Canadians Told Us They LOVE to Dance

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Canadians Told Us They LOVE to Dance

Results from the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council
Yes I Dance National Survey
Toronto, February 23, 2015 –  Canadians love to dance! How do we know? We asked. TheCanada Council for the Arts, with support from the Ontario Arts Council, conducted the nation-wide  #YesIdance survey with dancers, choreographers and dance teachers across the country. Over 8,100 responded, representing 190 forms of dance.

Survey results revealed

  • Spin the Dance Wheel for stats, facts and videos of the survey’s top 100 dance. forms.
  • Read the highlights in the executive summary or the full report.

Share the power of dance

We want Canadians to know why you love to dance. There are many ways to engage:

  • share your dance video;
  • put your organization on the largest dance map in the world;
  • tell us why dance is important to you on Twitter.


Yes I dance / Oui je danse

The Yes I Dance survey is part of Dance Across Canada, a major research project funded by the Canada Council with financial contributions from the Ontario Arts Council.

For more information:

Shoshana Wasser
OAC Communications Coordinator
416-969-7434 | 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434 |

Myles Warren
OAC Dance and Awards Officer
416-969-7422 | 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7422 |

Marlene Alt, Project Coordinator
Dance Section, Canada Council for the Arts
1-800-263-5588 ext. 6030 |

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Looking for Artists!

Toronto Public Library is looking for Artists to submit their work for possible exhibition during the September 2015 – August 2016 Art Exhibit season.
If you would like to submit an application for consideration, visit the Toronto Public Library website at for more information, or contact the Art Exhibits Office at 416-393-7224.
The deadline for submission is April 10, 2015.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year… looking forward to a wonderful and exciting 2015!

So what’s going to happen this year?

Here’s our upcoming calendar of events happening in 2015

70-years-of-liberation-badgeSaturday May 2, 2015, City Hall Toronto:

Thank You Canada! – 70th Anniversary Celebration of the Liberation of HollandA FESTIVAL/Celebration that will take place next May 2 2015, during Dutch Heritage Month at City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square. 

tshirtlogosmallWednesday, July 1st, 2015 :

Our 9th Annual Multicultural Canada Day Celebrations at Yonge Dundas Square.

Other Events of interest:

The World Dance Alliance-Americas announces that their next Assembly will be hosted by the Asia Pacific Dance Festival and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Theatre and Dance Department from July 26 to 31, 2015. 

Toronto’s  2015 PanAm Games:

The Games run from August 7 to 15, 2015Become a volunteer at the Pan Am games! Do you speak Spanish or Portuguese or French, apply today as a volunteer.

Click Here to fill in the online form to become a volunteer today!

Other Out-of-Province Events in 2015

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Celebrate life and culture with world-class entertainment, delicious authentic food and beautiful cultural displays at Folklorama, the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world (as determined by the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts). Explore one of the most vibrant arts and culture scenes found in the heart of the continent during the first two weeks of August. Join friends and family and experience the world’s cultures in Winnipeg from August 2 to 15, 2015. More info

Drummondville, Quebec

World Cultures (formerly World Folklore Festival) is a festival to discover the different facets of world traditions every summer at the beginning of July to Woodyatt Park Drummondville, a town in the region of Centre-du-Québec . The event was founded in 1982, after members of the Mackinaw folk ensemble had participated in a similar festival in Dijon, France. The 34th edition of the festival will take place from 9 to 19 July 2015. More info

Join us at this year’s Toronto Christmas Market

_mg_3498-crop-u8784Join our CFAC member groups at the Annual Toronto Christmas Market at the Toronto Distillery District.

Saturday Nov 29:  3:00 and 5:15pm  Toronto Morris Men Dancers

Friday Dec 5: 6:30pm

  • Toronto Welcomes the Arrival of St. Nicholas – Arriving on a White Horse       accompanied by his costumed attendants, St. Nicholas will make his way to the stage.       He will then open his ‘Big Red Book’ and the gathered children will learn who has been      good all year before he leads everyone in songs and stories.  Presented in association with the Community Folk Arts Council of Toronto
  • Sinterklaas arrives in Toronto at the TCM


Sunday Dec 7:   12noon  and  1:30pm  Belarusian Folk group and  Choir “Javarovy Ludzi”
Sat Dec 13:  1:30 and 4:30pm  Radosc-Joy polish dance group
Sun Dec 14:  1:30 and 4:30pm Ukrainian Arkan Dance Company
Thurs Dec 17:  6:30pm and 7:30pm   Igranka Bulgarian Dance
Sat Dec 20: 1:00pm and 3:00pm  Melissakia Dance Greek Dance Theatre

Hours of Operation

Tuesday to Friday………………………12noon to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday……………………10am to 9pm

The Distillery Historic District is Open 7 Days a Week.

Visit for more details.

Hospitality Lounges

Tuesday to Friday………………………..5pm to Close
Saturday and Sunday……………….12noon to Close



Costume Society of Ontario

We are pleased to introduce the Costume Society of Ontario, this is an association dedicated to exploring the design, development and import of fashion throughout the ages: the influence of dress on society and the reflection of technology, culture and thought on fashion design and display. Far from being dry and academic, this exploration opens a fascinating look into how people express themselves through clothing and what this says about them as individuals and as a culture.

The Costume Society of Ontario membership includes designers, costumers, collectors, performers, professional historians, museum workers, devoted amateurs and anyone interested in aspects of dress from tip (hats) to toe (shoes)! Members explore and discuss all periods of design, fabrics, manufacturing, accessories and accoutrements, delve into the influence of technology, war, ethnicity and culture on the creation of fabric, design, form, function and frivolity!

Whether your interest is academic or personal, whether you are a curator or a collector, the Costume Society can expand your knowledge of, and fascination with, human finery. Visit the Membership Page for details on how to become a member.

The World Dance Alliance-Americas announces that their next Assembly

The World Dance Alliance-Americas announces that their next Assembly will be hosted by the Asia Pacific Dance Festival and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Theatre and Dance Department from July 26 to 31, 2015. The theme for the Assembly is “Spaces and Places: Exploring Dance Narratives through Alternate Lenses.” Activities will feature scholarly papers, pecha kucha, panel discussions, master classes, choreolab and performances. Participants may want to come early to attend the Asia Pacific Dance Festival, from July 14 to 27 ( The call for proposals will be issued soon, please check our website ( in early December for further information on submitting proposals and the Assembly location.Mary Jane Warner
World Dance Alliance-Americas 

Promotion of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Montreal, August 12, 2014

Folklore Canada International Members Culture & Intangible cultural Heritage are part of the sustainable development


Folklore Canada International is progressing in its actions for the promotion of Intangible Cultural Heritage in our society by presenting conferences, shows, festivals, exchanges, lobbying or studies or in encouraging its members to do so. We are contacting you because the United Nations will accept, this fall 2014, a plan for sustainable development that will follow on from the world millennium plan accepted in 2000, and in which culture and heritage were not mentioned.

We strongly believe in the need for an human rights based approach to development and in that putting people first is recognizing the unique transformative power of culture. Development will have been truly achieved when all citizens can participate in and enjoy the music, dance, literature, visual representation, heritage and all other expressions of the arts and culture of their own community and beyond.

Folklore Canada International just signed the Declaration for the inclusion of culture in the UN Sustainable Development goals post 2015.

We are asking to all Community Folk Art Council members and Folklore Canada International members to sign this Declaration. We are hoping that in doing so, it will influence not only the leaders of the world, but also that it will encourage the associations in cultural heritage to show how active they are and how much they believe in the importance of cultural heritage and diversity of cultural expressions.

To sign the document, we invite you to go to the following Website:

and to click on « Sign Now! » where you will find a form to fill out.

We thank you for your commitment in the promotion the intangible cultural heritage and for your collaboration in its safeguard.

Please accept kindest regards,

Guy Landry, General Director

Multicultural Canada Day July 1


TORONTO – June  19, 2014

NEWS RELEASE:  8th Annual Multicultural Canada Day Celebration – Yonge Dundas Square July 1, 2014

The Community Folk Art Council of Toronto, a non-for-profit organization,  is proud to present the 8th Annual Multicultural Canada Day Celebration at Yonge Dundas Square.

We are honored that Toronto Mayoral Candidate – OLIVA CHOW will be opening our Multicultural Canada Day celebration at 12:00pm – followed by the singing of O’Canada and a performance from Canadian First Nations dance ensemble Red Spirit Dancers.

We will be showcasing many ethnically diverse dance groups that will present 30-minute ethnic folk dance performances on the main stage. The Community Folk Art Council, for some 40 years is the acknowledged leader in promoting the traditional arts in Toronto.

This festival will be showcasing multicultural folkdance, arts and craft, foods and traditions. This festival features different cultures and ethnic groups that make Toronto a great place to live. At this event you will be able enjoy the performing arts, visual arts, crafts, dancing, information and foods representing cultures from around the globe that have made Canada, and Toronto their new home.

The countries represented in this year’s celebration are: Canada- First Nations, Canada, Brazil, Egypt, Serbia, Kurdish, Columbian, Mexico, Ethiopia, East Africa, Ghana, China, Hawaii, Malaysia, and Thailand.

Our 2-headliner bands at 7 and 8pm include: DeVah Quartet and SHAWNEE.

Aboriginal Canadian powerhouse artist and female singer/songwriter, SHAWNEE is an award winning international touring performer. She has performed on stages with Lady GaGa, Glass Tiger, Roxette and Tegan and Sara during the 2014 Juno awards. Her music is filled with passion, energy and inspiration. The video for her latest single Mirror Me was added to Much Music earlier this year and she appeared vocally on the Disney hit TV show (The Next Step) with song “Turn Me Around”. This summer Shawnee will hit stages across Canada including World Pride 2014 in Toronto. Shawnee is a strong advocate for LGBT and Women’s rights her music inspires strength and empowerment. She has recently released her debut EP “Let It Burn” recorded with the Grammy Award winning producer Tim Thorney.

Event: 8th Annual Multicultural Canada Day Celebration

Where: Yonge Dundas Square

When: Tuesday,  July 1, 2014

Starting Time: 12:00 Opening Ceremonies with Olivia Chow

End of show:  9:00pm


Wheelchair Accessible

At this Canada Day celebration you will be able enjoy the performing arts, visual arts, crafts, dancing, information and foods representing cultures from around the globe. With special events just for kids, it’s great (free) family entertainment!

The Community Folk Art Council of Toronto was incorporated in 1968 as a registered, non-profit charitable organization. The Community Folk Art Council of Metropolitan Toronto has as its mandate to ‘promote the preservation, development and advancement of the cultural and artistic heritage of the people of Toronto’. A not-for-profit, charitable organization, CFAC enriches Toronto by presenting the heritage of some 91 nationalities found in our city. The Community Folk Art Council of Toronto serves the Greater Toronto Area but draws its members from throughout Ontario.  Almost forty years ago, the Council’s first accomplishment was to bring together some 30 different ethnic communities to display their respective Easter traditions at Toronto’s Old City Hall. The success of the event, drawing crowds from both ‘mainstream’ and ‘ethnic’ communities encouraged the Council to produce a similar display of Christmas customs at ‘Christmas around the World’.  These events have since become an annual tradition in Toronto. In 1969 Metro International Caravan, Toronto’s summer festival of international culture, was founded and in 1972, Metro International Caravan became a separate organization.


12:00- 12:10            “Opening Ceremonies – VIP’s Opening speeches and Singing of O Canada featuring Jasmine Ragual”

12:10-12:40            First Nations – Red Spirit Dancers

1:00-1:30            Alana Cline- Canadian Celtic Music

1:30-2:00            Dilan Kurdish Dance Company

2:00-2:30            Nhapitapi African Dance

3:00-3:30            Alana Cline- Canadian Celtic Music

3:30-4:00            Sebseb Belu Ethiopean Dance

4:00-4:30            Cabildo Colombian Folk Dance Group

4:30-5:00            The Hawaiian Pacific Magic

5:00-5:30            Brazilian Dance

5:30-6:00            Academy of Serbian Dance

6:00-6:30            Habeeba Hobeika Egyptian Dance

6:30-7:00           LIVE Line Dancing Instruction with Vivian Scott

7:00-7:30            deVah Quartet- Electric String Quartet

7:30-8:00          LIVE Line Dancing Instruction with Vivian Scott

8:00-9:00           SHAWNEE – Singer and Back up band and Dancers

* Program subject to change

Canada Day is Funded by Canadian Heritage, City of Toronto and OMNI Television.