What is Ontario CONTACT?
An exciting, engaging celebration, Ontario Contact is an opportunity for those working in the touring performing arts sector to come together to network, and to share information in a three-day conference featuring performances from a wide range of genres.
Every year Ontario Contact engages over 200 artists, presenters, agents, managers, and industry stakeholders in showcase performances, workshops, and an arts industry marketplace. It is our goal that Ontario Contact will continue to address the ongoing needs of Ontario’s performing arts ecology, allowing artists to tour to communities across the province. Ontario Presents is pleased to be producing this 3-day conference and artist showcase platform, with assistance from the Ontario Arts Council, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the generous support of our many sponsors.
Ontario Contact 2020 will be held from September 10th-12th, 2020 in London, ON, hosted by Wolf Performance Hall. Showcase applications will open via IWanttoShowcase in January 2020, and registration will be available on this website in the spring.
What we achieve with Ontario Contact
Ontario has a large and diverse population spanning many kilometers and communities. Ontario Contact is an annual opportunity for those working in the performing arts field to come together. It gives presenters, artists, artist agents and managers time to network, to discover new work, to be introduced to best practices and to do business. Finally, we facilitate networking to help strengthen the Ontario arts community.
Ontario Contact works closely with other Canadian Showcase events to support and nurture the touring sector across Canada. These include:
- Alberta Showcase
- Contact East
- Contact Ontarois
- Manitoba Showcase Contact
- Folk Music Ontario Conference
- OSAC Showcase
- Pacific Contact
Through working together we can continue to showcase the arts and foster creative communities in the process.