New upcoming Youth Conference Sept 18,19,20, 2015

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Screen shot 2014-01-26 at 2.13.29 PMToronto, September 18, 19 and 20, 2015

Once again the CFAC will be hosting a Folklore Canada -CIOFF conference. The highlight of this conference will discussing and adopting new Bylaws to Develop the interest of the youth towards intangible cultural heritage on a local, provincial, national, and international level

We will be discussing the following new National ByLaws:

National Bylaws of the CFAC – FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum

Toronto CITY HALL , 100 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON Canada. 

  1. Name

The name of the group is FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum

  1. Headquarters

Our Headquarters are located in Quebec, Canada. It is to note that the address can change accordingly to the will of the Youth Council. The group is a branch of Folklore Canada International .

  1. Objectives

FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum shares the same general goals as Folklore Canada International, which will be presented in Annex I:

The objectives of FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum go as following:

  1. Develop the interest of the youth towards intangible cultural heritage on a local, provincial, national, and international level.
  2. Prepare the youth for future roles of provincial, national, and international organizers and administrators in the organizations of SPEQ, FCI and CIOFF.
  3. Expand the expertise of the youth in the domain of intangible cultural heritage and its transmission.
  4. Support projects adopted by FCI and CIOFF Youth Council.


  1. Fiscal year

The fiscal year of the organization ends on March 30th in accordance to Folklore Canada International, unless the FCI council indicates otherwise.

  1. Members

5.1 To participate in the meetings of FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum, candidates must be between the ages of 15 to 28 and be recommended by an official written approval by the Canadian national section or the provincial division.

To be elected to the Youth Council, candidates must be of at least 18 years old

Each youth is part of Folklore Canada International, which is the Canadian section of CIOFF as well as the Canadian community, and must at all time keep in mind the main objectives of the group.

5.2 Individuals can attend the meetings as observers under the category of friendly members. Friendly members must be between 29 and 35 years old and be recommended by an official written approval by the Youth Council and the Canadian national section.

Friendly members cannot be elected to the Youth Council.

Friendly members are part of Folklore Canada International, which is the Canadian section of CIOFF as well as the Canadian community, and must at all time keep in mind the main objectives of the group.

  1. Youth council

The annual aims and the program of the organization are managed by a council of fifteen (15) administrators (5 members of the executive committee and 10 provincial delegates) of which eight (8) make up a quorum[1].

The administrators are elected for two (2) years by the members of the yearly general assembly. The election process goes as following[2]:

  1. One (1) representative per province is assigned by their provincial association or nominated by the Youth Council, and approved by the FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum;
  2. One (1) President is elected amongst the FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum;
  3. One (1) Vice-President is elected amongst FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum;
  4. One (1) Secretary is elected amongst the FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum;
  5. One (1) Director of communications is elected amongst the FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum;
  6. One (1) Treasurer is elected amongst FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum.


UNESCO seeks to achieve its overarching objectives of a Culture of Peace


UNESCO Headquarters, 15-17 December 2014



As a result of its proceedings, the International Conference of NGOs in official partnership

with UNESCO, meeting in Paris from 1S to 17 December 2014 under the theme “Reenchanting

the world for the post-201S development agenda”, adopted the following


Recognizing that UNESCO seeks to achieve its overarching objectives of a Culture of Peace

and Sustainable Development in its fields of competence (education, the SCiences, culture,

communication and information), around its global priorities (Africa and Gender Qualities)

and for identified priority groups (Youth, Least Developed Countries as well as Small Island

and Developing States);

Noting that the UNESCO partnership with non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

representing civil society constitutes a valuable cooperation for achieving these objectives

among organizations concerned with matters within the competence of the Organisation;

Considering that NGOs playa key role in complementing the action of governmental and

intergovernmental bodies such as UNESCO because they operate on the ground, are flexible

and independent of government politiCS, able to create awareness and to mobilise;

Acknowledging the Directives concerning UNESCO’s partnership with NGOs adopted by the

36th session of the General Conference, the UNESCO medium-term strategy (2014-2021),

and the recent release of the Synthesis Report of the UN Secretary General regarding the

post-201S Agenda “The Road to Dignity by 2030”;

Supporting the need for measurable, realistic and inspirational targets, we make the

following recommendations:

1. To the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

Supportive of the strategic approach adopted by previous Liaison Committees, we

encourage the incoming Committee to develop a Plan of Action that clearly reflects

consideration of the goals of the post-201S development agenda;

Recognising the important opportunity that NGO fora in different regions of the world

offer to involve local, national and regional NGOs in the collective work of NGOs, we

invite the Liaison Committee to continue the organization of these fora on issues

related to the post-201S development agenda;

Convinced that the geographical diversity of the Liaison Committee is a major asset

for the collective collaboration of NGOs, we invite the Committee to maximize the

joint potential of its members when implementing the Plan of Action and defining its

working methods;


Acknowledging the value of the advice and suggestions gathered during the

brainstorming session of the International Conference (to be annexed), we invite t he

Liaison Committee to take them into account when elaborat ing its Plan of Action;

In light of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-201S development agenda

which take place at the UN until September 201S, we invite the Liaison Committee to

steer NGO collaboration across fields of competence in order to advocate an agenda

that addresses the broad range of concerns that NGOs are working on today.

2. To the NGO Community

Acknowledging the limited time remaining for influencing the preparation of the post-

201S development agenda, we urge the NGO community to thoroughly examine the

key documents of this process and to express their views for the final agenda to

allow all stakeholders to build “the future we want “;

Encouraged by the general consensus on the need for cross-cutting collaborations,

we challenge NGOs in all UNESCO regions to form st rategic alliances with partners

from other areas of competence to contribute to the implementation of the post-201S

development agenda via jointly prepared studies, events and projects;

Having taken note of the reports on the th ree NGO fora held during the past

biennium, we invite NGOs to work individually and collectively to follow up on the

outcomes of these fora and of the thematic debates held at the International


We encourage NGOs to consider strategies for the inclusion of marginalized groups of

people as both actors and beneficiaries of their work.

3. To UNESCO Member States and the Director-General

Committed to maximizing impact of efforts when working towards the targets of the

post-201S development agenda, and concerned over the risk of fragmentation of

these efforts, we challenge UNESCO Member States and the Director-General to

a. work w ith the Liaison Committee to continue to enhance the procedures for

consultation and cooperat ion between UNESCO and NGO’s in official

partnership with a view to further improving these processes;

b. promote cross-cutting initiatives by reinforcing partnerships with NGOs across

all regions and where feasible, providing support for cross-cutting


Encouraged by the positive experience of the NGO fora, we strongly recommend that

Member States and the UNESCO Secretariat continue to support these and explore

ways of taking into account the conclusions and recommendations of these fora.


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.