TAPA Communiqué October 2012


Friday 5 October

In This Issue


Executive Director Report

Membership Report

T.O.TIX Report

Dora Award Report

hipTIX Report

Committee Update

Member Profile


Executive Director Report

Jacoba Knaapen, Executive Director

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The TAPA Trade Series is Taking Off!
Our ongoing professional development series continues via the TAPA Trade Series. Last month we began with the annual First Aid Workshop (sold-out) and we continue this month with no less than three (3!) workshops. Be sure to read Alexis’ section in the Communique this month for full details.

CAPACOA is Coming!
There are numerous conferences coming up and TAPA is pleased to be a partner in the 25th Annual CAPACOA conference “The Culture of Place”, January 23 – 26, 2013 here in Toronto.  CAPACOA expects to see over 250 presenting organizations, artistic companies, artist managers and agents from across Canada and the United States convene for national face-to-face business, networking and professional development opportunities.  It is a destination for leaders from the sector – both established and emerging.  CAPACOA will announce its 2013 conference programming in the fall with information regarding panels, keynote speakers and performances. TAPA member companies will have an opportunity to register for showcase performances specifically for CAPACOA. More information about registration to follow soon.. TAPA is also providing box office services for the CAPACOA conference and working to secure show listings from the TAPA membership. If you are interested in providing tickets to your show for CAPACOA delegates please contact Scott for more information.

Win 1 of 2 Full Passes to the OCFF Conference and Gala Dinner!
Another conference that TAPA is pleased to promote is the OCFF Conference. We are pleased to offer a pair of passes from a generous donation by TICKETPRO. Would you like to attend the 26th Annual OCFF Conference and Gala Dinner?  Would you like to attend for free?

If yes answer the following question and email your answer to Alexis by 12:00noon on Wednesday October 10, 2012.


What was the name of the conference that TAPA hosted In April 2012?

The first two correct answers will receive the conference passes.

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Membership Report

Alexis Da Silva-Powell,
Corporate Partnerships and Membership Manager

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Upcoming 2012/2013 TAPA Trade Series Workshops

Introduction to the New ArtsBuild Facilities Portal

  • Tuesday October 16, 2012
  • 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • This inforamtion session is offered in partnerships with ArtsBuild Ontario
  • For more information on this session Click Here

Board Basics

  • Wednesday October 31, 2012
  • 9:30a.m. to 12:00p.m. 
  • This workshop is offered in partnership with WorkInCulture
  • For more information on this session Click Here

Board Evolution

  • Wednesday October 31, 2012
  • 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
  • This workshop is offered in partnership with PACT – Professional Association of Canadian Theatres
  • For more information on this session Click Here

Incorporation and Charitable Status Workshop

  • Wednesday November 14, 2012
  • 9:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.
  • For more information on this session Click Here

October TAPA Membership Meetings
Want to learn more about TAPA’s programs and services? Are you a new TAPA Member? Are you a new employee of a TAPA Member company? Come to a October Members Meeting.

  • Thursday October 11 from 4:30 to 5:30pm
  • Tuesday October 23 from 4:30 to 5:30pm

Both meetings will take place at the TAPA offices located at 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 210 (press 2R in the elevator)

RSVP to Alexis at least 2 days prior to the meeting you wish to attend.

2012 TAPA Fundraising Raffle Winners Announced!
TAPA Board Member Jim Roe witnessed the draw which was conducted at the TAPA offices on Tuesday September 4, 2012.

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Tom Suffield won the Tickets for a Year Package
  • Gideon Arthurs won the Trip for Two to Montreal
  • Shawn McCarthy won the Cycle Toronto Package
  • Kaija Coralazzoli won the Private Toronto Raptors Basketball Party

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T.O.TIX Report

Kevin John McDonald, Operations Manager
Bill van Heerden, Sales Manager

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September Stats

  • T.O.TIX sold 339 Member Tickets (down from 310 in September 2011)
  • T.O.TIX returned $1,716.08 to TAPA Members (up from $1,276.54 in September 2011)

September Sales

The top three selling shows were

  • We’ve Totally (Probably) Got This, The Second City     
  • Proud, Proud Productions
  • February, Alumnae Theatre Company

Buy Time on Our LCD Screens And Promote your 2012/2013 Season!

The beginning of the 2012/2013 season is here and we have plenty of local theatre, dance and opera lovers, tourists and families visiting the T.O.TIX Booth looking for something to see.  Now is the time to advertise your show at Yonge Dundas Square on the T.O.TIX LCD Screens and get noticed.

Rates for as low as $100.00 per week! Please contact Bill van Heerden, Sales Manager at T.O.TIX, at billvh@tapa.ca to book your screens now.

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Dora Award Report

Sandra Lefrançois, Dora Manager

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Revised Dora Eligibility Handbook
The revised Dora Eligibility Handbook is now available. All the changes that the Dora Review Committee has implemented based on your requests are explained. Please take a look, and come to one of the remaining Dora Orientation Sessions:

  • Wednesday October 17 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: All orientation sessions will take place at the TAPA offices located at 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 210 (Press 2R on the elevator). Please RSVP to Alexis Da Silva-Powell, Corporate Partnerships and Membership Manager at alexisdsp@tapa.ca.

Register All of Your Shows
Register all of your shows for the coming season as soon as you can! Remember that Dora registration forms must be submitted 21 days (3 weeks) before your show opens. After this final Orientation Session (on Wednesday October 17 1:00pm to 2:30pm), the 21 day deadline will be strictly enforced with no exceptions.

If you have insufficient information to register your production, but are sure that you will be registering in the future, please send your show listing to sandral@tapa.ca in the following format as early as possible:

  • Production Title
  • Venue
  • Open date – Close date
  • To reserve tickets contact: Name, Phone, Email

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hipTIX Report

Scott Dermody, Youth Outreach Coordinator

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Announcing a New Partnership with TheatreBooks!
hipTIX is pleased to announce a new partnership with TheatreBooks. As you know, during my frequent in-school outreach visits, students are encouraged to sign up for the bi-weekly hipTIX newsletter. Beginning this month, one lucky draw winner pulled from the previous month’s sign-ups will win a pair of Canadian plays, generously provided by TheatreBooks. In addition, the draw winner will receive a pair of complimentary tickets to one of either Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille or Factory Theatre’s shows on a rotating monthly basis. Monthly winners will be announced via the communique as well as the hipTIX newsletter, Facebook and Twitter feeds. Keep an eye out for September’s winner soon!

Top three selling shows for hipTIX in September

  • Proud – Proud Productions
  • Between the Sheets, Nightwood Theatre
  • No Great Mischief, Tarragon Theatre

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Committee Update


The TAPA Advocacy Committee
The TAPA Advocacy Committee has been working hard to prepare for Arts Day at the City on Tuesday November 13, 2012.  Throughout the day, arts leaders and advocates will be meeting with city councilors to relay this year’s arts message  As part of Arts Day at the City we will be presenting the TAPA Stats Report Phase 3 in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 10:30am.

We hope to see you all at the presentation; in the meantime, if you would like to meet with a City Councilor, please contact Jacoba.

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Member Profile

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The Theatre Centre

What is The Theatre Centre?
The Theatre Centre is an arts incubator located in the Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood.

What are we like?
Our programming challenges the definitions of theatrical performance by embracing music, dance, visual art and new media. We work to emphasize artistic process over product, to nurture artistic agitators, invest in ideas and to champion new work and new ways of working. It is important for us to foster a culture of innovation by embracing risk and questioning traditional notions of failure and success.

Where do we come from?
The Theatre Centre has played an integral role in shaping the cultural fabric of our city since 1979, when a co-operative of five independent theatre companies – Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Autumn Leaf Theatre, AKA Performance Interface, Necessary Angel and Nightwood Theatre – was founded. The group of artists that formed The Theatre Centre went on to define a generation and inspire a new way of thinking about performance in Toronto. In more than 30 years of our history, we have created theatre spaces in church basements, legion halls, above dance clubs, auto body shops, and creaky old house

What’s on this year?
This fall we will present Boblo (November 22-December 2), a theatre piece inspired by memories of an amusement park of the same name in the middle of the Detroit River. Created by Erin Brandenburg and Andrew Penner, Boblo has been developed in Residency at The Theatre Centre since 2010. Co-produced by The Theatre Centre and Kitchenband Productions, this ghost story in a rock concert setting will be a treat. We have been able to watch Boblo develop from an idea to a production – it is a brilliant example of what we do, and what we value most.

What lies ahead?
This fall we begin renovations on a new permanent home inside the historic Carnegie Library building at 1115 Queen St. West. Just steps from the Great Hall, the space that housed The Theatre Centre for the past decade, and the temporary Pop-Up space we are in now, this neighbourhood landmark will be transformed into a community and live arts hub.

This project will be truly transformative for the company, the local neighbourhood, and the artistic community that thrives here. Led by current General & Artistic Director Franco Boni, our board and staff have worked tirelessly to be able to make this dream a reality. After 33 years of a nomadic existence, we are thrilled to finally have a permanent home. It has been a years-long journey that tells a compelling story about the kind of city that Toronto aspires to be: innovative, diverse, collaborative and inclusive.

Celebrate with us!
We kick-off the renovation with a Groundbreaking Ceremony on October 11, 2012 at 11am – please join us to celebrate this wonderful occasion on the steps of the Carnegie Library building at 1115 Queen West.


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