Congratulations to APA award winner Jenelle Duval

A HUGE congratulations to Jenelle Duval, Arts & Culture Coordinator at First Light St. John’s Friendship Centre, for winning this year’s APA Award of Achievement! Thank you Jenelle for your tireless commitment to the Atlantic arts presenting community and the urban St. John’s indigenous community.

Fall artist pitches start next Thursday

On Thursday, October 15th APA will host the first of our Fall Pitch Sessions.

Pitches will be made by artists and/or their representatives who were chosen by our Contact East Showcase Jury earlier in the year. Each session will begin at 1pm Atlantic time every second Thursday. There will be five pitches each session and each pitch will be up to 5 minutes long. Following all five pitches there will be an opportunity for the APA members attending to ask the artists and/or their representatives questions.

Thank you for joining us at Contact(less) East!

The first (and hopefully only!) Contact(less) East is in the books!  We were thrilled with the turnout, the incredible sessions, and the overall vibe of the online conference. We welcomed participants from almost every province and territory, and we even had delegates join us from the UK. The digital format let those who might not normally be able to travel to the conference experience a taste of what Contact East is all about. Thank you to those who participated—there were many learning opportunities along with a lot of laughs and camaraderie.

Some testimonies from our wonderful participants:

“Thanks to everyone at Contact(less) East! This was my first time attending and I thought you did a truly terrific job. I was so impressed by everything, from the sessions to the people to the cheeky title this year. There was an amazing balance of meaningful and sometimes challenging conversations and also so many fun moments.

“Thank you for sharing so many invaluable resources with us and bringing such exceptional people together (virtually) to connect with over it all. I can’t wait to do it in person! PS: The closing party was the best ever. Disco lights! Costumes! Wigs! The greatest events group ever, Heist! A+++”

“Contact(less) East was full of insights and ideas. Challenging, stimulating, and moving. And fun! Brilliantly done APA staff. Thank you for transforming this cherished gathering into something new and rich.”

REMINDER: fill out the Contact(less) East feedback survey by TOMORROW NIGHT

Contact(less) East was a blast—but it was also our first foray into digital conferencing, and we know there are some things we could have done better. Your feedback will help us create more thoughtful, informative, and entertaining professional development opportunities in the future.

We please ask anyone who attended Contact(less) east to fill out our short feedback survey (seriously, it will only take a few minutes). Please submit your responses by midnight TOMORROW, October 9, 2020.

Good news: if you complete our feedback survey by the deadline, you will be entered in a draw to win a free registration to next year’s Contact East conference!

Call to action from FAME – Event Sector Support Campaign

A message from Martin Roy of FAME (Festivals and Major Events Canada)

The return to normal will not occur in 2021. It would be unrealistic to expect that we could restart our activities in full by next summer. We must convince public health authorities to approve innovative proposals which would allow us to maximize our capacity to generate profits and survive the crisis. The formulas employed by drive-in concerts and socially distanced concerts that we have already seen around the world can serve as a starting point for coming up with these types of ideas.

This is what we need the Federal government to recognize, and why we are today launching what we are calling the “Events Sector Support Campaign.”

Why now? Because the federal budget is currently being conceived, Minister Guilbeault will be making his Departmental asks to the Minister of Finance, and the party caucus will also be putting pressure on having the needs of their local communities addressed in the budget. Now is the time where decisions will be made for action in 2021, notably with regard to financial aid for festivals and events.

For this reason, we are asking for members to take the following action over the coming weeks:

If you have not already spoken with your local Member of Parliament since the beginning of the crisis, now is the time. We suggest that you communicate with your elected official to explain your situation in relation to some of FAME’s recommendations for Canada’s touristic and economic recovery. Specifically, we are hoping that you can ask your MP to speak with and write to both Ministers Guilbeault and Freeland (the Minister of Finance) in support of our recommendations.

To that end, we are providing a template that you can use and adapt as you see fit.

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Reach out—we’re here for you

We know this is a tough time for everyone, so do make sure to reach out to us if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat. We’ll do our best to answer any questions the best we can as the situation continues to evolve.