I Want To Showcase

Partner Conference Profile

Ontario Contact 2020

📅 When:

Where: London, ON, Canada

💼 Organizer: Ontario Contact

💲 Application Fee: $50.00 CAD
(Application Fee subject to 13% tax)

Deadline: (11:00 pm PT)

Contact Info


Cheryl Ewing


c/o Ontario Presents, 192 Spadina Ave, Unit 305
Toronto, ON
Canada M5T 2C2



An exciting, engaging celebration of touring performing arts, Ontario Contact is a gathering of those working in the sector. This three-day conference is an opportunity for networking, sharing information and seeing the work of artists wishing to tour.

Conference Overview

Produced by Ontario Presents, Ontario Contact engages over 500 artists, presenters, workshop leaders, and various government and arts service agencies in showcase performances, workshops, and an arts industry marketplace. It is our goal that Ontario Contact will continue to address the on going needs of Ontario’s cultural presenters, and assist local, national, and international artists and their agents to tour and perform for Ontario communities. The conference is working to revitalize the way we bring stakeholders together and therefore the juried showcases will be only one part of our showcasing approach.

There is a broad range of opportunities from small intimate venues to those of 2,000 seats. A significant number of the presenters are volunteers using a variety of venues from churches to theatres.

Showcases are 15 minutes long for music and young audience. Longer showcases will be considered for theatre and dance. Please note that the performance venue this year must be taken into consideration if applying for dance. Please go to https://ontariocontact.ca/artist-submissions for details.

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Showcase Provisions

We expect that the artist will be prepared to showcase a performance as stated in the application. Any changes must be pre-approved prior to printing of our programme - August 1, 2020. The jury carefully considers the final applications and programming to give the best opportunity to all of the showcasing artists. Changes in format may not work to your benefit and may not be accommodated.

Ontario Contact will provide mics and a sound system appropriate to the venue. Back line will also be provided. Any additional requirements are at the discretion of Ontario Contact.

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Showcase Criteria

Ontario Contact determines which applications will be successful based on artistic quality, impact on the artist's career as well as impact on the audience, quality of marketing support and proven experience with touring. It is essential that the materials provided to the jury reflect the quality and impact of the artist's work. The juried showcases are only one part of our showcasing approach..

The jury is representative of the Ontario presenting community with representatives from various sizes of communities, and both broad and specific knowledge of various disciplines.

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Terms & Conditions

No incomplete applications will be considered and payment must be received by March 13, 2020. We no longer accept hard copy support materials.

Submission of this form constitutes acceptance and acknowledgement of the following Terms & Conditions of applying for and/accepting a juried showcase slot.

This application does not represent a commitment by Ontario Contact to provide a showcase.

If selected to showcase:

The sound system will be provided by Ontario Contact and will be scaled to the location used and reasonable requirements of the artist. Ontario Contact will have absolute control over this system, including overall volume levels.

Confirmation must be received within 10 business days of offer to showcase.

All accepted applicants must purchase one full Exhibitors registration, and, as an Exhibitor Delegate, must supply a representative (manager or otherwise) during all open Contact Room hours.

Ontario Contact assumes no responsibility for costs associated with showcasing.

Ontario Contact reserves the right to use showcasing artists' submitted images and content for the promotion of Ontario Contact.

If a selected act is unable to appear, no substitutions will be permitted for its showcase performance. The showcase jury will establish a list of alternates from the original applications using the same criteria as used for choosing showcasing artists. Therefore, cancellation of an act by an agent or promoter does not guarantee that the agent/promoter will have the opportunity to fill the vacant showcase.

Any changes to the showcase, with the exception of chosen repertoire, must be pre-approved as this is one of the jury's considerations in making the final selections.

All fees are non-refundable.

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