Volume 9 - Issue 6

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Information about the City's response to COVID19
The City updates the website frequently as new details become available.
Please visit www.stcatharines.ca/COVID19 
for more information.

State of Emergency | Reporting Violations
Provincial Emergency Orders currently forbid social gatherings of more than five people, use of closed parks amenities and non-essential businesses remaining open. Municipalities have the power to issue fines to enforce these emergency directives. Failing to comply can carry a fine of $750 per offense, and up to $1,000 for obstructing those attempting to carry out their duties.

To file a complaint the public is encouraged to complete the online form:  www.stcatharines.ca/COVID19 ; During Business hours contact Citizens First by email at  CitizensFirst@stcatharines.ca ; or by phone at 905.688.5600

For after-hour concerns or complaints of an urgent nature people are asked to contact Niagara Regional Police on their non-emergency line at 905.688.4111

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St. Catharines City Council requested the creation of the Rodman Hall Task Force  in 2019 to provide information and recommendations to Council regarding the City's role in the future of Brock University's Rodman Hall building and grounds, and the art collection that is housed in the facility.
The Task Force is seeking community input through a brief survey . Community input will be valuable as the task force endeavours to prepare a final report through the Cultural Sustainability Committee and then to Council with their findings.

Participate today, The survey will close on Monday, April 13, at 4 p.m.


City of St. Catharines 2020 Annual Juried Exhibit 
MORE THAN WORDS: Truth and Reconciliation
Deadline: June 22, 2020 at 4:30 p.m

Essential Collective Theatre | Quarantine Cabaret
For video performances shared online throughout April.
Contact rebecca@ectheatre.ca for instructions.

MusicTogether.ca will facilitate live concert streams by at least 300 Ontario-based artists, each of whom will receive a one-time performance fee of $1,000.

In the Soil Festival | Suitcase in Point Company
Festival: June 5 to 7, 2020 in Downtown St. Catharines
Sign up to volunteer here: https://bit.ly/3aUvGA0

TD Niagara Jazz Festial | Digital Concert
Featuring Doug Mundy on piano.
Friday, April 10th, 7 to 8pm 

Links for Greener Learning
Local organization is sewing masks to help with protection against COVID-19. LGL is also accepting donations of new cotton fabric and elastics to create more for the community.

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Announces Executive Director
The Board of Directors of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Colleen Smith as the organization's new Executive Director. 
Details: https://bit.ly/3aS5CFR

Jarico Films | St. Catharines Film-makers launch new website/free viewing
2020 City of St. Catharines Arts Awards Emerging Artist Nominee Erica Sherwood along with business partner Jay Lupish are launching their new website and to celebrate, they are launching limited time free content.


The St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre
Museum Blog & Launch of New Museum Classroom
Also connect with the Museum on Facebook!

St. Catharines Public Library | Access to free digital resources

Weekly Arts Roundup | CBC Arts
CBC Arts has your weekly guide to all the things Canadian artists are doing to help us pass the time at home.

All Ages | Culture Days Digital Experiences
Their new "Digital Experiences" page is dedicated to all those art enthusiasts out there. Visit it to access live-streamed performances, virtual tours, and activities to keep the kiddos busy at home.

All Ages | British Columbia Culture Online
British Columbia Launches a full lineup of arts & culture resources for all ages to experience from the comfort of home!

All Ages | Calling all Harry Potter Fans
Harry Potter activities you can access and enjoy at home!

All Ages | Smithsonian Arts & Science Online
The Smithsonian Institute has a full range of online resources for Kids, Youth and Teens focussing on Arts, Culture and Science.

All Ages | Art Tutor.com
Art tutor is a fantastic resource for artists of all ages and mediums! Checkout their large selection of tutorials on youtube.

All Ages | Dance at home with National Ballet of Canada
Hosting live dance lessons on Instagram

For Kids | Young Peoples Theatre
The Young People's Theatre has released an online series of indoor drama games, with videos coming out twice a week

For Kids | Artshine Mobile Art School
Artshine, Kitchener's mobile art school, is posting art tutorials on Youtube. Both English and French lessons available.
"Dav Pilkey at Home" will feature new video content created by Autor and Illustrator Pilkey himself on Friday mornings at 8 a.m. ET beginning April 3.

For Kids | Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Author and illustrator of bestselling books for kids including "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" provides daily art lessons for kids.
Details:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL14hRqd0PELGbKihHuTqx_pbvCLqGbOkF

F or Kids | Center for Puppetry Arts
Make your own Puppets with online instructions, and more puppet related resources.

For Teens & Adults | Arts Etobicoke | Arts in Isolation
Arts activities, webinars, and digital studio visits.

For Teens & Adults | Stress Relief | Art at Home
5 stress-relieving activities recommended by art therapists that you can try at home right now


Art Gallery of Ontario
Discover the AGO at Home: digital experiences for art lovers including articles, online collections, and recordings of past talks.
Google Arts & Culture AGO virtual tour.
National Gallery of Canada
Online Exhibition Featuring the Work of Photographer Yousef Karsh, Known for capturing some of the most influential people of his time (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Georgia O'Keeffe, Sir Winston Churchill and more).
Fashion History Museum
Google Arts & Culture virtual tour
Textile Museum of Canada
Google Arts & Culture virtual tour

Royal Ontario Museum
Google Arts & Culture virtual tour

Virtual Tours of Internationally Acclaimed Art Museums


Music | Global Citizen "Together at Home" Digital Concert
Saturday, April 18th @ 8pm ET
Available on CTV, CTV2, MUCH, MTV, TSN, the iHeartRadio Canada app and on participating iHeartRadio Canada radio stations across the country.
With appearances by Lady Gaga, Alanis Morissette, Chris Martin, Elton John, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Lizzo, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and more! Hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel & Stephen Colbert.
A global broadcast & digital special in support of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Music | URGNT Live Toronto Concert Series
An ad hoc crowd-funded livestream series of concerts created in response to the COVID-19 outbreak featuring iconic Toronto artists in iconic Toronto venues.
Details:   https://www.urgnt.ca/
Music | Stream The Metropolitan Opera
Daily performances, begin at 7:30pm ET, available via the homepage for 23 hours. 
Details:  www.metopera.org

Music | "Stay at Home Music Festival"
A central hub for open-source online music festival schedule, resources for artists to host their own shows, and a special main stage live-stream event planned for April.
Performing Arts | Stuck in the House Performance Series
Edmonton artists affected by COVID closures present cabaret, music, and comedy.

Performing Arts | The Social Distancing Festival
This is a site for celebrating art from all over the world, showcasing amazing talent, and coming together as a community at a time when we need it more than ever.
Film | Watch the "Hot Docs" Festival at Home!
The CBC is partnering with Hot Docs to provide access to the festival at home
Details: https://bit.ly/2XjDGXs
Film | The National Film Board of Canada 
More than 4,000 titles available for kids and families to see for free online, from fiction and documentaries to classics and animated features.
Details:  www.nfb.ca
CBC Arts gives their top picks for NFB Indigenous films currently available for free viewing.

Theatre | Stratford Festival
CBC Gem offers streaming of recordings of classic plays from the Stratford Festival.  

Musical Theatre | Broadway Productions
Free 7 day trial. 
St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program
Government of Canada
Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan  Overview of All Programs
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy | Non-Profits are Eligible
The proposed Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would cover 75 per cent of salaries for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. Employers of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy would be eligible with the exception of public sector entities.
More details are expected in early April online here: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan/wage-subsidy.html

Canada Emergency Business Account
Th e new Canada Emergency Business Account will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced. To qualify, these organizations will need to demonstrate they paid between $50,000 to $1 million in total payroll in 2019. This program will roll out in mid-April, and interested businesses should work with their current financial institutions.

Government of Ontario
Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 

SOCAN is expanding its efforts to provide financial assistance to struggling members by allocating up to a total of $2-million for emergency royalty advances. Members who've been affected and wish to apply for the program contact:  1-866-307-6226, or by email at  members@socan.com.

Department of Canadian Heritage

Canada Council for the Arts 

Ontario Arts Council
The OAC has extended deadlines for some of their programs.


Government of Ontario | Announces New Annual General Meeting Regulations 
The Government of Ontario announced support for business corporations, not-for-profit corporations, insurers, and share capital social clubs by implementing an Emergency Order to provide flexibility for corporate meetings. This emergency order applies to not-for-profit corporations incorporated under the Ontario Corporations Act (CA) and gives them the ability to hold virtual meetings; as well as extends the timeframe for AGMs to be held. The Emergency Order is in effect province-wide and is retroactive to March 17, 2020, the day the Declaration of Emergency came into effect.

Leadership Emergency Arts Network (LEAN) Canada
LEAN is an immediate, grassroots, pro bono response network to help Canadian professional non-profit arts organizations (big and small) deal with this crisis. Helping Organizations with strategic decision-making, crisis response, financial analysis, board direction and HR management. For more info and to sign up, visit their GoogleDocs:

Resources for Artists and Freelancers | Compiled by CBC Arts

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries
Digital Engagement | Connecting with Your Audience using Digital Tools
Ontario Association of Art Galleries has alsoput together a document with some useful resources, links, and tips for connecting with audiences digitally during this time.

The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT)

Ontario Presents
Has compiled a list of resources to help the performing arts sector respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Details:  https://ontariopresents.ca/
They are also offering to share their conference call services free of charge to any Ontario-based artist, agent, presenter, or other arts presenting industry professional. Contact  natalie@ontariopresents.ca

Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) 
Has created a document (updated daily) with the intention to provide factual information, recommendations and resources to help the live performance sector prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada. 
Details:  https://capacoa.ca/
Join the CAPACOA listserve to connect with other performing arts presenters

Podcasts for Theatre Professionals
Webinar | Audience Engagement
How to Keep Your Audience Engaged, Entertained, and Inspired in the Age of Coronavirus

The Cultural Services office is a division of the City of St. Catharines' Community , Recreation and Culture Services department. Cultural Services focuses on public art, community development, planning and policy related to arts and culture in the City of St. Catharines.