Calls for Artists

John Victor Lennon Singers-Songwriters Recording Contest will take place on November 12, 2016 at the Maja Prentice Theatre at 7:30pm. Please note that only selected contestants who sign-up on-line will be allowed to audition and will be submitted to the online audience voting ballot box. Selected contestants must be able to perform songs that will be selected by our online review panel. All selected contestants must arrive at the live auditioning before 7:30 pm. The judging panel will be presiding  at 8:30 pm. Only online sign-up contestants will audition in the order that they signed up.  Sign up now. The best three selected contestants out of Canada will perform at the grand finally in NYC. The contest deadline for all entries has been extended to Oct. 30th, 2016. Please download, fill out and email us the Singer/Songwriters contest signup form below to sign up to our upcoming Audition. The grand finale  will take place in New York City.

Mississauga Symphony Orchestra youth concerto competition deadline for applications is December 14. “The MSO Youth Concerto Competition is a fantastic opportunity for young musicians under the age of 21 to further their development in the field of solo performance.  Cash prizes and performance opportunities with the MSO and MSYO will be awarded to our finalists. The 4th Annual Youth Concerto Competition is divided into three different instrument categories:Orchestral Winds/Brass/Percussion; Strings; Piano. Prizes:1st Place Winner: $1000 cash award, performance with the MSO; 2nd Place Winner: $500 cash award & performance with the MSYO; 3rd Place Winner: $250 cash award & soloist performance with the MSYO. Required: one movement of a concerto, or a complete one movement concerto. To Apply: Download the youth concerto application form here; Record a video of your performance.  Upload the video to YouTube; Submit the YouTube link and application form via email to:
$30 non-refundable application fees can be mailed to: MSO Youth Concerto Competition, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga, ON L5B 4B8. Winners will be perform during the 2017/18 concert season. This competition would not be possible without the very generous support of the Community Foundation of Mississauga and the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation.

Nominations are still open for the annual Halton Newcomer Strategy Recognition event that will be held on January 19, 2017.Download the nomination form or complete it online here and submit nominations by November 30 2016

The registration period for the 2017 edition of the Great National Audition organized by the Canadian Music Competition-Canimex is open until November 18th 2016. The Competition is an educational tool which is overseen by renowned educators that creates artistic emulation between peers. It is the biggest gathering for up and coming musicians in Canadian classical music. This year, the Competition is adapting to new realities. All details at

Nominations for the Government of Ontario’s Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts are open. These awards are an excellent opportunity to recognize the leadership, innovation, creativity and talent that Ontario’s professional artists and arts organizations bring to communities across the province.The awards are conferred in two categories: an individual artist award of $35,000 and an arts organization award of $50,000. Nominations are due December 1, 2016. Your nomination package must be postmarked by Canada Post or a courier company on or before the deadline. Details about the awards and nomination forms are available on the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) website. The OAC manages the nomination and adjudication process for the awards on behalf of the Government of Ontario.Click here to learn about the 2016 finalists. For more info contact: Carolyn Gloude, Associate Awards Officer, 416-969-7423 or 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7423

London Arts Council has a Call to Artists out for a permanent public art project. It is a commemorative piece to Terry Fox and will have a budget of $90,000.00. Here is a link to the call.

The Living Arts Centre invites emerging and mid-career visual artists to submit works for the juried exhibition Deep Roots. This exhibition will reflect diverse views of Ontario’s cultural identity, geography, language, achievements and history, and will celebrate Canada and Ontario’s 150th anniversary in 2017. January 4, 2017 – February 20, 2017. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday November 20, 2016.For complete submission information, visit our website or contact Lee Petrie, exhibition curator at 905.306.6161. Find complete details here.

CALLING ALL ONTARIO COMMUNITIES! BftA is now accepting applications from Ontario communities to receive the artsVest program! Are the arts organizations in your community in need of capacity building training? Does the community need an economic boost? artsVest is in search of 3-5 Ontario communities to apply for and participate in artsVest for 2017. For more information on how to receive training and matching funds for your community’s arts organizations, visit our website.

The CFUW Creative Arts Award was created to promote interest and involvement in the creative arts by engaging audiences and inspiring discussion. The amount of the award is normally $4,000 and is set by the CFUW Charitable Trust budget. It is awarded biannually. For more information click here.

Visual Arts Brampton is excited to present the re-launch of Snail Mail World Postcard Art Show! We are inviting creative people from all corners of the world to mail in postcard sized artworks (4-by-6-inch) to be displayed in our galleries and for judging. Cash prizes! Mail us your art and participate in the biggest international postcard art show in the world! Submission Deadline: Tuesday February 28, 2017. For more information click here.

Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood welcomes artists from across the province to apply to VAM39 – Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts. The prestigious exhibition kicks off the New Year as one of Mississauga’s leading arts events. VAM39 will, showcase an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary visual arts works. Selected works will be on display at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) from January 12, 2017 until February 18, 2017. The AGM is located at 300 City Centre Dr. in Mississauga. Open to emerging and established artists living in Ontario, the entry deadline for the show is midnight on Sunday November 20, 2016. For submission information, click here or go to and look under the Exhibitions

COME SING WITH US: MASTERWORKS OF OAKVILLE CHORUS & AUDITIONING NEW CHOIR MEMBERS. Masterworks of Oakville Chorus & Orchestra is getting ready to embark on their new season.  At this time, we are actively looking for new choristers and orchestra members to join us for our fall concert. Choir rehearsals being Saturday September 24thand are from 10 am – 1 pm.  Orchestra rehearsals begin on November 20th.  Late this fall, we will kick off the holiday season with our concert performances of Bach’s CHRISTMAS ORATORIO Parts IV, V and VI on Saturday November 26th and Sunday November 27th at the beautiful St. Andrew Church in downtown Oakville.  Our concerts are highly anticipated cultural events and are broadcast by TVCogeco.  Masterworks is proud to entertain some of the largest audiences in Oakville, regularly performing to 800-1000 people over a concert weekend. If you are interested in joining Masterworks, please contact Artistic Director Charles Demuynck at To learn more about Masterworks visit our website at

The Works Art & Design Festival in Edmonton, currently has two calls for entry open: one for regular festival exhibits, and one for Canada 150 projects. The deadline for both is October 31, 2016. Please see link:

CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS: There are multiple ways to showcase your art work at Neilson Park Creative Centre, and we are accepting proposals of exhibition in our spaces in 2017! To learn more about our exhibition spaces, please check out our website.

Open Call for Public Art Selection Commitee Members. Are you interested in participating in a public art jury? Are you an experienced artist or art/design professional? The City’s Public Art Selection Committee needs you. Previous projects include: “Contemplating Child” by Ferruccio Sardella located in Community Common Park and “The Lifeline Project” by Michael Simon, Taline Jirian and Marisa Gallemit located on the oak trees along Hurontario at Burnhamthorpe Road West. Apply now.

Studio.89 is looking for volunteers who want  to get some extra volunteer hours or give back to your community in a meaningful way? We’re always looking for more help! Click here to fill out an application & we’ll be in touch with you shortly

Current Calls for Submission

Residency / Unpack Studio /  Havana Art Residency / Havana, Cuba

Call for Submissions / Artcite Inc. / Semiannual Call for Submissions / Windsor, ON / Deadline Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Call for Submissions / Winter Stations Design Competition / 2017 Competition – Catalyst : Converting one form or substance into another / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, November 4, 2016

Residency / Artscape Gibraltar Point / Luminous Bodies / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Thursday, December 15, 2017

Call for Submissions / City of Brampton / Permanent Public Artwork for Alderlea Estate 150 Anniversary Art Work / Brampton, ON / Deadline Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016

Call for Submissions / Request for Qualifications / Permanent Public Artwork for Alderlea Estate 150 Anniversary Art Work / City of Brampton / Brampton, ON / Deadline Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016

Call for Submissions / TAC and TAF Entrance Hall Mural / Toronto Arts Council / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, November 4, 2016

Residency / School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa / Residency for Photographers and Photo-Based Artists / Ottawa, ON

Call for Submissions / Canada Council for the Arts / New Chapter / Ottawa, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, October 31, 2016

Call for Submissions / Neighbourhood Gallery / The Human Condition Revealed – A Group Show of Portraits / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Call for Submissions / Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography / Proof 24 / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date:  Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Call for Submissions / Winnipeg Arts Council / Kildonan Park Pond Lighting Expression of Interest / Winnipeg, MB / Deadline Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Call for Submissions / Art Gallery of Northumberland / Exhibition Proposals / Cobourg, ON

Call for Submissions / RioCan / Construction Hoarding Programme – Temporary Public Artworks

Call for Submissions / City of Ottawa / Diversity in the Arts Fund 2017 / Ottawa, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, November 7, 2016 at 4pm

Residency / L’Atelier sur Seine / Île-de-France region, French / Deadline Date:  February 1, 2017

Call for Submissions / Hamilton Artists Inc. / Cannon Gallery Call for Submissions / Hamilton, ON

Studio.89 is always looking to host different workshops/events and are looking for a variety of local talent/volunteers to either host workshops or headline events.  For more information please email Studio.89.