Below are excerpts from their May 2020 Newsletter. Read the complete letter here.
Message from the Executive Director
"The pace of change in my world has been astonishing. In yours too, I bet.
Back in 2018, The AFC gave new hope to a record number of our entertainment industry colleagues in distress by providing over $706,000 in emergency financial aid over the course of that year. At the time that felt like a real milestone. Now it feels like ancient history.
Cut to the present day. In the ten weeks between March 13 and May 22, the amount of urgent assistance we’ve given to help the most vulnerable members of our industry totalled $788,000.
This fact is of far greater significance than a mere milestone. It’s a monument." [...]
We Are In This Together - Thank You
We truly are in this together and it's so much more than a hashtag. Today - and always - we would like to thank our industry and our community.
The arts and entertainment community has been pivotal in helping us live through this crisis from its onset. [...]
GhostLight Shines On While Theatre Stages Are Dark
"My name is Graham Abbey and I have been fortunate to work as an actor, director and artistic director in this country for most of my life. I have also been a long-term supporter of The AFC and its invaluable service in providing a lifeline for so many of my colleagues in times of need. Our industry is certainly facing one of those right now as we adjust and realign ourselves in the face of COVID-19 and the post-pandemic world of performing arts." [...]
Luminato Festival Goes Virtual
Luminato, Toronto's beloved international multi-arts festival is going virtual! The festival program will include 20 hours of free programming, 4 world premieres and 4 works created specifically for Luminato's first-ever virtual edition - all available to experience on luminatofestival.com and the festival's social media platforms from June 11-13. [...]
Life in the Time of Corona(virus)
Who knew we would need words like "lockdown", "isolation", "re-opening" and the like to describe our daily lives? Way to go, corona, really. [...]
New Date: Big Swing Charity Golf Tournament 2020
The tournament will take place at the Royal Ontario Golf Club in Halton - more details and registration information to follow shortly. We very much hope we'll be able to have a glorious and safe day of golf in support of our industry's most vulnerable members. See you on the course!
The AFC is a charitable organization with a mission to help Canadian entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity, and ability to work.
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