Announcement, Industry Listing.

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is thrilled to announce Toronto performer, theatre creator, filmmaker, and curator Erum Khan as the winner of the sixth annual Buddies Queer Emerging Artist Award.

The award was presented on Friday at the company’s season launch party by artistic director Evalyn Parry.

Erum Khan is a theatre creator and filmmaker whose work pushes artistic boundaries, questioning the ways that we create. No stranger to Buddies, she was a participant in the 2017/18 Emerging Creators Unit, and پتھر کی زبان (patthar ki zabaan) was presented at the 40thRhubarb Festival. Last year, her play Noor premiered at the Aga Khan museum, following open rehearsals that allowed museum visitors to observe the process. In film she has worked in various programming capacities including serving as the 2017 Festival Programming Intern at TIFF and a 2019 Film Programming Jury Member for The Rendezvous With Madness Festival. Her film Bajaare ka ghar premiered at The Toronto Independent Film Festival. She is currently a playwright for Nightwood Theatre's 2019-2020 Write From The Hip program. 

Erum’s community-engaged work is underscored by a commitment to create space for youth to access and engage with the arts. As the youth facilitator for Workman Arts’ “If You Ask Me” filmmaker mentorship program and as an adjudicator for the National Theatre School Festival, she seeks to inspire open communication amongst artists of different backgrounds and experience levels, finding new ways to talk about the work that they are creating.

The Buddies Queer Emerging Artist Award seeks to recognize and encourage the achievements of queer artists who are founding careers in the arts while engaging with the community. The award includes a $1,000 cash prize, and was established through a gift from the Estate of John Alan Lee.

Established in 1979, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is Toronto’s leading destination for artistically rigorous, alternative theatre and a world leader in developing queer voices and stories for the stage. Over the course of its history, it has evolved into the largest facility-based queer theatre company in the world and has made an unparalleled contribution to the recognition and acceptance of queer lives in Canada.

Industry Listing, Submission.

Deadline: September 22, 2019

The location of our residency, Montparnasse, is known as a historic hub for international artists, writers, performers, and musicians working and living alongside each other in this prominent artistic neighbourhood of the French capital. Montparnasse became the heart of intellectual and artistic life in the 1920s, a safe haven for international artists during the interwar period of Ecole de Paris, referred to as Les Années Folles, or the Roaring Twenties.

​Artists came to Montparnasse from all over the world, from Europe, including Italy, Spain, Russia, Hungary and the Ukraine, from the United States, Canada and Mexico, Central and South America, and from as far away as Japan. Visual artists including Russians Marc Chagall and Marie Vassilieff, Spanish Pablo Picasso, Italian Amadeo Modigliani, Japanese Tsugouharu Foujita, Mexicans Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo, Hungarian Brassai, Dutch Piet Mondrian, Romanian Constantin Brâncuși and Swiss Alberto Giacometti, as well as writers and literary figures including the Americans Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein were hosted by their French contemporaries such as Fernand Leger, Guillaume Apollinaire, Jean Cocteau and Henri Matisse, to name only a few. 

Multidisciplinary Residency Program
Revisiting the Roaring Twenties: Art, Culture and the Ecole de Paris

The year 2020 marks the 100th Anniversary of the prolific period of intercultural artistic exchange during the 1920s. To commemorate its legacy, in January 2020 L’AiR Arts is pleased to offer a multidisciplinary residency for artists and cultural professionals dedicated to the celebration of intercultural exchange through the arts and the realization of a series of open and inclusive cultural events, including open studios, workshops, talks and showcases – each built on the generosity of the Paris based artists and cultural professionals and the curiosity and solidarity of international arts community.

Who should apply?

This residency is open to artists and cultural professionals working in all art disciplines, including but not limited to visual arts, music, dance, theatre and literature.
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Residency Dates

Three-week residency for artists:

  • January 10 - 31

One-week residency for cultural professionals:

  •  January 24 - 31

Program Overview and Objectives

The idea of this residency is to revisit and develop the open and creative energy of the 1920s as well as the spirit of solidarity and unity that allowed arts community to thrive in the heart of France and of Europe during this politically and socially strained war-torn period.

During the residency period, artists will exchange ideas with their fellow residents from other countries, participate in relevant professional development events and showcase their work. To encourage networking and professional development, cultural professionals from around the world are invited to join the artists, visit Paris-based arts organizations, and meet local arts professionals. In addition to professional visits and showcase events, participants will also have the chance to hear from historians and political scientists, specialized in the interwar period and current affairs, who will contribute to the ongoing dialogue about the impact of arts and culture on society.

The residency will be co-hosted together with Paris-based artists, who will serve as co-organizers and will be asked to build on this mission of unity, openness and liberty in the artistic programming of cross-cultural exchange. To borrow French scholar Michel Espagne’s concept of “cultural transfers,” artists are often “vectors” in the cross-cultural exchanges that fuel the evolution of culture, politics and society. “To become attentive to cultural changes,” Espagne writes in his recent article on the subject, “implies revising, at least virtually, the structures of collective memory … seeking imported elements, which are often marginalized.” 

Identities, values and visions of the future can be shared and shaped by the arts, which is a vital platform for intercultural dialogue and debate. This program provides an opportunity to build lasting connections, share experiences, ideas, and meals, getting to know one another not only as colleagues but as people. Invited artists and cultural professionals from around the world will be asked to reflect on ways in which the inclusive aims of the residency provide a counterbalance to contemporary social and political divisions, and will be encouraged to implement related initiatives in their communities back home. 

The goals of this residency is not only to highlight the important role that international artistic community have played in Paris during the 20th Century inter-war period, but also to support international dialogue towards an open and free society of today. Today’s Europe must remain open to the globalized world, including emerging countries, and artistic exchanges are an ideal platform to facilitate this urgent and complex goal.

See the detailed program, with events announced as planning progresses.

Multidisciplinary Residency includes:

  • Accommodation in either a private or shared room (based on your preferences and availability) 
  • Flexible meal plan on-site: buffet breakfast and either lunch or dinner of traditional french cuisine (with a to-go option)
  • Welcoming and closing dinner / reception at a historic restaurant or an artistic venue
  • Curated cultural program (professional visits, meetings and other facilitated group events co-hosted by Paris-based artistsand program partners)
  • Shared studio space (access to specialized production facility can be provided based on the program)
  • Meeting and showcase space (open studio, performance/stage space, sound, technical assistance)
  • Access to the Centre's facilities including, plenty of common areas, cafe, an outdoor terrace and garden, laundry facility, meeting rooms and internet access (wifi) for personal laptops
  • Support to encourage integration and intercultural exchange
  • Exposure on L'AiR Arts website and social media
  • Paris Museum Pass
  • Paris metro tickets

Travel, art materials and stipend are not included.

Residency fees

As a not-for-profit organisation, our residency fees only aim to cover the costs, already subsidized by our individual and institutional partners. The residency fees cover all the components, from the accommodation, most meals and local transportation, to creative space and curated programming. Some financial support and scholarships are available. For more information, please see our Funding page. 

Three-week residency for artists:

  • 2650 euro (based on shared accommodation between 2 – 4 participants)
  • 2950 euro (based on private accommodation)

One-week residency for cultural professionals:

  • 1200 euro (based on shared accommodation between 2 – 4 participants)
  • 1350 euro (based on private accommodation)

Application and Selection Process

Inclusivity is one of the core values and a guiding principles of our programs. This multidisciplinary residency is open to artists and cultural professionals​ from diverse cultural backgrounds, of different ages and genders, working in all art disciplines and at all stages of their professional careers. Intermediate level of English is required to be able to understand and interact with others.

​Applications are reviewed by a panel of international and Paris-based professionals. Selections are made from an open call application and panel process to nominations or by invitation.

Applications are currently under review. Late submissions accepted no later than September 22, 2019

If you have any questions please contact us at


Industry Listing, Submission.

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Industry Listing, Job Posting.

Deadline: October 2, 2019

Competition Number
3-19 (Dance) & 4-19 (Theatre) 

Deadline Date for Submissions
October 2, 2019 


Contract Type
Regular Full-Time 


$69,120 - $103,679 


The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is inviting applications for two Program Officer positions, one specialized in Dance and one for Theatre, to manage granting programs that fund individual artists, arts groups, and arts organizationsBoth positions would also be responsible for other multi-disciplinary granting programs such as Touring and Market Development.

These are interesting opportunities for accomplished mid to senior level arts professionals to apply their arts administration experience and broad arts discipline knowledge and understanding to support the advancement of the field through OAC’s granting programs, and lead the development, oversight and administration, of assigned granting programs.

Your leadership, combined with an innovative and thoughtful approach regarding the diverse needs of Ontario’s Dance or Theatre communities, enables you to act as a critical link between them and the OAC.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for applicant granting support, feedback and consultation; communicate program goals, priorities, principles and strategies; provide information and advice on programs and the application process
  • Manage, develop and provide administrative oversight of the assigned granting programs
  • Guide the granting process, including review of applications, selection of assessors, conduct assessment meetings, prepare oral presentations and written grant recommendations and reports, and communicate results
  • Facilitate the peer-assessment grant review meetings
  • Plan, manage and administer program budgets and program workflow, and supervise associated staff
  • Handle, in conjunction with the Director of Granting, any issues and concerns
  • Develop and maintain relationships with arts communities, organizations, funders and partners
  • Identify needs of specified or discipline specific artists and arts organizations, provide input into related strategies and policies, and support the implementation of programs and services in response to those needs
  • Engage in consultation around the assigned grant programs to determine continued relevance to identified needs
  • Conduct outreach and development for the arts communities represented by the assigned granting programs
  • Provide support to various programs when Officers require additional assistance due to absences, work on special projects, and high-volume periods
  • Work occasional overtime, attend events on evenings and weekends and travel to different regions in Ontario to meet with artists and arts organizations to build awareness of OAC programs, and provide hands-on training on the granting process

Key Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 years’ mid-to-senior level arts administration experience in a theatre and/or dance organization.
  • A post-secondary education in the arts or an equivalent combination of professional experience and education related to the responsibilities is required
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the trends and key issues in Dance or Theatre in Ontario, and an existing broad network of individual artists and arts organizations 
  • Multidisciplinary arts knowledge and experience working directly with artists and arts organizations of different disciplines
  • Proven ability to provide direction and leadership in the implementation of arts development strategies, programs and initiatives
  • Experience and knowledge in grant writing and public funding systems
  • Experience facilitating group decision making processes
  • Excellent and effective oral and written communication and presentation skills in English; with knowledge of French, ASL or other languages an asset
  • Practical financial knowledge and direct experience with project and arts organization operating budgets
  • Successful experience supervising and overseeing project plans and the workflow of staff
  • Solid organizational and administrative practices and the ability to multi-task
  • Excellent interpersonal, and consultative skills
  • Sound judgement, initiative and flexibility
  • Good teamwork skills and able to work collaboratively with a diverse set of individuals internally and externally
  • Advanced computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite  
  • Willingness and ability to work occasional overtime and to travel throughout Ontario on a regular basis, as required
  • A valid driver’s license is preferred


Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume by 5 p.m. (please note that applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered).