grands espaces
  • Rebecca Ballarin, Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities
  • Kerry Clarke, Calgary Folk Festival
  • Natalie Dewan, Ontario Presents
  • Jane Gabriels, Made in BC - Dance on tour
  • Ellen Hamilton, Qaggiavuut
  • Pam Patil, The MT Space and IMPACT
  • Julie-Anne Richard, RIDEAU
  • Bill Usher, Kicking Horse Culture

Participating networks and associations

  • Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta
  • Atlantic Presenters Association
  • British Columbia Touring Council
  • Folk Music Ontario
  • Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance
  • Jazz Festivals Canada
  • Made in BC - Dance on tour
  • Manitoba Arts Network
  • Music Canada Live
  • N3
  • Ontario Presents
  • Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council
  • Réseau des grands espaces
  • Réseau Ontario
  • Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities
  • The CanDance Network
  • Western Roots Artistic Directors
  • World Routes Network

Communication toolkit for participating networks


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.