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Who we are

dance: made in canada/fait au canada (d:mic/fac) Festival, a biennial contemporary dance repertory festival, will be running from August 16 to 20, 2023 in Toronto. d:mic/fac presents  both new and existing works by established, mid-career, and emerging choreographers working in a variety of dance genres and forms in Canada.  We have two platforms: MainStage and WYSIWYG.  The MainStage programme was curated in 2020 for the 2021 Festival.  The 2021 Festival was postponed due to the pandemic and these MainStage artists are being presented in 2023.  This application is ONLY for What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) a lottery-based platform of short works.

The Festival was founded in 2000 by Yvonne Ng, with Co-Festival Directors, Janelle Rainville and Jeff Morris. Twelve festivals of dance: made in canada/fait au canada (d:mic/fac) have been produced.

What we provide

d:mic/fac will provide the venue, festival publicity, festival marketing, a festival production team (including Stage Manager and Lighting Designer) and other support for selected artists for presentation.  WYSIWYG choreographers will receive an honorarium of $1,500/-.

Applications must be received by 11:59 P.M., Wednesday, February 8, 2023*, Pacific Time to be considered for the August 2023 festival.

*Application deadline extended to 11:59 P.M. PST, Friday, February 17, 2023.

Applications are only accepted through our online form below.

Artists working in all genres and cultural aesthetics are encouraged to apply, within the following criterion:

For WYSIWYG presentation:

  • A choreographer must have had a minimum of three of their works professionally presented and have been professionally active for a minimum of two years. Workshop, process-based showings and academic settings do not qualify as being professionally presented.
  • Existing or proposed creations may be a minimum of five (5) minutes in length or a maximum of ten (10) minutes.

Information that we need from you if you are proposing a NEW work:

  • A statement that summarizes your choreographic intention (500 words or less)
  • A summary of any anticipated technical requirements (e.g. lighting, sound, scenery, rigging, effects, props, makeup, video)
  • A video recording of previous works created within the past five years. Please limit to no more than two An electronic link to the complete recording is the only acceptable format.  Please note: Link to streaming video (through company website, Vimeo, YouTube etc.) is preferred to a download requirement (Dropbox etc.…). Please include a passcode for accessing the video.

Information that we need from you if you are proposing an EXISTING work:

  • The URL to a video recording of the complete work on either YouTube or Vimeo. No materials hosted on a company website or Dropbox or similar or sent in physical format (DVD, VHS) will be reviewed.
  • A description of the work (500 words or less).
  • If the proposed work is an excerpt from a full length – please describe how you intend to distill your full length into an excerpt.

And in your video example, if possible, indicate which sections you’re intending the draw from to make into an excerpt.

  • A summary of your technical and production requirements (lighting, sound, scenery, rigging, effects, props, makeup, video) and/or a tech rider, which covers all the aforementioned elements.
  • A performance history of the work (i.e. date of premiere, subsequent performances including dates and locations/venues).

Please note: New or existing works may not have been presented in a completed state within a 400km radius of Toronto for 5 years prior to the 2023 performance date.

Information that we need from ALL applicants – PLEASE SUBMIT

The Applicant Information Form AND:

  • Names of artistic collaborators, e.g. choreographer,performers, designers, composer, dramaturg, mentor, et cetera.
  • The number of performers traveling (Please note: we can only cover the travel costs of performers + applicant)
  • A biography of the choreographer (250 words or less)
  • A biography of the applicant, if the applicant is not the choreographer (250 words or less)
  • A detailed list of the choreographer’s choreographic work for the past six years, please include professional choreographic work only; no process-focused or workshop presentations, academic/educational work.In addition, if the applicant is not the choreographer, a detailed list of the performer’s performance work for the past five years.
  • If the applicant is not the choreographer, you must submit a signed letter from the choreographer stating that you have permission to perform the work in the festival.The letter must state that you have come to an agreement regarding royalties / payment for rights and that the applicant is responsible for these costs and not d:mic/fac Festival.

Some notes to help you with the application:

  • The festival welcomes applications in both official languages.
  • The Presenter may not review all the video material, so please provide notation/timings for specific excerpts your are proposing
  • Please do not send press kits or other promotional material not directly related to the application.
  • You have the option to submit up to three letters of reference or support.
  • Material that is not in electronic format will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.  We are doing this so we can stay focused on the work rather than the administrative tangle.  However, we appreciate that there may be circumstances that require an exception. Please contact us at
  • Please use PDF format for all written documents.
  • The applicant is responsible for maintaining the accessibility of their online content.To help us assess your application in an efficient way, please ensure that passwords are not changed and content is accessible for the period February 9th to April 30th.
  • Do keep an offline copy of your application for your records.
  • If you do have any technical trouble with your application, please contact us at

The application fee is $10 (for this year only). If the fee creates a financial barrier to applying, please choose the subsidized option.

The submission form for WYSIWYG is now closed.

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