Complementary inDANCE DanceWorks tickets for PAONE members


PAONE is thrilled to announce six complementary DanceWorks tickets for its participants and members.

inDANCE, Holy Cow(s)! (presented by DanceWorks)
Friday, March 24 & Saturday, March 25 at 8pm
Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto

If you’re interested in a ticket, please RSVP to by noon on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 and indicate which date you’d like tickets for. Note: tickets will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

More about the show:

Bessie and Dora nominee, Hari Krishnan, co-creates an evening of solos and ensemble work in collaboration with guest choreographers Sean Curran (New York City), David Brick (Philadelphia), and and Jay Hirabayashi (Vancouver), with a commissioned world music score by Niraj Chag (UK).

Holy Cow(s)! run rampant, toppling taboos of gender, identity, sexuality and cultural (mis)appropriation, provoking desire and derision through humor and eroticism infused, confused and diffused via a global dance lens.

Photo credit: Miles Brokrenshire

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March 28, 2017: PAONE Conference ~ Examining Resilience in Arts Education Programming


PAONE is hosting its first conference of 2017: Examining Resilience in Arts Education Programming.

Join us as we discuss how the arts, and arts education programming contributes to building resilience in youth. Lead by PAONE member Carrie Hage, we will learn more about resiliency, and of best practices of arts education programming that support building resilience in youth.

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Location: OCADU MCC 525 in the Annex Building at 113 McCaul St., Toronto
Timing: 9-11:30am (Registration: 8:45-9am)
PWYC: Suggested donation: $10
RSVP by: Friday, March 24 by noon to

Guest speakers:
Connie Chisholm from CoDesign
Julian Diego from SKETCH
Liz Haines from Story Planet

About the facilitator:
Carrie Hage is an actor, storyteller, educator and facilitator. An acting graduate from Dalhousie University (Double Honours in Theatre and Spanish), Carrie began her professional career in Toronto in theatre, film, and TV (founding member of WORKhouse Theatre). Years later, in pursuit of even more adventure, Carrie moved to London, England to pursue a Masters in Applied Theatre at Goldsmith’s University. Following her studies, she worked in London as an applied-theatre practitioner with Mencap, Ovalhouse Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, and Corali Dance Company. Carrie specializes in working with youth at risk of social exclusion and has developed numerous community projects and school programs with a focus on building resilience, self-confidence and community.

About the guest speakers:
Connie Chisholm is the principal of CoDesign, a social enterprise that organizes and facilitates collaborative projects between marginalized communities and post-secondary design students.These projects produce tangible objects/products that directly benefit the participating community. Connie has worked for eighteen years as a self-employed furniture designer/maker and currently teaches design and craftsmanship at Sheridan College and OCAD University. She started CoDesign in 2010.

Julian Diego is a Community Arts practitioner and passionate advocate for access and inclusion in art-making. He believes that everyone has creative aspects that can be encouraged and developed, and that as they do, communities develop and deepen their understanding of members and themselves.

Julian has facilitated arts programming, with a focus on marginalized youth, for over a decade in Toronto. He is fascinated by different ways to increase the palette of expressive options available to people who may not be able to afford or access traditional opportunities.

Julian is an experienced screen printer, a highly trained kung fu practitioner and performer, and is certified as a Mentor Artist-Educator through the RCM. Julian has worked with youth in a variety of contexts for over 25 years, including homeless shelters, community drop ins, and  at SKETCH,  and has worked abroad in Belize for the Dept. of Human Development, Woman’s Department.

Liz Haines started her education as a dancer at the Laban Centre (now Trinity Laban Conservatoire Of Music & Dance) before coming to Canada where she followed her passion to work with young people. After graduating from Ryerson with a BA in Early Childhood Education, Liz began working as an educational producer at TVO where she combined her knowledge of children with her creative talents. After co-producing, writing and directing two seasons of Roll Play (which won an Alliance for Children and Television Award of Excellence and was nominated for a Gemini) she created, produced and directed The Jungle Room, an innovative children’s series about the reality of being a preschooler for TVO. A successful companion documentary series entitled, Gorilla Parenting from The Jungle Room was also produced for TVO.

In 2009, Liz directed the second season of The Jungle Room, this time called, The Ocean Room, which won a Gemini award for Best Preschool series in 2010 and an Award of Excellence in June, 2011 for Best Preschool series. In 2009 Liz started turning her interest towards helping young people create and share their own stories and started Story Planet. In 2011, her dream was realized when Story Planet became a registered charity. Liz now spends her time as Executive Director of Story Planet, producing and directing TV series and teaching at Centennial College.

Complementary Throwdown Collective DanceWorks tickets for PAONE members


PAONE is thrilled to announce five complementary DanceWorks matinee tickets for its participants and members.

Throwdown Collective (presented by DanceWorks)
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 12:30pm
Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto

If you’re interested in a ticket, please RSVP to by noon on Monday, February 6. 2017.


More about the show:

Comprised of Toronto dance artists Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate, and Brodie Stevenson, Throwdown Collective will perform two trios: the world premiere of Ylem (3 Eggs Ago) commissioned from Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz, and the Collective’s own creation, Various Concert.

Throwdown Collective is a trio of accomplished dance artists who have forged an intimate and highly productive working relationship. With Cruz, they have developed a mutual respect and joyous spirit of cooperation. Cruz’s piece will create a potent counterpoint to the fluid and changing dynamic of Various Concert, which plays with the tension of partnering, weight sharing, and manipulation.

Newsletter update: Submitting calls for proposals/workshops/conferences

In keeping with our mandate to provide networking and professional development opportunities for professionals committed to meaningful arts education activities, we accept calls for proposals, workshop and conference information and other related arts education events for potential inclusion in our newsletter. As our newsletters are scheduled around PAONE activities, we may not always be able to include all submissions, but we will do our very best.

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