New T.R.I.P. program courtesy of TAPA.

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Media Contact: Jacoba Knaapen, 416-504-8988 ext 25

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts launches “TRIP:
“Travel, Retreat and Initiatives Program”

TORONTO, November 23, 2009—At the AGM of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) Executive Director Jacoba Knaapen announced today a new program exclusive to TAPA members.  The Travel, Retreat and Initiatives Program – TRIP, is a multi-tiered program designed to assist TAPA members with travel associated with touring, international collaboration and professional development. In addition, TRIP offers a unique retreat opportunity to the TAPA membership.

TAPA announced three new partnerships that are key sponsors in the launch of the TRIP Program: Porter AirlinesSteve Beatty, in association with MHC Insurance Brokers and Premiere Insurance Underwriting Services Inc; and the Valleyview Artist Retreat.

TAPA is committed to investing in the health of Toronto’s professional theatre, dance and opera industry and has created TRIP to assist the artists and administrative leaders of the TAPA membership.  “TRIP provides members with a much-needed new funding source in support of touring and professional development initiatives”, says TAPA Past President Celia Smith, who will Chair the new TRIP Committee, “and offers three distinct components to TAPA members designed to aid in the expansion and continued growth of Toronto’s theatre, dance and opera companies”.

The Porter Component: With an emphasis on customer service and a willingness to consider innovative ideas, Porter Airlines is the ideal partner for TAPA in the creation of the TRIP Program. As the official airline of TRIP, Porter Airlines is providing six return flights to anywhere Porter Airlines flies.  Current Canadian destinations include: Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Mont Tremblant, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax and St.John’s. Current US destinations include: Chicago, New York, Myrtle Beach and Boston.

The Flight Component:  Recognizing the financial challenges that many TAPA members face in travel costs, Steve Beatty, in association with MHC Insurance Brokers and Premiere Insurance Underwriting Services Inc; are providing $7500 cash sponsorship to cover air travel costs, nationally and internationally to anywhere that Porter Airlines does not travel.

An established leader and founder of the “Act One Theatrical Insurance Program”, Steve Beatty has worked to make Act One an affordable and comprehensive theatre insurance program for commercial and not-for-profit companies for over 12 years. Commenting on the new TRIP initiative Mr. Beatty said “We are very excited to sponsor and support TAPA in this important new program. We are confident that this wonderful fund will help provide an opportunity for the talent and passion of Toronto producers, actors and performers to be experienced first-hand by audiences internationally.”

The Retreat ComponentValleyview Artist Retreat is located north-west of Toronto in the Hills of Caledon in a secluded rural setting. Offering an environment conducive to inspiration and rejuvenation, artists will be free to pursue their work without interruption. Artistic Directors and General Managers are welcome to apply to this component of TRIP and consideration will also be given to those working in arts administration seeking a day facility for visioning meetings and workshops (suitable for 6-8 people).

There will be two annual TRIP application deadlines. The TRIP Selection Committee; Celia Smith (Chair), Jim Aldridge (Mirvish Productions) Steve Beatty, Allen MacInnis (Lorraine Kimsa People for Young People), and Alexis Da-Silva Powell (TAPA);  will meet to review submissions and identify successful applicants.

Successful applicants will be asked to write a brief report on their experiences and submit it to the TRIP Selection Committee within a month of their trip or visiting artist’s trip.

Please visit the TAPA website for full Eligibility Rules.

TAPA is an arts service organization that represents 175  professional theatre, dance and opera companies in the City of Toronto, and works to create an environment in which the performing arts may flourish and maintain its leadership role in the vitality of the City of Toronto.

Among the programs and services provided by TAPA are: the T.O. TIX Booth—Toronto’s One-Stop Ticket Shop at Yonge-Dundas Square and online at; the Dora Mavor Moore Awards5 STAR EXPERIENCE Theatre & Dining PackagesToronto’s Official Theatre Guide, featuring comprehensive listings for theatre, dance and opera performances & Toronto theatre map; hipTIX, offering $5 tickets to students between the ages of 15 and 29, and the Commercial Theatre Development Fund. For more information visit and

NOW! youth sustainability announces National playwriting competition


The NOW! Organization was founded in 2006, and it “…bridges people from diverse backgrounds to sculpt innovative, holistic solutions toward social, environmental, and economic sustainability”. And further: “We implement interdisciplinary grassroots programs to creatively inspire, engage, and empower youth, pique ideas and discussions, promote interdisciplinary, holistic thinking and problem solving, and spark action.”

So essentially it’s a youth organization on sustainability run entirely by youth volunteers, who last year established a playwriting competition for aspiring theatreists between the ages of 14 – 26 (split into 2 categories: 14 – 18 and 19 – 26). The winning playwrights receive:

  • $500
  • their plays performed across Canada to an estimated audience of 10,000 people
  • their plays broadcast on Sustainability Television

This is the second annual competition, information on the two winners from last year’s inaugural competition is available here.

On-line submissions will begin in December, giving aspiring writers lots of time to prepare.

Best of luck to all entrants, I sincerely hope the craft sticks with you, and we’ll be hearing much more from you in the future.


Dear Indie Theatre Friends,

Buddies’ annual fundraising auction is next Thurs, Nov 26. The INDIE PRODUCER’S PACKAGE is back this year with loads of print advertising from NOW and Xtra, graphic design by (Buddies amazing designer), promo video design from Loud Lady, Poster/flyer printing from Fine Print, plus a one-night Buddies Cabaret rental – everything an indie theatre producer needs.  It’s Buddies’ most sought-after Auction package and it goes for a steal every year so come slug it out with the ‘who’s-who’ of Toronto indie theatre scene – all while supporting a great cause! Join us at 7pm for a delicious complimentary Steam Whistle beer (or two) and preview the goods up for bid. The live auction starts at 8pm sharp and tickets are only $10.

Catalogue is now online.

I hope to see you there



An Auction in Support of Buddies

Contemporary Art. Cultural Adventures. Cool Stuff.


Visual Art Curators Sholem Krishtalka, Stephanie Rogerson and Ryan G. Hinds
Hosted by Keith Cole with special guest stars
Auctioneer Charlene Nero

Thursday November 26, 2009
Preview 7pm, Live Auction at 8pm Sharp

Buddies is proud to unveil its annual fundraising auction – reimagined. This year you’ll find the sexy standards you’ve come to expect along with a curated line-up of contemporary art by Toronto’s hottest established and emerging artists. ArtAttack is a chance for art collectors to catch fresh new work and for cultural trailblazers to take home coveted design treasures and enchanting excursions at a steal – all while supporting Canada’s home for Queer Culture.

Buddies has put itself in the skilled hands of three curators, Sholem Krishtalka, Stephanie Rogerson and Ryan G. Hinds, who will infuse the auction with new life. They have scoured the city for hot, smart, contemporary art that reflects Buddies’ mandate to challenge assumptions and push boundaries. ArtAttack includes both new and established artists who are making exciting contributions to Toronto’s art scene such as Chris Ablett, Liss Platt, Shannon Taylor, Kevin Charlie, Tanja-Tiziana, Amy Lockhart, Chris Curreri, Robyn Cumming, Oliver Husain, Cecilia Berkovic and David Grenier.

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents
Nov 26, 2009, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street, Toronto.  Box Office 416-975-8555
Preview 7pm, Live 8pm, $10
follow us: | twitter @yyzbuddies

ArtAttack is generously sponsored by our Queer Media Partner Xtra and by The Fine Print Copy Shop, Incredible Printing, Steam Whistle Brewery, Sassafraz, O’Connor Gallery, GayGuideToronto and Akimbo. Graphic Design by, Cover Art “Bash Back” by Stephanie Rogerson will be up for bidding.

Applications Online

The application forms for the 2010 SummerWorks Theatre Festival are now online.

We are pleased to announce that this year we will be accepting 75 minute applications as well as 60 minute applications.

Applications for both local and national series can be found at:


Local: Monday, February 1st

National Series: Friday, January 1st