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 Pamela Keywan 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 // Granting Opportunities & Awards // Workshops & Seminars

Calls & Auditions

Call out for Social Entrepreneurs - meet-up group in the GTA

Design and Development Initiative, a social enterprise, invites fellow social entrepreneurs who work with crafts and engage with social causes, to come and share their experiences at a meet-up platform in Burlington/Oakville, starting June 2016.

 We are a Burlington based social enterprise which connects international eco-friendly, fair trade crafts to community-well being. We define craft both as an object (which brings pleasure to the buyer!)  as well as a tool and medium which brings joy to the maker and in the process enhances emotional and physical well-being.

 We would love to share and hear your stories and hopefully as a team co-host or organize craft-in-the-community events in the GTA in the near future.

 For more details you can reach us by email at:

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Fixt Point

FIXT POINT is seeking two professional media artists, familiar with Oakville, for fulltime
positions with The Tale of a Town, presented in partnership with The Town of Oakville this summer!

FIXT POINT’s The Tale of a Town project is a national oral history project that celebrates the culture and heritage of Canada’s downtowns through the gathering and mapping of our living memories. These collected stories are presented back to the community through interactive performance installations, podcasts, and through our online, digital Storymap.

Position: Storygathering Artist
Artist Fee: Based on Experienced
Dates: June 6th June
19th, 2016 in Oakville

Mandatory 3Day Training: Between Tuesday, May 31st and Friday, June 3 in Toronto

Candidates must be outgoing, creative, reliable, motivated and passionate about storytelling, community engagement and all things local. The position requires a combination of interviewing local community members and artistic audio editing.

Experience with sound and video editing are assets, as well as familiarity with ProTools, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Photoshop. Bilingualism (French/English), and an Ontario driver’s license are a bonus.

We will provide you with specific training around The Tale of a Town themes, our interviewing style, and our audio aesthetic.

To apply please send a short cover letter and a resume by email to:
Katie Swift | Artistic Producer, FIXT POINT |

Deadline for submissions: Monday, May 2, 2016

FIXT POINT is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all its work. We work proactively to be fair and equitable in practice and to build diversity into our teams, creative communities, programs and services. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Vendors Wanted- Handmade & Vintage Market (Kerr Village, Oakville)

Three curated outdoor markets located in the parking lot on Kerr Street at Westside Drive in Oakville.

The markets will be held from 10 am-3 pm on the second Saturday in June, July and August of 2016.

Vendors will sell a mix of vintage items (records, clothing, dishware & collectibles, etc.) or handmade items (cards, jewelry, art, ceramics. leather, etc.)

The goal is to have a mix of high quality, distinctive vendors that will have their products displayed in a way that will highlight their unique goods.

Interested in becoming a vendor and would like to learn more please contact

Call to artists to paint murals on underpasses in Ottawa

The City of Ottawa is seeking artists to paint murals on two underpass walls located at the Laurier Avenue underpasses at Colonel By Drive and the Queen Elizabeth Parkway.

The City chose to enhance these underpasses as they are key gateways to downtown Ottawa and their proximity to the Rideau Canal. This year, artists who submit mural designs are required to incorporate a celebration of the canal’s historical and cultural significance.

Interested artists can visit for more information on the application process and selection criteria. Each wall will feature a community-inspired mural developed by the selected artists based on public consultations. The designs will be chosen by an independent panel of local artists and community members.

Selected artists will be announced in early August and they will be expected to complete the artwork by the end of September 2016.

Outdoor murals can bring vitality and civic pride to community cores. They have also proven to be successful in managing graffiti.

 For more information, call 3-1-1 or email

Due May 24 - Call for Submissions - Living Arts Centre Resident Artist Program Arts Fellowship, 2016 – 2017

The Living Arts Centre invites new graduates of arts institutions to submit applications for the 2016 - 2017 Arts Fellowship Program in the Flameworking, Glass, Painting & Drawing, Textiles/Jewellery, and Wood Studios.

This program offers graduates an opportunity to work within a professional studio environment after completing their studio education. This program provides a venue to assist new artists with the production of their first body of work in a specialized studio. Based on studio availability, fellowships will be awarded to recent graduates in the above noted studios

Eligibility and Application

To be eligible for the competition, applicants must be new graduates (within two years of graduation) of a post-secondary school degree in studio arts, or of an educational equivalent. More information can be found here.

Musikay has paying opportunities for advanced singers—auditions

Musikay is seeking experienced and motivated choral singers to make glorious music with other like-minded musicians in the Oakville and Hamilton areas. Maestro Stephane Potvin has carefully crafted his ensemble, Musikay, into one of the most dynamic, challenging, and rewarding choral groups in the region.

Singers in all voice parts are invited to audition to become part of this exciting ensemble. Interested singers should have at least three years of choral experience, strong musicianship, be able to work a cappella, care for detail and fine work, and have solid self-preparation skills and discipline. Hallmarks of Musikay include crisp intonation, blended sound, and superb phrasing. Musikay focuses mainly on renaissance and baroque music, but also performs Canadian repertoire.

Rehearsals take place two weekends prior to each program. Remuneration is based on a profit sharing system.

If you’re ready for the singing experience of a lifetime, visit or call 905.825.9740 for information and to schedule an audition to be held on June 4 and June 11 2016.

Auditions for advanced singers
June 4 & 11
By appointment

Visit, email, or call 905.825.9740 for information and to schedule an audition.

Villanella is the choir to join in Hamilton

Villanella invites singers interested in performing sacred and secular SAB music from the 15th and 16th century choral repertoire to audition and join its ranks. Auditions will be held on June 4 and 11 by appointment.

Villanella, founded by Stéphane Potvin, is a community based group that offers its members the opportunity to reach new levels in performance quality. If collegial learning, high standards of musicality, learning exceptionally beautiful music with other like-minded people, and good spirited humour interest you, then Villanella is the choir for you.

Singers interested in joining Villanella should have least three years of choral experience, a desire to improve their singing and musical skills, be able to work a cappella, care for work well done, and have solid self-preparation discipline. Practices take place at Grace Lutheran Church, in west Hamilton. Join Villanella and discover a whole new world of musical bliss.

Auditions for singers for Villanella
By appointment on June 4 & June 11

Visit for information and to schedule an audition.

Granting Opportunities & Awards

Due June 1 - Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts

The Saidye Bronfman Award became a Governor General’s Award, reserved for fine craft artists as of March 2007. The name “Saidye Bronfman Award” is retained under the overall banner of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. 

Up to eight awards are given annually:

  • up to six awards of $25,000 each are available for distinguished artistic achievement in the visual (including architecture and photography) and/or media arts
  • one award of $25,000 is presented as the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts
  • one award of $25,000 is given to recognize the outstanding contribution to the visual arts (including architecture and photography), media arts or to fine craft of an individual or group in a volunteer or professional capacity, through philanthropy, board governance, community outreach activities, or as a director of an organization, curator, programmer, educator, critic or dealer/distributor.

More information here.

Due June 1 - REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards

The Awards are intended to recognize emerging and established Indigenous artists working in traditional or contemporary practices. The awards will be given in six artistic categories including dance, music, theatre, literature, film/video (media arts), and visual arts/fine craft.

To be eligible to apply, you must

  • Be of Indigenous descent. 
    For the purposes of these awards, Indigenous people include First Nations, Inuit and Métis people of Canada.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
  • Define and describe yourself as a practising artist.

More information here.

Workshops & Seminars

At Theatre Ontario’s Summer Theatre Intensive you can live your passion for theatre in an immersive adventure where you can enrich your skills, flex your creative muscles, and meet friends old and new.

Theatre Ontario is offering six exciting courses at this year’s Summer Theatre Intensive, running August 7 to 13 in Peterborough at Trent University. Live your passion for theatre and treat yourself to a unique learning adventure!

  • Immerse yourself
  • Enrich your skills
  • Flex your creative muscle
  • Meet friends old and new
More information here.

Monday May 16th, 2016
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Suite 350, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto


Saturday June 18, 2016
Theatre Ontario Boardroom 
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 350


Monday June 27th, 2016 
Theatre Ontario Boardroom, 
Suite 350, 401 Richmond Street West 

2016 Creator Stream Workshops with Theatre Ontario


Bring Your Show to Schools: Navigating the Education System
Monday May 30th, 2016
Theatre Ontario Boardroom, 
Suite 350, 401 Richmond Street West


Online Webinar 
Monday June 6th, 2016


Wednesday June 8th, 2016
3:00pm to 5:30pm
Suite 350, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto

Phone: (905) 815-5977  |  Email:  |  Address: 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, ON, L6L 2G6

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