Call for Proposals | CanadaHub 2020 in Edinburgh

Date: Jan 14, 2020

Deadline: Jan 30, 2020 - 11:45 pm

Call for proposals for CanadaHub 2020

This call for proposal is for independent performers, performance collectives, and companies from across Canada. The deadline to submit a proposal is January 30, 2020.

This year, 5 to 6 shows or performances will be selected through a peer-assessment process, facilitated by the Canada Council for the Arts, to be part of CanadaHub 2020. Artistic producers Michael Rubenfeld and Clayton Lee from Selfconscious Productions will produce CanadaHub, which operates in conjunction with Summerhall.

Things to know before applying

  • Selected performers will be scheduled for several ticketed performances each at King’s Hall during the Festival Fringe from August 7 to 31, 2020.
  • Selected performers will begin technical rehearsals in Edinburgh as early as July 29.
  • Selected performers will have an agreement with the producer on their share of the box office (50% of the box office revenue after box office fees and commissions).
  • The selected performers will receive financial support from the Canada Council to participate in CanadaHub and will be provided with logistical assistance during their stay. The Canada Council will assist with costs related to travel, transportation, accommodation and subsistence, up to $30,000 per project, depending on the size of the company.
  • The selected works will be included in the marketing and communication strategy developed by the CanadaHub partners, and the participating performers will have mentorship and networking opportunities to make the most out of their presence on this international marketplace.
  • The selected works must comply with the technical requirements of the venue. Please review the technical rider of King’s Hall prior to submitting your proposal.
  • The deadline to submit a proposal is January 30, 2020.

What are we looking for?

  • High quality and ready-to-tour contemporary performance-based or installation-based shows to be performed by Canadian artists/companies at King’s Hall in Edinburgh, during Festival Fringe (August 7-31, 2020).
  • The selected artists/companies must have touring experience, and they should be ready to seek international touring opportunities while in Edinburgh (e.g. participate in pitch sessions and networking opportunities with international presenters).
  • The proposed work must be in English, or with English subtitles, or without words.
  • The CanadaHub program of performances will reflect the diversity of artistic voices from across Canada, including those of Indigenous peoples, Deaf artists, artists with disabilities, and culturally diverse artists.

Take a look at the CanadaHub2019 program to get a sense of what was supported last year.

What should you include in your submission?

Please include the following information and material in your application:

  • Contact information of the lead applicant and representing agent, if applicable.
  • Description of your company (two pages max): You should include history, artistic statement, performance and touring highlights, brief biographies of key members, etc.
  • Description of the work you wish to perform at King’s Hall during Festival Fringe (two pages max): You should include support material (20MB max) such as the full archival video and/or photos through web links or in attachments. Each committee member will have an opportunity to review the material prior to the selection meeting, and the jury will dedicate up to 5 minutes to the review of video/photos.
  • Description of the touring potential of the work (one page max) based on your company’s history and ability to operate in the specific Edinburgh Fringe context and other world-class international contexts (e.g. domestic and international touring, domestic and international co-productions, residencies or showcases in Canada and abroad, etc.)
  • Technical requirements of your show (NOTE: please consult the technical rider of the venue to ensure that your technical requirements can be met).

How should I submit my application?

Please submit your complete application by email to by January 30th 2020 at the latest. Late or incomplete applications will not be submitted to the selection committee.

Who will make the decisions and what are the criteria?

The Canada Council will organize a selection committee composed of presenters, artists and arts professionals from Canada and abroad, with strong artistic credentials and experience in international touring. Artistic producers Michael Rubenfeld and Clayton Lee (Selfconscious Productions) will also be part of the committee, as former and current producers of the CanadaHub in Edinburgh.

The proposals will be assessed in a comparative context based on the following criteria:

  • the artistic merit of the proposed work;
  • the potential of the project to develop your international profile and generate future opportunities for you and the artists involved;
  • the capacity of the candidate to operate in world-class international market contexts;
  • the representation of the diversity of artistic voices from across Canada, including those of Indigenous peoples, Deaf artists, artists with disabilities, and culturally diverse artists.
  • Priority will be given to thought-provoking works that are pushing forms forward, and/or address contemporary social or global issues.

When will I know about the decision?

The selection committee will convene in February 2020 and the results will be communicated to applicants in March 2020.


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