A Global Day of Giving and Unity


Photo by Sarah Chase

Greetings Everyone,

We hope you and those in your communities are faring well. Today has been designated #GivingTuesdayNow as an emergency response to strengthen communities at the grassroots level. In solidarity, we are providing a list of links below to some of the organizations who are offering immediate supports to artists in need.

For Dreamwalker, this past weekend we would have been performing an excerpt of our new work Firehorse and Shadow as part of CanAsian Dance KickStart and Festival Acces Asie 2020 co-presented by Tangente in Montreal. Instead, Festival Acces Asie 2020 has created a Virtual Festival Program where you can view digital offerings from many wonderful artists in celebration of Asian Heritage Month including a video that we prepared featuring images and dances from Dreamwalker's Toronto 2019 season.

Today, in the spirit of #GivingTuesdayNow, we invite you to spend 30-minutes of your time with us, journeying back to April 2019 when we were in residence at Grace Centre for the Arts, a majestic space where we dreamed and danced and came to realize that who we are and who we want to be is not separated by where we are, and all that surrounds us.

You can view the video here.

We offer our gratitude to each and all of you - our diverse ensembles of current and past collaborating/contributing artists, community participants and partners; our generous funders, sponsors, supporters and donors; and our colleagues, family and friends. Thank you for continuing this voyage with us.

stay safe and be well, from all of us at Dreamwalker

Organizations supporting artists in need ▶ Bad News Days: Micro Artist Grants for Groceries

Artists of any discipline can request a one time, no questions asked, micro grant of $75 for groceries, food and other essentials.

▶ David Seguin Memorial Award

Micro grants to artists with disabilities to help cover basic living expenses, such as rent and groceries.

▶ Glad Day Bookshop: Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers

Support for LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers who are in dire financial need

▶ The AFC

Emergency financial aid for entertainment pros

▶ Theatre Direct: $250 grocery gift cards to artists caring for their families at home during this crisis

Email info@theatredirect.ca if you are an artist parent/caregiver in need and we will be in touch to arrange delivery

▶ Unison Financial aid for musicians

▶ Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council TOArtist COVID-19 Response Fund: DONATE The Fund will allocate up to $1000 to self-employed, individual artists resident in Toronto whose creative work and income have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Note: Due the the high volume of requests, application intake is currently suspended. Toronto Arts Foundation is still actively accepting donations so that we can continue to provide relief to more artists.

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