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Brian Ronald Macdonald 1928-2014

Internationally respected award-winning director and choreographer for stage and television in musical theatre, opera and ballet, Brian Macdonald died on November 29, 2014.

 

RQD Elects New President

On October 27, the dance advocacy association Regroupement Québécois de la danse (RQD) announced Harold Rhéaume, choreographer and artistic director of Le Fils d’Adrien danse, as their new president.

 

Four Major Arts Awards Announced

Four significant arts organizations celebrated the accomplishments of Canadian artists by announcing major awards and prizes. The Prix Culturel Samuel de Champlain was awarded to choreographer Marie Chouinard, while Aszure Barton was awarded the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation Prize. Vancouver bestowed its Mayor’s Art Awards for 2014, with Jai Govinda winning the performance award, while Alejandro De Leon received $45,000 from the funding body CALQ (Le conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec) to create a new dance web series.

 

Dancemakers Appoints Co-Curators

Dancemakers announces the appointment of co-curators Emi Forster and Benjamin Kamino.

 

Indian Dance in the Cloud

Classical Indian dance pioneer Menaka Thakkar uses the Internet to bring India and Canada closer together through virtual performances and classes streamed live.

 

Paul-André Fortier and Margie Gillis become Officers of the Order of Canada

Montréal’s Paul-André Fortier and Margie Gillis received their insignia as Officers of the Order of Canada on September 12.

 

Calling all Young Québec Dancers

Bouge de là, PPS (Pierre-Paul Savoie) danse and the department of dance at l’UQÀM have started an initiative to strengthen dance education in Québec culture. In collaboration with Cas Public, the first conference on dance dedicated to young Québec audiences will take place on September 25 and 26.

 

Studio Talk: Toronto

Dance Teq opens at a new location, two dance studios open in Toronto.

 

After Turbulence, Dance Victoria Producer Stephen White Reinstated

Longtime artistic producer at Dance Victoria (DV) in British Columbia, Stephen White, has returned to the position less than two months after being fired. White was reinstated following a Dance Victoria Society special general meeting on August 1 that also saw DV’s entire board of directors replaced. Within days of the meeting, DV’s executive director of two years, Jason Dubois, announced that he had left the organization.

 

Young Canadians Excel at International Competition

Two young dancers from Vancouver’s Goh Ballet Academy win top prizes at an international dance competition in Austria.

 

Alberta Ballet II dancers announced

On June 30, the School of Alberta Ballet officially launched its newest education and outreach program, Alberta Ballet II, with eight dancers being announced.

 

Swinging the night away at Dancing on the Pier

Dancing on the Pier, which takes place every Thursday night from June 26 to September 4 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, is a high-energy evening full of live music and huge gatherings of dancers and non-dancers alike.

 

New Appointments at Ballet Kelowna and Canadian Society for Dance Studies

July marks a time of new beginnings for two prominent Canadian dance groups, with Ballet Kelowna and the Canadian Society for Dance Studies (CSDS) each announcing changes in direction.

 

Dancemakers Makes Changes

The artistic director of one of Toronto’s most reputable contemporary dance companies says he’s been unceremoniously let go as the company scrambles to avoid a federal funding cut. But the company’s board says he’s misunderstood their attempt to retain him.

 

Winners announced at Toronto's 2014 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

The thirty-fifth annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards took place June 23 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. The dance division saw a total of thirty-four nominees in seven categories.

 

The Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network Mentorship Program

The Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network (CSARN) is developing a mentorship program. Officially launched in January 2014, CSARN is currently accepting applications from professional artists of all ages. Mentors must be sixty or older, but mentees can be artists of any age wishing to develop new skills.

 

Cirkopolis goes straight to the top in NYC

Cirque Éloize’s latest production Cirkopolis was presented the Drama Desk Award in New York City for the unique experience it provides.

 

Meredith Potter receives Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) has presented Meredith Potter with this year’s Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for Outstanding Leadership in Administration.

 

2014 Dora Mavor Moore nominees announced

Nominations for the thirty-fifth annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, which celebrate exceptional work in Toronto’s performing arts scene, were announced on June 2.

 

Duchess of Cornwall visits RWB

Celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary this season, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet welcomed Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on May 21.

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