Event Safety Guide Update

Six months after releasing The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide, the ESA is providing an update that highlights what they have learned about how event professionals might safely get through this pandemic. It provides links to useful materials, and updates on their recommendations based on the current science and experiences of those attempting to resume live events.



Lakehead and ODAC team up to host these family-friendly activities

The Orillia and District Arts Council has teamed up with Lakehead University students to offer these family-oriented creative opportunities this fall.

Open to all ages and abilities. Preregistration required.

  1. Online music video competition
Submit your family-friendly homemade music video for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Best Buy!
Submissions must be emailed by the 18th of November 2020.

Details/Sign-up: https://forms.gle/FxMEJkxPuvwYFyHv8


  1. Online Art auction

Budding artists can offer up their masterpieces for sale through our online auction (all art must be submitted by November 11th). Submissions must be dropped off a minimum of 2 days before the auction begins (Location will be sent out via email).

The Art is taking place November 14th 2020 for a 12hour time period (9am-9pm)

Details/Sign-up: https://forms.gle/M1GEfdjBRR4zUR9CA


  1. Online crafts

Join us for these themed crafts celebrating Halloween and honouring Remembrance Day.  Lakehead students will walk you through them via ZOOM. Sign up for the link and the list of craft materials. Materials not provided.

Oct 30 Paper Mache Pumpkin

Oct 31 Paper bag monster

Nov 6 Poppy picture frame

Nov 7 Coffee filter poppies

Details/Sign-up: https://forms.gle/gXmMHGsz5NPkXpXD9



And the nominees are…2020 Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage Award Nominees Revealed


October 14, 2020 (Orillia and area) – The Orillia & District Arts Council (ODAC) and Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2020 Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage Awards.

The awards were established to recognize the valuable contribution that educators, historians, and event organizers and supporters make to the vibrancy of our communities. On November 25, 2020, at the second annual Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage (ORAH) Awards, the sector will come together virtually to celebrate its achievements and honour this year’s nominees.

And the nominees are…

Education in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Award recognizes an educator, not necessarily a teacher by profession, whose knowledge and teaching skills inspire others to pursue their interest in the arts and heritage. This year’s nominees are Stacey Schat and Doug Ironside; and the Otter Art Club run by Naomi Woodman and Travis Shilling.

Emerging Artist Award recognizes an individual of any age who is in the early years (under five years) of launching a career in the arts. Nominees can be pursuing any genre of art including, but not limited to, visual arts, performance arts, literary arts and many more. This year’s nominees are Norman Robert Catchpole, Chief Lady Bird, Marta Solek, and MaryJo Pollak.

Heritage: Restoration, Renovation and Publication Award recognizes an individual or group who brought to life regional history through a physical restoration or creation of a permanent public record. This year’s nominees are Carolyn Leclair of Elite Printing; Sarah Pickard; Marcel Rousseau; Ron and Ann Harrison; and Dave Town.

Event in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Award recognizes an individual, organization, or corporation for their part in organizing a single or annual event that showcases the region’s creative talent or cultural heritage. This year’s nominees are Michael Martyn and The Essential Concert Series; Kevin Gangloff; and Dick Johnston and Take a Vet to Dinner.

Qennefer Browne Achievement Award recognizes an individual or group of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of their community. It was named in honour of Qennefer Browne, who gave much of herself to support both arts and heritage organizations within the region. This year’s nominees are Ross “Rusty” Draper, Molly Farquharson, Roy Menagh, Phil Jackman, Gaia Orion, and Will McGarvey.

The ORAH Awards received a record number of nominees in this pandemic year, proof that our arts and heritage sector is near and dear to our hearts. This year’s recipients will be announced on November 25 at the Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage Awards Night. Proudly supported by Accutrac Capital Solutions and the City of Orillia’s Community Services Department, the event will be filmed and shown on social media at 7 p.m. sharp. @orilliamuseum @orilliaartscouncil

Together, OMAH and ODAC serve the communities of Rama, Ramara, Oro-Medonte, Severn, and the City of Orillia. Be sure to join us on November 25 for a night of celebration.

Media Inquiries:

Anna Proctor





Arts Response Initiative: Project Grants for Individuals

The program supports individual Ontario-based professional artists to continue to work and participate in the arts community in the context of COVID-19. It welcomes practical solutions to current challenges and also encourages exploration, adaptation and the development of new ways of working that will help to increase the resilience of Ontario’s arts sector. Projects must be in response to the challenges resulting from the pandemic. Projects can include activities that assist artists in the short, medium and long term.

The deadline to apply is October 20, 2020 at 1pm

Province Supporting Local Festivals and Events with New Funding

Ontario is investing $9 million through the new Reconnect Festival and Event Program to support municipalities and event organizers during COVID-19. This funding will be used to maintain public safety requirements and allow people to reconnect with their communities through online, drive-through and other innovative experiences. Organizers will be developing creative programs such as virtual Remembrance Day events, reverse holiday parades with drive-by static floats, drive-in music concerts and movies, holiday tree lightings and New Year’s Eve displays that light-up iconic buildings.

The Reconnect Festival and Event Program is open to organizers with a minimum $50,000 operating budget and the capacity to safely reconnect Ontarians with their communities.

The application period for the Reconnect Festival and Event Program runs from October 8 to December 1, 2020.



ODAC Culture Days Collaboration With Creative Nomad Studios

Orillia District Arts Council, In Collaboration With Creative Nomad Studios, Has Been Selected For The ‘Day In The Life’ Community Series By Culture Days

The Orillia & District Arts Council is pleased to announce our upcoming collaborative participation with Creative Nomad Studios in Ontario Culture Days 2020. ODAC has been selected for the Day in the Life community series by Culture Days and will be profiled in Social Media, videos and ongoing promotion by their team.
On October 24, ODAC will host a smorgasbord of arts disciplines in the brand new Creative Nomad Studios 23 Mississaga Street West. All activities will be in compliance with COVID protocol at that time.
A diverse range of activities and presentations will be offered to the public.
“This will be a whirlwind day that will have something of interest for most people. We are grateful to Anitta Hamming for her fantastic venue and Parks, Recreation & Culture, City of Orillia for participant funding” commented Christine Hager, Secretary-Treasurer of ODAC.

Culture Days is being produced at Creative Nomads Studio with financial support from the City of Orillia Community Services Department.

Link to the Culture Days Livestream Event is here.

Nominations for CSEA/SCEA Executive Now Open

DEADLINE: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Canadian Society for Education through Art / Société canadienne d’éducation par l’art is holding elections for positions on the Executive for a once only, one year 2020-21 term. Executive terms usually are for a two-year term but the Covid 19 epidemic has disrupted our usual practices and an election for a one year term enables us to refresh the composition of the executive in spite of having had to postpone our 2020 conference.  We will keep subsequent two-year terms aligned with future conferences. 

CLICK HERE for more information

Call For Submissions: DesignTO Symposium 2021

DEADLINE: Friday, September 25, 2020 by 11:59pm EST

This symposium invites designers and thinkers to explore how we can design for inclusivity. How can we create great designs for the greatest number of people? How can we use our unique reality of human diversity as a resource for products, services, systems, environments and experiences that include rather than exclude?

CLICK HERE for more information

Call for Black, Indigenous and Artists of Colour

Seymour Art Gallery

Deadline: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Exhibition: October 3 – 31, 2020

This juried group exhibition is looking to provide exposure to Black, Indigenous, and artists of colour; therefore, eligibility is limited to BIPOC artists living on the unceeded lands currently known as British Columbia. Artwork may be individually or collaboratively produced. Local drop off and pick up is required.

CLICK HERE for more information