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    By Public Relations

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    – The Canadian Opera Company invites Canadian performing arts organizations to participate in the second Digital Stage symposium on technological advances and challenges for the sector, happening on February 20, 2020 at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre in Toronto.

    Last fall, the COC launched the Digital Stage, in partnership with The National Ballet of Canada and Sheridan College and its Screen Industries Research and Training Centre. Generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the collaborative long-term project was created to explore technological possibilities for the performing arts sector, with a focus on harnessing available data, piloting new technology in realistic settings, and creating a barrier-free environment for open dialogue about the future.

    The ambitious project includes hosting three collaborative symposiums, aimed at bringing together a wide cross-section of industry colleagues and fostering discussion about the application of digital advancements.

    Over 70 participants attended the kick-off meeting, held on October 2 at the COC’s administrative and rehearsal space in Toronto’s Esplanade neighbourhood. There, KerrSmith Design shared the results of a comprehensive environmental scan that gathered the latest research and analysis on the impact of digital technology currently being used within the performing arts.

    Attendees of the second symposium will take in a new presentation by KerrSmith; the research and design studio has been compiling a horizon scan of the arts and culture landscape for the past several months and will share findings about how new technology could drastically affect production and audience experience well into the future. February’s meeting will also review some of the results of the Digital Stage pilot phase, including a test of LiDAR scanning in theatrical spaces, as well as provide an overview of other technologies that remain to be tested over the course of this project. Facilitated roundtable discussions will make up the second half of the day, giving participants ample time to delve into the bigger picture questions about how technology can prove to be a source of new opportunities, instead of a disruptive force, in the industry.

    To register now for the February symposium, please contact [email protected].

    For more information about the Digital Stage and to read the full environmental scan by KerrSmith Design, please visit Track the project on Facebook and Twitter by following #DigitalStage.

    Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience including a dedicated base of subscribers. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the company has an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation. Its diverse repertoire includes new commissions and productions, local and international collaborations with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracts the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC Academy is an incubator for the future of the art form, nurturing Canada’s new wave of opera creators with customized training and support. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. For more information, visit

    One of the top international ballet companies, The National Ballet of Canada was founded in 1951 by Celia Franca. A company of 70 dancers with its own orchestra, the National Ballet has been led by Artistic Director Karen Kain, one of the greatest ballerinas of her generation, since 2005. Renowned for its diverse repertoire, the company performs traditional full-length classics, embraces contemporary work and encourages the creation of new ballets as well as the development of Canadian choreographers. The company’s repertoire includes works by Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, Rudolf Nureyev, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, James Kudelka, Wayne McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky, Crystal Pite, Christopher Wheeldon, Aszure Barton, Guillaume Côté and Robert Binet. The National Ballet tours in Canada, the US and internationally with appearances in Paris, London, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Hamburg, New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Visit

    Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT), based at Pinewood Studios in Toronto, conducts applied research, training and other industry activities that support technological advancement and innovation in Ontario’s film, television and interactive media cluster.  The Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) is an internationally recognized incubator for development of new musical theatre works. SIRT and CMTP are two of six research centres and entrepreneurship hubs which foster research, creativity and innovation across a range of specialized areas, including advanced manufacturing, aging, mobile computing, and music theatre.  These centres underpin Sheridan’s burgeoning culture of scholarship, research and creative activities, which enrich student learning, engagement and future pathways.

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    For media inquiries and interviews about the Digital Stage, please contact:
    Avril Sequeira, Director of Public Relations, tel: 416-306-2387, email: [email protected]
    Kristin McKinnon, Publicist and Content Producer, tel: 416-306-2383, email: [email protected]

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