The situation and needs of Canadian senior artists

Monday, October 5: 7 PM – 9 PM at Scotiabank Dance Centre, Faris Family Studio, 677 Davie Street 

Tuesday, October 6: 2 PM – 4 PM at PAL Vancouver, Cardero and Georgia Streets

If you are an artist and 60 or over, please participate in this action-oriented research project about artists in all disciplines.

A distinguished group of Canadian arts organizations (listed below) is looking for ways to do more to support Canada’s senior artists (that is, those 65 and over).

We need your help! Please assist us by participating in this first-ever assessment of the situation and needs of senior artists in Canada.

We invite artists 60 and over to participate in a “town hall” discussion about their needs and interests in areas such as artistic activity, health care, housing, retirement, financial issues, community connections and social networks.

The arts organizations will use this information while working to improve current services or establish new services for artists in Canada. Your input will help us design services that best meet artists’ needs and interests.

We cannot design services without the input and suggestions of as many senior artists as possible!

Whether or not you are able to attend the session, we also invite you to complete a survey of the situation and needs of senior artists, available at

The research is being conducted by Hill Strategies Research on behalf of the Senior Artists Research Project. You can contact Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies at or 1-877-445-5494.

Thanks! And please spread the word to other artists you know.

The Senior Artists’ Research Project wishes to thank its funders, including the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the McLean Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, Lynda Hamilton, Sandra and Jim Pitblado, and many other private individuals.

The Steering Committee for this project includes:


• Actors’ Fund of Canada 

• Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) 

• American Federation of Musicians, Canada 

• Canadian Actors’ Equity Association 

• Canadian Artists’ Representation (CARFAC) 

• Canadian Music Centre 

• Cultural Careers Council of Ontario 

• Dancer Transition Resource Centre 

• Directors Guild of Canada 

• PAL Canada Foundation 

• Union des artistes 

• Writers Guild of Canada 

• Writers’ Union of Canada 

• Carol Anderson (Dance Artist/Writer/Educator) 


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