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Celebrate Ontario 2016

Culture Strategy

The provincial government has released its first Culture Strategy, which reflects the diversity of cultural expressions and experiences heard through the Culture Talks engagement process last fall.

The Culture Strategy recognizes the significant role that culture plays in promoting individual and community well-being across the province and sets goals to guide the government’s support for culture over the next five years.

We invite you to read the strategy to learn more.

Finalists Announced for Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts
Province Recognizing Important Contributions of Ontario’s Arts Community

September 6, 2016 | Twelve finalists have been announced for the Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.
The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of Ontario's arts community and its contributions to a strong, vibrant culture sector. Now in its 10th year, the program recognizes artists and arts organizations whose contributions span a significant period of time.

This year's finalists are:

Artist Award
Christi Belcourt -- Espanola, Visual Arts
David Buchbinder -- Toronto, Music
George Elliott Clarke -- Toronto, Literature
Dwayne Morgan -- Toronto, Literature
Lata Pada -- Mississauga, Dance
Larry Towell -- Bothwell, Media Arts

Arts Organization Award
A Different Booklist -- Toronto, Literature
Dusk Dances -- Toronto, Dance
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography -- Toronto, Visual Arts
International Festival of Authors -- Toronto, Literature
Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto -- Toronto, Media Arts
Mouvement d'implication francophone d'Orléans -- Ottawa, Multidisciplinary

Additional Resources
Backgrounder: Finalists for the 2016 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

Nominations for the 2017 awards are being accepted until December 1, 2016. All Ontarians are invited to submit a nomination.

Industry Deadlines and News


Calling all Canadian filmmakers! Applications are open for our new $1-million Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund, distributing production grants of up to $35,000 to three or four projects each year. Applications will be accepted on a rolling deadline.


Applications are open for the new theatrical-length doc strand of our CrossCurrents Doc Fund. One or more international projects will be selected to receive grants of up to $30,000 CDN, as well as tailored professional development opportunities.
Application Deadline: September 21, 2016

Free Block Party - Manifesto’s 10th anniversary festivities
on Sunday, September 18

A Tribe Called Red Headlining Manifesto 10!

A Tribe Called Red’s newest music video off their OMF-supported album, We Are the Halluci Nation (Release date is September 16, 2016) “R.E.D.”

A Tribe Called Red feat. Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), MC Narcy and Black Bear, a drum group from the Manawan Atikamekw Nation in Quebec

A Tribe Called Red also recently produced a short documentary discussing the experience of recording with a live drum group for the first time – click here to check it out.

Congratulations to these Ontario artists on the 2016 Polaris Music Prize Short List. Click here for the full list of nominees.

The winners will be announced at a Gala on September 19, 2016.

Basia Bulat — Good Advice   Jessy Lanza — Oh No
PUP — The Dream Is Over   U.S. Girls — Half Free

Upcoming Awards, Festivals and Markets

Aug. 31- Sept. 10 The 73rd Venice International Film Festival, Venice, Italy
Sept. 7- 11 Jazz Sudbury Festival, Sudbury, Ontario
Sept. 7- 17 Caribbean Tales Film Festival and Market Incubator Program, Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 8-18 Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 9- 11 James Street Supercrawl 2016, Hamilton, Ontario
Sept. 15- 17 Strategic Partners - Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sept. 15- 18 City Folk Music Festival, Ottawa, Ontario
Sept. 16- 18 Toronto Urban Roots Festival 2016, Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 17- 25 Cinefest - Sudbury International Film Festival, Sudbury, Ontario
Sept. 19 Polaris Music Prize Gala, Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 20-25 Americana Music Festival and Conference, Nashville, Tennessee
Sept. 21-24 Reeperbahn Festival and Conference, Hamburg, Germany
Sept. 21- 25 Ottawa International Animation Festival 2016, Ottawa, Ontario
Sept. 22- 25 Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 25 Word on the Street, Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 29- Oct. 14 Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia
Sept. 30 – Oct. 9 Austin City Limits 2016, Austin City, Texas
Oct. 11 Power of the Pixel London, London, England
Oct. 12-14 MaMA Festival and Conference, Paris, France
Oct. 12-16 16th Annual ReelWorld Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Oct 17-20 MIPCOM - The world's entertainment content market, Cannes, France
Oct. 19 Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany
Oct. 20-21 GameON: Ventures, Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 22 2016 Directors Guild Awards Gala, Toronto, Ontario
Nov. 20- 24 Film Bazaar at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, India

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