Resiliency Fund Recipients and Donors

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Round 1 Recipients

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Resiliency Fund Donors 

Toronto Arts Foundation’s Resiliency Fund was created in March 2022 to help Toronto artists emerge from the pandemic. With an estimated loss of 60% of revenues for performing arts within the first year of the pandemic, leading to cancelled contracts for thousands of artists and arts workers, the first round of funds was directed to the performing arts sector in May. In October, the second round was directed to community-engaged arts organizations. As we continue to raise funds we open up this opportunity to artists in other disciplines.


Thanks to significant donations from The Hal Jackman Foundation and The Slaight Family Foundation, in May 2022 we distributed $2 million to 118 charitable performing arts organizations committed to paying fees to Toronto artists and arts workers. This crucial support will help these organizations pay artists, regardless of any future unforeseen pandemic interruptions. 

Round 1 Resiliency Fund Recipients:

Across Oceans Arts

adelheid dance projects

Against the Grain Theatre

Aluna Theatre

Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto

Amici Chamber Ensemble

Anandam Dancetheatre Productions

Angela Blumberg Dance



Art of Time Ensemble

Ashkenaz Foundation

Ballet Jorgen Canada


Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Cahoots Theatre

Canadian Children's Opera Company

Canadian Chinese Society for the Arts

CanAsian Dance Festival 

CCMC Music Gallery

Centre for Indigenous Theatre

Citadel + Compagnie

Clay and Paper Theatre

Common Boots Theatre

Confluence Concerts

Continuum Contemporary Music    

CORPUS Dance Projects

Crow's Theatre

dance Immersion



Dreamwalker Dance Company

Dusk Dances Inc.

Elmer Iseler Singers

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

Esprit Orchestra

Factory Theatre

Fall for Dance North

fu-GEN Theatre Company

Fujiwara Dance Inventions

Guild Festival Theatre

Intersection Music & Arts

Ipsita Nova Dance Projects

Janak Khendry Dance Company

Kaeja d'Dance

Le Théâtre français de Toronto

Little Pear Garden Dance Company

Mammalian Diving Reflex Theatre Group

Maple Leaf Theatre for Social Responsibility

Modern Times Stage Company

Moonhorse Dance Theatre

Music Toronto

Native Earth Performing Arts Incorporated

Necessary Angel Theatre Company

New Music Concerts


Nightwood Theatre

Obsidian Theatre Company Inc

Opera Atelier

Opera in Concert

Orpheus Choir of Toronto

Outside the March Theatre Company Inc.

Paprika Theatre Festival

Pax Christi Chorale

Pleiades Theatre

pounds per square inch performance

Pratibha Arts


Public Recordings 

Puppetmongers Theatre

Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers

Red Sky Performance

Roseneath Theatre

Shakespeare in Action

Shakespeare in the Ruff

Sinfonia Toronto

SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival

Small World Music

Soulpepper Theatre Company

Soundstreams Canada Concerts 

Studio 180 Theatre



Tapestry Opera

Tarragon Theatre

The Canadian Stage Corporation (Canadian Stage)

The Chimera Project Dance Theater

The Company Theatre

The Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival

The Hannaford Street Silver Band

The Musical Stage Company

The Royal Conservatory of Music 

The Smile Company - Theatrical Productions (Smile Theatre)

The Theatre Centre

The Toronto Consort

The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

Theatre Direct Canada

Theatre Gargantua Inc

Theatre Passe Muraille

Theatre Smith-Gilmour

Tiger Princess Dance Projects

Toronto Blues Society

Toronto Children's Chorus

Toronto Dance Theatre

Toronto Downtown Jazz Society

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Toronto Operetta Theatre

Toronto Summer Music Foundation

Toronto Tabla Ensemble, World Music Organization Inc.

Tribal Crackling Wind for the Arts

Video Cabaret International

VIVA Singers Toronto 

Volcano Non-Profit Productions Incorporated

Why Not Theatre 

Women's Musical Club of Toronto

Xenia Concerts Inc.

Young People's Theatre

Young Voices Toronto


"The Resiliency Fund is super helpful in these tricky times, and the simple application process really saves us time and energy." - Modern Times Stage Company, Resiliency Fund recipient

"As a funding recipient, we are extremely grateful for your support during these challenging and unpredictable times. This gift will provide greater stability for the Company and enable us to continue investing in our incredible dancers and artists." - Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, Resiliency Fund recipient

"We want to thank you so much for your continued support, commitment, and dedication to seeing the arts thrive. Your support is allowing Why Not to continue to look forward and envision a future where art plays a vital role in all of our lives." - Why Not Theatre, Resiliency Fund recipient

"In 2022 we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival - an outstanding opportunity to fete the history and legacy of the Festival. But as we emerge from an incredibly challenging two years, during which so many in the music industry saw their livelihoods decimated, we are also focussing 35th anniversary celebrations on getting local and Canadian  musicians and crews back to work. We’re on track to book over 800 local musicians this year which, when combined with our 100% local crew and staff, represents an investment of nearly half a million dollars into the local music industry – an investment made possible, in part, by your support, via the Resiliency Fund." - TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Resiliency Fund recipient



In October 2022 we distributed $105,000 to 23 community-engaged arts organizations committed to paying fees to Toronto artists and arts workers.

Round 2 Resiliency Fund Recipients:

Art Starts

Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre

Childrens Peace Theatre

Jamii Esplanade

JAYU Festival Inc.

Jumblies Theatre + Arts


Mural Routes Incorporated

Native Women in the Arts

Nia Centre for the Arts

Rainbow Songs Foundation

Shadowland Theatre

Sistema Toronto

SKETCH Working Arts for Street Involved and Homeless Youth

SoCirC (Social Circus Circle) 

Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space (STEPS) Initiative

Tangled Art + Disability

The Remix Project

Tirgan Centre for Art and Culture 

Unity Charity


Wildseed Centre for Art And Activism

Workman Arts Project of Ontario


In February 2023 we distributed $79,500 to 24 Visual, Media and Literary Arts Organizations committed to paying fees to Toronto Artists and Arts Workers.

Round Three Resiliency Fund Recipients
Art Gallery of York University

Art Museum at the University of Toronto

Craft Ontario

Diaspora Dialogues Charitable Society

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography

Gallery TPW/Toronto Photographers Workshop

League of Canadian Poets

Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto

Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art

Northern Visions Independent Video and Film Association

Onsite Gallery

Open Studio

Planet in Focus

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art

SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre)

Southern Currents Film & Video Collective

Storytelling Toronto

The Dance Current

The Image Centre

Toronto Animated Image Society

Toronto Community-Videotex, InterAccess

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Trinity Square Video


Major Partners

Hal Jackman Foundation

The Slaight Family Foundation

Corporate & Foundation Donors

The Azrieli Foundation

Cannonbury Foundation

The Lindy Green Family Foundation

Mattamy Homes


Individual Donors

+ Gifts made through The Mayor’s Evening for the Arts

* Gifts made in honour of Claire Hopkinson


Elizabeth Asselstine*

Anahita Azrahimi in memory of Jini Stolk

Sarah Bay-Cheng*

Diana Bennett & Spencer Lanthier*

Marni Binder


John & Anne Brace

Billie Bridgman*

Martha Burns+

Aidan Cosgrave*

Susan Crocker, C.M. & John Hunkin

David Dacks*

Dr. Sara Diamond & Kellie Marlowe*

Gini Dickie

Extra Pocket via CanadaHelps

Charles Falzon

John Filion*

Christine Fischer Guy+

Elizabeth Forsberg*

Julie Frost

Kamala Jean Marjorie Gopie*

Michael Herrera*

Caroline & Julian*

Donald K. Johnson O.C., LL.D.*

Victoria Lee & Philip Hebert

Jana and Brad Lepp*

Linda Lewis*

Rob MacKinnon & Steven Davidson*

Sean Mallen*

Sam Marinucci*

Martha L.A. McCain

John & Kay McKellar*

Dewi Minden*

Heela Omarkhail

Frances & Tim Price

Jonas Prince & Wayne Squibb+

Jaclyn Rodrigues

Brigitte Shim*

Roberta Smith*

Molly Thom*

Elissa Timothy

Helen Vari+

Susan Wortzman+

Jessica Wyman*

Gabriel Zamfir-Enache*

Lilie Zendel



For more information on the Resiliency Fund please visit:

Mitsuki Amano, Donor Relations Coordinator: