Open Door Funding Recipients

Strategic Allocation

TAC introduced its new Open Door process in 2014 as a means of responding to important and timely arts sector initiatives outside of the discipline-specific funding streams. TAC aims to provide catalyst funding for ideas and initiatives that have the potential to create transformative change for artistic disciplines, communities of artists and arts organizations and the arts sector at large. Proposals must demonstrate the potential for impact in the following defined categories: Market Development, New Models and Innovations, Exceptional Opportunities.


Open Door recipients (2014)

*2014 Open Door Funding supported projects will take place from 2015-2017

  • Aluna Theatre will create the Interpretation Lab, a special initiative to explore new ways of presenting works across language barriers.
  • Art Metropole will partner with Raster Foundation from Warsaw on VILLA TORONTO, bringing over a dozen local and international art institutions together to create a central exhibition in the Great Hall at Union Station from January 16-23, 2015. Accompanying this central exhibition, in partnership with local organizations, will be a series of special events to take place throughout the city. Site-specific projects such as performances, screenings, concerts and artist talks will stimulate dialogue between the international arts community and Toronto’s thriving local art scene. All exhibitions and events will be free and open to the public. 
  • CanAsian Dance Festival is partnering with four other Toronto dance presenters - DanceWorks, Dance Immersion, Dusk Dances and dance made in canada - to develop a collaborative showcase for Toronto-based artists that will take place from September 28 to October 4, 2015, when the Canadian Performing Arts Presenters are having their annual meeting in Toronto. This unique collaboration will create new market development opportunities for Toronto dance artists and show the diversity of the practice within the city.
  • Cahoots Theatre will create the Deaf Artist and Theatre Toolkit (DATT), with meaningful engagement and collaboration with Deaf artists and community, working directly on the production of a deaf-artist directed play.
  • Fall for Dance North Festival will be a new, large-scale dance festival produced at the Sony Centre in October 2015. Offering $10 tickets to high-calibre dance performances over four days, the festival aims to develop Toronto's dance market by growing audiences for dance and by reinvigorating Toronto's dance presenting ecology for presenters and artists alike. 
  • Harbourfront Centre will produce an industry showcase featuring excerpts from four tour-ready dance, theatre, and performance works as part of OFF CINARS in Montreal in November 2014. CINARS is Montreal's biannual international performing arts marketplace which brings together over 300 presenters from 40 countries. The four works have been developed with support from Harbourfront Centre's commissioning, co-producing and residency activity and include: Eunoia - Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Mortified - Jenn Goodwin and Camilla Singh, The Tin Drum - UnSpun Theatre, and what we are saying - Public Recordings. 
  • Tangled Art + Disability will create the Mechanics Lab, an accelerator program for emerging disability artists to work with established artists to develop core career development skills.
  • Toronto Consort, representing the Bloor Street Culture Corridor consortium, will launch a targeted advertising campaign to promote its new free Bloor Street Cultural Corridor mobile app, which aims to expand audiences for 13 arts and cultural institutions along the Bloor Corridor.
  • UNITY Charity will develop an artist educator training resource, based on research around using the cypher model, that captures best practices that are diverse, inclusive and accessible for youth. 
  • Why Not Theatre will develop their experimental model for cooperative producing in theatre, which was successfully piloted in the spring of 2014 to address the increasingly limited resources available to emerging independent companies. In this initiative, community residencies will create an infrastructure for the sharing of venue, production, mentoring and administrative costs between mid- to senior-tier companies and emerging artists. This funding will support the creation, documentation and dissemination of this new interdependent model of developing new works over a 3-year period.