The Oakville Arts Council provides services designed to encourage professional development and foster creative collaboration. ArtConnections keeps our members informed and connected to creative opportunities - calls for entry, employment, funding, networking, workshops, volunteers, arts space and more.  

If you have an opportunity for artists and would like to have it published, please email Bernadette Ward at Your email should contain the name of your organization or the organization providing the opportunity, appropriate dates/location/fees and contact information.

Calls & Auditions

Call to Participate: Oakville Children’s Festival

Mark your calendars, the 2015 Oakville Children’s Festival will take place on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Coronation Park! The 2014 Festival was a huge success with just over 15,000 visitors. The Oakville Children’s Festival Programming Committee for 2015 is looking for applications for the 2015 Festival. Apply for the 2015 Oakville Children’s Festival today!

Casting Call

SNAPSHOTS, a new TV show for Kids’ CBC ( is currently casting photography loving kids, aged 8-13 who live in Canada. If you know a budding shutterbug who would love to take part in this fun and unique experience, please encourage them (along with their parent/guardian) to check out our website at SNAPSHOTS is an educational and interactive series that engages school-aged children in a competition to use photography to share their vision of the world around them. The show encourages children to delve into their creative side as they use their imaginations and cameras to tell great stories! For more information please email

Nominate a community champion! | Nomination deadline: April 13 at 4PM 14th Annual Community Spirit Awards

Every year Oakville residents volunteer their time to make our town a better place to live, work and play. We want to hear about these outstanding people, share their stories, and celebrate their contributions to making Oakville even more livable! Help us say thank you to those who contribute to the life and spirit of our town by nominating them for a Community Spirit Award!

United Way of Oakville: Call to nominate

GenNext needs your help! We want to highlight the young leaders in our community who are helping to make a difference. The volunteers who are, at times, the unsung heroes of our communities. Chances are you know someone under the age of 40 who has gone out of their way to help create opportunities for others right? Say thanks by nominating them today! To visit the site click here.

Walter Carsen Prize | Nomination deadline: April 30, 2015.

Know an outstanding theatre professional who should be nominated for a career achievement award? If so, consider nominating them for the 2015 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. This $40,000 prize recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement. The prize to be awarded in 2015 will be in the field of theatre. For more information: Helen Belvin @ 1-800-263-5588 or 613-566-4414, ext. 4057

Call for Entry: Oakville Art Society 50th Anniversary Juried Show | Application submission deadline May 25th, 2015

The Oakville Art Society invites artists 18+ to submit works to its Juried Art Show, May 29 to June 6th. Original works including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media are welcome. Applications may be submitted online or by mail. Entry fee: $ 30 for members and $ 40 for non-members. Take-In: Thursday, May 28th from 9:30 to 11:00 am at Oakville Galleries Centennial Square. Opening Reception and Awards Presentation: Saturday, May 30th, 3pm to 5 pm. All selected works will be exhibited at Oakville Galleries Centennial Square 120 Navy Street in Oakville, May 29-June 6, 2015. Show information, forms and conditions of entry please visit our website:

Workshops & Seminars

Creativity Art Retreat in Dunedin
Workshops run weekly and start the week of May 24, 2015

It is going to be another amazing summer at Creativity Art Retreat in Dunedin (near Creemore, Ontario). Since 1996, Creativity Art Retreat has brought together some of the most exciting art instructors from across Canada and the States. This coming year will be no exception. Our line up of instructors includes Harold Klunder, Rod Prouse, V Jane Gordon, Alice Vander Vennen, Suzanne Metz, John David Anderson, John Lennard, Janice Mason Steeves, Pam Gerrand & Teri Degler, Steve Rose, Zoja Smutny, M. Douglas Walton and Jill Segal & Patti Allen. All Creativity Art Retreats include: gourmet lunches, dinners and snacks; on-site massage (by appointment); daily yoga and meditation; and a beautiful, inspiring natural setting. For more information and to register email or visit us on line at

Canada Council for the Arts: Musical Instrument Bank Program | Deadline: April 1, 2015

Are you – or do you know – a Canadian professional violinist or cellist pursuing an international solo or chamber music career? The Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank program offers classical musicians a unique opportunity to borrow rare, fine-stringed instruments for a 3-year period. The MIB collection includes 20 violins and cellos dating from the late 1600s to the early 1900s, crafted by such celebrated luthiers as Stradivari, Gagliano, and del Gesù. For more information contact Sarah Brown at 1-800-263-5588 or 613-566-4414 ext. 6004

Employment Opportunities

Photography Facilities Technologist

Sheridan College is seeking a Photography Facilities Technologist (Temporary). Under the direction of the Manager, Technical Services, the incumbent is responsible for imparting technical advice and practical application of course theory and safe practices to students in support of curriculum outcomes and delivery both in-class and during student production periods. The incumbent is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the course focused Photography Facilities including, studios, labs, darkrooms, equipment and photographic supplies and responds to technical requirements for the program. The Technologist assists students, demonstrates the operation of program equipment, and provides technical support to faculty and students. For more information or to apply click here.

Oakville Chamber Orchestra General Manager

The Oakville Chamber Orchestra is a registered charity and not for profit organization. We have been providing classical music to the community since 1984. Our mandate is to promote the arts and music to or community with a special emphasis on youth. We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly capable General Manager to provide support to our Board and musicians. A small honorarium is available for the right candidate. Interested applicants may contact the President, Angelo Gervasio by email: or by phone at 416-897-1997.

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