Artist Submissions

Artist showcase applications for Contact ONtour 2021, taking place virtually from September 13 - 18, 2021, are now open at!

We highly recommend reading the below information before applying.

An exciting, engaging celebration of touring performing arts, Contact ONtour is a gathering of those working in the sector. This conference is an opportunity for networking, sharing information and seeing the work of artists wishing to tour. Contact ONtour (formerly Ontario Contact) is designed to develop the performing arts in each local host community as part of its larger conference mandate. This year, we are going virtual, and all of Ontario is our host!

We are busily making plans for a conference that will bring us all together for conversation, connection, and art, until we are once again able to gather in person. The conference will include showcases, pitches, networking opportunities, professional development workshops, and important industry conversations. All of this will be focused on the week of September 13th-18th, 2021, with some activities taking place throughout September. Please note that no activities will be held during Yom Kippur (the evening of Sept 15th and all day on Sept 16th).

This year, all showcases and pitches will be virtual and will require an application. You will be asked to indicate in your application if you are interested in a pitch if not selected for a showcase.  We anticipate the selection of 15 showcasing artists, 15 pitching artists, and approximately 30 additional artists to be included in an online directory. At this time, we plan for showcases to be pre-recorded and for pitches to be livestreamed. However, we are very conscious of broadband and technological constraints and are happy to work with selected artists to ensure the best possible experience.

We encourage performing artists of all disciplines from Ontario and other Canadian provinces and territories, to apply. Given ongoing travel restrictions and limited showcase capacity, at this time we are accepting applications from Canadian artists only.

Ontario Presents is committed to ensuring equity, inclusivity, and representation in our sector. We especially encourage applications from artists who identify as Indigenous, Black, or People of Colour, artists with disabilities, Deaf artists, as well as artists from the LGBTQ2S+ community, to apply, and will be placing emphasis on representation from these communities in our selection process. If you feel comfortable doing so, please self-identify in your artist bio in the application. 

We have lowered this year’s showcase application fee to $30. We recognize that this is an extremely difficult financial moment for artists, agents, managers, and all arts workers. If this fee presents a significant financial barrier, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate. 

Applications are due by Friday, May 7th at 11pm EST.

Have questions?

Read our FAQs

We will also be hosting drop-in FAQ sessions throughout April. If you have any questions about the showcase/pitch application process, please click below to register and drop in anytime within the hour.

FAQ Sessions: Thursdays from 4:30-5:30pm EST throughout April

Register here for an FAQ session!

Please direct any questions to Cheryl at Please inform Cheryl if you have any accessibility needs and we will do our best to provide necessary accommodations.

Have you read all of the above, including the FAQs, and are ready to apply?

Visit IWanttoShowcase to apply

IWanttoShowcase is a shared platform for conference applications. Please note that you will need to create a free account in order to view the application form. Once in your account, you can view and edit your application, build an application based on previous years’ information, and apply to multiple conferences.


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