Calls for Artists

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

Call for Auction items. The Museums of Mississauga are collaborating with the Ontario Museum Association on their annual conference on Nov 2-4 in Mississauga. The theme is “Towards the Future: Diversity and Inclusion”. They are looking to the artistic community for handmade artwork to help them with their silent auction. This year the silent Auction will focus on the diverse talents of people from across Ontario. Our museum community has so much creativity, let’s see your talents shine in this year’s Silent auction. Donations required by Oct. 11, 2016.

Open call for submissions for their Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP). The Mississauga Arts Council would like to invite you to take advantage of this offer, please see the excerpt below and click on the link for more information. The deadline for Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) is approaching. The program offers financial support for unique and flexible training with a chosen mentor in any theatrical discipline except performance. The next deadline is October 1st, 2016. For more information on the new expanded eligibility, program guidelines and how to submit an application, visit our websitePlease contact as we would like to be of more service to theatre companies.

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:

Monitor 12: South Asian Experimental Film + Video: Monitor 12 is dedicated to the presentation of experimental short films and videos by/and/or about South Asians from Canada and around the world. We invite independent and innovative short films and videos that explore the aesthetic and form of the moving image and its relation to narrative. Monitor 12 encourages new, experimental and risk-taking work that challenges the viewer’s active engagement. Monitor 12 will be programmed by Oliver Husain (Toronto), Yuki Aditya + Otty Widasari (Jakarta, ARKIPEL International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival). Deadline: September 30, 2016, 5 PM

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. 8th, 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.
The location, date and time – to be announced.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: WHY DO YOU CREATE? Why do you create? VAM’s new exhibition will run from November 21 until December 4, 2016 at The VAM Gallery. The new exhibition and accompanying workshops asks artists and artisans what inspires them to get creative. Is it a person, place, or thing? Share with us in a medium of your choice, your creative inspiration. Contribute to the conversation among artists and artisans in the city about their creative process. Get connected and join us on social media to vote for your favourite artwork and promote your work. Applications are due by September 30, 2016 at 5 pm. Application Forms are available online at:  Why do you create? Application

Music Expo Mississauga is looking for music and exhibitors! Let’s Make Good Productions has partnered with Toronto Jobs and Modern Mississauga to create The Mississauga Music Expo which will be held on Saturday October 1st at Clarke Hall. Check out the website at  The event will have two components:10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Trade show/Speakers. The trade show features exhibitors and sponsors who would give attendees information about the history of music, learning a new instrument, renting or buying new equipment and more. We will also have speakers talking about topics that are all about music throughout the day! Admission is FREE for attendees! Early bird exhibitor tables start at only $99 plus HST for the day! You will get to see Rick Moss, Arlene Paculan, Where’s Frank, Jammers Waffle House, Kat Leonard, Andrew Wilson, James Faulkner, Dale Luarca, The BARDS, and Saint-O.  Advanced tickets are only $10 and you can purchase them HERE.  From 11am – 4pm, along with a music trade show, there will be speakers and panel discussions which will be all about music.  If you are interested in attending the morning session, it’s FREE!

Studio.89 is looking for volunteer photographers to do event photography for Studio.89! Interested? Send an email to

Are you a local musician looking to share your talent? Studio.89 is looking to showcase & celebrate local talent! Every third Saturday of the month they host Live From The 905 where any kind of music is welcome and every third Sunday is Jazzy Sundays, more acoustic & jazz music. We have dates open through the summer & fall. Shoot us an email at if interested with some samples or link to your tunes!

Collaborative Fall Exhibition: How do you remember a loved one? This summer at the Museums we are encouraging community members to engage with us in the exhibition making process for a fall exhibition.   The public will explore the universal and culturally rich themes of loss and mourning.  Working together we will share our rituals and customs with one another to produce a riveting exhibition. The exhibition will include storytelling, creative responses, and artifacts on loan from residents. If you are interested in participating in the exhibition making process please contact Marnie Mandel at 905-615-4860 ext. 2115 (Mondays to Fridays 9:00am – 4:30pm). Please place in the email subject line: PARTICIPATORY EXHIBITION

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.

Craftadian at McMaster Innovation Park. Applications close October 1, 2016
6′ Table $135 (Room) / 6′ Table $155 (Atrium) – APPLY ONLINE

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

Let’s Make Good Productions is looking for ALL types of art forms to showcase at our grand WonderFest event, which will be in the spring of 2016.  We welcome all kinds of art, as long as the work is original.  Please email us with your bio, promo photo, short description of your art, links to your website/social media, and what empowerment means to you. We are also currently booking for music and comedy WonderFest Series events at Folly Brewpub which take place every Thursday. Email us at:! We look forward to hearing from you! Please feel free to share the information

Current Calls for Submission

Residency / Est-Nord-Est / 2017 Residencies / Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, QC / Deadline Date: October 1, 2016

Call for Submissions / 4elements Living Arts / Mnidoo Mnising National Call for Artists / Billings, ON / Monday, October 24, 2016

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

Call for Submissions / Obscured Magazine / ENIGMA / Hamilton, ON  / Deadline Date:  October 22, 2016

Residency / Art Gallery of Burlington / 2017 Canadian Craft Biennial Maker Residency / Burlington, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, September 30, 2016

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

Residency / Treehouse Artist Residency / Detour: The Migrant Habitat / Huntsville, ON / Deadline Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016

Call for Submissions / Art Gallery of Windsor / Downtown/s: Urban Renewal Today for Tomorrow / Windsor, ON / Deadline Date: Friday September 30, 2016

Call for Submissions / City of Toronto / Doors Open Toronto – 15 Decades of Canadian Architecture / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, September 30, 2016

Call for Submissions / the8fest Small-Gauge Film Festival / the8fest 2017 / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date:  Friday, September 30, 2016

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

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

Residency /Once Upon Water / Pico Island, Azores / Deadline Date: September 30, 2016

Residency / Ontario Heritage Trust / 2017 Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence / Scarborough, ON / Deadline Date: September 30, 2016

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

Call for Submissions /ENIGMA / The Cotton Factory, Hamilton, ON / Etobicoke, ON  / Event held: October 22,2016 11am-10pm

Residency / Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) / The Roberto Ariganello National Artist Residency / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, October 3, 2016

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

Call for Submissions / Centre for Addiction and Mental Health / Queen Street Redevelopment Project / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016

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.