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Open Letter by MPP Jill Andrew
CALL TO ACTION TO ALL WHO WANT TO SEE ONTARIO’S ARTS & CULTURE COMMUNITIES SURVIVE COVID-19
If you are an artists, a cultural worker or part of an arts institution please sign. If you are a creative entrepreneur or business owner who wants to see culture not fall through the cracks please sign.
If you are a simply a person who enjoys arts and culture and wants to join us in our fight to protect it please sign.
Please help us get this message to the media and more importantly to the provincial government.
Please join us in getting this message out. If you are interested in helping please call /email your local MPP to help bring awareness to this cause. There is strength in numbers and our time is now!
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ARTS & CULTURE OPEN LETTER
Hon. Premier Doug Ford
Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A1
Hon. Minister Lisa MacLeod
Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
438 University Avenue, 6th Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 2K8
May 15, 2020
Greetings Premier Doug Ford and Hon. Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries,
We hope this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy as possible during this difficult time.
On May 11, 2020 the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture led by Hon. Minister MacLeod hosted a last minute technical briefing zoom meeting. There were over 70 people in attendance on the call including MPPs and staff. Of the 45 minutes scheduled, 7 minutes at the end were provided for us as MPPs to bring the voices of our communities to the forefront. This was insufficient.
Today we are writing you on behalf of the many artists, cultural workers, gig economy workers and arts administrators we represent in our Toronto ridings. We are writing on behalf of the countless grassroots, small and medium-sized community arts organizations, collectives, charities and non-profits representing invaluable diverse neighbourhood cultures, languages and identities we are each so honoured to represent. Artists tell the stories of our communities – they are the story. Our cultural institutions are vehicles for social and economic justice and they embody the power of representation. Creatives amplify local challenges, broaden community conversations and champion solutions through the arts. Through culture, voices that have historically been marginalized – especially Indigenous, Black and racialized, women-identified, Deaf, disabled and LGBTQ2S+ are not only seen but they are heard.
Our local artists and arts organizations have struggled long before COVID-19 for the respect, recognition and real, sustainable funding from your provincial government they deserve. Arts organizations big and small, artists, writers, musicians, comedians, thespians, filmmakers, television producers and production crews, collectives, fashion designers and local sewists have generously given of their talents during this difficult time through free online concerts, public readings, film screenings and festivals, theatre, sharing of visual arts and creative communities stepping up and creating non-medical home-made PPE. Our arts communities have shown us consistently who they are and have been there helping comfort and connect Ontarians across our province throughout this difficult time. It’s time your government had their backs too.
For example, the decision of your government last year to slash the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) budget by $10 million with unforeseen cuts on the way was unimaginable and has left an indelible mark on arts communities across Ontario especially those represented by OAC-identified priority groups: artists of colour, Deaf artists and artists with disabilities, Francophone artists, Indigenous artists, new generation artists (16-30 years old) and artists living in regions outside of Toronto. Adding insult to injury, your government ended the Indigenous Culture Fund a direct response to the Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action, slashed the Ontario Music Fund by over fifty percent, slashed millions from Celebrate Ontario which meant 71 fewer tourism and arts festivals received grants and you also ripped funding from Ontario Library Service-North and Southern Ontario Library Service programs. Needless to say a lot of damage was done last year, it impacted many lives and livelihoods and continues to.
We are now all trying to navigate through COVID-19 – a pandemic exposing the very inequities all too many of our community members experience routinely.
Our arts and culture communities have been suffering and they need DIRECT SUPPORT now more than ever from their Ontario provincial government. According to Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, there is an estimated $500 million dollar estimated total loss of arts revenue by June alone and that number will continue to increase without your support. Artisans, cultural workers and arts organization – especially those serving predominantly racialized, lower-income, disabled and LGBTQ2S+ communities are especially hurting and in need of direct support from the government. Without support many more will shutter which is a loss for both arts communities and communities fighting for safer community spaces, equity and representation.
As Members of Provincial Government we have worked with and listened to community and they have identified areas where DIRECT SUPPORT is critical in order for our arts communities to not only ‘respond’ to COVID-19 but RECOVER from it. Artists, cultural workers and community-based arts organizations must be at the COVID-19 recovery table. Their voices must be heard.
Today, Premier Ford and Hon. Minister MacLeod may this Open Letter serve as your final notice. Our community members need your support today. They need a transparent and publicly accountable plan that demonstrates your commitment to them not as a ‘frill’ or an afterthought but as vital, contributing members, integral to what makes Ontario who we are and a formidable contributor to our economy. It is not enough for your government to engage large multi-million dollar cultural institutions in silos. Small and medium arts voices must also be heard.
On behalf of Toronto, home to more than twice as many artists and cultural workers as any other Canadian city, we write you with the DIRECT ASKS of our arts communities.
Premier Ford and Hon. Minister MacLeod these are some of the ASKS for DIRECT SUPPORT coming from arts communities:
• Provide direct provincial support to our arts community. According to many in our arts communities funding programs announced so far by the federal government though welcomed have either been insufficient or applicants are not eligible. Many in our community are still awaiting transparent, detailed and direct information with regards to how the federal $500 million COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sports Organizations will aid Ontario specifically.
• Invest in stimulus funding for digital transition plans to assist festivals currently in season so they can proceed online. They also need stabilization funding for the creation and execution of strategic marketing plans to reengage our culture sector audiences post COVID-19. Additionally, an ethnic media stabilization fund will assist our ethnic, community, and multilingual media producers which our culture sector depends on to reach our diverse audiences
• Raise your voices to your federal counterparts. Our arts communities need government to allow donations made in the 2020 tax year to apply to the 2019 tax season enabling organizations to enhance their donations during this critical period
• Reverse funding cuts to the Ontario Arts Council and increase funding to meet the exacerbated needs of arts communities. Maintain necessary resources to Celebrate Ontario and Ontario Summer Experience Program (with timely updates on OSEP based on ongoing COVID-19 physical distancing protocols)
• Restore and fund the Indigenous Culture Fund
• Reverse funding cuts to the Ontario Music Fund
• Invest in the creation of an Ontario Digital Public Library
• Increase Ontario minimum wage to benefit artists, gig-economy workers and to enhance consumer support of culture.
• Ensure strong film and television production companies by ensuring that those who created jobs and investment in Ontario by shooting here, will receive their tax credits in a timely manner, whether or not they are able to complete their productions. This will require waivers to some of the eligibility requirements for the tax credits and direction from Ontario to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that costs associated with production shut-downs and longer-than-normal carrying costs are eligible for the tax credit.
• Arts community is asking your government to recognize the significance of grant applications already in the pipeline (Ontario Arts Council, Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Summer Experience Program, Ontario Creates, OTF, etc.). These grants were already vital to arts organizations' budgets before COVID-19 hit, and they've only become more crucial for survival this year.
• Artists and arts organizations need to receive grant application results as soon as possible. Community must be made aware of new granting opportunities as soon as possible. There are TOO MANY outstanding grant applications and applicants need to receive decisions immediately
• Arts communities need your government to recognize the significant impact that the current state of the private sector market is having on our usual revenue sources. Additional emergency grants should be considered for arts organizations and non-profits to help make up for the lack of funding available in the private sector (sponsorship and donations) this year.
• Legislate residential and commercial rent and mortgage relief. Legislate rent control, rent/mortgage freezes and the banning of evictions and rent increases both during this pandemic and the uncertain times ahead as Ontario recovers
• Many Live Entertainment Industry workers (technicians, artisans and crafts persons in the entertainment industry including live theatre, motion picture, television production and trade shows) are cobbling several jobs together to make a livable wage. This is not sustainable and requires immediate provincial government support. While they wait to be seen by this government they like many others in our culture sector are struggling to cover basic expenses such as rent, medical prescriptions and food.
• Acknowledge fashion communities ongoing call to government to recognize our fashion and textile industries as part of the culture sector and fund it as such. Our significant lack of local, provincial, national manufacturers has resulted in our governments relying heavily on PPE manufacturing offshore.
• Arts organizations need more clarity around ‘Ontario Live’ and how/if this program will benefit them
• Fund seniors’ arts programs. Previous programs such as the Engaging Seniors through the Arts Program recognized the immense value of the arts to senior health, wellness and connectivity. Our seniors are some of the hardest hit by COVID-19
• Re-launch the Ontario Arts Endowment Program which matched private sector donations with government funding. Some stakeholders have reported more than a 50% loss in private sector funding over this time last year. They are asking for fast-flowing emergency grants to help them get by
• The Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG) has not been increased in over 10 years resulting in under-funded cultural institutions unable to compete with modern technologies and accessibility needs of diverse visitors. Funding must mirror inflation and the costs of current operational needs. Our museum communities report significant difficulties engaging with the Grants Ontario Portal.
We know these asks are significant, but the challenges this sector faces are enormous. We urge you again to listen to the voices of artists and the creative sector, and take urgent action.
Thank you in advance for your attention to this issue.
Dr. Jill Andrew, PhD
MPP Toronto-St. Paul’s
Culture Critic and Women’s Issues Critic
Jessica Bell, MPP for University-Rosedale
Marit Stiles, MPP for Davenport
Peter Tabuns, MPP for Toronto-Danforth
Rima Berns-McGown, MPP for Beaches-East York
Chris Glover, MPP for Spadina-Fort York
Doly Begum, MPP for Scarborough Southwest
Faisal Hassan, MPP for York South-Weston
Bhutila Karpoche, MPP for Parkdale-High Park
Tom Rakocevic, MPP for Humber River-Black Creek
Suze Morrison, MPP for Toronto Centre
Catherine Fife, MPP for Waterloo
Jamie West, MPP for Sudbury
Michael Mantha, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin
Venessa Douse, Supporter
Sharine Taylor, Writer and editor
Spencer Julien FRSA, Co-Founder, Hektor Projects
Dr Margaret Schotte, Assoc. Professor of History, York University
Samantha Keuger, Torontonian who loves arts and culture and does not want to see it decay
Gillian Kranias, Partnerships with community arts organizations
Beverley Eadie, I enjoy arts and culture.
Mary Pedersen, Tv writer, consumer, fan
Sebastián Mendoza-Price, Arts and cultural worker
Kate Johnston, Filmmaker/ theatre writer/director
Cheryll Case, Patron of the arts
Emilie Aubin, stage manager for theatre
Shayna Sayers-Wolfe, Supporter
Nila Gupta, Published Writer
Julia Horel, Publisher, Shameless
Justin Antheunis, President of IATSE Local 58
Alexis Dawson, Consumer
AL James, Music
Joy Henderson, Afro-Indigenous writer
Muirgheal Losroy, Comedian. Writer
Dexter Sloam, i am a Drag Queen
Zee Thompson, Musician, film maker, song writer
Gini Dickie, Supporter
Tara Aiello, University student studying arts & supporter of arts in the communities such as plays
Lester Brown, Consumer
Donna Hager, Supporter
Janice Roberts, Director, Indigo Design
Dorianne Emmerton, I am a fiction writer (with a day job) and am on the organizing committee for the Brockton Writers Series and the Bi+ Arts Festival.
Marni Binder, Associate Professor and supporter
Jessica Greenberg, I am theatre artist in Ontario
Raquel Aurini, I'm an visual artist.
Jason Cole, Provincial VP-Toronto Centre NDP, Church Wellesley Village Resident
Liam Skinner, Supporter and community member
Kyren Lane, Great Lakes concert band and music class
Alyssa Mattrasingh, Fan, participant, ethnic-cultural-and racial minority
Dianna K. Goneau Inkster, trained as a librarian, trained as an elementary school teacher, experience as a public and school librarian, instructor of students in a community college ECE programme, mother of 2 young children, etc.
Rodney Diverlus, Artist, Wildseed Centre for Arts & Activism-Board of Directors
Matt McGeachy, Theatre artist
Shelli Cassidy-McIntosh, Gallery Director
Carole Paul , Trombonist Composer Arranger
B. Ross Ashley, A singer and volunteer in Common Thread: Community Chorus of Toronto
Susan Roper, I am a patron of the arts here in Scarborough & in Toronto. I have theatre subscriptions to several different theatres as do my children, I take my grandchildren to the Nutcracker & the pantomime every Christmas and several times during the year when it is something age appropriate. We also visit the AGO, ROM, Science Centre, Toronto Zoo on a regular basis. Arts & Culture are extremely important to everyone especially the school child who might never go unless on a school trip. how else would people learn about their country;s history, their own cultures history, world history. Please dont cut arts & culture
Tony Rein, Actor, Director, Playwright
Natasha Rodriguez, Arts advocate/teacher
James Arruda, I love the arts!
Deborah Stewardson, Supporter of the ARTs
Carly Shiff, Artist, Gallery employee
Dedra McDermott, Artist (Dancer and Actress), Arts Researcher
margaret chown, Visual Artist
Dennis Quesnel, Arts & culture is what is helping all of us get through COVID-19.
Brenda MacIntyre, Artist and Indigenous Wisdomkeeper
Joie Lamar, Goddess Day Arts Festival BOD, author, film writer and artist
Numila Alvarez, Friends
Allie Futterer, I’m a writer and my mum is a published author
Maureen Da Silva, Artist, Studio Manager for The inPrint Collective
Thomas Dobronyi, Dancer, choreographer
Oliver Pauk, Founder of Akin (www.Akin.art)
Alan Barstow, Creative arts lover
Andrew Williamson, Producer, Photographer, Art gallery owner (forced to close because of Covid)
Jing Bian, Aspiring producer
Brittney Vandersel, I work in professional theatre
Phoebe Hu, Multidisciplinary immigrant artist
Shay Erlich, Co-Founder, The Cyborg Circus Project
Bev Katz Rosenbaum, Author and Editor
Barry Lipton, Former stage manager, weaver, and carnival artist
Glenn Novak, Artist, photography instructor
Kim Multiple, performung arts friends
Kenneth Baker, Performer (Opera, Stage, Film, and TV)
Andrea Atherley, Audience member
Kendra Baker, Patron and Performer
Carrie Perreault, Artist
Gabriel Thibault, Podcaster The young queer & crip podcast
Annis Karpenko, MFA Arts Administrator and Artist
Joanne Vannicola, Author, actor, founder of Youth Out Loud, chair of outACTRAto
Pauline Zvejnieks, Writer, Supporter of arts and culture
Jennifer McNeely, Publisher & Arts Supporter Shedoesthecity.com Inc.
Christopher Fowler, Actor, Arts Educator
Alex Mlynek, Writer and editor
Shelley Savor, Artist
Sarah Sahagian, I’m a writer and podcaster Freelance
Anyika Mark, I am an actor and playwright
Shazia Hussain, Consumer, supporter of diverse representation in arts and culture, member of diverse communities
Leslie Page, Arts Administrator
Ardene Shapiro, Singer-Songwriter
K. Dani De Angelis, Community-engaged artist
Patti Gray, Patron Toronto Blues Society
Dr. Shawn Newman, Research & Impact Manager Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation
Gail Elsligar, My friend’s son is studying at Canada’s National Ballet National Ballet of Canada
Geoff Doner, I’m an artist, composer, musician and cofounder of arts organization Bureau Of Power And Light. I also work as a AV technician and Events Supervisor Cofounder of Bureau Of Power And Light
Amanda Buschau, Supporter of the Arts
Roberta Lamb, Assoc. Professor (retired), Dan School of Drama & Music, Queen's University
Storm Jackson, Dancer, musician, singer, writer
Lawrence Axmith, Teacher, Camp Director, Theatre Producer/Creator
Elizabeth Brunton, Artist Self employed
Elspeth Thomson, Musician Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Linda Gallant, Musician, actor, educator, consumer
Kais Padamshi, OCADU Alumni, Poet and Visual Artist
Karen Tzventarny, Artist
Allison Besenski, Pottery Potters guild
Susan Park, Artist
Dianna Gunn, Author, artist, actress
Sarah Kolasky, Actor and Filmmaker
Cailin Stadnyk, Self-employed actor, singer, dancer. Lost my long term contract (Come From Away - Mirvish Prods.) due to COVID-19 Equity, ACTRA
Tamara Bernstein, Artistic Director of concert series; music journalist; regular audience member and donor
Rami Schandall, I am an interdisciplinary artist: poet, writer and multi-media visual artist. Rami Schandall
Sidney Coles, Supporter - multiple memberships and seasons tickets
Manu S-M, Social Worker/McMaster University
Tina Legris, Tattoo Artist Puedmag Inkpire
Kyra Jones, Supporter of the arts
Kristian Truelsen, Actor, composer, writer Ghost Balloon
Shauna Harris, patron Personal
Heidi Langr, Musician/Instructor
Anna Ferrante, Gardens, Permanculture, Food Terra Nuova
Kathy Friedman, Writer, Community Arts Worker
Samuel La France, Executive Director, Images Festival
Jane Deluzio, Arts educator President CODE (Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators)
Amanda Lindenbach, Artist & Cultural Worker
David Udayasekaran, Activist and educator
Irwin Elman, Supporter of Youth Arts
Doug Knott, Retired teacher.
Liisa North, Appreciative patron York University
Elyssa Marks, Enjoy going to all arts and culture events. A volunteer at TJFF, TIFF, Hotdocs
Marika Viger, A consumer of art, a relative and neighbour of artists
Howard Buckstein, I am a singer-songwriter. Howard Buckstein
Jordyn Samuels, Actor
Susan Haney, Consumer
Olivia Sementsova, Visual Artist and Motion Picture Costumer NABET 700
Matias Recharte, Musician, music educator Kuné - Canada's Global Orchestra
Mary Anne, Waterhouse-Currie FIlm & TV Industry Quadrant Motion Pictures Inc.
Brydon Gombay, Lover of all the arts Community psychologist
Catherine Bush, Novelist, Creative Writing Professor Coordinator, University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA
Lucy Rupert, dancer and choreographer Blue Ceiling dance and freelance
Laura Jones, Professional musician (‘cellist) Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Paulina Drohomyrecky, Dancer
Ren Tashiro I love creativity, art and music, and feel especially grateful during this crisis
Reva Marin author
Cristina Zacharias Musician
Allison Cummings Independent Performing Artist
Ashley Ballantyne Theatre goer + supporter, live music + performing arts publicity Sr. Director, Communications, Universal Music Canada
Candice Irwin Dance Artist
Oriah Wiersma Dance artist Free lance
Jenny Meya I am an artist entrepreneur
Jennie Robinson Faber Arts worker Executive Director, Dames Making Games
Michelle Grosso Motion Picture Technician IATSE 873
Elliot Salmons Our company specializes in live dance events C.O.O. DanceBUG
Judith Ginsberg My children both work in the arts. I am a patron and lover of the arts and cultural sector. Arts and culture enhance our qiality of life and increase the overall well-being of both ondividuals and communities Librarian Emerita, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Susan Anthony Arts education advocate .and appreciator . Retired Early Childhood Educator
Greg Woodbury Arts Administrator/Media Artist Operations Manager, Charles Street Video
Sara Porter Choreographer Sara Porter
Corynne Bisson A dancer and choreographer who has called Toronto home for over five years. Co-founder of Gal Pal Productions, Host of ‘Being an Artist is F**king Killing Me’
Natalie Rizzo Visual Artist
Yessica Rostan Musician, Writer, Youth Arts Educator
Cailin Stadnyk Self-employed actor, singer, dancer. Lost my long term contract (Come From Away - Mirvish Prods.) due to COVID-19 Equity, ACTRA
Stan Krzyzanowski Artist, OCA Alum Associate Professor OCAD University
Sheila Stewart poet Writing Studies Faculty, University of Toronto
Anushe R Supporter of the arts Civil Servant
Brent Haynes Song Writer Founding member, Evolutionary Music Co-operative
PAMELA THOMSON Supporter
Wendy Pappas Just a person who enjoys arts and culture Ms.
Jennifer Thompson Art School Founder CEO, Create Art Studio
Henry Faber Community and equitable space developer and digital media producer Gamma Space Collaborative Studio / TMAC
Alice Freitas Absolutely love the arts Teacher
Gilda Whyne Supporter
Lisa Shamata Film publicist Freelance
Cynthia Hawkins choral singer, volunteer board member, arts worker Immediate Past Executive Director, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Liz Johnston Writer & Editor
Nicholas Miceli storyteller, arts administrator Storytelling Toronto, Common Thread Community Chorus
David Plant Executive Director Trinity Square Video
David DePoe Singer songwriter
Veronica Roy Arts administrator and performing artist General Manager, House of Paint Festival of Urban Arts and Culture
Michael Grimaldi Admire
Linda Heron Volunteer at the Textile Museum of Canada, textile artist Mrs.
Luciano Iogna Theatre Creator Mr. Luciano Iogna
Kristine Mifsud Artist
Daphne Simone Educator, Sheridan College (Faculty of Arts) Creative Producer/Director
Nicole Faull Independent dancer, choreographer, and producer
Nyasha Sharpe Supporter if the Arts
leZlie. lee kam Story teller & queer youth/elders project @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Out of the CLOSET - workshop facilitator
Gwen Deegan Graphic designer Blue Planet Design Inc.
Jules VanDerMeer Photography and supporter of all arts
Jameson Kraemer Actor
Grant Oyston Director, Revue Film Society
Dieter Misgeld universitprofessor/retired:in humanities/socialstudies University of Toronto faculty Association/Professor emeritus
Chanti Laliberte Freelance Head of Wardrobe & Craftsperson for Theatre & Film Stratford Festival Wardrobe
Ryan G. Hinds Theatre Artist Associate Artist, lemonTree creations
Jennifer Wöhrle Artist and patron
Jeffrey Canton Children’s Book Columnist for The Globe and Mail and Storyteller Children’s Book Columnist for The Globe and Mail
Rita Thes Supporter/lover of the arts which bring joy in our lives York University
Paula Coop McCrory Visual Artist
Elizabeth Aubin Supporter
Gunta Dreifelds Surtitles SURTITLES tm
Alice Freitas Absolutely love the arts Teacher
Cara Lee Malen Supporter of the Arts Cara Lee Malen
Hannah Student / Woodworking and Craftsmanship enthusiast, daughter of a play write, sister of a musician
Sabrina Sawyer Work with Educators and students to connect with arts and culture Indigenous Education Lead-Teacher Consultant Grand Erie
Isabelle Crisante Photographer, videographer, blogger culture enthusiast Pro Support Specialist SNA
Lauren Collins Actor, writer and producer
Pia Bouman dancer, choreographer and teacher Founder (1979) and Artistic Director of Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, a caritable not for profit school that stands behind the belief that arts education and learning is a cultural right for everyone, the School, located on Sterling Road, has been for many years a cultural hub, and is one of the grassroots organizations important to sustain, promote and celebrate the arts.
Estelle Berry I have many artist friends and love the arts.
Mark Trifunovic I am a filmmaker and freelance film technician in film, TV and commercials Writer / Director / Props Assistant / Set Dresser
Eufemia Fantetti writer and instructor
R. Tobias Subscriber, theatres, ago member
Fiona Thistle Musician/Arts Administrator
Kristin Malcolm participant Kristin Malcolm
JoAnne Formanek Gustafson Teacher; Vice President ETFO Rainy River OT Local
Jane Anne Gibson Music drama dance teacher Peel District School Board
Kathy Rogers-Hartley Photographer Self employed
Peter Alan jones former dancer, artist , craftsman the japanese paper place
Troy Jackson Performer, Writer Supreme Tamu
Serena Finlayson Dance artist and choreographer
Sonny Ong VFX Senior Asset Artist
Nicole Nedescu Teacher PDSB
Barb Orchard Friends whom bring their talents to students Personal Support Worker
Steven Sladkowski Guitarist (PUP) & Music Educator PUPTHEBAND
Jonathon Howe Radio host and Musician Jr. Announcer, 97.7 HTZ FM, Bell Media
Bridget Hough Supporter of the arts, retired artist, mother of a painter and an actor
Rachel Barreca Performer, Patron, Volunteer
April Martin Artist
Dennis Punter Organist, Pianist and Choral Director United Church of Canada
Scott Miller Berry filmmaker and cultural worker Workman Arts
Margaret van Stekelenburg Choir member
Howard Buckstein I am a singer-songwriter. Howard Buckstein
Jo-Anne Lennard I am a fabric artist and photographer with a day job and a supporter of the arts.
V.e.Smith SINGER .
Donald K McKay Singer and Board Member - The Upper Canada Choristers
V.E. SMITH A long time singer aand supporter of Pax Christi choral and others
Bridgette Anderson Singer | Songwriter | Stagediver B.A.B.E
Josephine Guan Freelance Designer
Louise Lemaitre Arts teacher in elementary school Viamonde
josephine grey am a daughter, wife and mother of artists, and a human rights defender who stands for the right to benefit from the creation of culture (article 15 UNESCR) the arts are crucial to our quality of life, mental health, economy and evolution. I have seen too many great artists (like my those in my family) struggle and suffer because they are artists by nature. some died early and poor as a result. This has to change - now-including setting up a basic income guarantee so we can all access and benefit from the arts. Co-Founder Director LIFT Toronto
Alvaro Cruz Illustrator/Cartoonist
Gayle Kosola Arts & culture make the world go round. Ms.
Fjóla Evans composer
Cecil King Patron
Reg McQuaid Consumer
Shelley Le Sarge Music Specialist / Teacher Peel District School Board
Ellen Fielding Independent artist + art supporter Ellen Fielding
JamesMcCrimmon I am in the animation industry and support the arts.
Candi Zell actor
sallie lyons practitioner, teacher self employed theatre, dance, and yoga
Lorna Jones Arts educator
Anja Sagan I am an Artist, author and filmmaker Miraclewalker Productions, Director/CEO
Suz Johnston Film Costume Supervisor
Patty Jarvis Arts educator, arts admininstrator and advocate Canadian Opera Company, Studio 180 Theatre, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement in Ontario
Lana Filippone Full time visual artist, sculpture.
Svetlana Lilova Supporter
Carly Shiff Artist, Gallery employee
Hugh Pattison citizen n/a
Lorna Jones Arts educator
Sue Brown Music and drama teacher; wife of actor-musician; I LOVE the Arts!
Una Verdandi I am an author, editor, and visual artist Editor and Proprietor, Quills and Queries Editing
Debra Black Visual Artist/Instructor Debra Black Studio
Jeremy Saya Artist, Arts Worker Images Festival
Lisa Quaning Dancer
Elaine Brodie Artist and Arts Professor
Brenda Darling Arts Producer & Theatre Director Alumnae Theatre Company
Jessica Butler Singer and arts enthusiast
Hayley Steinhart Artist & Musician Workman Arts
Barbora Raceviciute Cultural worker Operations Director - Images Festvail
Jennifer DePoe Graduate of the Technical Theatre program at Ryerson University. Founder of Sad Dyke Poetry Night. Supporter of the Arts.
Talisa Blackman Musician
Alice Freitas Absolutely love the arts Teacher
Aaditya Aggarwal Writer/Programmer/Cultural Worker Images Festival
Lorraine Cramp costume design
Terrill Maguire Choreographer/dancer/arts educator
Lori Campbell I am Indigenous. I also fight for social justice & the arts are a very powerful medium that capture justice issues. Director Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre
Jovana Budisin Art lover
Shani K Parsons Curator, Writer, Designer, Artist, Arts Administrator Founding Director / Critical Distance Centre for Curators
Anna Chatterton Two-time Governor General's Award for Drama Nominee Playwright Playwright
Melina Arseneault High school teacher, supporter
Angela Britto Regent Park Film Festival Executive Director
Rabiya Mansoor Theatre Artist / Sketch Comedian
Galya I love theater, arts & culture crucial for mental health Chatterton Counselling
Cedric Martin Artistic Producer/Director Theatre of the Beat
Carys Lewis Writer, Director Freelancer
Mike Gibbons Musician
Robin Harvey writer
Jess Cimò PR and Marketing Coordinator, Freelance Arts Marketer, Performance Artist Harbourfront Centre
Eleanor Johnston Amateur creator, teacher, consumer
Justin and Clara Speer
Joline Squires Supporter
Zana Kozomora Artist and cultural worker
Paddy Gillard-Bentley Artistic Director & Playwright Flush Ink Productions
John Dibben Actor, writer, director. Theatre goer.
Dr. Alex Kanarek Community Theatre Actor, Guelph Little Theatre, Elora Community Theatre
Jason Samilski Managing Director, CARFAC Ontario
Maegen Black National Arts Service Organisation Arts Administrator Director, Canadian Crafts Federation
Lauren Howes Culture Worker, Art and Culture enthusiast, tax payer, voter. Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre
Efrat Gold PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
Barbara Gilbert Artistic & Executive Director Le Laboratoire 'art - Le Labo Inc.
Evalyn Parry Artistic Director,Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Adriana Rosselli arts wokert General Manager, Guelph Dance
Lee Ramsay Avocational singer, retired music librarian and passionate arts supporter
Eileen Maxwell Arts Supporter
Claudia Moore Dancer, Teacher, Artistic Director MOonhORsE Dance / Older & Reckless
Randi Helmers actor, singer, visual artist, arts instructor Associate artist, Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy
Joel Lindhorst Actor
jeff perera art inspires the change and healing we need.
Margaret Bardos Mezzo-Soprano
Eileen McLaughlin Community theatre volunteer Elora Community Theatre
Elizabeth Zukorsky audience member - the Arts bring me joy
Christopher Lapointe im a theatrical technician technician/ elora community theater
Ingrid Herbert supporter of the arts
Samara Tower Student theatre technician and dancer Hart House Theatre
Margaret Rovers I am a musician currently not professionally active but it is a passion of mine which is why I have my Bachelors of Music . I also have friends who are professional musicians, and artist in other ways. I am involved in a community theatre company as well and be it the patrons, the actor/actresses, the behind the scene crew, etc. They are all needed and enjoy it. During my years at public school I was involved in the school band from Grade 4 until I graduated. I feel that children in all our public schools should have the opportunity to learn from arts and culture Funding for Art and Culture should not be reduced. Ms. Margaret Rovers
Emily Reid Artistic & Executive Director Toronto Outdoor Picture Show
Linda Markus craft artist n/a
Andrea Elalouf Arts Marketer
Kerry Swanson Arts administrator Indigenous Screen Office
Nicola Simmons, PhD Arts-informed researcher, patron of the arts, parent of theatre professionals, graduate of OCADU Professor
Yolanda Ferrato Arts Manager, Dance & Theatre
Karina Iskandarsjah Curator, Arts Worker, Artist Trinity Square Video
Felan Parker Co-founder and board president Toronto Outdoor Picture Show
Jo Jefferson writer
Amanda Lederle Artist
Paul Gagnon Board of Directors Toronto Outdoor Picture Show
Jennifer Walton Visual artist, painter Represented by Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto
E.Hannah Cowan Designer
Celia Popovic Consumer
Adam Kamin Arts worker Director of Development, South Western Int'l Film Festival
Laurie-Shawn Borzovoy Media Artist, Chair of UrbanArts Toronto UrbanArts Toronto
Christine Jackson Teacher Education in the Arts; Arts consultant Sessional Lecturer, OISE and Culture/Shift: Arts for Resilience & Change
Chris Kennedy Filmmaker, Arts Administrator Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto
Zoe Carpenter Senior Production Manager TO Live
Kate Holland Professor of literature University of Toronto
Denise Anderson Musician and performing artist; arts educator and arts administrator Education, Outreach & Accessibility Manager, Mirvish Productions
Marlene McKintosh Arts Administrator Executive Director, UrbanArts
Matthew Kennedy Actor, Writer, Producer, Director
Aviva Fleising Dancer / Arts worker Canadian Dance Assembly
Holly Kirkconnell Theatre
Sandi Girouard Patron
Kristin Cavoukian Musician and university educator
Veronika Pilger Former actor, lover of all things cultural
Donna Flohil The Arts in all forms are essential to the quality of our lives singlely and as a community and society.
David S Craig Theatre artist Founder Theatre Direct, Co-founder Roseneath Theatre.
Vivienne jones Crafts person
Donna Flohil The Arts in all forms are essential to the quality of our lives singlely and as a community and society.
Maryaleen Trafford Supporter of the Arts
Michelle Roy Actress/Writer Actress/Actra Toronto Apprentice Caucus Member-At-Large
Kari Romaniuk I love the arts!
Luc Montpellier Cinematographer, Film & TV IATSE 667
Asli suna My husband is a musician
Rhea Akler Actor
Mick Brambilla Arts Worker UrbanArts
David Blackmore Development & Communications Coordinator UrbanArts
Rachel Barclay I work for TIFF and sit on the board for TOPS TIFF & TOPS (Toronto Outdoor Picture Show)
Harley Haskett Musician, visual artist and forever lover/supporter of the arts.
Rebecca Vandevelde freelance arts worker in live performance
Lensa Simesso Denga Working in the Arts sector UrbanArts Toronto
Devon Wong Writer
Dean Patrick Drouillard Musician, artist
Hanan Hazime Artist & Arts Instructor
Kiké Roach Educator Unifor Chair SJD at Ryerson
Louise Howlings Arts educator and supporter Teacher, YCDSB
Ian Radburn Theatre technician NASCO Staffing Solutions
Cate McKim Multidisciplinary storyteller, arts blogger/supporter
Dorothy Manuel Artist The RAID Studio
Heather K Dahlstrom Canadian Screen Award Best Motion Picture Nominee Producer The XY Company
Kohen Hammond Composer and recording engineer
Erika Wybourn They enrich my life on a constant basis.
Carole Fischer Visual artist and art teacher-living with a mental health disability
Lara Bulger Arts worker; arts administrator Documentary Organization of Canada
Judy Land Supporter
Allie L Harvey Community arts organization employee ArtReach Program Manager
Rawan Abdelbaki York University/ CUPE 3903
Trevor Schwellnus Theatre Designer and Producer Aluna Theatre
Tony Brutto Supporter and Community Member
Janina Kiersnowski filmmaker / dj / film fest programmer Ekran Toronto's Polish Film Fest and
Steven Dragert musician/artist/performer/host
Gurbeen Bhasin We are partners with the Queenwest Art Crawl and also do local artist markets to encourage people to support the arts. Executive Director, Aangen: A Community Service Organization
Ally Nohos Culture worker Community Engagement Manager / Station Gallery
Megan English Dancer/Choreographer/Therapist
David Macleod Music event organizer Promise Events
Jason Coombs Poet
Mike Gibbs DJ/Promoter Box Of Kittens
AB BOLES Dancer A multitude of different venues
Lionel B. Artist-Musician/Producer Bekeliarts
Mike Olivo-Moore A large part of my off work enjoyment comes from music, and visual art exhibits.
Erin K Community arts organizer, writer, storyteller Founder, Stories of Ours; Co-Founder, Dressed in Layers
Jacqui Arntfield Artist + Arts Worker Lakeshore Arts
Matt O'Connor Community Arts Program Coordinator Lakeshore Arts
Thomas Stoneman Program Coordinator Lakeshore Arts
Trisha I am a frequent attendee at many cultural events in the city.
Ben Donoghue Artist/cultural worker Director- Media Arts Network of Ontario
Francesco Corsaro I work in fundraising in culture
Milada Kovacova Cultural Worker, Programmer, Filmmaker Office Manager / Workshop Coordinator
Kiké Roach Educator Unifor Chair SJD at Ryerson
Lucie Pagé Writer, Film and Television Writers Guild of Canada
Daria Essop Volunteer in youth arts organization Street Voices
Sharon Zeiler I enjoy arts and culture concerned citizen
Sylvie Stojanovski Emerging Artist, Creative Facilitator, Community Organizer
Toan Klein artist
Kim-Lee Kho Artist, creative business owner See above
LeZlie. Lee Kam Actor, storyteller Youth/elders project- Buddies
Marcus Peterson Artist
Katherine Bishop Theatergoer, music lover, visual art enthusiast, film buff, reader, patron, artist, writer, mother of an actor and a lighting designer.
Jean Luc Blanchard Supporter and musician
Andrea Nann Artistic Director, Dance artist, choreographer, educator, mentor, community mobilizer Dreamwalker Dance Company
Gordon Doctorow Arts consumer. Ed.D.
Terry Bujokas Supporter of the arts and married to a sculptor
Nayani Thiyagarajah Filmmaker, Producer, Working Artist
Vivien Endicott-Douglas Actor ACTRA Toronto & Equity
Lianne Spearman Partner is a musician and visual artist, I am a lover of dance, music, visual art and student of belly dancer
Octavio Contreras Artist/ Gallery Attendant
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