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$236,200 Grant helps Toronto Dance Theatre enhance live and digital programming

March 23, 2022

TORONTO, ON – Last year, Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) learned that it had been successful in its application for a $236,200 Community Building Fund grant from the Government of Ontario, and a program delivered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to help non-profit groups with key operating costs. This grant has allowed TDT to make great strides in improving equipment and infrastructure, which will enhance digital initiatives for artists as well as livestream offerings for the 2021/22 Season and onwards.

“With the help of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Community Building Fund, Toronto Dance Theatre will be able to continue their invaluable and inspiring work in the world of contemporary dance,” said MPP Suze Morrison, MPP for Toronto Centre. “Thank you to TDT for being a pillar of Canadian dance, and as diverse and cultural a reflection of our community here in Toronto.”

Already the grant has complemented professional development opportunities this season including the TD Bridgemakers Project, a digital series where Toronto-based dance artists are collaborating remotely with other artists across Canada and internationally to create new works in various formats. In addition, the TDT Company returned to the stage this month for Performance Clash at its home base, the Winchester Street Theatre. It was the first production livestreamed with TDT’s new video and audio equipment, expanding the artists’ reach to new audiences across the world.

“Toronto Dance Theatre is honoured to be a recipient of the Community Building Fund during a time when the performing arts sector has been severely impacted,” says TDT’s Managing Director Jessica Whitford.

The grant has been used to help with theatre and office rental costs, PPE, and other technical equipment purchases, taking performances online, and helping with staffing costs as well.

“Funding is allowing us to adapt to new ways of presenting dance safely by developing appropriate infrastructure and investing in our team to build the skills needed to execute digital content. As we are based in one of the few remaining dance venues left in Toronto, TDT is investing in the resources that support the performing arts community, so we can continue to connect art with audiences.”

Toronto Dance Theatre is one of Canada’s largest and most active dance organizations for contemporary practices and forms. Ever fresh and adventurous, TDT is one of the very few dance companies in the country with an ensemble of dancers and has produced a unique body of original choreography during its 54-year history. TDT is driven to make a significant impact in Canadian dance by developing innovative works, supporting artists in their choreographic practices, and creating empowering dance experiences in the community. Information about TDT’s various programming can be found at tdt.org.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector.  In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID 19.  Visit oft.ca to learn more.


For more information or media requests, please contact:
Emma Joy, Communications Manager
Toronto Dance Theatre
emma@tdt.org | 416.967.1365 x123

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