Databases on Canadian performance

Magazines and criticism - Theatre

Magazines and criticism - Dance

Global theatre

Service organizations/Arts hubs

  • Diversité Artistique à Montréal (DAM) - services offered only in French. DAM offers career counseling for organizations, and supports and provides tools to its members in areas that include pairing cultural diversity with the company's values, practices and strategy.
  • Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) - CPAMO is a movement that works with Indigenous and racialized artists residing and working in Ontario and seeks opportunities for them within communities as well as with arts organizations.
  • York Region Arts Council (YRAC) - The YRAC works to support artists who reside within York Region and is the only organization that does so in York Region. They offer a series of industry workshops and their staple Artrepreneur program which gives artists residing in York Region skills that they may need to bring their arts organization/company to the next level.
  • Trinity St.Paul's - Trinity St.Paul's is a community arts hub based in Toronto that supports the work of artists through rehearsal and performance space, gathering spaces, and classes.
  • New Blue Dance - for emerging dance artists who are seeking relationship building with other artists and organizations, as well as links to specific workshops and events for building your dance career.
  • Dance Umbrella of Ontario - Communication services for dance artists and organizations seeking support
  • Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) - for artists transitioning into or out of their professional performance careers and a resource centre for the dance community.
  • BC Alliance for Arts & Culture - The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture is a nonprofit provincial organization that works to advocate, inform, connect and serve BC's Creative Community. Our members include organizations, professional associations, not-for-profit groups, artists, and cultural workers throughout British Columbia.
  • Dance Ontario - a members organizations that helps promote and support the advancement of dance in Ontario in all styles and realms of the dance industry.
  • GYST is a group of artists who have created software, publications, and services to help artists stay organized by providing website development services, CV/Resume review services, artist statement review service, video editing services, and more.
  • The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA) is a unique, charitable, service organization providing post academic resources to musicians, especially those who are marginalized or underserved. Our goal is to assist emerging professionals to achieve sustainable, fulfilling careers that meet or exceed their goals and search for excellence.

Theatre companies and organizations with culturally specific mandates

  • Debajehmujig is located on the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve and creates original work based on an Anishnaabag/Chippewa Nation worldview building bridges between cultures, generations, and territories. They support the development of Aboriginal artists in remote rural areas as well as cities.  Since 2009, they have operated a purpose-built multi-arts centre in downtown Manitowaning. ‘De-ba-jeh-mu-jig’ translates as ‘storytellers’ from the Cree and Ojibway language.


  • Native Earth: Canada's oldest professional Indigenous theatre company. A company dedicated to creating, developing and producing professional artistic expressions of the Indigenous experience in Canada. Native Earth's Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival is a yearly celebration of new works and works-in-development that fosters the development of Indigenous work and artists from across Canada and around the world.
  • Aluna Theatre: Aluna creates, develops, produces and presents artistically innovative and culturally diverse performance work, with a focus on Latin Canadian and women artists.
  • b current: b current is the hotbed for culturally-rooted theatre development in Toronto. Originally founded over 25 years ago as a place for black artists to create, nurture, and present their new works, this company has grown to support artists from all diasporas.
  • Obsidian Theatre : Obsidian's threefold mission is to produce plays, to develop playwrights and to train emerging theatre professionals. Obsidian is passionately dedicated to the exploration, development, and production of the Black voice.
  • fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre Company: The largest and oldest Asian-Canadian theatre company in Canada, helmed by Governor General Award Winning Playwright David Yee.
  • Cahoots Theatre: The first professional company in Canada with a mandate to present culturally inclusive work, with a reputation for producing theatre of the highest artistic calibre at local, regional and national levels. Since 1986, Cahoots has programmed work that reflects the diversity of Canada, and has enriched the artistic field by nurturing the skills and experiences of emerging and established theatre practitioners.
  • Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO): CPAMO is a movement that works with Indigenous and racialized artists residing and working in Ontario and seeks opportunities for them within communities as well as within arts organizations.


  • Boca Del Lupo: Boca del Lupo’s mission is to create and present extraordinary performances in unconventional spaces.  The company consciously collaborates with artists diverse in culture and practice, and seeks to engage intergenerational audiences in the Metro Vancouver area. We believe in providing equal opportunities to a diversity of artists and individuals in both emerging and leadership positions. We are devoted to accessibility and we work to broaden the participation, perception and importance of contemporary performance within the multiplicity of Canadian cultures.
  • Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (vAct): The only theatre company in Canada that exclusively creates new Asian-Canadian work, at all levels: In scripts, on stage, in the producer’s chair. Bringing artistic excellence from the Asian diaspora, uplifting narratives previously unseen since 2001. 
  • Urban Ink: Established in 2001 by Métis artist Marie Clements, Urban Ink is a Vancouver-based professional theatre company that produces works by Indigenous and diverse artists.

Nova Scotia

  • Onelight Theatre: A professional theatre company that was founded by Artistic Director Shahin Sayadi in 2002, with offices in Halifax and Toronto and creative work around the world. Onelight Theatre develops new material based on artistic works and stories from diverse cultures and artistic forms.


Disability-led theatre companies and organizations

  • Tangled Arts and Disability: Tangled Arts and Disability works to enhance opportunities for artists with disabilities.
  • Stage Left: Stage Left Productions is an independent performing arts collective of diverse artists based out of Calgary who create innovative, intercultural fusions of Disability, Feminist & Queer Art.
  • Red dress productions: a Toronto-based, not-for-profit, professional arts company that creates and disseminates interdisciplinary art and performance projects. RDP works with and in communities on community-engaged public artworks, and has created projects led by artists with disabilities
  • Listen to Dis' aims to create a sustainable, inclusive cross-ability arts organization and community in Regina to host practices, projects, programming, and performance by equipping and enabling people with disabilities to create and participate in art, for the betterment of their health, for recreation, and for the development of themselves as emerging and professional artists..
  • Deaf Spectrum provides Grant Writing Services, Workshops (for Deaf, HoH, and Hearing – both in sign language and interpreted spoken English), Accessibility, Sign Language Interpreter Bookings (for large events only), Sign Language Performances, Private One-on-One Tutoring Services, and Event Planning in the GTA area.
  • Deaf Ontario (OAD) is a political/advocacy organization. It's initiatives include Consultation and Training, Consumer Advocacy (Children and Adults), Access Advocacy, Deaf Outreach Program, Prevention and Advocacy for Deaf People Living with HIV/AIDS, Deaf Youth Leadership Camp, and an Accessible Legal Aid Clinic

Resources promoting plays by Women/Women of Colour/Trans/Non-Binary Artists

Databases for Queer and IBPOC Artists

Facebook groups


Hashtags and movements


Legal Services

  • Law Society of Ontario - provides you with 24-hr referral service and a free 30-min phone consultation
  • The Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO) helps non-profits and artists understand the law in BC and across Canada through two major initiatives:
    • Artists’ Legal Outreach (ALO): resources, workshops and a summary advice clinic where low income artists across BC can meet confidentially with an experienced lawyer by donation.
    • Law For Non-Profits provides legal education and information for non profits through workshops, webinars, events and their "Ask a Law Student" program.
  • Artists' Legal Advice Services (ALAS) is operated by volunteer entertainment and intellectual property lawyers, fellow creators, and law students from the University of Toronto who generously donate their time to help provide advice through educational sessions, a bi-weekly legal clinic, and their legal database.
  • Artists' Legal Services Ottawa (ALSO) is a group of volunteer lawyers, artists and arts industry professionals dedicated to connecting Ottawa-area artists with the legal information and referrals to lawyers who can help address legal problems related to artists' professional practices.


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