Calls for Entry & Opportunities

DANCE 

SCHOOL OF TORONTO DANCE THEATRE | CONTEMPORARY DANCE INTENSIVE

Are you looking to accelerate your training? The School of Toronto Dance Theatre two-week pre-professional summer program is a perfect boost for any motivated dancer featuring intensive full-day training in modern and contemporary techniques and high-calibre, well-regarded professional faculty. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 15, 2017

GUELPH DANCE | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Guelph Dance welcomes applications from Canadian and international professional dance artists for our 20th Annual Guelph Dance Festival, May 31-June 3, 2018. We annually present companies and choreographers from at least three Canadian provinces/territories and invite international artists who offer something unique to Canadian audiences. For more info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: September 15, 2017 

GUELPH DANCE: YOUTH MOVES | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Youth Moves is open to all southern Ontario dancers under the age of 19, whose exuberance and enthusiasm is as infectious as it is inspiring, performing works created by professional choreographers. Performances occur on the Sunday of the Festival weekend in the 200-seat Co-operators Hall, River Run Centre. For more info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: December 01, 2017.
FILM & MEDIA​

SURREY ART GALLERY | URBANSCREEN PROPOSALS

Illuminate Surrey’s UrbanScreen with your digital, interactive art! Surrey Art Gallery invites Call for Proposals for UrbanScreen, Canada’s largest non-commercial outdoor urban screen dedicated to presenting digital and interactive art after dark. Proposals are for site-specific and responsive digital artworks for exhibition on Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre’s west façade in Surrey. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 16, 2017

NEW ADVENTURES IN SOUND ART (NAISA) | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) invites artists of all ages and nationalities to submit works on the theme oSonic Reflections for consideration in New Adventures in Sound Art’s 2018 programming. Preference in programming will be given to works that respond in some way to the theme. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

HAMILTON ARTISTS INC & AGH | PHOTOPHOBIA FESTIVAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Photophobia is the 11th annual festival of short-format contemporary media, film, video and moving image hosted in partnership between the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Artists Inc. The Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Artists Inc. are once again partnering to showcase contemporary practitioners who test the boundaries of the medium in 2017. For further info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

EMERGING DIGITAL ARTISTS AWARD (EDAA) | 2017 AWARD SUBMISSIONS

The Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA) is accepting applications for its 2017 award program. Founded on a desire to celebrate digital innovation in the arts, the EDAA caters to early-career artists who are working on-screen, and experimenting with the possibilities of digitally rendered imagery. Applicants are encouraged to play with moving image formats such as video, animation, and GIF art. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: July 10, 2017

FACTORY MEDIA CENTRE | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Factory Media Centre is commemorating the 150th birthday of Ontario by presenting the ‘150 Seconds of Ontario Film Festival’. Get involved in the celebration! Create a short film with the theme (and time limit) of ‘150 Seconds of Ontario’. Express yourself & explore Ontario’s rich history, people, places, & events through filmmaking. Our film festival is open to anyone, and we are seeking diversity in the filmmakers and submissions. For more info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: July 28, 2017

HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The 12th Annual Hamilton Film Festival is accepting entries for this year’s festival with the theme of MUSIC! Live music, panels, spotlight on film scores, movies with a music theme and more. Locally focused films will be accepted including short, mid-length and feature films in all genres including drama, comedy, music, documentary, experimental, genre, and youth. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: August 15, 2017
FINE CRAFT​

CANADIAN CRAFT BIENNIAL | CALL FOR EMERGING EXHIBITION SUBMISSIONS

The Art Gallery of Burlington, in collaboration with Craft Ontario, is pleased to announce the inaugural Canadian Craft Biennial. As part of Biennial programming, Nothing is Newer than Tradition will present the work of emerging Ontario makers that reflect a dedicated engagement with specialized skills and materials. Craft Ontario welcomes emerging craftspeople to submit their work. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 09, 2017 

MEND & MAKE WELL | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Do your clothes have a story to tell? You are invited to participate in Mend & Make Well, a community collaborative artwork by Jessica Vellenga. This project investigates the narrative of the material items we cherish as memoirs. The photographs and stories of these items will be included in an installation as a part of the Canadian Craft Biennial at the Art Gallery of Burlington in fall 2017. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 15, 2017

ART GALLERY OF BURLINGTON | CERAMIC COURTYARD EXHIBITION PROPOSALS

The Art Gallery of Burlington is welcoming proposals from professional ceramists for its annual ceramic exhibition in the Dan Lawrie Family Courtyard for the summer of 2018. The Annual Courtyard Installation  is a site specific installation of ceramic work that reflects some aspect of the space, ranging from the architecture, to the plantings, to the social interaction contained within the space. For further info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA | MELISSA LEVIN EMERGING ARTIST AWARD

The Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award was established in honour of textile and costume artist Melissa Levin’s passion for mentoring emerging artists. The award is geared to help emerging artists conduct self-directed activities such as art production, apprenticeships, residencies or research. Emerging artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply, including artist collectives and collaborative projects. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: July 10, 2017
LITERARY 

THE NEW QUARTERLY | THE PETER HINCHCLIFFE SHORT FICTION AWARD

In Honour of Peter Hinchcliffe a well known lecturer at St. Jerome’s University and to recognize his contributions to his department. The New Quarterly are looking for one work of short fiction to win this award. There is no word limit and entrants must be Canadian and have not published either a first novel or short story collection. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 12, 2017​​

PULP LITERATURE | HUMMINGBIRD FLASH FICTION PRIZE

Got something short, sharp and snappy to tell?  Wow us with your most economical and brilliant storytelling. This contest is for previously unpublished works of fiction up to 1000 words in length. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 15, 2017

PRISM INTERNATIONAL | CREATIVE NON FICTION CONTEST

PRISM's Creative Non Fiction Contest is open to all writers and includes a one-year subscription to PRISM magazine. Prizes include $1,500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up and publication in PRISM. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: July 15, 2017

ROOM MAGAZINE | FICTION AND POETRY CONTEST

Room Magazine’s annual fiction and poetry contests are now open for submissions! Deadline: July 15, 2017. Prizes include $1,000 + publication in Room (1st), $250 + publication in Room (2nd), $50 publication on Room's website (Honorable Mention). For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: July 15, 2017

MATRIX MAGAZINE | LIT POP WRITING COMPETITION

​The POP Montreal International Music Festival and Matrix Magazine have once again collaborated to bring you North America's most innovative and exciting literary competition. We are looking for your best stories and poems. Winners will have their work published in Matrix, and receive free travel to POP Montreal for a night in their honor. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: July 31, 2017
MULTIDISCIPLINARY

DOWNTOWN BIA | CALL FOR 2017 VENDORS GORE PARK SUMMER PROMENADE

The Downtown Hamilton Business Improvement Area is accepting applications for vendors for this year’s Gore Park Summer Promenade.  This annual event happens every Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 5pm with live entertainment, food trucks and vendors. Thursdays will be their ‘vendor day’. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: Ongoing (June - September)

ART-IN-THE-PARK | CALL FOR ENTRY

Art-in-the-Park is a one-day outdoor/indoor juried, art show and sale featuring high caliber, original, art work by local and regional artists in the Park’s unique facilities and settings. Artists will display and sell their work under the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment in Country Heritage Park’s Milton area location. For further info on submissions, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 12, 2017

ARTSPACE | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Artspace is dedicated to presenting work from contemporary artists working in a variety of disciplines. Submissions from emerging, mid-career and senior artists whose works is alternative, experimental and/or critically engaged are welcome. The centre welcomes submissions from individual artists, curators, and collectives to apply with new or existing exhibition proposals. For further information, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 16, 2017

GLADSTONE HOTEL | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Gladstone Hotel is seeking individual or groups of artists and designers who would like to participate in an exhibition curated by the hotel for the city’s Nuit Blanche celebrations from Saturday, September 30th at sundown until Sunday October 2nd at sunrise. #FlyByNight2017 will showcase temporary installations with a particular focus on adaptive and ephemeral performance and installation in the hotel’s second floor studio spaces, For further info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: June 18, 2017

ARTASCENT | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

“Abstract” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent. Abstractions are all around us. Ideas can be abstract; existing as an idea, feeling or quality but not having a tangible existence.  Entries may include 2 and 3 dimensional media, such as paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, installations, ceramics, jewelry, fabric, sculpture, fiction, poetry, short stories and other explorations (up to 900 words). For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE:  June 30, 2017

12th ANNUAL GLENN GOULD PRIZE | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

An international symbol of creative excellence, The Glenn Gould Prize is awarded to an individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts. The Glenn Gould Prize honours a leading figure in diverse artistic fields, as related to the themes of artistic excellence, innovation and humanitarianism. For more details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

​WORKERS ART AND HERITAGE CENTER | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Do you have any placards, posters, banners, photos, t-shirts or other artifacts from your work doing international labour solidarity?  We’d like to use them for an exhibit on International Labour Solidarity this Fall.  The exhibit is being organized in conjunction with the conference “Confronting Global Capital: Strengthening Labour Internationalism and Transnationalism in Canada Today.” This conference will take place in Hamilton from October 12-14th, 2017. For more details, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: August 31, 2017

​ONTARIO PLACE | OPEN CALL FOR TALENT

Open call for family-friendly talent for a series of Festivals at Ontario Place this coming spring and summer! Inclusive of stage shows and emerging artists of kinds, roamers and street entertainers, cultural contributions, as well as educational and technological activations, there is special interest in unique and diverse performances that will be sure to "wow" the crowds! For further info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: ONGOING
MUSIC

DUET CLUB OF HAMILTON | 77TH ANNUAL DUET CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS

In 2017 Duet Club scholarships are being awarded through the Hamilton Music Festival
with the exception Woodwind/Brass and Choral Scholarships. The application for Brass/Woodwind (Level 8) valued at $400.00 is now available on HAC and at duetclub.ca. For further info, download the PDF.

  • DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

HAMILTON ALL STAR JAZZ BAND  |  CONTINUOUS AUDITIONS

The Hamilton All Star Jazz Band is holding auditions for ages 12 to 25; saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, piano, drums, & vocal.  Audition anytime for placement or the waiting list.  Candidates requesting an audition will be considered for the three 20-piece jazz ensembles and for the proposed Master Classes that will take place throughout the year. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • AUDITION DATES:  ONGOING
​PUBLIC ART

TOWN OF OAKVILLE | TRAFALGAR PARK EOI SUBMISSIONS

The Town of Oakville invites artists to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) to create a permanent outdoor public artwork as part of the redevelopment of Oakville Arena and Trafalgar Park. Professional Canadian artists and artist-led teams are invited to submit EOI as an artwork proposal is not required at this time. The successful artist will have a maximum budget of $90,000 to create the artwork. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 15, 2017

THE NIAGARA PARKS COMMISSION | REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS NOTICE

NPC invites professional artists to submit a proposal for the design, fabrication and installation of permanent public artwork at Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens that celebrates and embodies the spirit of the people of Niagara from our original First Nations inhabitants to today’s newcomers, our shared history and significant contribution to Ontario and Canada. For further info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: June 26, 2017

CITY OF PETERBOROUGH | AYLMER AND SIMCOE PLAZA PROJECT RFP

The City of Peterborough invites Canadian artists and design teams to submit their credentials, examples of prior experience and a conceptual approach for a public art competition to create an artwork for the City’s new Aylmer and Simcoe Plaza. This is a two-stage, province-wide call open to professional artists and designers who are permanent residents of Ontario. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: July 13, 2017
RESIDENCIES & RETREATS

SPARK BOX STUDIO | ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Spark Box Studio’s Artist Residency Program provides live/work space to accommodate both emerging and professional printmakers, photographers, painters, illustrators and writers. The Residency Program affords artists the space and time to support the advancement of their careers and to strengthen their practice. Artists-in-residence stay in a charming century home located in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: ONGOING (check calendar)
THEATRE

​FULL CIRCLE: TALKING STICK FESTIVAL | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 

Full Circle is the home of the annual Talking Stick Festival, Western Canada’s premier Indigenous performing arts festival. First Nations Performance is accepting artist submissions for the 2018 Talking Stick Festival. Submissions from both established and emerging artists from all areas of the performing arts are welcome. For further info, follow the LINK. 

  • DEADLINE: June 16, 2017

THEATRE DIRECT | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS         

Theatre Direct, one of the Country’s leading theatres for young audiences, welcomes proposals for new works aimed at youth and young adult audiences (ages 12 years and up). The New Creation Unit is open to playwrights and theatre creators working across disciplines passionate about exploring challenging subject matter relevant to youth. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 16, 2017

NEW WORKS OF MERIT PLAYWRITING CONTEST | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is an international contest developed in 2003 to bring works of social significance to the attention of producers and artistic directors. Have your script analyzed and brought to the best of its ability.  For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

THE CANADIAN JEWISH PLAYWRITING COMPETITION | CALLS FOR ENTRY

Back for its 18th year and co-presented by the Miles Nadal JCC, the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, the Jewish Plays Project, the Calgary JCC, and the Chutzpah! Festival, the competition is the only one of its kind.  It recognizes the most outstanding, unproduced, Canadian plays with a Jewish focus. For  further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: July 05, 2017
VISUAL ARTS 

FORT GALLERY | POSTCARDS FROM CANADA CALL TO ARTISTS

The Fort Gallery in Fort Langley, BC is hosting Postcards from Canada, an exhibit of original postcard-sized (4"x 6") works of art from across Canada.  Artists of all ages and stages are invited to submit. All cards will be exhibited in The Fort Gallery and images will be posted on their website  in the summer of 2017. For further info, download the PDF.

  • DEADLINE: June 15, 2017

VISUALS INITIATIVE OF SOUTH ASIA | ARTS FESTIVAL & EXHIBITION

Visuals Initiative of South Asia (V.I.S.A.) - Arts Festival would like to invite Artists from across Canada to make digital submissions for our annual Art Festival and Exhibition - “Creative & Cultural Celebrations” aimed at promoting South Asian Art. V.I.S.A. - Arts Festival is a curated exhibition and welcomes all levels of local and regional artists across Canada. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 16, 2017 

GLADSTONE HOTEL | COME UP TO MY ROOM 2018 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Come Up To My Room (#CUTMR) is an alternative design exhibition that provides a platform for experimentation outside the norms of art and design. The exhibition challenges artists and designers to create site-specific, immersive installations that stimulate
the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and hotel visitors alike. For more info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE:  June 18, 2017

GARDINER MUSEUM | 12 TREES CALL FOR ARTISTS

Over the past 28 years, Gardiner Museum has celebrated the festive season with its signature fundraiser, 12 Trees, and the 12 Trees Gala. 12 Trees has evolved into an exhibition inspired by the holiday tree, featuring art installations by a wide range of artists, designers, and other creative minds. This year, they are inviting artists to propose installations inspired by and informed by the theme “Let There Be Light”. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 23, 2017

​GLADSTONE HOTEL | WHY THE @#&! DO YOU PAINT?: ALL THE COLOUR

The Gladstone is pleased to announce the call for submissions to the 3rd annual group painting exhibit, Why the @#&! Do You Paint? All the Colour, asks painters to consider what about colour (or lack there of) appeals to them most? #WTFDYP will bring painter’s narratives and motivations together through painting which considers the full spectrum of colour. For further info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: June 30, 2017 (11PM EST)

ORILLIA MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition calls on artists from across the country to submit work that embraces, challenges, comments, critiques, echoes, challenges, re-works or strengthens images, perceptions and interpretations of Canadian landscape through the artist’s chosen medium. All media/approaches are most welcome. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

HEADWATERS ARTS | JURIED ART SHOW CALL FOR SUBMISSION

Headwaters Arts is accepting submissions for their Annual Juried Art Show & Sale at the award winning Alton Mill Arts Centre in Caledon Ontario. The show is open to all artists in Ontario working in both 2 and 3 dimensional art forms. Up to $1500 in cash prizes to be awarded. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: July 14, 2017

QUEST ART | 13TH ANNUAL JURIED ART SHOW

Quest Art invites artists to submit to their annual open-theme art competition of two and three-dimensional works of art from across Canada. This art competition accepts all media including: painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, textiles, sculpture and forms of digital media. Three juror’s prizes of $200 and a People’s Choice Award of $100 will be awarded. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: July 24, 2017

GALLERY HPL | CALL FOR ENTRY

Hamilton Public Library invites Hamilton and area artists to submit samples of their work for consideration. They exhibit two-dimensional works including paintings, drawings, mixed media, prints and photographs. Selected artists exhibit at Gallery 4 and Gallery 4 Annex at Central Library, Gallery Turner Park at the Turner Park Branch and Gallery Stoney Creek at the Stoney Creek Branch.  Artists at all stages of their career will be considered. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: September 30, 2017

​OUTDOOR PAINTING FESTIVAL | CALL FOR ENTRY

This juried event will be held in conjunction with Canada Culture Days on
September 29, 30 and October 1st. Grab your paints and head out to Cavan, Ontario for the second annual Outdoor Painting festival. Participants can enroll to compete in a timed painting competition or submit works painted on location at the end of the festivial. For further info, follow the LINK 

  • DEADLINE: September 29, 30 & October 1st 

PORTRAIT SOCIETY OF CANADA | 2017 CANADIAN PORTRAIT COMPETITION

This will be the 12th Competition sponsored by the Portrait Society of Canada and will be an on-line competition. It is open to all Canadian visual artists and to all those interested in the art of portrait in Canada. As the only professional on-line Competition in Fine Art Portraiture in Canada this will be a unique opportunity to encourage public recognition on the specialty subject of the Portrait in Contemporary Canadian art. For further info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: November 01, 2017