What it Takes to Spark Your City’s Creativity


Three Takeaways from the Ontario Regional Meeting of the Creative City Network of Canada.

On the heels of last week’s 2016 Ontario Regional Meeting of the Creative City Network of Canada, we asked Business Development Manager Andrew Amos and Relationship Manager Brett McKenzie what their top three takeaways were. Here’s what they had to say...

1. Numbers aren’t subjective.

While it’s easy to “feel” the impact of creativity, creative citizens, and creative cities have on the places we live, it takes research and solid stats to prove investing in arts, culture and heritage is a net economic gain for cities.

Here are some great stats from a report recently commissioned by the Ontario Arts Council and some interesting notes on the Toronto Film industry in particular.

2. Make it official to get it done.

More than 70 communities in Ontario have a culture plan—because a creative city doesn’t just “happen” on it’s own.

Here are the plans for London, Hamilton, Thunder Bay,  Sudbury, Kitchener, Waterloo, Ottawa & Kingston to name but a few.

3. Reach further.

Over the last 30 years or so, community performing arts centres have undergone a profound shift in where they source their programming and talent. Producers are increasingly seeking greater inclusivity and forging partnerships within their local communities. There’s still a ways to go before we see a fuller reflection on stage, but the trajectory looks promising.

Check out the story behind the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s commission: “Going Home Star.

At the event?

Drop us a comment to share what you learned!

Missed the event?

Stay tuned for the Creative City Summit this summer in Surrey, BC.