Performing Arts Sessions

All sessions held in Metro Toronto Convention Centre 713, unless otherwise indicated.
Sessions and times are subject to change.

Performing Arts Welcome and ASTC Presents The History of Theatre in Toronto
Monday, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Join the ASTC guys as they explore Toronto’s deep theatre history, including the O’Keefe, the Hummingbird and the Sony Center. Once you’ve heard the great history of these theatres, you’ll want to rush over for the tour. And they’re all within walking distance of each other!



BootCamp Session 1&2: Plan A New Cultural Center!
Monday, 4:15 PM - 6:30 PM

We’ll bring the problems, you bring your creativity. In this collaborative exercise participants will be divided into small working teams. Each will be given a specific situation – a town, or a theater company, or an abandoned building, or a wealthy donor that dreams of an intimate venue where they can star in their favorite 19C Spanish operettas, and you and your team of brilliant consultants will brainstorm, develop, facility concepts, marketing materials, suggested seasons and pitch them to the whole room. Easel pads! Crayons! Markers! Oak Tag (do they even have that anymore?). It’s a chance to bring your skills and imagination to bear on something completely different from what you do every day – and to have a great time doing it with your colleagues.



BootCamp Session 1
Monday, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

BootCamp Session 2
Monday, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM


From transgender restrooms to suspicious persons and hypodermic needle use, venues today are facing new challenges and uncharted territory. Participants will team up and be faced with real (and some not-so-real) scenarios that present a multitude of ethical and legal challenges. The solution may feel like the right thing to do, but how will our visiting attorney respond to the team solution?

Evacuation Obstacle Course

Working in teams, this will be active session to share and absorb the complex facets of evacuation management. The Obstacle Course will portray real environments with real problems we face in our Performing Arts Centers.

Just Put A Projector Up, It Will Be Fine

Exploring the realities of event technology and the information required to manage AV resources effectively.

Mixology 101

Developing a menu of themed cocktails to complement your event is a fun and creative way to boost your patron experience while increasing your income. Breathe new life into your concession stand with this hands-on session where you’ll learn new techniques from a master mixologist. With the help of our guest bartender, participants will be creating (and sampling) new “specialty cocktails”, that are both delicious and efficient to produce in a fast-paced environment.



Performing Arts Keynote: Dasha Kelly – Here And Now
Tuesday, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

How can venues translate brick and mortar into satellites for transformation? Dasha Kelly offers an alchemy of performance, musings and perspective to inspire creative strategies, examine our shared ""here and now"" and empower fresh steps --both big and necessarily small-- from here. Dasha uses her words and art as tools for building inspiration and community. She founded a non-profit that has created training experience for young teaching artists and a community of urban art-ivists and has facilitated transformational programs and discussions throughout the U.S and in Canada, Botswana, Beirut and Mauritius. Dasha is an alum of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, been named Milwaukee Artist of the Year and twice finalist as Poet Laureate for the state of Wisconsin, serves on the board of Jaded Ibis Press and delivers a new, one-woman show about power, class, race, privilege and truth called Making Cake.



Making the Deal: Landing the Best Shows For Your Venue… and (Hopefully) Making Money Along the Way!
Tuesday, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

For performing arts venues, it’s very important to remain competitive and land the best shows for their market. This session will dive into the current trends in presenting, rental deal making, co-promotion partnerships, financial negotiations, and what the overall marketplace is doing to get a’ leg up’ and book more shows in their venues.



Taking Accessibility to the Next Level
Tuesday, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

This session will take attendees on the journey of expanding their accessibility programming:

  • Learn how to identify service providers
  • Schedule and advertise accessibility offerings
  • Enhance facility access
  • Develop impactful relationships with the communities attending events

Service providers will share tips on deepening our relationships with people of all ages with all types of disabilities. Wheelchair access, sign language interpretation, open-captioning, and audio description are among the topics covered.



Performing Arts Town Hall 1
Tuesday, 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Town Hall 1 will bring together all of the PAMC attendees into one group to discuss the topics and trends facing the PAC industry today. Town Hall II will break the attendees into three groups: Front of House, Back of House, and Administration.



From Contract to Stage
Tuesday, 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

This session will focus on navigating through negotiations that take place after the ink dries. How do you make the budget work in a practical way, without losing the integrity of the show, and providing a positive experience for the agent, promoter, and production staff? Examined from the production manager’s vantage point, attendees will be given tools and techniques for the initial contracting thru the curtain closing.



Wednesday, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Chances are that employees and guests in your venue identify with one or more letters in this alphabet mix. Learn ways to welcome everyone, broaden inclusiveness and diversity at your venue, and expand viewpoints and revenues. Even if, and especially if, one of these letters isn’t you, this session panel of peers and subject experts will provide a toolkit of understanding and resources.



RFP, RFQ, Request For Help
Wednesday, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

How do you navigate the competitive bidding process when you have an upcoming project or need new equipment? Procurement can be daunting. Do you publish an RFP, RFQ, RFT or an RFI? This session focuses on choosing the best process for accomplishing your goals. Seasoned professionals will provide insight, best practices and tricks of the trade to achieve successful results from your efforts. Good RFPs = Good Proposals = Successful outcomes!



Performing Arts Round Tables
Wednesday, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Sit around a table with your peers, coupled with experts, for an open discussion about today's hot topics, industry buzz and foreseen challenges.



Building, Leading, and Managing Teams
Wednesday, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Attracting talent. Motivating employees. Retaining rock stars! Building teams with trust, purpose and openness is attainable, and a must for today’s changing workforce. Managers in venues of all types have the same struggle to keep every level of employee engaged and inspired. Join this lively conversation with team-building experts and discover new ways to inspire your team and their experience to create loyalty and trust even in the most challenging circumstances.



Performing Arts Town Hall 2
Wednesday, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Town Hall II will break the attendees into three groups: Front of House, Back of House, and Administration.


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