Organizing Events in Ontario

Photo Credit: Garrett Elliot, Kingston Writersfest, 2019

To Our Organizers,

We are pleased to confirm that Ontario Culture Days is happening this year from September 25-October 25, 2020, and will include digital and self-guided events.

The registration deadline is this Thursday, September 24 at 11:59 pm. Please note: events may be edited after they are published throughout the duration of the festival.

It is the responsibility of organizers to ensure that their events follow all public health requirements, at both the regional and local level.

In a year of extreme uncertainty, some are finding the Culture Days platform more useful than ever. Others are taking the year to be fallow and to plan for subsequent years. Whatever your decision, we are here to support you for the long haul. This year, more than ever, the arts and culture community across Ontario inspires and amazes us!


The Ontario Culture Days Team

Extra Resources:
Pay What You May and other fundraising strategies
Artist Fees

Pay What You May and other fundraising strategies

In 2019 we updated our free admission policy to include a Pay-What–You-May (PWYM) option for entry to Culture Days events. While all Culture Days events are still mandated to have free entry, organizers can now publicly list that they accept optional PWYM donations for admission, which will be included in your event listing on the site.
With the pivot to online, self-guided, or physically-distanced programming, it can be a challenge to receive donations. Thankfully, there are ways to receive payments digitally. Here are a few of our favourites:

  1. weshowup - allows for PWYM for live-streamed events on a number of platforms. Participants are prompted after the event to donate to you/your organization
  2. Facebook Donations - event-based short term fundraising option- 100% of the funds raised goes towards the non-profit.
  3. Kickstarter - Allows you to create tiered donation packages. Kickstarter uses an all-or-nothing funding model. If your project doesn’t reach its goal, then funds don’t get collected, and no money changes hands. If the goal is met Kickstarter charges 5% of the total funds raised. View their fees here.
  4. Sometimes simple can be best! Some artists are asking people to send donations directly to their bank account via e-transfer. You just have to tell them an email address for the payment.

Artist fees

With gigs being cancelled and the sales of artwork vanishing, now more than ever, it is important to support artists getting paid for their time and hard work. Paying artist fees ensures the longevity and resiliency of the sector, allowing artists to continue to meet their own needs while working in their chosen field.

Ontario Culture Days supports the fair payment of artists for their participation in all arts and culture programming, including the Culture Days festival.

For more resources and guidelines relating to artist fees, including when to pay artist fees, how much should you pay, and how should you calculate an artist’s time, we recommend reviewing the following sources:

  1. CARFAC minimum fee schedule
  2. Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (CADA) Professional Standards

What’s Next
Wanting more information on how to participate in this year’s Culture Days festival? Check out the full list of national resources here. If this is your first year, we recommend starting with the 2020 Participation Guide.

Don’t forget to stay in touch! Connect with other organizers on our ON Organizer Network Facebook group and sign-up for our provincial newsletter.
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